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Tue. 01/17/17
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting for January 18, 2017 (Rescheduled from January 11, 2017)
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 01/17/17 10:48 PM
Weather permitting, the Centennial School District Board of Directors plans to meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, to address all of the business items that were to have been considered at the January 11, 2017, meeting which was canceled due to inclement weather.

Reports to be presented at this meeting include the Division 22 Assurances of State Standards Report and the Superintendent's Report. In addition to the confirmation items that will be considered en masse, the following business items are scheduled to be considered:
7.1.1 - 2nd Reading of Policy GBJ, Weapons in Schools - Staff
7.1.2 - 2nd Reading Policy GBM, Staff Complaints
7.1.3 - 2nd Reading of Policies JFC, Student Conduct, and JG, Student Discipline
7.2.1 - Consider Revised Policy IKG, Graduation Requirements
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy IGBBA, Identification of Talented and Gifted; and the Deletion of Policy IGBBB, Identification - Talented and Gifted Students among Nontypical Populations
7.2.3 - Consider Transfer of $55,000 from Contingency to Support Services Fund
7.2.4 - Consider Seeking Appraisals of Surplus Marie Street Properties to Address the Safety of the CHS Football Field
7.2.5 - Consider Proclamation in Support of all District Students and Families
7.2.6 - Approve Newcomer Curriculum for English Language Learners
7.2.7 - Consider CHS Calendar Adjustment for 2016/2017

The full board packet for this meeting is posted on the district website (www.csd28j.org) on the School Board page under Board Agenda, Minutes and Packets.
UPDATE: Louis Jarvis Jr. in Custody (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 8:41 PM
Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
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UPDATE: Louis Jarvis Jr. in Custody

January 17, 2017--This afternoon, Louis Jarvis Jr. turned himself in to the Washington County Jail where he is held on $50,000 bail. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance with this case. Current booking photo inset.

Sheriff's Deputies Search for Violent Man following Disturbance

January 14, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he broke into a residence. The man fled after the resident fired a gun.

On January 13, 2017, at 2:06 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment complex at 12070 SW Fischer Road in the community of King City, concerning a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found that Louis Jarvis Jr., 40, broke down the front door to the apartment and fled the area after being shot at.

Sheriff's Deputies were told Mr. Jarvis was upset over child custody issues and forced his way into the children's mother's apartment. Mr. Jarvis has never lived at the apartment. Sheriff's Deputies found the front door damaged from being kicked in. During the investigation, Sheriff's Deputies learned that as Mr. Jarvis entered the apartment the mother armed herself with a handgun to protect herself. At some point during the confrontation, she fired one round in Mr. Jarvis's direction motivating him to flee the area.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Jarvis had smashed out three windows of the mother's vehicle before he fled. It is believed he was driving a gray or tan colored late model Chevrolet pickup with an unknown license plate number.

Louis Jarvis does have connections to the Nehalem, Oregon, area. The Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office are assisting to locate and capture Mr. Jarvis. There is a warrant issued for Mr. Jarvis for Burglary, Criminal Mischief and additional charges.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information of Louis Jarvis's whereabouts, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
Vancouver Winter Storm Update: Rains, garbage/recycling & more
City of Vancouver - 01/17/17 6:11 PM
Rains have returned, and throughout Vancouver, Public Works Street crews are out plowing slush and clearing streets where nature and deicer are assisting in breaking up compacted snow and ice. Regular winter rains were reported in areas west of Interstate 205, while areas east had been hit by freezing rain.

Drivers are urged to be extremely cautious, especially on those residential and side streets where rain is pooling on top of caked masses of snow and ice. Traffic spray from slush can also cause problems, and drivers are asked to watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians.

Public Works Stormwater crews have spent the day checking known problem spots along major arterial streets throughout the city and digging out those drainage catch basins as much as possible in advance of the thaw. Of concern are the ice dams that have formed around drains and could prevent the flow of water.

For residents concerned about flooding on private property, Public Works has set up two self-serve sandbag sites. Sand and empty bags are provided, but residents should bring their own shovels to fill bags and be prepared to transport them. Locations are:
- In front of fence, near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
- Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works' East Operations site, 912 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Wednesday Garbage & Recycling for Wednesday Jan. 18: If rains help scour out streets and it's safe for its big trucks to maneuver in neighborhoods, Waste Connections will try to reach as many regular Wednesday garbage and recycling customers as possible. Because service was canceled Wednesday, Jan. 11, those customers are allowed to set out twice their service amount at no extra charge, and trucks are expected to fill up twice as fast. Waste Connections is rallying outside resources to help handle the anticipated larger-the-normal residential loads. Waste Connections also plans to hit its commercial stops, with another commercial round possible on Saturday. However, if weather conditions take a turn for the worse and neighborhoods remain slick and unsafe for trucks to get through, Wednesday garbage, recycling and yard debris service will be canceled and pickups rescheduled. Please check Waste Connections online at www.wcnorthwest.com for schedule and service details.

Trees, Water Pipes and Contacts: Other problems typically associated with the type of weather conditions Vancouver is experiencing include downed trees and frozen water pipes. Frozen pipes are most apt to burst or make themselves known during the thaw following a deep freeze. Water pipes on private property are the responsibility of the property owner, but Operations crews can assist with turning off water at the meter. To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

More Street Information: In preparation for the storm, City crews began pre-treating streets throughout Vancouver with deicer before snow and ice arrived. As part of the severe weather strategy, the community is split into zones, and crews are assigned to each zone's priority routes to focus efforts and resources. During this winter snow and ice storm, all priority routes throughout the City have been plowed and major intersections, hills, overpasses and trouble spots deiced. In addition to the constant deep freeze, snow amounts, wind, sun and traffic have varied across Vancouver, affecting conditions on the street. In some areas, vehicles have been driving on pavement. In others, streets have been slick and covered with ice and snow.

In the past few days, much of what remains on some streets, particularly on the west side, has become too compacted, solidified and frozen to plow. Snow plow blades do not dig into the surface of the street, but ride a couple inches off the surface. With temperatures stuck below freezing and ice/snow mass so solid and thick, deicer has not been able to react and other equipment has not been able to cut through it. Rising temperatures are expected to provide the needed breakthrough, though some forecasters have warned that the full thaw could be slow.

Please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather for more information, including updates, priority street map and severe weather tips.
News Release: Sewer overflow in forested area in southwest Portland off SW Shattuck Road today
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 01/17/17 5:24 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to reports of sewage flowing from a manhole on a vacant lot on SW Shattuck Road near SW Hamilton Street. Field crews estimated that 5,000 gallons of sewage overflowed onto the ground and into a ditch. The ditch leads to Fanno Creek at SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Crews stopped the sewage flow at 3:40 p.m.

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Maintenance crews cleared a sewer line blockage to stop the sewage release, restored service, and posted warning signs in the areas accessible to the public.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. With the snow and ice melt, that volume is increasing. Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

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.
High winds, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain close freeway, create challenging driving contions
ODOT: East. Ore. - 01/17/17 4:50 PM
Motorists are reminded to continually check weather reports and TripCheck.com for update highway conditions before heading out on the road. Currently, Interstate 84 is closed through the Columbia Gorge due to ice and hazardous driving conditions. The freeway is closed between Troutdale at mile post 17 and Hood River at mile post 62. In eastern Oregon the Westbound freeway is also closed in La Grande at Exit 265 due to crashes, blowing snow, high winds and hazardous conditions.

Travelers will need to use alternate routes or wait until the freeway opens.

If using alternate routes, be mindful that GPS navigation devices/phone apps do not indicated road conditions of detour routes. Stay safe and stay on main highways.

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set Feb. 3, 2017 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 4:30 PM
Salem OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The agenda includes discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, coastal segment planning and a preliminary discussion regarding rail salvage.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.
For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program - Applications Due March 1st
Oregon Folklife Network - 01/17/17 3:33 PM
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is now accepting applications for its Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2017. This program offers master traditional artists and culture keepers a $3,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on Oregon's traditions.
 
Oregon's many traditional folk arts also include McKenzie River Drift Boat building, Southeast Asian dance, Norwegian cooking and baking, Northwest logger poetry, Native American basket weaving, Middle Eastern embroidery, Irish or old time fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, and more. Recent TAAP awardees have included an Iranian Santoor player, a hip-hop artist, a rawhide braider, and a storyteller from the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw tribes.

OFN encourages applications from Oregonians engaged in these kinds of living cultural traditions emerging from a particular heritage or Tribe. This program does not fund historic re-enactments, DIY revival crafts, or those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage.
 
CONTACT US FIRST: Please contact us first if you want to apply. Visit our website, ofn.uoregon.edu, or contact Brad McMullen (ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820) for more information about your eligibility in the program.

APPLICATIONS: A fillable application can be downloaded at the OFN website: ofn.uoregon.edu. Staff members are available to advise applicants and even help fill out applications.  

DEADLINE: Applications are due at the OFN office by 5 pm, MARCH 1, 2017. Send your complete application package to Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204.

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Oregon Arts Commission, and by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the NEA. The Oregon Folklife Network works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.
 
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Brad McMullen, bmcmulle@uoregon.edu or phone 541-346-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.
Sandy Fire District Recognizes Service "Over and Above" (Photo)
Sandy Fire District - 01/17/17 3:31 PM
Photo 2 - Firefighter of the Year
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Sandy Fire District announced award recipients during their annual banquet Saturday, January 14th. Sandy Fire is a combination paid/volunteer fire District. This team is notably successful because of the exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service that the individuals working together demonstrate. Volunteer and paid staff combined provided an incredible 22,557 hours of service to the community in 2016! We responded to 2,281 alarms and logged 6,767 training hours.

In a team, there are always individuals who stand out as examples of what the organization is most proud of, below are those who have gone over and above in demonstrating their ability to work under extreme pressure, and their desire to learn and to teach. It is individuals such as these that challenge us to meet them at the top.

Probationary Firefighter of the Year -- Firefighters Paul Brady & Kelsi Bennett

For the 1st time we awarded Co-Probationary Firefighter(s) of the Year.

Probationary Firefighter Paul Brady responded to 288 alarms and served 728 hours as a crew member. Firefighter Brady completed his probationary year with 301 hours of training. Paul is a natural leader and his hard work and dedication is not only an example of the type of person he is, but how dedicated he is to serving the community.

Probationary Firefighter Kelsi Bennett responded to 399 alarms and served 444 hours as a crew member. Firefighter Bennett completed her probationary year with 227 hours of training. Kelsi's personality and spirit is something that brings a group together, her laughter will brighten up any room.

Firefighter of the Year -- Firefighter Glenn Yeager

Volunteer Firefighter Glenn Yeager had 263 hours of training, over 1,650 crew hours and responded to 560 alarms, providing 1,984 hours of service to the District and community! Firefighter Yeager chairs the Explorer program and the Sportsman's Breakfast Committee, helps with recruit drills and is on the Water Rescue Team. The Firefighter of the Year award recognizes the desire to serve the community, sacrifice, perseverance and dedication of an individual. To be the Firefighter of the Year is the highest honor a firefighter can receive. This is Firefighter Yeager's sixth time receiving this award. Thank you Glenn!

Top Responder Awards
The 5 Top Responders for 2016 included:
Glenn Yeager - 560 Alarms
Doug Dietrich -- 409 Alarms
Ethan Pearson -- 390 Alarms
Nick Tharp-- 380 Alarms
Jordan Flikkema -- 271 Alarms

Years of Service Recognition:
25 years of service: Lieutenant Brook Karstetter
20 years of service: Captain Andy Crofts
10 years of service: Firefighter Matt Christie, Firefighter TJ Zander and Bookkeeper Ann Rogers
5 years of service: Firefighter James McCamman and Firefighter Shawn Crawford

Photos attached provided by District Photographer Robynn Wolf.
Photo 1 -- Probationary Firefighter Paul Brady, Probationary Firefighter Kelsi Bennett, and Division Chief Jason McKinnon -- Probationary Firefighter of the Year
Photo 2 -- Firefighter Glenn Yeager - Firefighter of the Year

For additional information or to schedule a photo opportunity or interview with any of the Fire Service Members listed above contact: Nannette Howland at 503.668.8093.

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Attached Media Files: Photo 2 - Firefighter of the Year , Photo 1 - Probationary Firefighter of the Year
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 01/17/17 3:17 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS JANUARY 24, 2017 @ 6:30 P.M.
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991#


Attached Media Files: Meeting Agenda 1-24-17
Individual named and arraigned in Seaside Standoff
City of Seaside - 01/17/17 3:05 PM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 17, 2017 -- On Saturday, January 14, at 8:21 a.m., Seaside resident Brian Wallin, 49, of 1615 Whispering Pines Drive, Seaside, Oregon called 911 and stated his desire to turn himself in to Seaside Police after a 64-hour standoff inside his home.

Shortly after turning himself in on Saturday, Wallin was taken to Providence Seaside Hospital for evaluation. Wallin remained hospitalized under police watch until Sunday evening, where he was then released and transported to Clatsop County Jail. On Tuesday afternoon, Wallin was arraigned on multiple charges of unlawful use of a weapon and one charge of aggravated animal abuse. Both charges are recognized as felonies.

Over the weekend, Seaside Police executed a search warrant on the Wallin residence, resulting in the seizure of several weapons and rounds of ammunition. The family dog was also found deceased during a search of the house.

Wallin is currently being housed in the Clatsop County Jail.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to offer training seminar titled "Surviving an Active Threat: A Civilian Response"
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
With the growing number of terrorist and active killer events happening in our nation, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson feels now more than ever is the time for the public to get educated on what to do should they ever experience this ever growing crisis. So we are offering this training for citizens to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should they ever come face to face with an active threat, whether it be in a school, a business, a grocery store or simply walking down the street. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office would like to invite you to this one day training seminar geared towards the citizens of Cowlitz County. Topics will include:

Troubling trends in active killer events
Human crisis response
Mental/physical preparation
Methods of survival
Law enforcement/civilian crisis interaction
Practice Scenarios

This classroom based training will provide real world examples and responses to active threat events and give you an opportunity to experience different survival methods when faced with an active threat.

When: Saturday, Feb 18th 2017 from 10am-3pm

Where: Cowlitz County Expo Center

Registration: Forms can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office or on the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website. Cost is $10 per person. Lunch is included. Registration is limited to the first 50 Cowlitz County residents.

For registration information contact:
Deputy Jordan Spencer at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us
or call 360-577-3092


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1503/101026/active_killer_flyer_1.pdf
**CANCELLED** Oregon State Library Board Meeting in Salem, January 19 & 20, 2017
Oregon State Library - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
The Oregon State Library Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session on January 19 and 20, 2017 has been canceled due to inclement weather in numerous areas of the state. The meeting will be rescheduled for late February or early March.
Caution to Boaters -Flooding, Debris Expected on Area Rivers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 01/17/17 2:44 PM
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Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, wet forecast this week, sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on area rivers. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

The Marine Board and marine law enforcement strongly urge boaters to take the following precautions:
Make sure the boat ramp is open for launching. The Marine Board is working closely with facility managers and will include closure information on the Boat Oregon Map.
Scout the river before running it. Rivers are dynamic, and don't stay the same over time. Boulders and logs move, trees fall, and currents shift. When in doubt --scout and portage out.
Wear a life jacket. Given the water temperature and equally cold air temperature, boaters are encouraged to wear a properly fitting life jacket on the outside of their cold weather attire.
Boat with others and stay within sight of one another.
Know your limits and how to self-rescue. Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions.
Fill out a digital float plan and print out a copy to let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return. The digital form, when submitted, sends an email to the Marine Board that can be used later to aid marine law enforcement should a boater need help.

Visit www.boatoregon.com and click on the Boat Oregon Map. The website and the application are optimized for mobile devices.

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Oregon National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration in D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/17/17 2:33 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- Nearly 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force -- District of Columbia (JTF -- DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.

Oregon Soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion, based in Salem, Oregon, will assist district and federal agencies with security, including crowd management, traffic control, and assisting with the flow of people in and out of the area during the inaugural events.

In addition, Oregon National Guard public affairs personnel will assist with highlighting the overall National Guard participation in this historical event. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard's participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.

"Partnering with local, federal security and public safety agencies during the 58th Presidential Inauguration is just one more example of how the Oregon National Guard is "Always Ready, Always There," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The Oregon National Guard routinely supports civil authorities when needed during major events and is able to seamlessly integrate with interagency partners.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the joint task force. The District of Columbia National Guard specifically created JTF - DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. The National Guard task force will supplement security, communication, medical evacuation and other support capabilities.

A crowd of 800,000 to 1-million is estimated to attend this national event. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel during the inaugural events. The National Guardsmen will provide assistance to local civilian authorities as requested. All National Guard forces supporting the Inauguration will be sworn in as Special Police by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. However, the National Guardsmen will not be armed. This support ensures that the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators will be able to move around smoothly and safely before, during and after the Inauguration events.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today's National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington during the procession from Mount Vernon, Va., to his inauguration ceremony in New York City. The National Guard has continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.

