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Sun. 02/16/20
Stabbing in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 12:38 PM
A victim is in the hospital with stab wounds after a fight in a home in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 11:07a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the 5300 block of Southeast 136th Avenue. As officers were responding they were advised that there could be a gun and/or a knife involved. The first arriving officers could hear the fight continuing and encountered the two men involved still physically fighting in a stairwell. They challenged them and stopped the fight.

Paramedics were summoned and treated a man for multiple stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. At this time his wounds are believed to be non-life threatening.

Officers have detained an adult male. Assault detectives are responding to assume the investigation. A knife has been seized as evidence. It's unclear if a gun was ever involved.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

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UPDATE: Tow Yard Assault Suspect Arrested, Still Seeking Other Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 12:18 PM
Both Suspects Close up
Both Suspects Close up
The female suspect in the case of truck theft and assault at a North Portland tow yard has been arrested and identified. The stolen truck was also recovered. However, detectives are still looking for the possibly involved van and male suspect.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5:23p.m., an employee of the involved tow company came across the stolen Ford truck with license plate 628JPG near Northeast 6th Drive and Northeast Middlefield Road. The driver hooked it up to his tow truck to make sure no one could drive it away and called police. A North Precinct officer responded and had the truck seized as evidence.

Then at 9:28p.m., an East Precinct officer was dispatched to a house in the 1600 block of Northeast 128th Avenue. An anonymous caller said he/she saw the video of the assault on the television news and believed the suspect was there. Officers responded and saw the suspect. She ran from officers but was captured and arrested. Detectives responded to interview her.

Nicole O. Penagos-Clare, 24, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Injury (C Felony).

Detectives are still asking for the public's help to identify and locate the other suspect, a white male, 60-70 years old with white hair. They also want to locate a van that was possibly used by the suspects. An updated photo shows the van more clearly (see attached).

If anyone has information about this case, contact Detective Nathan Moore at (503) 823-0693 or Nathan.moore@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov .

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The correct plate is 628JPG. The license plate of the stolen Ford truck was incorrect in the original releases.

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2:38 a.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a call at 8510 North Kerby Avenue regarding a subject who broke through a gate at a business. Updated information provided to dispatch was that an employee was run over.

Officers arrived and provided medical assistance to the victim. The victim, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital with significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

The involved suspects, a male and female, fled the scene and have not been identified or located. The male is described as a White male, 60-70 years old with white hair; the female is described as a White female, 20-30 years old.

Assault Detectives are releasing photographs and video footage of the involved persons and vehicles and ask for the public's help in identifying those involved. (PHOTOS)

It is believed that the suspects arrived in a white work van with lettering on the side (PHOTOS). One of the suspects stole a 2016 Ford F150, charcoal in color, with matching canopy, bearing Oregon license plate 628JPG. Investigators are trying to locate the vehicle. It is believed to have substantial front end damage and no front license plate.

If anyone has information about the current location of the involved vehicles, call 9-1-1 and reference case 20-48998.

The video can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/x-ikwCpxK_s

If anyone has information about this case, contact Detective Nathan Moore at (503) 823-0693 or Nathan.moore@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Both Suspects Close up , Both Suspects , Female Suspect , Van Rear , Van , Suspect Van update

UPDATE: Arrests Made in Fight Involving Gun at Convenience Store (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 11:01 AM
Larson Gun
Larson Gun
Two men were arrested after a fight outside of a convenience store in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

After a GVRT investigation, officers determined that the two men involved knew each other and began to physically fight outside the store. One of the suspects, Brandon J. Larson, 32 (photo), had a gun in his pocket that fell out onto the ground. They fought over the gun and three rounds were fired. One of the rounds struck Larson in the foot. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, treated, and released into police custody. Officers also arrested Steven M. Robinson, 43 (photo). He was not injured.

The gun, a .380 Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun (photo), was seized as evidence. There were no other injuries or property damage as a result of the shots.

Both were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Larson was charged with Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place (city code), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangering, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Robinson was charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The Gun Violence Reduction Team is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 e-mail information to GVRT@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.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov .

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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A man is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound after a fight involving a gun in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:14p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a convenience store in the 6100 block of North Lombard Street. When officers arrived, they located a man with a gunshot wound to the foot. Paramedics responded and transported the victim to the hospital by ambulance. His wounds are believed to be non-life threatening. Another man involved in the disturbance remained at the scene and there are no suspects believed to be outstanding.

Officers have closed the area to investigate. The Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) is responding to assist. Traffic is not impacted.

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Attached Media Files: Larson Gun , Brandon J. Larson , Steven M. Robinson

Three Shot in Two Vehicles, GVRT Requests Information From Public
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 7:34 AM
Three men are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting, and the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) is seeking help from the public to obtain more information.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1:41a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report that someone had a gunshot wound in the 10200 block of Northeast Knott Street. While officers were responding, another call came in from a hospital that two other victims, adult males, walked in with gunshot wounds.

When officers arrived at both locations they located the three victims. The victim at Northeast Knott Street had a gunshot wound to the arm, so officers applied a tourniquet. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim by ambulance.

At the hospital, one victim had a gunshot wound to the leg and another victim had a gunshot wound in the abdomen. All of the patients are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

Officers located two vehicles, both 4 door sedans, with evidence of gunfire. Upon initial investigation, the evidence suggests that the shootings happened elsewhere and involved occupants of the two vehicles. No arrests have been made.

GVRT responded and has assumed the investigation. Detectives believe the shooting happened somewhere near the intersection of Northeast Glisan Street and Interstate-205. But at this point investigators have not located a crime scene, and are asking for help from the public. If anyone heard shots, witnessed this shooting, finds evidence of a shooting, or has photographic or video evidence of the shooting, they're asked call 503-823-3333. Please do not move or touch evidence.

If anyone has any other information about the shooting, they're asked to notify GVRT either directly or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. The case number is 20-53816.

Anyone with information about 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 GVRT@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.

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.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Sat. 02/15/20
Vancouver Police seek public's help identifying assault suspect (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/15/20 9:45 PM

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying an assault suspect. On February 15, 2020 a youth basketball tournament was being a held in the gymnasium of Hudson’s Bay High School. A patron of the game became disruptive and was asked to leave. The patron responded by punching the victim and fleeing the scene. Numerous witnesses in attendance at the game were questioned and were unable to provide information as to the suspect’s identity. If you have any information regarding the identity of the photographed suspect please contact the Vancouver Police.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131582/IMG_0521.JPG , 2020-02/385/131582/IMG_0520.JPG

Sewage advisory: City crews clean up sewage release on NW Cornell Road this morning (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/15/20 3:01 PM
Crews cleaning street
Crews cleaning street

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory - (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(February 15, 2020) – A clog in a sewer line led to a sewage release on the 2800 block of NW Cornell around 10 a.m. today. City crews stopped the release at about 11:30 a.m. and are cleaning the street this afternoon. 

Crews cleared the blockage and estimate that about 6,000 gallons flowed along NW Cornell Road for about 1,000 feet to a storm drain. That drain leads to the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

No creeks or other water body were affected.  The public is advised to obey warning signs that have been posted around the release. 

The cause of the blockage is unknown. Most sewage overflows are preventable. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, wet wipes and other debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows.  

Environmental Services advises the public to follow these tips to prevent clogs in homes and businesses, and to prevent sewage releases: Only flush only human waste and toilet paper (wet wipes are NOT flushable); collect grease and fat in cans and put them into the garbage not down drains; and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

This sewage release is not related to the City of Portland's combined sewer overflow control system, commonly called the Big Pipe Project. That system protects the Willamette River and Columbia Slough from stormwater and sewage overflows during heavy rains.  

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

Attached Media Files: Crews cleaning street , Warning sign posted on NW Cornell

Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Largest Two-Day Fire Training Event Offered in the Northwest (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/20 2:43 PM
Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

More than 200 career and volunteer firefighters from more than 75 fire agencies (city and tribal fire departments, fire districts, and wildland) throughout the state are at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem this weekend for the State's annual Winter Fire School.

This two-day event began with the posting of the colors by the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard after which all military service members in attendance were recognized for protecting our nation.  Those attending the training made a $500 donation to help support the state's Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial which is located on the grounds of the Academy and honors more than 150 men and women from diverse backgrounds who died in the line of duty while protecting our communities, airports and natural resources.

This is the 17th annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

Nine classes are being offered by the National Fire Academy, DPSST, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department.

Classes range from leadership topics such as Incident Safety Officer, Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth, Instructor Development, Fire Service Culture: Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters?, Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success, Wildland Urban Interface: Fire Adapted Communities-Introduction and Leadership.  Hands-on training classes include Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and Live-Fire Training.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST is proud to offer this weekend training event each year.  This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers. This two-day event is the largest two-day fire training experience in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge.  The hands-on classes being offered are using training props which DPSST recently received thanks to a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant."

While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to more than 7,000 firefighters each year at the Academy and at regional locations statewide free of charge with funds provided by the Oregon Legislative Assembly from the state's Fire Insurance Premium Tax.

DPSST appreciates the red carpet hospitality local businesses, and the Salem community as a whole, roll-out for the career and volunteer firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 45,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, 9-1-1 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.

Attached Media Files: Opening Ceremony , Classroom , Classroom , Vehicle Rescue , Vehicle Rescue , Vehicle Rescue , Vehicle Rescue , Vehicle Rescue , Live Fire Training , Live Fire Training

Western Oregon University to Host Portland Open House for Concordia Students (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/15/20 12:40 PM
Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library
Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library

Western Oregon University (WOU) is offering the opportunity for current and incoming Concordia University-Portland students to be instantly admitted to WOU at a Portland open house on Friday, Feb. 21. There will be numerous representatives from WOU's student services and academic programs on site to answer questions and offer advising. The open house will be in the McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium from noon to 3 p.m. at 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

To be admitted on-site, current Concordia students looking to transfer to WOU should bring a copy of their Concordia transcript (official copy preferred). Those admitted for fall 2020 should bring a copy of their high school or prior institution transcript (official copy preferred). Admissions applications will be available to complete at the open house and the application fee will be waived.

Any undergraduate or graduate student transferring from Concordia or who had been accepted for fall 2020 admission to Concordia will receive at least $1,000 toward WOU tuition. Students must add WOU’s school code (003209) to their FAFSA/ORSA and/or scholarship application and may be eligible for more financial assistance.

WOU is striving to be the most affordable transfer opportunity for Concordia students and offers personalized support to help students find pathways to graduation. WOU has created a dedicated team to support Concordia students interested in attending Western Oregon and contact information for those individuals can be found at wou.edu/WelcomeCavs.

Students can register for the open house here: http://bit.ly/2PcA2tN.

About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 75 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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Attached Media Files: Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library

UPDATE: Initial Investigation into Fatal Crash Complete
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/20 9:01 AM
The Major Crash Team (MCT) has completed its initial on-scene investigation into Friday night's fatal crash in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. Southeast 17th Avenue is reopened to traffic.

Initial information suggests that the truck was pulling into a convenience store parking lot when he ran over the victim. Investigators have not determined the exact position of the victim at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation. Officers did not note any signs of impairment on the part of the truck driver. There have been no arrests or citations issued at this time.

The name of the victim will be released after next of kin has been notified.

Officer Chris Johnson ( Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov ) is the lead investigator. This is the 9th MCT investigation and the 7th traffic fatality of 2020.

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This correction clarifies that Southeast 17th Avenue is closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Nehalem Street. Southeast Tacoma Street is open to traffic.

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A person laying on the sidewalk was killed after being run over by a utility truck in the Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:23p.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on Southeast 17th Avenue just north of Southeast Tacoma Street. When officers and paramedics arrived they determined that the person was deceased. The driver of the truck remained at the scene.

The Major Crash Team (MCT) has been activated and is responding to assume the investigation.

Southeast 17th Avenue is closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Nehalem Street. Southeast Tacoma Street remains open to traffic.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

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Fri. 02/14/20
Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 02/14/20 10:15 PM

On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend/Silverton, concealed in the bedroom of the apartment. Bluestone told officers he was armed with a handgun and barricaded himself.

Officers attempted to negotiate his surrender for more than an hour when shots were fired. Bluestone was pronounced deceased by medical personnel who arrived shortly thereafter.

This investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police with the assistance of the Salem Police Department and Keizer Police Department. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office is overseeing the investigation and will release additional details when appropriate.

The involved officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as per protocol.

City of West Linn Council Sends Letter of Support for Investigations into 2017 Police Incident
City of West Linn - 02/14/20 7:50 PM



The City of West Linn           

Interim City Manager John Williams
jwilliams@westlinnoregon.gov; 503-724-6063


City of West Linn Council Sends Letter of Support for Investigations into 2017 Police Incident

The City Council for West Linn has submitted a letter to the Department of Justice supporting an independent review of the 2017 events in the arrest of Michael Fesser.

February 14, 2020

West Linn, OR – In a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the City Council of West Linn joins calls for an investigation of the police conduct in the 2017 arrest of Michael Fesser.

The letter states, “As the representatives of the citizens of West Linn, we have an obligation to hold those within city government accountable, including ourselves.”

It goes on to say “We are committed to finding answers and join our community, state leaders, federal representatives, and our current Chief of Police in calling for a thorough outside review by the Department of Justice into the actions of the City of West Linn and the West Linn Police Department in this case.”

In the letter, the Council declares its commitment to transparency and cooperation throughout the investigation process.

It concludes, “It is our hope that by fully addressing the concerns of our community, we can begin to rebuild the trust that has been compromised by this case.” 

The City has shared this letter with several Oregon officials including Governor Kate Brown, who called for investigations on February 12.

Additional communications from the City can be expected following the holiday weekend.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3994/131571/West_Linn_Mayor_and_Council_Letter_to_US_Attorney_Williams_2.14.2020.pdf

Armed, despondent juvenile taken into custody near school
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/20 6:03 PM

On February 14th, 2020 at 4 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to an armed juvenile outside the Siletz Valley School.  The caller to dispatch was a staff member at the school.  The staff member told dispatch the areas of the school near the subject had been evacuated and school staff were trying to speak with her.  The subject, a 12-year-old student, was despondent and threatening to harm herself with a knife.

On-shift members of Lincoln County's Tactical Response Team (TRT) were the first to arrive. TRT members deployed with concealed less-lethal force options to ensure the area was safe and keep the juvenile's behavior from escalating until additional personnel could be summoned.  Trained negotiators from the newly-formed Crisis Negotiations Team arrived and began communicating with the juvenile.  The juvenile agreed to surrender the knife after about 45 minutes of negotiations.  She was taken into protective custody by members of the TRT without further incident.  Neither the juvenile or any responders sustained injury after law enforcement arrived.

Members of the Siletz Valley Fire District and Pacific West Ambulance assisted at the scene.  The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office thanks the staff members of the Siletz Valley School for their quick reaction and compassionate response to a student in crisis.

PGE and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs fund new round of Central Oregon fish passage, habitat and water quality projects
PGE - 02/14/20 5:09 PM

Eight partner agencies and organizations receive grants totaling $4.5 million

Madras, Ore. — Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have announced $4.5 million in grants to 13 new fish passage, wildlife habitat and water quality improvement projects across Central Oregon. Individual grants range in size from $51,000 to $1.25 million. A full list of the grants is attached below.

Over the past 15 years, PGE and CTWS – co-managers of the three-dam Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project near Madras – have distributed $26.5 million through a joint fund earmarked to support a healthy environment for fish and wildlife in the Deschutes Basin. The 2020 cycle represents the fifth round of grants from this fund, which PGE and the Tribes established in 2005 during federal relicensing of the hydroelectric project. Pelton Round Butte is the largest hydro project located entirely within Oregon and generates enough emissions-free electric power to serve a city the size of Salem.

“The tribe continues to believe that working together is much more effective than trying to accomplish these objectives alone,” says Jim Manion, general manager of Warm Springs Power & Water Enterprises. “Together we can achieve great outcomes.”

A team of representatives from PGE, CTWS, and federal, tribal, and state agencies selected projects to fund after reviewing applications submitted in 2019, hearing presentations, and conducting site visits. The funded projects are dispersed throughout the basin, from Whychus Creek in the south to Log Springs Meadow north of Warm Springs; stretching east from the Ochoco National Forest all the way to Link Creek, west of Black Butte.

As part of the 2005 relicensing, PGE and the Tribes committed with 20 other local, state, and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to restore historic salmon and steelhead runs cut off from the middle and upper Deschutes Basin when the dams were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Working with the partner organizations, the co-managers reestablished fish passage around the dams in 2010. They’ve since passed more than 1.4 million juvenile salmon and steelhead downstream to migrate to the ocean. Adult fish have returned to the project every year since the new fish passage system began operating, with spawning confirmed near Bowman Dam on the Crooked River, in Whychus Creek at Camp Polk, and above Camp Sherman on the Metolius River.

The co-managers’ and their partner organizations’ shared, long-term goal is to build sustainable, harvestable runs of spring Chinook and sockeye salmon and summer steelhead in the basin. Their program focuses on using good science to adapt reintroduction strategies over time as the participants learn more about the needs of the fish and the challenges they face returning to their historic habitat after a four-decade absence. An interactive “roadmap” of reintroduction efforts is available online at www.PRBFishCommittee.com.

“When we started our long-term reintroduction program on the Deschutes, we recognized the importance of investing not just in fish passage, but also in quality fish habitat,” says Megan Hill, the PGE biologist who leads the fisheries and water quality team at Pelton Round Butte. “Through the Pelton Fund, we’ve been able to support the incredible work of our partners throughout the region, and we’re proud to continue this basin-wide collaboration with our 2020 grants.”

More information about the Pelton Fund and an interactive map of past projects can be found at portlandgeneral.com/peltonfund.

PGE and the Tribes have also recently launched a new grant opportunity specifically benefitting Pacific lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River. Like salmon, lamprey are ecologically and culturally significant to river ecosystems and have experienced population decline over the decades. By contributing $1.5 million to restoration and research projects targeting lamprey, PGE and the Tribes hope to learn more about how to serve these unique and often-overlooked creatures. Interested applicants can find more information at portlandgeneral.com/lampreyfund.


See attached for more information about PGE and CTWS 2020 Pelton Fund Grants




About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 892,000 customers in 51 cities, has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties, and maintains and operates 13 public parks and recreation areas. For 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donate more than $4 million annually to support nonprofits and schools. In addition, employees and retirees log more than 45,000 volunteer hours annually. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.

About the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon: The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, is based in Central Oregon with a membership of over 5,000 Tribal Members from the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes. Learn more at warmsprings-nsn.gov.


Projects selected in the Pelton Fund 2020 funding cycle

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

  • Creekside Park Fish Passage & Habitat Restoration; $51,000
  • Plainview Fish Passage & Screening; $214,550
  • Whychus Canyon Preserve Habitat Restoration; $945,000
  • Willow Springs Preserve Habitat Restoration Project; $405,000

Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Beaver Creek Watershed Restoration; $51,000

Trout Unlimited

  • Link Creek Large Wood Project; $67,931

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon

  • Log Springs Meadow Restoration; $350,000
  • Warm Springs River & Middle Beaver Creek Large Wood Placement

U.S. Forest Service-Deschutes National Forest - Sisters Ranger District

  • Metolius River Fish Habitat Project; $55,208

U.S. Forest Service (Ochoco & Deschutes National Forest) and The National Wild Turkey Federation

  • Metolius Winter Range Restoration; $250,000

Deschutes Land Trust

  • Priday Ranch Steelhead Conservation Project; $1,250,000
  • Rimrock Ranch Fee Purchase; $168,000

The Forest Service - Ochoco National Forest

  • Upper Trout Creek Rehabilitation Package; $125,000

Highlighted Projects & Quotes

  • The Priday Ranch Steelhead Conservation Project is an effort by the Deschutes Land Trust to protect 5,820 acres of grassland and sagebrush habitat in the Trout Creek subbasin, where redband trout and threatened summer steelhead spawn and rear. By purchasing the ranch property and dedicating water rights to in-stream flow, the Land Trust hopes to improve habitat connectivity, water quality and surface flow.
  • The Link Creek Large Wood Project is a restoration effort from Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service. Trees and logs will be placed in this historic sockeye habitat, providing refuge for Chinook, sockeye, kokanee, bull trout and whitefish. Much of the restoration project will take place on property belonging to Caldera, an arts camp for underserved youth, which will use the site as an educational tool.

“Caldera is grateful for this partnership, which will support our mission to provide year-round arts and environmental programming for youth from Central Oregon and the Portland metro area,” says Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Director for Caldera. “Our students build strong connections to this land over their years in our program. They see spawning fish every fall, and through this project we will continue to build their awareness of the important connection between returning fish and the habitat they need to survive.”

  • The Metolius Winter Range Restoration is a collaborative project from the U.S. Forest Service (Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests) and the Wild Turkey Federation to improve habitat for mammals and birds that rely on this protected grassland area.

“The Metolius Winter Range Restoration Project not only benefits terrestrial and aquatic habitats, but connects landscapes by holistically blending restoration objectives across the Crooked River National Grassland, Deschutes National Forest, and Portland General Electric Properties.” – Monty Gregg, Forest Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service.


Attached Media Files: News release with photos

Bank Robber Strikes Three Times In 40 Minutes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/20 4:48 PM
Robbery 3
Robbery 3
A bank robber struck three times in less than 40 minutes today, and the suspect's photos are being released to prompt tips into his identity.

Central Precinct responded to three bank robberies:

1:52p.m. 400 Block of Northwest Broadway 20-52043 (Photo- Robbery 1)
2:17p.m. 2000 Block of West Burnside St 20-52070 (Photo- Robbery 2)
2:29p.m. 0 Block of Northwest 23rd Ave 20-52087 (Photo- Robbery 3)

Officers were unable to locate the suspect. No injuries were reported. Investigators believe that the same adult male suspect is responsible for them, although his clothes appear to be different in one case. He's described as a white male, aged 40's or 50's, unshaved face, wearing a black knit beanie cap. The suspect passed a note and did not display any weapons.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is primary investigators, so anyone with information about the suspect should notify the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or at https://tips.fbi.gov .

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Attached Media Files: Robbery 3 , Robbery 2 , Robbery 1

Pacific Power rate filings reflect low-cost, clean energy transformation
Pacific Power - 02/14/20 3:46 PM

MEDIA HOTLINE: 1-800-570-5838


February 14, 2020


Pacific Power rate filings reflect low-cost, clean energy transformation

Company’s first general rate filing in seven years and 2021 power costs forecast propose a 1.6 percent overall increase along with noteworthy investments in renewables, grid reliability,
and customer service enhancements


PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 14, 2020) — How the West generates, delivers and consumes electricity is undergoing a rapid change with customer preferences at its center. Today Pacific Power filed requests with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon that updates its costs and represents a major rethinking of how the company produces, transports and delivers electricity to power Oregon’s future.


After seven years of investment without raising prices, the new proposals include a 1.6 percent average increase reflecting the implementation of Pacific Power’s Energy Vision 2020 renewable energy and transmission initiative, multiple customer service enhancements, investments in wildfire mitigation, cyber security, and innovative rate design proposals to increase transparency and opportunity for customers to better manage their energy use. The company has also focused on expanding its renewable resources and improving how customers receive information through improved outage notification, online tools and apps, and advanced energy-management capabilities.


Innovative and efficient improvements for Pacific Power customers over the last seven years have resulted in lowering the company’s fixed operating costs by more than $60 million. The rate case also reflects additional operational savings associated with the early retirement of Cholla 4, a 395 MW coal unit located in Arizona. By pioneering a new western energy market that is simultaneously decarbonizing the grid, customers are receiving more than $60 million per year in savings.


In the last three years, the company has made historic multi-billion dollar investments in renewable energy and grid upgrades that nearly double the amount of renewable energy capacity available to serve customers. These long-term investments are also projected to save customers several hundred million dollars.


“Pacific Power’s top priority is to deliver affordable, safe, reliable and increasingly clean electricity to our customers and communities so they can thrive,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “These filings reflect significant progress to-date and we are committed to continue to innovate and provide our customers with industry-leading, sustainable energy solutions.”


The requests include new rate designs for customers that will more fairly reflect costs across different usage levels and remove disincentives for customers who choose an electric vehicle. A new time-of-use pilot will help customers save money when they adjust their usage times and a bill credit will be available for all customers who choose paperless billing.


Bill impacts from Pacific Power’s proposed increase would vary for different customers depending upon their particular situation and energy usage preferences. Even with the proposed changes, Pacific Power’s energy price changes since 2014 are well below inflation and rates will continue to be well below the national average.


What’s next?

The Oregon Commission will examine Pacific Power’s requests and will determine whether the schedule should be accepted as filed, modified, or rejected. If accepted as filed, the rate change would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The Commission has the authority to set final rates that may be lower or higher than the company’s request, depending on the outcome of its examination.


How it works

The requested rate change would be an increase of $21.6 million, or 1.6 percent, effective on January 1, 2021. The impact on an average residential customer using 900 kWh per month would be $4.03, if the filings are approved by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon. This represents the combination of two filings for Pacific Power customers, the first of which requested an overall rate change of $70.8 million, or 5.4 percent, to become effective on January 1, 2021. The expected impact of this filing by itself on an average residential customer using 900 kWh per month would be $6.98 per month. However, along with the overall rate change request, Pacific Power also filed its annual power cost adjustment on February 14, 2020, forecasting a reduction of $49.2 million in costs for 2021.


About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing more than 1.9 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.


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Mike Fort takes Oath of Office as Battle Ground's Chief of Police (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/14/20 3:37 PM
Battle Ground Chief of Police Mike Fort
Battle Ground Chief of Police Mike Fort

Mike Fort took his official oath of office this afternoon as Battle Ground’s new Chief of Police.  Chief Fort, who has served as Battle Ground Police Lieutenant the last two years, was named successor to retiring Police Chief Bob Richardson by City Manager Erin Erdman in October of 2019 when Chief Richardson announced his retirement.  

“Chief Fort’s extensive knowledge, experience and proven leadership, along with the relationships he has developed in our community, prepare him well to serve in this new role,” said Erdman.

Chief Fort is a 28-year veteran of law enforcement.  He served the Portland Police Bureau for 26 years working in the Youth Services Division, as Patrol Watch Commander, as a member of the Rapid Response Team, in the Traffic Division - Motorcycle Detail.  He planned law enforcement detail for Special Events and served in the Standards and Accountability Unit.  He has served as Lieutenant for the Battle Ground Police Department since 2018. 

A native Texan, Chief Fort grew up on a farm and attended Texas A & M University. In 1988 he moved to the Pacific Northwest.  He earned a B.A. in English, with a minor in Spanish from Western Oregon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy - a professional course of study for law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities.  In 2016 he earned a Graduate Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.


Chief Fort resides in north Clark County on a small farm.  He enjoys many of the recreational opportunities the area offers -- fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing, biking, motorcycling, running and camping. 


A ceremonial oath of office will take place on Tuesday, February 18 during the 7:00 p.m. Battle Ground City Council Meeting.  The public is invited to attend and meet Chief Fort.  Council meetings are held at Battle Ground City Hall, located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground and are always open to the public. 


The City of Battle Ground, located in the heart of Clark County, WA serves 21,520 residents.  The surrounding natural beauty, access to recreation activities, and close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area make Battle Ground a desirable place to live and has created a period of considerable growth. The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government and provides vital public services such as police, planning and development, roads, parks, utilities and others. City leaders operate under guiding principles that were created with community input through a recent visioning process. More information about the City, including a list of its guiding principles can be found at www.cityofbg.org.

Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Chief of Police Mike Fort

(Correction) Burglar arrested in connection with almost 40 cases (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/14/20 3:24 PM
Harmon, Joshua
Harmon, Joshua

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, Salem Police detectives arrested Joshua Brady Harmon, age 22 of Salem, in connection with almost 40 cases of burglary and theft.

Detectives have been able to connect Harmon with burglaries starting in January but think he may be involved in crimes as far back as December of 2019. Detectives in the Property Crimes Unit worked together to identify Harmon as a suspect after analyzing a list of pawned items. Once Harmon was identified as a suspect, detectives conducted surveillance on him which ultimately lead to the traffic stop that nabbed him.

Detectives executed search warrants on Harmon’s car and home, where they recovered additional stolen property. Harmon was booked into the Polk County Jail but will also face charges in Marion County. His charges range from burglary in the first degree to theft in the third degree.

Detective Daniel Chase said, “When Detective Alex Asay showed me the list of stolen items, I knew we had him (Harmon). I let my partner, Detective Jeff Gordon, know and we started linking all the cases. Without everyone’s help it would have been tough to catch Harmon.”

Cases like these are solved because of community members who keep track of serial numbers or apply identification numbers to high value items. We encourage people to keep a list of serial numbers in the event a theft or loss occurs. Officers can enter those numbers into a searchable database which can lead to the recovery of stolen items or the arrest of a suspect.


Harmon's age has been corrected to 22 years old.

Attached Media Files: Harmon, Joshua

Governor Brown visits flood damaged areas
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/14/20 2:05 PM

Umatilla County Flooding Events Update- Friday, February 14, 2020

As officials in Umatilla County continue to work with residents and landowners in the recovery effort from the recent flooding event, Governor Kate Brown is touring the region today to get a first-hand look at damages and express her appreciation to responders.

Damage Assessment Resources

As damage reports and assessments are completed, the numbers continue to climb.  As of Thursday, about 500 self-reported damage reported damage assessments have been received.  Disaster assessment continues throughout the county. These reports are used by Umatilla County to document the financial impacts and resource needs in the county.  Residents are encouraged to continue self-reporting these damages.  

The disaster reporting forms are available online www.umatillacounty.net

Damage assessments can also be reported to Umatilla County through the damage assessment hotline at 541-966-3671.  This hotline will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through February 17th.

American Red Cross Shelter

The American Red Cross continues to host a shelter for victims of the flood.  This shelter is now located at the Pendleton Armory. This shelter has housed 144 overnight guests since they opened.  There are 30 Red Cross volunteers supporting this effort. CTUIR is providing additional sheltering services on the Reservation.

Numerous resources are still available for those impacted by the flood.  

Umatilla County Extension Office:  The Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater is open today until 5 p.m. for north county residents to receive assistance on damage reporting and connect with various resources.

Hotline- A hotline was established to help connect residents to reputable and vetted relief organizations to help assist in debris clean-up services.  Response times will vary due to overwhelming need, so patience is appreciated. Please call 844-965-1386 for information.

Clean-up Safety-The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued information to ensure the safety of our residents as clean-up efforts begin.  Link to information at https://deqblog.com/2020/02/13/tips-for-safely-managing-debris-from-flood-damaged-buildings/

Take photos-for insurance purposes, make sure to document all damages prior to beginning clean-up efforts.  Take photos of all damage.

Permitting required-Umatilla County would like to remind property owners that permits are required prior to replacing or making repairs to flood damaged structures.  There are permitting requirements for homes located within a flood plain. To learn if you home is located within a flood plain, visit www.msc.fema.gov

Dumpster availability-Umatilla County has placed dumpsters for cleaning up flood waste.  These dumpsters are distributed through various locations in the community.  Reminder, the dumpsters are ONLY for flood debris. As dumpster locations are added, they will be posted at www.umatillacounty.net

This will be the last daily update for this event, unless conditions change.  Information will continue to be updated at www.umatillacounty.net


Corvallis company earns safety, health recognition (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/14/20 1:57 PM
DCBS logo
DCBS logo

(Salem) – Valliscor LLC, a chemical manufacturing firm in Corvallis, has stepped up its commitment to on-the-job safety and health by completing its first year in Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP, primarily set up to help small- and mid-sized businesses, coaches companies on how to effectively manage workplace safety and health. It empowers employers to continuously improve. In turn, companies are recognized for their success in reaching specific benchmarks. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

Valliscor is known for its innovation, so it’s no surprise it embraced SHARP. Located within the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute, Valliscor is an Oregon State University-licensed spinoff company. Its unique process allows customers in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, polymer, and electronics industries to easily add fluorine to other molecules.

In joining SHARP, Valliscor assessed and tackled a variety of safety and health issues. Pedro Molina Sanchez, safety and regulatory affairs lead for the company, said the process was “extremely valuable” in helping improve “almost every aspect of our health and safety practices and policies.”

Noting the “expertise and extensive support” of Oregon OSHA consultants, Sanchez said SHARP “accelerated our transition from a reactive to a proactive approach” to workplace safety and health. That includes increasing the company’s capacity “to identify, analyze, and communicate hazards derived from our operations more efficiently,” Sanchez said.

SHARP encourages Oregon employers to work with their employees to identify and correct hazards, and develop and implement effective safety and health programs. The benefits of the program, which is part of Oregon OSHA’s consultation services, include lower injury and illness rates, decreased workers’ compensation costs, increased employee morale, and lower product losses.

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP. Get more information about the program. Lean more about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services.  


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.



Attached Media Files: DCBS logo , Oregon OSHA logo , SHARP logo medium , SHARP logo small , Valliscor team photo

Serial bike thief steals for-sale bicycle using envelope of napkins instead of money; also rides off with 12-year-old's bike during 'test ride'; victims willing to speak to media (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/20 1:40 PM

Please reference CCSO Case #s 19-020691, 19-025748 and #19-026727

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has submitted several criminal cases to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office regarding James Lee Adkins, 33, of Portland.

Adkins is a serial bike thief who has stolen bicycles for sale under false pretenses -- including presenting an envelope of "money" that was instead filled with paper napkins, as well as riding off with a 12-year-old boy's bicycle for a "test ride" and never returning. Victims are willing to speak to the media.

