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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 05/17/17 8:49 AM
Photo by Diana Powe
Photo by Diana Powe
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Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition- Washington County and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton Or, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required, just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

Picking out a safety seat and what to do as soon as you purchase one:
Get the right car seat. Make sure you're using the right car seat for your child's age, weight, and height. Read your car seat's instructions for size limits. ?,?

Register your seat right away. This is so the manufacturer can notify you in the event of a safety recall. Mail in the registration card that came with the safety seat, or go to www.safercar.gov/parents/Car- Seat-Recalls-Registration.htm.

Read the instructions. The instructions for both your vehicle and the car seat will help you install the seat correctly.

As a parent, you are your kids' strongest influence when it comes to modeling safe driving practices, including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your family that safety is the responsibility of all passengers as well as the driver.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo by Diana Powe
Press Conference Set for Monday May 22nd at Bend PD
Bend Police Dept. - 05/18/17 9:01 PM
Note to media: Please review suicide reporting recommendations prior to the press conference.

http://reportingonsuicide.org/recommendations/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18, 2017

Contact: Julianne Repman, Safe Schools Alliance Facilitator, 541.355.1010

Safe Schools Alliance Partners Kickoff Youth Suicide Hope & Help Education Series
Media Invited to Press Conference on May 22 in Bend.

Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. In Oregon, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 15-24, surpassed only by accidents. Tragically, between January 1 through May 15 of this year, the Deschutes County Medical Examiner reports that two local youth ended their lives by suicide.

"Teen suicide is a serious problem, but there is hope," said Dr. Susan Keys, National Youth Suicide expert and Bend resident. "Teen suicide is preventable, there are signs to watch for and resources for help."

Dr. Keys is one of more than a dozen local leaders coming together to kick off the Hope & Help Education Series on Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at Bend's Municipal Court at 555 NE 15th Street (Corner of Hwy 20 and 15th) in Bend to raise awareness about youth suicide and help our community better prevent its occurrence.

Dr. Keys will be joined at a press conference by Bend Police Chief Jim Porter, Youth Mental Health Specialist Cheryl Emerson, Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Coordinator David Visiko and Medical Director, Dr. Wil Berry, Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson, Sisters School District Superintendent Curtiss Scholl, Redmond School District Executive Director Martha Hinman, St. Charles Heath Services Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health Services Molly Darling, Crook County Schools Principal Kurt Sloper, High Desert Education Service District Superintendent John Rexford, members of the Sunriver, Redmond and Crook County law enforcement agencies and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

"Teen suicide is a growing health concern," said Rexford. "With summer vacation just weeks away, Safe Schools Alliance partners want to ensure that parents and students have the resources they need to proactively engage their friends and loved ones in meaningful ways that both help and provide hope to those at risk."

During the press conference, local leaders will announce several upcoming opportunities for family members and their middle and high school youth to attend Safe Schools Alliance's Hope & Help sponsored education events: The Reasons You Need to Know About Youth Suicide. These events will provide attendees with information about suicide prevention, how to find help in the community, particularly when students are away from school in the summer, and how to navigate current entertainment in a way that facilitates parent-child communication.

"As a parent, it is difficult at times to recognize the difference between the typical problems teens have while growing up verses the more serious ones," said Visiko. "These Hope & Help events will empower parents and youth to talk about suicide, depression in productive, meaningful ways and how to find resources."

During the Hope & Help events, panelists will give students the tools they need to navigate the things they see on social media and on television.

"It's pervasive. Youth may identify with characters they see in comics, on Netflix, or in other media," said Visiko. "It's important for them to know that there are healthy ways to cope. If they have watched something and need support, we want to encourage them to reach out and talk with a trusted adult."

Law enforcement, education professionals, behavioral health professionals, family survivors and advocacy members of our communities are aware of the suicide trends among our youth and share a deep concern about this trend.

"We as law enforcement realize we are the guardians of our communities," said Chief Porter. "As we move forward in the coming weeks and months, we will take great responsibility in making our communities safe and finding solutions to the problems that threaten the safety of our community."
If you or someone you know needs help immediately, you should take one of the following actions:

Call 9-1-1
Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
Text '273TALK' to 839-863
Crisis line 541-322-7500, ext 9
Contact your school counseling center or other mental health professional
Crisis walk-in, 2577 NE Courtney, Bend, Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Single Car Fatality Collision Involving Amtrak Passenger Train (Photo)
Camas Police Dept. - 05/16/17 4:26 PM
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Camas, Washington --

At 10:31 a.m., Camas Police and Camas-Washougal Fire Department were dispatched to a single car collision involving an Amtrak passenger train.

The small sedan had two occupants and was traveling southbound on SW Viola, a private roadway with a railroad crossing at SW 5th Ave. This crossing is unsecured and there are stop signs only, no lights or gates.

The Amtrak was carrying 75 passengers and five crew members, heading westbound, enroute to its next stop in Vancouver, Washington. No one on the train was injured.

The driver of the sedan and Vancouver, Washignton resident, 34-year-old Maria G. Gonzalez Torres, was deceased at the scene. Her front seat passenger and 14-year-old son was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for his injuries.

The collision is being investigated with the help of Clark County Sheriff's Office, Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad and Amtrak officials.


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Attached Media Files: railroad crossing on pvt rd , sw 5th ave/sw viola , rear view of damage , resting position of car
Hot Weather Ups Window Fall Hazard for Kids
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 05/22/17 9:18 AM
Warmer Weather Increases Window Danger for Kids
Vancouver (WA);

It was just another hot summer night the evening that Jennifer Curry and her husband put daughter Beckett to bed.

She had just turned four the day before.

The Curry's didn't have air conditioning in their Portland two-story apartment so Jennifer and her husband cracked a window--giving Beckett and her brother some much-needed relief from the heat wave that had spread through Portland.

But it was a frantic knock at the door an hour later that would change the couple's lives.

Neighbors had seen Becket plummet from the second-floor window and land in the dirt outside the apartment. It was only after Beckett was rushed to the hospital that Jennifer learned her daughter suffered from a concussion and broken wrist.

Beckett is actually a very lucky little girl. Every year across the US dozens of children die and are seriously injured by falling out of windows. And health officials believe the numbers are higher than reported.

Locally, several agencies are stepping up to reduce the number of childhood deaths and injuries. In Clark County, the Clark County Public Health Department is teaming up with Clark County Fire District 6 to provide free window stops to any family who needs them. In Portland, residents are urged to visit the web site StopAt4.com to learn how they can safety-proof their windows.

Jennifer is available for interviews to relate her experience, and the Clark County Public Health Department as well as a spokesperson for Clark County Fire District 6 is also available for interviews on the free window stop program and how it works. Becca Cunningham, a Vancouver mother who wrote a book on Window Falls, is also available to talk with you about local/region/and national trends regarding window falls.

Contacts:

Jennifer Curry: curryjennifero@gmail.com (503) 550-4039
Anne Johnston/Clark County Public Health Nurse: anne.johnston@clark.wa.gov (360) 397-8000 x7337 (360) 524-5044
David Schmitke/Public Education Coordinator Clark County Fire District 6: david.schmitke@ccfd6.org (360) 975-7162
Becca Keen Cunningham/Expert and Parent of Window Fall Survivor: beccakenn@hotmail.com (503) 314-6197


Written by: Dave Schmitke
Update - Clark County Corrections Deputies - OIS -
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/22/17 1:36 PM
Update 05/22/2017
The inmate is identified as: MARTIN, John Jeffery DOB 04/26/1951

The Officer Involved Shooting Deputies are identified as Elissa Black, 11 year veteran and Pam Frisby, 12 Year veteran. Both deputies are assigned to the Corrections Branch of the Clark County Sheriff's Office and remain on paid critical incident leave.

The shooting remains under active investigation of the Regional Major Crimes Team. No further information is available at this time.


05/18/2017
Clark County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies were in an officer involved shooting today about 10:41 hours while guarding a jail inmate at PeaceHealth Hospital. An inmate at the Clark County Jail, a 66 year old male, was held on charges of Parole Violation, escape from community custody, and unlawful possession of a firearm; U.S. Marshal's Service Warrant. The inmate had complained of experiencing a medical issue and was transferred under guard to PeaceHeath SW Medical Center the morning of Wednesday, May 17th. The inmate remained under guard from Corrections Deputies overnight in the hospital. At approximately 10:41 Hrs today the inmate took action which resulted in an Officer Involved shooting. The inmate was immediately provided emergency medical care and was taken into surgery but succumbed to his injury and died.
No hospital staff was injured. Neither deputy involved was injured. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation of the Regional Major Crimes Team under Vancouver Police Lead. The Corrections Deputies have been placed on Critical Incident Leave, a standard practice for OIS incidents. No further information concerning this investigation will be released at this time. The identity of the deceased inmate will be released by the Medical Examiner's Office following notification of next of kin.
Shooting Incident Investigation UPDATE. Arrest
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/19/17 3:17 PM
On May 18th Clark County Major Crimes detectives arrested a 16 year old Vancouver boy for negligently shooting an acquaintance at a home in the Truman neighborhood. The juveniles name is being withheld. He was arrested for the below mentioned crimes:

Reckless Endangerment
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Theft of a Firearm

He was lodged in the Clark County Juvenile facility.

There will be no further information released at this time.




About 10 AM today 911 received a report of a shooting victim at a residence at the 4700 Blk NE 49th Street. Deputies located a 19 YOA male with a single gunshot wound to his leg. The shooting victim was transported to an area hospital with significant but non-life threatening injury. From information the victim provided several individuals are being detained and interviewed by detectives at this time. Truman Elementary was placed into lockdown as a precaution.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are conducting the investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Trespasser arrested at CRHS (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/17/17 1:31 PM
SRO's and School Security following arrest
SRO's and School Security following arrest
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Arrested DAVIS, Jasen Nathan DOB 03/23/1974 Transient ("Jasen" is indicated name)

At 09:35 Hrs today, Sheriff's School Resource Deputies and school district security officers responded to a report of an adult male transient on school grounds at Columbia River High School. The man had walked into the school and immediately entered a boy's restroom near the entrance. The school was momentarily placed into lockdown while security and deputies took the subject into custody. He was identified as Jasen Davis. Davis was booked into Clark County Jail on charges of Criminal Trespass and Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Davis was also wanted on an unrelated Robbery charge.

Davis was taken into custody without incident and didn't interact with any students or school staff. The lockdown has been lifted and school functions have returned to normal.


Attached Media Files: SRO's and School Security following arrest
Deputies Serve Search Warrant, Recover Stolen Tractors and Building Materials (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/19/17 4:51 PM
Recovered Kioti Front Loader
Recovered Kioti Front Loader
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Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies today recovered 2 stolen tractors and other property following the service of a search warrant on a property in the 30000 block of Beaver Homes Rd. in the Rainier Area. Deputies also arrested one suspect in relation to the stolen property and two others on drug possession charges.

Deputies developed probable cause to search the property yesterday when a deputy responded to the 68000 block of Holbrook Rd., Rainier to investigate a cold burglary of a rental house. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect, who was later identified as Derek Kelley 40, Rainier had burglarized the residence on several occasions. Building material was stolen during these burglaries.

The investigating deputy proceeded to Beaver Homes Rd., where Kelley is known to be staying and noticed Kelley on a brand new orange tractor, working on the property.

Deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office worked through the night to obtain a search warrant for the property.

Today at 1047 hours, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office--with the assistance of the Rainier Police Department--executed the search warrant. Kelley was found sleeping in a trailer on the property. The stolen building material was recovered, along with the two tractors.

One of the tractors was a excavator stolen from Portland. The second stolen tractor was a brand new, Kioti front loader worth $28,000, which had been reported stolen yesterday from Doetsch Road in Rainier. Both tractors were seized as evidence.

Kelley was taken into custody and transported to the Columbia County Jail. He is currently being charged with Burglary II, Theft II, and Criminal Mischief III. The investigation into the stolen tractors is ongoing and we are anticipating more charges being added to Kelley, who also is the suspect in several other burglary/theft cases pending in the County.

Dennis Cliett, 75, Transient and James Sjong, 62, Transient were also taken into custody on PCS (Methamphetamine) charges, but expected to be released with court appearance dates within 48 hours.


Attached Media Files: Recovered Kioti Front Loader , Recovered Excavator , Derek Kelley
Corvallis Police Investigating Stabbing
Corvallis Police - 05/22/17 10:40 AM
On May 22, 2017, at approximately 5:54am, Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to 400 block of NW 27th ST, after a 911 caller reported a stabbing at a residence. Upon arriving, the officers learned a male suspect had entered a residence and stabbed multiple victims before fleeing the residence on foot. Officers located the suspect near the Benton County Senior Center where they were able to take him into custody. The suspect's identity is not known to investigators at this time. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment after being taken into custody.

Multiple victims were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators are still on scene. More details will be released as they become available.
Cowlitz Sheriff releases video of arson of coffee stand: Seeks public help on case.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/18/17 2:50 PM
On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at around 1:00 AM, a subject entered the coffee stand at Drew's Grocery - 5304 Spirit Lake Hwy in Toutle, WA. Within minutes, fire erupts and the subject is seen running from the coffee stand. Toutle Fire quickly responded and extinguished the fire, but the building was a complete loss.

The event was captured by a video camera and can be viewed on youtube at this link:

https://youtu.be/fwxd07-NWBk

The building is owned by Connie Gorman. The coffee stand was operated by Dexter "Juice" Solomon and his wife, Patricia "Patti" Solomon.

The subject responsible for the fire likely sustained burns. If anyone has any information on the fire, or might be able to identify the subject running from the building, please contact Sgt. Troy Brightbill or Detective Lorenzo Gladson at 577-3092.

People who want to remain anonymous can use the smart phone app "Tip411" and make the information to the attention of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
Free Boating Education Class
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/16/17 8:48 AM
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division, will begin hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next available class will be held on Saturday, June 3rd. The class will run from 8:00am-3:00pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington. There is no cost for the class.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer via email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us. Registrations fill up fast.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out www.boatered.org.
Reward Offered in Fatal Hit and Run - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-17 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 05/19/17 10:08 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a fatal hit and run crash.

On Friday May 5, 2017, at 4:33 a.m., Portland East Precinct responded to the report that a pedestrian was hit by a driver on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just south of Flavel Street and that the involved driver left the scene.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and found 45-year-old Theodore Cornelius Jones lying on the sidewalk, suffering from traumatic injuries. Jones was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment but did not survive his injuries.

Video footage of the incident indicates that the suspect driver was in a smaller, dark-colored sedan and continued to drive southbound on 82nd Avenue after striking the pedestrian. The vehicle likely would have sustained damage to the hood and windshield.

Video of the crash is available for viewing and download at https://youtu.be/q-JSGe8AMfY

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

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-15 - River Road Fire (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 05/16/17 12:00 PM
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Portland Fire & Rescue, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to develop leads in a fire investigation that destroyed a North Portland warehouse.

On May 14, 2017 at 9:57 p.m., multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported a large fire under the Fremont Bridge. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 1300 North River Road and reported a significant amount of fire from a large warehouse.

A second alarm was called at 10:04 p.m. and brought additional resources to manage the large and complex incident. Two fire boats were also dispatched because the building is built partially over the Willamette River on pier-style wood pilings.

The fire became even larger due to the contents of the warehouse -- items including carpet pad and other synthetic products that burn easily. This prompted incident commanders to call for a third alarm at 12:55 a.m.

Crews worked throughout the morning to prevent heat and flames from damaging neighboring buildings. There were no injuries and investigators are still working to find the cause. No damage estimates have been determined.

Investigators believe this fire started below the structure in the wood pilings/pier that supports the structure. There have been reports of activity in this area including warming and cooking fires. Investigators would like any specific information anyone may have regarding activity on the date or the days just the fire.

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

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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 Against Hiring Fraud Scams
FBI - Oregon - 05/16/17 1:25 PM
In recent months, the FBI has been getting more and more reports of hiring fraud scams hitting Oregonians. Here's how they work:

The scammer says he is hiring for a well-known company, and he is looking to hire people who want to work-at-home. The scammer asks for the person's resume, which is used to collect Personally Identifying Information - or PII. PII includes addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and the like. Once the scammer has the PII, he uses that information to launch as many different schemes as he can before the victim realizes what is going on.

In one version of this scam, he offers the victim a check to buy job-related equipment. When there is money left over -- and there is always a lot of money left over -- the scammer asks to get the remaining funds returned. Once the victim's bank determines the original check was a fraud, the victim gets stuck with the bill for all of it. In a slight variation -- the scammer convinces the job applicant to pre-pay for needed equipment, but the applicant never gets reimbursed as promised.

One final twist -- the scammer sometimes gets the applicant to set up a bank account to receive funds for work-related expenses or to conduct business transactions for the company. In this case, the scammer is using the account to launder illicit funds. Again, the victim is held responsible by the bank.

How do you protect yourself?
Confirm that the company that you are dealing with really is hiring. Call the company using a publicly-available number -- such as one off its website -- to confirm that the offer is legitimate.
Watch for use of poor English, grammar and spelling.
Be wary of an exceptionally-fast hiring process, and
Never open a bank account for use by strangers.

How do businesses protect themselves?
Make sure your website and social media accounts specify how your hiring process works, and
Be very clear about the fact that you would not hire people in the ways described above

For more information about cyber safety for home and work, check out www.fbi.gov. Victims should report any cyber scams to the FBI through its Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Note to media: Audio files in English, Spanish and Russian are attached. Written versions in Spanish and Russian are also attached.


Attached Media Files: English audio PSA , Spanish audio PSA , Russian audio PSA , Spanish written PSA , Russian written PSA
FBI Launches "Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense"
FBI - Oregon - 05/16/17 1:25 PM
The FBI's Portland Division is launching a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign titled "Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense" for home and work. Each week over the next few months, the FBI in Oregon will release information about the computer threats that we all face along with helpful hints as to how a person or a business can best defend against hackers, thieves and cyber criminals.

"The scope of the problem is so great that no law enforcement agency can stop each and every threat that hits our collective digital doorstep," says Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Our goal is to help educate both the general consumer and Oregon businesses about simple, practical steps they can take to keep their data safe."

The FBI will offer both written tips and audio clips to encourage media and the general public to take the information and pass it along. The FBI also plans to offer the information in Spanish and Russian as those two communities in Oregon are often targets for victimization by fraudsters.
Keizer Man Charged with Two Bank Robberies
FBI - Oregon - 05/16/17 10:57 AM
The FBI has filed a criminal complaint against a Keizer man, Clarence Drew Sides, age 51, charging him with two counts of bank robbery.

Since the initial robbery almost a month ago, the FBI and Salem Police Department - with the help of the Marion County Sheriff's Office - have been working to identify and detain the person responsible for a series of robberies. This complaint specifically charges Sides with two of these robberies:

April 20, 2017 - Columbia Bank, 3305 Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon
April 26, 2017 - Chase Bank, 5135 Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon

On May 11, 2017, Salem Police took Sides into custody on state charges as a result of the investigation into a third robbery in the area. That third robbery occurred at Key Bank, 4871 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Oregon on May 11th. Sides remains in the Marion County Jail on the state charges and a federal hold.

A complaint is only an accusation of a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorney Scott Kerin is prosecuting this case.
FBI Offers Reward of up to $10,000 in Kamau Curnal Fugitive Hunt (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/16/17 10:07 AM
Curnal photo
Curnal photo
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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 28. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Aaron Barnes, drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and his case is currently pending further court action.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster (link to https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal)

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Attached Media Files: Curnal wanted poster , Curnal photo
Suspect charged in groping incident on jogging path
Forest Grove Police - 05/22/17 11:52 AM
UPDATE

At approximately 10:00 am this date, a 14 y/o male turned himself in to the Forest Grove Police Department accompanied by his parents. The boy was interviewed by investigators and made a full confession in the groping of the female jogger yesterday. The boy has been charged with Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and Harassment with enhanced penalties. The matter has been referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department.




From 5/21/17

At 12:50 pm this date, a woman jogging on a paved path near Hwy 47 and Maple Street in Forest Grove was grabbed from behind by an unknown male subject. The male immediately turned and ran and the woman gave chase until the male entered a back yard in the 1500 block of Maple Place. Officers searched the area with assistance from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Beaverton K-9 unit but they were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a White male, 5'05", approximately 18-20 years old with light brown hair described as cut in a "bowl cut". He was wearing a white or gray tank top or muscle shirt and dark colored shorts. The man reportedly was wearing a belt with a red coloring on it.

The case is still under investigation and police will also be stepping up patrols in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Forest Grove Police Department at 503.992.3260.
Child and mother injured in early morning shooting
Gresham Police Dept - 05/22/17 1:12 PM
GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer


Child and mother injured in early morning shooting


RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-27890

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On May 22 around 4:30 a.m., Gresham Police responded to the 1300 block of NE 183 Ave. on a report that 9-year-old boy and his 29-year-old mother had been shot. Upon arriving at the location, police quickly located and identified both victims. Both victims were transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. An update on their condition is not available at this time.
The East County Major Crimes Team, assisted by members of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, is currently investigating the shooting. Although no one is in custody at this time, investigators believe this is not a random act of violence nor that the public is in danger.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gresham Police the tip line 503-618-2719. No other information is being released at this time.
Tip of the Week May 22, 2017 - Motorcycle Safety
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 05/18/17 5:10 PM
TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: May 15, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds both riders and drivers to do their part to keep everyone safe.

In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers who died in crashes. That same year had nearly 88,000 nonfatal injuries according to statistics published by the NSC. Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers increased nearly 3% from 2006 to 2015.

Motorcycles make up 3% of all registered vehicles and only .7% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S. However, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of all occupant fatalities and 4% of all occupant injuries in 2014," according to the NSC publication Injury Facts(R) 2017.