Media interested in covering Oregon National Guard assets supporting the Inauguration may call (202) 685-9700 or email interview requests to JTFDCPress@gmail.com.

Photos and video of JTF-DC are available for download via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS): https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/JTFNCR58

Follow the National Guard in action with hashtags #NG2017Inauguration, #NGInauguration2017, #PI58, #NationalGuard.

More information and updates can be found at these websites:
Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC): http://www.dcng-inauguration.com/
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR): http://inauguralsupport.mdw.army.mil
Congressional Inaugural Committee: www.inaugural.senate.gov

Photo caption:
Joint service members salute while the stand-in presidential motorcade drives along Pennsylvania Avenue during the Department of Defense Dress Rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2017, in preparation for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, will provide ceremonial and other support to civil authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Raufmann)


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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 01/17/17 1:57 PM
Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton Or, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

As part of the clinic, parents are urged to register their car seats by mailing in the consumer registration card or by using manufacturer's website. By registering your car seat, the manufacturer has the ability to contact consumers about recalls and safety notices.

As a parent, you are your kids' strongest influence when it comes to modeling safe driving practices, including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your family that safety is the responsibility of all passengers as well as the driver.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Suspect Pleads Guilty to 1995 Homicide of Darrin Ezell (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/17/17 1:39 PM
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On Friday January 13, 2017, 47-year-old Adrian Cavette Stafford pled guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree in connection with the 1995 murder of Darrin Ezell. Adrian Stafford is awaiting sentencing in this case, which is expected to be 19 years in prison.

51-year-old Danny Conner and 53-year-old Vinson Louis White previously pled guilty and are also awaiting sentencing.

A fourth defendant, 47-year-old Selwyn Terris Stafford (Adrian's brother), is awaiting trial in this case.

This investigation started on December 20, 1995, at approximately 7:20 a.m., when 24-year-old Darrin Ezell was killed while sleeping inside his home, located in the 9300 block of Southeast Ramona Street. Two children were in the home at the time of the homicide but were not harmed.

In 2012, Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit Detectives Jim Lawrence and Meredith Hopper began reviewing the case and developed new leads in the investigation. Detectives worked in collaboration with Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden, Senior Deputy District Attorney John Casalino and Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, which assists in reviewing cold cases for possible prosecution.

The Cold Case Homicide Unit reviews unsolved murders in the Portland area and, since its inception in 2004, has reviewed approximately 250 homicide cases and solved more than 40.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is comprised of a Sergeant and four Detectives who are assisted by several retired investigators who volunteer their time to assist in solving cases.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit has a close partnership with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit's slogan is: "We don't give up. We never give up."

Information about many of these unsolved homicides can be viewed by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35696

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Friends of the Carpenter to Host HUGS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves & Socks) Party on Jan. 18
Friends of the Carpenter - 01/17/17 12:54 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host a HUGS Party on Wed. Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at their Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th St.

Hats, underwear, gloves, socks and personal care items will be distributed to those in need; sizes are available for all ages.

Plus Hands of Favor, a local organization that provides at-risk citizens in our local community with free haircuts and grooming services, will provide free haircuts.

About Friends of the Carpenter
Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Be alert for landslides with flood watches in effect
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/17/17 12:24 PM
With National Weather Service flood watches in effect Tuesday and Wednesday for multiple areas of Oregon, be alert for landslide hazards.

Watch areas include the Portland metro area, the Cascade Foothills in Lane County, the northern Oregon Cascade Foothills, the south and central Willamette Valley, the north and central Oregon coast, the north and central Coast Range, and the lower Columbia. Track Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

Heavy rain can trigger landslides, according the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Avoiding areas where landslides are more likely to occur is an important safety action. DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map offers a look at landslide hazards, and is a useful tool for identifying areas that are susceptible to landslides. The map is online at: www.oregongeology.org/slido

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. In general, dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/17/17 12:10 PM
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 26, 2017 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Member -- Ray Byrd - and Introductions

2. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes - Approve minutes from the October 27, 2016 meeting

B. (Consent Agenda Item B moved to regular agenda for discussion)

C. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amend drafted language requiring public safety professionals to report arrests, adding "or criminal citations" to DPSST, as presented. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

D. OAR 259-008-0065 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Adds maintenance for certification for corrections officers, parole and probation officers and regulatory specialists, includes additional amendments to clarify maintenance requirements and processes. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

E. OAR 259-008-0090 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Updates rule language to reflect changes in the submission of training records to DPSST. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016 with clarifications to section (7).

F. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0085 - Proposed Rule Change -- Approve.
Provides recommended updates and clarifies retest options for PCOD/CCOD courses. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

G. OAR 259-061-0018 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the expert witness exemption from licensure as a private investigator. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016

H. OAR 259-061-0010 and 259-061-0110 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the application and process for temporary investigator licensure. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.
I. OAR 259-060-0015 et al -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Review of public comment regarding proposed rule language to amend and adopt responsibilities and compliance regarding use of prohibited business name per HB 4142. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

J. OAR 259-060-0010 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends definition of "Alarm Monitoring Facility" to exclude a facility that provides temporary services during an outage or emergency. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

K. Updated 2016 Unarmed Private Security Training Course (Curriculum) and 2016 Unarmed Private Security Refresher Course -- Approve. Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

L. Unarmed Curriculum Testing -- Approve. Allows for DPSST curriculum staff to compose test questions based on approved curriculum and learning outcomes and to update questions if needed for clarification or ORS/OAR updates. Updates effecting Learning Goals and Outcomes would be forwarded to Unarmed Subcommittee and PSIPC for review. 8/2 Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

M. Christian Fritz DPSST#F28303 (Sandy RFPD/ #72) -- Not Discharge for Cause -- Not Revoke
5/4 vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

N. Geanna Harrison DPSST#F29281 (Warrenton Fire Department)) - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

O. Lyndon B. Johnson DPSST#32221 (Evans Valley Fire District #6) -- Revoke, Not allow to re-apply for two years. Unanimous vote to recommend Revocation and 8/1 vote to recommend to not allow re-application for two years to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

P. Marc Brodeur DPSST#43446 (Yamhill County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to revoke and 8/6 vote to recommend a 5-year ineligibility to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

Q. Richard Tirico DPSST#23776 (John Day Police Department) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

R. Jordan Kirksey DPSST#54339 (Linn County Sheriff's Office) - Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

S. Bryan Holman DPSST#56585 (Warm Springs Police Department) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

T. Adam Garner DPSST#49574 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

U. Dawn Kennard DPSST#32548 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

V. Michael Yanez DPSST#56333 (DOC CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

W. Patrick Williamson DPSST#56589 (DOC -- EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

X. Bradley Kaye DPSST#56605 (Lane County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Y. Joseph Hutchison (Grant County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Z. Dustin Herron DPSST#56417 (DOC - TRCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

AA. Sabrina Herrera DPSST#56571(DOC - CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

BB. Tyrel Caswell DPSST#56431 (DOC - EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

CC. Matthew Allen DPSST#56379 (DOC) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

DD. Daniel C. Kor PSID#03990 (Bravo Event Services Inc.) -- Assess Civil Penalty
Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

3. OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 250-008-0070, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. The Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Workgroup recommendations for denial and revocation standards. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

4. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

5. Policy Committee Update

6. Next Meeting Date: April 27, 2017

Requires a vote by the Board.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
West Linn Police Department to continue extra DUII patrols through the new year
West Linn Police Dept. - 01/17/17 12:08 PM
The West Linn Police Department will continue to work enhanced DUII patrols in the month of January, 2017. These enhanced DUII patrols are funded through a grant administered by Oregon Impact. Last month, the West Linn Police Department arrested 13 drivers for DUII, including 4 DUII arrests on New Year's Eve.

The West Linn Police Department has Oregon's two-time reigning DUII Officer of the Year, Officer Jim Abeles. Officer Abeles made 128 DUII arrests for 2016! Officer Abeles has a great chance of getting the "Three-peat" for Oregon DUII Officer of the Year.

The primary intent of these heightened DUII patrols is to prevent death, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road. West Linn Police Officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle.

The City of West Linn is regularly named one of the safest cities of its size (25,000) in the nation. The West Linn Police Department is proud of this ranking, and we believe our enhanced DUII patrols have contributed to keeping the citizens in and around the city safe.
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/17/17 11:56 AM
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:14 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Dtanyum Huey, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 8:40 a.m.

Huey entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on December 1, 2016 on one count of escape in the second degree out of Klamath County. His earliest release date was December 2, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Port of Vancouver USA administrative office, marine terminal closing at noon
Port of Vancouver - 01/17/17 11:13 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA administrative office and marine terminal will close at noon today, Jan. 17, due to inclement weather.

Visit www.portvanusa.com and follow us on Twitter (@portvanusa), Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 1-17-17 has been canceled
Multnomah ESD - 01/17/17 11:09 AM
The January 17 meeting of the Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors has been canceled due to inclement weather.
Feb. 1 is the deadline for Oregon students to enter workplace safety contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/17/17 10:43 AM
(Salem) -- There is still time for Oregon high school students to let their video skills shine in service of a good cause: increasing awareness about safety on the job for young workers. The deadline to submit their creative work in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: "Speak up. Work safe." The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on the following:
An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
"Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event this spring, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through oddball characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

Starting this year, students may submit their videos online.

For detailed contest information, including tips, rules, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.
ATV Grant Subcommittee meets in Salem Feb. 7-9
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:30 AM
SALEM OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grants subcommittee will meet 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Feb. 7-9, 2017 at the North Mall Office Building, Room 124, at 725 Summer Street NE, Salem. The building entrance is located on Winter Street. N.E.

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 grant subcommittee will review grant requests for ATV operation and maintenance, law enforcement and acquisition-related projects. The subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

More information about the state ATV program is available at
www.OregonOHV.org
Registration open for SAIF's free ag safety seminar in The Dalles, Jan. 30 and 31
SAIF - 01/17/17 10:12 AM
Summary: SAIF's annual series of free, ag safety seminars--held all over Oregon--aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. The next one will be held in The Dalles on January 30, with a Spanish session on January 31.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com


Attached Media Files: Ag seminar schedule
THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF LEGO(R) ART IS COMING TO OMSI: Oregonian artist returns home with an international record-breaking exhibit made from millions of LEGO bricks (Photo)
OMSI - 01/17/17 10:05 AM
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
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PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) -- THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.
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THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art. This exhibition has toured the globe, breaking records and becoming both an art and pop culture phenomenon along the way.
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The collection features Sawaya's notable original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The exhibition concludes with a spectacular and innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused hyper-realistic photography produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the iconic, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks. Inspired by his origins, Sawaya will also create and display a brand-new Portland-themed piece especially for the exhibition at OMSI.
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Sawaya's creations comprise the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation, and fine art.
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"I'm really looking forward to bringing this collection of art to Oregon for the first time. It's where this incredible journey with LEGO began. I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar," says Sawaya. "Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before."
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In THE ART OF THE BRICK, visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at LEGO brick ingenuity. OMSI has created a 1,500 square-foot "free-build" LEGO and DUPLO(R) play area for all ages. The play area will feature a variety of engineering, design, math, architecture, physics, and biology challenges, as well as helpful tips for young builders just getting started.
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"This exhibition is one that opens the door to a variety of complex topics through a simple toy most of us played with as children," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. "It shows that art and science are very much linked together, and this exhibit is a fun and whimsical way to make both accessible to audiences of all ages."
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THE ART OF THE BRICK runs from February 18, 2017-May 29, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth, and $5.00 for seniors.
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First Tech Credit Union is the major sponsor of THE ART OF THE BRICK at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and the history of THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed contemporary artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks.
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Now, Sawaya is an author, speaker, and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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Attached Media Files: The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , "Yellow," a life-sized sculpture made of thousands of bricks. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , Nathan Sawaya, contemporary artist from Oregon. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
Red Cross Assists Fifteen People After Clackamas Count Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/17/17 10:04 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family fire disaster on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. in 10000 block of SE Waverly Court in Milwaukie, Oregon. This fire affected fifteen adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, disaster health services and mental health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Friends of the Carpenter Awarded $15,000 Grant from Ray Hickey Foundation
Friends of the Carpenter - 01/17/17 10:04 AM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Ray Hickey Foundation.

"We have been greatly blessed with this gift, which was awarded to Friends of the Carpenter because of the good work that we are all doing together, and the community sees that. Every single Friend of the Carpenter helped to make this possible -- board, volunteers, participants and staff," Tom Iberle, executive director.

"The Ray Hickey Foundation proactively assesses our community's needs, in order to positively impact organizations addressing those needs. We've been familiar with the work of Friends of the Carpenter for several years and chose their organization to be a grant recipient during our current round of funding," Linda Rae Hickey, trustee, Ray Hickey Foundation.

The grant money will be used to support services at the Friendship Center in line with FOC's mission as a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community.

About Friends of the Carpenter
Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Fatal Clark County Fire update 1-17-17 Victim Identified
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 10:03 AM
Update 1-17-17 1000

Today the Clark County Sheriff's Office was able to confirm the identity of the victim found deceased in the fire scene on January 15th.

The victim is identified as Amy Marie Hooser, a 47 year old Vancouver resident. The manner of death has been ruled a Homicide and the cause listed as Smoke Inhalation and Blunt Force Trauma. THE VICTIM WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STORE.

Currently there is no suspect information on this incident. The Sheriff's Office will release information via Flash News as it becomes available.

Duncan Hoss


UPDATE 1-16-17 15:00

There will be no victim identification or cause of death on the victim from the Sifton fire today. We are working with the Medical Examiner's Office to confirm the victim's identity and contact family members.





On January 15th at approximately 0533 hours 911 received a report of a business on fire at 13412 NE Fourth Plain rd. Vancouver Fire responded and arrived to a convenience store which was fully involved in fire. Despite the best attempts from the Vancouver Fire Department, the building could not be saved.

Investigators with the Clark County Fire Marshall's Office and the Clark County Major Crimes Unit responded to the location. During the investigation the body of a deceased subject was located within the rubble.

Clark County Major Crimes detectives took over the case and now are investigating this incident as a possible homicide. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Major CrimesTeam.

The victim has not been identified as of this point. No further information on the victim will be released tonight. The will be no other information released until sometime on January 16.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Duncan Hoss
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public meeting for proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:00 AM
Maupin OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, January 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/17/17 9:48 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittees, new business, agenda items for next meeting, adjourn.

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

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
First tax return for marijuana retailers due soon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/17/17 8:24 AM
The year is just starting, but for many who sold recreational marijuana in October, November or December, there are already tax obligations they need to fulfill.

For medical marijuana dispensaries that were selling recreational marijuana products under the temporary early start provisions--which ended December 31--their final returns and tax remittances are due by January 31. For retailers who were licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) during fourth-quarter 2016, their first returns are also due by the end of January. Dispensaries will file their final returns on paper, but retailers are required to file electronically using Revenue Online at www.oregon.gov/dor. Many businesses will be responsible for filing two returns for the fourth quarter: one on paper, and one online.

Businesses making payments in cash should schedule their payment appointments as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of appointments available throughout the month, and those for the end of the month tend to fill up quickly.

Additionally, with the end of early start, the permanent state tax rate of 17 percent is now in effect for all recreational marijuana sales, and those sales can only be made at licensed retail facilities. Consumers in many areas throughout Oregon may see an additional 3-percent local tax added to their recreational marijuana purchases.

The majority of municipalities with this additional local tax are entering into agreements authorizing the Oregon Department of Revenue to collect local marijuana taxes on their behalf. This will determine how businesses file and remit their local taxes. If the Department of Revenue is collecting for the municipality, businesses will file one quarterly return and make one monthly remittance for both state and local taxes. If the municipality is handling their own collections, businesses will have to work with the local government to determine local filing and remittance requirements. They'll still be responsible for filing and remitting state taxes as required by the Department of Revenue.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
Clatskanie Man Arrested on Three Counts Online Sexual Corruption (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 8:08 AM
Theron Joseph Manley
Theron Joseph Manley
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On Friday, January 13, 2017 an 18-year-old Clatskanie man was arrested by the Pacific County (WA) Sheriff's Office on behalf of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for alleged crimes involving online sexual corruption and sexual abuse of a local teenage girl. Theron Joseph Manley was arrested at the Pacific County Court House in South Bend, Washington based on an investigation that began in October 2016. Manley was extradited to Astoria later the same day and lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on three counts of Online Sexual Corruption I and two counts of Attempted Use of a Child in Sexual Display.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office initially received a report on October 31, 2016 from the mother of a local teenager who had discovered information on a popular social networking website indicating her daughter was in contact with Manley. The investigation revealed Manley was pressuring the 14-year-old for nude images while planning to meet the girl in person for the purpose of sexual activity. Further investigation revealed Manley had in fact met the girl in person in the city of Warrenton on at least one occasion in October for the purpose of sexual activity.
Additional evidence obtained in Sheriff's Office investigation suggests Manley used the same social networking website to arrange meetings with several other girls between the ages of 13-15 in the Warrenton and Seaside area, again, allegedly for the purpose of sexual activity. Evidence was also obtained that suggests Manley was using the website to arrange delivery of marijuana to several local teenagers. Further investigation is being conducted and additional charges may follow. If anyone knows of any additional victims or has any other information, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.
Media inquiries regarding this investigation should be directed to Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635 or online at rhumphrey@co.clatsop.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Theron Joseph Manley
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/12/2017-01/16/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/17/17 7:57 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/12/2017-01/16/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-75

On 01/13/2017 at around 0558 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of an unwanted person in the 300 block of SE Main Street. Timothy D. Peden (53, of Estacada) was arrested for trespassing and was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $1,500 bail.