A breakdown of the relevant cases:

Case No 1:
CCSO Case #19-020691

Adkins 'buys' a bike with an envelope full of napkins
Sept. 1, 2019

The crime spree began on September 1, 2019, when James Adkins was identified as the suspect who stole a bicycle from a victim named Daniel.

Daniel had posted a mountain bike for sale on Facebook. A person named James Adkins responded, and said he wanted to purchase the bike. They agreed to meet at Clackamas Town Center. Adkins showed Daniel an envelope of money and verified it was the agreed-upon $900.

But while Daniel had his back turned to remove the bike from his vehicle, Adkins switched the envelopes.

They made the exchange, and Adkins rode off with the bike.

Daniel later discovered the envelope he was holding contained only napkins.

Case No. 2
CCSO Case #19-025748
A 'test ride' leads to a bike theft from a 12-year-old boy
Oct. 29, 2019

Following this incident, we took another report of James Adkins stealing a mountain bike from a victim named Jennifer. On October 29, 2019, Adkins met with Jennifer and her 12-year-old son; the boy's mountain bike had been listed for sale on Facebook for $1,395.

They agreed to meet at the Clackamas Fred Meyer.

Adkins asked if he could take the bike on a "test ride" in the parking lot.

Adkins reported rode a loop around the lot -- and then exited the lot with the bicycle, without notice and without paying for the bicycle.

After trying to find Adkins, the victims attempted to message and call Adkins, but he would not respond.

A screencap of an online ad in which Jennifer talks about the 33-year-old's brazen theft from a 12-year-old boy is attached.

Case No. 3
CCSO Case #19-026727
Shoplifting, meth -- and an arrest warrant
Nov. 11, 2019

On November 11, 2019, James Adkins was arrested for shoplifting and then subsequently for possession of Methamphetamine. One of our deputies was dispatched to Macy’s, located at 12100 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas Town Center.

Adkins had been detained by loss-prevention officers for shoplifting. The deputy arrived, reviewed the facts of the case, and placed Adkins under arrest. During processing, it was discovered Adkins was in possession of Methamphetamine. He was transported and booked at the Clackamas County Jail.

The felony charges associated with these cases went to the Grand Jury on January 30, 2020. After the Grand Jury reviewed the case, a judge issued warrants for the arrest of Adkins.

Feb. 11, 2020:
A Portland Police arrest; day in court set for March 11

Adkins was stopped by the Portland Police Bureau for a traffic violation on February 11, 2020. They arrested Adkins on two felony warrants out of Clackamas County and one misdemeanor warrant from Multnomah County. Adkins was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and released the following day, with a court date of March 11, 2020.

Tips, additional info sought

Deputies believe Adkins may have attempted or committed similar crimes in the metro area, as he has shown a pattern. In the two incidents listed above, Adkins used a Facebook profile using his own name and photo.

Anyone with information on James Lee Adkins or possible additional crimes involving Adkins can also contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip .

Victims willing to speak to media

Two of the victims are willing to speak with the media. Media can contact PIO Sgt. Mendoza to obtain their contact information.

Booking photos of Adkins and a photo of one of the stolen bicycles are attached.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/624/131561/BookingPhoto-JamesAdkins2.jpg , 2020-02/624/131561/BookingPhoto-JamesAdkins1.jpg , 2020-02/624/131561/OfferUpAdOnTheft.png , 2020-02/624/131561/StolenBike.png

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Feb. 19 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/14/20 1:26 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Salem. The meeting will be in the Clatsop Room of Building C on the campus of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street. The committee’s agenda includes: 

  • Private Forest Division update
  • Legislative update
  • Review charter
  • Work plan review and future meeting topics
  • Woodland owner facts
  • Committee vacancies

The meeting is open to the public. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting after approval of the minutes. 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 calling Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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

Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run.
Portland Water Bureau - 02/14/20 12:30 PM

Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring. Monitoring results were received from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 12, two Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in each of the samples collected on Feb. 11 and 12. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on Feb. 9 or Feb 10. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Feb. 5, 2020.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 2027 under a compliance schedule with Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions.

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Domestic Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City’s website at portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Quality Line at 503-823-7525.

Vancouver Police investigate residential burglary and shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/14/20 12:13 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –On February 13, 2020, at approximately 10:20 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 6000 block SE Beach Drive. Initial reports indicated an unknown male broke into the occupied residence resulting in the homeowner shooting the suspect, who was located deceased at the scene when police arrived. None of the residents in the home were injured.

The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit are continuing the investigation which indicates the male suspect forced open a rear door of the residence by kicking it and was inside the home when the homeowner confronted him. The suspect charged toward the homeowner who then fired his weapon, hitting the suspect. The suspect then fled out the door and collapsed outside the back of the residence where he was located deceased.

The suspect has not been identified. Identification and notification of next of kin will be conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Nothing further is releasable at this time.





Eastern Oregon and Salem area Citizen-Soldiers Rescue Fellow Oregonians From Floods (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/14/20 12:12 PM

SALEM-- Oregon Governor Kate Brown visited with Oregon Army National Guard service members involved in the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon for Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties because of flooding in those areas. Three Oregon Army National Guard helicopters were initially called out by the county to support search and rescue operations. Two Pendleton based CH-47 Chinooks provided aerial reconnaissance and an HH-60M MEDEVAC Black Hawk based out of Salem arrived on scene supporting a rescue of five civilians the first evening.

Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter.

"I couldn't be more proud of your Oregon National Guard members and their efforts supporting flooding this month," said Major General Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, "They truly embody our core values of Character, Competence, Courage and Commitment, while demonstrating that we truly are part of our communities."

Gov. Brown presented the flight crews in both Salem and Pendleton with recognition and awards for their efforts.

"These Oregon National Guard Members took part in the largest search and rescue operation in Oregon's history," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department, "They did an amazing job supporting the community and saving lives."

In Salem, members of G. Company, 1-189 Aviation, Capt. David Sous, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Roche, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey Wadsworth, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Newgard, Staff Sgt. Dan Cleveland, Sgt. Joey Brixey, Sgt. James Gale and Sgt. Johnny Kilroy were presented Oregon Meritorious Service Medals.

In Pendleton, members of Detachment 1 B., 1-168 Aviation, Capt. Taylor Frye, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ray Talkington, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremiah Williams, Staff Sgt. Steven Kirkpatrick, Sgt. Joseph Ford, Sgt. Marcus Hickman and Sgt. Skylar Leasy were presented with the Oregon Meritorious Service Medal.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steven McDaniel, Staff Sgt. Matthew Taylor and Sgt. Katelyn Shurts, also members of Detachment 1 B., 1-168 Aviation, were presented with Oregon Commendation Medals.

The Oregon Army National Guard has six CH-47 Chinooks and 12 HH-60M Black Hawks. We also have four UH-72 Lakota's, which are often used in search and rescue operations.

Elements from the 1st Battalion, 168 Aviation Regiment, CH-47 Chinooks are scheduled to mobilize and support overseas this spring.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management was essential with search and rescue coordination efforts as well as providing inter-agency coordination to support sustained operations throughout.

0003- Oregon Governor Kate Brown presented Oregon National Service Members with G. Company 1-189 Aviation, based out of Salem, with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paul Rushing, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

0002- Capt. David Sous, a pilot with G. Company 1-189 Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, stands with fellow service members as Oregon Governor Kate Brown presents them with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paul Rushing, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

0001- Oregon Governor Kate Brown presented Oregon National Service Members with G. Company 1-189 Aviation, based out of Salem, with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paul Rushing, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


0236- Oregon Governor Kate Brown presented Oregon National Service Members with 1st Battalion, 168 Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, based out of Pendleton, with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paula Negle, Oregon Office of emergency Management Public Affairs)

0237- Capt. Taylor Frye, a pilot with 1st Battalion, 168 Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, based out of Pendleton, stands with fellow service members as Oregon Governor Kate Brown presents them with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paula Negle, Oregon Office of emergency Management Public Affairs)

0238- Oregon Governor Kate Brown presented Oregon National Service Members with 1st Battalion, 168 Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, based out of Pendleton, with medals and recognition for their service during Oregon's largest search and rescue operation, Feb. 14. Thanks to the efforts of the Oregon Army National Guard flight crews 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit were rescued and transported from the flooded areas via helicopter during the search and rescue efforts in Umatilla County over the past week. (Photo by Paula Negle, Oregon Office of emergency Management Public Affairs)

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PPB Releases Video Related to Officer-Involved Shooting Incident (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/20 11:48 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau is releasing video related to the incident that resulted in an officer-involved shooting on December 8, 2019 at Southeast 103rd Drive and Southeast Stark Street. This is being released as part of PPB's ongoing commitment to transparency.

This video is a compilation of footage from two different cameras. The first is the video from a TriMet bus, which was traveling westbound on Southeast Stark Street, east of Southeast 103rd Drive. The second video is private security footage from a business. The camera faces north toward at the intersection.

The video can be located at this link:


The case summary and police reports can be located here:


The internal review of this incident is ongoing. For an outline of the use of deadly force review procedure and timeline, see this link:


Because this review process is ongoing, we cannot add further information at this time.

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Attached Media Files: Title page

City of Salem Reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow
City of Salem - 02/14/20 11:45 AM

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into Claggett Creek on February 13 at approximately 12:15 p.m. through a stormwater detention pond at Verda Lane NE in Keizer, Oregon, which is a part of the sewer system network managed by the City of Salem. The overflow resulted from a possible cross connection between a sanitary sewer pipe and storm pipe and is being further investigated. Approximately 15,000 gallons of raw sewage were spilled at the site. Public Works Department crews were immediately dispatched to the site and stopped the overflow at approximately 2:15 p.m. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from Claggett Creek. Signs were posted at the detention pond warning people to avoid contact with the water. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days.


If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works

Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.

Chapman Road Fatal House Fire in Scappoose (Photo)
Columbia River Fire & Rescue - 02/14/20 10:30 AM


            Jennifer Motherway, Public Information Officer

Date: February 14, 2020


Chapman Road Fatal House Fire

On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at approximately 2:47am, Scappoose Fire District responded to a structure fire call at 28313 Chapman Road in Scappoose, reported by a neighbor. Upon arrival we found a triple wide manufactured home with heavy smoke on the front side of the structure, and large flames on the rear side, fully engulfed. We used defensive tactics to put the fire out due to the fire involvement and partial roof collapse. The response time was approximately fifteen minutes due to the rural nature of the location.

Once personnel were able to control the fire, we located one person who was deceased. Our fire investigation team along with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon State Police and ATF are still conducting an investigation surrounding the cause of the fire and the person found deceased inside.

We responded with, two (2) Chief Officers, fourteen (13) Firefighters, two (2) water tenders, one (1) engine, one (1) squad vehicle, one (1) support vehicle as well as our fire investigation team. Mist-Birkenfeld also responded with one (1) water tender. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon State Police and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also responded to the incident.

Any additional questions should be directed to Chief Deputy Ryan Murphy with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 503-366-4636.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6080/131553/Chapman_2.jpg , 2020-02/6080/131553/Chapman_Road_Fire.jpg

PCC hosts outreach event for minority- and women-owned businesses (Photo)
PCC - 02/14/20 10:24 AM

SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College is hosting an outreach event for firms certified by the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).

Minority, women, emerging small business and service-disabled veteran-owned firms are invited to meet with the college’s general contractors from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the College Center Upper Mall, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Refreshments will be served, and parking is free.

Representatives from PCC’s Facilities Management Services, Kirby Nagelhout Construction, Fortis Construction, Andersen Construction, Mortenson Construction, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Pence Construction, COBID, the Small Business Development Center and other firms will be in attendance. They’ll have information available for their contracting needs and schedules for the different trades.  

This outreach function is part of the college’s effort to promote business development and workforce diversity, and connect COBID-certified contractors and consultants with upcoming opportunities.

For more information, call PCC Bond Finance Manager John MacLean at (971) 722-8435, or email john.maclean1@pcc.edu.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 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/

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/40/131552/MWESBevent.jpg

Science on Tap Portland -- Your Brain on Pleasure and In Love: A Discussion and Concert (Photo)
Via Productions - 02/14/20 10:00 AM

Date:  Monday, February 24, 2020

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

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.

Tickets:  Advance: $10 - $39 At Door: $13 - $20

Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available

Special Note: ASL interpreters will be on stage, provided by https://www.fingerscrossedinterpreting.com

Event Website: https://viaproductions.org/events/alberta_feb_24_love/

Listening to beautiful music, falling in love and eating really good chocolate create intense feelings of pleasure – but why? At this special musical Science on Tap, OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman, Ph.D. will be joined by singer, songwriter and pianist Naomi LaViolette to present a fascinating multi-media discussion and concert on how the brain experiences pleasure. Diving into exciting new research – including what happens to the brain when love goes awry – and what we can learn from the monogamous prairie vole, Dr. Sherman mixes music, humor and neuroscience for an unforgettable, educational evening.

This Science on Tap event is in collaboration with the OHSU Brain Awareness Lecture Series. It will provide a sneak peek at information and music to be delivered at The Neuroscience of Pleasure at the Newmark Theater on Monday, March 30. The OHSU Brain Awareness event will be an immersive musical experience with Dr. Sherman being joined on stage by the Portland Chamber Orchestra, featuring Naomi LaViolette, in a multi-media exploration of pleasure, love and the human brain. Please visit this link to purchase tickets to the March 30 event at the Newmark.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/4849/131226/pleasure_sq.jpg

BLM releases final plan to construct and maintain up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in the Great Basin to combat wildfires
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/14/20 9:36 AM

Strategically placed fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah will help firefighters control wildfires


BOISE, Idaho – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin. This Final PEIS provides for the construction and maintenance of a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.


The Preferred Alternative outlined in the PEIS analyzes a full suite of manual, chemical and mechanical treatments, including prescribed fire, seeding, and targeted grazing to construct and maintain a system of fuel breaks. These treatments would be implemented along roads and rights-of-way on BLM-administered lands to minimize new disturbance and wildlife habitat fragmentation and to maximize accessibility for wildland firefighters.


“Recovering from the devastating effects of wildlfires can take decades in the rugged, high-desert climate of the Great Basin. These tools will help firefighters contain fires when they break out,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. “That’s why creating fuel breaks is incredibly important to the entire basin, the people who live in these communities, and our wildland firefighters.”


“Wildfires pose an enormous threat to rangelands in the Great Basin – rangelands that people depend on for both recreational opportunities and their livelihoods, and that wildlife rely on for habitat,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley. “Fuel breaks are one of the most important tools we have to give wildland firefighters a chance to safely and effectively contain rapidly moving wildfires and potentially reduce wildfire size.” 


Wildfires in sagebrush communities in the Great Basin states are becoming more frequent and larger, fueled by large, unbroken swaths of grasses, brush and other vegetation. Over 13.5 million acres of historically sagebrush communities on BLM land burned within the project area between 2009 and 2018. Wildfires that consume sagebrush provide the opportunity for invasive annual grasses to increase, making future large and severe wildfires more likely.


The concept behind fuel breaks is to break up or fragment continuous fuels by reducing vegetation in key locations. When a wildfire burns into a fuel break, the flame lengths decrease and its progress slows, making it safer and easier for firefighters to control.


“All of wildland firefighting is centered around constructing fuel breaks,” said BLM Idaho State Director John Ruhs. “Every time we construct a fireline around a wildfire using hand tools on the ground, every time we drop fire retardant, and every time we herd a wildfire into a previously burned area, we are using fuel breaks. Through this PEIS we’ll be able to proactively construct fuel breaks where we know we will need them, instead of creating them reactively in responding to wildfires.”

The BLM has extensively documented that fuel breaks, and other types of fuel treatments, are effective. Since 2002, the agency has assessed more than 1,200 fuel breaks and other types of fuel treatments that intersected with wildfires and has found that 78% of them were effective in helping to control wildfires and that 84% of them were effective in helping change fire behavior. 


An electronic copy of the Final PEIS and associated documents is available for public review for 30 days on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register at https://go.usa.gov/xnQcG The BLM will issue a Record of Decision after the end of the public review period.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals. 

Oregon State Police is requesting the public's assistance in the unlawful taking of a bighorn sheep ram in Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 02/14/20 9:11 AM

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for shooting a bighorn sheep ram in Wallowa County near the town of Troy sometime during the week of January 27.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the ram was shot on the Wenaha Wildlife Area along the road leading to the feed sight.  The ram was fitted with a telemetry collar and an ear tag.  The collar and severed ear were the only items left at the scene.

Anyone who may have information that will help identify the suspect(s), is asked to call the Turn In Poachers (TIP) line at (800) 452-7888, OSP(677) or Sergeant Chris Hawkins (541) 963-7575 ext. 4670.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

Or the TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
$300 Habitat Destruction 
$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
$100 Furbearers 

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

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


Vancouver Firefighters Battle Shop Fire in Proebstal (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 02/14/20 8:11 AM
Vancouver firefighters battle shop fire.
Vancouver firefighters battle shop fire.

On February 13th at 6:10 pm the Vancouver Fire Department responded to a shop fire reported at 22340 NE 58th St. The first engine to arrive found heavy, black smoke coming from two adjoining shop buildings with the largest body of fire burning in the rear of the structure and started extinguishment efforts immediately. The large volume of fire kept firefighters out of the building and  fire was fought from outside. The remote location of the fire presented water supply issues that required three water tenders to travel a mile and a half to the nearest hydrant for resupply. Firefighters protected other structures on the property, but could not save the shop buildings. Fifteen firefighters and two battalion chiefs on three fire engines and a water tender from Vancouver Fire, an engine from East County Fire and Rescue and two water tenders from Clark County Fire District 3 were used to battle the fire. Clark County Sheriff's deputies provided traffic control on 58th Street. Crews stayed on scene until approximately 11PM ensuring that all fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported and no one was displaced as a result of the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshall's Office. 


Attached Media Files: Vancouver firefighters battle shop fire. , Shop fire east of Vancouver.

City seeks applications for culture, arts and heritage grants
City of Vancouver - 02/14/20 8:00 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver will accept applications for this year’s culture, arts and heritage grants starting Wednesday, Feb. 19.


Grant funding totaling $150,000 is available to non-profit or government organizations in Vancouver in 2020. Eligible projects include performances, exhibitions, special events, infrastructure improvements and professional development programming. Applications should demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation and creativity and should reflect, celebrate, and preserve the heritage and diversity found in our community.


Applications must be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/culturegrants. The deadline to submit an application for funding is 3 p.m. April 8, with recipients announced in early July. Projects or programs receiving grant funding must be complete by Dec. 31, 2021.


“Arts, culture and heritage programs can benefit almost every part of our lives, from the vibrancy and economic prosperity of our city to our health and wellbeing, in addition to enhancing the unique character and identity of our city” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.


Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of two scheduled workshops to learn more about the grant process and guidelines. Workshops will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 and 4 p.m. March 5 at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.


More information about the grants, including the review process and full guidelines, is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/culturegrants



Vancouver Police investigating Home Invasion
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/14/20 2:18 AM

Vancouver Police responded to a possible residential burglary in progress in the 6000 block of SE Beach Drive. Initial reports indicated an unknown suspect broke into the occupied residence. The homeowner confronted the suspect with a firearm and shot him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The homeowner and his family were not injured. The Major Crimes Unit responded and is continuing to investigate.

Thu. 02/13/20
Missing Twelve year old (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/13/20 11:58 PM
Alexis Santiago-Turk
Alexis Santiago-Turk


Both missing juveniles were found safe and returned home.



The Vancouver Police Department requests the assistance of the public to locate a missing child.

Missing is: William Mendez (12 years old) (5’7 170 pounds) was last seen wearing a red sweat shirt and grey sweat pants. Hispanic male with black hair. He was last seen in the area of NE 136th Ave and NE 4th Street Vancouver WA. He maybe in the company of;

Alexis Santiago-Turk (14 years old) 4’10 140 pounds and last  seen wearing red tank top and black jeans with holes in them. Hispanic Female with black hair. She is also listed as a missing person. 

Attached Media Files: Alexis Santiago-Turk , William Mendez

PPB Provides Further Context for PPB Actions with West Linn PD
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/20 5:56 PM
There has been significant public concern regarding an investigation led by West Linn Police Department officials into Mr. Michael Fesser that resulted in a civil settlement to Mr. Fesser as a result of allegations of misconduct by members of the West Linn Police Department. While the City of Portland was not party to the lawsuit resulting in the settlement, Portland Police Bureau and City resources were used in effecting the arrest of Mr. Fesser.

This release is designed to directly describe what is currently known about PPB's involvement and how PPB's interactions with other jurisdictions generally work. Here is some key context based on the information known at this time:

West Linn PD Detective Poitras contacted a PPB Sergeant and requested assistance with an arrest of Mr. Fesser. West Linn Detective Poitras relayed he had probable cause to arrest Mr. Fesser for a felony crime. Mr. Fesser worked in Portland.

On February 25, 2017, Portland Police Bureau members assisted with the arrest, then transported Mr. Fesser to East Precinct where he was interviewed by the West Linn Detective. The Officers then transported Mr. Fesser to the Multnomah County Detention Center,

In Oregon, it is legally permissible and common practice for officers from one agency to arrest a criminal suspect based on a request from and representation by an officer from another agency that there is probable cause for arrest. For example, if an officer from another jurisdiction contacts a PPB officer and represents they have probable cause to arrest a subject for domestic violence and they believe the person is in our jurisdiction, the PPB officer will assist and attempt to locate the individual and make an arrest based upon the other officer's representation that there is probable cause for the arrest,

Probable cause means an officer has information to believe a person more likely than not committed a criminal offense,

Officers in the State of Oregon swear an oath, which includes being truthful and upholding the laws. Officers rely upon what other officers tell them to be truthful and ethical, such as when probable cause is relayed. There are processes in place internally and externally to discipline, terminate and/or decertify sworn members who are untruthful,

On November 10, 2017, a West Linn Lieutenant contacted a Portland Police Officer regarding an on-going West Linn investigation and represented that there were safety concerns about Mr. Fesser, who had an outstanding felony warrant from Multnomah County related to their investigation. The PPB officer wrote a report to create a vCAD flag for the address identified by West Linn as the victim's address. Flagging an address as a "hazard" in the dispatch system is a common practice across all disciplines who partner with dispatch,

vCAD flags are "hazard flags" in the internal dispatch system. They are used by many law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services providers and dispatch to share critical information. Examples of critical hazard information could include premise access information, or any officer safety information that will affect the way in which a call is dispatched or any information that will alert the call taker at the Bureau of Emergency Communications to be aware of known issues at an address. Another example could be dangerous and/or known armed subjects at a location,

For further information about Hazard Address flags, PPB has posted the internal Standard Operating Procedure for the public at this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/753793

The Portland Police Bureau Internal Affairs investigation will be looking into the actions of the Portland Police Bureau members to determine if any policies or laws were violated,

The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office has announced they will be conducting an investigation into the actions of the involved West Linn PD officers,

Ethical behavior is a critical tenant of public safety officials. When one or more individuals engage in what is perceived to be inappropriate behavior, it impacts the entire profession. PPB continues to screen thoroughly and train members with the expectation that they uphold the oath they swore. The accountability system is in place in the event any members fall short of the expectations, laws, and rules. At this time, not all the details are available and the investigations will flesh out further facts,

Yesterday, PPB released to the public the reports identified as being related to these circumstances. It was brought to our attention that one of those documents had not been released to the attorney of the subject involved in this case before pursuant to a subpoena. PPB strives to accurately fulfill and respond to all subpoena and public records requests and we regret this inadvertent error. We have reached out to the involved party to acknowledge the error,

Questions have come up about whether or not the involved officers will be placed on administrative leave and what their duty status is. The involved officers will not be placed on leave at this time. The Directive that covers Leaves of Service is located at this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/541459 Per City HRAR 5.01 (under the administrative leave section), the current situation does not warrant administrative leave. This policy can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/11983



PPB Releases Report Related to Outside Agency Civil Settlement

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau publicly released two reports related to a recent civil settlement with the City of West Linn and an outside party. The Portland Police Bureau's involvement on February 25, 2017, consisted of a traffic stop and arrest of the involved subject at the request of a West Linn Police Department Detective based upon probable cause for his investigation.

Additionally, a police report connected to the West Linn Police Department's investigation was written on November 10, 2017, by a Portland Police Officer in order to request a "vcad" flag. "Vcad" is a reference to the computer-aided dispatch system used by dispatch and the Police Bureau. The flag is a safety indicator that gets entered into the dispatch system so when a call is generated involving the listed locations or parties, there is information provided to the dispatcher that can be relayed to a responding officer for situational awareness. Refer to the report for details.

The reports can be located here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/753671

"Assisting other agencies with arrests within our jurisdiction is a routine part of police work," said Chief Jami Resch. "In an effort to be transparent, I have authorized the public release of the report detailing the involvement of PPB officers. We recognize that a lot of questions have been generated as a result of this case and we want the public to have this information to consider. Additionally, I have asked our Professional Standards Division to look into our involvement, as is our practice when there are civil lawsuits."


Two arrested for evening assault of Seaside man (Photo)
City of Seaside - 02/13/20 5:12 PM

Seaside, Ore. – February 13, 2020 – On Tuesday February 11, 2020, at approximately 11:23 p.m., the Seaside Police Department responded to the Bridge Tender Tavern, 554 Broadway, for a reported physical disturbance outside of the establishment. Upon officer’s arrival they found Justin Bush, 42 of Seaside, bleeding from injuries sustained from an assault by two other males who had fled the area prior to police arrival. Bush was treated for serious facial injuries at Providence Seaside Hospital and later released.  

One of the assailants, Kelsey Jason Scott, 33 of Warrenton, was known to Bush and arrested the same night. The other assailant was only known to Bush as “Danny” and further investigation led Seaside Detectives to Leonard “Danny” Tilton, 34 of Seaside, who was arrested on February 13. Both Scott and Tilton were arrested on Assault II charges, a felony. The case remains under investigation by detectives and the case is being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.  

Anyone who witnessed the incident described or has additional information about this case is asked to contact Det. Shauna Stelson of the Seaside Police Department at (503) 738-6311.

end of release

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3677/131542/02.13.2020_Assault.Scott_Tilton.pdf , 2020-02/3677/131542/02.13_Assault_Scott_Tilton.jpg

Dance around the world at CCC International Week (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/13/20 4:59 PM
Enjoy dance performances from around the world during International Week.
Enjoy dance performances from around the world during International Week.

OREGON CITY – Immerse yourself in different cultures during International Week at Clackamas Community College Feb. 24-27. Enjoy dances from around the world performed by special guest dance groups or screen foreign films. All events are free and open to the public.

Dance performances

Feb. 24, noon-1 p.m.

The Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon dancers will dazzle the audience with a showcase of traditional moves from the different Indonesian islands.

Feb. 25, noon-1 p.m.

The Allegro Dance Company is a fusion dance collective known for its heart-pounding choreography and cross-genre techniques and inspirations.

Feb. 26, noon-1 p.m.

The Ku’uipo Polynesian Dance Group will perform traditional Polynesian dances such as Tahitian and Hawaiian.

Feb. 27, noon-1 p.m.

Grupo Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli aim to teach indigenous Aztec culture and traditions through dance, music and the arts.

All dance performances will be in the Community Center. For more information on the dance performances, contact the Multicultural Center at assadors@clackamas.edu">mcambassadors@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-3923.

Foreign film screenings

Feb. 24, 5 p.m., “Neruda” (Spanish)

After winning the 1946 election with the support of the communists, Chile’s president turns against the party and orders mass arrests. Former ambassador and poet Pablo Neruda speaks out against the repression and is forced into hiding.

Feb. 25, 5 p.m., “Amelie” (French)

Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, “Amelie” is the story of a young woman who creates a world of her own by finding justice for the strangers she encounters.

Feb. 26, 5 p.m., “Goodbye, Lenin!” (German)

Alex’s mother is a loyal party member who falls into a coma shortly after witnessing Alex participate in an anti-communist rally. When she awakes, the doctors warn that any shocking event could give her a heart attack so the family goes to great lengths pretending communism still exists.

All film screenings are in the McLoughlin Auditorium. The subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. For more information about the films, contact Ernesto Hernandez at nesto.hernandez@clackamas.edu">ernesto.hernandez@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-3710.

All International Week activities will take place at the Clackamas Community College Oregon City campus, located at 19600 Molalla Ave.


Attached Media Files: Enjoy dance performances from around the world during International Week.

Enrique Zacarias Diaz Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison After Attempted Murder Conviction (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/13/20 4:40 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 13, 2020, Judge Beth Roberts sentenced Enrique Zacarias Diaz to 90 months in prison. On February 10, 2020, Mr. Diaz pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lesowski prosecuted the case against the defendant.

On June 16, 2019, the victim was walking in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon when he noticed the defendant staring at him. He kept walking but was then attacked from behind by the defendant. The defendant used a box cutter knife to slash his neck and cut his face.  

The victim was able to get away from the defendant, thanks in part to bystanders who intervened on his behalf. He then walked to a nearby hospital where he was treated for significant injuries as a result of the attack.

Hillsboro Police, with the help of TriMet Transit Police, responded to the area and began a search for the defendant. Officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description and took him into custody after a short foot pursuit. Officers then located the box cutter in the defendant’s pocket.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Hillsboro Police and Transit Police for apprehending the suspect so quickly. This office is also grateful to the citizens who intervened to aid the victim.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Roberts ordered Mr. Diaz to undergo five years of post-prison supervision upon his release. The defendant will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6208/131539/ENRIQUE_ZACARIAS_DIAZ.pdf , 2020-02/6208/131539/Diaz_Enrique_Zacarias.jpg

Man charged with murder related to shooting in Salem
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 02/13/20 3:51 PM

On February 13, 2020, an Indictment was filed in Marion County Circuit Court charging Martin Steven Kirk-Varela, 26, with Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm, Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Body Armor and Possession of Methamphetamine stemming from a shooting that occurred on Snoopy Lane NE in Salem on January 21, 2020. 

The Indictment alleges that Martin Steven Kirk-Varela intentionally caused the death of another human being, namely Eduardo Flores-Rodriguez, who died of a gunshot wound on January 23, 2020.  The Indictment further alleges that Martin Steven Kirk-Varela attempted to cause the death of other victims and caused them injury.

Martin Steven Kirk-Varela is currently incarcerated at the Marion County Correctional Facility serving a parole sanction.  He will appear for arraignment on February 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Highway, Salem. 

This incident was investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Any person with information concerning the January 21, 2020 shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Nancy Serrano at 503-316-6635.  As this is a pending criminal case, no additional comments will be issued by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. 

Damage Assessment Continues, More Resources Available for Umatilla Residents
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/13/20 3:15 PM

Umatilla County Flooding Event Updates - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Damage assessment and clean-up continued today in Umatilla County in response to the flooding experienced in the area since February 6. Additional resources have been made available for residents to assist in the clean-up process.  Below is updated resources and information for residents.

Structural Losses and Damage Self Reporting – Form still available for submission by residents
Umatilla County still needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood who have not already reported their losses and damage. To date, 387 structures have been reported as damaged in some way through the self-reporting system. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resource needs of our community. Some may need to fill out multiple forms, which are available in both English and Spanish, depending on the nature of losses:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses
  2. Business economic losses
  3. Agricultural losses

Forms are available online at www.umatillacounty.net.

Multi Agency Resource Center
Is open today until 8 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center located at 1601 Westgate. Those impacted by the flood will have face-to-face assistance on damage reporting and access to information about health, clothing, insurance, pets, among other related services. Those interested in volunteering to help with clean up can visit the Red Cross booth at this event for more information.

Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River Area
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow (Friday, February 14) for north county residents to receive assistance on damage reporting and connect to various resources.

Resources for After-Flood Clean-Up

  • Hotline Established - A hotline has been established through February 28, to help connect residents to reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris clean-up and muck-out services. Response times will vary due to overwhelming need, so please be patient. Please call 844-965-1386 for information.
  • Clean-up Safety – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued information to ensure the safety of our residents as clean-up efforts begin. Link to information at https://deqblog.com/2020/02/13/tips-for-safely-managing-debris-from-flood-damaged-buildings/.
  • Take photos of your damage before clean-up begins for insurance purposes.
  • Permitting Required - Umatilla County urges property owners impacted by recent flooding to be aware that permits are required prior to replacing or making repairs to damaged structures. There are certain permitting requirements for homes located within a flood plain. Learn if your home is in a flood plain at www.msc.fema.gov.
  • Dumpsters Available
    Umatilla County has placed dumpsters for cleaning up flood waste in various locations throughout community. These dumpsters are ONLY for people affected by recent flooding. As dumpster locations are added, they will be posted at www.umatillacounty.net for convenience.

Information will continue to be updated at www.umatillacounty.net.


Suspect Arrested for Attempt Murder for PPB Assault Case-Public's Help Sought (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/20 2:06 PM
Rodriguez Photo
Rodriguez Photo
On February 12, 2020, the United States Marshall's Office assisted the Portland Police Bureau with the arrest of 23 year-old Alexis Rodriguez Gil. There was a grand jury indictment warrant for Rodriguez Gil for the charges of Attempt Murder I, Attempt Assault I, Assault II, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. (PHOTO)

Portland Police Bureau Detectives are primary on the criminal case, which is related to an incident that occurred on December 5, 2019 in the area of Southeast Division Street and Southeast 116th Avenue. Detectives have information that Rodriguez Gil had been at Whelan's Irish Pub and was involved in an earlier altercation. They are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Shaye Samora at (503) 823-0768 or at shaye.samora@portlandoregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Rodriguez Photo

Tip of the Week for February 17, 2020 (VINE Notification System)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/20 1:41 PM

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)


VINE – Victim Information and Notification Everyday is the nation’s leading automated victim notification solution and is available in Oregon. VINE allows crime victims across the country to obtain timely, reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders.