Nearly one-third of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2014 were alcohol-impaired. In 2015, speeding was a factor in more than 30% of motorcycle crashes. Also that year, 35% of all fatalities were riders 50 years of age and older. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, those older riders were ones who had ridden motorcycles in their 20's and decided to take it up again in their late 40's to 60's. Some of the challenges they faced in today's world were more traffic, more powerful bikes, more distracted drivers and diminished physical skills.

The most important equipment a biker can use? A HELMET! It is estimated that 1,772 lives were saved in 2015 by the use of helmets for both operators and passengers. An additional 740 lives could have been saved that year if they had all worn helmets.

In addition to wearing a helmet, we urge you to follow these safety rules:

?NLG~ Drive Defensively
?NLG~ Use headlights day and night
?NLG~ Watch for hazards in the road such as potholes, oil slicks, gravel and debris
?NLG~ Wear durable clothing that is bright and/or reflective as well as boots that cover the ankles
?NLG~ DON'T drink and ride
?NLG~ DON'T speed

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-05/5490/104535/052217-Motorcycle_Safety.pdf
Enhanced Patrol for Memorial Day Weekend
Molalla Police Dept. - 05/15/17 11:38 PM
This Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th and 29th 2017, the Molalla Police Department will be conducting additional patrols focused on detecting and arresting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any other intoxicating substance.

The Molalla Police Department wants to remind drivers the danger of impaired driving. If someone decides to drink and drive or consume marijuana or any other impairing substance, they should plan ahead and have a designated driver or alternate transportation.

The goal of the Molalla Police Department is to ensure the roads in and around the City of Molalla are safe for everyone and to prevent avoidable tragedies.
MCSO Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 in Wood Village (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/17 11:42 PM
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FINAL UPDATE

Investigators have determined that a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck was travelling eastbound in the center lane of Interstate 84 when it came to a stop, along with several other vehicles, due to debris in the roadway.

The obstruction was cleared from the roadway and traffic began to move again. The Chevrolet pickup experienced a mechanical problem and was not able to move from where it had stopped. A 2012 Dodge Caravan struck the rear of the Chevrolet pickup at freeway speeds.

The passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, GLEN HAMPTON, age 60 from Lyle, Washington, died at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, LINDA HAMPTON, age 67 from Lyle, Washington, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan, JACK YOUNG, age 75 from Troutdale, Oregon, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

MCSO was assisted at the scene by the Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Gresham Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 are expected to re-open by 12:30am. Refer to www.tripcheck.com for updated closure information.



UPDATE #1

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash and was not interviewed at the scene by law enforcement. Please call the MCSO LE Records Unit at 503-988-7300 and identify yourself as a witness.

Investigators are still working on notifying the families of the individuals involved in this crash. Once this had been completed, additional information will be released to the media.

I-84 EB continues to be closed for at least the next 2 hours while the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to check www.tripcheck.com for update road information.



MCSO Deputies are on scene of a fatal traffic crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of NE 238th Ave.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 7:03pm after witnesses reported seeing one vehicle stopped in the middle lane, which then led to a second vehicle crashing into the stopped vehicle at a high rate of speed. It is unknown at this time why the first vehicle was stopped in the middle of the travel lane.

One person died at the scene of the crash and two others have been transported to local area hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of I-84 will be closed between Fairview Parkway and 238th Drive for several hours while the East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team investigates the crash.

More information will be released via Flash Alert as it becomes available.


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MCSO Deputies Respond to Injured Hiker Call at Horsetail Falls (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/17 7:25 PM
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Rescue crews have escorted the hiker back to the parking lot and provided treatment for minor injuries. Picture of emergency vehicles attached.

UPDATE

Rescue crews have reached the injured hiker and are walking him out to the parking lot for further treatment. The hiker was able to get out of the ravine without the assistance of a rope rescue team.

Additional information will be released soon.



MCSO Deputies are en route to Horsetail Falls to assist medical personnel with treatment of an injured hiker. A call to 911 at 5:28pm indicated that a male in his 20s fell approximately 15 feet off of the trail down a ravine and may have suffered a broken arm.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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MCSO River Patrol Respond to Boat Fire
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/17 3:38 PM
On 05/21/17 at 1420 hours MCSO River Patrol Deputies responded to a report of a boat fire at the Donaldson Marina at 3501 NE Marine Drive. When deputies arrived, personnel from Portland Fire & Rescue and the United States Coast Guard Reserve had the fire under control.

There are no reported injuries, and the fire was contained to a 30-foot sailboat, with no other significant property damage having been reported at this time.

MCSO River Patrol deputies will be assisting investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue to determine the cause of the fire.

There are no available pictures of the fire at this time.
Oregon City Police Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
Oregon City Police Dept. - 05/17/17 4:36 PM
The Oregon City Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. This operation will be held on Molalla Ave at Pleasant Ave in Oregon City and last from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The primary focus of this operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. The Oregon City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of the pedestrian right away laws, using a decoy pedestrian. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone.

As a reminder, motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway ORS 811.028. Motorists are required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in.

The members of the Oregon City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both citizens and guests of the city. Funding for the pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.
Death Investigation at Milo McIver State Park
Oregon State Police - 05/22/17 8:00 AM
On May 21, 2017, at about 5:37 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a deceased male at the Milo McIver State Park.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a hiker was walking on the Dog Creek Trail in the Milo McIver State Park when they came across a deceased male, later identified as William W. KEMP, age 65, of Milwaukie. Initial indicators revealed that the cause of death may have been medically related.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, Estacada Fire Department, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

No further information will be released at this time and no photographs regarding this incident are available.
Warrenton Woman Loses Her Life in a Fatal Crash on US-101 - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 05/20/17 2:20 PM
On May 19, 2017, at about 11:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on US-101 near milepost 17 (north of Gearhart).

Preliminary information indicates that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, operated by Wendi ROBINSON, age 42, of Warrenton, had been seen driving at high speeds heading south towards Seaside. A witness reported observing the Corolla lose traction and ultimately drive off the western edge of the roadway. The Corolla had overturned and came to rest, partially submerged in three feet of water. ROBINSON was extricated from the vehicle by first responders who arrived on the scene. CPR was attempted but ROBINSON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

One lane was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department and Medix. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Highway 6 Crash Takes Life of a Rockaway Man - Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/19/17 7:04 PM
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On May 19, 2017, at about 11:41 a.m., a driving complaint was called into Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch regarding a green Toyota Rav4 that was driving erratically, traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 34. At about 11:47 a.m., while Washington County Sheriff Deputies were attempting to locate the vehicle, Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle, head-on crash, on Highway 6 at mile post 37.5 involving the same green Toyota that was called in previously. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash scene (west of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Toyota Rav4, operated by David John WISE, age 80, of Rockaway, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6, when for unknown reasons he crossed into the oncoming westbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2006 Jayco Motorhome, operated by Marcus Reid HOLCOMB, age 46, of Scappoose. WISE was pronounced deceased at the scene and HOLCOMB was not injured.

Highway 6 was closed with one lane open intermittently for approximately three hours for the crash investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Banks Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating a Missing Person - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/18/17 2:00 PM
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The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing adult female who was last seen in Williams, Oregon on March 2, 2017.

Kimberly Ann MERICLE, age 46, has an associated vehicle that is a burgundy Isuzu Rodeo, Oregon License Plate # 004 HSN. She is a white female, 5'3" tall, weighs 120 pounds, chin length brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of MERICLE, please contact:

Oregon State Police Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or the Southern Region Communications Center (Dispatch) at 541-776-6111


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Media Alert- Safe Kids Event Thursday May 25, 2017 at Capitol Mall Park (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/18/17 8:14 AM
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May 25, 2017- The Oregon State Police in partnership, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the FBI's Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARD) are hosting a Safe Kids event from 11:00 to 3:00 pm at the Capitol Mall Park in Salem, Oregon.

This event is happening on National Missing Children's day to help bring awareness to the over 450 missing children, who are currently missing from Oregon.

What: OSP's Safe Kids Event for National Missing Children's Day

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:00 to 3:00 pm (Speakers begin at 11:00)

Where: Capitol Mall Park, just north of the Capitol Building, Salem

Speakers will be:
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
Dr. Nici Vance, Forensic Anthropologist
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Desiree Young (Kyron Horman's mother)
SSRA Kevin Damuth, FBI Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team

Booths:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Homeland Security Investigations
Oregon State Police's Criminal Division
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Oregon State Police's Forensics Unit and Truck
Mountain Wave Search & Rescue


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Elmira Area Resident Loses Life in Fatal Crash - 126W Eugene/Veneta - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/17/17 3:40 PM
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On Wednesday May 17, 2017 at about 1:20 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta.

The ongoing investigation revealed that a white 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, operated by 78 year old Elmira local Larry Lay, was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled over into the oncoming lane, crashing head-on into an eastbound black 2011 Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Nissan died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Lay was transported to a Springfield area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification to the family. Information will be provided as it is available.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield Fire, the Lane County District Attorney and Medical Examiners offices.


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UPDATE #2 - SERT/CNT Responding to Assist Central Precinct on Shooting Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/22/17 9:15 AM
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26-year-old Ronnie Lee Smith was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run) and Reckless Driving. Additionally, Smith was booked on a parole detainer for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The Gang Enforcement Team is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

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One person has been taken into custody and officers have checked a residence in the Pearl Court Apartments to ensure there were no injured people inside. SERT and CNT were recalled and the scene is now secure for investigators. The PIO is not responding to the scene.

Based on information learned in the preliminary investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team has responded to continue the investigation. A vehicle parked in front of the Pearl Court Apartments is being examined as part of the continuing investigation.

No further updates are expected this evening.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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


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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the Pearl District to assist Central Precinct officers on a shooting investigation.

Interested media should stage at Northwest 9th Avenue and Irving Street. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

Pearl District traffic in the area of Northwest 9th to 10th Avenues, Lovejoy to Irving Streets is likely impacted by this police activity.

This investigation started at 9:25 p.m. at North Broadway and Flint Avenue on the report gunfire in the area where occupants of two vehicles were possibly shooting at each other. No victims were located but multiple updates reported to 9-1-1 led officers to the area of Northwest 9th Avenue and Lovejoy Street to look for one of the involved parties.

No additional information is available at this time but will be updated when available.

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19-Year-Old Man Arrested for Numerous Charges After Sunday Morning Crime Spree
Portland Police Bureau - 05/21/17 1:48 PM
On Sunday May 21, 2017, at 8:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 600 block of Southeast 148th Avenue on the report that a man not wearing a shirt was being chased by another man yelling that the shirtless man broke into his apartment.

As officers were continuing to respond to the scene they received updated information that the suspect was possibly bleeding and that the victim may have a knife.

The suspect ran to an approaching police car and got into the passenger seat. The officer got the suspect out of the police car and attempted to take him into custody but the suspect broke away and ran, then attempted to force entry into another residence but was repelled by the residents.

The suspect then tried to enter the passenger side of a passing car as officers arrived and took him into custody in the area of Southeast 148th Avenue and Mill Street. Medical personnel responded to the scene to treat the suspect for agitation and cuts he suffered in a struggle with the first victim.

Officers learned that the suspect attempted to enter an occupied apartment. The resident victim grabbed a utility knife to repel the suspect, who then ran away. The victim went outside to ensure the suspect left the area. The suspect confronted the victim, who used the utility knife to defend himself.

The suspect, 19-year-old Noel Stivensson, is being treated at a Portland hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and drug impairment. Pending his medical treatment, Stivensson will either be booked into jail upon his release or receive criminal citations from the investigating officers.

The victim who used the utility knife is not expected to face any charges.

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Reward of up to $5,000 Offered to Identify the "Foul Mouth Bandit" (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/20/17 4:09 PM
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The Financial Institution Security Task Force (FIST), working with Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect involved in several robberies of financial institutions in the Portland area.

The suspect is believed to be responsible for four robberies at financial institutions:

April 3 at OnPoint Credit Union -- 1720 Northeast 9th Avenue
April 4 at Wells Fargo Bank -- 5730 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
April 7 at Bank of the West -- 905 Northeast Halsey Street
April 7 at Advantis Credit Union -- 3515 Northeast 15th Avenue

The suspect is described as a Black male, 30 to 49 years old, 5'10" tall, 185 pounds, with a medium complexion, and a heavy build. The suspect wears glasses and generally wears a hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap during the robberies. The suspect has implied that he's armed with a gun but no gun has actually been seen in any of the robberies.

Detectives nicknamed him the "Foul Mouth Bandit" due to the language he uses during the robberies.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

FIST is made up of representatives of financial institutions and law enforcement agencies. FIST works to help reduce crimes against Oregon financial institutions, their customers and employees. Final approval for any reward payment is solely within the discretion of FIST, based in part on the recommendation of law enforcement.

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Portland Police Canine Memorial Statues to be Dedicated Today (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/20/17 8:00 AM
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Today, Saturday May 20, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Canine Unit will be hosting an open house and dedication ceremony for the newly created Canine Memorial.

The memorial is located in front of the Canine Unit office and public safety building at 4735 East Burnside Street, formerly known as Southeast Precinct.

A brief dedication ceremony will be held from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend and share in the dedication ceremony. A flyer is attached for download and sharing on social media.

This memorial project was made possible through countless hours of work by local artist Richard A. Moore III, as well as many generous donors, including the Portland Police Historical Society and Advantis Credit Union, following the tragic shooting death of Portland Police K-9 Mick in 2014.

The memorial will honor Mick and Argos, who was the first Portland Police K-9 killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1987.

Meet the entire PPB Canine Unit
Meet the artist Richard A. Moore III
K-9 exhibits and demonstrations
Refreshments and snacks provided by Boyd's Coffee and Jazzy Bagels
PPB Honor Guard to present colors
PPB Highland Guard

Parking located at the Portland Montessori surface lot at Southeast 50th Avenue and Couch Street behind the precinct.

Please join us as we conclude Police Memorial Week 2017 to honor our canine partners who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Portland.

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UPDATE - Stabbing Investigation Underway at Lloyd Center MAX Platform - One Person Injured, Suspect in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 05/19/17 9:54 PM
The suspect in this afternoon's stabbing, 42-year-old Christopher Eugene Woods, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Menacing. Woods will be arraigned on Monday.

The victim is being treated at a Portland hospital and is expected to survive. Detectives learned that the victim and suspect exchanged words that led to a physical altercation, resulting in the stabbing.

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On Friday May 19, 2017, at 3:57 p.m., North Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a stabbing at the Lloyd Center MAX platform, located at Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street.

As officers were responding to the scene they received additional information that the suspect was near the DoubleTree Hotel across the street. Officers arrived within moments of the 9-1-1 call and contacted the suspect, taking him into custody without incident. A knife was recovered from the scene.

The victim, a female in her late-teens or early-20s, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to traumatic injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect and victim did not know each other. The suspect approached the victim, who was with two other young women, and after a brief exchange of words the suspect suddenly attacked the victim, stabbing her multiple times.

The MAX platform is closed; however MAX trains are running through the area, not stopping. TriMet users should check http://www.trimet.org for service updates.

Assault detectives will be continuing the investigation and the suspect's name and charges will be released after booking into jail.

Anyone who witnessed the attack that has not spoken with police is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in King Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 05/19/17 5:21 PM
On Friday May 19, 2017, at 3:42 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 7th Avenue and Alberta Street on the report of a traffic crash and shooting.

Officers arrived in the area spoke to witnesses who reported hearing gunfire and seeing a car crash into another car then speed out of the area. No gunshot victims were located at the scene but officers did locate evidence of gunfire.

Officers canvassing the neighborhood found a vehicle that may be involved in the shooting.

Based on preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to continue the investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Suspect Wanted for Throwing Semen on Unsuspecting Victims - Update (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/19/17 3:39 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who is throwing semen onto unsuspecting women in Portland area grocery stores.

Detectives are investigating two incidents at Southwest Portland grocery stores and are working with the Beaverton and Milwaukie Police Departments on two other cases in their respective areas.

Detectives have learned that the suspect will follow an unsuspecting female in the store and throw semen on them then walk away. Detectives believe that due to the nature of the act, there may be additional victims that are unaware of the suspect's actions.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20s to 40s, short-to-medium height and build. In one incident, the suspect was driving a white, four-door car.

Surveillance images of the suspect and suspect vehicle from the April 5, 2017, incident at Safeway on Southwest Barbur Boulevard are being released to aid in this investigation.

Anyone seeing this suspect in the act of a crime is asked to call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect or any additional victims is asked to contact Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0889 or christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

An earlier version of this news release was sent that included a pun in the headline. The use of the pun has been removed and the Bureau regrets the choice of words, which were in no way meant to make light of these serious incidents. The intent was to bring as much attention to this story and have it shared on social media to generate leads for the detective in the hopes of identifying the suspect and to prevent further incidents. In hindsight, the use of a pun was inappropriate in this situation.

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Portland Police Canine Memorial Statue to be Dedicated Tomorrow (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/19/17 9:00 AM
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On Saturday May 20, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Canine Unit will be hosting an open house and dedication ceremony for the newly created Canine Memorial.

The memorial is located in front of the Canine Unit office and public safety building at 4735 East Burnside Street, formerly known as Southeast Precinct.

A brief dedication ceremony will be held from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend and share in the dedication ceremony. A flyer is attached for download and sharing on social media.

This memorial project was made possible through countless hours of work by local artist Richard A. Moore III, as well as many generous donors, including the Portland Police Historical Society and Advantis Credit Union, following the tragic shooting death of Portland Police K-9 Mick in 2014.

The memorial will honor Mick and Argos, who was the first Portland Police K-9 killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1987.

Meet the entire PPB Canine Unit
Meet the artist Richard A. Moore III
K-9 exhibits and demonstrations
Refreshments and snacks provided by Boyd's Coffee and Jazzy Bagels
PPB Honor Guard to present colors
PPB Highland Guard

Parking located at the Portland Montessori surface lot at Southeast 50th Avenue and Couch Street behind the precinct.

Please join us as we conclude Police Memorial Week 2017 to honor our canine partners who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Portland.

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40-Year-Old Man Injured in Overnight Shooting in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 05/19/17 8:52 AM
On Thursday May 18, 2017, at 11:38 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance and shooting in eh 2100 block of Southeast 174th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that a gunshot victim was calling from in front of Portland Fire & Rescue Station 31, located a few blocks north of the shooting location.

Paramedics and firefighters began treating the victim, a 40-year-old male, who was then transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Officers learned that there was disturbance involving several people outside the initial location and that several shots were fired by an unknown person, resulting in the victim's injuries.

There is no suspect information and detectives would like to hear with anyone with information.

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

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UPDATE #3 -ARREST - Death Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/18/17 8:05 PM
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This afternoon, the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested 38-year-old Michael Allen Shipley on two outstanding arrest warrants and probable cause for murder in connection with the death of Brian Bruns on Tuesday evening.

Homicide detectives booked Shipley into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Murder as well as the two outstanding warrants. He will be arraigned on Friday.

Detectives are continuing to seek information from potential witnesses. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The person found deceased last night has been identified as 53-year-old Brian Elliot Bruns of Southeast Portland. Late this afternoon, the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Bruns died of homicidal violence/stab wounds.

Detectives are not releasing any additional information about the nature of the injuries or weapon used in the stabbing. Detectives are actively pursuing leads but do not have any suspect information to share at this time.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Homicide detectives are in the early stages of an investigation into the death of an adult male in Southeast Portland. The victim appears to be in his 20s to 40s and has not been identified. Detectives are asking that anyone with information call the Police Non-Emergency Line tonight at 503-823-3333, or the Detective Division tomorrow at 503-823-0400.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday May 16, 2017, at 8:36 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance in the 4400 block of Southeast 99th Avenue and that someone was injured in a fight.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a person appearing to be suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel determined that the person was deceased.

Based on preliminary information, Homicide detectives are responding to conduct a death investigation.

There have been no arrests and no additional is information available at this time.

Interested media should stage on the northeast corner of Southeast 99th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

99th Avenue is closed to all traffic between Holgate Boulevard and Cora Street.

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Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/18/17 4:00 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure and rule, as found within Bureau directives.

Currently, the Bureau in the process of reviewing all of its directives and is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following:

1245.00 Vehicles, Off-Duty Use by Authorized Members
1230.20 Parking of Bureau Vehicles
416.00 Post Officer Involved Deadly Force/Temporary Altered Duty

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757

This web page also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted for review.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected through June 14, 2017.

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Two People Injured in Overnight Shooting -- Gang Enforcement Team Investigating
Portland Police Bureau - 05/18/17 1:12 PM
On Thursday May 18, 2017, at 12:17 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Portland Adventist Medical Center (PAMC) on the report that a gunshot victim arrived at the hospital.

Officers arrived at PAMC and learned that the 26-year-old male victim was being transported by ambulance to a different hospital for trauma car. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Officers at PAMC spoke with two other people and learned that the victim and his two friends were driving in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road when an unknown person fired multiple rounds into their car, striking the victim multiple times as he sat in the front seat. The 25-year-old male driver suffered a grazing gunshot wound. The back seat passenger was not injured.

There is no suspect information available at this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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48-Year-Old Man Arrested for Sex Crimes to a Child (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/18/17 7:00 AM
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On May 17, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested 48-year-old Rick Rayborn of Sherwood, Oregon, in connection with an investigation into allegations of criminal sexual activity more than a decade ago.

Rayborn was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and Sex Abuse in the First Degree (two counts). Rayborn will be arraigned on Thursday.

This investigation started in early-May 2017 after an 18-year-old female victim reported to a School Resource Officer information about past abuse by Rayborn, when she was a young child. This information was shared with detectives who continued the investigation, leading to Rayborn's arrest.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Todd Christensen at 503-823-0880, todd.christensen@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength Programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

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

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Person Deceased After Jumping from Burnside Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 05/17/17 1:25 PM
On Wednesday May 17, 2017, at 12:49 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Burnside Bridge on the report that a person jumped off the bridge and landed on the concrete below.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the person, an adult male, deceased on the concrete bridge piling below the south side of the bridge.