1C 2017-76

On 01/12/2017 at 1033 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the parking lot of the Estacada Fire Department. It was determined that no crime had been committed at that time and the parties agreed to separate.

1C 2017-81

On 01/14/2017 at about 1621 hrs., police responded to a report of a theft from a
vehicle on the 200 block of NW Zobrist Street. A Sandy police officer had recovered the victims stolen property the previous night and had arrested the suspect. Officers returned the stolen property to the victim and provided them with this case number.

1C 2017-82

On 01/14/2017 at 2218 hrs., police were contacted regarding a theft by deception that had occurred at around 2000 hours in the 300 block NE Main street. It was reported that a person had lured another person to town to sell him a vehicle and had taken some money from him without providing a vehicle. The case is under investigation.

1C 2017-84

On 01/15/2017 at about 1456 hrs., police responded to the 500 block of N Broadway
Street on a report of a criminal mischief. Officers documented the damage and provided the reporting party with the case number.

SANDY:

18 2017-68

On 01/12/2017 at about 0126 hrs., police conducted a traffic stop in the 39000 block of Highway 211. A subject on scene was identified as a person having an arrest warrant; a report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-69

On 01/12/2017 at 0805 hrs., police responded to a theft in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. The reporting party stated two male suspects stole propane tanks from their business and left in a dark colored vehicle. The incident occurred during closed hours.

18 2017-70

On 01/12/2017 at about 1316 hrs., a citizen came to the police department to report an attempted identity theft via a tech support scam. The woman reported clicking on a
pop-up ad on her computer, then calling a number after the ad claimed her computer was infected with viruses. The victim supplied a copy of a check and other identifying information before realizing the scam and taking steps to prevent any theft. No money was stolen and the suspects are not local.

18 2017-71

On 01/12/2017 at about 1400 hrs., the driver of a tractor trailer reported a crash between his vehicle and another on SE 362nd Drive near Skogan Road. The driver of the other vehicle, a yellow box truck, stopped only long enough to take pictures of the reporting party's truck and his own before leaving the scene without providing his information as required by law.

18 2017-73

On 01-12-17, at 1643 hrs., officers were dispatched to the 39000 block of Hood Street on a death investigation. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner assisted in the investigation and the death was determined to be a suicide.

18 2017-74

On 01/12/2017 at around 2253 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a runaway juvenile in the 39300 block of Gary Street. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered as runaway.

18 2017-77

On 01/08/2017 at about 1728 hrs., a subject damaged the property of a business in the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. There was video of the event, and the case will be forwarded to the detective for review and possible followup.

18 2017-85

On 01/15/2017 at about 1832 hrs., an officer observed a pickup truck driving erratically, striking a curb twice on Bluff Road near Bell Street. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was found to be impaired by the consumption of alcohol. William P. Farrar (52, of Sandy), was arrested and subsequently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of DUII and Reckless Driving. The total bail was $5,000.

18 2017-86

On 01/16/17 at 1548 hrs., officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 37000 block of Goldenrain Street. The investigation revealed a 16 year old juvenile had slapped his mom and left an injury to her face. The case will be forwarded to the DA's Office.

18 2017-87

On 01/16/2017 at about 2030 hrs., officers stopped a pickup truck for a traffic violation. They learned that the driver, Gregory D. Frank (55, of Woodburn), had his driving privileges revoked at the felony level. He was arrested, and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for Felony Driving While Suspended or Revoked, with $20,000 bail. The truck was impounded.

18 2017-88

On 01/16/2017 at about 2212 hrs., police responded to assist with a motor vehicle crash in the 31000 block of Daphne Court in Boring. EMS attended, and a report is pending (CAD).
City Hall and Library Delayed Opening
City of Sherwood - 01/17/17 5:36 AM
City Hall Offices and Library opening at 10:00 am
Mon. 01/16/17
Residential Fire in Milwaukie displaces home owner (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 01/16/17 9:11 PM
Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots.
Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots.
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Just before 6:30 this evening the home owner at 10122 SE Hollywood Street in Milwaukie came home and smoke and fire in the back area of her home. She immediately exited the home and called 911. First arriving crews from Clackamas Fire found fire coming from the back of the home, fire in the attic, and smoke all the way to the ground. Firefighters went to work extinguishing the fire and searching for any fire victims. The fire was knocked down in the living area of the home but the attic was filled with storage so crews remained on scene putting out hot spots in the attic. The home owner had cats at the home but at this time none are accounted for and a Clackamas Fire District 1 fire inspector is on scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported and Milwaukie Police assisted by blocking the streets nearby. Red Cross also responded to help out the home owner.

If there is a smell of smoke or fire in your home always evacuate quickly and call 911.


Attached Media Files: Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots. , 2017-01/799/100998/IMG_3119.JPG , Firefighter knocking down fire in the attic
Vancouver Winter Storm Update: Freezing rain, sandbags and garbage/recycling
City of Vancouver - 01/16/17 6:13 PM
Vancouver Public Works is readying for potential freezing rains early Tuesday morning, followed by heavy rains and showers through Thursday, according to current forecasts.

Operations Street crews will be out this evening continuing the difficult effort of trying to break through the solid mass of ice and snow that remains in some parts of the community. The National Weather Service in Portland is forecasting freezing rains will arrive between about 4 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, adding to concerns about the morning commute.

Meanwhile, Public Works has also set up two self-serve sites for Vancouver residents concerned about flooding from the rains expected to follow Tuesday into at least Thursday. The sand and empty bags are provided at the sites. Residents should bring their own shovels to fill bags and be prepared to transport them. Sand and bags are at these locations:
- In front of fence, near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
- Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works' East Operations site, 912 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Garbage and Recycling Cancellation: Waste Connections has canceled regular Tuesday garbage, recycling and yard debris service in Vancouver and throughout Clark County due to slick conditions and the chance of freezing rain in the morning. Customers are encouraged to check Waste Connections' website at www.wcnorthwest.com for any possible schedule changes.

Trees, Water Pipes and More: Heavy snow covering branches is still a concern for trees around the area. Please also be aware of water pipes that may have frozen when temperatures dropped below freezing. Frozen pipes are most apt to finally burst or make themselves known as temperatures rise and they thaw.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

More Street Information: The City began pre-treating streets before the winter storm arrived, and has been continuing to place deicer at major intersections, hills, overpasses - the highest priorities connecting public safety and emergency services - as well as trouble spots around the city. A variety of factors have left some parts of the city caked with thick ice, snow and extremely slick conditions. Deicer and attempts to cut through using equipment have had limited effect in these hard hit areas. Over the past couple of days, afternoon sunshine has helped warm the surface of those streets partially or mostly covered with a thick, bumpy layer of ice and snow, but what softened just refroze into an even more solid mass when temperatures plunged well below freezing at night. Until temperatures rise and remain above freezing, allowing deicer, equipment and time to break through the frozen layers, drivers are asked to go slow, leave ample room to stop or turn, and drive for conditions.

Please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather for more information, including updates, priority street map and severe weather tips.
Stay Safe During Winter Storms; Follow These Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/16/17 4:34 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. January 16, 2017 -- A winter weather advisory has been issued in NW Oregon and SW Washington. According to the National Weather Service, freezing rain and ice are likely in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas as well as The Dalles, Hood River and the Central and Southern Willamette Valley.

Residents are urged to stay home during and immediately after the storm and travel only if it is absolutely necessary. The American Red Cross has disaster responders on stand-by to help people should they be displaced from their homes due to severe weather. In anticipation of the storm, the Red Cross urges people to take preparedness actions now and follow these winter storm safety tips.

BUILD A KIT
Be sure you have non-perishable food items that can be eaten even if you lose power.
Keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged). Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates).
Keep extra blankets on hand or identify a safe alternate heat source if the power goes out.
Check the batteries in your flashlight(s) and keep them easily accessible (avoid candles).
If you have pets, make sure that you have food and supplies for them and that they have access to a warm and dry area.
For a full list of recommended kit items, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

MAKE A PLAN
If you are separated from your loved ones during the storm, make sure you have a plan for communicating with your family and/or friends to let them know you are safe and well.

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER
Avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.
Fill the vehicle's gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to get there.
If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in icy conditions:
Stay with the car and call for assistance. Do not try to walk to safety.
If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it -- don't abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
Prepare for power outages by following these safety tips:
Do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them. Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area.
Using generators safely
When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Electrical equipment
Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.

Throw out unsafe food
Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking.
Throw out any foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, or feels warm to touch.
For a full list of tips visit: http://rdcrss.org/2hu7NEE

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.


About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


Attached Media Files: Stay Safe During Winter Storms; Follow These Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/16/17 3:37 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 16, 2017 at approximately 2:20 p.m. in the 13000 block of SE Stark St in Portland, Oregon. This single family fire affected five people, including two adults and three children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Flood Watch in Northwest Oregon -- Be Safe
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 01/16/17 2:31 PM
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management says it's a good time to be 2 Weeks Ready
and adhere to basic flood safety.

January 16, 2017 -- Salem, OR -- Heavy rains are forecasted for the northern Oregon coast and the Willamette Valley, high winds are expected on the northern coast and freezing rain/ice is expected in the Columbia Gorge. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon. This is a good time to check your emergency supplies and adhere to basic flood safety.

Preparing for a flood
Have an emergency kit with necessary supplies. Oregon Office of Emergency Management recommends being 2 Weeks Ready http://bit.ly/2dxylmA.

Clear out leaves or remaining ice/snow from storm drains and culverts to prevent localized flooding.

During a flood: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Six inches of moving water can knock over an adult and 12 inches can carry away a small vehicle. Many flood-related fatalities are caused by vehicles driven into hazardous waters. Move to higher ground.

Heavy rains reduce drivers' visibility. When driving, turn on your lights, increase following distance, slow down, and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. Follow the Oregon Department of Transportation tips for driving in the rain:
- Give yourself more time for heavy traffic.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the driver in front of you.
- Make sure your windshield wipers in are good working condition.
- Roads are slippery when wet; obey the speed limit and drive slower in the rain.
- Turn on headlights.

If you are in your vehicle and floodwater is blocking your evacuation route, go to a building on high ground. If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.

Avoid walking through flood waters; they may be contaminated with oil, gas, or raw sewage. Waters may also be hiding hazards and debris. If you have to walk in flood waters, wear sturdy shoes. Sharp objects can penetrate rubber boots.

Be sure to check on neighbors and seniors in your area to make sure they are not in need.

Power outages
In addition to flood concerns, areas in Northwest Oregon - particularly the Columbia Gorge -- are expected to have freezing rain and an accumulation of ice. This may result in downed trees and power outages. Be prepared and have a safe heat source available, flashlights/batteries and a radio to keep abreast of weather conditions.
Phone Down, Slow Down, Buckle Up: Enhanced Patrols Feb. 6-19
Gresham Police Dept - 01/16/17 2:25 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Gresham traffic officers are preparing for enhanced patrols Feb. 6 through 19, focusing on three areas: encouraging proper use of mobile communication devices, obeying speed limits, and fostering proper use of safety belts and child restraints.

With few exceptions, Oregon law prohibits a driver's use of a mobile communication device under revised statute 811.507. The law also requires drivers to obey speed limits, only driving in a manner and speed that is reasonable and prudent within the limit, under revised statute 811.100.

Oregon law requires children under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds, be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight-years-old or 4-feet-9-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regards to infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra patrols.



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Police Arrest 11 During December's Increased DUII Enforcement
Gresham Police Dept - 01/16/17 2:24 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Utilizing grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Gresham traffic officers participated in enhanced DUII patrols Dec. 15, 2016 through Jan. 1, arresting eight drivers for DUII alcohol and three for DUII drugs. These 11 cases are in addition to 68 DUII alcohol arrests made throughout Gresham during December's regular patrol operations.

During this recent high-visibility enforcement campaign, 53 non-DUII related citations and 17 warnings were issued for various infractions, including: driving while suspended, speeding, cell phone use, and safety belt violations. Gresham officers will conduct additional enhanced DUII-focused enforcement missions throughout 2017, visibly increasing patrols to deter people from driving while impaired.

According to NHTSA, in 2015 Oregon had 447 traffic fatalities, of which 155 involved drivers whose blood alcohol content was at or above 0.08 percent. For more information visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/ or https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/STSI.htm#.


Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Discourage alcohol, marijuana and other drug use long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist them with finding a safe ride home
?,? Provide food to lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Call 911 to report impaired drivers

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Annual Giving Campaign Unleashes NW Natural Employees' Superhero Giving Power
NW Natural - 01/16/17 11:51 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) employees proved to be a mighty force in raising more than $288,000 through their 2016 Give Like a Superhero -- Spirit of Giving campaign.

Current employees and retirees pledged approximately $144,000, while NW Natural's shareholder Corporate Philanthropy Fund donated $144,000, sending the total sum over one-quarter million dollars.

The employee donations will be directed to a variety of groups including Black United Fund of Oregon, CASA, Children's Trust Fund, Earth Share Oregon, OHSU, Oregon Food Bank, Red Cross Cascades Region, Work for Art and United Way.

"Caring is a core value at NW Natural. Our employees never cease to amaze us with generosity and enthusiasm for giving to local nonprofits. Their donations provide essential needs and aid in building more resilient communities," said Von Summers, NW Natural's community affairs manager.

NW Natural employees also participate in volunteer work through the employee matching program, Dollars for Doers. A total of $23,470 went to local nonprofits on behalf of employees who are regular helpers for those organizations.

"NW Natural employees display heroic efforts every day for people in need," added Summers. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to carry out these acts of kindness."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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$2.27 million in grants from Kaiser Permanente will help people with mental illness find and sustain housing
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 11:30 AM
Fifteen community health workers will offer a helping hand to reduce homelessness

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest is awarding grants to seven nonprofit agencies across the region, from Cowlitz to Lane counties, to support unique programs that engage community health workers and peer counselors in helping people with mental illness and addiction disorders find and sustain housing.

The $2.27 million in grants follows a $4 million contribution announced in September in support of the "Housing Is Health" initiative that will build 380 units of housing in Portland with Central City Concern, including 175 units of medically supported housing. Kaiser Permanente has also partnered with several other local health care providers to create the new Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens this month.

"As we looked at the challenges facing people with mental illness in our community, we heard repeatedly that lack of stable housing is the most critical need," said Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "But not only do they need housing, they need help getting into and maintaining housing in the first place. Without both types of support, it is virtually impossible for people with mental health and addiction issues to attain successful treatment."

Seven nonprofit agencies will receive $325,000 over three years to deploy strategies with a personal touch. Each agency has also been asked to identify policy and advocacy efforts for changes that will help bring an end to homelessness for people with mental illness and addiction disorders.

Community health workers and peer support/wellness specialists are able to build meaningful relationships to help people reach their recovery and health goals. Through coaching, mentoring, teaching, listening and caring, they can be role models who encourage self-esteem and self-confidence while sharing specific knowledge and promoting skills.

The grants were announced at a press conference held at the Transition Projects Clark Center during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project by Kaiser Permanente volunteers. The Clark Center provides shelter and housing short-term housing and support services to homeless men.

"On this day of service, it is an honor to connect people who have a passion for helping our community's most vulnerable members with the resources, training and strategies they need to be effective," said McCulloch.