Victims often wish to know the status of an offender that is in the system.  Until VINE, it was difficult for officers to provide accurate information to victims. 

VINE makes information about the booking and release of inmates housed in county jails and state prisons available to victims at no cost either by telephone or the web. Offender information is collected automatically in near real-time from jail and prison booking systems.

Crime victims can access offender information, any time of the day or night simply by making a telephone call at 1-877-OR-4-VINE (1-877-674-8463) or by accessing the web at www.vinelink.com. Victims can call to inquire whether an offender is held in jail as well as the facility’s location. 

Users also can register to be notified immediately of a change in the inmate’s status, such as a release or escape. When a notification is triggered, VINE automatically calls the number or numbers the victim has provided. Calls continue until the victim acknowledges the call by entering a PIN.

VINE supports multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and others, so victims from many ethnicities have access to the system.

A free smartphone app is available to iPhone and Droid users called “MobilePatrol”.  One of the features of this app is access to the VINE service so you can be notified on your smartphone or ipad.  The app is available from the Droid “Play Store” and Apple “App Store”.  Once the app is downloaded, select Oregon as your state and then select Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  The VINE feature and other features will appear as you scan through the pages of the app.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: Tip of the Week

Oregon launches Family Connects, a universally offered home visiting program to support health of newborns, families
Oregon Health Authority - 02/13/20 1:22 PM

EDITORS: A video of Cate Wilcox, manager of the Maternal and Child Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division, discussing Family Connects Oregon is available at https://youtu.be/KRUhg3g5VOs.

Feb. 13, 2020

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon launches Family Connects, a universally offered home visiting program to support health of newborns, families

Statewide initiative is result of Senate Bill 526, passed by 2019 Oregon Legislature

PORTLAND, Ore. — Families in eight Oregon communities will be among the first in the state to have the option of receiving nurse home visits after the birth of a child.

These early-adopter communities are part of the Oregon Health Authority’s debut of a national model, Family Connects, under which the state’s new universally offered nurse home visiting initiative will be rolled out. Family Connects is a voluntary, evidence-based model that supports children and families at a critical time: a child’s birth.

The state’s program, to be called Family Connects Oregon, identifies what families want from local resources, and then provides an individualized pathway into a community system of care, the array of services that are coordinated to work for families. This system includes referrals to other, more established home visiting programs in the community that are eligibility-based rather than universally offered to all, as the comprehensive Family Connects program will be.

Health and social supports available to nurse home visiting users around the state include access to obstetricians and primary care providers, pediatricians and family practice physicians, as well as mental health services, housing agencies and lactation support organizations.

Services are intended to improve outcomes in one or more of the following areas: child health; child development and school readiness; family economic self-sufficiency; maternal health; positive parenting; reducing child mistreatment; reducing juvenile delinquency; reducing family violence; and reducing crime.

The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 526 during the 2019 session, directing OHA to design, implement and maintain a voluntary statewide program to provide universal nurse home visiting services to all families with newborns living in the state. Family Connects meets criteria established by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model. Services will be offered to families caring for newborns up to age 6 months, including foster and adoptive newborns, in the families’ homes by state-licensed registered nurses.

“Creating a lifetime of physical and mental well-being and healthy relationships relies upon a safe and healthy environment provided during early childhood,” said Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division. “That’s the goal of Family Connects Oregon: Give children and their families a jump-start at health during the most important period of their lives.”

Family Connects Oregon does not replace any home visiting programs that are already operating throughout the state. Instead, the program enhances Oregon’s current home visiting programs and will contribute to aligning a home visiting service system that connects all families with services and supports of their choice.

Under the Family Connects Oregon model, every new Oregon parent of a newborn will be contacted by a health care provider shortly after birth, ideally face to face, to schedule a home visit. If families choose to accept this service, they then receive one to three visits by a registered nurse in their homes to help them get off to a good start and get connected to services they want.

A group of single- and multi-county communities led by local public health and/or Early Learning Hubs has been selected to participate in an early adoption phase of Family Connects Oregon. This group represents a diverse mix of geography, implementation approach, strengths and opportunities across Oregon.

The following agencies and communities are designated as the lead agency for planning and implementation:

  • Clatsop County Department of Public Health.
  • Eastern Oregon Early Learning Hub, a consortium covering three counties — Baker, Malheur and Wallowa — with members representing health, K-12 education, social services, early learning programs and businesses.
  • The Early Learning Hub of Central Oregon, a partnership between Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties’ public health departments, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Health & Human Services, and regional early care and education stakeholders.
  • Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, including Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
  • Lane County Health and Human Services Department, Public Health Division.
  • The Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties.
  • Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, including Marion County Public Health, Polk County Public Health, Family Building Blocks/Healthy Families, Lancaster Family Medical, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
  • Washington County Public Health Maternal Child & Reproductive Health.

These early adopters will provide lessons learned and best practices for subsequent cohorts as the program rolls out statewide.

“We want Oregon to be the best place in the country to have and raise a child,” said Cate Wilcox, manager of the Maternal and Child Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division.

For more information, visit healthoregon.org/homevisiting.

Pacific University News Capsule
Pacific University - 02/13/20 1:14 PM

Greetings from the four campuses of Pacific University.

We are saddened by the news that Concordia University will close and are prepared to assist students who seek to continue their education at Pacific.

Pacific offers support for Concordia students

Pacific is a leader in promoting voting, civic engagement

Record level of giving to Pacific in December

Dental Hygiene, Optometry, Pharmacy, and PA students collaborate to serve area kids

Here selected items on the calendar for the coming week:

A Perception of Failure | Sculptures by Claire B. Jones
Feb. 13-24, 1-5 p.m. | Cawein Gallery, Forest Grove Campus

Brahms Requiem at Pacific
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. | Taylor-Meade Center, Forest Grove Campus | 
Tickets available

Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Feb. 15, noon | Chuck Bafaro Stadium, Forest Grove Campus

Brahms Requiem at Village Church
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. | Village Church, Beaverton
Tickets available

Men's Tennis vs. Bellevue College
Feb. 16, 11 a.m. | Holce Tennis Courts, Forest Grove Campus

Baseball vs. University of Puget Sound
Feb. 16, noon | Chuck Bafaro Stadium, Forest Grove Campus

Men's Wrestling vs. Simon Fraser University
Feb. 16, 3-6 p.m. | Stoller Center 123, Forest Grove Campus

Women's Tennis vs. Willamette University
Feb. 16, 4 p.m. | Holce Tennis Courts, Forest Grove Campus

Philosophy Colloquium | Hidden in Plain Bite – The Impacts of Our Everyday Food Choices
Feb. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. | Milky Way, Forest Grove Campus

JV Softball vs. Chemeketa Community College
Feb. 20, 5 p.m. | Sherman/Larkins Stadium, Forest Grove Campus

Dr. Amira Rose Davis to Speak at In Your Face Lecture
Feb. 20, 7 p.m. | Taylor Auditorium 216, Forest Grove Campus

And you can always take a look at the complete university calendar.

— pacificu.edu —

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Jury unanimously convicts Tyler Wayne Nees of murdering his father
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/13/20 12:18 PM

February 13, 2020           

Jury unanimously convicts Tyler Wayne Nees of murdering his father

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a 12-person jury unanimously convicted 33-year-old Tyler Wayne Nees of one count of murder constituting domestic violence and one count of unlawful use of a weapon for intentionally killing his father, 64-year-old Brian Nees.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Amanda Nadell and Brad Kalbaugh prosecuted this case.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Brian Nees’ heart was punctured by the weapon used to stab him. 

This investigation started on December 2, 2017 when the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call from a person in the 6000 block of Southeast Woodstock Boulevard in Portland, Oregon.

After being stabbed in the back, Brian Nees ran from the residence looking for help. He ended up at the Mt. Scott Pub, located approximately one block away.

The manager of the bar told police that he was in the process of closing for the evening when a person, later identified as Brian Nees started pounding on the door asking for help. When the manager opened the door, he found Brian Nees injured from a stab wound.

Brian Nees told both the 9-1-1 caller and a Portland Police officer that his son, Tyler, was the person who stabbed him and also provided law enforcement with the location of where the stabbing occurred. He died in surgery several hours later.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Tyler Nees fled the area after stabbing his father in the 7200 block of Southwest Woodstock Boulevard.

Police went to the residence where they located a large bloodied butcher’s knife on the floor inside the apartment.

Nees was located on December 14, 2017 in the 900 block of Northwest 23rd Avenue in Portland and taken into custody.

Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for March 17, 2020 at 9 a.m.




Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131529/PR-20-45-Tyler_Wayne_Nees.pdf

Kindergarten assessment results in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties at or above state average in most areas
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 02/13/20 12:00 PM

Hillsboro – Every fall, Oregon’s incoming kindergarteners take an assessment meant to determine their early literacy, early math, interpersonal and self-regulation skills. The purpose of this observational and activity-based assessment -- known as the Kindergarten Assessment -- is to get a snapshot of a student’s skill level when they enter kindergarten. 

The Oregon Department of Education released the statewide data for this assessment this past Thursday. 

Families, schools, communities and state-level policymakers use the aggregate data from this assessment to look for trends and determine what is working and what is not in early childhood programs and preparation. The data can also be used to determine whether and where there are gaps between specific racial and ethnic groups.  

Kindergarten assessment highlights for Northwest Regional Education Service District’s four-county region include: 

  • Clatsop and Washington county students performed above the state average on the early literacy domain.

  • Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington county students scored at or above the state average on their interpersonal, self-regulation and early math skills. 

  • Astoria, Banks, Beaverton, Gaston, Neah-Kah-Nie, Scappoose, Tigard-Tualatin school district students scored above average in early literacy, early math, self-regulation and interpersonal skills.

  • Sherwood School District students scored above average in early math and early literacy and at the state average for self-regulation and interpersonal skills. 

The data also revealed areas for growth. For example, Latinx students in Clatsop, Tillamook and Washington counties scored much lower in early literacy compared to the total population. The only county where this wasn’t true was in Columbia, where Latinx students surpassed the county average. 

“Our early learning staff work hard to prepare students for kindergarten, and they should be proud that students are at or above the state average in most areas in the counties where we work,” says Johnna Timmes, Executive Director of Instructional Services at NWRESD. “At the same time, this assessment identifies a clear need for us to improve how we support the early development of young Latinx children in Clatsop, Tillamook and Washington counties.”

More about the assessment:

The early literacy portion of the assessment measures a student’s ability to identify uppercase and lowercase letters and letter sounds. The math section includes questions about counting, geometry, measurement and data, and cardinality. The third measurement, which is officially called approaches to learning, is based on the teacher’s observation of the student during regular classroom activities. It assesses a child’s interpersonal and self-regulatory skills.

The assessment was developed by the Oregon Department of Education, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, and was specifically developed to be predictive of later school success. Read the full report >>

Northwest Regional Education Service District is the largest of Oregon’s 19 education service districts. It serves 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. These school districts serve nearly 104,000 students. Through state funding, contracts, and private and public grants, the agency provides a wide range of specialized services to educators and their students. Services include early intervention and early childhood special education; K-12 special education; equity training; instructional and school improvement programs for students, educators, child care providers and community members; professional learning networks made up of educators and students that focus on 9th grade success, early learning and school culture and climate; outdoor school; dual-credit, GED and online educational options; and technology, administrative and business services.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/108/131528/Kindergarten_assessment_results.pdf

Plan for opening OR204 (Weston to Elgin Highway) to one lane in the works
ODOT: East. Ore. - 02/13/20 11:56 AM

OR204 (Weston-Elgin Highway) is currently closed from MP 26.7 at Summerville Road to MP 37.4 at Andes Prairie due to slide activity and erosion that has washed out part of the road and shoulders.  Our engineers have been working to determine the extent of highway stability and damages. The goal is to open one lane for passenger vehicles only (under 10,000 GVW) and pilot traffic through the area as soon as it’s safe to do so.  This pilot operation is expected to continue through the winter and spring months, as the road cannot be properly restored until after the snow melts. The weather forecast for the area is predicting another 2 feet of snow this weekend making the evaluation of damage and repairs difficult.

We awarded a contract to restore drainage and protect the remaining road infrastructure and they are starting work today.  

An additional contractor will provide traffic control with pilot car services through the damaged highway section once a safe route through the work zone is identified.  The pilot car operation is complicated by snow removal activities, contractor repair work, and a steep highway grade along the creek with multiple chain up areas.

Please be patient and expect delay of 30-40 minutes, or more, as the work zone is about 10 miles long and winter weather will greatly impact single lane travel. 



Barry Sanders receives a 20 month prison sentence, along with five years of formal probation for repeatedly stealing from retail stores
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/13/20 11:52 AM

February 13, 2020

Barry Sanders receives a 20 month prison sentence, along with five years of formal probation for repeatedly stealing from retail stores

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 58-year-old Barry Sanders – who admitted he has been arrested more than 100 times – received a 20 month prison sentence, which will include five years of formal probation.

“Mr. Sanders is a professional thief with theft convictions over four different decades. This pretrial resolution is two-fold: It ensures Mr. Sanders is held accountable for his repeated thefts that have plagued the retail industry. It also ensures that once he is released, there will be a network ready to support him with intensive services and treatment so that we can hopefully end his historic pattern of committing crime in our community,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer, who prosecuted this case.

After changing his plea to guilty, the court convicted Sanders of two counts of theft in the first degree, and three counts of theft in the second degree.

During Sanders’ five year probation period, he will be prohibited from entering, for any purpose, any Target, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Home Depot or WinCo store. If he does, or if he commits any new crime, Sanders agreed to an additional 26 months of prison being imposed by the court. 

To encourage the court to give Sanders a lesser sentence in this case, and to prove that he will no longer engage in criminal activity, Sanders filed a two page document with the court and admitted and/or agreed to:

  • That he will take advantage of programs presented and available to him;
  • That he has stolen merchandise from stores throughout Portland more than a thousand times but he was caught less than 10% of the time because he is “a talent, professional thief;”
  • That his criminal record supports the fact that he has had “persistent involvement” in the criminal justice system.

Like in all criminal and civil matters, electronic copies of court documents, which are not subject to a protective order, are available to the public through the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

This case was prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit, which reviews cases that stem from neighborhood-specific concerns. The unit is primarily responsible for interfacing with the community over specific issues, and handles all types of cases across the criminal justice spectrum to include misdemeanors and homicides.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Portland Police Bureau, and the loss prevention teams from Target, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Home Depot, and WinCo for their dedicated efforts investigating these cases.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office consulted with representatives of all of the retail stores listed as victims. They all support this pretrial resolution.   



Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131526/PR-20-44-Barry_Sanders.pdf

Albany Police Arrest Shooting Suspect -- Albany Police Case # 20-1192 (Photo)
Albany Police - 02/13/20 10:44 AM
Byrnes, Garrett
Byrnes, Garrett

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 4:21 p.m., Albany Police responded to a male reporting to have been shot.  The incident occurred at an apartment in the 2100 block of SE Geary Street, Albany.  The initial investigation revealed the victim and suspect are roommates.  The two men were identified as 24-year old Bailey Christopher Samuel ( previously reported as Christopher Samuel Bailey) and 21-year old Garrett Stephen Byrnes. 

Prior to the shooting, Samuel and Byrnes were involved in a physical fight inside their apartment.  Sometime after the physical fight, Byrnes obtained a firearm and shot Samuel one time with a .22 caliber handgun.   Both Samuel and Byrnes called 911 to report the shooting, and both men were located at the scene.

Samuel was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis for treatment of his gunshot wound.  Byrnes was arrested without incident and taken to the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon  

Albany Police Detectives are continuting the investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detectives at 541-917-7686.

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Attached Media Files: Byrnes, Garrett

Calling Arts and Crafts Vendors for Battle Ground's Spring Community Craft Fair (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/13/20 10:39 AM

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Parks & Recreation is inviting artists and crafts persons to show and sell their unique creations at the 1st Annual Spring Community Craft Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Battle Ground Community Center.  

The event is designed to showcase the hand and homemade work of local artisans and will not include direct sales.  The Battle Ground Community Center (912 East Main Street in Battle Ground, WA) is located in the city’s historic Old Town district, known for its vintage and artisan shops, and distinctive restaurants. 

Vendor space at the Community Craft Fair is available for $35 and $55 depending on the preferred space size and access to power.  The event will be open from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on April 4, 2020.   

A vendor application, with detailed information, is available online at www.cityofbg.org/809/Spring-Community-Craft-Fair.   Vendors should submit the application by March 15, 2020 to reserve their spot; space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first served basis.  Community Center staff is available at 360-342-5380 to answer any questions. 



The City of Battle Ground, located in the heart of Clark County, WA serves 21,520 residents.  The surrounding natural beauty, access to recreation activities, and close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area make Battle Ground a desirable place to live and has created a period of considerable growth. The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government and provides vital public services such as police, planning and development, roads, parks, utilities and others. City leaders operate under guiding principles that were created with community input through a recent visioning process. More information about the City, including a list of its guiding principles can be found at www.cityofbg.org.



Attached Media Files: 2020-02/2812/131523/Graphic_-_Community_Craft_Fair_April_2020_(2).png

Firefighters Compete to Raise Money for Cancer Research
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/13/20 10:00 AM

Happy Valley, ORE – Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighters will compete in the “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stairclimb” in Seattle, WA on March 8, 2020 to raise money in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The team of 15 Clackamas firefighters will join 1,900 firefighters from around the world in climbing 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center.  Firefighters will be wearing their full gear, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), jacket, helmet, gloves and face mask.

While the stairclimb is a fun and challenging competition, the real joy comes from the fundraising aspect of the event. All proceeds from fundraising efforts go to support blood cancer research of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Clackamas firefighters will be holding a fundraising raffle event and invite the public to come support the stairclimb team and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Valley Growlers: 15735 SE Happy Valley Town Center Drive, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Raffle Details:

  • $1 raffle tickets (all sales go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
  • Raffle prizes from Ace Hardware, Benchmade, Black Rock Coffee, Fred Meyer, Killer Burger, Orange Theory Fitness, Peet’s Coffee, Starbucks, StarCycle and many more.

For additional information on this event, please contact Clackamas Fire District #1’s Public Information Officer, Capt. Brandon Paxton at: randon.paxton@clackamasfire.com">brandon.paxton@clackamasfire.com or 503.294.3555.



Attached Media Files: Stairclimb Fundraiser Flyer

Repeat Offender Sentenced To 90 Months In Federal Prison For Distributing Methamphetamine
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/13/20 9:54 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Timothy Ray Vance, 54, of Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Marion County.

Vance has a long criminal history dating back to 1983. Vance served more than 20 years in prison after being convicted in Marion County Circuit Court in 1994 on two counts of robbery, two counts of burglary, and one count each of kidnapping and theft.

Two months after completing post-prison supervision, in August 2018, Vance was found to be involved in a large methamphetamine distribution network. By October 2018, investigators discovered the network’s source of supply and at least one informant who revealed they had purchased methamphetamine from Vance on ten different occasions.  A different informant told investigators that on one occasion, Vance sold them one pound of methamphetamine for $3,200.

In February 2019, Salem Police Department executed a search warrant on Vance’s residence. Investigators located 62.7 grams of methamphetamine, $2,780 in cash, drug packaging materials, and two handguns. Vance was placed under arrest and later released.

In March 2019, investigators learned that Vance was dealing methamphetamine out of a Salem hotel room. Officers conducted a traffic stop of Vance after obtaining a search warrant on his vehicle. During the search, they found 443 grams of methamphetamine, $1,500 in cash, and two additional firearms.

On November 11, 2019, Vance pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. As part of his plea agreement, Vance agreed to abandon four firearms used to facilitate his crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Salem Police Department. It was prosecuted by Lewis S. Burkhart, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Make your future at CCC's Maker Academy (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/13/20 9:53 AM
Attend the Clackamas Community College Maker Academy to become a CNC operator.
Attend the Clackamas Community College Maker Academy to become a CNC operator.

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College is launching a new Industrial Technology Maker Academy for those ages 17-29. Over the course of two days, participants will be exposed to one of the most in-demand and growing fields in the manufacturing industry, as well as gain hands-on experience to assist them in exploring new careers.

The Maker Academy will showcase computer numerical-control (CNC) machining and how it is used in advanced manufacturing. Students will learn about cutting-edge technologies and skills in CNC operations, 3D printing and digital design. The academy is March 6 and 13, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Those who complete the academy will be invited to join the college’s tuition-free CNC operator training program. Candidates who complete the 11-week training will be considered for hire as machinist/CNC operators with some of the best companies in the area. Starting wages for CNC machine operators are $16-20 an hour.

“Our CNC operator training program has proven results in getting students jobs, internships and apprenticeships,” Tom Brown, CCC workforce advisor, said. “We connect candidates with employment trainings, career coaching, job preparation support and other resources.”

Attend an orientation to learn more. Orientations will be held at the Industrial Technology Center in Oregon City on the following dates and times:

  • Feb. 20, 10-11 a.m.
  • Feb. 25, 3-4 p.m.
  • Feb. 28, 1-2 p.m.

To register for the orientation, visit eclackamasevents@eventbrite.com">techhireclackamasevents.eventbrite.com.  

The Maker Academy is made possible through TechHire Clackamas, which is a U.S. Department of Labor grant to help young adults acquire education and training to qualify for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing and technology. TechHire can provide financial assistance and support services to those who are ages 17-29 and qualify for assistance.

For more information, call 503-594-3956 or email e@clackamas.edu">techhire@clackamas.edu. Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.


Attached Media Files: Attend the Clackamas Community College Maker Academy to become a CNC operator.

County manager seeks Telecommunications Commission applicants
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/13/20 9:50 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants with an interest in government and educational access television and cable television franchising to fill four positions on the volunteer city/county Telecommunications Commission. 

The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Council and Vancouver City Council on matters related to cable television and telecommunications issues. It makes reports, monitors compliance with city and county cable franchise agreements, and establishes rules and regulations regarding cable television and associated telecommunications issues. The commission also serves as an advisory body during cable franchise renewal negotiations with the cable operator.

The commission meets three to four times per year on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St. 

All four positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not reapply for their positions. The terms are three years. Two begin April 1, one position begins May 1 and one begins July 1. Applicants must be Clark County residents. 

To be considered, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applicants also can send information by email to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov or by fax to 360.397.6058.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020.

Permit Center closed all day March 13; new hours of operation begin March 18
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/13/20 9:11 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Permit Center will be closed for staff training on Friday, March 13. The Permit Center will have new hours of operation on Wednesdays beginning March 18. The new hours will be 8 am to noon.

The center will continue to be open 8 am to 3 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

While the Permit Center is closed on March 13, all other Community Development offices and services located on the third and fourth floors of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. will remain open during regular business hours. For more information, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development.

The one-day closure and new hours for Wednesdays are part of the county’s continued efforts to increase efficiencies and improve customer service within the Permit Center.

“During the closure staff will work on code training, program communication and team building,” said Mike Curtis, Permit Center manager. “The new hours of operations on Wednesdays will give staff time to process reviews and applications and stay caught up on workload.”

To learn more about applying for building permits in Clark County visit the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/permit-center.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Relocates Lloyd Center Branch to Enhance Member Experience
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 02/13/20 9:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore., February 13, 2020 — OnPoint Community Credit Union announced today it will relocate its Lloyd Center branch on March 9, 2020 to enhance members’ experience.

“Delivering a great experience for OnPoint members is so important to us,” said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Relocating to a new, more modern facility is an investment we make to ensure we offer members the latest in financial technology, convenient access, and a comfortable environment to conduct their business. We look forward to welcoming the community to the new location of our oldest branch.”  

As OnPoint’s first branch, the Lloyd Center location is an iconic part of the credit union’s history and serves many members. It will relocate from its original Irvington District location (1720 NE 9th Ave. Portland OR, 97212) to its new location at Lloyd Center Mall (1100 NE Weidler St., Portland, OR 97232).  The final day of operations at the old branch will be March 7, 2020.

OnPoint’s new Lloyd Center Branch will include a modernized branch design, better accessibility, larger restrooms, improved member seating, a new training center for member and staff seminars, and more onsite parking. Members visiting the new Lloyd Center Branch will be able to open an account, apply for a loan, speak with a Mortgage or Investment specialist, make ATM deposits, and use the coin machine and notary Services. Lloyd Center continues to be managed by Elaine Pratt who has 45 years of experience in the banking industry. She has been at OnPoint since 2006 as the Vice President and Lloyd Center Branch Manager. 

“Members will notice a difference from the moment they pull into our new parking lot,” said Pratt. “Having spent my entire OnPoint career managing this branch, I have gotten to know our members very well. I know they will enjoy the many new resources and conveniences this new location will provide. I look forward to sharing our new location with our members.”

OnPoint will host a grand opening celebration for the new Lloyd Center Branch on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Members and the community will be invited to enjoy refreshments, entertainment and promotions. At the event, OnPoint will present a $5,000 donation to The Children’s Book Bank, which works to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.
“In the words of Christian Robinson, illustrator of the children’s book Last Stop on Market Street, ‘When children see themselves and their experiences reflected in books, they are being sent a message that their story matters and that they matter,” said Danielle Swope, Founder and Executive Director, The Children’s Book Bank. “OnPoint’s $5,000 donation to The Children’s Book Bank adds 1,650 culturally diverse and inclusive books to our shelves and ensures 825 students in Portland (that’s every student at two schools!) will have the affirming, validating experience of seeing themselves and their friends reflected in the books they get to choose at our free pre-summer book fairs. We truly appreciate OnPoint’s commitment to children and families in our community and for their continued volunteer and financial support of our mission.” 

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 392,000 members and with assets of $6.3 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at: 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.


Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice -- February 19, 2020
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 02/13/20 8:09 AM

The February Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Tualatin Valley Water District Board Room, 1850 SW 170th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97003

The Board meeting agenda and packet and additional information regarding TVWD are available here.

About TVWD

TVWD serves about 215,500 customers in parts of Washington County, Oregon. Our service area covers more than 44 square miles including portions of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and unincorporated Washington County.

TVWD is the managing agency for the Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS), an additional water supply for the region which is being constructed in partnership with the City of Hillsboro and the City of Beaverton. The WWSS includes intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant and two storage reservoirs. The system will deliver fresh, high-quality, treated water from the Willamette River to 400,000 Washington County residents and businesses, and is being built to the highest seismic safety standard to recover quickly after a major earthquake. The investments in the system will provide reliable, quality drinking water for generations to come.

Public's Help Sought to Identify 2019 Sex Assault Suspect - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #20-3 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/13/20 8:00 AM
The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect in a July 2019 sexual assault investigation.

On July 5, 2019, at approximately 3:36 a.m., Portland Police officers contacted a woman in her 30s who was the victim of a sexual assault that occurred in the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and Grant Street.

Detectives obtained surveillance video from the area showing the suspect, described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, 6'00" tall, skinny build, gray hair, with a receding hairline and ponytail.

Surveillance images of the suspect are being released to aid in this investigation.

For investigative reasons, no other details are being released by detectives.

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

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5183/131515/CS_20-3_Suspect.jpg

Celebrate 11 years of Oregon's Scenic Bikeways at Oregon Capitol Feb. 24
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/20 8:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program is celebrating 11 years of beautiful bike routes 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Capitol Galleria. The free event is open to the public and will feature cookies, videos, guest speakers and information on the 17 scenic bikeway routes throughout Oregon.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to collaborating with our partners to promote more routes that inspire people to experience Oregon’s natural and cultural beauty by bicycle,” said MG Devereux, deputy director for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

Guest remarks will begin at noon. Speakers this year include Devereux, Stephen Hatfield, outdoor recreation manager for Travel Oregon, and a member of the Scenic Bikeways Committee.

The Scenic Bikeways Program launched in 2009 and is a partnership between OPRD, Oregon Department of Transportation, Travel Oregon and Cycle Oregon. It is the first and only program of its kind in the United States.

Since 2009, OPRD has designated 17 Scenic Bikeways throughout Oregon, covering 1,253 miles. The newest route, Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway, was designated in 2018.

Scenic Bikeways are nominated by local communities and designated based on scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Route difficulties vary—some are beginner friendly while others will challenge veteran riders—and each passes a through a distinct Oregon landscape.

Over the last decade, Scenic Bikeways have proven to be a boon for local communities: a study published by Travel Oregon found that in 2014, Scenic Bikeway cyclists spent $6.9 million on accommodations and food services, and $5.3 million on retail. The spending supported over 150 local community jobs with earnings of approximately $3.4 million.

Explore the various routes and learn more about the program on the Travel Oregon Scenic Bikeways webpage.

ATV Grant Subcommittee meets February 26-27 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/20 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Grant Subcommittee will meet at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Mill Creek Meeting Room, Best Western-Mill Creek Inn 3125 Ryan Drive SE, Salem. The meetings are open to the public.  

On Feb. 26, the Subcommittee will review program updates in the morning, then hear grant request presentations beginning 12:20 p.m. Presentations will continue Feb. 27, beginning 8 a.m. and concluding later that morning. The Subcommittee will then tally final presentation scores and prepare their recommendations.

View the full two-day meeting agenda online on the state ATV website.

The Subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director, who will then refer the recommendations to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final approval.

Grant requests for 2020 include projects related to: ATV operation and maintenance, law enforcement, development, and emergency medical services.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals who require special accommodations to attend should contact Ian Caldwell, OPRD ATV program coordinator, at least three days in advance: Ian.Caldwell@oregon.gov or 541-410-5512.

Wed. 02/12/20
Albany Police Investigate Shooting -- Albany Police Case # 20-1192
Albany Police - 02/12/20 6:26 PM

On Wednesday, January 12, 2020, at 4:21 p.m., Albany Police responded to a male reporting to have been shot.  The incident occurred at an apartment in the 2100 block of SE Geary Street, Albany.  Upon arrival at the scene, police located both the victim and suspect involved in the incident. The initial investigation has revealed the victim and suspect are roommates. 

Albany Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported 24-year old Christopher Samuel Bailey to a local area hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.  Albany Police detained the suspect, 21-year old Garret Stephen Byrnes, outside the apartment, without incident.

Albany Police Detectives are assisting with the investigation and no other information is available at this time.    

Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Department, 541-917-7680.

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*** Update to Fatal Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian ***
Keizer Police Dept. - 02/12/20 6:01 PM

Keizer Police Incident # 20-500

The woman killed in the crash was identified as 52-year-old Sharon Rene Pritchard, who recently resided at various locations in the Salem/Keizer area. No further information is expected to be released in this case, but anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Officer Martin Powell at 503-390-3713.

Western Oregon University activates dedicated resources to help Concordia students finish their degrees (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/12/20 5:42 PM
Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University (WOU) has created a dedicated team to support Concordia students with WOU employees from areas including Graduate Programs, Admissions, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Housing and more. WOU is striving to be the most affordable transfer opportunity for Concordia students and offers personalized support to help students find pathways to graduation.


Any current undergraduate or graduate Concordia student who can show current attendance and any student admitted for fall 2020 who can provide a Concordia acceptance letter will be automatically admitted to WOU after completing the application; the application fee will be waived. Any undergraduate student transferring from Concordia or who had been accepted for fall 2020 admission to Concordia will receive at least $1,000 toward WOU tuition. Students must add WOU’s school code (003209) to their FAFSA/ORSA and/or scholarship application (March 1 deadline) and may be eligible for more financial assistance.


"At Western, we understand that Concordia students might be feeling uncertain and worried about the future. WOU is a good fit for Concordia students because of our many similarities, from our academic programs to our average class size," said WOU President Rex Fuller. "This is why we have created a dedicated team to support these students through this transition. We want to assure Concordia students that we will create a path for them to achieve the education they envisioned."


For students interested in transferring from Concordia, there are conversions that translate Concordia’s semester schedule to WOU’s quarter schedule. Plus, any Concordia student from Washington or other western states will qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) rate, which provides students from specific states a special tuition rate of 150% of WOU’s in-state tuition. The WUE rate is lower than Concordia’s tuition and WOU does not require a WUE application. The university does not restrict academic programs that the WUE rate can be used toward.


Of Concordia’s 15 undergraduate majors and five graduate programs, WOU offers many of those undergraduate majors and two graduate programs, including: biology, business, elementary education, secondary education, exercise and sport science, psychology, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education. WOU offers several minors in the same areas as Concordia, as well as an A.B. in Liberal Studies degree for adult degree completion. WOU’s criminal justice program would work well for Concordia’s students interested in homeland security, and the new master’s in organizational leadership may be a good fit for some of their Master of Business Administration students.


In addition to similarities in academic offerings, there are numerous commonalities between WOU and Concordia:

  • We are the only two NCAA Division II universities in Oregon.
  • Both universities are of a similar size, which leads to similar faculty-to-student ratios.
  • WOU and Concordia have a long history in training educators and offer extensive teacher education programs.
  • The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits both WOU and Concordia.
  • Both universities offer extensive services to support students.


A major area where the universities diverge is in cost. WOU is among the most affordable universities in Oregon with tuition and housing for Oregon residents at about half the total cost of Concordia’s sticker price.


“For Concordia graduate students, particularly those in teacher education programs, Western Oregon University will waive the transfer credit restriction,” said Dr. Linda Stonecipher, interim dean of graduate studies and research. “In addition, WOU will waive the application fee and provide a $1,000 award to graduate students, just as we are for undergraduates."


WOU operates with rolling admissions, so Concordia students can apply at any time. The dedicated Admissions team members who are supporting Concordia students will process applications quickly to ensure the students have time to complete a scholarship application for fall 2020. Scholarship applications are due March 1 and can be completed after a student has been admitted.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 75 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.