One lane on the top of the bridge is affected until the investigation at the scene is complete and the Medical Examiner takes custody of the body.

Preliminary information indicates this is a suicide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE - Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Concordia Neighborhood - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 05/17/17 10:01 AM
The victim in last night's shooting, a 34-year-old female, was treated and released from a Portland hospital. She was unable to provide any additional information on the suspect or reason for the shooting.

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

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday May 16, 2017, at 10:32 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 33rd Avenue and Killingsworth Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the victim, a female adult, who was suffering from a leg injury. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive her injuries.

Officers at the scene learned that witnesses heard several shots and that a black sedan sped out of the area after the shooting - unknown if it's related to the incident. The victim was walking to her car when she was shot by an unknown assailant. It is not yet known if the victim was the intended target of the shooting.

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

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Portland Police Canine Memorial Statue to be Dedicated on Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/17/17 9:35 AM
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On Saturday May 20, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Canine Unit will be hosting an open house and dedication ceremony for the newly created Canine Memorial.

The memorial is located in front of the Canine Unit office and public safety building at 4735 East Burnside Street, formerly known as Southeast Precinct.

A brief dedication ceremony will be held from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend and share in the dedication ceremony. A flyer is attached for download and sharing on social media.

This memorial project was made possible through countless hours of work by local artist Richard A. Moore III, as well as many generous donors, including the Portland Police Historical Society and Advantis Credit Union, following the tragic shooting death of Portland Police K-9 "Mick" in 2014.

Meet the entire PPB Canine Unit
Meet the artist Richard A. Moore III
K-9 exhibits and demonstrations
Refreshments and snacks provided by Boyd's Coffee and Jazzy Bagels
PPB Honor Guard to present colors
PPB Highland Guard

Parking located at the Portland Montessori surface lot at Southeast 50th Avenue and Couch Street behind the precinct.

Please join us as we conclude Police Memorial Week 2017 to honor our canine partners who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Portland.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-05/3056/104465/Canine_Memorial.jpg , 2017-05/3056/104465/Canine_Memorial_Flyer.jpg
UPDATE - Suspect Identified in Old Town Stabbing -- Already in Jail on Unrelated Charges (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/17 7:15 PM
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Today, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives were notified that 37-year-old Jacob Shroyer passed away at a Portland hospital. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Lee Williams, in connection with Shroyer's death.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Portland Police Homicide detectives have identified the suspect in a May 8, 2017 stabbing that left a 37-year-old man in critical condition.

In the evening hours of Thursday May 11, 2017, Homicide detectives charged 33-year-old Michael Lee Williams with Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in connection with the attack. Williams was already in custody at the Multnomah County Jail as a result of a May 9 arrest on unrelated charges and a parole violation.

The May 8 stabbing victim, Jacob Pedro Shroyer, a resident of Northwest Portland, remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital. Shroyer's injuries are considered life-threatening.

The investigation started on Monday May 8, at 10:25 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a person stabbed at the Pacific Tower Apartments, located at 333 Northwest 4th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Shroyer suffering from multiple stab wounds. Shroyer was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he remains.

Based on information learned in the investigation, the suspect is a black male adult with a large build, armed with a knife. There is no information to suggest the victim and suspect knew each other and the attack appears to be completely random.

During the course of the investigation, detectives developed probable cause to believe Williams was the attacker and obtained evidence linking him to the crime.

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

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Marine Drive Closed 33rd to 122nd Due to Fatal Crash - Major Crash Team Responding #Alert
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/17 1:12 PM
On Tuesday May 16, 2017, at 12:44 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a crash involving multiple drivers on Northeast Marine Drive, just west of 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined one person was deceased and others suffered injuries, although none appear to be immediately life-threatening.

Northeast Marine Drive will be closed from 33rd Avenue to 122nd Avenue for several hours as the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conducts an investigation.

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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28-Year-Old Mom Arrested for DUII, Assaulting a Police Officer - Kids Taken Into Protective Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/17 9:51 AM
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On Monday May 15, 2017, North Precinct officers responded to the report of a driver traveling northbound on I-5 near Jantzen Beach, weaving in and out of traffic, scraping the jersey barrier in a vehicle with flat tires.

Officers arrived and stopped the driver near the I-5 bridge. Officers made contact with the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Amal Shariff of Seattle, Washington, and noted that there were two small children in the back seat and that they were crying.

The driver was asked to get out of the car as part of an impaired driving investigation and once out, officers began to place Shariff into custody. Shariff struggled with officers and struck an officer in the face with her elbow before officers were able to gain control of her and place her into handcuffs.

Shariff was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Police Officer (two counts), Resist Arrest, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts), Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Shariff's children were taken into protective custody and turned over to the Department of Human Services.

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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Text-To-911 service to launch in Salem and additional Oregon communities (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 05/22/17 8:18 AM
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Effective today, May 22, the Willamette Valley Communications Center debuts the Text-To-911 service in Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties. WVCC, which dispatches for 29 police, fire and ambulance services in the three counties, has completed testing and is now accepting text messages to 911 on Monday.

Text-To-911 is now be an option for residents with wireless devices who need emergency assistance, but they cannot call because the situation is too dangerous. The service will be especially beneficial to community members who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired.
"We're excited to unveil Text-To911 to the residents in our service area," said WVCC Operations Manager Tony Collins. "In addition to testing its functionality, we've been working with student groups from the deaf community to teach them about the service and let them practice using it." Those with hearing or speech impairments will now be able to text for assistance directly, rather than relying on a telecommunication relay service or other third party method.

Calling 911 in an emergency is still the preferred way to request help, as reminded in the slogan, Call if you can, text if you can't. Videos featuring the slogan were produced in English, American Sign Language, and Spanish to help residents understand the service.

The following situations help describe when use of the Text-To-911 service would be appropriate:
A deaf or hard-of-hearing individual with a speech disability who needs emergency assistance;
A caller who is unable to speak due to a medical issue or condition; and
A caller who finds themselves in a situation where speaking out loud would put them in danger, such as a home invasion, an abduction, or a domestic violence incident.
Tips for texting 911 include:
Try to keep calm.
Know your location. The dispatcher will need the location to send help. The Text-To-911 service differs from voice calls to 911 as your location is not displayed on the dispatcher's screen.
Text in simple words and avoid using abbreviations or emojis.
If it is safe to do so, keep the text function on your phone open until the dispatcher concludes the conversation.
If you do not want to be heard, please don't forget to silence your phone.

The Text-To-911 service is made possible through the wireless providers and a third party application which directs the text message to WVCC.

The WVCC law enforcement agencies which will make the service available to their residents include Dallas Police Department, Falls City 911 Answering Center, Gervais Police Department, Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Independence Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department.

The service will also be available to the following WVCC fire and ambulance service agencies: Central Coast Fire & Ambulance, Dallas Fire Department, Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District, Falls City Fire Department, Keizer RFPD, Marion County RFPD #1, Newport Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance, Polk County RFPD #1, Salem Fire Department, Salem Suburban RFPD, Seal Rock RFPD, Siletz Valley RFPD, South Lincoln Ambulance, Southwest Polk RFPD, Spring Valley RFPD, Yachats RFPD.

#S#P#D

Video links:
Video-1-TT911-ASL_URL: https://youtu.be/pQoQr_CmEss
Video-2-TT911-English-Dispatcher_URL: https://youtu.be/UfahC0x3XAc
Video-3-TT911-Spanish-Officer_URL: https://youtu.be/G2xo7PvN6P8
Video-4-TT911-English-Firefighter_URL: https://youtu.be/n986RWF66a8
Video-5-TT911-Slogan-Montage_URL: https://youtu.be/ZhXTrJcGrF8


Attached Media Files: Text-To-911 campaign slogan
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/18/2017-05/21/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 05/22/17 8:47 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/18/2017-05/21/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-871

On 05/18/2017 at about 0620 hrs., police responded to the 100 block of NE Ginseng Drive regarding a motorcycle that was stolen overnight. A report was taken.

1C 2017-875

On 05/18/2017 at about 1246 hrs., an employee in the 1000 block of 10th Street reported they recovered one of the companies vehicles which had been reported stolen. It was unclear if the vehicle had actually been stolen or misplaced.

1C 2017-878

On 05/18/2017 at about 2037 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile from the 400 block of SW Ivy Road. A report was taken.

1C 2017-885

On 05/20/2017 at about 1909 hrs., officers stopped a vehicle near SE Highway 224 and SE River Mill Road. It was found that the driver was uninsured and had a suspended license. During the course of the investigation, police discovered that a passenger, Mariah L. Salyer (29, of Oregon City) had a warrant for failure to appear on a Theft II charge. She was arrested, transported, and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $2500 bail. The driver was cited for the original violations, and the vehicle was impounded.

1C 2017-888

On 05/21/2017 at about 0949 hrs., police responded to a suspicious circumstance report in the 300 block of S Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-890

On 05/21/2017 at about 2224 hrs., police responded to a possible assault in the 700 block of Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).


SANDY:

18 2017-870

On 05/18/2017 at about midnight, police received a report about a runaway juvenile from the 39000 block of Gary Street. A report was taken (CAD).

18 2017-873

On 05/18/2017 at about 1017 hrs. police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle collision in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report was taken.

18 2017-879

On 05/19/2017 at about 1019 hrs., a citizen turned in a found bicycle for safekeeping.

18 2017-880

On 05/19/2017 at 1411 hrs., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 39000 block of Dubarko Road. One person was detained after officers discovered he attempted to conceal a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. The case will be referred to the DA's Office for consideration of charging for PCS Methamphetamine.

18 2017-884

On 05/20/2017 at 1146 hrs., it was reported that two juveniles shop-lifted from a store in the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. The value of the stolen goods was approximately $5. Still photos of the suspects were distributed in attempt to identify.

18 2017-886

On 05/20/17 at about 1920 hrs., an officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. Both involved parties were interviewed and this report documents the incident.

18 2017-887

On 05/20/2017 at about 2050 hrs., Ashley R. Mitchell, (30, of Milwaukie), was arrested on a warrant issued by the State Parole Board for a Parole Violation when he was found in the 37000 block of Highway 26. He was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was held without bail.

18 2017-889

On 05/21/2017 at 1241 hrs., police were advised of a traffic crash/road rage type incident that had occurred earlier at the intersection of Van Fleet Avenue and Dubarko Road. Louis T. Freeman, (52, of Central Point) was cited for Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief 2 in regards to the incident.

18 2017-891

On 05/21/2017 at 2140 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a vehicle with a driver who appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants. Joseph A. Trainer (38, of Sandy) was arrested for DUII in the 37000 block of Solso Drive.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/17/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 05/18/17 8:13 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/17/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-871

On 05/17/2017 at about 1618 hrs., police received a report about a stolen vehicle from the 100 block of Ginseng Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-865

On 05/17/2017 at about 1249 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash on Proctor Boulevard near Meinig Avenue. A report was taken.

18 2017-869

On 05/17/2017 at 1726 hrs., a Sandy resident was cited and released near Highway 26 and Ten Eyck Road for driving while misdemeanor-suspended.

18 2017-870

On 05/18/2017 at about midnight, police received a report about a runaway juvenile from the 39000 block of Gary Street. The juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/16/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 05/17/17 8:02 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/16/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-861

On 05/16/2017 at about 1807 hrs., officers arrested John L. Audas (29, of Estacada), on a misdemeanor warrant in the 400 block of SW Grove Road. The charges on the warrant were Criminal Mischief II and Criminal Trespass I. He was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $5000 bail.

SANDY:

18 2017-855

On 05/16/2017 at about 0302 hrs., police responded to the 18000 block of Tupper Road regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-857

On 05/16/2017 at about 1309 hrs., police received a report about a vehicle break-in from the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-860

On 05/16/2017 at 1743 hrs., a Sandy resident from the 36000 block of Eldridge Drive reported their son as a runaway. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered as a runaway.

18 2017-862

On 05/16/2017 at 1957 hrs., Jeremy R. Walker (26, of Sandy), was arrested for assault IV and strangulation near the 37000 block of Meeker Street. Jeremy was taken into custody and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/15/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 05/16/17 7:53 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 05/15/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported yesterday in Estacada.

SANDY:

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On 05/15/2017 at about 1225 hrs., police received a report about a theft that occurred in the 38000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.
Sheridan Fire Thanks the Community (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 05/17/17 11:47 AM
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The Sheridan Fire District would like to thank the community for voting to pass the continuation of our levy. According to the Yamhill County and Polk County websites our levy passed with 78% of voters from Yamhill County and 66.17% in Polk County. With the passing of the levy the Fire District plans to work on needed building improvements and replacing/upgrading turnouts and airpacks to help keep our volunteers safe.

In regards to the rest of the election Dennis Grauer was re-elected to position 4 on our Fire District Board. The Fire District board also is welcoming Brice Ingram who was elected to fill position 5 on the board. Donald Cooley, who previously held position 5 on the board, will be retiring from the Board of Directors and as a District Volunteer. Don Cooley has put in over 55 years with the Sheridan Fire District, including time as one of the Interim Fire Chief's. The Fire District thanks him for his service and commitment to our community.
Again, we would like to thank the community for their support.


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Auto-Pedestrian Fatality in Tigard Under Investigation
Tigard Police - 05/22/17 11:13 AM
On the evening of May 21, 2017, a 9-1-1 call sent Tigard Police to an auto-pedestrian crash. The incident occurred at approximately 10:25 p.m. in the 12900 block of SW Pacific Highway in Tigard. The victim, Norma Alicia Mendoza of Gresham, was struck by a northbound vehicle while attempting to cross Pacific Highway near Frewing St. The 49 year-old victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle involved remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Investigators noted no signs of driver impairment.

Northbound Pacific Highway in the area of the crash was closed for approximately 5 hours while members of the Washington County CART investigated. Police do not yet know whether the victim was in a crosswalk when struck. No citations have been issued.
Off-duty TVF&R Firefighters 'Fill the Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy Association (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 05/19/17 3:13 PM
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Off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters will take to the streets in the next two weeks to once again Fill the Boot for MDA.

Firefighters will ask passing motorists to drop a donation into their fire boots at four locations in TVF&R's service area:

Monday, May 22, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Farmington Road and Highway 217 intersection in Beaverton.

Tuesday, May 23, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Wilsonville Road and Lower Boones Ferry Road in Wilsonville.

Friday, June 2, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. along First Street and Hancock Street in downtown Newberg.

Saturday, June 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Bridgeport Road and Lower Boones Ferry Road in Tigard.

All funds collected through Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660's 2017 Fill the Boot events support MDA's life-enhancing programs, including support groups and clinics, and assist families with medical equipment and costs. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle diseases can enjoy a week of fun activities while gaining confidence and independence.

MDA serves more than 1,800 families across the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington with over 150 families in the TVF&R service area that are affected by muscular dystrophy.

For the past 63 years, firefighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases, said Elizabeth Squires, associate executive director for MDA's Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other related diseases take away people's ability to walk, move, smile, talk, and even breathe.

To date, the International Association of Fire Fighters has raised nearly $585.5 million for MDA. TVF&R firefighters have raised nearly $640,000 since 2005 for the cause due to the generous support of the community.

"Firefighters are our greatest champions for MDA families, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and dedication," Squires said.

TVF&R firefighters invite the community to join them in filling the boot for MDA. Cash and checks made payable to MDA will be accepted at the four collection events in Beaverton, Wilsonville, Newberg and Tigard. Secure online donations can also be made by visiting
https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5463.


Attached Media Files: TVF&R Firefighter Ryan Schenk , TVF&R Firefighter Ryan Schenk looks on as Allison Reetz, the 2017 MDA Oregon Goodwill Ambassador, talks about how the Muscular Dystrophy Association has assisted her family over the years. , Off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters will take to the streets on May 22 in Beaverton, May 23 in Wilsonville, June 2 in Newberg and June 3 in Tigard to "Fill the Boot" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
34-Year-Old Man Shot Outside Club in Raleigh Hills
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/19/17 8:28 AM
Early Friday morning, Washington County Deputies responded to a club in the Raleigh Hills area on a reported assault with weapon. One man was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries.

On Friday May 19, 2017, at 1:35 a.m., Deputies responded to the Xpose club located at 10270 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton. Upon arrival, deputies located one victim, who was shot multiple times. He was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The victim, Mr. Ramon Harris, age 34 of Portland, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The shooting does not appear to be random.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team responded to the scene and is currently working all available leads. The investigation is on-going and no further information available at this time.

The next of kin have been notified.


Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1128/104545/PR170519_36-Year-Old_Man_Shot_Outside_Club.pdf
Media Staging for Incident at Xpose in Beaverton
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/19/17 3:09 AM
Media stage at Canyon and Walker

10000 SW Canyon Rd
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PIO en-route, approximately 30 minutes.
One Arrested for DUII, Life Flight Activated for Victim in Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/17/17 4:31 PM
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--Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On Tuesday night, Washington County Deputies responded to a head-on crash in rural Washington County. One driver was arrested for DUII, the victim, who was driving a van, was flown via Life Flight from the scene. The other two occupants of the van were transported via ambulance.

On May 16, 2017, at 8:58 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a serious crash on SW Farmington Road near the intersection of SW River Road. A 2007, Dodge pickup driven by Jesus Villanueva-Pettry, age 23 of Beaverton, crossed the center line and crashed into a 2000 Chrysler van.
The van had three occupants. Larry Waters, age 53 of Hillsboro, was in the front passenger seat. His 16-year-old daughter was driving the van and his other younger daughter was in the back seat.

Both drivers had to be extricated by TVF&R from their vehicles. The 16-year-old driver was transported to OHSU by Life Flight with serious physical injuries. Mr. Villanueva-Pettry, Mr. Waters and his other daughter were transported to OHSU via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Villanueva-Pettry was investigated and cited in lieu of arrest for DUII. The investigation is continuing and additional charges against Mr. Villanueva-Pettry are expected.


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Man Arrested after Firing Gun During Argument with Mother (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 05/18/17 9:31 PM
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On Thursday May 18, 2017 at about 1649 hours West Linn Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call in the 6200 Block of Preakness. The original caller stated that they had heard a female say "what are you going to do, shoot me?" and a male voice say "I'm not going to jail."

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the female home owner by phone and quickly learned that her son, 30 year old Tyler Edward Kern of West Linn, was armed with a handgun and that she was not safe. Officers established a perimeter and opened a dialogue with the Mr. Kern who allowed his mother to leave. Approximately an hour later the incident was peacefully resolved when Mr. Kern came out of the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators learned that during an argument with his mother Mr. Kern assaulted her, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her, and fired the gun into the ceiling. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries by TVF&R and AMR.

Mr. Kern was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault 4, and Strangulation. The case will now be forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney.

The West Linn Police Department works collaboratively with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

In Clackamas County, Clackamas Women's Services offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence. The 24-hour crisis line is 888-654-2288. Call to Safety offers 24-hour phone assistance throughout the metro area in English at 503-235-5333 and El Program Hispano Católico offers the Linéa UNICA, a 24-hour Spanish-language crisis line at 503-232-4448. A Safe Place Family Justice Center in Clackamas County and The Gateway Center in Portland provide drop-in support Monday-Friday


Attached Media Files: Kern, Tyler Edward 30 yoa
Medical
TAVR Tea unites recipients of innovative heart valve implant (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 05/18/17 9:19 AM
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More than a dozen recipients of the innovative new "TAVR" heart valve will come together Saturday May 20th at a special "TAVR Tea" to celebrate their healthy outcomes. Tea will be served beginning at 10 a.m. in the Firstenburg Tower lobby at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. Attendees will include TAVR patients, family members, and the cardiologists and medical teams that provided their care.

TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) is a minimally invasive procedure for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are not good candidates for open-heart surgery. Until recently, aortic valve replacement via open-heart surgery was the only effective treatment available to aortic stenosis patients, many of whom were considered inoperable due to co-existing medical conditions. As a result, up to 40% of patients with severe aortic stenosis did not have access to aortic valve replacement. TAVR is changing that, and PeaceHealth Southwest is the only hospital in southwest Washington providing this innovative cardiac procedure.

"It has been just over one year since we performed the first-ever TAVR heart valve implant in Southwest Washington," said Mario Fabris, Director of cardiac services at PeaceHealth Southwest. "Our program has been a tremendous success. TAVR is a game-changing procedure that has enhanced the lives of more than 50 people in our community. We expect an even greater positive health impact in the coming year. We're proud to partner with cardiologists at PeaceHealth, OHSU, and The Vancouver Clinic to provide this excellent new procedure in our community."

"TAVR improves longevity and quality of life for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis," said PeaceHealth interventional cardiologist Maen Nusair, MD. "The TAVR procedure can show immediate and impressive results. Because TAVR is minimally invasive, patients are usually ambulatory hours after the procedure, and are back home in just one to two days. The combination of TAVR's effectiveness and minimally invasive nature translates into patients feeling dramatic improvement shortly after the procedure."

The TAVR tea is an invitation-only event, but news media is invited to attend to meet TAVR patients and hear their stories.

When: Saturday, May 20th from 10am-11am
Where: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center -- Firstenburg Tower Lobby; 400 NE Mother Joseph Place, Vancouver WA
Contact: Kate Minyard BSN/RN; Valve Coordinator 360-514-3919 kminyard@peacehealth.org

About Severe Aortic Stenosis
Severe aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening to prevent normal blood flow. It can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy, or can be related to age. Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis (AS) and about 500,000 of those suffer from severe AS.

About TAVR
The TAVR procedure allows for the placement of a balloon-expandable aortic heart valve into the body using catheters rather than traditional surgery methods. The procedure is performed through a small incision in the femoral artery near the groin. Once in place, the replacement valve functions like a normal, healthy valve with proper blood flow. The TAVR procedure is performed in PeaceHealth Southwest's state-of-the-art hybrid operating room by a multidisciplinary team that includes cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and cardiac anesthesia. For more information about the TAVR program at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, visit:
https://www.peacehealth.org/southwest-services-tavr

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest.