Each of the following grant recipients has developed its own unique way of deploying community health workers and advocating for people with mental illness and addiction:

Urban League of Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon: Urban League will help households affected by chronic homelessness become housed, healthy and empowered as advocates for systemic change. A peer support specialist (addiction and recovery) and a peer wellness specialist (mental health) will join the Housing Support Team.
Contact: Julia Delgado, 503-995-2675, jdelgado@ulpdx.org

Outside In, Multnomah County, Oregon: Outside In and NAYA will partner to serve homeless youth, 18 to 25 years old, experiencing behavioral health challenges. Community health workers will work hand in hand with these youth, supporting them to find, stabilize and maintain housing.
Contact: Heather Brown, 503-535-3805, hb@outsidein.org

Catholic Charities of Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon: Catholic Charities will help homeless women with severe mental illness and substance use disorders secure and retain housing through integrated housing, health care and behavioral health support provided by peer support specialists. Catholic Charities will partner with NAMI Oregon to provide empowerment trainings and advocacy opportunities for participants to share their stories.
Contact: Margi Dechenne, 503-688-2670, mdechenne@ccoregon.org

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast, Marion County, Oregon: Catholic Community Services will train community health workers, provide housing support services in nine low-income neighborhoods in Marion County, and advocate for statewide policy changes to increase the number of affordable housing units.
Contact: Maureen Casey, 503-510-0151, maureencasey@ccswv.org

Love Overwhelming, Cowlitz County, Washington: Peer support case managers will provide intensive community services to high-need households to help them locate, obtain and retain safe, affordable housing. Love Overwhelming will partner with others to advocate for homeless shelters, affordable housing and improved policies related to people being released from prison.
Contact: Chuck Hendrickson, 360-749-8056, chendrickson@loveoverwhelming.org

ShelterCare, Lane County, Oregon: ShelterCare will provide training to property managers to support their efforts to work with tenants with behavioral health challenges, and refer tenants at risk for eviction to community health workers for assistance. Project partners include Trauma Healing Project, Cornerstone Community Housing, Laurel Hill Center and the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County.
Contact: Susan Ban, 541-686-1262, sban@sheltercare.org

Willamette Family, Inc., Lane County, Oregon: Willamette Family will work to help people with behavioral health challenges find and maintain stable housing by training community health workers, providing case management, delivering a rental rehabilitation program, and advocating for statewide policy changes for prolonged case management and peer-delivered services. Contact: Eva Williams, 541-762-4526, evaw@wfts.org

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente Northwest contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.
Kaiser Permanente awards more than $600,000 in grants to improve health in Marion and Polk counties
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 11:30 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded $605,000 in multiyear grants to three nonprofits serving Marion and Polk counties. These grants complement the organization's annual community service events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The grants support Kaiser Permanente's mission to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. They address health where it begins: in our schools, homes and workplaces.

Two of the three grants were awarded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation, which focuses on three funding areas: early life, education and economic opportunity:

A $200,000 grant has been awarded to Evolve Workforce & Property Management in Woodburn. Funds will support increasing economic opportunities for low-income people in the Willamette Valley, especially farmworkers and their families, by expanding a job-training program.
A $80,000 grant has been awarded to the Western States Center, which focuses on racial, gender and economic justice. Funds will support policy efforts to improve reproductive health among the Latino population in Marion and Polk counties.

The final grant was awarded as one of seven Kaiser Permanente grants, totaling $2.27 million, to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations statewide:

A $325,000 grant has been awarded to Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast to provide housing support services to individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues in Marion County. Funds will also be used to advocate for additional affordable housing units statewide.

"These grants will help create new and equal opportunities for Marion County residents to live a long, healthy life," said Deborah Sailler, MD, mid-valley physician service area director with Kaiser Permanente. "All community members should have this opportunity, no matter where you live, where you're from, or where you work."

Lastly, dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees will demonstrate their passion for community by volunteering their time at six community service sites this Monday through Wednesday. Service projects include physicians providing free care at the Salem Free Clinic, employees organizing books at the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and employees weeding and mulching plantings at the Marion-Polk Food Share's farm.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/5557/100985/Marion_County_release_Final.pdf
Memorial Service Chief Randall Gibson
Kelso Police Dept. - 01/16/17 11:22 AM
City of Kalama
City Hall
320 N. First St.
Kalama, WA 98632
360) 673-3265
asmee@kalama.com

Date: January 16, 2017

Subject: Press Release Memorial Service Chief Randall Gibson

A memorial service honoring Kalama Police Chief Randall Gibson will take place:
Thursday January 19th
1:00 pm
New Life Church
2441 42nd Avenue
Longview, WA
Prior to the memorial service there will be a procession of Kalama Emergency Response vehicles only, honoring Chief Gibson through the community of Kalama. Details concerning route location and times will be announced soon.
The family requests that donations in-lieu of flowers be made to the Behind the Badge Foundation (BehindTheBadgeFoundation.org)
There will be a private reception for the family in Kalama following the ceremony.

Additionally, a Chief Randall Gibson Memorial Fund has been established through Heritage Bank. Donations can be made directly through Heritage Bank branches in Kelso and Longview or can be made at the Kalama City Offices, 195 North First Street, Kalama, WA.

All City of Kalama offices will close at 11:00 am Thursday January 19th.


Adam Smee
City Administrator
***Update*** Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:22 AM
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The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located. The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

End Update

Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.


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Update - Rope Team Rescues Man from Icy Slope
Longview Police & Fire - 01/16/17 10:17 AM
The rescue incident occurred on a hillside near the 2000 block of 38th Avenue in Longview. The slope was approximately 600 feet from the top of the ridge to the access road below. The incident was reported just before 5:30 PM and the last of our rescue personnel had left the scene at 8:20 PM.
***Name Correction*** Lyons Teenager Loses Life In Highway 226 Crash - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:12 AM
Drivers name is Emily not Emil

End Update

Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 7:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 226 near milepost 22 (just west of Lyons). Upon emergency personnel arriving on scene they found a car had struck a power pole and an 18 year old female was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle was westbound on Highway 226 (Albany-Lyons Highway) near Rashmar Road when it lost control and left the highway. It slid down a steep embankment, struck a powerpole on the driver's side, and then rolled over. A Linn County Sheriff's Deputy was first on scene and found the driver, Emily J REEDY, age 18, of Lyons, was deceased.

The roadway conditions were icy at the time of the crash. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Rope Team Rescues Man from Icy Slope (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 01/16/17 10:04 AM
Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
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Longview, WA -- A man phoned 911 to say he was cold and stranded on an icy hillside in Longview Sunday evening. The approximately 30-year-old Clatskanie resident had hiked down from a ridgetop about 200 feet when the slope became perilously steep. He attempted to turn around but due to ice and snow became stranded.

Crews from American Medical Response and the Longview Fire Department, including Acting Lieutenant Brett Venneri from the fire department's Special Operations Team arrived at the scene minutes after the first call. They were able to make verbal contact with the subject on the hillside. As additional responders descended on the scene the 911 center was able to reestablish contact with the man and relay instructions from rescue teams.

Longview Firefighters used a four-wheel drive command vehicle to place rescuers above the victim. Acting Lieutenant Venneri then descended a rope to contact the victim directly and to assess him for injuries. Ultimately, crews extended additional ropes and lowered the man to safety. He was transported by AMR paramedics to St. John Medical Center for hypothermia treatment and was in stable condition. Due to federal privacy laws, the patient's identity cannot be released.

"Though these types of rescues occur irregularly in our community, we must remain prepared", said Battalion Chief Eric Koreis, the incident commander from Longview Fire. "While our crews were able to effect a safe rescue last night, the community needs to know that there is a tremendous network of collaboration that exists behind the scenes", said Koreis. "Multiple agencies including Kalama Fire District 5 and Toutle Fire District 3 had personnel ready to respond and assist; Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene coordinating volunteer support personnel from Search and Rescue, 2 medic units from AMR mobilized to the scene for patient treatment and rescuer support, and a dozen Longview Fire employees were called back to work to provide normal emergency coverage for the City during the incident", he said.

Recognizing the tremendous resources required to effect his rescue, the victim repeatedly thanked rescuers during the incident. "You are all heroes, real heroes", he said.


Attached Media Files: Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
MCSO Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/17 9:30 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is pleased to issue its 2017 Legislative Agenda, for the pending federal and state legislative sessions (Agenda attached). This is the first time MCSO is publishing a Legislative Agenda, which is commonly recognized as a first step to engaging session.

"I am looking forward to working with our federal delegation and state legislators over the course of this legislative year. Public safety is a historic corner stone of session; I hope to serve as a resource and further thoughtful conversation as legislative measures about law enforcement and corrections are vetted," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

Legislative agenda's identify core values and assess an organization's role and needs in the intergovernmental arena. Legislative agenda's help organizations announce priorities despite dynamics unique to session:

Roughly 500 registered interest groups lobby 90 legislators and the Governor, each session

During Oregon's last long session in 2015, approximately 2,800 measures were introduced, not including amendments, resolutions, or memorials, resulting in about 800 new laws

Of the estimated 2,800 measures introduced, almost 700 measures had demonstrable impacts on public safety

Of the 800 new laws, nearly 200 laws were either directly or indirectly applicable to law enforcement, corrections, or business service operations

Prioritized issues are based upon criteria that touch upon intergovernmental responsibilities for property, programming, or monies; gaps in the law, public interest and more. Priorities for MCSO, turn on procedural justice, gun violence reduction, diversionary programming and corrections health.

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to advocating for policies that will strengthen community safety, making Multnomah County a better and more just place for all who live here. Our Legislative Agenda prioritizes challenging areas of public safety and attempts to give a voice to vulnerable populations in the County," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

The Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners are slated to adopt a County-wide Legislative Agenda later this month. The Oregon State Legislative session convenes February 1, 2017.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1276/100980/MCSO_2017_Legislative_Agenda_-_Final.pdf
Ice Storm to proceed Flood watch (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 01/16/17 9:12 AM
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Winter Storm set to hit Tuesday
Ice and Freezing rain to proceed Flood watch

Sheridan Oregon, January 14, 2017:
Reports from the National Weather Service are indicating that our area is supposed to see a drop in temperatures for Tuesday morning followed by freezing rain in the late afternoon with continued threat of ice through Tuesday night. Below is the report released by the National Weather Service
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CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SALEM...MCMINNVILLE
504 AM PST MON JAN 16 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM EARLY TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH FOR SIGNIFICANT ICING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM EARLY
TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

TIMING...FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY TUESDAY
MORNING...INCREASING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO SLOWLY CLIMB ABOVE FREEZING AROUND MIDDAY
TUESDAY...ENDING THE FREEZING RAIN THREAT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

ICE ACCUMULATION...AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH...MAINLY NEAR NEWBERG
AND MCMINNVILLE. OTHER AREAS SUCH AS SALEM AND AUMSVILLE ARE
EXPECTED TO SEE LESS ICING...GENERALLY AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN
INCH OR LESS.

IMPACTS...SEVERAL DAYS OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL MAKE
GROUND SURFACES LIKE ROADS AND SIDEWALKS VERY RECEPTIVE TO ICE
ACCUMULATION. IT MAY TAKE A COUPLE HOURS OF TEMPERATURES ABOVE
FREEZING TO COMPLETELY END THE FREEZING RAIN THREAT AT ANY GIVEN
LOCATION. ICE ACCUMULATION ON TREES AND POWER LINES MAY RESULT
IN DOWNED BRANCHES AND LINES...WHICH WOULD BRING THE THREAT OF
POWER OUTAGES TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS. FUTURE
DRIVING...BICYCLING...AND WALKING CONDITIONS MAY BECOME
HAZARDOUS...SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
ALSO...BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL POWER OUTAGES AS ICE MAY BRING
BRANCHES AND POWER LINES DOWN TUESDAY.
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With this ice storm coming in within days of the Flood watch it is important for people to understand the dynamic weather we expect to see over the next four days. With the geographic diversity of our area comes the possibility of seeing a wide range of weather to include ice, snow, fog, freezing rain, rain, flooding and moderate winds. We are asking people to avoid traveling as much as possible. It is also recommended to prepare their emergency kit (Bottled water, candles, flashlights, canned/non perishable food, blankets....) and have a plan for a power outage.
As more information about the forecasted weather, preparations or any recommendations becomes available we will send additional press releases.

Related resources
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=45.099278788000504&lon=-123.3948292669997#.WHz2IvkrLD5
http://www.cityofsheridanor.com
http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management
http://www.weather.gov/
http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/


Attached Media Files: Ice Storm
Water Main Repair Closes Right Southbound Lane at Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street
Portland Water Bureau - 01/16/17 8:39 AM
PORTLAND,  OR- Portland  Water  Bureau  crews  are  responding  to  a  water  main  break on the shoulder of Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street.

To  assess  and  repair  the  damaged  water pipe,  crews  must  reduce Barbur to one southbound lane near Hamilton Street until approximately 5 p.m. today.

The main is an 8-inch cast iron pipe from 1941.  

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

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected main breaks to the Water Bureau's 24-hour Emergency Line at 503-823-4874.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1240/100979/Traffic_Advisory_-_011717.docx , 2017-01/1240/100979/Traffic_Advisory_-_011617-1.docx
Reminder: MLK Day press conference with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury - Mental Health and the Homeless
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 8:13 AM
Media Alert

Mental health and the homeless: major grants will help people who are mentally ill find housing

When: Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: Press conference
12:15--12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews


Where: The Clark Center, a men's transitional housing facility run by Transition Projects
1431 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland


What: It's estimated that over 50% of our homeless population suffers from mental illness.

Kaiser Permanente will announce significant grants to help people with behavioral health challenges (mental health and substance abuse) find and stay in housing.


Visuals: Men's transitional housing shelter
Volunteers completing a variety of projects to improve the shelter


Who: Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Grant recipients: Catholic Charities of Oregon, Catholic Community Services, Love Overwhelming, Outside In, Urban League of Portland



Background:

Last September, Kaiser Permanente announced a $4 million "Housing Is Health" grant as part of a unique partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.

This newest community investment will dovetail with both the "Housing Is Health" grant partnership and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens in January.

Additionally, 100 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the Clark Center, a transitional housing program, to help with a variety of building improvement projects. This is part of a larger "MLK Days of Service" volunteerism event from Friday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 18.
WSU Vancouver's annual Professional Writers Series opens Jan. 26
WSU Vancouver - 01/16/17 8:00 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver's annual Professional Writers Series will feature eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry.
The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6 on campus. The following writers are scheduled.

Jan. 26: Scott Nadelson, "Mastering the Short Story"
Author of three acclaimed collections of short stories, Scott Nadelson chairs the writing program at Willamette University and also teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University. He has won several prizes, including an Oregon Book Award. His first novel, "Between You and Me," was published in 2015.

Feb. 9: Martha Grover and Michael Heald, "Getting Personal: Memoirs and Essays"
Grover's first book, "One More for the People" (2011) and her most recent, "The End of My Career" (2016) have been cited for their intimacy, humor and conversational style. Many of the pieces included are drawn from the print zine Somnambulist, which Grover has published for more than 12 years. Michael Heald is her publisher at Perfect Day Publishing and author of a collection of essays. He received a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship.

Feb. 23: David Naimon and Benjamin Parzybok in conversation, "The Art of the Literary Podcast: A Conversation"
As moderator of KBOO radio's longstanding series "Between the Covers," Naimon has interviewed numerous luminaries of contemporary literature, including Anthony Doerr, Mary Gaitskill, Ursula K. Le Guin and Colson Whitehead. This presentation will feature audio clips from the program and a conversation between Naimon and novelist Benjamin Parzybok.

March 9: Peter Ames Carlin, "Biographies That Rock"
Carlin has chronicled the lives of several contemporary music icons, including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys. He is a former senior writer for People magazine and television critic for the Oregonian.

March 23: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, "Activist Poetry"
Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet and performance artist whose work centers around climate activism. In 2014, Vogue magazine named her one of 13 leading women fighting global warming. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness of issues and threats--such as rising sea levels and forced migration--faced by the people of the Marshall Islands, where she was born. She also creates videos.

April 6: Margaret Malone, "One Writer's Path"
Malone's debut, a story collection called "People Like You," was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award, winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize and a Best Book selection by Powell's, the Oregonian and the Portland Mercury. She has received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, has been a volunteer facilitator with the nonprofit Write Around Portland, and hosts an art and literary gathering called SHARE.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

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

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALL WRITERS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Sun. 01/15/17
Free Admission to the Oregon Historical Society on MLK Day; Final Day of A Place for All People Exhibit
Oregon Historical Society - 01/15/17 10:58 PM
Free admission January 16 from 12pm - 5pm

Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society museum will be offering free admission on Monday, January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Monday is also the closing day of A Place for All People, an exhibit of posters showcasing the collections from the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, "Maybellene," and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. The poster exhibition will share many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story. The exhibit is hosted at the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with the Oregon Black Pioneers.

Also on display is the museum's newest exhibition The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, a stunning showcase of photography by Hood River resident Peter Marbach that shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. Visitors can also experience Comic City, USA and Democracy's Blueprints, closing January 31 and February 1 respectively.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open on Monday from 12pm -- 5pm.