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Attached Media Files: Western Oregon University

Lincoln City Police Department Update on Police K-9 Fundraising Operation (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 02/12/20 5:01 PM
K-9 Challenge Coin
K-9 Challenge Coin

The members of the Lincoln City Police Department are pleased to announce that the fundraising efforts for the departments K-9 program has successfully reached its initial goal of $75,000.00. We would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all the citizens, businesses and organizations who so generously donated to the fund raising efforts for the department to obtain and implement a K-9 program. The response and support from the public has been phenomenal and we sincerely appreciate the generosity from our community members and businesses, as well as those outside the community who stepped up and made this program happen. A special thank you is also offered to Meredith Lodging along with Oksenholt Capital, who put out a matching funds challenge that helped push the fundraising efforts up to and over the initial goal. Their media information letter is attached along with this media release.    

With the initial fundraising goal reached, the department will be beginning the process of selecting an officer to be the K-9 handler and then going through the process of selecting the right K-9 for our intended mission. The process of matching a handler and K-9 and having them complete the required training is expected to take several more months before the K-9 team will patrolling our streets.   

Donations toward the K-9 program will continue to be accepted and used towards the continued maintenance of the K-9 program in general. Donations can be made to the program in the following ways: through a Go Fund Me account at https://www.gofundme.com/lincoln-city-k9-program-fund, or at www.lincolncityk9.com. Donations can also be mailed to the Lincoln City Police Department, Attention K-9 Fund, 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City, OR, 97367.   

 The Lincoln City Police Department would again like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of those who have already supported and donated to the Lincoln City Police Department K-9 program. If you have any questions about K-9 Fund donations or the K-9 program in general please contact the Lincoln City Police Department at 541-994-3636 and we would be glad to talk with you.   

Submitted By:    Sergeant Jeffrey Winn


                                   Meredith Lodging Announces Funding is Complete for the Lincoln City

                                                                             Police K-9 Project

Lincoln City, OR.  Meredith Lodging (along with Oksenholt Capital) announced this week that they have completed their announced matching gifts campaign and fully funded the Lincoln City Police K-9 project. The mission of the Lincoln City Police K-9 Project is to promote a positive relationship between the community and the Lincoln City Police Department through education on the modern day use of the Law Enforcement K-9. The matching funds effort, launched by Meredith Lodging in the late Fall, raised $20,000 to complete program funding.

 Aaron Linfoot, Vice President for Meredith Lodging shared, “We are so proud to be part of a community that comes together around good causes that benefit all of us, like the Lincoln City Police K-9 project. Once we announced the matching funds campaign, and the end of year deadline, local citizens really stepped up and we met our goal in late December. Meredith Lodging continues to be committed to investing in the success of the communities where our employees live and work, and where our Meredith Lodging Owners have homes.”

"We are thrilled that this important effort is fully funded and so grateful to the community of Lincoln City and to Meredith Lodging for stepping up to make it happen,” commented Officer Holly Blakely, who is leading up the project for the Lincoln City Police. “Now we can formally launch the program and begin to benefit the local community with a stronger K-9 protection program.”

The fully funded program will cover the cost of K-9 handler courses and certifications, as well as necessary equipment for the dog, such as K-9 vests, transportation equipment and a kennel.  All details of the program can be seen at https://lincolncityk9.com

Meredith Lodging is an award-winning provider of hundreds of premier vacation homes along the Oregon Coast and in Bend and Sunriver. Meredith Lodging also operates Oregon destination and resort communities Bella Beach ResortOliva Beach Rentals and Mt. Bachelor Village. The company serves vacation home Owners and Guests out of their regional headquarters in Lincoln City and Bend as well as their staffed physical offices in Waldport, Depoe Bay, Neskowin, Pacific City, Manzanita, Seaside and Sunriver. Meredith Lodging’s vacation home collection can be seen at www.meredithlodging.com .



Attached Media Files: K-9 Challenge Coin

Damage assessment continues in Umatilla County; Reporting deadline approaches - support available
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/12/20 4:47 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

Key messages for Wednesday, Feb. 12:

  • Damage, business and agricultural loss reports are due by noon Thursday, Feb. 13. Details on filing reports below.
  • A Multi Agency Resource Center will be open at Pendleton Convention Center from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 to provide those impacted by the flood with face-to-face assistance on a number of topics including damage reporting, health, housing, clothing, insurance, pets and other services.
  • The Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14, for people in the north county area to get assistance on damage reporting forms and connect to other resources.
  • Damage assessment continues with a focus on the Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River area and Umatilla River-Bingham Road area. Teams are deployed to connect with people who may not have access to other resources and to do additional damage assessment in the area.
  • The American Red Cross overnight shelter in Pendleton is moving from the convention center to the Pendleton Armory tonight, Feb. 12.
  • Team Rubicon is deploying 40 volunteers for recovery efforts.

Additional information for Feb. 12:

Flood response operations have fully transitioned from search and rescue to recovery mode, focusing on damage assessment and cleanup. Additional support is rolling in.

Umatilla County needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood regarding three elements of losses. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resources needs of our communities. Some people affected by the flood may need to fill out multiple forms depending on the nature of their losses.

These reports include:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses.
  2. Business economic losses.
  3. Agriculture losses.

To find the forms and instructions for reporting damages, go to the Umatilla County website, scroll down to the flood link for access to all the documents: co.umatilla.or.us

Businesses and individuals who need assistance completing or submitting reports may reach out to the following locations during business hours:

  • Pendleton City Hall
  • Milton-Freewater Public Library
  • Umatilla Public Library
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Umatilla County Courthouse
  • Umatilla County Milton-Freewater Extension Office
  • Echo City Hall
  • Weston City Hall

or call the Umatilla County Flood Information Line: 541-966-3671.

Umatilla County deputies, local search and rescue volunteers and members of the Oregon State Fire Marshalls office are performing boots-on-the-ground information gathering in areas where additional information is needed to fully understand the impacts of the flood. These teams are talking to residents about the flood impacts, connecting them to resources, advising on the need to complete damage report forms, and more. Teams are assigned to the following areas:

  • Along the Umatilla River – Bingham Road area (2 teams)
  • Milton-Freewater area on the Walla Walla River, up the north and south forks (2 teams)
  • In the Mill Creek area near the Oregon/Washington border

The American Red Cross has been instrumental in caring for folks impacted by the flood. (NOTE: the Pendleton shelter is moving to the Pendleton Armory tonight.) Here are numbers on assistance provided by the Red Cross:

  • Last night, a family of four was sheltered in Walla Walla at the fairgrounds.
  • 19 people were sheltered at the Pendleton Convention Center.
  • 250 people have registered for services.
  • Over 250 people have registered for services including clothing, food, housing, and more.
  • Red Cross, with support from the Salvation Army, is providing about 200 meals a day on average.

Team Rubicon has deployed over 40 volunteers. These volunteers are the veterans, former emergency responders and other volunteers who will be on the ground to assist with muck-out/clean-up, debris removal and much more.

Cash Donations: Cash donations are being accepted by three local community organizations

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). Donate through the website. 800-752-1139
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Donate through the website. 509-529-4371
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Send a check to: CTUIR (Attn: Accounts Receivable), 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801
  • County roads and highways: Many roads and highways remain closed. Use TripCheck.com for the most recent details.



Open house for Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park set for Feb. 26
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/12/20 4:15 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Neighbors and community members are invited to come learn about plans for a new community park on Northeast 29th Avenue – Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park.

Public Works staff will host an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 NE 78th Street, Vancouver. Those interested in attending can stop by anytime during the event to discuss the project, ask questions of county staff, and offer comments and suggestions.

County staff completed a preliminary design with the help of public feedback in 2009. Shortly after, the project was put on hold due to the economic downturn at the time. Now, with a more sustainable funding structure in place, county staff is reinvigorating the public outreach process and wants to hear from neighbors about preferred elements of the designated park uses.

More information can be found on the county’s website https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/kozy-kamp-neighborhood-park.


395th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/12/20 4:06 PM

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 395th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 395 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.  Chief John Teague with the Keizer Police Department will be the speaker. 

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP395 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Graduating members of BP395:


Police Officer Mohamed Afdup

Portland Police Bureau


Deputy Sheriff Kyle Beam

Columbia County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Tristian Brown

Douglas County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Nathan Diebel

Corvallis Police Department


Police Officer Joshua Garvin

Forest Grove Police Department


Police Officer Sara Gibbons

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Bradley Hans

Keizer Police Department


Police Officer Jared Hansen

McMinnville Police Department


Police Officer Cleo Harvey

Medford Police Department


Police Officer Jefferey Hillhouse

Molalla Police Department


Police Officer Mason Hirahara

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer David Interian-Pacho

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Harrison Jarrett

Corvallis Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Todd Kibble

Washington County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Karly Kuiper

Portland Police Bureau


Deputy Sheriff Darryl Lewis

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Kyle Lipscomb

Medford Police Department


Police Officer Jonathan Lorenz

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Bryan Lucero

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Ruben Martinez

Monmouth Police Department


Police Officer Christopher Moreland

Albany Police Department


Police Officer Scott Nado

Bend Police Department


Police Officer Felipe Pedro-Lopez

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Daphne Plumeau

Forest Grove Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Rachael Poore

Linn County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Kaitlyn Scott

Forest Grove Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Isaac Shumaker

Polk County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Nautique Simpson

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Gerbis Soler-Gonzalez

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Christopher Sparks

Coos Bay Police Department


Police Officer Andrew Taylor

Dallas Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Joshua Tribby

Marion County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Cassidy Walters

Central Point Police Department


Police Officer Douglas Wheeler

Rainier Police Department


Police Officer Ian Wingo

Lebanon Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Nathan Witherspoon

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Kyle Witty

Union County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, 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.

Letter from WLPD Chief Kruger
West Linn Police Dept. - 02/12/20 4:01 PM


As anyone would expect based on the articles published over the past couple of days, many are deeply troubled and angered. I too feel the full weight of this. As the incoming Chief, I want to assure you that the current West Linn Police Department is composed of honorable, ethical and dedicated servants of this community who serve with integrity. I would like to provide you with perspective that may assist in lessening some of your heartfelt outrage at the information you have read.

In the three years that have transpired since the investigation into the business dealings of Mr. Michael Fesser, much at this Police Department has changed. The former Chief, Captain and Lieutenant involved, no longer work here. Three Sergeants, one Detective and thirteen Officers have also left service from the City of West Linn in that same timeframe; all in a department of 30 sworn personnel. Prior to my arrival, Tony Reeves was promoted to sergeant and two new officers were hired by former Captain Neil Hennelly in his capacity as the Acting Chief of Police.  

In the twenty months that I have been the Chief, I have promoted two new Captains, two Sergeants and two Detectives, along with the hiring of six new Police Officers, a new Evidence Technician and Community Service Officer. Additionally, two Police Officer candidates have accepted job offers and are starting employment March 2nd. I have also implemented new and additional training department wide, focusing on implicit bias, diversity and procedural justice. The officers here are on a strong path of ethical policing and fair and equitable service to all members of the public.

The Clackamas County District Attorney’s office announced today, a full investigation into the actions from three years ago as concern Mr. Fesser and the West Linn Police Department. In light of the recently released transcripts produced through depositions taken after our internal disciplinary investigation was completed, we welcome this investigation with full cooperation and acceptance. Today I placed Sergeant Tony Reeves (the only remaining member of the West Linn Police Department associated with the Fesser case) on paid administrative leave, pending the final outcome of Clackamas County District Attorney’s investigation.


Terry Kruger

Chief of Police

Health Share of Oregon Public Meeting Announcement: Joint Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council Meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 02/12/20 3:55 PM


Wednesday, February 19, 2020


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Asian Health & Services Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR 97266


Available online prior to each meeting

(Portland, OR) – Health Share of Oregon’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council will host a joint meeting open to the public. The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Asian Health & Service Center.

The Council and staff will provide updates on Health Share’s 2019-2024 community health improvement plan, and staff will provide an overview of Health Share’s Health Equity Plan. Health Share’s Board and Council host a joint, public meeting each quarter. This meeting will welcome two new Board and Council members, as well as Health Share’s incoming CEO, James Schroeder, PA-C, MPAS.

The meeting is open to the public and Oregon Health Plan members are encouraged to attend.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Language translation services will also be provided as needed. Those needing accommodations should contact Maria Tafolla at ia@healthshareoregon.org">maria@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-3668 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Health Share of Oregon Public Meeting Announcement: Joint Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council Meeting

News Release: Boones Ferry restoration and bridge project to benefit fish, wildlife, people; full road closure starts in late March for up to seven months (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/12/20 3:51 PM
Map of Boones Ferry detour at Tryon Creek
Map of Boones Ferry detour at Tryon Creek

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services is beginning a restoration and bridge-building project on Tryon Creek at SW Boones Ferry Road to restore healthy water flows to the creek and improve connections for fish, wildlife, and people.

Environmental Services advises the traveling public that construction of the project’s main feature – a 125-foot-long steel girder bridge -  will involve lane closures later this month on SW Boones Ferry Road near SW Arnold Street, and a full road closure starting in late March for up to seven months.

During lane closures, flaggers will be on site; people are asked to travel cautiously, expect some delays, observe directions of reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes when possible.

For the full closure, travelers are advised to use a recommended detour that directs Boones Ferry Road travelers to use SW Stephenson Street and SW 35th to reach SW Terwilliger Boulevard. The closure will be in effect all hours, all days, to all travelers, including non-motorized use. Local access will be provided.

To build the bridge, crews will remove a section of the road as well as an aging culvert underneath the roadbed. That culvert has been a longtime obstacle that blocks native fish and prevents healthy water flow, leading to erosion and storm surges along the creek.  

Crews will also build a pedestrian and wildlife trail under the bridge and along the creek that connects with the area’s existing popular trail network.

“The culvert was a barrier, the bridge will be a connector,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan, “Instead of squeezing the creek into a dark corrugated pipe, the bridge will allow one of the Portland’s healthiest streams to flow freely, unlocking upstream and downstream habitat for fish.  For people and wildlife, the trail alongside the creek will create a safe pathway that connects to Southwest Portland’s extensive trail network. We thank the community for its partnership in helping us design a project that benefits both people and wildlife.”

“Community groups have been long time advocates for this project, and we are particularly delighted by the steel girder bridge solution. Walking under the bridge will be much safer than walking over SW Boones Ferry Road,” said Hans Steuch, a volunteer with SW Trails and a member of the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association.

Tryon Creek is considered one of Portland’s healthiest streams, and is home to native cutthroat trout, Pacific lamprey, and other native fish. The larger watershed is home to beaver, deer and other wildlife. The Boones Ferry Road culvert is one of two major fish passage barriers on the mainstem of Tryon Creek. The other is a culvert near the mouth of the creek at Highway 43 where it connects with the Willamette River. Planning is underway for that Highway 43 culvert to be removed, which would open Tryon Creek’s prime habitat for endangered Willamette River salmon and steelhead.

In addition to bridge and trail construction, therestoration project will install large wood and rock in key areas of the creek to reduce erosion and improve water quality and fish habitat. Crews under contract to Environmental Services will remove about 100 trees in the bridge construction zone, with many being reused to create wildlife habitat on the site; crews will also plant 6,050 shrubs, more than 3,000 plants, and more than 600 tree seedlings

The SW Boones Ferry Bridge and Restoration Project cost is $8.8 million, with the majority being funded by Environmental Services. Metro is providing a $650,000 grant through its Nature in the Neighborhood program.

Other project partners are: Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Water Bureau, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, and community groups including Tryon Creek Watershed Council, SW Trails PDX, Friends of Tryon Creek State Park,  SWNI Transportation Committee,  Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association and adjacent and nearby property owners.

 Updates will be provided, including the exact date of the full closure. Schedules may change due to a variety of factors, including weather, conditions underground, and other unforeseen events.

 More photos may be found at Flickr.  See the project video and find more information at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/boonesferry.


The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and @BESPortland.

Attached Media Files: Map of Boones Ferry detour at Tryon Creek , Boones Ferry culvert in Tryon Creek

Vancouver house fire displaces a family (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 02/12/20 2:59 PM

Shortly before 11:30 Vancouver fire was sent to 5200 NE 85th ave for a house fire. Crews found fire showing from the front of the 2 story duplex on the first floor when they arrived. There were no injuries reported and no one was home at the time of the fire, the home suffered extensive heat damage throughout. The family is being assisted by the Red Cross for housing. 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5157/131503/70B79623-4FDE-4CEC-8845-7999FE63FBC4.jpeg , 2020-02/5157/131503/153132C6-E423-4E5B-905E-70DE52BBA2DA.jpeg

PPB Announces Name Changes of Units/Divisions
Portland Police Bureau - 02/12/20 2:22 PM
The Portland Police Bureau has renamed units/divisions within its organizational structure and wants to make the public aware of these changes to avoid any confusion.

In 2019, the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) was placed under the command of the Tactical Operations Division (TOD). Operationally, this has no effect to the mission of DVD which is and will continue to be to conduct high level criminal investigations designed to dismantle and disrupt illegal drug trafficking organizations operating within and adjacent to the City of Portland with the goal of reducing the public harm caused through the sales and use of illegal narcotics.

To be more aligned with the mission, however, the Police Bureau has renamed the unit to Narcotics and Organized Crime (NOC).

In addition, the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team, Violation Restraining Order/Gun Dispossession Detail and the Elder Crimes and Vulnerable Adults Unit will collectively be renamed the Special Victims Unit. In the past six years, the responsibilities of these units which are under the Family Services Division have been expanded to serve the needs of these communities. The name change was made to better reflect the duties of this division and be in alignment with similarly composed police investigative units nationally.

To see a copy of the Bureau's organizational chart, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/744538


Clark County Sheriff's Office responds to stabbing incident
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/12/20 2:06 PM

On 2/12/2020 Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon at a residence in the area of 270th Ave and NE 236th St. An investigation by deputies revealed a verbal argument escalated into a stabbing with a knife. The victim was located with life threatening stab wounds and lacerations to the neck area and outer extremities. The victim was treated on scene by emergency medical personnel and transported to an area hospital.

Forty four year old Rima McQuestion was arrested for Attempted Homicide and booked into the Clark County Jail. Investigation is ongoing.

ATV Advisory Committee meets Feb. 26 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/12/20 2:00 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Committee will meet 10:45 - 11:50 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Mill Creek Meeting Room, Best Western-Mill Creek Inn, 3125 Ryan Drive SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.  

The sole agenda item is a review of legislative concepts, including ATV Safety Cards, the new Class IV ATV designation and highway access routes. View the full agenda online on the state ATV website.

The ATV Advisory Committee consists of 17 members who represent various state and federal agencies along with several user groups.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Jeff Trejo, OPRD ATV safety education coordinator, at least 72 hours in advance: ejo@oregon.gov">jeff.trejo@oregon.gov or 503-986-0585.

Residents can explore historical trash and stories it tells at free event
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/12/20 1:56 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The garbage a community leaves behind tells a story – often saying more about the people than the items they keep. Clark County residents are invited to learn more about the stories told by waste, including historical trash unearthed at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, at a free event this month.

Dr. Douglas Wilson, chief archaeologist with the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver, will lead a discussion about garbology – the study of a community or culture by analyzing its waste. Wilson will discuss the differences between modern trash and historical trash, tying in examples of items thrown away at the Fort Vancouver site. The discussion will challenge attendees to think about the story their waste would tell if analyzed 200 years from now.

The free event is 6 pm Friday, Feb. 28 at Vancouver Community Library Columbia Room, 901 C St. The event will kick off the annual WasteBusters challenge – a 20-day competition to reduce waste and promote sustainable living.

The event will include light refreshments, giveaways and a raffle to win a zero-waste starter kit, beeswax food wrap or a reusable bag.

WasteBusters registration open

Registration for the annual WasteBusters challenge is now open. Residents can join the challenge, which runs Feb. 28 through March 18, as individuals or in groups.

Residents sign up for the free competition online and pledge to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills by taking at least one of three waste-busting actions:

  • Reduce paper waste in the kitchen by switching from single-use paper towels and napkins to cloth alternatives.
  • Reduce plastic packaging waste by bringing a waste-free lunch to work or school three days or more a week.
  • Reduce food waste by not allowing any purchased food to spoil or be thrown away.

Participants can earn points throughout the competition by attending events, completing weekly challenges and answering prompts. Top point-earners are eligible for prizes, including an indoor smart garden and an Instant Pot.

For more about the challenge and pledges, and to reserve a spot at the Feb. 28 kickoff event, visit the WasteBusters website.

The WasteBusters challenge is sponsored by Public Health’s Green Neighbors program.

Oregon OSHA faults, fines companies in fatal accident at site of music festival (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/12/20 1:51 PM
Accident photo
Accident photo

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA has issued $31,000 in fines against two companies for safety violations following an investigation of a boom lift accident that killed two workers at the site of the Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley.

The division’s investigation of the Aug. 8, 2019, accident found Pickathon LLC and GuildWorks LLC – a subcontractor to Pickathon LLC – failed to follow safety rules governing the operation of a boom lift. Those rules included keeping safety alarm devices activated and heeding the manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instructions for the machine.

“It is an employer’s responsibility to make sure that safety rules are followed for the very purpose of protecting workers from such tragedies,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “This is a time to pause and remember that two people died, leaving behind family and friends. And it is a time to remind ourselves that this accident was entirely preventable.”

The two workers – positioned in the platform of a boom lift raised about 40 feet high – were performing tasks after the music festival had ended. They were dismantling event-related hardware and ropes attached to trees when the boom lift tipped over, crashing to the ground and killing them.  

Oregon OSHA cited both Pickathon and GuildWorks for a serious violation because two alarm devices on the boom lift had been disabled. One device would sound an alarm warning against operating the machine on uneven terrain. The other device would stop the upward motion of the platform if an employee became pinned between an overhead obstruction and the platform’s railing and controls.

That serious violation carries a $12,500 penalty for each of the companies.

Additionally, Oregon OSHA fined GuildWorks $6,000 for another serious violation: failing to follow the boom lift manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instructions.

Those instructions included not raising the boom while on an uneven surface; maintaining a firm footing on the platform’s floor at all times; not moving the machine while the boom was extended and while the machine was stationed on a sloped surface; and not putting the boom in a raised position while the counterweight – which acts as a balance – is located on the downward side of a slope.

Using its discretionary penalty authority, Oregon OSHA determined that the companies will not receive the normal reduction in the penalty granted to small employers. This decision is based on the particular facts uncovered by the division’s investigation, which revealed a history of failing to follow proper safety procedures.

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers resources to help improve workplace safety and health.

Contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Field office locations and phone numbers: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/maps.aspx

Email: consult.web@oregon.gov

The agency’s technical staff members can answer questions about rules and how to apply them:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Email: tech.web@oregon.gov

Online contact form: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/Contact-Technical.aspx

Visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic page for more information about on-the-job safety and health: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/az-index.aspx


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Accident photo

Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open February 14 -- NEW Girl Scout Lemon-Ups(TM) cookies make their debut! (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 02/12/20 1:03 PM
GSOSW Cookie Boss
GSOSW Cookie Boss

Media Contacts

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications

503-977-6861, Office | 503-930-5275, Mobile | After Hours 800-626-6543 | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

Maureen A. Kenney, Public Relations and Advocacy Manager

503 977-6817, Office | mkenney@girlscoutsosw.org

Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open February 14 -- NEW Girl Scout Lemon-Ups™ cookies make their debut!

PORTLAND, OR. – February 12, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) is about to launch the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie booth season. Lemon-Ups™, crispy lemon cookies baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs such as “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator”, will make their official debut! Cookies can be purchased from more than 30,000 Girl Scout Cookie booths from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, March 8, 2020.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is so much more than meets the eye. It teaches valuable life skills and helps girls build that entrepreneurial mindset,” says Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe. “As they run their cookie booth—essentially their own cookie business—girls are building confidence, curiosity and an eye for innovation. These skills lead to academic success and workforce readiness in all kinds of careers—especially those where women are underrepresented.”


Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Trefoils® and new Lemon-Ups™ will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all booths throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic™ specialty cookies are available at select cookie booths while supplies last. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org/cookies or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.


The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain confidence in handling money—skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold powers real-life experiences for thousands of local girls.


100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that offer lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.


Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 14 through March 8, 2020. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.


A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit girlscoutcookies.org.


In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 35 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.


Attached Media Files: GS Cookie Program Fact Sheet , GSOSW 2020 Booth Sales Press Release , GSOSW Cookie Boss , Girl Scout Cookie Boss , Girl Scout Money Skills , GSOSW Cookie Booth Girl Scout Cookie Boss , Cookie Booth Two Girl Scouts , Cookie Booth with Girl Scout Dad , Lemon-Ups Cookie , Lemon-Ups Package

Survey of Oregon Community Colleges Finds 41% of Students Food Insecure (Photo)
Mt. Hood Comm. College - 02/12/20 12:50 PM
Barry Morganti is an MHCC student who uses the campus food pantry when paying for an education and paying for food have to become a tough choice.
Barry Morganti is an MHCC student who uses the campus food pantry when paying for an education and paying for food have to become a tough choice.

GRESHAM, Ore. – A significant portion of Oregon community college students say that they do not know where their next meal will come from and that they have experienced some degree of housing insecurity, according to a survey conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.

The Hope Center’s Oregon Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey includes responses from 8,100 students from 14 of Oregon’s community colleges in the fall of 2019, including Mt. Hood Community College. Of those students, 41% said that they were some degree of “food insecure,” or uncertain of where their next meal will come from, sometime during the month prior to taking the survey.

Additionally, 52% of students surveyed across Oregon's community colleges said they identified as “housing insecure” in the last year, meaning at some point they were prevented from having a safe, affordable and consistent place to live; 20% of students were homeless.

Over 900 Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) students participated in the Real College Survey. Of those, 38% said they experienced food insecurity in the prior 30 days and 48% experienced housing insecurity in the previous year. Additionally, 18% of MHCC students who responded to the survey said that they had been homeless at some point in the previous year.

“There are times when you need things up front for class and sometimes that means having to make a choice that you would really rather not – spend money on textbooks or food,” said Barry Morganti, a machine tool technology student at MHCC.

The college operates an on-campus food pantry out of the Student Union to help students who have to make these hard decisions. Barney’s Pantry works in conjunction with the Oregon Food Bank and in 2019 served 1,384 students and distributed 1,816 pounds of food. It also connects students to other campus resources that address housing, childcare and other household issues preventing them from persisting in or completing college.

In an effort to better serve its students, the college purchased two commercial refrigerators with funds from community member donations and the MHCC Foundation last year. More funds were raised by these groups at the end of 2019, with over an additional $21,000 donated for the pantry.

“Students who face food insecurity tend to struggle academically. We recognize that this is an issue on our community college campuses across Oregon, so we can take the necessary steps to offer the support these students need so they can succeed,” said Dr. Lisa Skari, MHCC president.

Barney’s Pantry is always accepting donations. Popular items include peanut butter, fresh fruit, grab-and-go meals, snack packs and microwavable items. Feminine hygiene items and other hygiene items are also always needed. Donations can be taken to the MHCC Student Union (AC1051).

Click here for more information on the Hope Center’s annual #RealCollege Survey. To make a monetary donation to Barney’s Pantry, click here.

Attached Media Files: Barry Morganti is an MHCC student who uses the campus food pantry when paying for an education and paying for food have to become a tough choice.

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett Delivers State of the City Address
City of Salem - 02/12/20 12:42 PM

Salem, Ore. — Mayor Chuck Bennett is delivering the following speech at the State of the City address today at the Salem Convention Center.

Thank you all for coming today… And our thanks in particular to the Sprague High School String Quartet.

Before I begin, I’d like to introduce members of the Salem City Council:

Councilor Cara Kaser – Ward 1

Councilor Tom Andersen – Ward 2

Councilor Brad Nanke – Ward 3

Councilor Chris Hoy – Ward 6

Councilor Vanessa Nordyke – Ward 7

Councilor Jim Lewis – Ward 8

Unfortunately, Ward 4 Councilor Jackie Leung and Ward 5 Councilor Matt Ausec, were unable to be with us today.

Also present today are Salem’s City Manager, Steve Powers, and City of Salem department heads. I’d like to ask ALL City of Salem staff to stand and be recognized. 

Now, I’d like to acknowledge other elected officials present and ask you to stand.

I especially want to thank the Chamber of Commerce, City Club and downtown Rotary for sponsoring this event. Each year you give our community an opportunity to hear how their city is doing – where it’s been and a look at some of the places it’s going. I particularly want to express appreciation for the prayer from Pastor John Lipton of the Capital Baptist Church on our behalf. It’s an inspiring way to end and begin our year.

As Mayor, it’s my honor and responsibility to present this report.

Each year, the city hears through a city-wide poll of our residents, the issues of most concern to them. This year was no exception. Overriding every other issue was homelessness and its impact on our city. It’s one that is on the radar of every community in the country especially here on the West Coast.

The clear, unambiguous response in Salem was simple – solve it. No excuses, no half measures, no ducking or weaving or hiding its impact on our streets, neighborhoods, business community or the general morale of the city we all love.

To describe it as an enormous challenge for city government is an understatement. The city is constituted to provide services like fire and emergency life-saving actions, police protection, water and sewer, a library, parks, planning, code enforcement and an environment that results in a robust economy. Direct social services have not been part of that mix. But today it is an essential element in meeting the needs of many homeless residents.

I can report to you that we have been successfully realigning our mission to meet this challenge.

Today, Salem provides homes for over 8,000 individuals. These are low-income or homeless residents. The city also maintains a healthy policy of affordable housing development in the private sector.

Our Housing Rental Assistance Program (HRAP) is housing over 269 of our hardest-to-house residents. These are folks who have been unsheltered for at least 10 years and dealing with combinations of health, addiction, trauma, criminal convictions and unemployment. Using the HRAP program, I announced in my first State of the City address three years ago, we have placed them in private apartments with wrap-around services in a program that is the largest dispersed housing first program in the state. The cooperation between our Housing Authority and the Arches program is one that is being studied by many other local governments.

Work is underway today to add another 180 units of housing for this same group. These units and the associated services will deal with post-hospitalization needs in cooperation with Salem Health as well as mental health and other issues that have kept them unhoused.

We are working with this Session of the State Legislature to greatly enhance the work of the city and Community Action Agency to add a badly needed Navigation Center to its services. This will include greatly enhanced programs, services and direct assistance to meet additional needs and connections. It is planned to include a 24-hour-a day room, meals and shelter for 40 more homeless residents.

We also have joined with other local governments to create the regional homeless initiative in Marion and Polk counties, which is focused on increasing the amount of federal dollars coming into our area to deal specifically with homeless issues and individuals.

This work is coupled with a substantially enlarged Union Gospel Mission under construction, housing at the downtown Center for Hope and Safety serving abused women and families, the large network of warming shelters provided by our faith communities, Grace House and other housing options being developed by United Way. All of this offers any unhoused person in Salem an alternative to camping on our public streets.

In total, these responses remove any barrier or excuse for anyone to claim that camping on our community’s sidewalks represents a needed choice or situation. It should finally enable the City Council to follow the clear advice from our City Manager and Police Chief to enact a sit/lie ordinance. It is untenable that after decades of work and tens of millions of dollars to preserve our historic downtown as the vibrant commercial and residential center of this region. It is being jeopardized by the current unnecessary use of our public sidewalks for permanent, 24-7 unsheltered living space with all of the attendant health and safety problems and costs. There are no more excuses for letting this situation continue. The council needs to heed our police chief’s advice to enact a sit/lie ordinance.

I’d now like to turn to the variety of other city activities.

Let’s start with the great news. Our city economy is booming. Our unemployment rate is at a historic low. Construction permit activity remains at a five-year high for all construction types including commercial, industrial and residential projects. In total, about $600 million worth of construction was either completed or underway this past year.

Our city, now the second largest in Oregon, is a magnet for new residents looking for a high quality of life in an affordable home or apartment and a great community to either raise a family or grow old. Preferably both.

We are effectively using the federally developed Opportunity Zone programs and our first major project will be rising from the former location of the Marion Auto Garage on Commercial Street across from the Convention Center. By the way, the Convention Center itself will be adding additional space over the next year. The new project is a badly needed seven-story downtown hotel beginning construction this summer. It will serve the needs of the burgeoning convention and tourist trade in Salem.

There is a housing boom underway in Salem. From July 2018 to June 2019 the city issued permits for 317 apartment units and in 2019, 429 permits were issue for single family and duplex units.

The downtown is thriving. Throughout last year we saw new businesses locate or expand downtown and there are several more in planning or under construction. It totaled $17 million of completed new housing, commercial and office buildings on or adjacent to our riverfront. Our urban renewal grants continue to encourage private investment in our downtown. Perhaps the most visible project is the construction of 146 micro-unit apartments on the old McMahon’s site that had been vacant for a decade. The Nordstrom site has been sold to a local team and is actively working on leasing.

Western Oregon University has purchased the Vick Building on Ferry Street and will focus its higher education offerings to working professionals with most classes in the evening including a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Add to that Willamette University’s agreement with Claremont School of Theology to relocate to Salem as part of the historic university’s expanding educational opportunities.

The city also is celebrating the 15th year of the Salem Convention Center opening. In that time, it has had 1.2 million event attendees, and made more than $51 million in total net revenue. It is hosting 580 events each year. Over 103,000 attendees visit and explore Salem and actively visit downtown shops, restaurants and historic sites.