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.


Attached Media Files: Illustration of TAVR aortic valve replacement
PeaceHealth St. John Honors Nurses for Excellence (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 05/16/17 1:43 PM
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The 2017 PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Nursing Excellence Awards were presented Wednesday, May 10th in a ceremony honoring the enduring contributions nurses make to patients, families, and the communities they serve. The ceremony highlights the celebration of National Nurses Week, which extends from National Registered Nurses (RN) Day on May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.

PeaceHealth St. John's 2017 Nursing Excellence Award winners are (by category):

Nurse as ADVOCATE: Jodie Mason, BSN, RN-BC -- Emergency Department
Nurse who consistently works on another's behalf and represents the concerns, fears and goals of patients and families.

Nurse as CLINICIAN: Tessa Makaiwi, RN -- Vascular Lab
Nurse who consistently demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill to understand the total situation and employ the nursing process.

Nurse as COLLABORATOR: Jeff Johnson, RN -- Employee Health
Nurse who works with others to provide and encourage each person's contributions to achieve optimal and realistic goals, involving interdisciplinary colleagues and the community.

Nurse as EDUCATOR: Tamara Wheeldon, BSN, RN, CEN -- Emergency Department
This award is for a nurse who has the ability to facilitate self, staff, patient and family learning.

Nurse as INNOVATOR: Wayne Van Hamme, BSN, RN, CEN -- Emergency Department
Nurse who questions and evaluates nursing practices to optimize existing or potential healthcare outcomes.

Nurse as LEADER: Karla Houk, BSN, RN, OCN -- Cancer Program
Nurse who leads the charge in providing safe, caring, environment by drawing upon the basic standards of nursing practice.

Debbie Luttman, MN, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer was joined by Val Baciarelli, System Vice President of Operations & System Services and Interim Chief Administrative Officer at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, along with members of the Nursing Leadership team, members of the Executive team and the Regional Management team to honor the nursing staff, the nominees, and the award recipients.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 193-bed acute care hospital and Level III trauma center located in Longview, Washington. Recognized nationally as a Top 100 Hospital, PeaceHealth St. John provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services. The region's health care leader for more than 70 years, PeaceHealth St. John is one of nine medical centers in the PeaceHealth System.


Attached Media Files: Wayne Van Hamme, RN, accepts , (L to R) Jeff Johnson, Tessa Makaiwi, Karla Houk, Jodie Mason, Tamara Wheeldon, Wayne Van Hamme, Debbie Luttman
Military
Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Conducts Aerial Photo Training Exercises
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 05/20/17 9:51 AM
The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is conducting training exercises in Aurora, OR, on Saturday, May 20th.

Civil Air Patrol members will be focusing on their aerial photography and reconnaissance skills, practicing with new equipment that could help state and federal responses in a disaster.

Oregon Civil Air Patrol will be training on the DAART system, a technologically advanced non-classified photo system now employed by numerous government agencies to provide real-time high resolution digital photo and video reconnaissance of disaster situations. The photos and videos that DAART can provide could enhance the ability of participating agencies to collaborate and respond to disaster areas with appropriate resources faster and more effectively than previously able to in the past.

In addition to training their aerial photographers, the Oregon Wing members will also be honing their mission base skills, urban direction finding skills, and communications skills. Members train once a month in the spring and summer to stay current with the skills they would need if a disaster ever happens.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. The Total Force consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees.

CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.
The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/18/17 2:13 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard honored all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event also honored Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Photo Captions:
170518-Z-YP317-070: The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day with a Howitzer salute and a two-aircraft F-15 flyover at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-058: The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day with a Howitzer salute at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-037: Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, delivers remarks to the audience in attendance at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-030: Governor Kate Brown offers her thanks to the veterans of Oregon at a ceremony to honor Armed Forces Day at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-006: Children flocked to the Oregon National Guard military equipment displays during Armed Forces Day at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/16/17 11:11 AM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a salute in honor of Armed Forces Day at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14, 2015. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Federal
BPA will not build I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/18/17 8:00 AM
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: BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer signs a letter to the region explaining his decision to not build the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project and to focus BPA, instead, on embracing the modern tools of the modern energy economy to maximize the value of fede
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PR 07-17
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 18, 2017
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

BPA will not build I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

'We are transforming how we plan for and manage our transmission system and commercial business practices regionwide'

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration will not build the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, a proposed 80-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line that would have stretched from Castle Rock, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon.

The decision, announced today by Administrator Elliot Mainzer, caps a comprehensive public process and reflects BPA's commitment to taking a more flexible, scalable, and economically and operationally efficient approach to managing its transmission system. The project, first announced in 2009, sought to address a reliability issue along a transmission corridor in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon that could lead to power outages.

Following a final environmental impact statement that was released in February of 2016, Mainzer promised the region that BPA would conduct additional analyses. BPA began an extensive review of financial forecasts, planning assumptions and commercial practices. It combined those results with findings of regional utilities and independent industry experts to address the underlying issue -- managing congestion along the I-5 corridor while maintaining the potential for economic growth. Through this process, Bonneville determined it could meet its obligations to provide reliable, robust transmission service with a more innovative, flexible approach.

"Given the extensive work we've done in the past 15 months with regional partners and others, we are now confident that we can continue to meet the demands on the grid without building this 80-mile line in southwest Washington," Mainzer said. "We will always make safe and reliable transmission service a priority. We also recognize a growing need to be flexible and agile in our business practices to create the greatest value to electricity ratepayers in the Northwest."

The decision provides certainty for the more than 300 homeowners and landowners with property along the preferred route identified in the final EIS, and thousands of others who lived near other route alternatives.

"We are very thankful to the stakeholders and the public who actively engaged in this effort, and we appreciate their patience as we continued to look for how we could make the right investment at the right time under constantly evolving market conditions," Mainzer said. "The scope, impact and increasing budget for this project became the catalyst for pushing us to reconsider our existing analytical processes, our commercial business practices and our implementation of federal reliability standards. The outcome is much bigger than a decision to build or not build this line: We are transforming how we plan for and manage our transmission system and commercial business practices regionwide."

For example, in reviewing its project assumptions with regional utilities, BPA identified that it used a conservative approach to risk that went beyond industry standards. By modernizing its approach to develop better real-time visibility of the transmission system coupled with new tools to manage congestion during peak times, BPA may find additional transmission capacity that can be released for operational use or for sale.

Moving forward, BPA is identifying upgrades to existing transmission infrastructure and new business and commercial practices that will preserve the value of the system and meet customer demands. A technical conference will be convened within a month to discuss with our customers our new approach to managing congestion on our transmission grid.

Additionally, in the coming weeks, BPA will begin implementing a two-year pilot project that will provide targeted transmission congestion relief in the greater Portland-Vancouver area during peak periods of electric use in the summer. The pilot project should result in over 100 megawatts of flow relief along the most congested portion of the transmission corridor for four-hour blocks. This "non-wires" pilot is just one of many ideas Bonneville is initiating as part of its transformational approach to meeting customer needs.

ADDITIONAL REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler: "I commend BPA for listening to and working with Southwest Washington landowners, concerned citizens, community groups and municipalities throughout this process to assess our region's energy needs and determine the best way to meet them.

"Frankly, BPA's willingness to reverse course on the planned 500-kilovolt lattice-steel-tower transmission line that would have bisected our communities is somewhat unprecedented. It should serve as a model for other public entities who need to be willing to constantly reassess their decisions to make sure the community is at the center of them. I applaud their decision and the process they used to get to this point.

"BPA has assured me that it's committed to meeting the present and future energy needs of our region through careful planning, system changes and innovation, and I stand ready to help meet those needs however I can. BPA's work in providing carbonless energy to meet the needs of our community is vital."

"BPA has assured me that it's committed to meeting the present and future energy needs of our region through careful planning, system changes and innovation, and I stand ready to help meet those needs however I can. BPA's work in providing carbonless energy to meet the needs of our community is vital."


Roger Gray, CEO, Northwest Requirements Utilities: "BPA has made a very difficult decision on the I-5 project. Adequate and reliable transmission is critical to customers, but so are affordable rates. Given the financial pressures BPA faces, I understand and support this decision. BPA's customers will need to work with BPA to find alternative solutions such as the non-wires options already being explored by BPA. This will require innovative and creative thinking on the part of BPA and customers to find economic solutions to ensure reliability and affordability."


Beth Looney, president and CEO, PNGC Power: "PNGC Power appreciates the complexity of the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project decision. Ensuring future economic growth and access to low-cost power resources are important to PNGC. We trust the administrator's transmission plan will achieve these objectives. As demand for electricity grows, we look forward to partnering with BPA to find the most cost-effective and efficient transmission solutions."


Scott Corwin, executive director, Public Power Council: "This was a huge undertaking for BPA with implications for utilities throughout the Northwest. We appreciate that BPA dug in and conducted a thorough review of cost-effective solutions. We look forward to working with Bonneville to ensure that new solutions meet BPA's obligations to reliably deliver electricity to its core customers."


About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Attached Media Files: : BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer signs a letter to the region explaining his decision to not build the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project and to focus BPA, instead, on embracing the modern tools of the modern energy economy to maximize the value of fede
Women in Trades Career Fair - inspiring the next generation of women
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/17/17 4:19 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration and other industry leaders invite you to the Oregon Tradeswomen's 25th annual Women in Trades Career Fair.

This high-energy event, with lots of outdoor activities, offers girls and women the chance to learn about career opportunities and apprenticeships in various trades. Visitors will get a taste of possible careers through interactive demonstrations and conversations with women who actually work in trades every day.

The fair will be held May 19-20 at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center located at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. The fair runs from 9 am to 3 pm both days.

This year's event offers two ways to engage. Friday, May 19, is Girls School Day where students discover new career opportunities. Saturday, May 20, is Careers for Women Day. This event is aimed at adults who want to explore possible trade careers.

"The Women in Trades Career Fair gives us the chance to reach out to our future workforce and promote BPA and the Department of Energy as employers of choice," said Janet Herrin, BPA's chief operating officer. "In addition, this fabulous program demonstrates DOE's commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment."

Tradeswomen at the fair will demonstrate the skills they use every day such as surveying, welding, security, electrical wiring and carpentry. Workshops and seminars on apprenticeships, recruitment and utility businesses will also be available.

The Women in Trades Career Fair is organized by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. and made possible through financial and volunteer support by other regional organizations, including BPA.

For more information visit the Women in Trades Career Fair website, or contact Mary Ann Naylor of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. at 503-335-8200 Ext. 26 (office) or 503-819-9201 (mobile).
BPA selects new senior vice president of Power Services
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/16/17 1:08 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has chosen Joel D. Cook to be its senior vice president of Power Services. Cook begins his new position at BPA's Portland headquarters June 12.

"Joel is a talented and results driven leader with 25 years of experience in the energy industry," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "His expertise will help BPA continue to meet our statutory obligations and deliver value to our preference customers while adapting to the rapidly changing wholesale electricity market. Joel grew up in Montana, so he is also looking forward to returning to his Northwest roots."

As senior vice president of Power Services, Cook will be responsible for BPA's power scheduling functions, generation asset management, power contracts and rates, power purchases and acquisitions, as well as business relationships with 142 retail utility customers. BPA sells about 30 percent of the electricity consumed in the Northwest.

Annually, BPA's Power Services business line markets about 11,000 average megawatts of wholesale power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants, producing revenues of nearly $3 billion per year.

"I am thrilled about working for BPA and being part of the long-term vision and value that the federal assets continue to provide to the Northwest," said Cook. "Exciting developments are taking place in West Coast energy markets, and I think my years of experience will add value as policies and practices continue to evolve."

Cook comes to BPA from Talen Energy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he served as vice president of Retail Marketing and Western Trading. While at Talen Energy, Cook also led the company's Energy Specialty Contractors and Renewable Energy business units. Talen Energy is the largest independent power producer in the U.S.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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CORRECTION: Col. John Sweeney will not be speaking at the 2017 Memorial Day Observance
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 05/17/17 1:58 PM
The press release regarding the Memorial Day Observance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site sent earlier today incorrectly listed Col. John Sweeney among the event's speakers. This year's speakers at the event will include keynote speaker Colonel Duke A. Pirak, the commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Superintendent Fortmann, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Board of Clark County Councilors Council Chair Marc Boldt, and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.

The updated press release can be read at https://go.usa.gov/xNZBm
Memorial Day Observance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Honors Vancouver's Military on May 29
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 05/17/17 12:02 PM
The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) will present Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 29, 2017, at 11 am, at the Bandstand on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. CMAC has organized this event with help from its partners: the City of Vancouver, National Park Service (NPS), Fort Vancouver National Trust, Armed Forces Reserve Center, Waste Connections, and 40 et 8.

The event features keynote speaker Colonel Duke A. Pirak, the commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland.

The ceremony is also scheduled to include the dedication of the 80-foot reconstructed garrison flagstaff on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, which is located in the national park. The flagstaff will be dedicated to honor American servicemen and women from Clark County who have given their lives in service of their country. This National Park Service project has been two years in the making, requiring historical research and archaeological testing and excavation to determine the historic location of the flagstaff prior to installation. This project was made possible through a number of community partners who worked with the NPS, including the Fort Vancouver Lions, the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary Club, CMAC, the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said, "The National Park Service is proud to bring this iconic, highly visible feature back to Vancouver Barracks, and the flagstaff will surely become an important public and community venue in the national park. We greatly appreciate the support of our partners who chose to step forward to help us make the flagstaff a reality." Fortmann added, "I am honored to serve our community in recreating this critical element of our past. The restored flagstaff will undoubtedly assist us in better understanding and connecting with our 19th and 20th century military history, which helped shape our city, region, and nation."

As of now, it is anticipated that the ceremony will also include the raising of a garrison flag as part of the dedication. As NPS Facility Manager Alex Patterson shared, "The maintenance crew at the national park is responsible for maintaining a wide variety of historic structures and, sometimes, reconstructing unique and historically accurate buildings and features. This project was a complex one in that we had to pull together soil engineers, engineers from the flag pole manufacturer, and a variety of local trades to get this work completed within a tight time frame. Barring any unforeseen difficulties with shipping, the flagstaff will be installed and operational by the Memorial Day event."

Retired Army Colonel Larry J. Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers at the event will include Superintendent Fortmann, US Army Colonel John Sweeney, Commander of the 2nd Brigade, 95th Division, located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Board of Clark County Councilors Council Chair Marc Boldt, and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds will sing the National Anthem. There will be a dove release and color guards, as well as military medleys played by the 204th Army Band. Complimentary hot dogs and light lunch items will be available to the public, courtesy of the Vancouver Lions, Red Cross Cascades Region, and the Military Officers Association of America.

C-Tran busses #25, 32, and 37 will provide transportation directly to the Bandstand that day. Parking is available at Hudson's Bay High School, where attendees may ride a C-Tran shuttle to and from the event site.

There will be a National Park Service Soldiers' Bivouac re-enactment on the Parade Ground after the ceremony until 3 pm. This re-enactment will showcase costumed volunteers portraying many periods in the site's military history. Additionally, the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will display antique military vehicles.

CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Our Community Salutes, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies, as well as recognition and support of military families of all services. Learn more about CMAC at www.cmac11.com

What: Memorial Day Observance, flagstaff dedication, and Soldiers' Bivouac re-enactment

Where: Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground and Bandstand

When: May 29, 2017, at 11 am

Cost: Free
Valley reservoirs full now, early drawdown will lower levels
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 05/22/17 12:00 PM
Release No: PA 17-011
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Above average rainfall this spring has nearly filled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' reservoirs in the Willamette Valley. Reservoirs are about 99 percent full as the region begins plans for summer recreation. Most reservoirs will follow the normal management schedule, however, some will experience early drawdowns: Hills Creek, Cougar and Blue River reservoirs.

The Corps will drawdown these reservoirs to continue spillway gate repairs, which are part of its Dam Safety program. Repairs will make the gates' more reliable and improve mechanical and electrical systems. These repairs improve the dams' abilities to help reduce flood damage to downstream river communities.

Hills Creek Reservoir drawdown begins approximately June 1. Packard Creek boat ramp will be accessible but Bingham Landing and CT Beach Park boat ramps will be inaccessible after July 15.

Cougar Reservoir drawdown begins approximately July 1. All ramps will be accessible through Labor Day weekend.

Blue River Reservoir drawdown begins approximately July 15. Saddle Dam boat ramp will be accessible but Lookout boat launch will be inaccessible after Sept. 1.

Work at Hills Creek began in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed as funds are available through Fiscal Year 2018. Blue River and Cougar dams' gates rehabilitations are in progress and expected to be completed in Fiscal Year 2018. The repairs are similar to rehabilitation work previously completed at Green Peter, Big Cliff and Fall Creek dams.

A 2010 system-wide gates assessment resulted in the replacement or repair of some critical components and a prioritized plan for long-term rehabilitation of the gates. To date, all of Green Peter, Foster, Big Cliff, Lookout Point, Dexter and Fall Creek dams' spillway gates have been rehabilitated.

For more information about the Corps' Willamette Valley flood risk management mission and spillway gate rehabilitation program, visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/Spillway-Gates/.
Corps seeks comments on Albany, Linn County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 05/19/17 4:40 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Linn County Road Department to conduct work impacting 3 wetlands and 16 roadside drainages which are tributaries of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers in Albany, Linn County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2017-160 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
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DPSST Basic Parole and Probation Curriculum Revision Workgroup Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/16/17 4:39 PM
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Parole and Probation Curriculum Revision Workgroup of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on May 23rd from 10am to 1pm. The meeting will be held in the Room A145 at 4190 Aumsville Hwy in Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 1-877-873-8017
Access Code: 8191185

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

Agenda Items:

1. Review of current Basic Parole and Probation Curriculum
2. Review of topics proposed for revision


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

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Governor Kate Brown reinstates Governor's Arts Awards in honor of Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/22/17 10:13 AM
Salem, Oregon -- Celebrating the uplifting power of art and its value to Oregonians' quality of life, Governor Kate Brown today announced she is reinstating the Governor's Arts Awards in honor of the Oregon Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary. Established in 1977, the once-annual awards have been on hiatus since 2007. A call for nominations is now posted on the Arts Commission website: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/

A partnership between the Office of the Governor and the Arts Commission, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon. Awardees will be announced during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Portland Hilton Downtown.

"Art is a fundamental ingredient of any thriving and vibrant community," Governor Brown said. "Art sparks connections between people, movements, and new ideas. To put it simply, art makes life better. I am thrilled to celebrate Oregon's best artists and art supporters through the Governor's Arts Awards."

The Governor's Arts Awards are open to any individual, organization or community that currently resides in or has a significant presence in Oregon and has made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. The 143 past recipients of a Governor's Arts Award are not eligible. (View past awardees: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/programs/governors-arts-awards)

"The Governor's Arts Award is the most prestigious honor an Oregon artist can receive," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. "We are extremely grateful to Governor Brown for restoring the Awards so that we can once again formally recognize the contribution of Oregon artists and arts supporters to our collective quality of life."

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of a representative from the Governor's Office, an Arts Commissioner and three to five arts leaders from across the state. They will recommend three to five awards based on the nominee's regional, national or international recognition for his/her/their contributions; role in improving the quality of arts experiences and appreciation for the arts in Oregon; contributions to advancing the arts' positive impact on Oregonians' quality of life; and length of service to the arts in Oregon. Governor Brown will have final approval of award recipients.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30. Recipients will be notified by July 28 and must be available to attend the Oct. 6 award ceremony.

VIDEO OF GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzMvBq_LbaUUQ1BWeW52d3hOSDA

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Oregon Home Care Commission to meet June 1 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/19/17 5:10 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem.

The agenda includes public testimony; Workforce Strategic (draft) plan and an Advocacy & Development Unit update. There will be a working lunch during the budget update; a report from the Executive Director; OHCC legislative committee bill reports; quarterly DHS Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) update; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC), community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations.

There will be a short break, followed by an Executive Session, which is closed to members of the general public. In accordance with ORS 192.660(1)(d), OHCC will hold an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations with the governing body's representative.

After the Executive Session, OHCC staff will be available for Q&A about staff reports: bi-monthly STEPS, monthly OmbudsAdvisory Council, monthly Traditional Health Worker Commission and monthly Training/Registry.

A call-in number is available for those unable to attend in person: 1-888-278-0296, access code 7999724#.

OHCC meets on the first Thursday of every month and is open to the public.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us 48 hours prior to the meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC):
OHCC ensures high-quality homecare services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). OHCC serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.

Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.

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Oregon DHS Announces a Change in Leadership in Child Welfare Program
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/19/17 1:00 PM
Statement from DHS Director Clyde Saiki:

When the Governor asked me to serve as the Director of DHS, she made it very clear that my top priority is the safety of children entrusted to our care. Improving Child Welfare has been an ongoing challenge for DHS, and today I am announcing a change in leadership in the DHS Child Welfare Program.

Child Welfare Director Lena Alhusseini has submitted her resignation, and I have appointed Deputy Director, Laurie Price, as the interim Director, effective today. We will also begin the process of recruiting for a permanent Child Welfare Director.

Lena accepted a difficult job at a very difficult time, and I want to thank her for her willingness to take on that challenge. She will continue with the agency until September 1, leading the strategic initiative on diversity recruitment in the DHS Office of Human Resources. I respect Lena's vision for child welfare -- a framework of community engagement and support -- and that essential work will continue. However, Lena and I agree that we have not been able to get the results we need to achieve.

Moving forward, our focus must be on the basics: correctly screening reports of abuse and neglect, conducting effective child protective service assessments, making safe and appropriate placements of foster children and youth, and ensuring ongoing oversight and support in family foster care and residential placements. In addition, we must continue our efforts toward the culture change needed to put children's safety at the center of every decision and action.