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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.
Red Cross Responds To Large Multi Family Fire In The Dalles Displacing 21 People.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/17 7:41 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a large residential fire disaster on January 15th at about 4:30 pm in the 2400 block of West 10th St. in The Dalles OR.  This large multi family fire  affected eleven adults, ten children and pets.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
UPDATE Missing Endanged Aloha Woman Found Safe
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/15/17 5:46 PM
UPDATE:
January 15, 2017 - This afternoon, Sparkle Green was found safe in Portland. A concerned member of the public called the Portland Police Bureau who located Ms. Green safe within adequate accommodations. It was determined she was not in danger and was able to care for herself. The Sheriff's Office appreciates the public's assistance with this case.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:
Deputies Seek Public's Help Locating Missing Endangered Aloha Woman

January 12, 2017 -- Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help locating a missing endangered woman. Deputies are concerned she may not be able to care for herself and be in increased danger due to the inclement weather.

On January 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to the community of Aloha concerning a missing endangered woman. 33-year-old Sparkle Green was reported missing from the care facility where she resides.

Ms. Green was last seen at the facility, near SW Farmington Road and SW 209th Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Ms. Green is reported to have a developmental disorder which could cause her to engage in risky behaviors and not have the ability to care for herself.

Deputies are concerned that Ms. Green could be staying outdoors and be in danger due to the frigid temperatures and snowy weather conditions. It is reported that Ms. Green has gone missing in the past and used public transportation to travel into downtown Portland. While there, she slept outdoors and did not care for herself.

Ms. Green is described as a black female, 5'8" tall, heavy build, with braided black hair. She was last seen wearing a heavy blue coat, white sneakers, blue jeans, and her identification lanyard.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Sparkle Green, please call 503-629-0111.
Sodaville Area Home Destroyed By Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 4:59 PM
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A fire which started on the rear porch of a Sodaville manufactured home quickly spread to the entire structure and left the occupants with the total loss of their home. Multiple callers reported the fire at 30245 Townsend Road at 2:23 p.m. and responding fire crews could see a large column of smoke while traveling to the scene. The Battalion Chief called for a second alarm to bring more firefighters and water to the scene while en route, and the Albany Fire Department responded by sending a water tender.
First arriving LFD units described a manufactured home fully engulfed in flames and two occupants safely outside the home watching it burn. According to a resident, she was in a bedroom of the home and noticed smoke coming into her room around the closed bedroom door. She opened the door to see smoke throughout the house and fire burning on the back porch. She alerted her father in law who was also in a bedroom and the two escaped the house along with their dog. There were no working smoke detectors in the home.
Interviews with the occupants have led fire investigators to believe the fire was caused by smoker's carelessness as moments before the fire one resident had been on the back porch smoking a cigarette which was discarded into an ashtray and then into a plastic paint bucket filled with discarded cigarette butts and other debris. Investigators believe that the cigarette was not properly extinguished, which resulted in a fire in the bucket which then quickly spread through the enclosed porch and into the home.
Firefighters remind smokers to use extreme caution with discarded cigarettes and to avoid disposing of matches or butts inside of structures. Additionally, firefighters stress the extreme importance of having multiple working smoke detectors on all levels of your home. For more information on home fire safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD Video of this and other LFD incidents, please subscribe to the Lebanon Fire District YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD


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Rain predicted - clear storm drains of snow and ice to prevent flooding
City of Battle Ground - 01/15/17 3:55 PM
Rain, and a lot of it, is predicted to arrive in the next day or two. With the amount of snow and ice still on streets we must now try to minimize the risk of localized flooding. Snow or ice blocking storm drains can keep water from flowing into the drainage system and can quickly create areas of standing water.

The city of Battle Ground Public Works Department asks residents and businesses to keep storm drains in their neighborhoods clear, when safe to do so, to allow rain water to run into storm drains. Crews will be doing the same in the most affected areas, but with over 1,800 catch basins and inlets, it will literally take a village.

Any sign of standing water or flooding in the city of Battle Ground can be be reported to Public Works at 360-342-5350 during regular business hours (7:30am -- 4pm), after hours at 360-635-7076, or by using the city's online Citizen Action Request at https://www.cityofbg.org/FormCenter/Public-Works-9/Public-Works-Request-54.
LFD, State HAZMAT Team Respond To Lebanon Fuel Spill (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 10:23 AM
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A gasoline tanker filling holding tanks at the Park Street Chevron station experienced an uncontrolled fuel release at approximately 8:00am Sunday morning. The problem is believed to be associated with a malfunctioning valve or vapor return mechanism. The Lebanon Fire District reposted and discovered approximately 30 gallons of gasoline had been lost onto the property. Crews quickly contained the spill using booms and absorbent to prevent it from entering the sanitary sewer system. The Regional HAZMAT team of the State Fire Marshals Office was activated and responded from Albany with members of the Albany Fire Department to assist LFD with the hazard mitigation. Crews worked to disconnect the fill line from the truck while preventing further release of product. Units cleared the scene at 10:20 am,

HD video of this and other LFD incidents is available on the LFD YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

Photos available on the LFD Facebook page.


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3 Alarm fire destroys building in early morning Vancouver blaze
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 01/15/17 8:26 AM
A 3 alarm fire destroyed a commercial building in Vancouver, WA early Sunday morning. At approximately 0540 on Sunday, January 15 the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 134th Avenue and Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, WA. Upon arrival Engine 4 saw a large volume of fire coming from the structure and immediately sounded a 2nd alarm. Due to the large volume of fire the initial attack was defensive, meaning that the fire was attacked from the exterior of the building. A 3rd alarm was sounded at 0611, resulting in a total of 36 personnel from the VFD and Clark County Fire District 3. The fire did not spread to any other buildings. The incident commander called the fire under control at 0711. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the office of the Clark County Fire Marshal.
Winter Storm brings potential for flooding (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 01/15/17 1:46 AM
Flooding in Sheridan
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Yamhill County asking Residents to get ready
Sheridan Oregon, January 15, 2017:
Reports from the National Weather Service along with other State and national sources are expecting the next week to bring the potential of flooding. The Sheridan Fire District urges residents to pay close attention to local weather reports and make preparations for the possible flooding in our area.

At this time we are expecting snow melt to begin Monday with heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday. The combination of snow melt with heavy rains has the potential of creating flood conditions for portions of Oregon, California and Washington.

The Sheridan Fire District will be working with the City of Sheridan as we monitor the Weather and begin to make preparations for the potential flooding. It is our hope that the forcasted weather will not result in any damage to our community but we are asking residents to begin making their own preparations for the potential flooding.

Preparations for the potential flooding include:
Moving valuables up off the ground and, if possible, to the second story
Remove any debris or obstacles blocking the foundation vents allowing the potential flood water to pass through the foundation safely
Staying away from the banks of rivers and streams as they can be weakened by increased water flow
Make up a bag with clothing and needed supplies for you and your family in case you need to leave quickly
Make your emergency kit: batteries, flashlights and/or candles, canned/nonperishable food, bottled water, contact info for family and friends, personal medications, toiletries.

Sandbag locations will be made available by the City of Sheridan but no official location has been posted at this time. It is important to take only what you will need to protect your home. Sandbags are best placed around openings into your home rather than creating a wall around your property/home.

As more information becomes available about the forecasted weather, preparations and any recommendations we will provide additional with press releases.

Related resources
http://www.cityofsheridanor.com
http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management yamhill county emergency management
http://www.weather.gov/ national weather services
http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/ oregon emergency management
http://arcg.is/2jxlkvD map of flood plain in Sheridan


Attached Media Files: Flooding in Sheridan
Red Cross Responds To Astoria Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/17 12:28 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 14th on Franklin In Astoria.  This single family fire  affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Sat. 01/14/17
Deputies respond to a report of a gunshot wound at a residence outside of Turner *** UPDATE 1***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/17 5:13 PM
Investigators along with the Medical Examiners Office continued their investigation today regarding the couple found deceased inside of their home on Valley View Rd SE. Evidence has indicated this was a murder / suicide. The couple was identified as 75 year old Buster Parker and 78 year old Christel Parker.

The family has been notified regarding the detail of this investigation and they are not available for comment. There also is no photographs available of the couple.





Today at about 9:55 am, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of two people found deceased inside of a residence in the 5700 block of Valley View Rd SE. This is very preliminary information as the investigation is still ongoing. The Medical Examiner and District Attorney's office is also involved along with Marion County Detectives.

Based on the investigation at this point, there is no belief that the public is at risk. There is no PIO on scene of this incident and the time frame of further press releases is unknown at this time.
Snow and Ice Forces Cancellation of Pacific University's MLK Celebration Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16
Pacific University - 01/14/17 3:44 PM
FOREST GROVE -- Persistent snow and icy roads and sidewalks in Forest Grove and throughout the greater Portland area have forced thecancellation of Pacific University's annual celebration onoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16.

In lieu of a Monday's cancellation, all are encouraged to find ways to honor Dr. King in their respective neighborhoods.
Winter Storm Update: Coverage continues with debris removal
City of Vancouver - 01/14/17 1:57 PM
The City of Vancouver's priority streets and overpasses, the critical network that connects public safety and emergency services, are currently mostly packed snow or a slushy mix. A thick layer of snow and ice covers many neighborhood streets. The sun is shining, but temperatures remain below or near freezing, keeping street conditions in many parts of Vancouver frozen, too.

Vancouver Public Works crews have continued to plow what they could from major streets and some side streets. But at this point, what's on the surface is so compacted and frozen that progress is limited. Crews have been waiting until sunshine has warmed the surface slightly before applying deicer in hopes of having it activate and break through. However, given the compaction and temperatures, it's very slow going, as is the thaw. Forecasters are now saying temperatures are likely to continue to crawl along below or fairly near freezing until about Tuesday, Jan. 17.

In addition to continuing to try to improve streets where possible, crews will begin tackling downed trees and limbs that fell earlier this week due to winds and the heavy snowfall. Vancouver Public Works wants residents to know that some of this work may be taking place through the night, a public safety precaution allowing for the removal of debris from streets and public rights of way before heavy rains are forecast to return next week, bringing a potential for localized flooding. Crews will attempt to minimize noise to the extent that it is possible.

Other updates:

Second Saturday at the Water Center: This popular activity from 1-3 p.m. at the Water Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, due to snowy and icy conditions. While it will now take place on the third Saturday of this month, not the second, expect the same kind of fun for families. Please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Icy and snowy conditions have resulted in rescheduling and cancellation of many events throughout the community. Click here to view a brief list: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/martin-luther-king-jr-national-day-service-2017. For other events not listed there, please contact event organizers.

Garbage & Recycling: At this time, regular Monday service is expected to take place on Jan. 16. However, if neighborhood streets are still slick and icy, that could change. Check Waste Connections' website at www.wcnorthwest.com for any possible schedule changes.

Trees, Pipes & More: Heavy snow covering branches is still a concern for trees around the area. Water pipes that have frozen when temperatures plummeted and stayed below freezing may finally burst when the thaw comes.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
Sheriff's Deputies Search for Violent Man following Disturbance (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/17 11:11 AM
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January 14, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he broke into a residence. The man fled after the resident fired a gun.

On January 13, 2017, at 2:06 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment complex at 12070 SW Fischer Road in the community of King City, concerning a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found that Louis Jarvis Jr., 40, broke down the front door to the apartment and fled the area after being shot at.

Sheriff's Deputies were told Mr. Jarvis was upset over child custody issues and forced his way into the children's mother's apartment. Mr. Jarvis has never lived at the apartment. Sheriff's Deputies found the front door damaged from being kicked in. During the investigation, Sheriff's Deputies learned that as Mr. Jarvis entered the apartment the mother armed herself with a handgun to protect herself. At some point during the confrontation, she fired one round in Mr. Jarvis's direction motivating him to flee the area.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Jarvis had smashed out three windows of the mother's vehicle before he fled. It is believed he was driving a gray or tan colored late model Chevrolet pickup with an unknown license plate number.

Louis Jarvis does have connections to the Nehalem, Oregon, area. The Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office are assisting to locate and capture Mr. Jarvis. There is a warrant issued for Mr. Jarvis for Burglary, Criminal Mischief and additional charges.

Louis Robert Jarvis Jr. is described as 6'3" tall with a heavy build. (Photo inset of Louis Jarvis is from 2012)

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information of Louis Jarvis's whereabouts, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Louis Jarvis Booking Photo
***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/17 11:10 AM
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The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

End Release


Previous release:
On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.


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Seaside standoff ends peacefully when man surrenders
City of Seaside - 01/14/17 9:20 AM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 14, 2017 -- A Seaside man surrendered peacefully from his home this morning, nearly 64 hours after a 911-call had been placed from the same residence on Whispering Pines Drive. The individual placed a call to Seaside Dispatch shortly after 8 a.m. stating that he was scared and wanting to exit the home. The emergency dispatcher taking the call instructed him to put his shoes on and walk out of the home with his hands visible. A short time later the man emerged and was taken into custody without incident.

"We're extremely pleased with the outcome of this event," said Police Chief Dave Ham. "A peaceful surrender and discussion with the individual has been the goal of this situation since it began on Wednesday afternoon. The use of de-escalation techniques may extend the length of an incident but they are always intended to reduce confrontations with people in crisis. Fortunately, for all parties involved, this ended in the best way possible -- peacefully and without incident."

The Seaside Police was assisted throughout the three-day standoff by Oregon State Police, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and the Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart and Cannon Beach Police Departments. The City of Seaside and Seaside Police Department would like to thank the public and its citizens in the immediate area for their patience and understanding during the standoff.
Salem Police Officer Involved in On-duty Shooting
Salem Police Dept. - 01/14/17 8:37 AM
UPDATE: January 14, 2017, 8:25 am

The suspect in last night's officer involved shooting has been identified as 33-year old Casey Duane Howe of Salem. He was transported to a Portland area hospital during the night where he remains in stable condition.

Further media releases on this incident will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office and/or the Oregon State Police.k



UPDATE: January 13, 2017, 11:00 pm

A Salem Police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting at about 7:25 pm on Friday evening, January 13, 2017.

Corporal Jake Pratt was responding to a report of a wanted person and made contact with a subject on the east side of the Applebee's Restaurant at 2625 Liberty St NE. Preliminary information indicates the suspect was armed with a knife and a confrontation ensued with Cpl Pratt. Cpl Pratt fired his handgun and struck the suspect. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The suspect, who is not being identified at this time pending notification of his family, was transported to Salem Health. His current condition is unknown. Cpl Pratt was not injured in the incident and will be placed on administrative leave as common procedure following an incident of this nature.

The Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Lt Okada will be available at the scene on the west side of the Applebee's restaurant at 11:20 pm.








A Salem Police Officer has been involved in a shooting on duty. The officer is not injured.

The condition of the suspect is not available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Red Cross Responds To Beaverton Residential Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/14/17 8:21 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 15000 block of SW Lancaster Way in Beaverton.  This single family fire  affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Limited Area Boil Water Notice Lifted
City of Salem - 01/14/17 8:16 AM
Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue, and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S.

Bacterialogical analysis of drinking water samples collected on Thursday, January 12, 2017, due to the water pressure interruption incident in the vicinity of Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue, and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S. confirm the water is free from coliform bacteria and is safe to drink.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., January 12, 2017, maintenance crews had to shut down the water main to repair a water leak causing water pressure to be interrupted to 19 water services on Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S. in the City of Salem (see attached map), this includes Candalaria Elementary School. No other areas of the water system were affected by the pressure interruption.

Oregon Health Authority rules require a Boil Water Notice be issued as a precautionary measure if system pressure is lost. Notices were hand delivered to the affected customers that the Boil Water Notice has been lifted.

Esta notificación contiene información importante acerca de un aviso de hervir agua. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6333.


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Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1081/100949/Affected_Area_Boundary.pdf
Fri. 01/13/17
Red Cross Responds To Hood River Residential Fire.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/13/17 7:34 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 2000 block of Tucker Road in Hood River.  This single family fire  affected two adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Polk County Grand Jury Unanimously Finds Dallas Officer Involved Shooting Justified.
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 01/13/17 6:49 PM
DALLAS (OR) - Today a Polk County Grand Jury unanimously found that Dallas Police Sergeant Rob Hatchell and Dallas Police Officer Michael Fleming were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed Jeremiah N. Anderson, date of birth June 6, 1980 on the evening of December 16, 2016.

On December 16, 2016, at approximately 5:18 p.m., a 911 call was placed by a citizen regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store located at 321 NE Kings Valley in Dallas. The caller described a green F-150 pick-up truck in which the driver appeared to be intoxicated and was flailing around in the front driver's side seat.
Dallas police Officers Aaron Mollahan, Michael Fleming, and Sergeant Rob Hatchell were dispatched to investigate the suspicious activity call. Upon arrival they made contact with the driver of the green Ford pick-up truck who was identified as Jeremiah Nels Anderson. Mr. Anderson confirmed to the officers that he had driven himself to the Wal-Mart in the pick-up truck.