This is only part of our exploding tourist trade which saw 2.5 million people visiting this area. The estimated income from this sector alone is $603 million of economic impact and signals the 11th consecutive year of growth. It also generated $4.4 million in TOT taxes, which go to support the growth of tourism, maintenance of our historic sites and homes, and support art and cultural activities. These programs include the Salem Art Association, Willamette Heritage Center, Deepwood, Bush House, Discovery Village, the Historic Elsinore, the Hallie Ford Art Gallery, and the Multi-cultural Center and its annual World Beat Festival, which has joined the Salem Art Fair as regional events.

The city is in the process of completing its feasibility study for downtown, evaluating the demand for high-speed broadband and/or free WiFi.

As I mentioned, the Union Gospel Mission is underway with its new facility in North Downtown across the street from the new Police Station, which will open in September. UGM will be vacating its current site, which the city is purchasing along with the Saffron hardware building and has slated for future redevelopment. And we can now see the outlines of the new YMCA being built at State and Cottage.

Industrial development at the Mill Creek Industrial site continues with two recent projects of 110,000 square feet of commercial office buildings being developed by PacTrust. At the same time, the Oregon Court of Appeals has affirmed a Land Use Board of Appeals decision sending back the City Council denial of the COSTCO move from its current location to South Salem for a review for further council action. Amazon has begun operations in its million-square-foot building and has announced additional space being located at the Panasonic building on Gaffin Road across Highway 22.

Urban Renewal Grants are supporting the Ochoa Queseria’s expansion onto Portland Road and are being used to support new development at Wallace and Glenn Creek, West Salem Machine’s purchase of new equipment, a new sports rehab facility, Xicha Restaurant and brewing and a whole list of other projects.

And in the economic development arena, the city is also finalizing its Salem Airport Business Plan which will be presented soon to the City Council.

Food processing has been an important piece of Salem’s economy for more than 100 years. Food processors have faced substantial challenges. The most notable example has been the bankruptcy and now sale of NORPAC. Most of the company’s assets in Salem have been sold to Lineage Logistics. Plans now will include a lease of the Salem plant. At this point about half of the NORPAC workers are back on the job and employment is expected to be back to the original 480 by spring. There’s a substantial effort to assist all workers seeking new opportunities as well.

In 2019, the city worked with Oregon Fruit in its move to a new facility and with new equipment and efficiencies allowing them to diversify product types and expand operations.

There has been a tremendous effort in our Fire Department to improve its cardiac arrest save rate. I want to report that it has been a tremendous success. The save rate hit 50% while the national average is 32%. And a new protocol being used by only four other cities in the nation is going to increase that save rate to as high as 80%. The department and Fire Foundation, through its schools programs, has trained nearly 18,000 local kids and parents in CPR and the use of AEDs in the past five years. The Pulse Point app now has 17,000 users in Salem with nearly 9,000 CPR responders ready to help save their co-workers and neighbors in an emergency. In addition, the department has led the way in developing a community wide resiliency plan and is working toward informing 30,000 youngsters and parents on needed supplies for sheltering in place for up to two weeks in case of community wide emergency. This program will be broadening into a wide range of community actions and planning needed in these dire cases.

Besides the completion of the new police facility coming this year, the big news was the retirement of Police Chief Gerry Moore. The Chief has agreed to stay on for a while, but the hiring process for a replacement, if there can ever be one, will begin this Spring. No pressure on the new guy. In addition, the police continue to work closely with neighborhood associations, Coffee with a Cop and the Citizen Police Academy. The behavioral health unit in the department has expanded to four officers to assist folks in emotional crisis.

Salem has had tremendous success working with our legislative delegation on a range of local issues. In last year’s session, the city secured a $20 million grant for our drinking water system and is seeking another $10 million to finance additional sources for city water beyond the North Santiam River. The integrity of the drinking water system is now secure from any algal influences. We want to thank the delegation and particularly Senate President Peter Courtney for this work.

Rep. Brian Clem was able to secure $100,000 to move the Peace Mosaic from the old YMCA wall to Riverfront Park. Other state allocations included $250,000 for Liberty House and a $1 million grant for the Gerry Frank/Rotary Amphitheater being developed by the Rotary Club.

The city is currently seeking about $7 million from the Legislature in cooperation with the Community Action Agency to meet additional local homeless needs with a substantially enlarged project that will include a Navigation Center and additional service and shelter spaces.

The city’s Blight to Bright initiative, being managed by the code enforcement section of Community Development, has made major strides in more rapidly removing blighted properties and using lien funds to improve these derelict or dangerous buildings that blight our neighborhoods. This is a tremendous program that benefits all our neighborhoods where abandoned properties have a substantial negative impact. I expect we will see more action on this front and are likely to add to the code enforcement budget by adding a dedicated specialist in this area.

Also in community development, our planning department is well underway with the Our Salem comprehensive planning project. This is the first major review of the city’s comprehensive plan in over 40 years and will help shape our growth areas and patterns for years to come. The visioning process was kicked off this summer and has included more than 75 community events, meetings and gatherings. The outcome of this will be out in March. It will be the foundation of the new plan. I can’t tell you how important this process is to the long-term livability of this community on all levels. Many of the successes and failures we face today in growth and its impacts are the result of long-term planning decisions made in the 1970’s. I can’t stress enough how important this is to Salem’s future.

Community development, through its planning side, also is completing its multifamily housing design project to make it easier to develop badly needed multi-family housing. The department also is working on the Historic Preservation Plan and has worked closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to arrive at a memorandum of understanding that will be extended to the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz and the Warm Springs.

It also is completing planning work on the following projects:

East Park development of 695 homes at the site of the former Pictsweet property off Cordon Road, a 264 unit complex on the old state hospital north campus, and a 312 unit apartment complex at Linwood and Orchard Heights in West Salem.

And there are several other multi-unit complexes, including one at the old Fairview Training center for 180-units of apartments.

Just to summarize, the nationally recognized building and safety section department has completed 9,656 permits, and 20,178 inspections on units valued at almost $419 million.

The library has moved into the old Capitol Press building on Broadway as the City Library site is undergoing major seismic renovation. This year they turned on automatic renewal of items and are looking seriously at eliminating all fines and parking fees.

Perhaps the most difficult area of activity in the city to summarize quickly is the substantial impact our Public Works Department has on all of our basic quality of life programs. These include transportation including streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic safety generally; climate action planning; city construction project oversight, like the new police station building; library improvements; our water supply and delivery system; and our sewer and storm drain systems.

Let me just hit some highlights and, believe me, given the amount of work being done by this department it really is only highlights:

  • Developing a strategy to protect our water supply from potential water quantity shortfalls to algal blooms. They have done them all. New treatment systems and a substantial new well system are awaiting funding this year.
  • Playing a key role in development of a city Climate Action Plan through an audit of both the city’s actions and the community’s environment including Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  • Continuing the city’s sidewalk replacement program along with various rehabilitation programs to meet Americans with Disability standards
  • Overseeing and planning of the library and police facilities in every detail including street improvements at the police site.
  • Launching a new on-line Pedestrian Crossings program and leveraging state and federal money to pay for work on 6 new crossing projects in 2020 and completing two major ones on Commercial and Brown roads.
  • Overseeing the city streetlight program, including installing new lights.
  • Overseeing the city parks including two major parks property acquisitions at Hazelgreen Road and Rees Hill Road adding collectively over 60 new acres of future park land. And have in progress purchases on D street, and Reed Road.
  • Establishing a city tree canopy assessment and new targets for city tree coverage and inventory. They found 42,892 street trees in Salem. They also partnered with Friends of trees to plan 525 large trees and 5,645 small trees or shrubs.
  • Overseeing two major parks construction projects, the Gerry Frank Amphitheatre and a new restroom facility on the north end of Riverfront Park. Both get underway this spring and summer.
  • Guiding the Pringle Creek restoration project including major stream bed reshaping and restoration and ground work on connecting existing paths under Commercial Street to Riverfront park.
  • Developing electricity cogeneration with PGE that produces 1,200 kilowatts of renewable power by burning the biogas produced as a byproduct of wastewater treatment at Willow Lake. This saves the city over $300,000 per year.

I want to mention a couple of other successes in our community that deserve note as we think about the State of Salem.

We are blessed to have one of the finest hospitals in the country and you only need to see the accolades it receives nationally to recognize that. As you’ve probably seen, the hospital is adding a new wing to hold another 150 beds on top of its current 490 beds. That wing is expected to help meet the 30 percent population growth rate we expect over the next 20 years. In addition, the hospital continues to be our largest private employer with 5,000 employees and an economic impact of about $1.35 billion. As we work on our Aging in Place strategy in Salem, one of the major areas we found in cooperation with AARP and Center 50+ was that quality, comprehensive health care is a major issue for independent living of seniors along with transportation, social participation, outdoor participation and engagement, communications,  affordable housing, civic and community support and again – health care. The hospital recognizes this fact and the community’s needs.

I also want to recognize the tremendous work being done by our Transit District, Cherriots. Since September, when the district added Saturday and later evening service, ridership as substantially increased. Weekday ridership is up over 10 percent from last year. Total weekday ridership has reached 1,064,000 this year with the new Saturday service reaching over 100,000 riders since September. Full Fare 30-day bus passes are up 14 percent, Youth Fare 30-day passes jumped 57.2 percent. As we begin to deal with congestion and gas emissions in our city, this is nothing but good news and a tribute to the new board and its efforts.

I hope you find the progress this community is making on all fronts as exciting as I do. With the kind of can-do, volunteer, professional, business and non-profit service underway in this community. I am convinced, no issue no matter how troubling, difficult or challenging we face, we can and will be overcome. And I want to assure you that your city government and elected officials at the city, county and state level will continue to meet the goals you set for us. Nothing is beyond our means or our dreams in every aspect of our community life. So I hope you will all join me in facing 2020 with conviction and a spirit of Getter Done. And I promise you I will be here again next year to give you a report on how it went.

Thank you again for your attention and support.



Five Battle Ground Public Schools students named to All-State Honor Bands (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/12/20 12:16 PM
Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone)
Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone)

Five student musicians from Battle Ground Public Schools have been selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) All-State Honor Bands and will perform in the 2020 All-State Bands concerts from Feb. 14-16 in Yakima.

To be selected, students auditioned and competed with middle and high school students from across the state. While at the All-State event, students will participate in rehearsals with music educators and directors, as well as perform at the gala concert.

The honorees this year are Prairie High School 11th grader Carley Ray, All-State Treble Choir (alto); Battle Ground High School 11th grader Jacob Williams, All-State Wind Ensemble (trombone); Chief Middle School 8th grader Clair Moss, Junior All-State Concert Band (baritone saxophone); Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone); and Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Grady McHenry, Junior All-State Jazz Band (trumpet).

Attached Media Files: Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone) , Battle Ground High School 11th grader Jacob Williams, All-State Wind Ensemble (trombone) , Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Grady McHenry, Junior All-State Jazz Band (trumpet) , Chief Middle School 8th grader Clair Moss, Junior All-State Concert Band (baritone saxophone) , Prairie High School 11th grader Carley Ray, All-State Treble Choir (alto)

Keizer Police Officer Dan Carroll Celebration of Life Service (Photo)
Keizer Police Dept. - 02/12/20 11:06 AM

The procession route and Officer Carroll's photo are attached. 

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Clark County responds to appeal from CASA for donations to bolster volunteer recruitment (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 02/12/20 10:36 AM


CONTACT: Sheryl Thierry, sthierry@ywcaclarkcounty.org

PHONE: 360-906-9141

Notified last summer that a major federal grant would not be renewed, Clark County CASA--Court Appointed Special Advocates--turned to its community for help.

CASA, a program of YWCA Clark County, needed to fill a funding gap that represented 20% of its budget when its federal Victims of Criminal Act’s (VOCA) grant was not renewed for the fiscal 2019/2020 year. CASA appealed to the local community, to National CASA, and to Clark County authorities for support in its restructuring initiative. Their six-month campaign, which closed Dec. 31, got results:

  • $60,000 was raised through community support in individual and corporate donations.
  • $58,000 was contributed by National CASA focused on volunteer recruitment.
  • $128,000 was approved by the Clark County Council to be added to the 2020 contract for CASA services.


The VOCA grant funded staff positions whose role, in part, was to advocate for children who came into the care of the state. “The national model, based on extensive research, builds the advocacy teams around volunteers rather than staff members,” said Sheryl Thierry, CASA program director. These additional funds place CASA in a solid position for recruiting the volunteers needed to advocate for abused and neglected children. Last year, CASA represented 760 such children. CASA’s goal is to grow its volunteer base from 130 to 200 advocates.

“We are so grateful for the generosity demonstrated by all our partners as we take this organization to a new level of advocacy for children,” said Thierry. “CASA program staff and volunteers work tirelessly in their advocacy for abused and neglected children in our community.  The recognition of their hard work, and the importance of CASA’s role in the dependency process, is greatly appreciated.”

To volunteer with CASA, please visit the CASA website at casaclarkcounty.org, or contact Sheryl Thierry at 360-906-9141.

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Clark County Jail inmate passes away
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/12/20 10:22 AM

On 02/05/2020, inmate 80 year old Robert Breck, was transported to an area hospital due to an illness.  He passed away on 02/11/2020 while in hospital care of natural causes.  His family was aware of his condition at the time of passing.  Breck was booked into the Clark County Jail on 10/30/19 for three counts of Murder 1 in relation to the Smith Tower shooting.  Breck’s death is considered an in custody death due to being lodged at the Clark County jail, and was at an area hospital for several days, when he passed. No further information at this time. 


Preparing for Peace Keeping (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/12/20 10:17 AM

First Army
Story by Sgt. Aaron Berogan
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

FORT BLISS, Texas. – Whether it’s blistering hot, freezing cold, or rain soaking from head to toe, nothing is stopping the training of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard as they prepare to assume duties with NATO’s Kosovo Force mission.

The unit is preparing for a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, a mission very different than the training for combat most of the Guard Soldiers of this Infantry battalion have previously experienced. First Army Observer Coach/Trainers were with them every step of the way to evaluate their progress in this new dynamic.

“It’s pretty exciting to me,” Sgt. Patrick Gunn, assistant to team lead for the Liaison Monitoring Team, 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt. “This is the deployment I am definitely looking the most forward to. I’ve never done this before and I’m looking forward to the mission, working with foreign militaries, and being part of NATO.”

The Kosovo Force, or KFOR, mission has existed since 1999. Originally set up following the end of NATO’s 78-day air campaign, which aimed to push Yugoslavian forces out of Kosovo, KFOR is made up of nearly 4,000 troops from 28 different countries. KFOR is currently deployed in the Balkans to maintain a safe and secure environment, freedom of movement for all citizens in Kosovo and to facilitate the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans. The United Nations, the European Union and other international actors continue to support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo.

To this end, the transition from a combat environment to a peacekeeping role requires an approach that emphasizes integration of forces with the local populace.

“I’ve deployed twice before to Iraq and Afghanistan,” explained Gunn. “This is a completely different role, completely different mindset. We are going to Kosovo to blend into the community, to be a part of the population and talking to them versus a combat role. This is nothing that I’ve done before.”

During this process members of the unit are being split into two different teams. One team’s training mirrors the mission they will have patrolling what is known as Kosovo’s Administrative Boundary Line that separates Kosovo from Serbia. There, teams set up entry control points and ensure that there is safety and security as well as freedom of movement for the citizens of Kosovo. The second team is called a Liaison Monitoring Team. This team will do what are called “pulse patrols.” These patrols go from location to location to interact with the residents of Kosovo and help with any humanitarian needs.   

With the unit split evenly between Soldiers who have deployed before and those who haven’t, Gunn’s experience is a resource for Soldiers such as First Lt. Parker Mooney, giving him the comfortability to focus on the mission at hand.
“Every day as I learn more about the mission, I get more excited,” said Mooney, Liaison Monitoring Team Officer in Charge, 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt. “I’m kind of at the point where I just want to be over there. I feel like as I have talked to family, most don’t know where Kosovo is located. But as part of the LMT we get to be in the community and see the change of positive impact.”

As with any overseas deployment, families are foremost in the minds of these Citizen-Soldiers. Sgt. Cody Clyde, team leader for the Liaison Monitoring Team, 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt., says despite the time away from his family, their mutual sacrifice can serve as an inspiration to his children to live a life that serves others. Clyde has been serving for ten years, with this being his second deployment, serving past his initial enlistment contract to continue that model of service.

“I want to be an example to my children,” explained Clyde. “I want them to see me put on the uniform, and when they are older I hope they are proud. I hope it inspires them to go into some service to the country, whether it’s military or Peace Corps. I want them to seek opportunities to go out and do things for their communities.”

Building Strong Bonds of Partnership

The partnership between First Army and the 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt., for KFOR has been a strong bond built over more than year.

“We start early to build rapport and trust,” said Capt. Jeremy Kinder, Bravo Team Chief, Observer Coach/Trainer, 2nd Battalion 357 Infantry Regiment, 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade, First Army. “We want them to know we have their best interests at heart and will help make them successful. We learn about them inside and out. We know their friction points and where they shine. Whether it’s Active, Guard, or Reserve, we are one Army, one fight.”

The attention to detail in training that First Army offers with training has been noticed by their partners.

“I think First Army has done a really great job of identifying and focusing on the key points of what everybody’s roles will be overseas,” explained Gunn. “They have been ensuring we are ready for those jobs, and anything extra that may come our way, so we can do our mission and come home safely.”

Clyde’s bond with First Army go back even further.
“In both deployments First Army has been the validators and mentors for my units training,” explained Clyde. “They have been very good at helping us shine where we are strong and help us strengthen our shortcomings. It’s clear they want us to be successful as we go to deploy overseas and they focus on us being mission-ready before we leave.”

For Mooney, the partnership he has noticed with First Army has been a positive one.

“This has been my first interaction with First Army,” said Mooney. “They adapt to our needs as our strengths and weaknesses appear. They do what it takes to make us shine and tighten up anything we may need so we get the most effective training.”

This attention to detail stands out because it wasn’t always this way before a deployment.

“In previous deployments the first time we ever saw any partnership or mentorship was late in the game at a mobilization site,” said Lt. Col. Kyle Akers, Battalion Commander, 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt. “With First Army they have been with us since we were identified for this mission more than a year ago. They helped us forecast what was coming our way so we could maximize training and benefit our Soldiers.”

Because they have had mentorship from not only First Army, but from the 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment of the Alaska National Guard, which the unit will replace, Akers feels confident in the roles of his teams in Kosovo.

Being National Guard, many of the Soldiers believe they are bringing some helpful skill sets from their civilian careers into this specific mission. Gunn is a security contractor in his civilian career, which he believes helped him develop skills to interact with the local populace in Kosovo during patrols.

“That’s what makes the Guard unique in a lot of ways,” explained Gunn. “I know there are a lot of unique skill sets in our teams that are going to be an added bonus for this deployment.”

Mooney also believes his civilian career, which involves a lot of planning, forward thinking, and interacting with people will help him achieve success as the Officer-in-Charge of the Liaison Monitoring Team.

“My skill sets I developed as a sales executive are playing right into that,” said Mooney. “The planning aspect and comfortability of talking with people, identifying their needs, and developing deeper levels of connection will be very helpful.”

The 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt. is deploying with their brigade headquarters 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard.

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6089481- A Soldier of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, walks a perimeter road of the training range at Fort Bliss, Texas. The training at Fort Bliss was preparing all the battalions under the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard Brigade from Oregon, for their deployment to Kosovo as part of the Kosovo Force mission (KFOR). First Army participated as the Observer Coach/Trainers for the 41st IBCT, to ensure they had the training necessary to safely deploy, complete their mission, and return home safely. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan, First Army Public Affairs)

6089482- Specialist Tanner York, Riflemen, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2-162nd Infantry Battalion, Delta Company, 2nd Platoon, Oregon National Guard, makes a radio call in to his command team about an approaching vehicle to the entry control point during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The 2-162nd IB was split into two teams during the training at Fort Bliss, which mirrors how they will be dispersed in Kosovo. One team will be absorbed by a Liaison Monitoring Team, which will interact with the citizens in Kosovo, and the other  will patrol Kosovo's Administrative Boundary Line.

6089485- Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, walk roads at Fort Bliss, Texas, during a patrol training exercise. The Kosovo Force mission exists with NATO in order to maintain and safe and secure environment with freedom of movement for all. The exercises mirrored some of the conditions the 2-162nd may face while in Kosovo and patrolling roads. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan, First Army Public Affairs)

6089487- Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, await the landing of helicopter. The Solders are at Fort Bliss, Texas training with First Army for their deployment to Kosovo as part of the Kosovo Force mission (KFOR). KFOR was established by NATO in June of 1999, following the end of the 78-day air campaign. The 78-day air campaign, commonly referred to as “Operation Noble Anvil,” led to an agreement reached of Yugoslav armed forces pulling out of Kosovo. KFOR was put in place as a peace keeping mission that deters any idea of renewed hostility or threats against Kosovo by Yugoslav and Serb forces, creates a secure environment and ensures public safety, demilitarized the Kosovo Liberation Army, supports the international humanitarian effort, and coordinate with the international civil presence. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan, First Army Public Affairs)

6089488- Specialist Ethan Welch, a  Rifleman with  Delta Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Bn., 162nd Infantry Regt.,  41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, uses the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) to watch for anything suspicious during a training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. Welch will help patrol the Administration Boundary Line during the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s time as part of the Kosovo Force mission.

6089491- A First Army Observer Coach/Trainer watches as Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, makes plans for their next movement during their patrol at Fort Bliss, Texas. The patrols that were created by First Army OC/T’s were designed to mirror real life situations that the 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf Regt. will come across during their time in Kosovo as part of the Kosovo Force mission. First Army has been partnered with the 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. Regt. since for more than a year. This partnership is put in place to ensure these National Guard Soldiers are prepared for any challenges they may face during a deployment. This also mirrors the training Active Duty units go through with a third party to ensure all Warrior Tasks and Mission Essential Tasks are completed correctly so Soldiers can complete their missions and come home safely. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan, First Army Public Affairs)

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Gresham-Barlow School District and Northwest Family Services partner to provide drug and alcohol treatment services to district's high school students
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 02/12/20 10:16 AM

Program to serve students struggling with drug and alcohol use

The Gresham-Barlow School District and Northwest Family Services are partnering to bring drug and alcohol treatment services to students who attend Sam Barlow or Gresham High School.

Northwest Family Services is a state-approved outpatient alcohol and drug treatment provider. The program will provide students with both treatment and recovery services as well as relapse prevention. The treatment program has the goal of keeping students engaged in school and healthy, preventing suspensions or expulsions, and preventing the onset of a substance use problem. The program is focused on skill development and designed to offer safety and support by providing structure, accountability, encouragement, honesty, and caring feedback. This approach is built on values such as motivation, respect, and resilience. Northwest Family Services will also provide assistance to families of students dealing with drug and alcohol use.

“It is critical that students who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction get the help they need,” said Student Support Services Program Director James Charles. “We believe providing access to these services will help students stay engaged in school and reduce the long-term costs to the community associated with addiction and drop-outs.”

Northwest Family Services has partnered with Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services to cover the costs of the program for students who are uninsured or underinsured. 

Students and families desiring to access the Northwest Family Services treatment program should contact their school counselor for more information or to request a referral. 

About Northwest Family Services

Northwest Family Services (NWFS) is a state-approved outpatient alcohol and drug treatment provider.  NWFS supports family stability, child well-being and victims of crime by focusing on the social detriments of health.

Unidentified male struck by vehicle near Horseshoe Lake in Woodland
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/12/20 10:09 AM


The male struck by a car on Lakeshore Drive in Woodland has been identified as Noah A. Gray, age 18.  Gray died as a result of internal injuries sustained at the collision scene some days later at an area hospital.   Gray was a resident of Woodland.  Gray did not have any identification on him at the time of the collision, delaying notification of next of kin.  The involved vehicle was driven by Kobee B. Heidler, age 19.  Heidler is a resident of Longview. Heidler was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta sedan at the tiem of the collision.

This investigation is ongoing.  As stated in an earlier press release, Heidler and his female passenger have been cooperative with detectives and no charges have been filed at this point.


On 2/2/2020 at about 7:35 pm EMS personnel and CCSO deputies responded to the 38000 block of NW Lakeshore Drive in Woodland for a report of a person struck by a vehicle.  Upon arrival, EMS personned discovered a critically injured male lying in the roadway, and the two occupants of the vehicle that had struck him.  He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The 19 year old male driver and 17 year old female passenger stayed on scene to assist deputies and the CCSO Traffic Unit in the investigation.  Based on injuries to the male, roadway evidence, and the vehicle occupants' statements, the vehicle had been traveling south on NW Lakeshore Drive and the male pedestrian stepped into the path of the vehicle. The pedestrian was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black slacks. 

There is no indication that the driver of the vehicle was impaired at the time of the collision, and no citations have been issued.

The injured male has yet to be identified, and is described as a caucasian male adult, appearing 18-24 years old, about 6-02 and slender build.  The male has medium length brown hair, and was carrying a black backpack with skateboard parts inside.  Traffic detectives also learned that several civilians may have been on-scene prior to CCSO arrival and would like to obtain any statements from persons who may have witnessed the collision.

The lead detective in this incident is Ryan Preston. Any investigative tips can be directed to him at yan.Preston@clark.wa.gov">Ryan.Preston@clark.wa.gov


Kresge Foundation selects PCC to participate in its national BOOST initiative (Photo)
PCC - 02/12/20 10:07 AM

NORTH PORTLAND, Ore. – The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $495,000 grant to Portland Community College and Albina Head Start to connect low-income residents and students to human services and educational pathways. This is one of six partnerships nationwide between community colleges and human services nonprofits that have been selected to participate in Kresge’s Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families (BOOST) initiative.

Through BOOST, Kresge supports students so that they successfully juggle work, family and school. In addition, people served by human services nonprofits will be connected to educational opportunities leading to careers that enable them to support their families.

“A high-quality college education can help students with low incomes succeed not only today, but throughout their lives,” said Bill Moses, Kresge Education Program managing director. “But at colleges all around the country, students often juggle work, family and school. Nearly one in five college students are parents, and that rate is even higher at community colleges. We believe that if more students receive the critical support that human services nonprofits provide, more students will stay in college and graduate.”

The funds will expand existing career-focused PCC education programs and support an additional 200 Early Head Start and Head Start parents. As part of this effort, staff will identify and reform organizational barriers, and develop better approaches to serve low-income communities of color.

“We will look at how we can use student-centered design to improve the way we communicate and connect with student parents,” said Kate Kinder, PCC’s director of Career Pathways & Skills. “We’ll look at how we collaborate and align systems more effectively with partners, and what policies can improve college access, completion, and career opportunities for student parents. Much of this will tie into the statewide Pathways to Opportunity work.”

In 2018 the Oregon State Legislature passed HB4043, which called on community colleges to assess students’ financial constraints and determine how to increase access to federal, state and local benefits by low-income students. The Pathways to Opportunity initiative was thus launched, to close opportunity gaps and increase economic mobility across the state. PCC serves as the lead on the project, which includes a coalition of all 17 Oregon community colleges, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Oregon Community College Association, community-based organizations, and state partners like Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

In addition to grant funding, BOOST grantees and partners nationwide will convene annually, participate in a cross-site evaluation, and receive technical assistance from Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit organization that will serve as the foundation’s management and learning partner.   

For more information on BOOST, visit www.Kresge.org.

To learn more about Pathways to Opportunity, visit https://www.pcc.edu/about/administration/president/pathways/


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 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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Fatal Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian
Keizer Police Dept. - 02/12/20 9:16 AM

Keizer Police Incident # 20-500

On February 11, 2020, at around 10:00 PM, Keizer police officers were notified about a vehicle collision with a pedestrian in the 5000 block of River Road North. Responding officers discovered a 52-year-old woman who had been killed as a result of being struck. The initial investigation indicated a Keizer woman, the sole occupant of a red 2000 Ford Edge SUV, had been driving south on River Road when the collision occurred. The deceased woman was not within a crosswalk at the time. The driver remained at the scene, and impairment is not suspected. River Road was closed from the time police arrived until about 2:30 AM. The traffic safety team continues to investigate; however, no citations are expected. The name of the woman killed is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting, 2/20/2020
State Library of Oregon - 02/12/20 9:15 AM

The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 10am to 11am Pacific Time online. This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum (503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us).

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum (503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested 48 hours before the meeting; notice 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Tamara Ottum (503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us).

Answerland Advisory Committee

November 5, 2019, 10am – 11am, Online


10:00 Welcome

10:05 Review agenda, approve minutes, and review action items

10:10 Discussion about future of Answerland

10:20 Open Forum

10:30 Continue discussion and make recommendation

10:55 Wrap up and action item review

11:00 Adjourn

Any person may address the Answerland Advisory Committee at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.

MESD Board Regular Session meeting 2/18/20 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/12/20 8:50 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on February 18, 2020, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220.   The Board will also meet in Executive Session at the conclusion of the Regular Session meeting under ORS 192.660(2)(I) To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.

Hold on to your balloons!
Pacific Power - 02/12/20 8:47 AM

Contact:  Pacific Power media hotline                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

               1-800-570-5838                                           Feb. 12, 2020


Hold on to your balloons!
With celebrations from Valentine’s Day to Mardi Gras at hand, Pacific Power reminds that balloons don’t mix with power lines

PORTLAND, Ore. – Balloons capture the imagination with their aspirational upward drift. But their lighter-than-air quality can get out of hand, literally, and have unintended consequences for the power grid


“Balloons may seem like small things,” said Joe Cissna, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training. “But when escaped balloons touch power lines or substations, even the smallest amount of metal content material can conduct electricity. This can interfere with lines, causing power fluctuations and outages.”


In 2019, Pacific Power recorded 22 instances where balloons caused outages somewhere in the three states the company serves. Each year since 2015, balloons caused between 20 and 30 outages, roughly the same number of outages as those caused by lighting.


“While this may not seem like very many events,” Cissna said, “unlike lightning-caused outages, these are preventable. If we can keep customers from being inconvenienced by asking people to be more careful in how they handle balloons, we’ll do it.”


There are steps you can take to help minimize the potential dangers:


  • Keep the balloons indoors where they can’t rise into overhead power lines or drift into contact with transformers or substations.


  • Make sure the string for each balloon is securely attached and short enough to control its direction.


  • Attach a weight to the balloon’s string so it cannot float away; and never intentionally release metallic balloons.


  • Deflate balloons after the holiday and keep as a memento or dispose of properly. Birds and squirrels have been known to carry balloon remnants onto lines.


  • Never chase a loose balloon across streets or attempt to retrieve a balloon from a power line or substation. 


  • If you notice a balloon near a power line, do not try to retrieve it. Report it to Pacific Power by calling 1-888-222-7070 anytime.



About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to almost 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.9 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

ESD 112 seeks nominations for 2021 regional Teacher of the Year award
ESD 112 - 02/12/20 8:40 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. February 12, 2020 — Nominations are now being accepted for ESD 112’s 2021 Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented to an exceptional teacher in Southwest Washington every year. The winner of the regional award will proceed to the prestigious Washington State Teacher of the Year competition in September.

Amy Campbell of Camas School District was selected in 2020 as both the ESD 112 region and Washington State Teacher of the Year. Campbell is a special education teacher whose work is heavily focused on building inclusive practices in the classroom and throughout the entire school system. For Campbell, the Teacher of the Year recognition and professional development opportunities have helped her grow in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

“Being nominated by my district as Teacher of the Year has been the highest honor of my career,” said Campbell. “It has been a great opportunity for self-reflection, personal growth, and professional development…I now feel more prepared to take on teacher leadership roles and am excited to bring my experiences back to the classroom where all my future students will benefit.”

Teacher of the Year Selection Criteria:

  • The teacher has the respect of their community.
  • The teacher is knowledgeable in their field and guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation inside and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and effective way.

The Teacher of the Year award is the highest honor a teacher can receive in Washington. School districts and community members are encouraged to submit nominations for exceptional teachers in their community using the Teacher of the Year nomination form from OSPI. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2020.

For more information on Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell, please visit https://www.esd112.org/news/camas-teacher-wins-state-teacher-of-the-year-award/. To read about all of Washington's 2020 regional award winners, visit https://www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/awards-recognition/educator-awards/teacher-year/state-and-regional/2020.

Gresham-Barlow principal receives state award for dedication and support of school music programs (Photo)
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 02/12/20 8:40 AM
Principal Schmidt with SBHS music instructions at OMEA Awards Banquet January 18, 2020
Principal Schmidt with SBHS music instructions at OMEA Awards Banquet January 18, 2020

Sam Barlow High School principal receives Outstanding Administrator Award from the Oregon Music Educators Association

The Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) has awarded its Outstanding Administrator Award to Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) Principal Bruce Schmidt. The award was presented to Principal Schmidt at the association’s conference banquet on January 18.

 Each year the Oregon Music Educators Association receives nominations from its members for the Outstanding Administrator Award. The OMEA selects the recipient of the award based on:

         -The administrator’s commitment to protecting music education during the

           recent economic downturn

         -The administrator’s work to promote good relationships with music faculty

         -The administrator’s support for community cultural events

Current and retired educators, parents, volunteers, and students submitted nominations on Schmidt’s behalf. The letters described Principal Schmidt’s dedication and passion for SBHS’s music programs.

“Bruce Schmidt has proven again and again that he is a champion for students striving to be proud musicians, and assists, empowers and fights for educators,” said Sam Barlow High School Band Director Paul Nickolas. “He interacts daily with our performing arts students and attends all school concerts as well as district and state performances.”     

Schmidt has been in education for 27 years. Originally a science teacher at SBHS, he became assistant principal there in 2007 and the school’s principal in 2014. SBHS Band Director Paul Nickolas presented Schmidt with the award at the OMEA conference banquet in January.