Lena joined DHS from Brooklyn, New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. She brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in areas of international development, child protection services, social services and behavioral health, human rights, and community development. She previously served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She also established the first child protection center in the Middle East to address the issue of child abuse. In 2011, President Obama honored her as a White House Champion of Change for her work with child protection, domestic violence and sex trafficking. She has a Master's in Public Administration (NYU) and an MSc degree in Information Technology Engineering.
New Homecare Worker Orientation - Statewide Schedule
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/19/17 12:00 PM
Aging & People with Disabilities and the Oregon Home Care Commission have launched a new website so that individuals seeking to join the homecare workforce can easily find and register to attend a "New Worker Orientation" in their local community.

One of the strategic goals of the Oregon Home Care Commission is to attract a committed and diverse homecare workforce to meet the specific needs of Oregonians who are older adults and people with disabilities.

Homecare workers provide in-home services for consumers who are eligible for publicly funded in-home programs. Individuals desiring to join this workforce should have the following skills and abilities: excellent communication; attention to detail; flexibility; problem-solving; and the ability to follow directions. They should also exhibit respect for others and have a passion for helping people.

The benefits of joining the homecare workforce include: paid time off; health insurance; workers' compensation; paid trainings; and opportunities for career advancement.

To find and register for a New Worker Orientation near you click on this link: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCC/PSW-HCW/Pages/HCW-Orientation.aspx

The Oregon Home Care Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality of home care services that are funded by the Department of Human Services Aging& People with Disabilities program. The Commission's duties and responsibilities include addressing the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, their family members, and personal support workers while fulfilling its mission. To learn more about the Oregon Home Care Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCC/Pages/index.aspx

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Attached Media Files: Homecare Worker Career Flyer
Listing of statewide Memorial Day events now available online
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 05/22/17 12:44 PM
Want to know what Memorial Day events are being held in your area? There's a good chance you can find out online, in the directory of Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and other special events that the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs maintains at www.oregondva.com/2017memorialday.

The directory includes an interactive map as well as detailed information about each event. If you don't see your event listed, it's not too late to share! Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/eventsubmissions and complete the brief questionnaire. Contact the ODVA communications team with any questions at 503-373-2389.

ODVA's annual Statewide Memorial Day Celebration will take place at 2 p.m., May 29, at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem. The memorial, which is dedicated to the men and women who died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is located near ODVA's offices at 700 Summer St. N.E.

The program will include a color guard presentation by Western Oregon University's Army ROTC cadets, singing of the national anthem, the playing of "Taps" and a reading of the 142 names of the Oregonians killed in Iraq and Aghanistan, which are inscribed on a granite wall at the memorial.

A keynote address will be given by Wendall Pelham, whose son, Army Spc. John Pelham, was killed on Feb. 12, 2014, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. At this time, Spc. Pelham was the last Oregonian killed in action in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary this year of the United States' entry into World War I, speakers will wear poppies and the poem "In Flanders Field" will be read by retired Air Force Maj. Hank Lutz, a great-grandson of WWI hero and Medal of Honor recipient Edward C. Allworth.
Free workshop on health insurance basics set for Tillamook on June 6
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/17/17 11:22 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free two-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Tillamook.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 6, at the Tillamook County Main Library, 1716 Third St. in Tillamook.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
Summary of Benefits documents
Explanation of Benefits letters
Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
State begins review of 2018 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/16/17 10:09 AM
Salem -- Oregonians can now see proposed rates for 2018 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on May 15. The division must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

The proposed rates are for health insurance plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer.

"This marks the beginning of our open and transparent health insurance rate review process," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali Robison. "Oregonians will be able to follow along and provide comments as we analyze the requested rates to ensure they adequately cover health care costs without being too high or too low."

In the individual market, eight companies submitted average rate change requests ranging from a 6.9 percent to a 21.8 percent increase. In the small group market, 10 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 2 percent to an 8.5 percent increase. See the chart at http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/documents/2018-proposed-health-ins-rates.pdf for the full list of rate requests.

Rates are required to reflect the average cost of providing health care to a member in Oregon's health insurance market. The division has determined that the average cost of paying claims in the individual health insurance market in 2016 was $384 per member per month; in 2015, the average cost of paying claims was $385 per member per month. Health insurance companies are required to justify any differences to this average in their rate filings.

This year's rate requests follow two years of significant rate increases as insurers have adjusted to changes in the individual market. Rates increased an average of 23 percent in 2016 and 27 percent in 2017. Medical claims for Oregonians have been higher than expected, and federal programs aimed at limiting risk for insurers have ended. Many health insurers have also chosen to shrink their presence in some areas of the state.

Although there have been signs that the market is stabilizing, there is significant uncertainty about the future as repeal or changes to the Affordable Care Act are considered by Congress. Other examples of uncertainty include whether the individual mandate will be enforced and whether cost-sharing subsidies will continue to be paid to insurers. Changes to either of these programs would create significant challenges for Oregon's health insurance market.

Insurance companies are required to file rates assuming that cost-sharing subsidies will be paid and that the Affordable Care Act will continue to be in place in its current form in 2018. In the event of changes to these programs or the law, the division will work with companies to make adjustments as needed.

"We know there are still many unknowns facing insurers and consumers as we look ahead to 2018," Cali Robison said. "Now that the filings are in, we will begin our vigorous review to ensure the proposed rate changes, including the potential impact of various sources of uncertainty, are actuarially sound and justified."

The rate filings also provide a glimpse into what choices will be available to Oregonians in 2018.

Based on the filings, most counties in Oregon will have multiple companies to choose from on and off the marketplace. The exceptions are Lane, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties -- in those counties only two carriers filed plans (just one, Providence, with plans on the marketplace). DCBS will work with insurers during the rate review process to try to provide more choice in these areas.

"We continue to be concerned about the level of choice for Oregonians across the state," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "In the coming weeks, we will be exploring our options to ensure all Oregonians have access to plans that fit their needs."

Starting Monday, May 22, Oregonians will be able to search rate filings and submit comments at oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will be posted to this website.

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open Monday, May 22, through Tuesday, July 11. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

Preliminary decisions will be announced Thursday, June 29, and final decisions will be released Thursday, July 20.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov and dfr.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2018 Proposed Average Health Insurance Rate Requests
Committee looking at how to balance controlled burning and air quality will meet May 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/17/17 9:13 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Starting with a public meeting in Salem on Wednesday, May 24, a broad-based committee put together by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will review management practices for controlled burning on forestland. The committee is charged with recommending improvements for how the state can utilize controlled burns to meet land management objectives on private and public forestland in Oregon while minimizing smoke impacts on communities and protecting public health.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be in the Tillamook Room in Building C at ODF's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. The meeting lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The committee will hear presentations on air quality and human health, as well as the benefits of controlled burns to forest health, productivity and reducing wildfire risk. There will be time for public comments in the afternoon.

The 20-person committee is made up of forest landowners, public health representatives, the American Lung Association, forest collaboratives and environmentalist groups, county and city elected officials, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and a tribal representative.

The committee is seeking to produce a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee's work will be presented to the Board of Forestry (BOF) and the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) in late 2017. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state's Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by BOF and the EQC. The Smoke Management Plan becomes part of the state's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act.

"In central Oregon the committee will see how managed fire is used to thin brush and reduce the risk of big wildfires," said ODF Smoke Management Meteorology Manager Nick Yonker. "Controlled burns are timed to when weather conditions can quickly disperse the smoke to protect air quality."

According to ODF records, last year controlled fires were set on 181,800 forested acres in Oregon, above the 10-year annual average of 165,999 acres. Those fires burned an estimated 1.3 million tons of woody debris. Peak burning is in the spring and fall.

Yonker said the committee will hold monthly meetings around the state through September. The committee's second meeting will be on June 27. At that time, members will visit the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.
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State Forest Stewardship Committee will meet May 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/16/17 4:58 PM
Edited and corrected version: Note corrected meeting date within the body of the news release (date in the heading was correct). The correct meeting day/date is Friday, May 19. Sorry for any confusion.



Date: May 16, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Ryan Gordon, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-779-5278


SALEM, Ore.--The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Friday, May 19.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, Building C, 2600 State Street

The committee will receive updates about and discuss topics that include:
The Community Forest Program
The Forest Legacy Program
The Stewardship Program
Joint work with the Committee for Family Forestlands
The Private Forests Division
The Oregon Forest Management Planning System
The Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which gathers technical input from the forestry and agricultural communities to inform implementation of U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs.

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

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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Burn backyard debris safely (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/16/17 11:52 AM
Never leave a fire unattended and always have fire tools on hand to quickly extinguish sparks or embers
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May is Wildfire Awareness Month and the ideal time to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose a wildfire threat. As you begin spring clean-up, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal urge you to consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices.

"If you burn debris, use common sense and follow safety rules," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "This can prevent most wildfires caused by burning debris and keep lives and property safe."

Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfire in Oregon, particularly in the spring and fall when people think it is safe and permissible to burn. In 2016, backyard debris burns that escaped control resulted in 143 wildfires burning 145 acres at a cost of nearly $225,000 to suppress.

"On a windy day, a debris burn can easily escape control and spread rapidly if not closely watched," said Walker.

A burn pile is less likely to escape control if these simple safety tips are followed:

?,? Call before you burn -- Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with weather and fuel conditions. If you're planning to burn, check with your local ODF district, fire protective association, or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions in effect, and whether a permit is required.

?,? Know the weather forecast-- Never burn on dry or windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.

?,? Clear a 10-foot radius around your pile-- Also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.

?,? Keep your burn pile small \- A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Small piles, 4x4 feet, are recommended. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.

?,? Always have water and fire tools on site -- When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating till the fire is DEAD out.

?,? Stay with the fire until it is completely out -- Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and then rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.

?,? Never use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. Every year, 10 to 15 percent of all burn injuries treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.

?,? Burn only yard debris -- State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

?,? Escaped debris burns are costly-- State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, use of motorized equipment, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on Keep Oregon Green's website, www.keeporegongreen.org


Attached Media Files: Never leave a fire unattended and always have fire tools on hand to quickly extinguish sparks or embers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon April 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 05/16/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 3.7 Percent in April

Oregon's unemployment rate edged down to 3.7 percent in April from 3.8 percent in March, reaching a new record low since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.0 percent in April 2016.

In April, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 6,600 following a revised gain of 1,300 in March. Gains were widespread among the industries, with eight of the 14 major industries each adding close to 1,000 jobs. Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs, and those losses were modest: government (-700 jobs), wholesale trade (-500), and information (-300).

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's total nonfarm payroll employment rose 39,100, or 2.1 percent, which was a deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Despite the deceleration, Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Since April 2016, Oregon's construction sector grew the fastest of the major industries, adding 6,400 jobs, or 7.2 percent. Within construction, specialty trade contractors and construction of buildings grew quickly. Transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,600 jobs, or 6.0%) also expanded rapidly, due to growth in transportation and warehousing. Professional and business services (+8,700 jobs, or 3.7%) was the third-fastest growing major industry category. It was led by strong job gains in employment services. Health care and social assistance (+6,800 jobs, or 3.0%) rounded out the list of fastest growing industries, as each of its four component industries added jobs at a rapid clip.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the April county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, May 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for May on Tuesday, June 13th.

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2016 tax records data. In addition, data for July through September 2016 were revised upward by a total of 600 to 1,300 jobs per month. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon April 2017 News Release
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Tobacco Prevention Successes in Lane County
Oregon Health Authority - 05/19/17 4:15 PM
May 19, 2017

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Tobacco Prevention Successes in Lane County

OHA announces state tobacco prevention strategies during celebration at Cottage Grove High School

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore.----Oregon Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) held a celebration this afternoon in Cottage Grove to mark 20 years of tobacco prevention successes in Lane County. Cottage Grove and Lane County were recognized for serving as a leader in tobacco prevention for the rest of the state. In March, Lane County became the first county in Oregon to pass a bill increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

OHA also announced their state tobacco prevention strategies moving forward, which will focus on raising the price of tobacco, protecting the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA), and protecting kids from tobacco.

The event, held at Cottage Grove High School, specifically celebrated Oregonians' decision in 1996 to pass a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to prevention efforts.

These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco, and to helping tobacco users quit. Since 1997, per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent.

Governor Brown thanked legislative champions and partners for their hard work over the years to keep Oregonians, particularly youth and young adults, safe from the harms of tobacco. She also presented an award to Oregon high school students who are members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) for their work to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco to Oregon youth. The award, a Douglas Fir tree to be planted at Cottage Grove High School, symbolizes every Oregonian's right to breathe clean air free from dangerous tobacco smoke.

"I'm thrilled to be here today to celebrate 20 years of tobacco prevention in Oregon," Governor Kate Brown said. "TPEP has supported critical community-driven programs that have helped build healthier communities across the state. Lane County has been pivotal in leading the way for our state in this effort. These programs are proof that when we work together, we can find solutions to create a healthier, more prosperous Oregon."

Oregon has been a longtime leader in tobacco prevention. In 1998, Oregon launched the Tobacco Quit Line, the first state to offer over-the-phone help to tobacco users who want to quit, and in 2007, the state passed the ICAA, a smokefree workplace law that included bars, taverns, restaurants, bingo halls and bowling centers. In addition to the passage of Tobacco 21 in Lane County, other more recent statewide successes include Oregon passing a law making it illegal to smoke in a car with a minor present, and Oregon state parks going smokefree in 2014.

"We've come a long way in two decades and consider these accomplishments a major win for public health in Oregon----but there's still work to be done," said Oregon Health Authority Public Health Director Lillian Shirley. "Tobacco is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon, responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year."

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OHA announces Tribal Affairs director (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 05/18/17 4:10 PM
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Julie Johnson is the Oregon Health Authority's Director of Tribal Affairs, serving as a liaison for tribes and a senior advisor to OHA Director Lynne Saxton.

"I am excited Julie is stepping into this role and bringing her 20 years of experience working with our tribes to improve the health of all Oregonians," said Director Saxton.

Julie has been the interim Director of Tribal Affairs for six months.
She is an enrolled member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribes. Her husband and four daughters are enrolled members of the Burns Paiute Tribe. A native of Oregon, Julie has worked with tribal people for two decades. At OHA, she has served as a Tribal Liaison for three years, working in Substance Abuse Prevention, Addictions and Mental Health, and Health Promotion. She lived and worked on the Burns Paiute Reservation for 13 years, working to build a healthier community, and she also worked for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as a Head Start Teacher for five years.

"I am greatly honored and truly blessed to serve the tribal people of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority in this capacity," Johnson said. "I am committed to the continued efforts of honoring our government to government relationships and improving health services to our Native people."


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Community Partners Celebrate 20 Years of State Tobacco Prevention Achievements at Salem Event
Oregon Health Authority - 05/18/17 3:10 PM
May 18, 2017

Media Contact:
Tony Andersen, 971-239-6483, Tony.A.Andersen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Community Partners Celebrate 20 Years of State Tobacco Prevention Achievements at Salem Event

SALEM, Ore.----Oregon Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) held a news conference and celebration this morning in Salem to mark 20 years of tobacco prevention successes in Oregon. OHA also announced their state tobacco prevention strategies moving forward, which will focus on raising the price of tobacco, protecting the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA), and protecting kids from tobacco.

The event specifically celebrated Oregonians' decision in 1996 to pass a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to prevention efforts.

These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco, and to helping tobacco users quit. Since 1997, per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent.

Governor Brown thanked legislative champions and partners for their hard work over the years to keep Oregonians, particularly youth and young adults, safe from the harms of tobacco. She also presented an award to Oregon high school students who are members of Rebels for a Cause, a student led group from Washington County, for their work to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco to Oregon youth. The award, a Douglas Fir tree to be planted at their high school, symbolizes every Oregonian's right to breathe clean air free from dangerous tobacco smoke.

"I'm so thrilled to be here today to celebrate 20 years of tobacco prevention in Oregon," Governor Kate Brown said. "TPEP has supported critical community-driven programs that have helped build healthier communities across the state. These programs are proof that when we work together, we can find solutions to create a healthier, more prosperous Oregon."

Oregon has been a longtime leader in tobacco prevention. In 1998, Oregon launched the Tobacco Quit Line, the first state to offer over-the-phone help to tobacco users who want to quit, and in 2007, the state passed the ICAA, a smokefree workplace law that included bars, taverns, restaurants, bingo halls and bowling centers. In more recent years, Oregon state parks became smokefree in 2014, and just this spring, Lane County passed Tobacco 21, increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

"Big tobacco companies continue to target our kids and minority groups through aggressive marketing tactics, including flavored products and colorful packaging," said Paula Jacobs, instructor with Beaverton School District Health Careers Program and advisor to Rebels for a Cause, a group of 65 high school students focused on youth tobacco prevention in Washington County. "We must work together to keep our kids and communities safe from the dangers of tobacco."

"We've come a long way in twenty years, but there's still work to be done," said Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton. "Tobacco is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon, responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year."

DROPBOX LINK TO EVENT FOOTAGE: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w7edzegl353g5ky/AAAjn9g3Exs8UoM9zBU1qdMfa?dl=0

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OHA using van to take HIV survey, testing effort to target populations (Photo)
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May 18, 2017

Media contacts:
Jonathan Modie, OHA, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us
Peter Parisot, Cascade AIDS Project, 503-278-3850, pparisot@cascadeaids.org

OHA using van to take HIV survey, testing effort to target populations
'Chime In' effort is part of End HIV Oregon effort launched in December 2016

PORTLAND, OR--The Oregon Health Authority is deploying a new piece of technology as it helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learn more about risk behaviors among groups at highest risk for HIV infection: a Ford Transit van.

The van is emblazoned with the logo of Chime In, the local name for the CDC-funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project (NHBS) that OHA and Portland State University are conducting in partnership with the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). Starting in June, the van will be deployed to dozens of venues in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area that are popular with the project's focus population: gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

Members of the Chime In staff, who are based in the HIV Program at the OHA's Public Health Division and CAP, will conduct surveys of individuals at 15 to 30 randomly selected venues--bars, clubs, sporting events, social and community events--up to two times per month. They will also conduct interviews at special events such as PRIDE. Participants will receive $25 cash for completing an interview, and $25 for taking an HIV test.

"We want people to recognize the Chime In van and participate in the survey if they're approached by a member of the Chime In team," said Sean Schafer, MD, medical director for HIV programs at OHA. "Participants will be helping us gather important information about risk behaviors, and they get a test in the process so they can learn their HIV status."

The van can accommodate up to three interview and HIV tests at a time. Both the survey and test are anonymous, and participants have the option of opting out of the HIV test. People should know that the Chime In surveyors are actually prohibited from interviewing people who approach the Chime In van or staff on their own. Participants must wait to be invited to participate.

Questions in the survey are related to risk behaviors and prevention services among groups at highest risk for HIV infection. Anonymous HIV testing builds knowledge of the prevalence of previously unrecognized HIV infection among men who have sex with men in the Portland-Vancouver area. Locally specific questions help inform public health officials and others about the uptake and impact of public health activities designed to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

In addition, local questions collect information about other important health issues such as homelessness and opioid misuse. Overall, Chime In helps state and local health departments establish and maintain better HIV prevention and treatment programs for people in the Portland and Vancouver area.

The survey will contribute data crucial to the state's End HIV Oregon initiative, which aims to eliminate all new HIV infections within the next five years, and ensure that all people living with HIV have access to high-quality care, free from stigma and discrimination.

"CAP is taking an active role in training the Chime In staff on topics such as working with LGBTQ+ community, HIV testing, HIV, sexually transmitted infections and PrEP," said Caitlin Wells, CAP's director of prevention and education. PrEP is the acronym for pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill that prevents HIV infection.

"We are also working on formative parts of the project, including providing input on survey locations and local questions to add to the project," Wells added. "The Chime In program will support CAP's mission to promote health equity in our community by ensuring that the data exist to accurately track and reach people who are at risk for HIV."

The population surveyed in NHBS rotates annually among three groups: men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and heterosexuals at increased risk of HIV (HET). In 2017, the survey population is men who have sex with men.

The Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area is one of 22 cities across the country that participates in NHBS.

For more information about Chime In, visit www.ChimeInSurvey.org.

View a YouTube video about Chime In at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRcqoMHKjKA.

About Cascade AIDS Project
Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prism Health, a primary care health center, is an integral part of CAP's expanding mission to serve the broader LGBTQ+ community and will help remove barriers and improve access to health care for all LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information about CAP or Prism Health, visit www.cascadeaids.org or www.prismhealth.org.


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TIME CORRECTION: Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Community Partners to Celebrate 20 Years of State Tobacco Prevention Achievements at Salem Event
Oregon Health Authority - 05/17/17 1:21 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY

May 17, 2017

News conference scheduled Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

What: Oregon Governor Kate Brown, with support from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), will announce the state's tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017. More than 20 years have passed since Oregonians voted to pass Measure 44, a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to the prevention movement. These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco and to helping tobacco users quit. Since 1997, per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent. The event will celebrate the successes of Oregon's tobacco prevention efforts over the past two decades.

When: Thursday, May 18, 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Where: Oregon State Capitol Ceremonial Room, 900 Court St. NE, Salem

Speakers:
-- Governor Kate Brown
-- Lynne Saxton, Oregon Health Authority Director
-- Rebels for a Cause, a student-led group from Washington County committed to youth tobacco use prevention
-- Christopher Friend, American Cancer Society Oregon government relations director

Why: Tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon and is responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year. There's still work to be done. Governor Brown and OHA will unveil their tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Visit Cottage Grove to Celebrate 20 Years of Tobacco Prevention Success in Lane County
Oregon Health Authority - 05/17/17 11:30 AM
MEDIA ADVISORY

May 17, 2017

Media are invited to attend a celebration of Lane County's achievements at Cottage Grove High School Friday at 1:30 p.m.

What: Governor Kate Brown, with support from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), will announce the state's tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017. The event will also celebrate the successes of Lane County's tobacco prevention efforts over the past two decades. More than 20 years have passed since Oregonians voted to pass Measure 44, a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to the prevention movement. These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco, and to help tobacco users quit. Since 1997 per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent.