During his contact with Mr. Anderson, Officer Mollahan developed probable cause to believe that Mr. Anderson was impaired by a controlled substance. Officer Mollahan based his opinion on Mr. Anderson's poor performance on several field sobriety tests as well as his confused demeanor and speech. During the contact with him, Mr. Anderson refused officers verbal requests for consent to pat him down for weapons.

Based on Officer Mollahan's determination that probable cause existed to arrest Mr. Anderson for the crime of driving under the influence of intoxicants, Officer Mollahan asked Mr. Anderson to place his hands behind his back so handcuffs could be applied. At that point, Mr. Anderson actively began to physically resist arrest and trying to break free from physical restraint. Mr. Anderson was told repeatedly to stop resisting and continued to struggle with the three officers. The officers were able to restrain Mr. Anderson face down, but were unable to get his arms out from under him. At this point, Mr. Anderson told officers he would "shoot," and produced a .45 caliber pistol from a shoulder holster. He fired at least two bullets, hitting Sergeant Hatchell in the leg. Sergeant Hatchell returned fire at close range, striking Mr. Anderson in the lower extremities. Mr. Anderson continued to struggle and Officer Fleming fired one shot, striking Mr. Anderson in the head. Mr. Anderson succumbed to his wounds on scene. Sergeant Hatchell received extensive injuries to his leg and back from his wounding. A subsequent search of Mr. Anderson's home located both methamphetamine and .45 caliber ammunition consistent with the gun he used to shoot Sergeant Hatchell.

The Oregon State Police conducted the investigation and the Polk County District Attorney's Office presented the evidence to the Grand Jury.
In making their decision, the Grand Jury heard testimony from the three involved Dallas officers. Also testifying were detectives and troopers from the Oregon State Police and five citizen witnesses. The Grand Jury also reviewed a scene diagram, report of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, as well as dash camera and body camera video. Applying that evidence to the legal principles regarding the use of deadly force, the Grand Jury found that Sergeant Hatchell and Officer Fleming's use of deadly force was lawful and justified because,

The use of physical force was necessary to defend the police officer or another person from the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force; and

The officer's life or personal safety was endangered in the particular circumstance involved.
Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 01/13/17 5:45 PM
On Friday January 13, 2017, at 5:11 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the US Bank branch located at 16002 Southeast Division Street on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank, jumped the counter and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without incident. The suspect implied that he had a gun but none was seen.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 5'9" tall, thin build, blue or green eyes, wearing dark clothing and a dark bandana covering his face.

Officers checking the neighborhood did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405, or the Portland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 503-224-4181.

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Zoo plans to reopen Saturday
Oregon Zoo - 01/13/17 4:45 PM
The Oregon Zoo plans to reopen tomorrow but with reduced access (not all areas will be accessible). Anyone planning a visit should exercise caution and come prepared for wintry conditions: packed snow, ice and wet walking surfaces. We highly recommend taking MAX rather than driving.

For more info, go to www.oregonzoo.org/visit/today-zoo
2016 Corrections Grand Jury Report Released
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/13/17 4:30 PM
In accordance with state statute, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office convened a Corrections Grand Jury in October 2016, to facilitate an annual inquiry into the condition and management of every correctional facility in Multnomah County. Over the next seven weeks, the Corrections Grand Jurors physically inspected five (5) facilities and heard testimony from those who operate, are housed within, or are associated in some form with the operation and management of those facilities.

This is the first Corrections Grand Jury to be conducted under the Sheriff Michael Reese administration. When asked about the process, Sheriff Reese said "Citizen involvement is the hallmark of good government. The Sheriff's Office recognizes the sacrifices of each Corrections Grand Juror and appreciates their willingness to critically critique our operational strengths and recommend improvements."

The attached 2016 Corrections Grand Jury Report, represents the culmination of the Grand Jury review process. In addition please will find the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) response; MCSO accepts and intends to implement the Report recommendations, both administratively and in Multnomah County budget proposals.

The Corrections Grand Jury Report's top recommendations largely identify mental health services and staffing levels as continuing challenges. Sheriff Michael Reese concluded "the next step is to intensify multi-disciplined, intergovernmental collaborations to maximize efficiencies, fill gaps, and overall improve the quality of wrap around services provided to the adults in custody."


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1276/100932/MCSO_2016_Corrections_Grand_Jury_Repsonse_-_Final.pdf , 2017-01/1276/100932/2016_Corrections_Grand_Jury_Report_-_Final.pdf
Vancouver's Water Center reschedules Second Saturday activities, cancels Monday beach cleanup
City of Vancouver - 01/13/17 4:12 PM
Snowy, slick conditions around the area will impact two events that had been planned for the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, Washington.

WATER CENTER SECOND SATURDAY - RESCHEDULED

Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center will be open this Saturday, but the Center's regular Second Saturday fun and activities will be delayed until Jan. 21.

Hours for next weekend's event will remain the same as for regular Second Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., although for this one time it will be on the third Saturday. The theme of the next Second Saturday hasn't changed, either. The Water Center will pay tribute to the mighty Columbia River Watershed, with a family friendly afternoon of discovery and games, science experiments and crafts.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For those who want to brave the weather to visit the Water Center this weekend, the facility will be open from noon. to 4 p.m., minus the special event activities.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF - CANCELLATIONS & CHANGES

A volunteer beach cleanup, which had been scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the Water Resources Education Center, has been canceled. However, the Water Center will be open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m.

The Water Center had planned the volunteer event to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday of January.

The Water Center is located along the Columbia River at 4600 SE Columbia Way. Visit us online at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111 for more information.

Click here to view other weather-related cancellations and changes to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/martin-luther-king-jr-national-day-service-2017.
Hydropower -- answering the cold weather call - Columbia and Snake River dams crank out the power
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/13/17 3:53 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Prolonged subfreezing temperatures across the Pacific Northwest are driving power demand to its highest levels in nearly 10 years--topping out on Friday, Jan. 6 at 10,943 megawatts. That's enough electricity to power nearly eight million homes.

In recent days, power demand has moved above 10,000 MW. Although electricity demands exceeding 10,000 MW are uncommon, Friday's peak is not a record; that honor goes to the year 1990, when BPA's system reached an all-time-high of 11,970 MW.

The January 6 peak was the highest BPA has seen since 2009, when winter demand reached 11,561 MW. For perspective, one MW is enough electricity to power 700 average sized homes.

The bulk of this BPA supplied electricity comes from 10 federal dams, six on the Columbia River and four on the Lower Snake. These dams are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System that encompasses 31 federal dams and one nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Deputies Conduct Death Investigation (Photo)
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The deceased has been identified as 55 year old Jeffrey Belluschi of Portland, OR. The medical examiners office has determined he died of natural causes.

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On Thursday, 01/12/2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report that resident on NW Penridge Rd. was walking in the area and discovered a neighbor who had collapsed near his home. Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded along with MCSO deputies to the residence, where it was determined the adult male was deceased. Sheriff Mike Reese also arrived on scene to assist in this call for service.

MCSO deputies conducted an investigation, no signs of foul play were present. The body has been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office. No further details are available pending identification and family notifications.


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Kelso School District Releases Snow Make-up Dates
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 01/13/17 2:25 PM
The Kelso School District calendar committee recently met to determine the make-up dates to address the days that have been called for inclement weather (snow days). The calendar committee is comprised of representatives from each of our employee groups.

The proposed changes were approved by the school board at their regular meeting on January 9, 2017. Please mark your calendars to reflect these changes.

For the 2016 -- 2017 calendar these adjustments will be made for all schools except Wallace:

Days Missed Due to Inclement Weather.........Adjusted Makeup Day
December 8, 2016.............................................February 17, 2017
December 9, 2016.............................................January 23, 2017
December 15, 2016...........................................March 9, 2017
December 19, 2016...........................................March 10, 2017
January 11, 2017................................................June 14, 2017
January 12, 2017...............................................June 15, 2017
January 13, 2017...............................................June 16, 2017


For Wallace Elementary these adjustment will be made:

Days Missed Due to Inclement Weather........Adjusted Makeup Day
December 8, 2016............................................February 17, 2017
December 9, 2016............................................June 5, 2017
December 15, 2016..........................................June 12, 2017
December 19, 2016..........................................June 19, 2017
January 11, 2017...............................................March 10, 2017
January 12, 2017..............................................June 23, 2017
January 13, 2017..............................................June 26, 2017

For more information or questions relating to the schedule, please call Beth Grambo, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 360-501-1927.
Medicaid Waiver Extension is Good News for Central City Concern (CCC)
Central City Concern - 01/13/17 2:18 PM
On Friday, Jan. 13, Governor Brown announced the federal government extended Oregon's Medicaid Demonstration Waiver for another five years, effective immediately to run through June 31, 2022.

"This is great news for Central City Concern," said Executive Director Ed Blackburn. "As a health care provider serving people with very low incomes or experiencing homelessness, we have many patients who are highly dependent on Medicaid to access medical, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment."

In 2013, the year before Medicaid expansion in Oregon, 47 percent of CCC's patients were uninsured; two years later in 2015, only 11 percent of CCC's patients lacked health insurance coverage. This expansion of Medicaid coverage improved CCC patients' access to needed care as well as enabling CCC to offer a more intensive care model that responds appropriately to the needs of these high-risk populations. Without Medicaid expansion, CCC could lose the capacity to serve as many as 2,000 homeless and very low-income patients.

"We treat every patient as an individual," said Blackburn, "and many of those individuals rely on the Oregon Health Plan to access desperately needed services. Lisa G. is just one example of the many people who need this support and benefited from Oregon's Medicaid expansion here at CCC."

Lisa G. was terrified of losing her health insurance. Before Medicaid expansion, the Oregon Health Plan denied her coverage three times. "It's something I think about all the time. Without the Oregon Health Plan," Lisa said, "I just don't know where I'd be."

Lisa, 23, used drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine for five years. She also struggled with bipolar disorder, which further complicated her ability to stop using drugs. She tried quitting with no luck, until eight months ago when she accessed recovery support services through CCC. In Lisa's case, medication assisted treatment helped her tackle her opioid addiction, so she could then focus on her severe bipolar disorder and other medical issues at CCC's Old Town Clinic.

Lisa now lives in supportive alcohol and drug-free recovery housing and works in CCC's On-Call Staffing program. She hopes one day to become a peer mentor and help others to overcome their opioid addiction. Without Medicaid expansion, Lisa wouldn't have had access to critical recovery services that led to integrated health care, housing and employment services.

"Medicaid not only supports these individuals in their health and well-being," said Blackburn, "but also leverages other resources such as housing and employment, further enhancing the health and well-being of our entire community. Though there are uncertainties about health care on the national scene, we're tremendously relieved Oregon's Medicaid Waiver will continue for five more years."

CCC is a large non-profit organization, founded in 1979 in Portland, OR, that serves people experiencing or vulnerable to homelessness by providing health care and recovery services, housing, and employment services. In the last year, CCC helped more than 13,000 people, most through our 11 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites that offer integrated behavioral health and primary care. For more information, visit centralcityconcern.org
Smoke management committee will meet Jan. 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/13/17 2:08 PM
An update to Oregon's Smoke Management Plan will begin with a Jan. 19 meeting of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Smoke Management Advisory Committee in Salem.

The plan's overall purpose is to guide the state in providing maximum opportunity for essential forestland burning while minimizing smoke intrusions into Smoke Sensitive Receptor Areas and other sensitive areas. The plan is a coordinated effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem office in the Santiam Conference Room, located at 2600 State St. The committee's Jan. 19 agenda can be viewed at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx.

Major agenda items for the meeting include:
-The plan's 10-year strategic financial plan
-The pace and scale of industrial land burning
-A debrief of the November 2016 joint meeting of the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission and their tour of the Ashland Watershed Resiliency Project
-Preparation for the upcoming Smoke Management Review

In 1989, the Oregon Legislature directed the State Forester to establish a Smoke Management Advisory Committee to provide advice and assistance to the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Program. Membership of the committee includes representatives of industrial forestland owners, non-industrial forestland owners, the general public, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Each representative serves for renewable two-year terms. The committee meets twice a year.
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Vandals destroy public property in Battle Ground's Kiwanis Park; police seek information to ID suspect/s (Photo)
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The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the person or persons responsible for destroying 4 pole lights in Kiwanis Park earlier this week.

On Wednesday morning, January 11, an officer responded to a report of a light down at the park and quickly discovered another 3 had been knocked down. The officer suspects that the vandalism may have occurred the night before on Tuesday, January 10th.

This senseless destruction of public property has a cost; it will take about $4,000 to replace the lights and will be borne by the city (taxpayers) unless those responsible are held accountable.

Kiwanis Park is located just a couple of blocks west of South Parkway on SW 4th Street in Battle Ground. Anyone with information that might help police identify the suspect/s is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or by email at kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org, or leave an anonymous tip at http://www.cityofbg.org/tips.


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Evergreen Public Schools students to attend on January 27 as snow make-up day
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 01/13/17 1:58 PM
With an unusual seven (7) inclement weather/no school days so far in the 2016-17 school year, Evergreen Public Schools, in conjunction with its labor unions, has made the decision to hold school on Friday, January 27.

This day was previously designated a "no school" day, but will now be used to make up one of the seven days, as required by the state of Washington. The other six days will be added to the end of the school year, and school will now conclude on Friday, June 23, unless there is more inclement weather that cancels school.

More details, and a final calendar, will be released soon.
Standoff situation remains unresolved in Seaside
City of Seaside - 01/13/17 1:14 PM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 13, 2017 -- The Seaside Police Department continue to provide watch over an active situation on Whispering Pines Drive in Seaside as of early Friday afternoon. While a resolution has not been made, the subject has made brief communication with investigating officers on at least two occasions in the past 12 hours.

Although the subject -- who has remained alone in the home since late Wednesday afternoon -- has engaged in brief conversation, the individual has also stated a lack of willingness to be available outside of the home.

The situation continues to be a coordinated effort with law enforcement agencies throughout Clatsop County and officials are again asking for the public to remain patient.

Unless there is significant change in the status of the situation, this will be the only update for Friday, January 13. Another update will be provided on Saturday or with any additional news.
District Board of Directors Meeting Canceled
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 01/13/17 12:53 PM
The Hockinson School District Board of Directors meeting, rescheduled for Friday, January 13, is canceled due to inclement weather.
Community Foundation Awards More Than $450,000 in Scholarships, Opens Applications
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 01/13/17 12:09 PM
Vancouver, Wash., Jan. 13, 2015 --In 2016, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington awarded a total of $476,620 in scholarships on behalf of its fundholders. The awards were distributed to a diverse group of more than 200 students who are enrolled in classes during the 2016-2017 academic year. Recipients include high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates and other students, such as those attending K-12 private schools. Of the group, 54 are attending college at institutions located in southwest Washington (Clark College, Lower Columbia College and WSU Vancouver).

The Community Foundation also opened its 2017 scholarship application process on January 1, 2017. Application deadlines vary depending on the scholarship that a student applies for, and the earliest deadlines are March 31, 2017. The Community Foundation manages 50 scholarship funds that have been established by local individuals, organizations and businesses to support students at various levels of education and specific fields of study, such as the arts or engineering. Students who wish to learn more or apply for a scholarship should visit www.cfsww.org/how-we-grant/scholarships.

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About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 290 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.
Reynolds School Board Vacancy Position #1
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 01/13/17 11:59 AM
Due to the resignation of Director Diane Whitehead, Position #1, the board will appoint someone to serve the remainder of the term, which expires 6/30/17. Applications will be accepted through end of day on February 2, 2017 and board interviews will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 6pm at the district's professional development center.

Applicants must be registered voters and have one year of residency in district boundaries.

Debido a la resignación de la Directora Diane Whitehead, Posición #1, la Junta Directiva nombrará a una persona para servir en esa posición por lo que resta del término o sea hasta el 30 de junio de 2017. Se aceptarán aplicaciones hasta el fin del día 2 de febrero de 2017 y las entrevistas con la Junta Directiva se llevarán a cabo el viernes 3 de febrero de 2017 a las 6PM en el Centro de Desarrollo Profesional del distrito.

Los postulantes deberán estar registrados para votar y tener residencia dentro de los límites del distrito de por lo menos un año.

http://tinyurl.com/RSDBoard2017
January 14th Car Seat Inspection Cancelled
Albany Fire Dept. - 01/13/17 11:53 AM
The January 14th Car Seat Inspection has been canceled. Our next inspection day will be February 25th at Albany Fire Department Station 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more details please see our website at https://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/fire/community-resources/free-car-seat-inspections
Registration open for SAIF's free ag safety seminar in Wilsonville, Jan. 18 and 19
SAIF - 01/13/17 11:31 AM
Summary: SAIF's annual series of free, ag safety seminars--held all over Oregon--aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. The next one will be held in Wilsonville on January 18, with a Spanish session on January 19.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com


Attached Media Files: SAIF ag seminar schedule
Oregon Health Authority Receives Early Waiver Approval
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/13/17 11:07 AM
Fast-tracked waiver approved before Federal Government administration change

(BEND, Ore.) Jan. 13, 2017-- PacificSource Community Solutions is pleased to learn that the 1115 waiver renewal application submitted by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in August 2016, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Oregon's existing five-year waiver--which authorizes transformation of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) through coordinated care organizations (CCOs)--expires on June 12, 2017. This fast-tracked waiver, is valid from Jan. 12, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

The OHA contracts with 16 CCOs across the state to serve OHP members in a managed care model. Oregon's efforts to transform Medicaid, bend the cost curve, and promote improved health outcomes through a partnership between the OHA and the CCOs require a waiver.