 About the Oregon Music Educators Association

OMEA’s primary purpose shall be to improve music education for children in Oregon by offering musical enrichment programs for students, providing education for music teachers, and advocating for music programs for students.

Attached Media Files: Principal Schmidt with SBHS music instructions at OMEA Awards Banquet January 18, 2020

Celebrate Oregon's Birthday at the Oregon Historical Society with TWO Free Days, Musical Performances, the U of O Rose Bowl Trophy... and Cake!
Oregon Historical Society - 02/12/20 8:37 AM

Portland, OR – Join the Oregon Historical Society for one of our most memorable events of the year — Oregon Statehood Day! Our two-day celebration of Oregon’s birthday begins at 11:30am on Friday, February 14, and includes birthday cake, music from the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, and remarks from OHS leadership and special guests including Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and former governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski. We will also be announcing our 2020 class of Oregon History Makers as we celebrate Oregon's 161st.

The Oregon Historical Society is also proud to host the University of Oregon Ducks’ 2020 Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship trophies for a special limited display on February 14 and 15. In the Ducks’ eighth Rose Bowl appearance, the team prevailed over the University of Wisconsin Badgers in a 28-27 victory on January 1, 2020.

The festivities continue on Saturday, February 15, with birthday cake served at 1pm along with a special performance by GRAMMY award-winning trombonist Denzel Mendoza. Mendoza, who moved to the U.S. from Singapore when he was five years old, recorded the GRAMMY-winning album “American Dreams: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” along with more than 50 other “DREAMers” – young people who qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Following the performance, visitors are welcome to read stories of other Oregon DREAMers in our current exhibit DREAMs Deferred, curated by local non-profit The Immigrant Story.

Admission is free on both February 14 and 15 and includes our museum exhibits and viewing the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship trophies; museum hours are 10am to 5pm. Visit our permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, which will mark its first anniversary on Oregon's birthday. To celebrate, we will be changing out one of the exhibit’s iconic cases, featuring an early twentieth century couture dress designed by May and Ann Shogren. As these gowns are so delicate, our curators must rotate this case annually to ensure the long-term preservation of these artifacts. Also on display is National Geographic’s’ Greatest Photographs of the American West, an exhibition of 75 iconic and rare photographs chronicling the epic grandeur of the region.

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.

The Historic Trust Presents Winter Chautauqua (Photo)
The Historic Trust - 02/12/20 8:09 AM

Winter Chautauqua will focus on “Black Roots in the Lower Columbia River Basin.”


VANCOUVER, WA (February 17, 2020)The Historic Trust presents the Winter Chautauqua: Black Roots in the Lower Columbia River Basin. The weekend event features  the 1948 Vanport flood exhibit, courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society, along with exhibits and lectures about the Southwest Washington NAACP and the Buffalo Soldiers/Moses Williams NW Chapter. Winter Chautauqua will be held at the Artillery Barracks at Vancouver National Historic Site on February 22-23, 2020, from 10 am – 4 pm.


A special panel discussion will convene on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 pm at the Artillery Barracks, exploring ideas regarding the impact of the Vanport Flood, the importance of the Buffalo Soldiers 24th Infantry Regiment Company B at Fort Vancouver, and the contributions of the NAACP. The panel members are:


  • Moderator: Dr. Donna Sinclair, Adjunct Professor at Washington State University – Vancouver – Sinclair examines intersections between federal law, agency policy, and individual experiences in regard to the U.S. Forest Service through historical research methods and qualitative biographical interviews, with an emphasis on bringing women and people of color into the agency since 1964.
  • Dr. Carl Abbott, Historian and Urbanist at Portland State University – Abbott specializes on the history of American cities and city planning, the history of the American West, and the later 20th century United States. He is the author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America, Frontiers Past and Future: Science Fiction and the American West, and Imagined Frontiers.
  • Ms. Claudia Carter, Assistant Treasurer, Vancouver NAACP – Carter was raised in a family of extraordinary strong and talented women. Claudia is an artist, advocate, volunteer, and community leader. She curates art installations and exhibits and is working diligently on finding a permanent home for the art and artifact collections of the NAACP. Co-Producer of The Historic Trust’s Winter Chautauqua.
  • Mr. James Harrison, Professor, Portland Community College – Harrison is the official historian for the Vanport Mosaic Festival. He has spent decades as a historian in African American history and is currently filling in the gaps of local history in writing a new book about Vanport and the Vanport Flood in 1948.
  • Mr. Frazier Raymond, Retired Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army & President of the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific NW Chapter, 9th/10th U.S. Calvary. Raymond served in the U.S. Army for 32 years in locations such as Vietnam, Fort Lewis, Europe, and South America. Co-Producer of The Historic Trust’s Winter Chautauqua.
  • Ms. Melissa Williams, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Clark College. Williams grew up in the Albina area of Portland, OR and in Vancouver, WA. She is currently a Doctorate of Education candidate in the Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation in Higher Education program at Concordia University.


Director of Outreach and Engagement, Richard Burrows of the The Historic Trust said, “The deep-rooted history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest ranges from tragic racism to inspirational contributions in the region. The exhibits and panel discussion will greatly illustrate the historical contributions African Americans had in this region and the impact they are making today.”




About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, dedicated to inspiring civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. Learn more at www.thehistorictrust.org or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HistoricTrustWA.





Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3818/131469/WC_3.jpg

Troutdale's First Community Policing Deputy Starts This Week
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/12/20 8:02 AM

This week, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Bohrer became Troutdale’s first Community Resource Deputy. In this new role, Bohrer will work exclusively within the City of Troutdale, connecting with neighborhoods, local businesses and community groups to encourage stronger participation in crime reduction efforts and greater coordination to address crime-related issues. While Bohrer will be able to respond to 911 calls across the county, his primary focus will be serving the City of Troutdale.

“Community-based policing builds and maintains community trust and better serves the needs of our neighborhoods,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to implementing preventative and innovative problem-solving methods to reduce crime, while improving the quality of life, and Dep. Bohrer will lead by example in this new role.”

Bohrer is familiar with Troutdale. He served as a police officer for the city before joining MCSO in 2015. He joins two patrol deputies already assigned to Troutdale, and former MCSO deputy, Joe Storagee, who recently started as the city’s Code Compliance Officer.

Today, between 11 and 11:30 a.m., Dep. Bohrer and members from the City of Troutdale will be available for interviews on this new role and relationship at the Troutdale Sheriff’s Operations Center at 234 SW Kendall Ct, Troutdale, OR 97060.

Tue. 02/11/20
Kelso Voters Approve the Replacement Levy for Kelso Schools
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 02/11/20 8:27 PM

Kelso School District citizens have approved the replacement levy that will restore, sustain, and enhance essential educational programs, maintenance, and general district operations not completely funded by the state or federal government. A preliminary ballot count shows that ­56.65 percent of Kelso voters supported the levy.

Passage of the local levy is expected to provide $6 million in tax revenue and an additional $4 million dollars in local effort assistance from the State of Washington.

“We are so thankful for the tremendous support this community has shown for our schools and staff and, most importantly, for Kelso kids,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Tack. “Passing this levy directly impacts student learning.  Thank you to everyone involved in the successful passage of our levy.  Our district can continue a tradition of doing great things for the students and community of Kelso.”

Replacement levy dollars will continue to pay for the following programs, services, and materials:

  • Teachers, counselors, instructional aides, nurses, and other staff the state does not fully fund
  • School safety programs, staff training, and professional development
  • Extracurricular activities such as clubs, band and athletics
  • Instructional materials and technology
  • Maintenance of facilities, grounds, and playfields

“Kelso citizens have made a significant difference in the educational experience students will receive over the next four years.  We’re very grateful,” said Mike Haas, Kelso School Board President. “We do not take the community’s generosity for granted.”

Voters approve VPS levy
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/11/20 8:27 PM

Vancouver Public Schools’ supplemental levy passed on election night. The district’s first supplemental levy received 59.27 percent approval. By state law, levies for school funding need a 50 percent simple majority vote for passage. Historically, late-arriving ballots have caused the percentage of yes votes to rise after election day.

“I am extremely grateful to this community for providing more than 55 years of continuous financial support for our students and schools,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “This election shows the value our voters hold for the education of our children and youth.”

The three-year supplemental levy will maintain current levels of programs and services through 2023. It will make up a $10 million budget deficit the district experienced due to changes in state funding for K-12 schools. 

Levy results will be certified on Feb. 21. 

For more information, go to the VPS website.

Ridgefield School District Honors February Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/11/20 7:00 PM
Kayla Mitchell
Kayla Mitchell

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 -- Ridgefield, Washington – On February 11, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the February Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.  

Employee of the Month

Kayla Mitchell is the school counselor for all of Sunset Ridge Intermediate and is truly deserving of the Employee of the Month award.  She adheres to the ASCA school counseling model and provides dynamic and comprehensive school counseling services school-wide, in small groups and in support of individual students on a daily basis. 

Kayla coordinated the delivery of bullying prevention lessons in September and October and supported teachers in delivering the Second Step social emotional learning curriculum.  She runs multiple small groups focused on providing targeted skill instruction to support students in acquiring the skills they need for school success and meets with individual students every day.  Kayla oversees fifth and sixth grade student leadership, meeting with this group weekly to develop leadership skills, create informative and engaging monthly assemblies and identify ways to include all students, such as the New Student Welcoming Committee. 

Kayla is collaborative, serving on multiple building and district level teams to ensure that multi-tiered systems of support are available to every student.  She constantly engages in professional development to inform and enhance her school counseling including restorative practices, mental health partnerships, a continuum of social emotional learning supports and most recently, high leverage practices to support positive classroom behavior, culture and climate. 

This is Kayla’s second year in Ridgefield School District, and she has already made a tremendous positive impact for our students and school community.  Kayla, thank you for all that you do!

Students of the Month

Charlotte Halligan is the February Student of the Month at the Early Learning Center.  Charlotte has been a positive and friendly example for her peers in preschool.  She always comes to school with a big smile and happy disposition.  She is a curious and eager learner.  It has been wonderful to see Charlotte progress these last few months.  She is an important and valued member of our learning community.  Thank you, Charlotte, for always being a friend to your classmates and a responsible learner.  What a wonderful Hashbrown!

Natalie Green, a fourth grader, was selected for Student of the Month honors at South Ridge Elementary School.  Natalie is a very conscientious student who always makes sure her class’ books are returned ahead of the time it’s due back to the library, even if it means doing it after school.  She is a model of PBIS behavior and sets the bar high for all fourth graders as a library citizen.  Natalie is kind to her peers, helping them when they can’t find what they’re looking for in the library.  She always has a good book recommendation for classmates who “just don’t know what to check out.”  Over the last two years, Natalie has grown into a student that exemplifies what Ridgefield School District is all about:  kindness, a willingness to help other, and a desire to do one’s best.

Nolan Proctor, a kindergartener, was selected as Student of the Month at Union Ridge Elementary.  Nolan is in Mrs. Stamp’s kindergarten class.  He is a wonderful student!  Nolan strives to do his best on his work and is always first to offer to help clean up, run notes, or anything you want him to do!  He has an upbeat personality and a humorous attitude.  He is kind, helpful and considerate to his peers in class and exemplifies the three R’s – Respectful, Resilient and Responsible.  We look forward to watching Nolan grow and do amazing things here at Union Ridge and beyond.

Marin Fitzgerald, a sixth grader, was selected at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  We are so fortunate to have Marin at our school.  What do you call someone who is so kind that she goes out of her way to help other people?  Marin works at being the best student and friend she can be.  She is inclusive and respectful to all.  She chooses her words carefully to build others up in a genuine and sincere manner.  Marin models responsible behavior and holds herself to high standards; yet, she is easy going, approachable to her classmates and has a great sense of humor.  In the classroom, she is a positive, engaged and active learner who strives for quality no matter how difficult the challenge.  You can tell that she values her education and appreciates the opportunity to learn new things.  Marin Fitzgerald stands out as an exemplary student and person.  She embodies our motto of being Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.  Her maturity, kindness and integrity makes her an excellent candidate for Student of the Month.

Olivia Matters, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  Olivia is just an awesome person!  She comes to class every day with an attitude that makes her enjoyable to be around and also makes her successful.  She works through things with detail and full effort.  If Olivia doesn’t understand something, she asks the right questions and works even harder.  She consistently puts forth her best effort, even when others around her are not!  Her work ethic is amazing, and she is always such a positive person.  Olivia’s smile is infectious, and her classmates really enjoy working with her, as we all do!  She is a great choice for Student of the Month—an honor that is well deserved!

Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month didn’t fall far from the family tree.  Her mother was Employee of the Month in February 2019, and we are pleased that Tegan Petersen, a junior, was selected for this month’s Student of the Month honors.  Tegan is described by staff members as an exceptional student who is helpful and kind and always exemplifies the three R’s.  She has been nominated for Student of the Month five times by four different staff members.  Tegan carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, is involved in National Honor Society, Leo Club, Ambassadors, choir and jazz choir, and theater.  She is also a member of the varsity soccer team, which placed third at state this fall.  Tegan was in the cast of Chicago, was part of the tech crew for the recent performance of the student-directed One Acts, and plans to audition for the high school’s musical production of Cinderella in the spring.  She also placed third in RHS’ recent Poetry Out Loud competition.  After high school, Tegan plans to study math or physics and is considering a career as an actuary.

Special thanks to the local office of James Schmeling at Allstate Insurance Company, the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation and Ridgefield Boosters for sponsoring the district’s recognition program this school year.


Attached Media Files: Kayla Mitchell , Charlotte Halligan , Natalie Green , Nolan Proctor , Marin Fitzgerald , Olivia Matters , Tegan Petersen

Statement from West Linn Police Regarding Settlement Agreement
West Linn Police Dept. - 02/11/20 5:41 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

February 11, 2020

A negotiated settlement has been reached in the case of Michael Fesser v. City of West Linn, et al., filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. This lawsuit was initially filed in 2018 with the Multnomah County Circuit Court, with alleged events taking place during 2017.

After careful consideration by the City’s insurance carrier and external legal counsel, it was determined that a cessation of litigation expenses was in the best interest of the City and allows us to focus on our core mission of service to the community. A settlement of $600,000 is expected to be paid by the City’s insurance provider to the Plaintiff and his attorneys after all documents have been properly executed. This settlement is not an admission of liability; it seeks to avoid additional expense, uncertainty, and drain on public resources.

The City of West Linn and the West Linn Police Department do not tolerate any acts of discrimination or disparate treatment by its employees. In 2018, when the allegations were first reported, an internal investigation was conducted and swift and appropriate disciplinary personnel action was taken.

The West Linn Police Department is proud of its diverse workforce and actively works with its officers and staff to constantly maintain awareness through ongoing special trainings and education in areas such as harassment, diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, and procedural justice. Under the current leadership of Chief Terry Kruger, the Police Department embraces a culture of enhanced awareness, training, and open community conversations. The Police Department was an integral part of the Multi-City Equity Summit in 2019 and looks forward to continued partnerships with the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and other community leaders on initiatives to further improve on these critical issues in 2020 and beyond.

As we move forward, the West Linn Police Department strives to learn from both our past mistakes and our successes. Our officers, from the newest hire up to the Chief, make every effort to ensure that they are serving the community with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

Info sessions on state forest planned timber sales, projects in fiscal year 2021 set for Feb. 24 in Astoria, Feb. 26 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/11/20 5:21 PM

Oregonians are invited to information sessions in Astoria and Salem for an overview of planned timber sales and projects in state forests managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry for fiscal year 2021.

These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about state forests and to ask questions about annual operations planning. The agency is seeking to increase awareness of upcoming timber sales, environmental enhancement projects and ODF's recreation, education and interpretation program. State forests by law must be managed to provide economic, environmental and social benefits, and the information sessions aim to explain how the agency’s annual plans fit within longer-term implementation and forest management plans.

The department will continue to hold a 45-day Annual Operations Plan (AOP) public comment period in early spring, and these sessions will provide valuable context for citizens to provide informed input on these draft plans.

When: Monday, February 24, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Judge Guy Boyington Building - 857 Commercial St., Astoria, OR

When: Wednesday, February 26, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, Building C, Tillamook Room - 2600 State Street, Salem, OR

About Oregon’s state forests: The Oregon Department of Forestry manages approximately 730,000 acres of Board of Forestry lands across 15 Oregon counties as well as 33,000 acres of Common School Fund land. This includes the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam state forests in western Oregon as well as the Sun Pass and Gilchrist state forests in Klamath County.

Sandy Police Log 02-02-20 to 02-08-20
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/11/20 5:21 PM

See Attached Bulletin

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen

Attached Media Files: Bulletin

[Update] Damaged entrance road prompts Ecola State Park closure (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/11/20 4:33 PM
Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 8
Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 8

UPDATE 2-11-20: The park remains closed south of Indian Beach Day-use Area. Earlier today, park rangers discovered a roughly 100-foot section of the Crescent Beach Trail had slid over the cliff. The hillside may still be susceptible to slides; park rangers will continue to monitor the trail and entrance road over the next several days.

Visitors may still access the park’s Indian Beach Day-use Area via the Tillamook Head Trail, but cannot travel farther south into the park. View a PDF map of Ecola State Park.

Editors: see attached photos of damaged trail section. Credit Oregon State Parks. 


CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Ecola State Park is closed until further notice due to a damaged section of the park’s sole entrance road.

The affected section, an old repair made from compacted gravel, was damaged again over the weekend by the sliding hillside beneath the road. Efforts to shore up the section failed, and the gravel surface became uneven and unsafe.

Park rangers safely escorted all visitors out of the park Sunday afternoon. The sliding hillside also disconnected the park’s main water line, which shut off running water in the park. 

Ben Cox, park manager, says the closure length is unknown at this time.

“We’re still evaluating the extent of the road damage and forming a plan for repairs,” said Cox. “The land may continue to slide too, so we’re being cautious.”

Learn more about Ecola State Park on the Oregon State Parks website, oregonstateparks.org.

Visitors to the north coast are encouraged to explore other nearby state parks: Oswald West State Park, Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site and Hug Point State Recreation Site.

Attached Media Files: Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 8 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 7 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 6 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 5 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 4 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 3 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park 2 , Crescent Beach Trail slide at Ecola State Park

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 12, 2020
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/11/20 4:30 PM

An Executive Session of the Centennial School District Governing Board is being held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(e) - to conduct deliberations to negotiate real property transactions. The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the CSD district office board room. Items of interest include a Centennial Middle School report by its principal, Johanna Castillo. The media may attend but may not report on topics discussed during the executive session. 

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office enrolls in Oregon's Car Care Program (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/20 4:19 PM

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has enrolled in Oregon’s Car Care Program.  This program is a partnership between the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, and Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their cars. 

Many people defer small repairs and maintenance on their vehicles in favor of other critical household expenses.  Oregon’s Car Care Program is a voucher system that provides discounts at local auto parts stores so drivers can purchase, repair, or replace defective equipment.  We hope this will allow people to fix safety issues with their vehicles and make Lincoln County roads safer for all motorists.

Deputies observing equipment violations on vehicles they have stopped will be offering the vouchers.  Vouchers issued in Lincoln County may be used at any of the growing list of participating retailers state-wide.  Those retailers include: Advance Auto Parts, Battery Systems, Baxter Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts, Clackamas Auto Parts, Milex Complete Auto Care, Mt. Angel Auto Body, Napa Auto Parts, and White's Collision.

Attached Media Files: Voucher

Ridgefield's Take Your Parent to School Day an Overwhelming Success (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/11/20 3:38 PM
Union Ridge Elementary School experienced a record parent turnout for Take Your Parent to School Day.
Union Ridge Elementary School experienced a record parent turnout for Take Your Parent to School Day.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA “What did you do at school today?”  It’s usually a parent asking a kid that question.  But for one day a year, Ridgefield parents can find out firsthand by going to school with their child.  Ridgefield’s second annual Take Your Parent to School Day was an overwhelming success, with hundreds of parents coming to schools across the city. 

Students at all Ridgefield schools had the opportunity to bring their parents with them for a partial or full day of class.  In most classes, the parents were able to participate alongside their child, with some of them conducting experiments, planning podcasts, or running in gym. 

Union Ridge Elementary School broke the record for the largest number of parents participating, with over 300 parents in attendance.  Because the school is already operating at capacity and has limited space, they had to break the parent groups into shifts, with each grade having an assigned time for parent visitation.  Parents were still able to enjoy some time with their children in the classrooms.

South Ridge Elementary School also had a huge turnout, with 200 parents attending.  Principal Jill Neyenhouse led a presentation on social and emotional learning to a lunchroom filled with parents.  Afterwards, they joined their students for the day. 

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School had 120 parents attending, and View Ridge Middle School had 70 parents joining their kids.  Twenty-five parents came to Ridgefield High School for activities and classes as well.  At every grade level, parents welcomed the opportunity to see students and teachers in action.  Parent Leslie Koch joined her son, Levi, in choir.  She said, “I love it!  I’m so glad I came.” 

While there is only one Take Your Parent to School Day each year, parents are always welcome as volunteers in the schools.  Background checks are required, and volunteer forms can be obtained at the school office. 


Attached Media Files: Union Ridge Elementary School experienced a record parent turnout for Take Your Parent to School Day. , Dresden Wachsnicht and his mom, Amy, in Jessica Verpoorten's kindergarten class at Union Ridge Elementary. , Cooper Miller and his dad in Josie Bleth's kindergarten class at Union Ridge Elementary School. , South Ridge Elementary School parents attend a short presentation on social and emotional learning led by principal Jill Neyenhouse before joining their students in classrooms. , Kristi and Chase Evans join other parents and students researching rainforests at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School. , Leslie and Levi Koch before choir class at View Ridge Middle School. , Allison Orantes shows her mom, Kari Edgren, the podcast she is writing with her WIN (What I Need) Time group at View Ridge Middle School.

Critical Damage Assessment Information Needed; AlertSense Public Notification Planned
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/11/20 3:29 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

February 11, 2020


  • Information about reporting damage to homes and businesses is urgent and critical. Reports should be filed with Umatilla County by noon Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
  • A public alert on the reporting process will be sent this afternoon or evening. Details below.

Critical Damage Assessment Information Needed

Umatilla County needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood regarding three elements of losses. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resources needs of our communities. Some people affected by the flood may need to fill out multiple forms depending on the nature of their losses.

These reports include:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses.
  2. Business economic losses.
  3. Agriculture losses.

To find the forms and instructions for reporting damages, go to the Umatilla County website, scroll down to the flood link for access to all the documents: co.umatilla.or.us


AlertSense: Umatilla County will distribute an AlertSense public notification by text and email asking residents and business owners to complete online damage assessment forms. The message will be sent to those registered to receive the notifications in the areas affected by the flood.

Businesses and individuals who need assistance completing or submitting reports may reach out to the following locations during business hours:

  • Pendleton City Hall
  • Milton-Freewater Public Library
  • Umatilla Public Library,
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Echo City Hall
  • Weston City Hall

or call the Umatilla County Flood Information Line: 541-966-3671. (Staffing limited.)

Cash Donations: Cash donations are being accepted by three local community organizations

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). Donate through the website. 800-752-1139
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Donate through the website. 509-529-4371
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Send a check to: CTUIR (Attn: Accounts Receivable), 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801 (New today, Tuesday, Feb. 11.)

Tuesday, Feb. 11:

  • Umatilla County crews are assessing flooding debris and will determine the best process for the clean-up, including allocation of dumpsters.
  • The Oregon Department of Land and Conservation are training staff from the Umatilla County Planning Department and local cities in damage assessment. Water can create severe structural damage. This step is required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • County crews will inspect dams and levees in Pendleton and Milton-Freewater for damage.
  • Umatilla County will begin inspecting the heavy damage to Mill Creek Road. 
  • ODOT bridge crews will assist with bridge inspections.


  • Crews will continue recovery efforts throughout the area, including damage assessment, planning and repairs. 
  • Search and Rescue operations are on standby.
  • Short-term sheltering and associated needs for evacuated or displaced residents.

County Roads

  • Sections of Walla Walla River Road, Mill Creek Road and Bingham Road remain closed to vehicle traffic. Use TripCheck.com for the latest updates on county road and state highway closures.
  • OR Highway 204, the Tollgate Highway, remains closed between milepost 26.7 (Andes Prairie) and milepost 37.4 (Summerville Road).


  • On Thursday Feb. 6, heavy rain and snow melt caused by warm temperatures brought flooding to many areas of Umatilla County.
  • A helicopter tour Monday Feb. 10 revealed multiple bridges out, road sections gone and homes isolated. 
  • During the flooding, the Oregon Army National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit stranded by the flood. 
  • One woman was killed when high water swept through her property near the Bar M Ranch, the only reported fatality in the flooding.
  • High water and road damage closed Interstate 84 in both directions Friday Feb. 7 between Exits 182 and 188. One lane in each direction opened late Sunday night, Feb. 9. 


County invests local behavioral health funding to develop supportive housing
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/11/20 2:12 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – As housing costs rise in Clark County, people who have behavioral health needs, and often fixed incomes, have been disproportionately affected. Clark County has responded by utilizing a portion of local behavioral health funding for capital costs to build affordable housing that serves people with behavioral health needs.

This innovative approach has already helped create housing projects for this population such as Meriwether and Rhododendron, with more in the development pipeline.

Clark County is using behavioral health funds to help finance The Elwood, which will break ground on Monday, Feb. 17 and will include 46 apartments of supportive housing. Housing Initiative LLC, the Council for the Homeless’ affordable housing development company, is the developer of The Elwood and has partnered with Access Architecture, Otak, and TEAM construction.

The Elwood, which will take about 12 months to construct, will serve people who are exiting homelessness and need supportive services for behavioral health conditions. 

All apartments will be subsidized through the Vancouver Housing Authority so people do not pay more than 35 percent of their income towards rent and Sea Mar-Community Services Northwest will be providing the supportive services.

“This project will help get some of our highest-need, most-vulnerable neighbors off the street and into housing that will help them address their needs,” said County Councilor Temple Lentz. “This project was funded by a true community partnership: the County ($1,000,000), the City of Vancouver ($850,000), and the Vancouver Housing Authority ($304,811) worked together, in tandem with 9 percent tax credits from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. These sorts of projects are only possible with strong community collaborations like this one.”

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MESD Board Finance Committee meeting 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/11/20 1:13 PM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon  97220.

Three arrested following early-morning pursuit, follow-up investigation (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/20 12:16 PM

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-003301

At 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, a Clackamas County deputy attempted to stop a black 1999 Ford Ranger pickup on 172nd Avenue, near SE Sager Rd in Happy Valley. The deputy had initially observed the truck running a stop sign.  

The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the deputy.  

The suspect driver travelled west on SE Foster Rd into SE Portland — and was reportedly seen throwing items out the car window.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to stop the vehicle at SE 97th and Foster Rd.  Utilizing Stop Sticks and a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver.

The driver was taken into custody without further incident.  She was identified as Stephanie Lynn Schramm, 39, of Portland.  

It was determined the Ford Ranger had been reported stolen to the Portland Police Bureau on February 9, 2020.  

Schramm was arrested on charges of Attempt to Elude, Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding felony warrant from Multnomah County for Attempt to Elude. Bail was set at $30,000. Her complete booking info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/#inmates

This investigation led to additional arrests: Our deputies followed leads to a residence at 6209 SE 97th Ave. in Portland.  They contacted the two occupants there, identified as Ryan Weaks, 37, of Portland and Michael Lee Morasch, 49, of Portland.  

Weaks and Morasch were placed under arrest for outstanding warrants without incident. Weaks was booked into Clackamas County Jail on three counts of Probation Violation -- Identity Theft. Morasch was booked into Clackamas County Jail on Theft II and Parole Violation charges.

Booking photos of all three subjects are attached.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/624/131449/bookingphoto-StephanieLynnSchramm.jpg , 2020-02/624/131449/bookingphoto-RyanWeaks.jpg , 2020-02/624/131449/bookingphoto-Michael_Lee_Morasch.jpg

Jason Leo Hanson will receive 120 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder in the first degree
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/11/20 11:34 AM

February 11, 2020

Jason Leo Hanson will receive 120 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder in the first degree

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 30-year-old Jason Leo Hanson changed his plea and will receive a 120 month prison sentence for shooting at law enforcement following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

On February 10, 2020, Hanson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in the first degree with a firearm. As stated in court documents, Hanson is expected to receive a 120 month prison sentence when he is formally sentenced on March 12, 2020.

“Mr. Hanson put our community at extreme risk during this incident,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson, who prosecuted this case. “We are incredibly lucky no one was injured as a result of Mr. Hanson’s incredibly dangerous driving as he fled law enforcement through several neighborhoods in a stolen vehicle and ultimately when he decided to pull out a firearm and start shooting toward law enforcement.”

This investigation started on October 18, 2018 when the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office located a stolen vehicle near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard in Clackamas County, Oregon.

The owner of the vehicle had previously reported it as stolen on October 8, 2018 to Portland Police. 

A deputy assigned to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver, later identified as Hanson, sped off and refused to stop. After a pursuit that spanned Happy Valley and Portland, with speeds reaching approximately 60 miles per hour, Hanson ditched his vehicle on Southeast Gary Street and ran from the scene on foot into Portland city limits.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office descended on the area and set up a containment zone around the neighborhood looking for Hanson. During the search, Clackamas County Sheriff Deputy Michael McLeland located Hanson in the 8500 block of Southeast 89th Avenue. Portland Police Officer Kameron Fender and CCSO Deputy Jonathan Campbell quickly arrived on scene and joined CCSO Deputy McLeland.

Hanson pulled out a Smith and Wesson .380 handgun and fired a single round in the proximity of CCSO Deputy McLeland, CCSO Deputy Campbell and PPB Officer Fender.

The bullet from Hanson’s firearm hit CCSO Deputy McLeland’s patrol vehicle.

CCSO Deputy Campbell and PPB Officer Fender returned fire toward Hanson, who was struck in the back and in the upper thigh. Law enforcement immediately provided Hanson first aid and paramedics transported him to the hospital.

At Monday’s change of plea hearing, PPB Officer Fender read an impact statement to the court which stated in part:

“I am honored and blessed to be able to serve the community that I was born in. I take pride in doing my job the right way: treating people with respect – the respect that they deserve and protecting vulnerable people from those that would do them harm. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be here today. That is because myself and two other deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office came extremely close to having been murdered on October 18, 2018. I have been in the law enforcement profession for just shy of 15 years. Never in that time have I encountered a person who so brazenly and intentionally attempted to take my life and the lives of other officers.

Mr. Hanson's actions that day could have easily taken a father from his children and a husband from his wife all because he did not want to face the responsibilities for his own actions.

Mr. Hanson tried to kill police officers who were simply doing their jobs and trying to do the right thing. It is fortunate that this type of event happens very infrequently in our area. ...

...Although, thankfully, we were not physically harmed that night by Mr. Hanson, it has altered my life forever. The emotional impact and trauma from this incident I carry with me today. I think about it, literally, every day - about how easily I could have been shot; the panic of having to react in the blink of an eye to defend my own life and the lives of the other deputies. The significance of his actions should not be over looked by what turned out to be pure luck that our lives were spared.

I would expect the court to hold Mr. Hanson accountable for what he has done. I believe the egregious nature of trying to unlawfully kill another human is well deserving of a severe sentence. … I also emphasize that this was done because of my profession; because I was acting to preserve the quality of life for the citizens in our community. I hope that is never lost sight of.”

According to court documents, upon release, Hanson will be on 36 months of post-prison supervision. The court ordered that he pay $1,037.98 in restitution to V-1 Ace Car Reconditioning. Additional restitution may be determined within 90 days.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes Portland Police Bureau Detective Todd Gradwahl, the lead investigator, and the members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau for their dedicated efforts investigating this case.



Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131447/PR-20-43-Jason_Leo_Hanson.pdf

'The Cripple of Inishmaan' opens at Clackamas Community College (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/11/20 11:31 AM
Cripple Billy played by Aaron Palumbo and JohnnyPateenMike played by Jacob Thompson.
Cripple Billy played by Aaron Palumbo and JohnnyPateenMike played by Jacob Thompson.

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College’s Theatre Department will present the comic masterpiece “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh as its winter Main Stage Production.

On the remote Irish island of Inishmaan in 1934, word is out that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. “Cripple Billy” decides to risk everything to escape his tedious life if only he can get cast in the film and move to Hollywood. “The Cripple of Inishmaan” was a hit off-Broadway in 1998 and again on Broadway in 2014 starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Written by acclaimed screenwriter and director Martin McDonagh, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” is a side-splitting dark comedy loaded with unforgettable characters in the great tradition of Irish drama.

Directed by artistic director James Eikrem, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” features a dynamic ensemble of CCC students and community members, with scenic and lighting design by Chris Whitten and costumes by Gina Piva. The show will also feature guest artist Griff Bear, who will be accompanying with Irish fiddle.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” runs Feb. 27-March 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., in the Niemeyer Osterman Theatre on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. There will also be a 10 a.m. matinee on Friday, March 6. An opening-night reception will be held Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and includes light refreshments.  

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and free for students at the door or $5 online. Visit www.clackamas.edu/theatre or call 503-594-3153 for reservations.


Attached Media Files: Cripple Billy played by Aaron Palumbo and JohnnyPateenMike played by Jacob Thompson. , Aunt Kate played by Talulabel Gilpin and Aunt Eileen played by Lisa Marvier.

Share Receives $10,000 Washington Census Equity Fund Grant to Support a Full and Accurate Count in Clark County
Share - 02/11/20 11:30 AM

Vancouver, WA –Share has received $10,000 in funding from the Washington Census Equity Fund to support 2020 Census outreach, education and resources to ensure a complete and accurate census count in Clark County, Wash.