Governor Brown and OHA will commend Cottage Grove and the rest of Lane County for serving as a leader in tobacco prevention for the rest of the state. One of Lane County's most recent accomplishments is the passage of Tobacco 21, increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

When: Friday, May 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Where: Cottage Grove High School Library, 1375 S. River Rd., Cottage Grove

Speakers:
-- Governor Kate Brown
-- Lillian Shirley, public health director, Oregon Health Authority
-- Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr
-- Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a student group committed to youth tobacco use prevention
-- Iton Udosenata, Cottage Grove High School principal
-- Lisandra Perez Guzman, MD, public health and preventive medicine specialist

Why: Tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon and is responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year. There's still work to be done. Governor Brown and OHA will unveil their tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017.

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Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet May 24 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/17 4:43 PM
May 16, 2017

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

When: Wednesday, May 24, 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/8197099256253318658. A recording of the meeting will be posted at the Medicaid Advisory Committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/index.aspx. Members of the public can also call to listen in at 888-398-2342, access code 3732275.

Agenda: Welcome, approve minutes of April 26, Oregon Health Plan member story, ombuds update, federal policy update, and oral health metrics report and discussion.

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

Meeting information or accommodations: Amanda Peden, 503-208-1010, amanda.m.peden@state.or.us

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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Conference of Local Health Officials meets May 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/17 8:17 AM
May 16, 2017

What: The monthly public conference meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: OHA Behavioral Health Collaborative update; OHA-PHD updates; Public Health Modernization implementation planning and timeline; Public Health Modernization accountability metrics; environmental health remittance fees; triennial review travel update; prevention integration update; 2017-19 contracts update

When: Thursday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Local Government Center, 1201 Court Street NE, Salem

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

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

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Committee to review historic building grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/19/17 7:32 AM
Two separate committees will meet to score and rank applications for the Preserving Oregon and Diamonds in the Rough Grant programs. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation for final review and approval on June 16 in Redmond. Both meetings will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone.

The Preserving Oregon Grant committee will meet June 6, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in room 124B. Call in information is (872) 240-3311, access Code: 630-845-173.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grant committee will meet June 8, 8:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is (571) 317-3122, access Code: 824-082-677.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Two state heritage boards to meet June 5
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/19/17 7:30 AM
Two state heritage boards will meet June 6 to make grant awards. The meetings of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Heritage Commission are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet through a teleconference call at 2 p.m. on June 5. A public listening room will be provided in Room 147 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Museum Grants, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov .

For more information about the commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet by conference call at 11 a.m. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grants.

State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill@oregon.gov

For more information about the commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org
Oregon Scenic Bikeways Committee Meeting in Salem June 8
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/18/17 11:35 AM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) Scenic Bikeways Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the department's office in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, room 124, in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

One of the action items on the agenda is the five-year review of the Old West Scenic Bikeway. Committee members want to gather information on the challenges and accomplishments of the program, share that information with other bikeways volunteer groups, and identify ways for OPRD, the committee, and program partners to build on those accomplishments.

The Scenic Bikeways Committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include citizen representatives, tourism organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0631.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department honors outstanding park hosts
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/18/17 10:02 AM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has recognized Bob and Gay Treadwell of Brookings, and Mel and Mary Magers of Arizona as recipients of the 2016 Gen Angdahl Award, honoring outstanding park hosts.

OPRD is honoring the Treadwells for last year's volunteer work at Alfred A. Loeb State Park near Brookings. The couple have logged over 11,500 hours hosting the last four years at 10 different locations.

The Magers have logged over 3,700 hours of volunteer work, spending last year at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site near John Day.

Also nominated were Dave and Amy Getzlaff, Ray and Donna Smith, Silvio Castelli, Steve Ostlund, Dennis Kreutel and Bill Wilson.

Volunteer duties include unloading firewood, moving picnic tables, repairing sprinkler heads and cleaning equipment.

Gen Angdahl was a longtime park host who logged over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. After her death in 1997, OPRD established the award as a way to honor her 10 years of service. It recognizes hosts for their outstanding volunteer contributions, including park maintenance and interpretive work.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set June 2
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/16/17 4:17 PM
Tillamook OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet in Tillamook on June 2, 2017 to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Officer's Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officer's Row.

The agenda includes updates on fundraising efforts, a marketing study and a benefit study; status of a proposed rail banking agreement; and review of the upcoming trail planning study for the easternmost 20 miles of the corridor from Banks to Tillamook State Forest Reehers Camp.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
Committee to review museum grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/16/17 4:10 PM
On May 24 2017, the Oregon Museum Grant committee will meet to score and rank the applications for the Oregon Museum Grant program. The recommendations from the committee will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on June 5, 2017. The meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, room 124A. at 9:00 a.m. Interested parties may also call into to listen at (224) 501-3412, access Code: 612-353-749.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Committee to review historic cemetery grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/16/17 4:08 PM
On May 22 2017, the Oregon Historic Cemetery Grant committee will meet to score and rank the applications for the Oregon Historic Cemetery Grant program. The recommendations from the committee will be forwarded to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries for final review and approval on June 5, 2017. The meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, room 124A. at 8:00 a.m. Interested parties may also call into to listen at (224) 501-3412, access Code: 612-353-749.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 5/24/17
Oregon State Library - 05/16/17 10:08 AM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
May 24, 2017
11:00 a.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

11:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

11:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for June 9, 2017 Bonebrake

11:45 Other business Bonebrake

12:00 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
State Chief Information Officer's proactive scanning discovers possible security breach
State of Oregon - 05/19/17 2:46 PM
Scans this week performed by the State Chief Information Office (OSCIO) identified potentially malicious activities on two information servers operated by the Department of Environmental Quality. The agency has taken steps to protect sensitive information and eliminate any future intrusion to the agency's information technology systems. Forensic investigations by security experts are ongoing to determine the extent of the incident.

At this time, there is no evidence that sensitive information about individuals, businesses or facilities has been compromised. The agency maintains about 9,000 Social Security Numbers and contact information for about 1,500 current and former employees elsewhere in their network.

If continued investigations do identify compromised sensitive information, OSCIO will work with DEQ to notify and support affected individuals. Support could include providing credit monitoring, if necessary.

At Governor Brown's direction, the OSCIO is conducting a systemic cyber security assessment of all state agencies, starting with the biggest or those agencies having extensive public interactions. These assessments are a proactive effort by the state to minimize risk to the state's electronic information systems, to best protect Oregonians and businesses.
Counties/Regional
Construction to start on two-year project to improve Northeast 10th Avenue
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 05/22/17 12:34 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Construction will start this week on a major project to widen, connect and improve Northeast 10th Avenue, including building a bridge over Whipple Creek.

Cascade Bridge, LLC of Vancouver will improve Northeast 10th Avenue from Northeast 154th Street north to Northeast 164th Street. The project will add one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff. Water and sanitary sewer lines will be constructed as part of the project.

A new two-lane steel and concrete bridge will span the current gap at Whipple Creek. The bridge will be nearly 48 feet above Whipple Creek and will be built to last 75-100 years.

Northeast 10th Avenue will be closed to most traffic between Northeast 154th Street and Northeast 164th Street on both sides of the Whipple Creek canyon. Area residents, emergency vehicles and deliveries will have access, although drivers might encounter delays.

During winter 2017-2018, construction will slow for two to four months while newly graded and built-up soil, often called fill, settles.

Clark County awarded a $14.62 million contract to Cascade Bridge, which submitted the lowest of the eight bids received for the project. The contractor's bid was $1.54 million lower than the county's $16.16 million estimate.

Construction is expected to wrap in fall 2018. A related project, improving Northeast 10th Avenue from Northeast 149th Street to Northeast 154th Street, is scheduled to begin in 2020.

More information is available on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/ne-10th-avenue.
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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office Media Release
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 05/19/17 2:35 PM
The following information is in reference to a recent death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Martin, John Age: 66 years
This individual died on Wednesday, May 18, 2017 in Vancouver, Wash.
The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Unconfirmed

The opinions listed on the death certification are as follows:
Cause of death: gunshot wound of the torso
Manner of death: homicide

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: prepared Thursday, May 19, 2017

Dr. Martha Burt
Associate Medical Examiner
Treasurer's debt refinancing saves taxpayers $2.1 million over next nine years
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 05/17/17 4:53 PM
Vancouver, Wash. ??' The Clark County Treasurer's Office has refinanced debt on the Public Service Center and the Jail Work Center, a move that will save taxpayers $2.1 million over the next nine years.

Earlier this month, the Treasurer's Office refinanced $24.5 million in limited tax general obligation bonds that were used, in part, to build the Public Service Center. The new lower interest rate for the remaining nine years of the bonds will save $2.1 million. The debt will be retired in 2026.

The savings will go into the county's real estate excise tax fund for infrastructure improvements and the downtown campus development fund for maintenance on the Public Service Center and surrounding county buildings and property.

"My office constantly strives to find ways to be good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars, and I'm delighted we were able to reach this substantial refinancing savings by working with Bank of America," said Treasurer Doug Lasher.
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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE - UPDATE
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 05/17/17 8:10 AM
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Willoughby, Brian B. Age: 56 Yrs

This individual was found dead on 3/28/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA.

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Carbon Monoxide Intoxication

Manner of death: Accident

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office at this time. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Fire Department.


Media release issue date: Prepared 5/17/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
Spring cleaning? Don't miss free Battle Ground Recycling Day Event on May 20
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 05/16/17 1:51 PM
Vancouver, Wash - A free Green Neighbors Recycling Day Event in Battle Ground is a great opportunity for Clark County residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. No more than two banker boxes of paper to be shredded is allowed. No business waste will be accepted.

The event takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St. Proof of Clark County residency, such as a driver's license, may be required.

People who cannot attend the event can find year-round recycling options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com.

Household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, will NOT be accepted. Dispose of HHW for free year-round at these transfer stations:

Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Sunday
West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Green Neighbors, a Public Health program of Clark County Solid Waste, will sponsor the Recycling Day Event in partnership with the city of Battle Ground. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding.

Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.
Cities
Battle Ground Memorial Day Ceremony (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 05/17/17 3:28 PM
Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
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A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country will be held on Monday, May 29, 11 am at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 SW 2nd Ave in Battle Ground.

Mayor Philip Johnson, U.S. Army, retired, will lead the ceremony. Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names.

In a special presentation to his family, an Honor and Remember flag will be presented in memory of Cpl. Jeremiah J. Johnson. The son of David and Beth Johnson, Jeremiah was born and raised in the Vancouver area. He attended Prairie High School where he played centerfield for the baseball team and was a member of ROTC. Shortly after graduating in 2001, he married Gale; they had two children, Isaiah and Rya. He joined the U.S. Army in 2003; Cpl. Johnson was deployed to Iraq in 2006, where, in December of that year, was critically injured. He succumbed to his injuries on January 5, 2007. With the presentation of the Honor and Remember flag, Cpl. Johnson is honored for his unwavering dedication and selfless sacrifice and his family recognized for the enormity of their loss.

Also recognized this Memorial Day are 24 veterans whose families and loved ones purchased commemorative bricks to honor their service. Commemorative bricks, installed at the foot of the memorial's wall, honor any veteran, living or deceased, and display the veteran's name, branch of service and dates of service. Purchased bricks are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day.

Community members are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day ceremony. To learn more about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, the 31 honored veterans whose names are engraved on the wall, and commemorative bricks, visit www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Veterans Memorial , Cpl. Jeremiah J. Johnson
Battle Ground's Military Appreciation Night (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 05/16/17 1:48 PM
Mayor Philip Johnson w/ Navy reps
Mayor Philip Johnson w/ Navy reps
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"Like a Hallmark card," said Battle Ground Mayor Philip Johnson, "we care enough to send the very best." His words and sincere sentiment referred to the 27 high school seniors from our community who, after graduation, will be entering the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Battle Ground City Council recognized the students at last night's Military Appreciation Night. The evening focused on the students, who spoke about their military assignments, their goals, and their families.

The 5th Annual Military Appreciation Night comes during Military Appreciation Month, designated by Congress to ensure that the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members.

Pictured with members of City Council are (in no particular order):
Christopher Anderson (US Army)
Christopher Flynn (US Army)
Casey Morgan (US Army)
Isaiah Neis (US Army)
Troy Morrow (US Army)
Phenix Bannister (US Army)
Victoria Pena (US Navy)
Emily Belvin (US Navy)
Tyler Demonia (US Navy)
Thomas Wirtanen (US Marine Corps)
Trevor Meck (US Marine Corps)
Curtis Wade (US Marine Corps)
Gavyn McIntosh (US Marine Corps)
Garrett Baltazar (WA Army National Guard)

Recognized by Council, but unable to attend were:
Steven Flynn (US Army)
Tristen Mings (US Army)
Grant Rich (US Army)
Artem Ross (US Army)
Hailey St. Peter (US Army)
Erik Syvrud (US Army)
Kathryn Barnes (US Navy)
Richard Meier III (US Navy)
Anthonyjay Dancel (US Navy)
Jacob Jones (US Marine Corps)
Isaac Davisson (US Marine Corps)
Zane Anglin (US Marine Corps)
Michael Salisbury

The City of Battle Ground encourages the community to let these young people know that their home community supports and appreciates them.


Attached Media Files: Mayor Philip Johnson w/ Navy reps , Gavyn McInstosh (Marine Corps) with dad and recruiter , Phenix Bannister (Army) and family , Group with City Council
Commemorate Memorial Day at Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park
City of Beaverton - 05/22/17 1:57 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- American Legion Post 124 will host its annual Memorial Day event on Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton.


The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a performance of patriotic music by the American Legion Post 185 band. The West Coast Ravens will perform a missing pilot flyover at 10:55 a.m. The program will begin at 11 a.m., and will include the posting of the colors by the Beaverton Police Department Honor Guard, guest speakers, memorial wreath placement, POW/MIA ceremony, and more.


"Memorial Day is often referred to as the official start of summer," said Beaverton City Councilor and American Legion Post 124 second vice commander Lacey Beaty, who will also speak at the event. "This year, it's more important than ever to recognize those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this incredible nation. Please take time to recognize and reflect on the actions taken by a few so that most others are able to enjoy time with friends and family on a weekend such as this."


For more information, visit www.beavertonpost124.org.


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


For 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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The Rise Old Town Celebrates Grand Opening
City of Beaverton - 05/19/17 1:00 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Rise Old Town, a new apartment building in downtown Beaverton, will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, May 31.


The event will feature a reception with refreshments and building tours from 3 to 5 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m.


The new 3.5 story building, located at 4545 SW Angel Ave in Beaverton, features 87 market-rate apartments. The public-private partnership was supported by $350,000 in transit oriented development grant funds from Metro, as well as investment from the City of Beaverton and tax abatement from the State of Oregon.


The Rise Old Town is a development of Rembold Properties. Since 1974, Rembold has developed more than $700 million of real estate. Rembold projects demonstrate entrepreneurial vision, quality design and construction, as well as proven economic performance.


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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Artists Invited to Submit Designs for Vinyl Art Beautification Project (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 05/19/17 11:32 AM
The City of Beaverton is now accepting design entries for the 2017 Beautify Beaverton vinyl art project. Selected images will be printed on high quality, adhesive vinyl and wrapped around utility and traffic signal boxes around Beaverton. In 2016, more th
The City of Beaverton is now accepting design entries for the 2017 Beautify Beaverton vinyl art project. Selected images will be printed on high quality, adhesive vinyl and wrapped around utility and traffic signal boxes around Beaverton. In 2016, more th
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton invites artists to submit images for the 2017 Beautify Beaverton project. The selected artwork will enhance Beaverton's existing infrastructure by transforming utility and traffic signal boxes into artistic features throughout the city.


Images selected will be printed on high-quality, adhesive vinyl material and wrapped around utility and traffic signal boxes around Beaverton. These art wraps will remain on display for at least a year. This project is part of the City of Beaverton's public art master plan. Artists are encouraged to represent Beaverton and its diverse and vibrant community in their proposed designs.


In 2016, more than 40 city-owned trash receptacles received a makeover. To view these wraps and learn more about the project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/VinylArtWraps.


Clean Slate Group will be installing the vinyl art wraps on behalf of the city. To view past work, visit www.cleanslategroupus.com.


Applications are due Monday, June 12 by 11 p.m. Students and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Artists may submit up to 5 images for consideration. Artists who submit designs that are selected for this project will receive a stipend of $200 per selected design. More than one of an artist's designs may be selected. To view the Call to Artists and to apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CalltoArtists.


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 is now accepting design entries for the 2017 Beautify Beaverton vinyl art project. Selected images will be printed on high quality, adhesive vinyl and wrapped around utility and traffic signal boxes around Beaverton. In 2016, more th
Gresham cracks down on illegal RV parking
City of Gresham - 05/17/17 9:36 AM
GRESHAM, OR. -- The Gresham City Council took decisive action to curb the influx of recreational vehicles illegally parked on city streets during their meeting Tuesday afternoon. Effective immediately, City of Gresham will require an application for a free permit for residents who plan to park their RVs on a city street for up to 72 hours. This free, easy online process will help the City track and enforce RV parking throughout the city. Those without a permit will experience swift enforcement.

"The entire Portland metropolitan region has seen a sharp uptick in illegally parked RVs on neighborhood streets, heavily impacting safety, livability and transportation mobility," said Mayor Shane Bemis. "This code change gives us the tools we need to handle these situations expediently, without overly burdening residents who are temporarily loading or unloading their RVs."

In 2015 the City tracked 74 code enforcement cases related to RVs, with that number rising to 212 in 2016. Current City Code already imposes a 72-hour limit on RV parking, but is difficult to monitor and enforce without a permit system. The new ordinance allows parking of RVs immediately adjacent to occupied single-family homes or duplexes. Permits will only be issued to the owner or lawful tenant of the property. If residents need to have their RV parked on the street or if a friend or relative is coming to visit with their RV, the resident will need to obtain the free permit. Residents are eligible for up to six permits a year. The online application is quick and easy--residents just need their utility bill account number and the license plate number of the RV that will be parked on the street. No permit is required for immediate loading and unloading.

"We have all seen the negative impact caused by long-term, illegal RV parking in our neighborhoods, we have heard our residents loudly and clearly, and in Gresham, we will not be tolerating the heavy impacts illegal RVs cause," Bemis said.

For more information, and to apply for a permit: www.GreshamOregon.gov/RV-Parking-Permit.

Mayor Bemis will be available for media inquiries on Wednesday, May 17.
Mt View Cemetery Memorial Day Commemorative Service
City of Oregon City - 05/18/17 1:49 PM
The local community and surrounding areas are invited to attend the Mt. View Cemetery's Memorial Day Commemorative Service on May 29, 2017, at 10:00 am. Mt. View Cemetery is located at 500 Hilda St, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Please join us in our tribute to veterans and other public servants that have gone before us.

This year's event will feature guest speaker Retired Naval Commander JJ Morell, a 21-gun salute and other military honors and floral tributes, Oregon City High School Junior ROTC, with music provided by Gardiner Middle School Band.

For more information, please visit our web site at www.orcity.org/cemetery, call the cemetery office at 503-657-8299, or e-mail us at cemetery-info@orcity.org.
Salem Fire Department Urges Cold Water Safety Awareness
City of Salem - 05/19/17 3:33 PM
SALEM -- The Salem Fire Department reminds everyone to maintain an awareness of the effects of cold water temperatures as summer draws near. The warm and sunny weather is upon us which typically draws many to local bodies of water for various recreational purposes. However, water temperatures typically remain dangerously cold this time of year, even though the air temperatures are warm and the sun is out.

Salem Fire Department Battalion Chief and Water Rescue Team Leader Ty Gunesch reminds everyone to "be aware that the water temperature may be colder than you think and cause a rapid drop in your body temperature." According to the National Center for Cold Water Safety: "Cold water can kill you in less than a minute." A rapid drop in body temperature could impact a person's ability to reach shore.

The National Center for Cold Water Safety recommends the following "Five Gold Rules"

1) Always Wear Your Personal Flotation Device
2) Always Dress For The Water Temperature
3) Field-Test Your Gear
4) Swim-Test Your Gear Every Time You Go Out
5) Imagine The Worst That Could Happen and Plan For It

Fire Chief Mike Niblock encourages everyone to "safely enjoy all the recreational activities the City of Salem has to offer, but to be especially mindful of water temperatures this time of year."
A 'Thank You' to Salem Residents from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett for Passing the Police Facility Bond
City of Salem - 05/17/17 3:05 PM
As Mayor, I want to thank Salem residents for voting to fund the construction of this desperately needed police facility. The Salem Police Department is one of the finest police agencies in the State and the need for a larger facility has been there for 40 years. The new facility will ensure that the SPD is able to properly protect the City as it grows and changes in the coming decades.

I also want to ensure residents that it is the intention of Council and the City to put a bond on the November ballot that will fund seismic retrofitting of the City Library. As with the police bond, the City will conduct a transparent public information campaign for the Library bond. This way residents will feel confident they have a firm understanding of the facts when they fill out their ballot.

Thank you again!

Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Bennett
City receives $5.8 million in applications for affordable housing funding
City of Vancouver - 05/19/17 8:00 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The first year of the City's new voter-approved Affordable Housing Fund is getting off to a promising start, with $5.8 million in project applications submitted for funding consideration in 2017.

The City received 10 project proposals that would provide much-needed housing for low income residents and those experiencing homelessness.

A total of $3.7 million is available this year for affordable housing projects within the city. The Vancouver City Council will make a final decision on how the funding will be spent this summer.

"We have received an impressive group of applications for some very worthy projects that, if fully funded, would build 237 new housing units and rehabilitate or preserve 28 more," said City of Vancouver Community and Economic Development Programs Manager Peggy Sheehan. "It's wonderful to see so many agencies and organizations interested in helping find solutions for our low-income housing crisis."