"PacificSource Community Solutions greatly appreciates the tireless work by the OHA and Gov. Brown to support the CCO model and the 1115 waiver," said Ken Provencher, president/CEO of PacificSource. "This waiver promotes critical continuity of care for Oregonians during a time of uncertainty at the Federal level."

The OHA had originally requested additional financial support from CMS, but this waiver does not come with enhanced funding for transformation efforts

"We remain committed to working with OHA during this next phase of CCO development and performance," said Dan Stevens, PacificSource's executive vice president of product management. "This waiver represents stability and an opportunity for CCOs to continue to innovate and work together with stakeholders to build healthier communities."

About PacificSource Community Solutions
As part of the PacificSource family of companies, PacificSource Community Solutions serves Medicaid members through its coordinated care organizations in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Founded in 1933, PacificSource employs 900 people, serves more than 275,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Having flu symptoms? Talk to your doctor before visiting hospital ER
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 10:58 AM
January 13, 2017

Staying home, calling health care provider, visiting urgent care clinic are good options for people with mild illness, health officials say

Winter weather, the onset of flu season, and the usual admissions for heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions are keeping many hospitals in the state busy.

Influenza season is in full swing, causing achiness, fever, cough and sore throat for many Oregonians. Emergency departments are busy, and people with mild symptoms who want to be seen can protect others and avoid long waits in the ER by calling their primary care provider before heading to the hospital.

Most people with flu recover with just rest and drinking plenty of fluids. "Many people have the flu this season, but people with mild illness should see a health care provider only if they're at high risk for severe illness or they develop severe symptoms," said Richard Leman, MD, public health physician with Oregon Health Authority.

People should call 911 if someone they know with the flu has severe shortness of breath or is difficult to wake. For those 65 and older, pregnant women, children, and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems who get fever with cough or sore throat, talk to a health care provider.

Others with mild symptoms who want to be seen should consider contacting their own provider or going to urgent care before heading to the ER.

Flu cases in Oregon have spiked in recent weeks. Laboratories in the state reported 1,641 specimens that were positive for influenza during the week of Dec. 25-31. That's up from 609 positive flu specimens the previous week. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type, with one strain, H3N2, hitting the elderly population particularly hard.

Hospitalizations also have been on the rise. There were 143 hospitalizations during Dec. 25-31, which was nearly double the previous week's total. The week before that saw just 33 hospitalizations.

There have been no pediatric deaths attributed to the flu this season, officials say. The Public Health Division does not track adult flu deaths.

Officials offer these tips for people to consider to get the care they need and help emergency rooms care for those who need it most:
-- Get the flu vaccine. It's the most effective way to prevent the flu. The fewer people who get the virus, the fewer who will need care.
-- "Know when to go." Understand flu symptoms and their severity, and when it's OK to just call your doctor or stay home.
-- Most people with the flu recover in a couple of weeks, and those with mild illness do not need to go to the emergency room.
-- If you are at high risk for severe illness or concerned about your illness, call your health care provider.

Even though most people only have mild illness, some people with severe illness do need emergency care. Adults having a hard time breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, or seizures should be seen promptly. This is also true for people with flu who get better, then have a fever and cough that return.

Children should be seen urgently if they have fast or troubled breathing, bluish skin color, are not waking up or interacting, become so irritable that they do not want to be held, or have fever with a rash. They also should be seen if symptoms of the flu get better but then come back with a fever and cough. Infants should get medical help right away if they are unable to eat, have a hard time breathing, do not have tears when they cry, or have many fewer wet diapers than normal.

Other ways to help prevent flu:
-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.
-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.
-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.
-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

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

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City Council Declares Beaverton Sanctuary City
City of Beaverton - 01/13/17 10:00 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night, Jan. 10, declaring the city of Beaverton as a "sanctuary city."


Members of the city's Diversity Advisory Board and Human Rights Advisory Commission spoke at the council meeting about their involvement in helping draft language for the resolution and the importance of the city making this declaration.


The resolution defines sanctuary city as a city that is committed to providing a safe community for individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or immigration status, and works to ensure that all members of the community are safe and can call for public safety assistance without fear of reprisal based solely on federal immigration status, in accordance with current Oregon law.


The resolution cites Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, which states that "no law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration law."


The complete resolution is available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingBeaverton.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.
Stroke Care Committee to meet January 19 by conference call
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 9:56 AM
January 13, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include: 2017 committee report to the Legislature; stroke rehabilitation workgroup update; discuss committee's next steps.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-8:30 a.m.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established by ORS 431.673 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: The meeting will be a teleconference call. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Salem Man Arrested in 1999 Child Abduction Case from Indiana
FBI - Oregon - 01/13/17 9:44 AM
FBI Agents arrested Charles Hollin, age 61, aka Andrew David Hall, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in Salem. He was wanted in connection with an Indiana child abduction case from 1999. Attached please find today's press release and complaint affidavit from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Indiana. All media inquiries related to this case should be directed to:

Special Agent Wendy Osborne
FBI Indianapolis
317-845-7055


Attached Media Files: Hollin complaint affidavit , Hollin press release
2017 Historic Cemetery Award Nominations Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/13/17 9:11 AM
Nominations for the 2017 Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation, part of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program, are now being accepted.

This new category in the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognizes an individual, business, or organization for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon historic cemeteries, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of historic cemetery activities.

Nominations are encouraged for all efforts that lead to the preservation of a historic cemetery or contribute to the preservation of historic cemeteries statewide. Examples may include the establishment of a preservation program, the reclaiming and care of an abandoned cemetery, training others in monument repair, documentation, public education, tools that enhance cemetery preservation, etc.

"The new award is named for Sally Donovan, who developed historic cemetery planning and provided training in monument documentation and repair," said Kuri Gill, Oregon Historic Cemeteries program coordinator. "She brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in this state and personally influenced monument repair in dozens of cemeteries."

Announcement of awardees will be made in early April 2017. Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Applications can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is February10, 2017.
Limited Area Boil Water Notice
City of Salem - 01/13/17 8:40 AM
Crestview Drive S. between Downs St. and Hansen AV, and Hansen AV S between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., January 12, 2017, maintenance crews had to shut down the water main to repair a water leak causing water pressure to be interrupted to 19 water services on Crestview Drive S. between Downs St. and Hansen AV, and Hansen AV S between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S. in the City of Salem (see attached map), this includes Candalaria Elementary School. No other areas of the water system were affected by the pressure interruption.

Oregon Health Authority rules require a Boil Water Notice be issued as a precautionary measure if system pressure is lost. This notice will be in effect until water within the affected area is verified safe by bacteriological testing. Water Services staff are hand delivering notices to all affected customers. Water sample results are expected early morning Saturday, January 14, 2017. Notices will be delivered to the affected customers following results of the water samples.

This notice contains important information about a boil water notice. If you need help understanding this information, please call 503-588-6333.

Esta notificación contiene información importante acerca de un aviso de hervir agua. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6333.


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Wells Fargo reports $5.3 billion in quarterly net income
Wells Fargo - 01/13/17 8:33 AM
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported diluted earnings per common share of $3.99 for 2016, compared with $4.12 for 2015. Full year net income in 2016 was $21.9 billion, compared with $22.9 billion in 2015. For fourth quarter 2016, net income was $5.3 billion, or $0.96 per share, compared with $5.6 billion, or $1.00 per share, for fourth quarter 2015, and $5.6 billion, or $1.03 per share, for third quarter 2016.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan said, "We continued to make progress in the fourth quarter in rebuilding the trust of our customers, team members and other key stakeholders. I am pleased with the progress we have made in customer remediation, the ongoing review of sales practices across the company and fulfilling our regulatory requirements for sales practices matters. As planned, we launched our new Retail Bank compensation program this month, which is based on building lifelong relationships with our customers. While we have more work to do, I am proud of the effort of our entire team to make things right for our customers and team members and to continue building a better Wells Fargo for the future."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry said, "Wells Fargo had solid underlying performance in the fourth quarter as we continued to benefit from our diversified business model. Net interest income increased from the prior quarter, largely driven by growth in loans and investments, as well as higher interest rates. Noninterest income declined from the prior quarter due to net hedge accounting ineffectiveness associated with our hedging of long-term debt as part of our asset/liability management program, as well as lower market-sensitive revenue. Other sources of noninterest income were diversified and stable with the prior quarter. Credit quality remained solid in the quarter, and we returned $3.0 billion to shareholders in the quarter, with a full year 2016 net payout ratio2 of 61 percent."

The full earnings news release is posted at wellsfargo.com

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune's 2016 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially.

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Port of Vancouver USA offices open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13
Port of Vancouver - 01/13/17 7:55 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Port of Vancouver USA administrative offices will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. The marine terminal is open.

Visit www.portvanusa.com and follow us on Twitter (@portvanusa), Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
McMinnville Police seeking help identifying Taco Bell Robbery Suspect (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 01/13/17 12:55 AM
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On January 7th, 2017 at about 10:30 PM, a male suspect entered the Taco Bell restaurant located at 915 NE Hwy 99W in McMinnville and demanded money. The suspect kept his hand in the front tunnel pocket of his sweatshirt the entire time and did not mention or display a weapon. The suspect ran out of the restaurant without obtaining any money.

The suspect was described as a male subject with light colored skin, based on the exposed skin on his neck. He was described as being anywhere from about 5'-6" to 6'-0" tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored pullover sweatshirt with a front tunnel pocket, lighter colored jeans and tan / light brown work boots. He covered his entire face during the incident with a black knit type beanie or stocking cap that had what reportedly looked like purposely cut eye holes.

After fleeing the restaurant, the suspect ran to a waiting car. The suspect vehicle was a dark colored, possibly greenish or teal, 2-door passenger car with distinct LED-type bluish-tint headlights and dark wheels.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call the McMinnville Police Tip Line at 503-434-2337.


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Stabbing Investigation Underway at Holladay Park - One Teen Male Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 01/12/17 6:42 PM
On Thursday January 12, 2017, at 5:52 p.m., North Precinct, Transit Police and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to Holladay Park, located at Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street, on the report of a stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and contacted the victim, a teen male, who was suffering from non-life-threatening stab wounds. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The victim told police that he was surrounded by five black males in Holladay Park and one of them stabbed him. The victim told police that all five males were wearing red clothing.

No suspects have been located and the Gang Enforcement Team is investigating the stabbing.

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

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Winter Storm Update: Vancouver Public Works continues 24-hour coverage
City of Vancouver - 01/12/17 5:50 PM
The City of Vancouver's priority streets and overpasses, the critical network that connects public safety and emergency services, were mostly packed snow or a slushy mix by late today. But with temperatures anticipated to plunge tonight, Vancouver Public Works crews were preparing for slush and wet pavement to freeze again. As a result, 24-hour coverage will continue until conditions improve.

Crews spent the day plowing off what snow they could from packed streets, then followed up with deicer after the sun had a chance to warm up the surface a bit. At this time, Devine Road is now open, as are the City's other priority routes. Conditions on many neighborhood and side streets are still slick and difficult for travel.

Temperatures barely breached the freezing mark today. In addition to the deep freeze tonight, forecasters say Vancouver could also see freezing fog, which would further complicate Friday morning's commute.

Due to conditions in residential areas, Waste Connections has canceled Friday, Jan. 13, garbage, recycling and yard debris collections in Vancouver and all of Clark County. Customers should visit the Waste Connections website at www.wcnorthwest.com for further service information.

Vancouver Public Works recommends that those who travel pay careful attention when approaching intersections. Many of the west-facing traffic signals heads are still partially covered or obscured by snow, and there may be some areas where wet snow has also stuck to signs.

In Vancouver, as in most other cities, adjacent property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks passable. Residents and businesses are urged to clear sidewalks, and if possible, reach out to neighbors who need a helping hand. Please do not shovel snow onto streets, where it will only add to the surge of stormwater into drains when the thaw finally comes.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

For more winter weather tips and updates, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Updates are also available through Public Works and other City social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.
Area's First Workforce and Economic Empower Center to Open in Downtown Hillsboro
City of Hillsboro - 01/12/17 5:33 PM
Hillsboro's Enterprise Zone will soon welcome the area's first workforce and economic empowerment center. After more than a year of planning between the City of Hillsboro and Centro Cultural de Washington County, the historic partnership is ready to announce that the Centro de Prosperidad (or "Center of Prosperity") will open a Downtown Hillsboro office in spring 2017.

Centro de Prosperidad will provide services to connect families with living-wage jobs and promote the next generation of entrepreneurs in the region. The center's staff will focus on helping unemployed people gain language skills and other work skills to assist them in finding work, helping existing workers gain confidence and skills to move up the wage ladder, and helping residents start their own small businesses. A variety of sites in Downtown Hillsboro are being considered for the project.

"This center will help many of our residents get better jobs and launch new start-ups, and help our established businesses by increasing the pool of skilled applicants who are ready to work," said Mayor Steve Callaway. "We are ecstatic that our work with Centro Cultural is about to make this a reality."

The City of Hillsboro's Enterprise Zone Community Service Fee is providing initial funding of $49,865 for the planning phase, to be followed by approximately $500,000 for the first 17 months of operation. The City anticipates additional funding for the project as it moves forward, and the expectation is that other organizations and governments will also invest as the project demonstrates its value.

"Centro de Prosperidad will assist Hillsboro adults -- especially low-income, Latino, and Enterprise Zone residents -- by providing access to culturally-responsive resources that build both job skills and self-confidence," said Maria Caballero-Rubio, executive director of Centro Cultural de Washington County. "Our residents and families need living-wage careers to become self-sufficient, and the bicultural and bilingual Center staff will be open to all, not just the Latino community."

Centro Cultural will serve as the project's lead partner. The City of Hillsboro and Centro Cultural also have worked with Adelante Mujeres, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Oregon Human Development Corporation to design the project.

This historic partnership addresses a segment of the community traditionally underserved by the established workforce model. Among the services that will be offered at Centro de Prosperidad:

Active outreach to Enterprise Zone residents, including those who are already employed, but who remain below the federal poverty line or work more than one full time job;
Skill and interest assessments using both tests and individual consultation;
English language skills (self-paced language lab);
Case management for low-income Enterprise Zone residents;
Resource development and procurement for clients, as needed;
Job placement assistance;
Business development coaching; and
Upward mobility strategies and services for low-income workers.
The project will work closely with WorkSource and other workforce-related operations in the region, building on their existing services. Washington County Community Action, Bienestar, Portland Community College, and other organizations will connect to the program by providing housing, child care, and related support.

This State-chartered Enterprise Zone program provides a temporary property tax exemption, mainly for industrial businesses, to encourage business investment, job creation, and greater economic diversity. The City of Hillsboro administers the Enterprise Zone program in three areas of Hillsboro: the South Industrial Area, the Central Business District, and the North Industrial Area.

Each company that receives an Enterprise Zone exemption is assessed a Community Service Fee of up to a maximum of 50 percent of the abated tax. The Hillsboro City Council directed the Community Service Fee to be used to increase employment opportunities for Enterprise Zone residents.

About the City of Hillsboro: As Oregon's fifth-largest city, with 99,340 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon's future -- from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state's most diverse populations. It is the high-tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including Oregon's largest employer, Intel. It also has the second-busiest airport in the state and the fifth-largest school district. Hillsboro hosts the second-largest 4th of July parade in Oregon and other annual events, including a Latino Cultural Festival, Celebrate Hillsboro, and the Oregon International Air Show. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Coos Bay Jan. 27, 2017
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/12/17 5:00 PM
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Coos History Museum, 1210 N. Front Street, Coos Bay. The council invites public comments.

The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will review the draft mission and vision set forth by Oregon State Statue and OPRD staff; receive an update from the state's Recreation Trails Program Coordinator; and hear presentations from various regional trail groups.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Integrated Park Services Manager, at 503-986-0740 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.
Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet Thursday, January, 26, 2017
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/12/17 4:28 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on January 26, 2017 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes announcements, a public comment period, debrief of the January meeting, a discussion on planning a 2017 Oregon Conference on Aging, and setting the agenda for the February 9 full commission meeting.