“Share is grateful to our state for this grant which will assist our staff to help local low-income households and those who are homeless to have their voice counted. The funds will help to remove barriers, such as lack of housing, language or no computer access, that prevent people from participating in the census,” said Diane McWithey, executive director. “The accuracy of the census is vital, as government agencies will use this date for the next 10 years to shape our community and decide what resources to allocate. Often, the populations that are hardest to count are the very residents who need additional resources. For example, a family in the process of securing affordable housing may live in temporary housing, like a shelter or their own car, so they wouldn’t receive census mail or be in a place where a census worker could find them to facilitate participation. We want to make sure all our citizens are counted.”

Specifically, Share staff will: distribute pamphlets targeted to people experiencing homelessness in Share’s shelters and street outreach programming, emphasizing the impact the census has on local children, veterans, senior citizens, and families; engage with participants at Council for the Homeless’ (CFTH) Project Homeless Connect 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Jan. 23 and distribute pamphlets to attendees; organize ongoing small groups of clients in each of Share’s shelters to discuss the census questions one-by-one by completing a mock census form together through laptops and a staff-led PowerPoint presentation; using tablets and a wireless hotspot, engage those living in encampments throughout the city through street outreach and other engagement programs, discussing the questions from the mock census form; answer questions and facilitate online census completion for clients at CFTH’s Housing Solutions Center using laptops; on April 1, host a Census Day event to answer questions and assist low-income community members and those experiencing homelessness in completing the census on-site using laptops and tablets; and engage with participants and facilitate census completion at Compassion Connection’s Vancouver Compassion Clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Church on July 18.

“We know that an overwhelming number of Washington organizations and tribes are ready to engage their communities on the 2020 Census with early funding to catalyze census planning and mobilization in hard-to-count communities,” said Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. Washington State received a total of $16.7 billion from 55 federal programs in 2016. Each person counted leads to significant resources to support critical programs and services including transportation, health care, education and housing.

Risks to the success of the 2020 Census include a new online format, a lack of testing and a shortage of federal funding for outreach. The new online innovations increase the potential to omit residents where housing has grown or changed, to overlook those with less computer literacy or broadband access, and to undercount hard-to-count populations including low-income residents and those who are homeless.

Undercounting people experiencing homelessness in the 2020 Census could also impact how federal funding is allocated to states and localities. Many programs that impact people experiencing homelessness are funded based in whole or in part on census-derived data, including, but not limited to, Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies, Head Start Program, Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, SNAP, Health Care for the Homeless Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Child Nutrition Programs, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funds for Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, and Safe Havens, and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Program.

The Washington Census Equity Fund, a statewide pooled fund managed by Philanthropy Northwest, awarded $700,000 in funding organizations and tribes supporting communities across Washington.

Washington has more than 1.6 million residents at risk of being undercounted and potentially missing out on funding and resources directly affecting their communities. This funding increases the capacity of community organizations already positioned to improve census participation by hard-to-communities.

About Share

Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,680 children at 91 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.


CCC STEM Talk explores adolescent development
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/11/20 11:29 AM

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Talk Feb. 26, 5-6 p.m.

For many, adolescence can feel like a delicate balancing act. There are neurological changes, new social experiences and behavioral factors that play a role in adolescent development. Despite the pressures they face, most adolescents make it across the high wire into adulthood without major problems; however, others face greater adversity. Why do some adolescents show resilience, while others develop significant problems?

Researchers are finding new insights into the way biological and sociocultural systems impact resilience. Learn about the promising avenues for understanding adolescent development at this STEM Talk. Justin Caouette, professor of prevention science within the counseling psychology and human services department at the University of Oregon, will lead the discussion.

The STEM Talk will take place in the Harmony West Community Room on the Milwaukie campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road. Guests are invited to a meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. before the discussion begins. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the college’s STEM Talks, contact Mark Yannotta at ky@clackamas.edu">marky@clackamas.edu or 503-594-6357. For more information on CCC’s STEM programs, visit www.clackamas.edu/programs.


City seeks applicants for volunteer Parking Advisory Committee
City of Vancouver - 02/11/20 11:25 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interesting in filling two vacancies on its volunteer Parking Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply for these positions is 5 p.m, Wednesday, March 11.

Both open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring and one of these individuals may reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any qualifying applicants.

The Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body that advises the Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Applicants for both positions must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Live or own property anywhere within the Vancouver city limits
  • Serve as an executive officer/partner,  or employee at a business located in the downtown area

All applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Wednesday, March 25.

Committee members serve four-year terms. The committee meets quarterly, or as needed, on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request a printed application or for further information, contact Shannon Ripp at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pac to learn more about the City’s Parking Advisory Committee, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.


PeaceHealth hosts educational webinar on the flexitarian diet
PeaceHealth - 02/11/20 11:12 AM

You’ve heard of vegetarian, vegan and maybe even pescatarian. How about flexitarian?

Yep. The flexitarian diet is gaining popularity around tables today. If you’re curious to know more, there’s an upcoming online class that will answer what it is, whether it works and how to start adopting it.

PeaceHealth is presenting the free webinar “How a Flexitarian Diet Could Work for You,” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. Jessy Richards, a PeaceHealth registered dietitian, will be the featured presenter. She will offer insight on:

  • What a flexitarian diet is and how it works.
  • Pros and cons of a flexitarian diet.
  • Easy ways to start adopting a flexitarian diet.

“You might guess from the name that this eating style is a flexible vegetarian diet,” Richards said. “I hope the information in the webinar will inspire people to try more fun, healthy plant-based meals.”

Studies show eating a plant-based diet can make a dramatic difference in our health. In fact, flexitarian and similar eating styles are associated with:

  • Improved hypertension.
  • Better management of diabetes.
  • Lower body weight.
  • Decreased risk for heart disease and cancers.
  • Reduced need for medications.

“One question I’m often asked is ‘where do you get protein on a plant-based diet?’,” noted Richards. “You might be surprised by how many plants have all the protein you need. I’ll cover all of those sources in this session.”

She also likes to point out that this diet isn’t about what you can’t have. “Flexitarians love focusing on what to add instead of what to take away. You can still have some of your favorite meat-based meals. Just flex them up with lots more plants. Get creative. The sky’s the limit.”

Ready to learn more? Register for the free online webinar at peacehealth.org/flexitarian-diet.

For questions, email healthy-you@peacehealth.org.

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 1,200 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. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

SAIF offers free agriculture safety seminars Feb. 19-20 in Wilsonville
SAIF - 02/11/20 10:24 AM

What: SAIF will be presenting a free, half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health on Wednesday, February 19 in English and on Thursday, February 20 in Spanish.

Who should attend: The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health—they don't have to be insured by SAIF. Registration is required.

When: Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Clackamas Community College’s Wilsonville Training Center, Room 108B, 29353 Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville.

More information: Below and at www.saif.com/agseminars. SAIF safety management consultants are available for interviews on the seminars and ag safety. Photos from last year’s seminars are available by request.


Free farm safety seminars held in 17 cities across Oregon

Summary: SAIF’s annual ag seminars will be held in 17 cities across the state and online in English and Spanish.

Farm work is a whole lot safer than it used to be. But as far as SAIF is concerned, even one injury or illness is too many.

That’s why SAIF is offering 29 free ag safety seminars in 17 cities across Oregon. The first was held in La Grande on October 28, and they’ll continue through March 2020. Nine of the seminars will be presented entirely in Spanish. Last year, more than 2,180 workers and employers attended SAIF’s seminars.

“We purposely hold these in the off-season to encourage attendance,” said Courtney Merriott, senior safety management consultant at SAIF and presenter at this year’s seminars. “Our goal is to provide the latest safety content for the industry, so that every ag worker goes home safe and healthy each night.”

This year’s seminars will focus on four topics: respiratory personal protective equipment, working at elevation, safety leadership for anyone, and incident analysis—a structured process for identifying what happened and reducing recurrence of injuries moving forward.

In March, SAIF will also offer webinars online in English and, new this year, Spanish.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health—they don’t have to be insured by SAIF.

In-person seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Milton-Freewater, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish seminars will be held in Central Point, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

All will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar, or watch the webinars, will meet OSHA’s instructional requirement—one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

Three hours of technical and one hour of business continuing education credits will be offered if approved by the Landscape Contractors Board. Producer continuing education credit hours for licensed insurance agents have been requested and are pending approval by the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

More information—including registration details—can be found at www.saif.com/agseminars.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Free Farm Financing event on 2/15 offered by Linn County Farm Bureau (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/11/20 10:13 AM

Feb. 11, 2020

Free Farm Financing event on 2/15 offered by Linn County Farm Bureau

What: Farm Financing seminar will focus on different sources of revenue open to farmers and ranchers, ranging from the private sector, non-government organizations, and government-subsidized loans.

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: 31310 Peoria Rd, Shedd, OR 97377

Featuring: Presentations from experts from Farm Credit Services, Linn County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the federal Farm Service Agency.

Who: Open to anyone interested in financing options for farms, ranches, and ag-related ventures.

Cost: Free! The event will be hosted by Linn County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5507/131439/Free_Farm_Financing_event_on_2_15_offered_by_Linn_County_Farm_Bureau.png

Washington Man arrested in Corvallis, for luring a child online, offering to take her home to Vancouver (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/20 9:40 AM

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Lee Baldie, 33 years old, of Vancouver, Washington, at the conclusion of a two and a half week undercover chat operation initiated by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. 


In January, an undercover Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, posing as a minor child, responded to an online ad which was seeking “younger girls”.  During the course of the conversation that followed, Baldie offered to drive to Corvallis to meet with the child, then drive the child back to Vancouver for sex.   Baldie was arrested as he arrived in Corvallis on Friday night to pick up the child.  Baldie was later lodged in the Benton County Jail for Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child I, and Attempted Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct.


Following the arrest of Baldie, the Vancouver Police Department (WA), executed a search warrant at Baldie’s residence.  During the service of the search warrant, the wife of Daniel Lee Baldie was interviewed as a possible co-conspirator in the crime of Attempt Rape of a Child in the 2nd degree.  Several electronic devices were seized for computer forensic examination and the couple’s three children were taken into protective custody.   


Vancouver Police Department detectives will work with the Benton County (OR) District Attorney’s Office, the Clark County (WA) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon on the criminal charging of either subject regarding Washington State RCW and federal criminal violations.


The Benton County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to report any suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at http://CyberTipline.org or 1-800-843-5678. NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.


The Benton County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Vancouver Police Department and the FBI who assisted in this investigation.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1505/131437/Baldie_Mug.png

Lebanon Fire District Announces Promotion (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 02/11/20 9:23 AM
Engineer Kroll
Engineer Kroll

Lebanon, Ore.

The Lebanon Fire District is pleased to announce the promotion of firefighter Mark Kroll to the rank of Engineer. Kroll joined the Lebanon Fire District as a full-time firefighter in July of 2007. His promotion to Engineer comes after a competitive selection process within the District.

Engineers are responsible for the safe operation of apparatus while on shift. This includes, but is not limited to, operating the pumps, driving the apparatus, and using the hydraulic aerial equipment.

Engineer Mark Kroll will be pinned during a special ceremony following tonight’s public Board meeting at 5:30 at Station 31. All are invited and welcome to attend.

The Lebanon Fire District wishes to congratulate Engineer Mark Kroll on a job very well done.

Attached Media Files: Engineer Kroll

PPB Releases Investigative Files Regarding Officer-Involved Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 02/11/20 9:15 AM
The Portland Police Bureau is releasing the investigative files regarding the officer-involved shooting of Sarah Brown, which occurred on March 8, 2018. Brown was wounded in the shooting and was indicted for crimes related to that night. On January 31, 2020, Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of first-degree burglary. Now that the case has been adjudicated, the Police Bureau has published the investigative files on the Bureau's Open Data page, which can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/679708

The Portland Police Bureau Directive that provides guidelines for members' actions related to reporting and investigating deadly force incidents may be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780


Council invites community to the 2020 State of the County, Wednesday, March 11
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/11/20 9:04 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council invites the community to the 2020 State of the County on Wednesday, March 11 from 6-8 pm. The event will be in the sixth-floor hearing room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Councilor Eileen Quiring, chair of the county council, will present State of the County remarks followed by comments given by councilors Temple Lentz of District 1, Julie Olson of District 2, John Blom of District 3 and Gary Medvigy of District 4. County Manager Shawn Henessee also will speak at the event.

The State of the County event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For those unable to attend, the program can be seen later on CVTV, Clark-Vancouver Television, Channels 21 and 23 or online at www.cvtv.org.

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Bots (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/20 9:00 AM

The FBI has launched the “Protected Voices” initiative to help 2020 political campaigns and American voters protect against online foreign influence operations and cyber security threats. The Protected Voices campaign includes information and guidance from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

This FBI Portland Tech Tuesday report is adapted from the Protected Voices initiative with a focus on providing cyber security information to political campaigns as well as businesses and individuals in Oregon. More information on all aspects of the initiative, including video downloads, can be found at www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices


Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense by understanding how foreign actors use both technology and our emotions to interfere in elections. 

Let’s start with the basics. A “bot” is a program that can simulate human behavior. You likely encounter bots on a regular basis. It can be something as simple as “chatting” with a customer service representative at an online business or asking for help on a shopping site. Today, though, we are going to talk about how foreign actors use bots on social media platforms to drive discord and decision-making. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warns that bots “use artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and other programs or databases to imitate users posting content.” 

The bots start by targeting divisive issues big and small. The issue could be the upcoming election or the appropriate pizza topping. They don’t care about a winning side – it’s all about making people stake out very different positions.  

By getting people to respond, they are able to start building a large following. Once an influencer or a bot network identifies you as someone willing to engage, they often rename accounts and reuse them for multiple issues. 

That large following allows the foreign actors to be effective in spreading misinformation and hate speech, both of which can generate an emotional reaction by those involved in the debate. Feeling anger or extreme satisfaction can cause you to ignore signs of what’s going on and encourage you to like, repost, or share the info to even more people. 

In the end, the foreign actors and their bots impact our ability to have fair and free elections by polluting our political discussions about the candidates and the issues. What can you do? 

Be wary of accounts or profiles where the posts are only working to drive extreme views. Trolls are in it to make you mad – don’t let them. You can also check an account’s activity history. Is it very new? Was it created years ago but started posting a huge volume of content just recently? Has it changed its name repeatedly? Do some basic online research to see if you can determine if that very-American sounding group is really a legitimate organization. 

Finally, if in doubt – take your conversations off-line. Focus on verifiable facts and encourage your friends and family to do the same 

Remember your voice matters, so protect it. Go to www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices for more information. 


Attached Media Files: TT - Bots - AUDIO , TT - Bots - GRAPHIC

80-year-old Oregon man swindled out of $200,000 in elaborate romance scam (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/11/20 8:56 AM
Pic of lion sculpture used in scam
Pic of lion sculpture used in scam

Salem – Valentine’s Day is almost here, love is in the air, and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation warns, don’t get catfished.

Recently, an 80-year-old widower was catfished out of $200,000. The unidentified fraudster stole a Florida woman’s identity to befriend the Oregonian through an online dating service and persuaded him to send money for a business opportunity.

Over several months, the con artist convinced the elderly man that they were in a long-distance romantic relationship, and proposed an opportunity to support an art gallery in Florida.

The scammer pretended to seek investors to cover $5 million in transportation costs to ship a 500-ton marble lion sculpture from China. The con artist promised that investments would be returned plus a percentage of the profits from the sale of the sculpture.

The widower even received fabricated documents detailing the contract with the museum and bank statements. Relying on the documents and his romantic relationship, the victim made a series of payments over five months to various individuals and overseas bank accounts totaling more than $200,000. 

The widower lost his entire investment and investigators have been unable to locate the scammer.

“Romance scams typically target older individuals, gain their trust, then ask for money through social media and dating websites,” said Andrew Stolfi, division administrator. “Unfortunately, victims often wire funds overseas or to third-party transfer agents, making it difficult to track the money and identify the con artist.”

The division encourages consumers to do their homework before making any investment. Protect yourself from getting catfished or falling for an investment scam by following these tips:

  • Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person, and be cautious about sharing personal or financial information.
  • Do not transfer money to unknown people or intermediaries. If you need to use a third party to send money, use a licensed money transmitter.
  • Keep copies of all communications with scammers and report them to the division, the online dating site, the local police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information and tips about investing, visit dfr.oregon.gov/financial/investments. Consumers can also contact the division’s advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) to ask questions, file complaints, or check the license of a company or advisor.


About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.


Attached Media Files: Pic of lion sculpture used in scam

PFEC Special Saturday: Rosie Revere Engineer Day (Photo)
The Historic Trust - 02/11/20 8:38 AM

Pearson Field Education Center hosts free Special Saturday.


VANCOUVER, WA (February 11, 2020) — The Historic Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC) is hosting a Special Open Saturday on February 15, 2020, 10 am-5 pm at the hangar on Pearson Air Field, 201A E. Reserve St., Vancouver, WA. Rosie Revere, Engineer is a character who dreams of becoming a great engineer, yet is too shy to reveal her inventions.


Participants will be introduced to the engineering design process as they flow through activities during the event. Each discovery station will introduce a different branch of engineering with a mini engineering challenge. Station activities will be led by volunteer engineering students or professionals in the field. At each station, participants and their families will also have the opportunity to discover a heroine of engineering. The event will also include a reading of Rosie Revere Engineer for younger age groups and an opportunities for future engineers to informally network with college students and female engineers.


Director of PFEC, Michelle Marra stated, “Pearson Field Education Center strives to encourage and inspire girls to pursue activities and careers traditionally dominated by men. Rosie Revere is an inventive way to convey an engineering dream to females which they can translate into their own dreams.”


PFEC recognizes the accomplishments of women engineers and encourages young women through STEM education to consider engineering as a career field. This free event was made possible through a grant from DiscoverE and other generous PFEC donors.




About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, dedicated to inspiring civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. Learn more at www.thehistorictrust.org or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HistoricTrustWA.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3818/131431/_E5A0413-LTF-RHolcomb.jpg

Historian Gregory Shine to Present "The Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier" on February 29
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/11/20 8:30 AM

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, historian Gregory P. Shine will return to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center to present a special program titled “’I am Also Entitled to be Recognized’: The Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier.” The program will explore the life, military service, and Pacific Northwest connections of Sgt. Moses Williams – a decorated Buffalo Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient – and share new research that sheds light on key turning points in Williams’ fascinating life. 
Williams, a nineteenth century U.S. Army soldier who served in the Ninth U.S. Cavalry – one of four all-African American regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers – and at several western posts as an ordnance sergeant, is buried in the Vancouver Barracks post cemetery. As Shine’s program will illustrate, Williams’ journey from rural Louisiana, through assignments at remote forts in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oregon, reveals much about the history of the American West.
The program is free to the public, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. It is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Oregon Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
To learn more about Moses Williams, the Buffalo Soldiers in the Pacific Northwest, the history of Blacks in Oregon, and related topics, visit the Oregon Encyclopedia online at https://oregonencyclopedia.org. Learn more about Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks here.
Gregory P. Shine is a historian, writer and educator who has been researching, writing, and presenting Buffalo Soldier history for nearly 30 years. Greg has worked for the Department of the Interior for over 28 years and has also been an affiliated scholar in the History Department at Portland State University since 2006. For fourteen years he served as the chief ranger and historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Greg is a member of the editorial board of the Oregon Encyclopedia, a board member of the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and a popular speaker on topics related to Pacific Northwest history, including the Buffalo Soldiers. The author of numerous publications, Greg has also contributed to and appeared on episodes of PBS's History Detectives and OPB's Oregon Experience and is a consulting historian to the documentary film Buffalo Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest now in production. 
What: Historian Gregory P. Shine presents the program “’I am Also Entitled to be Recognized’: The Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier”
Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661
When: 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 
Cost: Free

Fireplace Ashes Cause House Fire in Beaverton (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/11/20 5:58 AM
169th Pl Fire Scene
169th Pl Fire Scene

At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a fire in a residential neighborhood located at 169th Place in Beaverton. Initial calls to WCCCA 911 dispatch reported that flames could be seen in between two homes where a fence and tree had caught fire. 

First incoming crews from Station 64 arrived to find that the flames had spread to the garage of an adjacent house. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive fire attack while additional incoming crews helped search the house to ensure all occupants safely evacuated. 

It took crews almost an hour to extinguish the fire that had also made its way into the eaves and attic area of the home. Cedar shake shingles also fueled the fire at a rapid rate. 

Due to the extensive fire and water damage to the garage and smoke damage throughout the house, the family is temporarily displaced. They have chosen to arrange alternative temporary housing on their own. 

A TVF&R investigator determined the fire to be accidental and caused by fireplace ashes that were disposed of in a yard debris container on the side of the house. The ashes had been stored in a separate metal can for over a day, but unfortunately were not completely cooled and ignited the vegetation debris in the container. 

Ashes from a fireplace can remain hot for up to five days, possibly even longer. It is recommended that ashes are stored in a metal container that is kept away from any structures and combustibles for at least a week. For more safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com. 

Attached Media Files: 169th Pl Fire Scene , 169th Pl Fire - Front of house , 169th Pl Fire - Side of house

Mon. 02/10/20
Salem Exceeds 10-year Tree Canopy Goal
City of Salem - 02/10/20 8:30 PM

Salem, Ore. — If it seems a little leafier this coming spring, you’re not imagining it. Salem’s tree canopy has increased to 24 percent, exceeding the 23 percent goal set in 2013

Canopy reports released in 2010 and 2020 show an overall increase of 6 percent over the 10-year period, amounting to 9,202 tree acres of the total 38,740-acre study area. Every Salem neighborhood shared the gain, from 2 percent in Lansing to 8 percent in Southwest Association of Neighbors (SWAN).

Several factors contributed to the increase:

  • Growth of existing trees.
  • Growth of young trees previously too small to count.
  • Newer, more accurate technology.
  • New areas included for assessment, such as Minto conservation areas and tree plantations.

Salem’s tree canopy provides $80 million a year in environmental benefit, enhancing air quality, filtering stormwater, and capturing and storing carbon to help combat climate change. Those benefits help protect public health, water supply, local economies, and aesthetics.

Volunteers played a big role in helping increase Salem’s urban forest. The City began contracting with Friends of Trees in 2013 to plant trees and shrubs in parks, schools, and along streams. More than 2,000 trees had been planted between 2013 and 2019. The City also developed a Tree Fund where donations and fines help plant new trees, and devoted $100,000 a year toward planting new street trees

The Community Forestry Strategic Plan was adopted by the Salem City Council in August 2013. Due to Salem’s success meeting its original canopy goal, the City has set a new canopy goal of 28% for 2030, using the same goal-setting methodology as the previous decade.

You can help us achieve that goal by planting and maintaining trees on your properties and joining with the City and Friends of Trees to help grow our tree canopy. The planting season runs from November to April each year. The next planting will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, in Cascades Gateway Park at 8:45 a.m. An Arbor Day planting event will be April 4, 2020 in Geer Park.

About Salem: Salem is a charter member of Tree City USA, started in 1976, making us the oldest Tree City USA in Oregon. We have achieved a Sterling City designation from Tree City USA for achieving Growth Awards for 10 years. As of 2019, Salem has earned 13 Growth Awards, which honor cities that go above and beyond minimum requirements.


Woodland Public Schools welcomes two new board members and recognizes the school board during School Board Appreciation Month (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/10/20 6:00 PM
From left to right: Board Secretary Nicole Galloway and Superintendent Michael Green recognize the board including Janice Watts, Tammy Graham, Jeff Wray, and student representative Camila Avelar.
From left to right: Board Secretary Nicole Galloway and Superintendent Michael Green recognize the board including Janice Watts, Tammy Graham, Jeff Wray, and student representative Camila Avelar.

Monday, February 10, 2020-Woodland, WA-The staff and students of Woodland Public Schools celebrated their Board of Directors during the district’s regular board meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020.

This year, Woodland Public Schools welcomed two new directors to the board: Jeff Wray serving as the representative for Director District 3 and Tammy Graham as the representative for Director District 4.

Introducing Jeff Wray

Jeff Wray replaces Lesa Beuscher as the Director for District 3. For Wray, serving on the school board provided him with the opportunity to show his gratitude for the Woodland community. “I wanted a way to give back to the Woodland, a community that welcomed me with open arms,” he said. “I love and appreciate the small-town feel Woodland offers and serving on the school board seemed like a good fit with my skillset.”

Throughout Wray’s career, he’s worked with school districts throughout the state and currently facilitates training for his current employer, Amazon. “For me, my top priority for our schools is making sure we give our community’s children the tools and resources they need to succeed,” he said. “Those resources can range from offering robust Career-Life-College curriculum throughout their academic careers or ensuring we provide meals to those who can’t afford them; my priority and hope is to ensure students are ready to learn at the start of each day with any roadblocks to learning removed.”

Wray values the work of the district staff, particularly with student engagement, “Having watched student interactions between our staff and students shows me the importance our staff holds in our students’ lives.” For Wray, improvement and growth are ongoing goals. “My employer says, ‘it’s always Day 1,’ and I think that applies to our schools, too,” he said. “As we learn more about effective learning methods and better methods of classroom management among other topics, we’ll improve the learning experience for children and adults, too.”

Wray attended and graduated from the Kennewick School District in Kennewick, Washington. After high school, he focused on his career before later earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Washington State University. Wray’s family, his wife and three children, moved to the Woodland area a little more than two-and-a-half-years ago.  Wray’s hobbies include watching movies and playing games (both board games and video games) with his family.

Wray finds inspiration from a quote from philosopher John Dewey, “Dewey had a major impact on modern education and he would state ‘failure is instructive; the person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes,’” he said. “This is a perspective I’ve always tried to live by.”

Introducing Tammy Graham

Tammy Graham replaces Matt Donald to represent District 4. Although Graham hadn’t considered running for the school board in the past, she had spent the past ten years volunteering with her children’s schools, serving on a variety of committees as a parent representative. “I have such a heart for the kids in our community and have been an advocate to help make positive changes to benefit all of Woodland’s kids,” she said. “After several people approached me about running, I spent months researching the position and realized, in the end, that serving on the board would be a natural fit for what I was already doing.”

Graham’s passion continues to be Woodland’s schools and children. “The district’s greatest assets are our teachers and staff – we have some of the best around – and I regularly see our staff going above and beyond both in and out of the classroom,” she said. “Any success we see as a district comes as a direct result of the hard work of our district’s staff as a team and the passion they invest in the lives of kids.”

Rather than joining the board with specific priorities in mind, Graham prefers to approach the role with an open mind, “I am eager to learn and approach all topics, including established procedures and policies, with the question, ‘How does this align with the district’s vision, mission, and goals?’”

Graham also values using research to help drive results, particularly with a focus on continued growth. “By looking into student achievement data, talking to the staff, and hearing parent feedback, we can learn where the district excels and where we could focus for improvement,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with our other board members to learn more about opportunities for growth and improvement throughout the district.”

Graham and her husband, Justin, have three children attending Woodland Public Schools with one at each school level – elementary (fourth grade), middle (sixth grade), and high school (ninth grade). “Our children are all very active and involved in the community through their schools and participation in sports,” she said. “We are a busy family who enjoys being together and supporting one another; attending church and growing our faith is also a very important part of our lives.”

Graham was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK where she graduated from Westmoore High School in the Moore Public School system. Following graduation, she attended York College in Nebraska where she played soccer, earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and met her future husband. 

After graduating, Graham and her husband moved to Michigan where she taught first and second grade at schools in the suburbs of Detroit. Together, the two started a business which offered them the flexibility to raise their children and move to the Pacific Northwest. Graham’s hobbies include distance running and volunteering, “I recently became a Lunch Buddy at one of the elementary schools and have two friends I’m excited about connecting with each week.”

Graham looks forward to what she and the board can do for Woodland’s schools. “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the school board; I do not take this position lightly and consider it a great responsibility,” she said. “I believe in public schools and I think Woodland is a wonderful place to raise a family; I will strive to represent what is best for all of our stakeholders – students, parents, community members, teachers and staff.”

Board Appreciation Day

Superintendent Michael Green opened the meeting by recognizing each of the board members for their dedication in helping to oversee the district’s schools. “School districts' elected boards of directors play a crucial role for our communities and our schools,” he said. “These community leaders volunteer to take on the sometimes-daunting task of helping guide school districts with their decisions affecting student learning, professional development and a myriad of other aspects of district operations.”

Green then presented each board director with a special certificate recognizing their contributions.

The Directors of Woodland Public Schools Board are:

  • Sarah Stuart, raised in Woodland and a Woodland High School graduate, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Linfield College, and has children currently attending Woodland schools. Stuart represents District 1.
  • Janice Watts, raised in Woodland and a Woodland High School graduate, owns Letter Box, a local Woodland Business, and has four children who have attended or are currently attending Woodland’s schools. Watts continues to serve as Board President and represents District 2.
  • Jeff Wray represents District 3.
  • Tammy Graham represents District 4.
  • Woodland Public Schools is seeking an interim board representative for Director District 5. Registered voters who reside in District 5 are invited and encourage to apply for this volunteer position. More information can be found on the Woodland Public School’s website at: https://www.woodlandschools.org/school-board-superintendent

In addition to posters thanking the board made by students from each of the district’s schools and programs, two of Woodland High School’s Career-Life-College classes provided the board members with gifts. Horticulture students grew and nurtured live plants for each board member while the culinary arts students provided bags of fresh-baked cookies.

“Our school board members help fulfill our mission statement of ensuring all of our community’s children have full access to an excellent education,” said Superintendent Green. “While we certainly appreciate our board members throughout the year, these annual recognition meetings gives us the chance to offer them at least a small amount of the recognition they truly deserve.”


Attached Media Files: From left to right: Board Secretary Nicole Galloway and Superintendent Michael Green recognize the board including Janice Watts, Tammy Graham, Jeff Wray, and student representative Camila Avelar. , Jeff Wray and Tammy Graham both view serving on the school board as a way to give back to the Woodland community. , Tammy Graham and Jeff Wray serve as representatives for Director Districts 4 and 3, respectively. , From left to right: Board Secretary Nicole Galloway and Superintendent Michael Green recognize the board including Janice Watts, Tammy Graham, Jeff Wray, and student representative Camila Avelar.

UPDATE #2: Driver Identified in Fatal I-205 Crash (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/10/20 5:33 PM
Investigation photo
Investigation photo
The driver that was killed in Saturday's crash on the Glenn Jackson Bridge is identified as Yevgeniy L. Kovalenko, 25, of Gresham. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing, but speed is believed to be a key contributing factor. No arrests have been made or citations issued.

This is the 6th fatal crash of 2020 in the City of Portland, and the 8th crash investigated by the Major Crash Team this year.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.

You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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The Major Crash Team has completed its on-scene investigation (photos) of this morning's fatal crash and I-205 southbound reopened to traffic about 5:30a.m.

The deceased driver, an adult male, is not being identified at this time.

The driver of the involved semi remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.


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Southbound I-205 is restricted to one lane on the Glenn Jackson Bridge for a fatal crash investigation.

On Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:06a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on the I-205 southbound bridge over the Columbia River at Government Island. When they arrived they discovered a vehicle crashed into the back of a semi. Paramedics responded as well and determined that the driver and only occupant of the vehicle was deceased.

The Major Crash Team (MCT) is enroute to investigate the crash.

During the investigation, the right lanes are closed and only the left lane is able to get through.

More information will be released when appropriate to the investigation.

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Attached Media Files: Investigation photo , Semi photo , Sedan photo

Public reporting of damage a priority for Eastern Oregon flood recovery
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/10/20 5:30 PM

NOTE TO MEDIA: Information about reporting damage to homes and businesses is urgent and critical. Reports should be filed with Umatilla County by noon Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

February 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

As flood waters continue to recede, Umatilla County, in coordination with local cities, the state and other support agencies, have transitioned from search and rescue to damage assessment and recovery. Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flood should report damage to the county through the website listed below, by noon, Thursday, Feb. 13.

“It’s extremely important that our community members assist each other in getting damage reports submitted,” said Umatilla County Undersheriff Jim Littlefield. “If your neighbor doesn’t have internet access, or has a hard time getting around, walk over there with your mobile phone. Take some photos and use the website to walk them through the process.”

This information will be used to demonstrate the widespread impacts to the community and to request additional financial support from the federal government. (Note: This is not a supplement or a replacement for insurance coverage. Individuals and businesses should also report damage to their insurance companies.)

Flood Update

Umatilla County today coordinated several assessments of the most heavily affected areas as operations including:

  • Water and sewer system infrastructure
  • Irrigation networks
  • Large areas of debris
  • Transportation routes

Rural roads, Interstate 84 and Highway 204 are being still being assessed and/or repaired. There is no timeline on repairs for any of these roads at this time.

Flood information web page & Facebook

  • A web page has been set up to house flood resources in one location. Visit the Umatilla County website, co.umatilla.or.us, scroll down and click the flood information link. Links to details on public health, utilities, damage reporting, roads and other resources can be found here.
  • The County will continue to post updates on Facebook: facebook.com/umatillacountysheriff. Follow our page for the most recent information. 

Damage Reporting

It’s extremely important for those impacted by the 2020 flood to document damages to their home or business. 

  1. Make sure to take some time-stamped photos of the damage for reporting purposes. Keep notes and receipts.
  2. Report damage to your insurance company.
  3. Report damage to the county: Homeowners, renters and businesses are asked to use this website to report damage to the county: https://tinyurl.com/w4838tq. This information will be used to capture the community and financial impacts of the flood to request ongoing support from the state and the federal government. Reporting damage to this site may not result in direct financial assistance, but it will help the county access potential resources to help our community.)
  4. Share this information with neighbors who may not have access to the internet and help neighbors with mobility or technical limitations provide damage reports.