Project proposals received by the City include:

Improvements to an existing home for single homeless mothers who are pregnant or parenting infants ($35,000)
Construction of 49 low-income units, 37 of which would serve formerly homeless families and individuals ($1,032,520)
Construction of 28 low-income units, 75 percent of which would be dedicated to people experiencing homelessness ($900,000)
Construction of 30 units, 24 of which would be for low-income renters ($500,000)
Construction of 30 units for chronically mentally ill homeless individuals ($500,000)
Construction of four rent-to-own single family homes targeted to low income families with children ($200,000)
Rehabilitation of two existing affordable housing properties that serve chronically homeless individuals and families ($89,000)
Rehabilitation of an existing 20-unit affordable apartment building to serve seniors, chronically homeless individuals and veterans ($335,000)
Construction of 18 low-income units in two buildings serving formerly homeless individuals and people with developmental disabilities ($250,000)
Construction of 40 low-income units in a 78-unit mixed-income development serving families with children, seniors and formerly homeless individuals ($2 million)

For more information about Vancouver's Affordable Housing Fund, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/AffordableHousingFund.

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Vancouver Fire Chief selected for FEMA RESPONSE subcommittee
City of Vancouver - 05/18/17 4:41 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver's Fire Chief Joseph Molina has been selected to serve as a member of the FEMA National Advisory Council RESPONSE Subcommittee. Chief Molina will be one of 22 members, and one of three fire chiefs, to serve on the subcommittee.

Recent legislation directed FEMA to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under its National Advisory Council to provide recommendations regarding emergency responder training and resources related to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads.

Letters of support for Molina's application were submitted by all three members of the city's congressional delegation, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.

"I'd like to thank our congressional delegation for supporting the Vancouver Fire Chief's membership in this important subcommittee. With the potential for the largest oil terminal in the country being sited in our city and thousands of gallons of crude-by-rail transported through our most densely populated areas, it is more important than ever that Vancouver have a voice at the table surrounding emergency response and preparedness," said Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt.

"Vancouver is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide our input as a member of the Subcommittee and ensure that our voice is heard at the federal level," said Vancouver Fire Chief Molina. "Our participation will allow us to bring attention to our community's needs regarding the rail transportation of hazardous materials in our city."

The first meeting of the subcommittee will be May 18, 2017.

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City development pre-applications going digital starting June 1
City of Vancouver - 05/18/17 8:18 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver's Development Review Division is going 100 percent digital by the end of this year.

The City began its digital evolution last year with the introduction of its ePlans platform. Over the next seven months, the City will incrementally require all permit types be submitted electronically. The next phase of this initiative starts June 1, when the City will require all pre-applications be submitted electronically.

Electronic submittals reduce the need for physical trips to Vancouver City Hall to drop off or pick up plans or make payments, and reduce the need to print hard copies. It may also potentially reduce plan review turnaround time because reviewers at the City will be able to make electronic comments and markups on the same document at the same time, instead of one at a time as they currently do.

"We're looking forward to continuing to find ways to improve and simplify our plan review process for our customers to save them time and money," said Development Review Division Manager Jason Nortz.

Currently, the City's ePlans platform allows customers to submit development applications, commercial and residential building permits, grading permits, and fire alarm/sprinkler protection applications online. Applicants can also check the status of their submittals or review at any time.

Customers can visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ePlans to learn more and get started.

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Updated Traffic Advisory: Crews to pave Highway 43 at Portland-Lake Oswego border Saturday morning, May 20
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 05/19/17 11:33 AM
UPDATE (May 19, 2017) - Paving will take place as scheduled but due to high demand for pavement restoration crews, restriping is now scheduled for early June. The current lane restrictions will continue until then.

(May 17, 2017) -- Environmental Services advises the traveling public that crews will pave Highway 43 at the entry to Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 20 from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. One lane will be open in each direction at all times

Once complete, the lane restrictions that have been in place since April for a sewer repair project will be lifted. Paving is taking place about two weeks ahead of schedule.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously and to observe signage. The early morning paving schedule was chosen to minimize travel impacts.

Crews have finished installing two manholes and about 80 feet of pipe under Highway 43 between SW Terwilliger Blvd and SW E Avenue. The work is part of the SW Terwilliger Sewer Project to improve wastewater collection in the area and to protect water quality, public health, and our environment.

SW Terwilliger Blvd WILL REMAIN CLOSED from Highway 43 to SW Castleridge Lane until the project is complete, no later than August.

For additional information, including progress photos and maps, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/swterwilliger.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland

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Argay Park tennis courts restoration starts in June 2017 (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 05/16/17 3:13 PM
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(Portland) -

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond (parksreplacementbond.org), construction will begin in June to restore all four existing tennis courts at Argay Park, NE 141st Ave. and Failing St.

Work will include resurfacing the courts, repairing the pathway from NE 141st to the courts to correct ADA deficiencies, installing new benches and a water fountain, improving tennis court lighting, and replacing fencing, nets, and the stanchions.

Four holly trees will be kept to preserve the history of the site and neighborhood, and fourteen new shade trees will be planted. Some of the invasive holly trees near the courts will be removed to provide better sight lines from the street. Tree removal will occur after August 1 to avoid bird nesting season.

Other areas of the park will not be impacted by construction.

Argay Park is located at NE 141st Avenue and Failing Street in the Argay Neighborhood and has the only PP&R tennis courts located east of I-205. More information at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69889

PROJECT SCHEDULE

June 2017 - October 2017: Construction

Fall 2017: Re-Opening of Tennis Courts

Photos courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.


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Water Main Project On NW Cornell Road to Impact Traffic
Portland Water Bureau - 05/19/17 1:21 PM
PORTLAND, OR -- A water main installation project on Northwest Cornell Road between Northwest Skyline Boulevard and the Audubon Society will begin May 22, 2017, and end in early September. Construction work hours are limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate commuter traffic.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, portions of the westbound lane of Northwest Cornell Road will be closed and flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone. Work zones will be limited to 1000 feet at a time.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution while driving through the construction zone. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
Courts/District Attorneys
Man Sentenced for January 13, 2017, Salem Police Officer Involved Shooting Incident
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/16/17 4:22 PM
Today, the Honorable Mary M. James sentenced Casey Duane Howe, 34, to ten years in prison for crimes that resulted in him being shot by Salem Police Corporal Jacob Pratt on January 13, 2017. A Marion County Grand Jury has previously determined that Corporal Pratt's use of deadly force was justified.

On January 13, 2017, Corporal Pratt responded to a 911 call regarding Howe, who had an active warrant for his arrest. The caller provided Howe's approximate location, a detailed description of his clothing and appearance, and stated that Howe regularly armed himself with weapons, including knives.

Approximately 10 minutes later, at 7:30 p.m. outside the east side of Applebee's at 2625 Liberty Street NE, Salem, Corporal Pratt saw Howe and stopped his patrol SUV to make contact. Corporal Pratt left his vehicle's overhead lights on and called out to Howe by his name in an effort to make friendly contact. Howe turned, acknowledged that he knew he had a warrant, and then pulled out a black machete-like knife from his waistband. As he did so, Howe said something similar to "we're going to have some fun," and began to walk towards Corporal Pratt. Despite repeated commands to "Stop!" and "Drop the knife!" Howe continued to approach. An eyewitness described Howe as having a "big long knife, and he was waiving it around in the air. . . ." Faced with this deadly threat and the danger of a busy traffic street behind him, Corporal Pratt fired three shots from his duty pistol, striking Howe twice.

Corporal Pratt was uninjured. Salem Police immediately responded, restrained, and provided medical aid to Howe. Howe was brought to Salem Health, transferred to OHSU, and was eventually discharged for lodging at the Marion County Jail.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police responded to investigate and recovered a black machete-like knife with an 11-inch blade. A subsequent search of Howe's personal belongings pursuant to a search warrant recovered stolen property, additional knives, and methamphetamine. Detectives also found a flashlight/electronic stun device, which Howe was prohibited from possessing as he was previously convicted of felony Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

A Marion County Grand Jury found that Corporal Pratt's use of deadly force was justified, and indicted Howe on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder; Attempted Assault in the First Degree; Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine; Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon; and Menacing.

Today, Howe pled guilty to Attempted Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. The state agreed to dismiss the remaining charges. Judge James sentenced him to serve 120 months in the Department of Corrections, without good time or early release, and a post-prison supervision period of 36 months.
Banks & Credit Unions
Northwest Credit Unions Contribute $320K to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/16/17 12:00 PM
Credit unions give generously to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Credit Unions for Kids
Credit unions give generously to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Credit Unions for Kids
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TIGARD, OR;-- While it may be rare in most industries for businesses to ditch their competitive models, and collaborate, it's typical in the world of credit unions. As not-for-profit, cooperative, financial services providers, credit unions are owned by their members, and working together to serve communities is in their "DNA."

This spring, six regional Children's Miracle Network(CMN) hospitals received red wagons stuffed with toys and games sure to make a child's hospital stay a little less scary. Along with that good cheer was $320,330.04 in cash to fund research, support for families of hospitalized children, and lifesaving medical equipment. For example, $10,000.00 will buy a critical care crib, and $500 will buy a fetal heart monitor.

The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) annual Credit Unions for Kids auction. Credit Unions for Kids is the national credit union movement's "charity of choice" and has raised over $150 million in behalf of 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"Credit Unions for Kids was founded here in the Northwest and we're proud of the difference we are making supporting CMN hospitals, patients, and their families." said Carmen Vigil, community manager for the NWCUA. "When you think about the fact that any given day, 16,000 kids are treated in a CMN emergency room, or that every hour, 39 babies are treated in the newborn ICUs, there is a real need for the work credit unions are doing."

In Portland, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital received $100,950.01 from credit unions participating in the NWCUA auction. In addition to that event, individual credit unions in the Portland area hold events each year ranging from "jeans days" to golf tournaments to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids.

If your news outlet would like to interview a credit union about its work for this legacy charity, please email lheider@nwcua.org or call (503)329-7208.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory, and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support, and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Point West to host 4th Annual Credit Union for Kids Bowling Fundraiser
Point West Credit Union - 05/19/17 10:04 AM
PORTLAND, OR -- Point West Credit Union invites its members, fellow credit unions, partners and the public at-large to join them on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:30 am -- 2:30 pm for their 4th Annual Bowling for Credit Unions for Kids event. This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the Milwaukie Bowl 300 Lanes located at 3056 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

The cost per participant is $20 per individual, $35 Per Couple which includes shoes, two games, and unlimited pizza and soft drinks. Everyone -- members, vendors, credit union friends and the public at large -- is welcomed and encouraged to participate! All proceeds benefit our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, via Credit Unions for Kids.
For those interested, lane sponsorships are also available for $200. Sponsorships include bowling for six individuals, recognition during the event, and signage on one lane.

In addition to the bowling excitement, a raffle and silent auction will be held with a variety of fantastic items donated by staff, members, local businesses and credit union vendors.
Last year's event raised $5,000 to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. This year, Point West has secured a CO-OP Miracle Match, which will match funds raised dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Thank you to CO-OP for this fantastic opportunity!

To RSVP or become a sponsor, visit https://creditunion4kidsbowling.eventbrite.com. For additional information, please contact Sarah Bailey at 503.546.5367 or sbailey@pointwestcu.com. Please RSVP by no later than Thursday June 1, 2017 by 3:00 pm. Complete details may also be found at www.pointwestcu.com.

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, OR. Adopted as our movement's charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Find out more at www.cu4kids.org.

Point West Credit Union is 100% not-for-profit, member-owned awesomeness headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With a bilingual staff ready to help its members achieve financial empowerment, Point West works with its community partners to bring inclusion and equity to the underserved, and needed capital to local microenterprise businesses--all with an unwavering commitment to its members and cooperative development. Find out more and join Point West today at www.pointwestcu.com.
Wells Fargo launches ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans
Wells Fargo - 05/18/17 9:27 AM
Wells Fargo has launched an ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans, becoming one of the first financial service companies to do so.

A Department of Labor program, ApprenticeshipUSA provides veterans the opportunity to earn a salary while learning additional skills necessary to succeed in high-demand civilian careers.

"Our commitment to hiring veterans remains a top priority for Wells Fargo," said Carly Sanchez, head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Delivery at Wells Fargo. "The ApprenticeshipUSA program is an excellent resource for us to attract and retain eligible veterans who have strong leadership competencies and other skills, but may not have strong financial industry knowledge."

ApprenticeshipUSA allows eligible veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits to receive a tax-free monthly payment from the government (in addition to wages earned as an apprentice). After six months of a veteran's apprenticeship, the payment is gradually reduced and offset by progressive wage increases.

The ApprenticeshipUSA Program will be piloted in Wells Fargo's Community Bank; Consumer Lending; and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation divisions. For more information about the pilot and where to apply, visit www.wellsfargojobs.com/military

Wells Fargo also offers other veteran career transition initiatives, including the Veteran Employment Transition Internship Program, American Corporate Partners mentorships, and scholarships and emergency grants through Scholarship America.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

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Colleges & Universities - Public
PCC Foundation receives big gift from Chris and Tom Neilsen (Photo)
PCC - 05/16/17 9:18 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PCC Foundation has reason to be excited.

A $280,000 gift from Tom and Chris Neilsen of Northwest Portland will provide hundreds of students with scholarships over the next 20 years. The gift, the first of its kind for PCC, will be invested as a limited term endowment to maximize the impact of the gift and provide between $10,000-$20,000 per year for PCC student scholarships. The couple will take the required minimum distribution from their IRA, using the distributions for a longer term plan to support PCC students.

Longtime PCC Foundation supporters, the couple owned Neilsen Manufacturing Inc., a Salem-based family business serving the high-tech industry. After retiring to Portland in 2007, Chris served on the PCC Foundation Board for five years and was appointed president for one of her terms. Today, she remains active with the philanthropic arm of the college and is a member of PCC Foundation's new Emeritus Board.

"We have been supporters of the Future Connect and scholarship programs at PCC, and we decided that because that work is very important to us and to our community, we wanted to support it more deeply," said Chris Neilsen. "For many years we have been donors to the community college in the area where we've lived: first in Salem, and now in Portland, because we believe community colleges are the absolute best investment. We believe Portland Community College is top-notch."

The Portland couple sought a way to significantly increase the returns from their philanthropic investment. As opposed to a traditional endowment that provides an average four percent return forever, the Tom and Chris Neilsen Impact Fund will divest in 20 years, allowing the couple to see the benefit of larger awards over a shorter span of time.

"Every student story is an inspiration," she added. "Both of us are humbled by the persistence and desire by PCC students to make their lives better. We are proud to support them in accomplishing their dreams. And we know that as they do that, they impact their own families and the community positively."

The Neilsens count PCC among their top priorities and are strong proponents of the PCC Foundation's Future Connect Program, which provides scholarships, in-depth advising and college success coaching to low-income and first-generation students. Scholars are guided through college, all the way to completion of a certificate or degree. We had an opportunity to sit down and chat with the couple to explore reasons for their generosity.

"The Neilsen's gift of education will change the lives of our students and their families for generations to come," said Ann Prater, executive director of the PCC Foundation. "The impact will be enormous."

For a detailed story on the Neilsens, visit: http://news.pcc.edu/2017/05/chris-tom-neilsen/


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving more than 78,000 full- and part-time students. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/


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Colleges & Universities - Private
Pacific University Names Narcedalia Rodriguez Equity Diversity Inclusion Officer
Pacific University - 05/19/17 2:56 PM
FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University has named Narcedalia Rodriguez as its chief equity diversity inclusion officer (CEDIO), serving as executive director for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Rodriguez brings more than 25 years of higher education experience, with a substantial background in diversity and inclusion. Most recently, she has served as dean of student development at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, where her other roles since 2000 have included interim campus president, retention and multicultural coordinator, and program advisor for the College Assistance Migrant Program. She also previously held positions at Portland State University, Arizona State University, and Oregon State University.

She holds a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies -- higher education administration and women studies -- from Oregon State University, as well as a bachelor's in sociology and Spanish, also from OSU.

As the CEDIO at Pacific, Rodriguez will be a key member of the Pacific University administration, helping to lead an institution-wide effort to support and further develop our diverse community. She will provide strategic, operational and organizational leadership, working collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the university.

She was one of 75 applicants, nationwide, who expressed enthusiastic interest in the position.

"I am delighted to find such a highly qualified leader from right here in our community," said Pacific University President, Dr. Lesley Hallick. "We are excited to welcome Narce and look forward to continuing our work in growing and supporting a diverse and inclusive community for students, employees and community members here at Pacific."

The executive director for equity, diversity and inclusion is a key leadership position designed to further support the university's long-time tradition for as a nurturing and supportive learning environment, preparing diverse students for success in a global community.

Pacific University is a comprehensive university serving about 3,800 students, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry at campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore.

Rodriguez begins her appointment on July 5.
Multnomah Co. Schools
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for May 24, 2017
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 05/19/17 8:09 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room (18135 SE Brooklyn ST,Portland, OR 97236). Shortly after the adoption of the agenda, this year's Triple "C" Award recipient(s) will be announced and recognized.

The reports to be presented at this meeting include:
5.1 - Lynch View Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Report
5.3 - Student Representative's Report
5.4 - Superintendent's Report

After the adoption of the confirmation items en masse, the Board will consider the following action items.
7.2.1 - Consider Revised Policy CBG, Evaluation of the Superintendent
7.2.2 - 2nd Reading Revised Policy BBAA, Individual Board Member's Authority and
Responsibility
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy JHCCF, Pediculosis (Head Lice)

The full board packet for this meeting is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org).
Monday, May 22, 2017 Retiree Social, Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 05/18/17 5:52 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Retiree Social, Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 5:30pm (Regular Business Meeting starts at 6:30pm). The Board will hear presentations from: the Prescott Panther band, Keija Lee, Elevate Oregon and All Hands Raised. They will also recognize Grand Master Choi, Sunrise Taekwondo and the United States Taekwondo Education Foundation. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, School Improvement, Technology, Student Services and the Business Office. The Board will take action on consent agenda and a revision to the 2017-2018 district calendar. They will report on their Board Business including: Appreciative Inquiry, Committee reports, Legislative update, Board Retreat, select an Administrative Team agreement discussion liaison and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

Please be sure to join us for the annual Retiree Social & Recognition from 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m in the Boardroom!
Clark Co. Schools
Battle Ground Public Schools asks community for input
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 05/18/17 5:26 PM
Battle Ground Public Schools is asking the community, parents and staff to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas for the district in a Thoughtexchange community engagement survey that will be open May 23-June 2. The district will send an email invite to parents and staff to join the anonymous conversation when it opens online, and community members also can sign up online to receive the invitation: http://signup.thotex.com/battlegroundps/bHJ.

The district is gathering community feedback as it prepares for the transition this summer to a new superintendent. Current assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning Mark Ross will replace Superintendent Mark Hottowe, who is retiring at the end of June after 40 years in education. Survey participants will be asked to answer four questions about what they appreciate about the district, what are their concerns about the district, educational opportunities for students, and what questions they have for Battle Ground Public Schools.

Schools and the district office can use the feedback in its planning. "We know people are busy and recognize that it can be difficult to attend another meeting," Hottowe said. "This process lets our stakeholders engage in a community-wide conversation from the comfort of their homes and gives us a community voice."

All community members are invited to participate in this process. Community members who do not receive an email invitation can self-register to join the conversation online at http://signup.thotex.com/battlegroundps/bHJ.

This is the third community engagement survey the district has conducted in the past three years. The first survey in 2015 had more than 2,500 respondents who shared their thoughts on the district's strengths and challenges and provided valuable information that Battle Ground Public Schools incorporated into the district's Strategic Plan.

Just as with the past Thoughtexchange surveys, the process will be delivered in three steps: Share (collection of ideas), Star (consider other points of view) and Discover (learn what is important to the group). The Share step will begin Tuesday, May 23 with the Star step occurring in June and the Discover step in the fall. More information about this and previous Thoughtexchange surveys is available on the district website: http://www.battlegroundps.org/thoughtexchange.

Community members can contact the district's communication office for additional information: communication@battlegroundps.org or (360) 885-5470.
ESD 112 Presents Regional WASA Awards (Photo)
ESD 112 - 05/19/17 4:09 PM
Mark Hottowe and Sandy Mathewson receiving the award from nominator Mark Ross
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Educational Service District 112 presented regional awards on behalf of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) to honor and recognize outstanding educational administrators and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to K--12 education. The Award of Merit, Student Achievement Leadership Award and Community Leadership Awards were presented at a ceremony Friday, May 19, at ESD 112 in Vancouver.

"Unlike private or charter schools our public schools welcome all students regardless of size, color, background, income or ability. For many children, public education is the only hope for creating a vibrant life and future success," said Mike Nerland, Chair of the WASA Awards for Region 112 and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at ESD 112. "We're proud to recognize and celebrate those who dedicate their time, talent, and attention to making our public schools the best they can be for our children."

AWARD OF MERIT -- for effective leadership at the regional level
Presented to John Deeder, Superintendent, Evergreen Public Schools

Superintendent Deeder leveraged change across the region, providing great opportunities for students. From innovative partnerships to a focus on supporting students most in need, he inspired, challenged, mentored and impacted his colleagues. His humble approach, collaborative spirit, and courage set a standard for superintendent leadership others strive to reflect in their own practices.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD - for innovative programs improving student achievement
Mark Hottowe, Superintendent, Battle Ground Public Schools

Throughout Superintendent Hottowe's 41 years in education, he repeatedly demonstrated a heart for vulnerable and underserved youth. He spent his career helping to change school culture and climate through programs that reduce risk factors, build resiliency and enable positive learning environments. He created the Social-Emotional Learning Department in Battle Ground, and led the implementation of the Project AWARE grant, resulting in significant decreased suspensions at the district's high schools.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
In recognition of outstanding contributions to education, this award was presented to:

Colleen O'Neal / Battle Ground Education Foundation, Battle Ground School District
Downtown Camas Association, Camas School District
Child and Adolescent Clinic, Educational Service District 112
Christie BrownSilva, Evergreen Public Schools
Kelso Public Schools Foundation, Kelso School District
George Cooper, Lyle School District
Citizens for Ridgefield Schools, Ridgefield School District
Ridgefield Boosters and Dawn Gaspar, President, Ridgefield School District
A&J Select, John and Andra Mobley, Stevenson-Carson School District
Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Stevenson Chapter, Stevenson-Carson School District
One Prevention Alliance, Stevenson-Carson School District
Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Stevenson-Carson School District
Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, Vancouver Public Schools
Mike Sprinkle, Chair, Citizen's Committee for Washougal Schools, Washougal School District

John Deeder and Mark Hottowe were also given Retirement Awards.

Photos from the ceremony can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B31hK8tR2zAEY0JqUHNPcDZXdms?usp=sharing


Attached Media Files: Mark Hottowe and Sandy Mathewson receiving the award from nominator Mark Ross , John Deeder receiving his award from nominator Jeff Snell
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 05/19/17 11:50 AM
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Ridgefield High School Students Honored for Achievements in STEM (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 05/18/17 2:16 PM
AAUW award recipients from Ridgefield High School (from left) Sally Bishop-Smith, Natalie Dean, and Kaitlan Miller.
AAUW award recipients from Ridgefield High School (from left) Sally Bishop-Smith, Natalie Dean, and Kaitlan Miller.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Three Ridgefield High School students were presented with Certificates of Excellence on April 29th by the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for their achievements in the high school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program.

The awards were presented by AAUW Washington State at a recognition ceremony at Washington State University-Vancouver.

RHS junior, Sally Bishop-Smith, won the award for Mathematics. Natalie Dean, also a junior, received the award for Science, and Kaitlan Miller, a sophomore, was recognized for her achievement in Technology.

The young women were nominated by the Ridgefield High School faculty for their outstanding accomplishments in STEM.

The American Association of University Women is a nationwide organization committed to encouraging women and girls to pursue success in the STEM fields.

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Attached Media Files: AAUW award recipients from Ridgefield High School (from left) Sally Bishop-Smith, Natalie Dean, and Kaitlan Miller.
Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Kelso Public Schools Foundation Receives Community Leadership Award (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 05/19/17 5:05 PM
Cathy Williamson, Jana Clarke, and Glenda Schuh of the Kelso Public Schools Foundation receive the award from Superintendent Gelbrich
Cathy Williamson, Jana Clarke, and Glenda Schuh of the Kelso Public Schools Foundation receive the award from Superintendent Gelbrich
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The Kelso Public Schools Foundation received a Community Leadership Award for their outstanding contributions to education. The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) award was presented at the Annual Recognition Ceremony at Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver on Friday, May 19.

The Kelso Public Schools Foundation is in its 26th year of serving Kelso students. In that time, the organization has given a million dollars in student scholarships and grants to fund programs and activities in Kelso schools.

"The Foundation is an incredible partner and has done so much to support our students' learning and success," said Kelso Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich. "I'm honored to present this award to them."

Since the Foundation's inception, a total of 34 community members, five District Superintendents, nine ex-officio members from Kelso School District and five part-time staff have contributed to the success of this organization.


Attached Media Files: Cathy Williamson, Jana Clarke, and Glenda Schuh of the Kelso Public Schools Foundation receive the award from Superintendent Gelbrich
Kelso School District Board Member Larry Hembree Won't Run for Re-Election (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 05/17/17 4:16 PM
Larry Hembree
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Kelso School District Board Member Larry Hembree has announced his decision not to run for re-election. Hembree was elected to the Board in November of 2013 and his term expires this November.

In sharing his reasons for not running for re-election, Hembree said, "I'm pursuing employment options that may make it difficult to best serve the district."

A product of the Kelso School District, Hembree graduated from Kelso High in 1976. His children went to school in Kelso and he currently has two grandchildren attending Beacon Hill Elementary. Having also taught in Kelso's Fire Science program, his connections to the schools and their mission to prepare every student for living, learning and achieving success in our changing world are strong and he continues to be the embodiment of the mantra, "We Are Kelso". A long-time public servant, Hembree retired from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue in Kelso after 32 years.

"In my tenure on the board, I've had the pleasure of working with people at all levels in the district who share the passion of serving our children," said Hembree. "It's been an honor."

For those wishing to run for the position opening on the Kelso School Board, the deadline to file with the Elections Office is Friday, May 19.

The duties of a Kelso School District Board Member are stated in Policy 1220 and the key functions of the Board are stated in Policy 1005.

For more information or questions relating to the process, please call Beth Grambo, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 360-501-1927.


Attached Media Files: Larry Hembree
Organizations & Associations
Responders Assist Five People and Their Pets After Camas Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/22/17 12:37 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 21st at approximately 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Tampa Street in Camas, WA. The single-family fire affected three adults, two children and five 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, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Responders Assist Nine After S.E. Portland Multi-Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/21/17 7:23 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 21st at approximately 4:00 a.m. in the 1900 block of S.E. 122nd Avenue in Portland, OR. The multi-family fire affected seven adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Responders Assist Seven in North Portland Early Morning Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/20/17 2:44 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 20th at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the 7000 block of N. Williams Avenue in Portland, OR. The single-family fire affected four 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, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Marion County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/17/17 4:46 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 17, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of Smith Rd. in Aumsville, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland to host annual State Games Room Tournament
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 05/19/17 3:43 PM
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland will host Boys & Girls Club youth from across Oregon and SW Washington for the annual State Games Room Tournament this Saturday, May 20. Youth will gather at the Regence Club in Portland's New Columbia neighborhood to compete in chess, checkers, bumper pool, pool, table tennis, and foosball.

The State Games Room Tournament is an opportunity for youth to showcase their skills in social recreation games, compete in friendly Triple Play tournaments in a supportive environment, and make new friends from areas outside of their hometown.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland will award first, second and third place certificates to individuals, as well as traveling trophies to display at selected Clubs for scoring the most points and for overall sportsmanship.

About Triple Play
Triple Play, BGCA's comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness, social recreation and health & nutrition activities.

There are three components to Triple Play: Mind, Body & Soul. The State Games Room Tournament focuses on the "Soul" component of the Triple Play program, which encompasses the social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. This includes strengthening interpersonal skills, positive behavior, and good character through social recreation programs and Games Room activities.

Participating Organizations:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
Boys & Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties
Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington

When
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Peak tournament time: 9:30 am -- Noon
Lunch Break: 12:30 pm -- 1:00 pm
Awards: 3:00 PM

Regence Boys & Girls Club
4430 N Trenton St., Portland OR 97203
Boys & Girls Club rallies around graduating high schoolers with Senior Celebration
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 05/16/17 3:46 PM
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) is celebrating its 18 graduating high school seniors this Thursday, May 18, 2017 with a Senior Celebration & College Signing Day event at the Daimler North America HQ in North Portland.

At the event, seniors will declare their plans for the future - whether its college, or trade school, or otherwise- and celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends, as well as BGCP partners and staff. Graduating teens will be honored with a BGCP alumni pin, graduation ceremony, photo opportunities, and a reception with refreshments.

About Signing Day
College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

Throughout mid-April and June, more than 1,000 College Signing Day events have been planned across the country in nearly every state by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging people across the country to join her in marking College Signing Day by wearing college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media through #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Doors open: 6:30
Program begins: 7:00 pm
Honor graduates: 7:10 pm
Pinning ceremony/thank yous: 8:10 pm
Reception: 8:15

Daimler North America HQ
4555 N Channel Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Make Plans Now to Attend the Canby Wine, Food & Brew (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Event Center - 05/18/17 12:44 PM
Come join me at the Canby Wine, Food & Brew
Come join me at the Canby Wine, Food & Brew
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Canby Wine, Food & Brew

The 26th Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew is coming up June 2nd-4th at the Clackamas County Fair & Event Center in Canby. The event will be open on Friday, June 2nd from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday, June 3rd from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, and Sunday, June 4th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 and those 15 years and younger will be admitted for free.

Check out the "Fun Pack" through Portland Perks, which includes 2 adult admissions, 2 wine glasses and 10 free tastings, valued at $30.00 for only $15.00.

Participating at this years event will be six distilleries, five breweries, and 18 local wineries. In addition to all of the wine and brew, you will find gourmet food, craft vendors, and more!

Live music will fill the air during the three day event. Performing on Friday, June 2nd from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm and again on Saturday, June 3rd from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm will be the duo, Rachel and Nick. Carrie Cunningham will perform two shows on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Rounding out the weekend will be local talent Brady Goss on Sunday, June 4th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

This event is sponsored by Portland Rose Festival, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territories and the
Canby Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.clackamascountyeventcenter.com.


Attached Media Files: Come join me at the Canby Wine, Food & Brew
Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement: Keeping Families Alive
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 05/19/17 9:56 AM
The national "Click It or Ticket," seat belt enforcement campaign, will take place May 22 through June 4. Law enforcement from Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal Police Departments, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) will be placing special emphasis on seat belt and proper child restraint use.
May 18th - Free Youth Interfaith Concert - Creating Harmony: Peace and Understanding through Music
Muslim Educational Trust - 05/16/17 9:09 AM
At a time when Americans are shouting at each other or engaging in stubborn silence, a group of Portland-area teen-agers are creating harmony -- literally. Students from Oregon Islamic Academy, Oregon Episcopal School, St. Mary's Academy and Portland Jewish Academy will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in St. Mary's auditorium, 1615 S.W. Fifth Avenue, in Portland. The event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Voluntary donations will be accepted.

The concert theme is "Creating Harmony: Peace and Understanding through Music." Adam Steele, who teaches music at Oregon Episcopal School and Oregon Islamic Academy and is director of music ministries at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Northeast Portland, will direct the choir. The concert is a benefit for the Institute of Christian-Muslim Understanding.

"The world needs more peace, more understanding, more collaboration in creating beauty and art," said an institute spokesperson. "What better group than a cross-cultural and religiously diverse group of young people to demonstrate what can be achieved."

The Institute for Christian-Muslim Understanding is an ongoing effort to foster personal relationships between people without polemics and proselytism.

For more information, contact Rania Ayoub at the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard, rania@metpdx.org, (503) 579-6621.


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Most bond elections pass, including Portland at $790 million
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/17/17 10:03 AM
Voters on Tuesday approved two-thirds of school construction bonds statewide -- including the largest school bond in Oregon history: $790 million for Portland Public Schools. Ten bonds passed and five were defeated.

In addition to its historic amount, the PPS measure was notable in that it gained 66 percent of the vote, tying a much smaller ($4 million) Tillamook proposal in terms of overall community support. Other bonds gaining passage included: Bend-La Pine ($268 million), Greater Albany ($159 million), Jefferson ($14.4 million), Lake Oswego ($187 million), North Powder ($3 million), Rogue River ($3 million), Sweet Home ($4 million), and Vernonia ($6.8 million).

Bonds did not pass in Ontario, South Umpqua, Yoncalla, Hermiston and Coos Bay. The Coos Bay bond, for $66.5 million, trailed passage by the slimmest of margins: 22 votes out of more than 7,100 cast.

Jim Green, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), said the results indicate Oregonians' longtime support for public education.

"Our residents understand the need to pay for the infrastructure of Oregon's public schools," he said. "The continuing challenge is ensuring that we find a way to invest adequately in the continuing operation of our schools."

In the only community college bond election, Mount Hood Community College's $75 million bond was defeated.

A full listing of the election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Bonds/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?et=1,2,3&dt=3,1,9&d=5/16/2017&dist=&c=&o=&to=&min=&max=&admn=&admx=

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon farmer Angi Bailey selected for prestigious national ag advocacy program (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 05/18/17 8:57 AM
Second-generation farmer Angi Bailey with her husband Larry and daughters Abbi (left) and Katie.
Second-generation farmer Angi Bailey with her husband Larry and daughters Abbi (left) and Katie.
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Oregon's Angi Bailey, a second-generation nursery owner and board member of Multnomah County Farm Bureau, was one of only 10 farm and ranch leaders selected from across the country to participate in the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class.

The PAL curriculum is a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, in public speaking, in congressional testimony, and other advocacy arenas. Program graduates emerge with the experience and confidence -- in everything from legislative policymaking and issues management to social media and media relations -- to effectively communicate about important issues impacting farm and ranch families.

"We're very proud that Angi was selected from a national pool of candidates for the prestigious PAL program," said Dave Dillon, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) executive vice president.

"Angi has embraced her role as a grassroots leader in Farm Bureau, which as a general agriculture organization represents the diversity of farming and ranching in Oregon and the 250 commodities raised here. While the public policy issues that directly affect her ornamental tree farm are relatively narrow, Angi has advocated for Oregon families who raise cattle, wheat, timber, dairy cows, and other products with a rare passion, as if the issues that impact her neighbors were challenging her own operation's ability to survive and thrive," said Dillon. "She's a dedicated, effective advocate for all of Oregon's hard-working farm and ranch families."

Bailey grew up on a nursery in Gresham established by her mom Verna Jean Hale. As a young adult she left the farm, but returned in 2005 to take over the family business. In a new role as a farm owner, she was surprised by how much public perception of modern agriculture had changed over the years.

"When I came back to the farm, it was striking to see a very distinct rural-urban divide. That's really what inspired me to become an advocate for agriculture," said Bailey.

"I hear the questions my friends as moms and as consumers ask about food production and agriculture, and then I see the farm and ranch families who are working so hard to raise safe, high-quality food and fiber. Most people don't really understand what it takes to run a farm, manage a successful business, and feed a nation. There's a disconnect there. I want to help close that gap."

In her role as an "agvocate," Bailey has testified before state legislative committees in Salem, met with federal agency reps and Oregon's congressional delegation in Washington D.C., given numerous media interviews, appeared in a national campaign promoting the need for immigration reform, and used social media to share her perspective as a family farmer. She's worked on ag-related issues as diverse as labor, taxes, water, biotechnology, and responsible pesticide use.

Within Farm Bureau, Bailey has served on the Multnomah County Farm Bureau board of directors, as a state Farm Bureau board member and officer, as an AFBF voting delegate, AFBF conference participant, member and chair of various AFBF commodity/issue advisory committees, and completed the invitation-only AFBF Communications Boot Camp in Washington D.C.

Bailey also works with Oregonians for Food & Shelter as its grassroots coordinator.

AFBF's PAL program begins in June with a training in New York City. In September, the group will travel to Washington D.C. A total of four intensive training sessions will take place over a two-year period.

Bailey is determined to immediately put her newly honed communication skills to use as a spokesperson for Oregon agriculture, and she hopes to share what she's learned with fellow Farm Bureau members.

Said Bailey, "I'm very committed to Oregon's natural resources community. I feel this opportunity will make me a better, stronger advocate for our state's proud farmers, ranchers, and foresters."

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.


Attached Media Files: Second-generation farmer Angi Bailey with her husband Larry and daughters Abbi (left) and Katie. , Nursery owner Angi Bailey of Multnomah County Farm Bureau was one of only 10 participants accepted into American Farm Bureau’s prestigious Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class.
Oregon Historical Society Launches New Digital Collections Site, Providing Broad & Open Access to Archival Materials (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 05/22/17 11:19 AM
General Joel Palmer, pioneer of 1845. Oregon Historical Society Library, Cartes-de-visite Collection; Org. Lot 500; b5.f843-1; OrHi 27903, ba000968
General Joel Palmer, pioneer of 1845. Oregon Historical Society Library, Cartes-de-visite Collection; Org. Lot 500; b5.f843-1; OrHi 27903, ba000968
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Portland, OR -- In 2015, the Oregon Historical Society embarked on an ambitious two-year project to build an infrastructure to create, collect, preserve, and provide access to digital materials in its vast historic collections. Today, OHS announces a major milestone in this project with the official launch of OHS Digital Collections (https://digitalcollections.ohs.org).

This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from our manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections. Behind the scenes, these files are safeguarded using a series of digital preservation workflows, systems, and storage processes called the OHS Digital Vault.

While collections will continue to be added to the site on an ongoing basis, featured collections at launch include:

Photographs from Oregon conservation pioneers William L. Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman, part of the Reuniting Finley and Bohlman project, a current year-long collaboration with Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center. This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Newspaper photographs from the Oregon Journal nitrate negative collection, consisting of images from the Portland paper taken during the 1920s and 1930s. This digitization project-in-progress is funded by a grant from the Jackson Foundation.

Papers of Joel Palmer, 1848-1880, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory and an Oregon State Legislator. Digitization was done in collaboration with the University of Oregon Special Collections.

Landscape photographs by the renowned San Francisco photographer Carleton E. Watkins taken during his visits to Oregon and the Columbia River in the 1860s and 1880s.

Early twentieth century photographs from Portland's Kiser Photo Co., one of the most successful and widely known commercial studios in the American West.

Selected oral histories, including interviews from the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

Over 1100 portraits from the OHS Cartes de Visite Collection, 1861-1893.

"We're proud to announce the availability of this platform, which we view as a cornerstone of our organizational mission to make Oregon's history open and accessible to all," said OHS Digital Archivist Mathieu Deschaine. "We look forward to continued additions that will illustrate the breadth and diversity of our holdings and encourage their use for teaching, learning, and research."

OHS Digital Collections and the OHS Digital Vault are funded by a generous grant from The Collins Foundation, with additional support from a bequest from the estate of William Bilyeu. Ongoing digitization is supported by private and public funders. Support for the expansion of the OHS Digital Vault to build further capacity to digitize rare and unique items can be made through donations to the Oregon Historical Society's FORWARD! capital campaign.

Begin exploring OHS Digital Collections at https://digitalcollections.ohs.org.


About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: General Joel Palmer, pioneer of 1845. Oregon Historical Society Library, Cartes-de-visite Collection; Org. Lot 500; b5.f843-1; OrHi 27903, ba000968 , Stereograph of Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, taken in autumn 1883. Oregon Historical Society Library, Carleton E. Watkins photographs, 1861-1885; Org. Lot 93; b2.f67, ba021022 , Handcolored photograph of view north from Mussel House Point, Bayocean, Oregon, 1908. Oregon Historical Society Library, Kiser Photo Co. photographs, 1901-1999; bulk: 1901-1927.; Org. Lot 140; b2.f36, ba021249 , Crowd stands at baseball game, Vaughn Street Park. Oregon Historical Society Library, Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 369; 369N020 , A meadowlark crouching about to fly. Oregon Historical Society Library, William L. Finley Photographs Collection, circa 1900-1940; Org. Lot 369; b19; FinleyA2177
Public Celebration of SW Portland's Historic Sovereign Building & Mural Restoration set for Saturday, May 20 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 05/17/17 11:09 AM
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Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society will host a public celebration marking the completion of the restoration of the Sovereign Building and Mural this Saturday, May 20, from 3pm -- 4pm at OHS (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The celebration will include the screening of a time-lapse video documenting the restoration of the Sovereign and the mural, as well as an opportunity for guests to meet mural artists Richard Haas and Dan Cohen. Clips of the documentary can be found on the Oregon Historical Society's website. This event is free and open to the public.

The Sovereign Hotel building was sold in 2014 by the Oregon Historical Society to 1922 Sovereign LLC, but the Society retained ownership of the well-known mural of historic Oregon scenes that graced the building's facade. The sale agreement anticipated that the repairs that needed to be made to the building would impact the mural, and required that the mural be preserved and that OHS and 1922 Sovereign LLC would share the cost of the preservation. Renovations were led by Emerick Architects and R&H Construction and subcontractor D&R Masonry.

"The mural has been a fixture on the Portland Park Blocks for decades and is a true Portland icon," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "Our visitors frequently comment on their love of the mural, and we are excited to now have the mural restored to its full glory."

1922 Sovereign LLC, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and Jessica Engeman, Historic Preservation Specialist from Venerable Group, Inc., selected Dan Cohen to handle the mural restoration, which began in May 2016. Cohen is a classically trained painter, sculptor, and muralist who currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles, and New York City. Notable local projects include the Oaks Bottom Wildlife mural at Portland Oaks Bottom Refuge, one of the largest fine-art murals in the nation. His work is known across the country, and he worked closely with the original muralist, Richard Haas, throughout the restoration process.

The 14,000 square foot mural is made of Keim silicate paint and was originally commissioned by the Oregon Historical Society in 1989. According to Richard Haas' website, "the west face of this multi-part mural, painted on four sides of a six-sided building, depicts four, thirty-feet-high participants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-05. The south face bears a trompe l'oil freize of the Oregon Trail and the John Jacob Astor fur trade."


About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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YWCA Clark County Announces Young Women of Achievement Scholarship Recipients (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 05/17/17 5:00 AM
Sophie Muro
Sophie Muro
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Four high school seniors have been selected to each receive a $1,500 scholarship from YWCA Clark County in support of their future educational endeavors. Nkem Aduka, Jordan Ledbetter, Elizabeth Rupp, and Sophie Muro consistently demonstrated strong leadership qualities in alignment with YWCA Clark County values throughout their high school careers. Each student has contributed extensive volunteer hours to their schools, local nonprofits, faith-based organizations and their community as a whole.

Sophie Muro of Camas High School was awarded the Soroptimist International of Vancouver Scholarship and will attend University of Washington to study Anthropology. Elizabeth Rupp of Skyview High School was awarded the Friends of YWCA Young Woman of Achievement Scholarship and will attend the Oregon State University to study Bioengineering. Jordan Ledbetter of CAM Academy was awarded the Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington Scholarship and will attend George Fox University to study Social Work. Nkem Aduka of Camas High School was awarded the Donna Roberge Scholarship and will attend Tufts University to study International Relations and Community Health.

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


Attached Media Files: Sophie Muro , Nkem Aduka , Jordan Ledbetter , Elizabeth Rupp