Local Donations

To support flood relief and make sure donations stay in the area, two organizations are collecting donations:

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO)
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation

Power Line Safety: Some areas still have down or exposed power lines. Pacific Power has not been able to access the Mill Creek Road area. Do not touch exposed lines. Contact your power utility for assistance. 

What’s happening Tuesday:

  • Debris assessment: Umatilla County crews will begin assessing the extent of the debris left behind by the flooding. In the days ahead, officials will determine the allocation of dumpsters to get the cleanup process started.
  • Damage assessment:
    • Damage assessment training: The Oregon Department of Land and Conservation will train staff from the Umatilla County Planning Departments and from local cities in in damage assessment. Water can create severe structural damage. This step is required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • Damage assessments of homes will begin.
    • Inspections continue of large structures and businesses.
  • Dam/levy inspection: County crews will inspect dams and levies in Pendleton and Milton-Freewater for damage.


Need a job? Connect with local employers at the Industry Fair Feb. 20 (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/10/20 4:05 PM
The Lair at Battle Ground High School, site of the annual Industry Fair
The Lair at Battle Ground High School, site of the annual Industry Fair

Students, families and community members are encouraged to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Battle Ground High School. The event, sponsored by BGPS, NEXT, Partners in Careers, and WorkSource of SW Washington will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. 

More than 65 employers from the healthcare, education, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeship, and transportation industries will be in attendance, and many are hiring now. Just ask Angie Haas.

The southwest Washington native had been working as a para-educator in a nearby school district for the previous 12 years, but was seeking a new employment opportunity. After hearing about the Industry Fair, Haas and her husband David both decided to attend without knowing what to expect.

“My husband and I went in being open to new opportunities, but we didn’t know there were actual jobs available at the Industry Fair,” Haas said. “We were both looking for a change, and we were blown away by the number of companies represented there and how many of them were hiring.” 

That day, Haas met with representatives from Sodexo, a food service company that contracts with Battle Ground Public Schools to provide nutrition services to district schools. She was encouraged to apply for an open position, and before she knew it, she had a job offer and would start in a matter of weeks. 

“I would definitely recommend the Industry Fair to anyone who is interested in learning about job opportunities in our area,” Haas said. “It only took a few hours, and I was able to learn about all kinds of new opportunities and even found a job that matched my schedule. It simplified my job search, and I am grateful this opportunity is available right here in our own community.”

If you plan to attend the Industry Fair, it is recommended that you bring your resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The resume writing workshop, hosted by WorkSource, will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s College and Career Center.

Join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School to learn about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.

Attached Media Files: The Lair at Battle Ground High School, site of the annual Industry Fair , Flyer for the 2020 Battle Ground Industry Fair

Citations Start Tomorrow at Photo Enforcement Intersection--SW Pacific Hwy & Hall Blvd (Photo)
Tigard Police - 02/10/20 3:48 PM

REMINDER: Starting tomorrow, Tuesday February 11th, citations will be issued for red light violations at the intersection of SW Hall Boulevard and Pacific Highway (99W) where photo traffic enforcement was recently installed. Today concludes the 30-day warning period at this intersection.  

Photo traffic enforcement generates high-resolution photos and videos of an incident that Tigard Police Officers will review to confirm that a red-light violation has occurred. Citations mailed to a motorist will include photos and a link to video footage for the recipient to review.

The citation amount for these violations is $265, a base fine set by the State of Oregon.

This is one of three intersections along Pacific Highway (99W) where the City of Tigard is installing camera enforcement equipment to make intersections safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The other two intersections where photo traffic enforcement equipment has been installed:

  • SW Pacific Highway (99W) and 72nd Avenue—citations will be issued starting February 26th
  • SW Pacific Highway (99W) and Durham Road—30-day warning period likely to start February 21st

The equipment at these intersections has the capability to monitor speeding violations, which will be considered in the near future.

For more information on photo traffic enforcement, please visit:   https://www.tigard-or.gov/police/photo_traffic_enforcement.php

For questions about photo traffic enforcement, please email: AskTigardPolice@tigard-or.gov

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1798/131424/IMG_4166.jpg , 2020-02/1798/131424/IMG_4170.jpg

Vancouver Police Requests Silver Alert for Missing Woman (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/10/20 3:43 PM

UPDATE ON 2/10/2020 3:45 PM

Charlene was located safe. The Silver Alert has been canceled.


On 2/10/2020 around 2 PM Charlene Stivison departed a local car dealership driving her husband's gray 2006 Toyota RAV4 while there with him for some business. Charlene suffers from advanced dementia and should not drive. She left in the car leaving her husband stranded at the dealer. Charlene is a 76-year-old Caucasian female with long, brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5-05 tall with a medium build. She was last seen wearing a dark plaid top and dark leggings. VPD contacted WSP for a Silver Alert to be issued.

If seen, please call 911.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131420/Stivinson.png

Elliot Satoru Carr Convicted on Multiple Charges for Role in Officer-Involved Shooting (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/10/20 3:39 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 7, 2020, a Washington County jury convicted Elliot Satoru Carr of two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of menacing, first-degree aggravated theft, five counts of aggravated identity theft, three counts of identity theft, two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful delivery and possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful delivery and possession of heroin. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard prosecuted Mr. Carr in Judge Andrew Erwin’s courtroom.

On September 14, 2019, the defendant and a woman, later identified as Nicola Kostov, checked into a hotel in Hillsboro, Oregon. The front desk clerk immediately noticed that the pair provided driver’s licenses which did not belong to them. The clerk observed the pair unloading what appeared to be stolen property from a vehicle. The clerk then contacted Hillsboro Police to alert them to the suspicious behavior.

Officers responded and confirmed the license plate on the vehicle associated with Mr. Carr did not match the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the car. Officers were able to confirm that it was reported stolen out of Bend, Oregon.

Officers worked with hotel staff to draw the defendant out of his room in an effort to detain him for investigation in a more controlled setting. However, Mr. Carr spotted the officers when he exited his room. They attempted to apprehend him, but he struggled away and began to flee down a hotel hallway. As this was happening, two more officers entered the hallway and saw the defendant running towards them. They observed him draw a handgun from his waistband. He then pointed the handgun at officers. One officer fired one round from his service weapon but did not strike the defendant. Mr. Carr was then taken to the ground where he refused to drop his weapon and kept his finger on the trigger. Fortunately, the officers were able to gain control of the weapon and arrested the defendant.

A later search of the handgun revealed that it was fully loaded. At the time, the defendant was a convicted felon and was therefore possessing the firearm illegally.

Members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s hotel room. Working in conjunction with Hillsboro Police detectives, they discovered an additional set of car keys to a separate vehicle which was stolen out of Sherwood, Oregon. Investigators also found multiple storage bins and file folders containing stolen personal information belonging to more than 150 victims. Additionally, officers found drugs, packaging materials, journals discussing drug sales and additional stolen property during the search.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the Hillsboro Police Department and the Washington County Major Crimes Team for their work on this case.

A sentencing hearing for Mr. Carr is set for February 24, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Ms. Kostov cooperated with the investigation and testified against Mr. Carr in court. Charges against Ms. Kostov for her role in these crimes are pending.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6208/131423/ELLIOT_SATORU_CARR.pdf , 2020-02/6208/131423/Carr_Elliot_Satour.jpg

U.S. Attorney Statement on Justice Department Sanctuary Jurisdiction Legal Action (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/10/20 3:20 PM
U.S. Attorney Quote Graphic
U.S. Attorney Quote Graphic

PORTLAND, Ore.—Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, provides the below statement on the sanctuary jurisdiction legal action announced today by Attorney General William P. Barr.

“Today, Attorney General Barr announced new legal actions in several states being taken by the Justice Department to address sanctuary jurisdictions. I share the Attorney General’s belief that sanctuary status declarations directly contravene federal immigration law and threaten public safety. In our country, the Congress makes immigration law and has directed federal authorities to enforce it. The notion that states and other jurisdictions can interfere in the sharing of critical public safety information involving criminal conduct ignores the supremacy of federal law. Each year, many preventable crimes are committed when jurisdictions refuse to cooperate with lawful federal immigration enforcement activities.

Oregon sheriffs and other law enforcement officers are caught in the middle of a highly politicized local and national debate over these policies. Many are left to choose whether to violate state or federal law. This is an untenable position for the men and women who work tirelessly to protect our communities. Since 2015, we have worked with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners here in Oregon to cure this impasse. Our work will continue tomorrow when we will again convene a large group of law enforcement partners to discuss these new lawsuits and other related issues.”

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Attached Media Files: PDF Statement , U.S. Attorney Quote Graphic

Vancouver Police arrest felon for firearms possession and seize 5 weapons (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/10/20 11:59 AM

Vancouver, Wash. –On February 10, 2020, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Property Crimes Unit, Safe Streets Task Force and Neighborhood Response Teams, with assistance from the Southwest Regional SWAT Team, served a search warrant at a residence in the 1000 block of SE 146th Court.

This case was initially developed by a VPD Property Crimes detective who learned the resident of the home, Fred Ignacio Anthony Munoz Jr., a convicted felon, was in possession of multiple firearms.

The search of the residence resulted in seizure of 4 pistols, 1 rifle, various associated ammunition, rifle-building parts, and evidence of controlled substance possession.  Five people were located inside the residence. Two were arrested on the following charges and booked into the Clark County Jail:

  • Fred Ignacio Anthony Munoz Jr. (DOB: 10-27-1980) – Arrested for 5 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
  • Matthew J. Cook (DOB: 1-30-1982) – Arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant






The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131414/PCU_firearms_seizure.jpg

Umatilla County Flood Update
Umatilla Flood Joint Information Center - 02/10/20 11:29 AM

What’s Happened So Far?

On Thursday Feb. 6, a combination of heavy rain and snow melt caused by warm temperatures brought flooding to many areas of Umatilla County.

  • Since flooding started, the Oregon Army National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit stranded by the flood.
  • One woman was killed when high water swept through her property near the Bar M Ranch, the only reported fatality in the flooding.
  • High water and road damage closed Interstate 84 in both directions Friday Feb. 7 between Exits 182 and 188. Crews worked through the night and opened one lane in each direction late Sunday night, Feb. 9.
  • Public health information is attached regarding private water sources, septic systems and dealing with mold.

What’s Happening on Monday?

  • Weather is expected be cool and dry with no new flood threats.
  • A web site has been set up for homeowners, renters and businesses to report damage to their property: https://tinyurl.com/w4838tq. This information will be used by the county to capture impacts of the flood to request support from the state and federal government.
  • The search and rescue operation will transition to an assessment process to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Umatilla County crews will evaluate roads and the damage to county equipment.
  • ODOT will continue working on I-84 but there is no timeline for reopening the second eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • ODOT will continue to inspect and repair roads and structures and assess potential damage.
  • OR 204, the Tollgate Highway, remains closed between milepost 26.7, Andes Prairie, and 37.4 at Summerville Road.
  • Umatilla County crews will inspect and assess damage to Walla Walla River Road and Mill Creek Road.

What Happens Next?

  • Crews will continue recovery efforts throughout the area, including damage assessment and planning/constructing repairs.
  • ODOT will announce updates regarding opening the second eastbound and westbound lanes of I-84 and the closed section of OR 204.

Attached Media Files: MOLD , MOLD , septic , Water , Water , Water

House under remodel destroyed by fire (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire & Rescue - 02/10/20 11:20 AM

Fire crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue and Fire District 3 were dispatched at 3:43 AM to a reported house on fire at 10308 NE 269th Street. The first-arriving unit found a one story ranch style home fully involved in flames. Neighbors reported that the house was being remodeled and no one was living there at the time of the fire.

Due to the large amount of fire and knowing that the house was not occupied, firefighters took a defensive stand and attacked the fire from the exterior. Firefighters also focussed on keeping a neighboring house from catching fire. The roof and walls collapsed a short time after firefighters arrived. When the homeowners arrived at the scene, they told the Incident Commander that they were three-quarters of the way through a full remodel of the house.

CCFR crews remained on scene for nearly six hours to assist the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office with the fire investigation. CCFR was assisted on this incident by units from Clark County Fire District 3.

Total response:

4 fire engines

1 water tender

4 chief officers

13 total personnel

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6623/131412/CCFR_House_Fire_10308_NE_269th_St_photo1.JPG , 2020-02/6623/131412/CCFR_House_Fire_10308_NE_269th_St_photo_3.JPG , 2020-02/6623/131412/CCFR_House_Fire_10308_NE_269th_St_photo_2.JPEG

President Proposes $1.2 Billion BLM Budget to Meet Energy, Conservation and Other Priorities
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/10/20 10:25 AM

Washington, D.C.—President Trump has proposed an appropriation of $1.2 billion for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Fiscal Year 2021, providing the funds needed to strike the right balance of conservation and sustainable use of America’s BLM-managed public lands and resources.

The BLM’s budget request addresses key Administration priorities including increasing energy security, promoting good government, expanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, putting Americans back to work, and providing conservation stewardship for public lands.  It allows for environmentally sound energy development, sustainable timber harvesting, grazing, and hard rock mining, while also providing for improved visitor experiences at the public lands, enhancing big game habitat and migratory corridors, and increasing the resilience of public lands by reducing fuels and invasive plant species that contribute to the spread of wildfire and threaten native species.

“President Trump’s 2021 budget request for the Department is about investing in our people and public lands and waters," said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. "He is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. This budget is a critical step in the right direction and provides a path to restore commonsense in our budgeting process.”

This budget request supports vital national priorities, including expanding responsible development of domestic energy resources from public lands, promoting active stewardship of forests and rangeland across the West and Alaska, and reflects the completion of the BLM’s headquarters relocation and bringing our agency closer to the people we serve, said William Perry Pendley, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs. “We’re excited about the vision this budget outlines, and eager to implement it with our partners, neighbors, and the American public.”

The budget also takes meaningful steps to address the untenable state of the Wild Horse and Burro program.  The unsustainable proliferation of wild horse herds on public lands, which now far exceed what is healthy for the land and the animals, has degraded ecosystem function and impeded resource availability for other wildlife species.  The budget proposes unprecedented funding to address near-term program needs, and lays the groundwork for a potential long-term strategy to reduce the on-range population and achieve appropriate management levels.

Providing Conservation Stewardship for Public Lands

From active timber, rangeland, and fire management to enhancing big game habitat and migratory corridors supporting sustainable grazing and increasing the resilience of public lands by reducing fuels and invasive plant species, the BLM continues its conservation stewardship of public lands.

The BLM budget prioritizes active forest and rangeland management to combat the threats posed by insect infestation, invasive species, and disease that contribute to the potential for catastrophic wildfire.  In 2021, the budget invests $10.3 million for forest management on public domain lands and requests $112.8 million in the Oregon and California Grant Lands appropriation.  The funding would allow the BLM greater flexibility in addressing fire resiliency in forest stands that have lower commercial viability but are located within high-risk areas or the wildland urban interface.

The BLM Fuels Management program accomplished a record-breaking 846,000 acres of fuels treatments in FY 2019, using a variety of active management vegetation treatments including mechanical, biological, and chemical tools as well as prescribed fire. This total exceeds the targets directed under Executive Order 13855, which sought 750,000 total acres of treatment from all of the DOI’s agencies.

In serving local communities, the BLM Fire and Aviation Community Assistance program provided over $9.6 million to communities at risk near BLM-managed public land for on-the-ground treatments, education and planning efforts to reduce wildfire risk. In addition, through the Rural Fire Readiness program, the BLM is working to transfer 35 excess wildland fire engines to local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations.

To improve firefighter safety and increase operational efficiency, the BLM installed 240 Location Based Services units on wildland fire equipment in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Eastern States, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming in FY 2019, with a goal of 705 installations to be completed by the end of FY 2020. The GPS-based units will ensure tracking of BLM fire suppression resources and maximize operational efficiencies in the deployment of these resources.

Enhancing Visitor Experience on Public Lands

The BLM-managed public lands include some of America’s premier outdoor recreation spots.  Outdoor enthusiasts hike, bike, camp, hunt, fish, ski, ride horses and snowmobiles, and drive off-highway vehicles on the lands the Bureau administers. Visitor satisfaction remains high, with 96 percent of visitors surveyed reporting overall satisfaction with the quality of their experience. It is estimated during FY 2021 the BLM will provide recreation opportunities for more than 72 million visitors.  

On March 28, 2019, Secretary Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3374, Implementation of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, to facilitate and prioritize implementation of Public Law 116-9, which includes provisions affecting all 50 States. This Act established many conservation and recreation special management designations, provided for a number of land sales, transfers, and exchanges, and resolved many long-standing and complicated tenure issues on lands managed by the Department. The 2021 BLM budget provides significant resources in support of this Secretarial Order and the Administration’s priority of enhancing recreational opportunities and access, including $59.0 million for Recreation Resources Management.   

The $37.6 million budget request for the National Monuments and National Conservation Areas program also supports recreation activities.  These areas, protected by Congress and by Presidential proclamation, play an important role in providing outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting and fishing, and support local economies and job opportunities in many rural western communities.  National Conservation Lands connect youth, veterans, and families to the outdoors through programs and recreational opportunities including internships for students, youth and veteran employment and training, and volunteer service.

Increasing Energy Security

Oil, natural gas, coal, renewable energy, and other mineral resources generate the highest revenue values of any uses of public lands from royalties, rents, bonuses, sales, and fees.  The 2021 budget requests $199.3 million in the Energy and Minerals Management programs and reflects actions the BLM has taken to modernize environmental analysis and engage in stakeholder consultations.  This includes $139.2 million for BLM’s oil and gas programs.  Building on FY 2019 and FY 2020 efforts, the BLM will enhance efficiencies, reduce planning times, clarify permitting processes, and leverage technology to reduce processing times. 

The BLM currently manages more than 3,744 megawatts of installed solar and wind generation capacity on public lands.  In addition, BLM oversees more than 405 geothermal leases, with 79 leases in producing status generating approximately 2,000 megawatts of installed geothermal energy capacity. This amounts to more than 40 percent of the total U.S. geothermal energy capacity. The majority of BLM’s renewable energy program funding is spent on inspection and monitoring.  The proposed 2021 funding level of $29.5 million for Renewable Energy will support continued wind, solar, and geothermal energy development on public lands.

The BLM proposes $18.9 million for the Coal Management Program and $11.8 million for programs associated with mining other minerals such as precious metals, trona, limestone, phosphates, sand, and gravel. These funds will be used to streamline program activities, expedite processing of applications, and provide for more timely inspection and enforcement actions.  The BLM will also continue to facilitate and promote the exploration and development of critical minerals on public lands.

Promoting Good Government and Collaborative Conservation

The BLM continues to identify opportunities to improve overall operations, internal communications, customer service, and stakeholder engagement. The proposed budget supports the Secretary’s vision for a re-organized Department of the Interior that aligns regional boundaries to provide better coordination and focus resources in the field.  The 2021 budget submission includes $4.8 million for the Joint Communication Infrastructure Improvement Project in the Southwest border region to provide shared infrastructure with other Interior agencies and complete communication along the border. 

The budget request includes $237.0 million for the Land Resources activity, which provides for integrated management of public land resources, including forestry, range, cultural, and wild horses and burros. These programs work together to support the BLM mission by providing renewable resources, commercial, and recreational uses, healthy forests, healthy vegetative communities, stable and productive soils, and healthy rangeland ecosystems. The budget supports big game habitat restoration, actively managing lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, development and use of timber resources, and land stewardship.

Within the Land Resources activity, the budget proposes $116.8 million for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program – a $15.3 million increase over the FY 2020 enacted level – to address wild horse and burro herds on public lands, and provides clear direction to mitigate the unsustainable growth rate.  The budget request follows on the heels of a major boost in funding provided in FY 2020, and is consistent with Congressional direction to pursue a nonlethal management strategy.  The Administration looks forward to working constructively with the Congress and stakeholders to ensure the long-term viability of wild horse and burro herds while meeting BLM’s land management obligations.

Science on Tap Portland -- Cosmic Revolution: What Happened Before the Big Bang? (Photo)
Via Productions - 02/10/20 10:00 AM

Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.

Tickets: Advance: $10 - $39 At Door: $13 - $20

Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available

Special Note: ASL interpreters will be on stage, provided by https://www.fingerscrossedinterpreting.com

Event Website: https://viaproductions.org/events/alberta_feb_19_cosmic/

Until about a hundred years ago scientists thought that the Milky Way galaxy was the entirety of the Universe and didn’t know that there were any galaxies out there beyond our own. When we finally discovered that other galaxies did exist, it revealed a Universe that was expanding, getting less dense, and was cooling. By working backwards, they hypothesized that the Universe was denser and hotter in the past. If you make a naive extrapolation, you can go all the way back to a singularity that they called the Big Bang where all the matter and energy collects into a single point. But was that really the beginning of the Universe?

In the 1980s a new theory came along that attempted to challenge the idea that the singularity was the start of everything, and we’ve spent the last 30 years testing it. At last, the verdict is in, and we now know what came before the Big Bang. At this Science on Tap, hear theoretical physicist and author Ethan Siegel, PhD, talk about how the greatest cosmic revolution just got even greater.

Ethan Siegel was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. The communication was more fun, so now he writes and speaks full-time, including for Forbes, and NASA. His blog, Starts With A Bang, was voted the #1 science blog on the internet by the Institute of Physics, and, separately, by Real Clear Science. He has written Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology.

This talk will be repeated at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.

Attached Media Files: 2020-01/4849/130583/cosmic_rev.jpg

Gresham-Barlow School District joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 02/10/20 9:55 AM

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning will welcome two schools in the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 2020-2021 school year

The Gresham-Barlow School District has been selected to join Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, Verizon's education initiative targeting under-resourced middle schools across the country. As part of the program, Clear Creek Middle School and Dexter McCarty Middle School will be provided with a comprehensive education package that includes an iPad or Chromebook for every student and teacher, up to a four-year data plan on each device, access to technology-rich curricula that provides a personalized learning experience and extensive professional development for teachers.

A full-time technology coach in each school, partially funded through Verizon Innovative Learning, partners with teachers to provide ongoing support to effectively integrate the technology in classroom instruction.

“The Verizon Innovative Learning Program will offer our students anywhere, anytime, and any way learning opportunities that will allow them to not only be consumers of information but to become creative-creators of their learning,” said Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera. “When students learn in ways meaningful to them, they’re engaged, which empowers them to learn the way they want and need.”

Since 2014, Verizon, in partnership with Digital Promise, has launched this initiative in 152 middle schools nationwide. Clear Creek Middle School and Dexter McCarty Middle School are among 100 new schools expected to join Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

Verizon Innovative Learning aims to enhance student engagement and improve student academic performance. Over the course of the initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning intends to also provide the opportunity for students to learn emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D design and the Internet of Things.


About Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon's education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, addresses barriers to digital inclusion. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curricula with the goal to transform the learning experience. Through exposure to cutting-edge technology, the program enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $400 million in STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion. In 2019, Verizon launched its first 5G-enabled Verizon Innovative Learning classroom, with the goal of 100 by 2021. For more information visit Verizon.com/Responsibility or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Sheriff's Office seeks public's help to locate missing endangered Geoffrey Wanless, 58; call 911 if seen (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/10/20 9:45 AM

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-003151

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a missing endangered 58-year-old who walked away from his caregiver yesterday.

Geoffrey Wanless, 58, was last seen at Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Clackamas Walmart (10000 SE 82nd Ave.). He walked away from his caregiver.

Attached is a store surveillance photo of Geoffrey exiting the Walmart on Sunday, Feb. 9; it shows how he was dressed at the time. He walks with a limp. He may also answer to the name "Jesse."

Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Coordinators worked with Pacific NW Search & Rescue and North Oregon Search & Rescue (NORSAR) yesterday to search for Wanless, but were unsuccessful. He is now listed as missing and endangered. The Sheriff's Office continues to ask for the public's help to locate him.


If you see Geoffrey Wanless, call or text 911.

If you know of his whereabouts, contact the Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211.

Anyone with information can also contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-003151.

A bulletin is attached.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/624/131407/Wanless2-GeoffLeavingWalmart.jpg , 2020-02/624/131407/Wanless1.jpeg , 2020-02/624/131407/GeoffreyWanlessBULLETIN.jpg

Dedication of new Vancouver iTech Preparatory set for Feb. 20
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/10/20 9:30 AM

The community is invited to see the new iTech Prep, a project-based STEM magnet school for sixth through 12th graders. The new building is the second in Vancouver Public Schools to be constructed with funds from a 2017 local bond measure. The school’s location on the Washington State University Vancouver campus is unique in the state and supports iTech’s early college model with access to college classes.  


  • Time: Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: 16100 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686

  • Carpooling is encouraged. Limited onsite parking will be available around the school. Guests also may park in the gray lot on the WSU Vancouver campus. Shuttle buses will be provided to/from the school. 

  • The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will include remarks by students, Principal Darby Meade, Superintendent Steve Webb, VPS Board President Wendy Smith and WSU Vancouver Vice Chancellor Lynn Valenter. Gov. Jay Inslee also is scheduled to attend as the keynote speaker.

  • After a ribbon-cutting, guests will enjoy self-guided tours, student demonstrations and refreshments from 6:25 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About the new building

  • Architect: LSW Architects

  • General contractor: Robinson Construction

  • Building square footage: approximately 80,711

  • Three stories, 23 classrooms and six collaboration spaces

Timeline of planning and construction

  • September 2012: School opens in two locations. Middle schoolers are located at the Jim Parsley Education, Family and Community Center. High schoolers are located in the Clark College building at Washington State University Vancouver. 

  • September 2015: Teachers and staff, students, parents and community members attend a design symposium with architects to develop conceptual designs for a new building.

  • February 2017: Voters approve a $458 million bond measure to rebuild and upgrade schools.

  • 2017-2018: Teachers and staff participate in planning the architectural details of the new building.

  • September 2018: Groundbreaking ceremony. Construction begins shortly afterward.

  • December 2019: Teachers and staff move into the new building over winter break.

  • January 2020: School opens to all students.

Vancouver iTech Preparatory is a collaboration among Vancouver Public Schools; Battle Ground Public Schools, in whose district iTech is located; WSU Vancouver, Clark College and several business and industry partners. Admission is granted through an equitable lottery selection process, and iTech has achieved a 100% graduation rate every year since its inaugural graduating class in 2016.

For more information about bond construction projects, subscribe to our e-newsletter or visit our website.

I-84 opens in eastern Oregon between Exits 182 and 188 (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 02/10/20 9:25 AM

One westbound and one eastbound lane of Interstate 84 reopened Sunday evening east of Interstate 82 after the route was closed because of high water and road damage. I-84 travelers can now continue on the freeway between Exits 182 and 188 (no detour off I-84).  

All lanes were closed since early Friday between exits 182 and 188, with a detour around the damaged section. ODOT first reopened one westbound lane, then one eastbound lane. The speed limit is set at 45 mph because of remaining road damage and because crews continue to work on emergency repairs.

No time limit has been set for opening the second westbound and eastbound lanes. Motorists are reminded to slow down and watch for work crews.  

Check TripCheck.com for updates or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.

Attached Media Files: Crews have been working day and night to fix and open the freeway , Crews have been working day and night to fix and open the freeway

PCC hosts screening of Japanese internment documentary (Photo)
PCC - 02/10/20 9:21 AM

SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College is remembering the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that led to Japanese-American internment.

The college is hosting the movie premiere of “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The award-winning documentary examines fabricated evidence of espionage by Japanese Americans, which led to their forced removal and incarceration during World War II. Interviews illuminate the racism, xenophobia and backhanded political maneuvering that occurred. The film also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, the targeting of other vulnerable immigrant and religious communities, and the role media has played in vilifying people of color.

The panel discussion will include Jon Osaki (director and producer); David Ono (Los Angeles-based news anchor); and Peggy Nagae (lead attorney for Min Yasui who challenged Executive Order 9066). PCC, the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, and the Portland Japanese American Citizens League are sponsoring this film screening.

For more information, contact esidents_office@pcc.edu">presidents_office@pcc.edu.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 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/

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/40/131406/Alternativefacts_poster.jpg

BLM continues scoping meetings to identify potential improvements to administration of grazing regulations on public lands
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/10/20 9:06 AM

BLM seeks to identify possible revisions to regulations covering 18,000 permits, leases on 155 million acres

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management continues to listen to the public, grazing leaseholders and other stakeholders as part of the initial scoping process to consider proposed revisions to the agency’s grazing regulations. The BLM currently manages livestock grazing on 155 million of the 245 million acres of public land and administers nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases.

“Sustainable livestock grazing on public lands is a part of the history and culture of the West. We’re seeking input on specific aspects of the current regulations which may be in need of revision or that could be improved, in order to keep public land livestock grazing viable for the future,” said Casey Hammond, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management. At this point in the process, we are asking the public, the agricultural community and other stakeholders for their ideas, in order to develop specific proposals.”

Revisions identified through the scoping process will be incorporated into a proposed rule that will be subject to additional public review and comment. The agency published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement evaluating alternatives for potential changes to grazing regulations on January 21, 2020.

The BLM seeks to identify potential changes that will update, modernize and streamline the grazing regulations and provide greater flexibility for land and resource management. Through this rulemaking process, the BLM seeks to improve existing land-use planning and grazing permitting procedures, while simultaneously promoting public lands conservation. The BLM hopes to improve its stewardship of the nation’s rangeland resources by strengthening controls to prevent unauthorized grazing, enhancing environmental protections across various non-grazing land-use programs, and improving public input opportunities.

The BLM has three remaining scoping meetings after the first was completed on February 6 in Miles City, MT.  These meetings are being held to get feedback and ideas about what—if anything—should be changed in the BLM’s grazing regulations. Remaining dates and venues are below:

  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: February 11 at the Las Palmas Grill, 201 East University Ave., from 4:30-7:30 p.m.;
  • Elko, Nevada: February 18 at the Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; and
  •  Casper, Wyoming: February 20, at the Casper Events Center, 1 Events Dr., from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

All of the scoping meetings are being conducted in an open house format in which members of the public can come and go at any point during the event.

The BLM is currently managing 11 demonstration projects in six states as part of our outcome-based grazing authorizations initiative. These demonstration projects provide BLM, working in partnership with ranchers and other partners, with opportunities to improve our guidance and best management practices to use when issuing grazing permits. Lessons learned from developing cooperative monitoring plans and land health evaluations under this initiative may also be incorporated into this regulatory process.

Comments on potential regulation revisions may be provided at the scoping meetings, or submitted in writing until March 6, 2020. Meeting information, announcements, instructions on how to provide comments, and pertinent documents can be found at the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xyMqb.

For more information, contact Seth Flanigan, BLM Project Manager, at 208-384-3450 or sflanigan@blm.gov.



Comcast to sponsor PCC Foundation's annual fundraising gala (Photo)
PCC - 02/10/20 8:54 AM
A scene from the paddle auction from the 2019 gala
A scene from the paddle auction from the 2019 gala

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Community College Foundation has announced that Comcast is the 2020 presenting sponsor for its “An Evening for Opportunity” Gala.

It is the premier fundraising event for PCC, which is Oregon’s largest institution of higher education. This year’s gala will be held at the Portland Hilton Downtown on Saturday, April 25 and featuring “superheroes” who transform lives through education. The event will also celebrate the successful culmination of “The Campaign for Opportunity,” the Foundation’s first-ever comprehensive campaign with a goal of $30 million. 

Since its inception in 2012, the gala has raised more than $3.4 million in scholarship money for PCC students. Scholarships have helped them achieve their dreams of degree completion, gaining the skills needed to enter the region’s workforce.

“Comcast is an enthusiastic supporter of Portland Community College,” said Marion Haynes, Comcast’s vice president of external affairs. “PCC is an integral part of the fabric of our community, giving people from all walks of life a path to successful futures. We are proud to partner with PCC in its efforts to expand economic opportunities for its students.”

In 2019, the PCC Foundation has granted $2 million in scholarships to 1,500 students and plans to create a new Comcast scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year through its $50,000 support of the 2020 gala.

“We are grateful to Comcast for its gift to support PCC students,” said Ann Prater, PCC Foundation’s executive director. “This gift and others will help the Foundation reach our campaign goal of doubling the amount of scholarship dollars we award annually.”

The PCC Foundation gala continues to take sponsorships. For more information about how to become a sponsor, call (971) 722-4573, or visit pcc.edu/gala

About the PCC Foundation:

The PCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. It’s “Campaign for Opportunity” has set out to raise $30 million to support student success by June 30. The campaign has four focus areas — scholarships, urgent need, student mentoring and workforce development. To find out more, call (971) 722-4382 or visit pcc.edu/opportunity

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses:  Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky.  Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand.  NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services.  It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services.  Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 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/

Attached Media Files: A scene from the paddle auction from the 2019 gala

Sun. 02/09/20
The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public with locating a missing endangered 79 year old female. (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/09/20 9:17 PM


Judith MacClean was located and is safe.  Thank you for the public's assistance. 

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public with locating a missing endangered 79 year old female. 

Judith MacClean is a white female adult aged 79 years old with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Judith walks with a lean. Last seen wearing a red sweater, black sweatpants, aqua blue and black tennis shoes, and black framed glasses with a confetti design on the sides. 

Judith was last seen at Touchmark at 2911 SE Village Loop in Vancouver, Washington on 020/9/2020 at approximately 1645 hours. An unidentified employee of the Chevron at 16406 SE 26th St. saw a possible matching subject walking northbound at approximately 1700 hours. 

If you have information or knowledge of where Judith may be at this time please call 911. 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131401/judith_MacClean.PNG