People can also call into the meeting: 888-363-4735, access code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

About the Governor's Commission on Senior Services: The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, we work to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.
Linn County Search and Rescue Assists Idanha Residents (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 4:21 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on Thursday January 12, 2017, the Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responded to the City of Idanha and surrounding area to assist the city which declared a local emergency due to the recent series of winter events.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue provided 20 team members to volunteers to assist with clearing snow and ice from homes having structural issues created by heavy snow loads. Team members also assisted the City of Idanha's Public Works Department in clearing snow at the city's water treatment center in order to restore water pressure.

Linn County Search and Rescue also went house to house on the Linn County side of Idanha to check on each residence in order to determine if they needed assistance or emergency services. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members also completed site checks on residents.


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Update: Police continue to stand guard at Seaside home
City of Seaside - 01/12/17 3:53 PM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 12, 2017 -- Updating previous reports, the Seaside Police Department continue to provide around-the-clock watch on a home along Whispering Pines Drive in Seaside where gun shots have been heard on several occasions over the past two days. The individual is confined to his residence and police remain on scene to ensure the safety of nearby residents and the Seaside community.

"We believe there is no immediate threat to the public," stated Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham. "A peaceful end to this situation for our officers and the individual inside the home continue to be the focal point of our efforts."

On-scene investigators and local Seaside dispatchers have made multiple attempts over the course of the past 24 hours to establish contact with the individual in an incident that began with a 911-call at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday. These attempts have been unsuccessful. As patrol shifts change for the department, the public may see officers moving in and out of the area. This movement is common and should not be met with immediate alarm.

While the Seaside Police Department understands the inconvenience this may have caused for some, we are asking the public to continue to remain patient with the process. If you live in the area, we ask that you respect the perimeter that has been established for the safety of the public and our police officers.

Additional updates will continue to be made as information becomes available.
Vancouver Police investigate death of couple
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/12/17 3:14 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 11, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 3100 block of NE 115th Avenue for a report of an assault with a weapon. Family members located the bodies of a 43 year old male and a 39 year old female, husband and wife, in the residence and called police.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating this incident and at this time indications are this appears to be a murder-suicide The identities of the individuals are not being released and the investigation into the cause of death is being conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner's office.

No further information is available at this time.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Deputies Seek Public's Help Locating Missing Endanged Aloha Woman (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 2:57 PM
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January 12, 2017 -- Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help locating a missing endangered woman. Deputies are concerned she may not be able to care for herself and be in increased danger due to the inclement weather.

On January 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to the community of Aloha concerning a missing endangered woman. Sparkle Green, 33-years-old, was reported missing from the care facility where she resides.

Ms. Green was last seen at the facility, near SW Farmington Road and SW 209th Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Ms. Green is reported to have a developmental disorder which could cause her to engage in risky behaviors and not have the ability to care for herself.

Deputies are concerned that Ms. Green could be staying outdoors and be in danger due to the frigid temperatures and snowy weather conditions. It is reported that Ms. Green has gone missing in the past and used public transportation to travel into downtown Portland. While there, she slept outdoors and did not properly care for herself.

Ms. Green is described as a black female, 5'8" tall, heavy build, with braided black hair. She was last seen wearing a heavy blue coat, white sneakers, blue jeans, and her identification lanyard.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Sparkle Green, please call 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Press Release (PDF) , Green, Sparkle Photo (JPG)
Updated Donation List Community Action Agency Warming Center
City of Salem - 01/12/17 2:43 PM
The Community Action Agency Warming Center activation has been extended through Saturday, January 14, 2016. The warming center will be open to guests from 8:00 p.m.¬--6:30 a.m.

The warming center is located at the former Oregon Department of Energy building at 625 Marion Street NE, Salem OR 97301 (between Cinebarre and First Christian Church). Parking for the center is behind First Christian Church (the north side of their property). Parking in the former Energy building parking lot is reserved permit parking only and cars may be ticketed or towed.

Volunteers are needed for three shifts during the night. We are asking volunteers to please register for shifts online at http://signup.com/go/pNuY9A.

Items are still needed for the operation of the center. Donations needed include paper towels, paper coffee cups, decaffeinated tea, napkins, large black drawstring garbage bags, individual packages of hand wipes (e.g. Wet Ones), bouillon cubes, jeans or warm pants of all sizes, belts, warm gloves, and warm hats.

Please limit donations to the list above. Community Action Agency does not accept food donations. If you would like to donate food, please contact the Union Gospel Mission at 503 362-3983.

Donated items are tax deductible and can be taken to the Community Action Agency Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.--5 p.m. at 2475 Center Street NE, Salem OR 97301.

Cash donations can also be made at Community Action Agency or online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1419882. Designate your gift to the "Warming Center."

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at Community Action Agency at amy.schroeder@mwvcaa.org or at 503-585-6232.
City Hosts French Prairie Bridge Project Open House, Names Citizen Task Force
City of Wilsonville - 01/12/17 2:06 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville is hosting a public open-house for the French Prairie Bridge Project on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5--7 p.m., at City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville. The public event features members of the project management team providing an overview of the proposed bicycle/pedestrian/emergency-access crossing of the Willamette River west of the I-5 Boone Bridge.

Materials from the open house are available online at www.FrenchPrairieBridgeProject.org, where the public can sign-up to be on a mailing list, submit a comment or question, or view other information. For two weeks after the live open house, the City will continue to accept comments and feedback online www.FrenchPrairieBridgeProject.org.

The City has also named members of the public to serve on an advisory task force for the French Prairie Bridge Project. The first task force meeting is open to the public and scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6--9 p.m., at Wilsonville City Hall

The French Prairie Bridge Project Task Force reviews key information and provides recommendations to the City Council, at key milestones in the planning and design process. The group's membership provides representation of a wide range of stakeholder values and interests and includes residents of Wilsonville and surrounding areas. Task force members represent affected neighborhoods and businesses, walking and cycling enthusiasts, local parks and trails interests, tourism associations and emergency service personnel.

The 21-member task force is composed of:
Co-Chair Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Chair as ex-officio/non-voting member
Co-Chair Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville City Councilor as ex-officio/non-voting member (Councilor Susie Stevens to act as alternate co-chair)
Jeremy Appt, Wilsonville resident who is a civil engineer
Blake Arnold, Bicycle commuter and Lake Oswego resident
Heidi Bell, City Manager for the City of Donald, located just south of Wilsonville in Marion County
Steve Chinn, Clackamas County resident who lives on the south side of Willamette River
Andrew Harvey, retired Wilsonville resident who is an environmental geologist
Tony Holt, Charbonneau Country Club President and former member of the City Budget Committee, Wilsonville resident
Karen Houston, Program Coordinator for FACT Oregon, a disability-rights organization
Pete Ihrig, West Linn resident and Clackamas County Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee member
Douglas Muench, Wilsonville resident and Old Town Neighborhood Association President
Samara Phelps, Tourism Development Lead with Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Patricia Rehberg, Wilsonville resident and Wilsonville Wheelers bike-group leader
Michelle Ripple, Wilsonville resident and former City Councilor who chaired the prior parks and transit master plan
Leann Scotch, Wilsonville resident who works as REI Operation Sales Lead
Brian Sherrard, Division Chief with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR)
Ryan Sparks, Operations Support Manager Willamette River Trail and Scenic Bike Routes, Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.
Simon Springall, Wilsonville resident and City Planning Commissioner
David Stead, Langdon Farms Golf Club General Manager and Wilsonville Tourism Promotion Committee member
Steven van Wechel, Wilsonville Old Town Neighborhood resident
Gary Wappes, retired Wilsonville resident active with the Kiwanis Club

The goal of the French Prairie Bridge Project, funded by a $1.25 million grant awarded through METRO regional government's metropolitan transportation improvement program, is to develop preliminary designs for the proposed bicycle/pedestrian/emergency access crossing of the Willamette River. The project, undertaken in partnership with Clackamas County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, seeks to engage the public in addressing key questions about the bridge location, alignment, and design and thereby help position the community and the region to decide whether to pursue funding to create a final bridge design and construct the proposed bridge.

The project began in Fall 2016 and is planned to be complete by Fall 2018 when the Wilsonville City Council is expected to consider the proposed bridge design project. The project includes public open houses and other opportunities for public input regarding the preferred bridge type and landing points throughout the various stages of the process.

For more information, see www.FrenchPrairieBridgeProject.org, or contact Zachary Weigel, PE, Project Manager, at 503 570-1565, weigel@ci.wilsonville.or.us.
Salem City Club Presents: D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 01/12/17 2:04 PM
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Please join Salem City Club for "D.B. Cooper and the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest, a slide show presentation." Oregon author William L. Sullivan will take us on a tour of legendary northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot. Expect entertaining and educational tales about historical figures that helped define the spirit of the Pacific Northwest -- as told by Sullivan, author of the thriller, The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute.

After his presentation, Mr. Sullivan will be available to sell and/or sign copies of his books in the downstairs lobby.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, William L. Sullivan began hiking at the age of five and has been exploring new trails ever since. After studying at Deep Springs College in the California desert, receiving an English degree from Cornell University, and studying linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, he earned an M.A. in German literature from the University of Oregon. He has been happily married to the artist Janell Sorenson for 40 years.

Mr. Sullivan is the author of nineteen books and numerous articles about Oregon, including an "Oregon Trails" feature column for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Salem Statesman-Journal.

Sullivan's hobbies include backcountry ski touring, playing the pipe organ, reading foreign language novels, and promoting libraries.

He currently serves as president of the Lane Library League, a group working to expand library service to 80,000 people in Lane County. He was active with the campaign to build Eugene's new library, served on the Oregon State Library Board, and was recently a board member of Oregon Wild.

For January 20 luncheon reservations, register online at salemcityclub.com or call (503) 370-2808 by noon, Wed. January 18.

What: "D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest, A slide show presentation by William L. Sullivan."
When: Friday, January 20, 2017; Noon - 1 p.m., doors open at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem
Who: William L. Sullivan
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: William Sullivan
Severe Weather Causes Increase in Red Cross Responses
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/12/17 1:51 PM
January 1 through January 12, Red Cross has responded to more than 50 disasters, a 117% increase in responses when compared to the same time period last year.

PORTLAND, Ore. January 12, 2017 -- American Red Cross responders have remained vigilant both day and night to help people affected by disasters, including many caused by severe weather across Oregon and SW Washington. Since January 1, 2017, Red Cross responders have helped more than 130 families at more than 50 disasters from Vancouver to Klamath Falls. That's a more than 117% increase in disaster responses when compared to the same time period last year.

In addition to responding to disasters that affect a single family, the local Red Cross has simultaneously been operating a shelter for more than three dozen residents affected by an apartment fire on SW Alder in Portland and shelters for people affected by power outages and extreme cold in Cave Junction and Enterprise, Oregon. With power restored, the shelters in Cave Junction and Enterprise have closed, however the shelter for residents of Hotel Alder remains open at University of Portland.

Responders throughout the region remain on standby to assist people who have been impacted by disasters related to the severe weather or otherwise. The Red Cross has already helped at two separate incidents this morning, including a roof collapse in Hillsboro that left seven people and pets displaced and an apartment fire in Gresham that left nine people displaced. In both cases, the Red Cross provided assistance to people affected to help meet their immediate basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health assistance).


When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

HOME HEATING SAFETY REMINDERS

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Portable Space Heaters
Keep at least three feet of space between a heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1190/100880/News_Release_-_Severe_Weather_Causes_Increase_in_Red_Cross_Responses.pdf
OPENING DELAYED: The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, an exhibition by photographer Peter Marbach, opens January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Historical Society - 01/12/17 1:47 PM
Due to the snow and ice in Portland, the opening of this exhibit has been delayed to Wednesday, January 18.

Images for press can be downloaded via http://bit.ly/fromsourcetosea

Portland, OR -- The Columbia River flows for over 1200 miles, born free in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. From its humble beginnings from a tiny spring you can straddle, to a two mile wide confluence with the Pacific Ocean, the river flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty. It was also the place of a miraculous ancient migration of Pacific salmon that came all the way home to the headwaters in Canada.

In this new original exhibition, The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, Oregon photographer Peter Marbach shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and is on view through April 1.

When asked about the process of creating this exhibit, artist Peter Marbach shared, "It was a challenge to sort through all the work I have created for this exhibit. It is a vast, diverse river with so many distinct features and people who have inspired me with their stories. Ultimately, it came down to which images best represented the essence of the project and help illuminate the larger story of preserving this great river and taking steps toward restoring ancient salmons runs."

One striking image featured in the show is a self-portrait of the artist. "In December 2015, I drove the 15 hours to the headwaters region in search of the true source of the river," said Marbach. "It was bitter cold but I was determined to stay until finding it. I trudged through a mile of frozen marsh following a creek that was continually narrowing until I found the spot where the water bubbles up from an underground spring. I was overjoyed to stand there and straddle the headwaters! But it took two hours to create a self- portrait, waiting for a brief moment of sunlight to illuminate the moment of discovery.

The exhibit will include a blend of riverscapes, wildlife, and portraits of people who live along the Columbia, showcasing the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana -- The Big River.

"Having lived along the Columbia for more than twenty years, I have a deep respect and connection to this sacred river," said Marbach. "This project only enhanced that connection, especially getting to know the wild and free section of the Columbia in British Columbia. Cradled between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Range, the unspeakable beauty fired my imagination to wonder what it must have been like before the era of dams when fish used to migrate all the way, some 1200 miles from the Pacific to the headwaters."

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.

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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.
Public Health Advisory Board meets January 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:37 PM
January 12, 2017

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Share information about the Healthy Places Initiative; discuss Oregon Health Authority's agenda for the 2017 legislative session; discuss State Health Improvement Plan priorities for obesity and substance use; review 2017 work plan and discuss potential changes to meeting structure.

When: Thursday Jan. 19, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available by dialing 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068.

Who: Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:31 PM
January 12, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

Agenda: Oregon Tobacco Quit Line evaluation updates; communication coordination; tobacco legislative efforts check-in.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Please note that space is limited.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor to provide the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) with recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. Its members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use.

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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 01/12/17 1:09 PM
The Hockinson School District Regular Board of Directors Meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, January 13. The meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. for a High School Tour followed by 6:00 p.m. for the Regular Meeting. The Board will meet at the High School library located at 16819 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter Opening Today
City of Beaverton - 01/12/17 1:02 PM
-Media Outlets Invited for Preview at 4:30 p.m.-


MEDIA ADVISORY


What: The City of Beaverton is opening a Severe Weather Shelter today at the Beaverton Community Center to serve adults experiencing homelessness during extreme temperatures.


Where: Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Street


When: Media are invited to a preview of the shelter at 4:30 p.m.


Regular shelter hours will be every Thursday night from Jan. 12 to March 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. and on additional evenings when the temperature is projected to be below freezing for more than 48 hours.


Why: With the opening of the Beaverton shelter, the gap in the Washington County coordinated shelter system is complete, with shelter space throughout the county every night of the week. The shelter will be operated by the nonprofit organization Just Compassion of East Washington County. Opening a severe weather shelter in the city was a top priority for Mayor Denny Doyle and the Beaverton City Council.


Who: Mayor Denny Doyle and other city officials will be on-hand to speak.
Marielle McKenna, shelter coordinator, other shelter staff and volunteers will be available too.


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PacificSource Health Plans Partners with CMS on Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/12/17 12:56 PM
PacificSource Health Plans has been selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a partner in its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. The five-year CPC+ model, the largest multi-payer initiative launched by CMS, began on January 1, 2017 in 14 regions across the United States.

CPC+ is an advanced primary care medical home model, with a goal to strengthen primary care through regionally based, multi-payer reform and care delivery transformation. The initiative brings together a collaboration of Medicare fee-for-service, commercial insurance payers and state Medicaid agencies, and includes two tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options.

"Many payers are interested in strengthening primary care, but a single payer has limited potential to transform primary care practices," said Peter McGarry, PacificSource vice president of provider network. "With collaboration, we can achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier communities."

CPC+ builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative CMS launched in 2012 that ended on December 31, 2016. The goals of CPC+ include:

Supporting patients with serious or chronic diseases to achieve health goals.
Engaging patients and their families in their own care.
Working together with insurers, hospitals and other clinicians, including specialists, to provide better-coordinated care.
Giving patients access through enhanced in-person hours and 24/7 telephone or electronic means.
Proactive care management for high-risk patients to improve outcomes.
Comprehensive physical and mental care including preventive services.
Patients receiving timely follow-up after emergency room or hospital visits

PacificSource payer partners in CPC+ include: AllCare Health, Inc, Atrio Health Plans, CareOregon, Eastern Oregon CCO, FamilyCare Health, Medicare fee-for-service, MODA Health Plan, Oregon Health Authority (Medicaid), BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Montana Medicaid, Primary Health of Josephine County, Providence Health Plan/Assurance, Tuality Health Alliance, Umpqua Health, Western Oregon Advanced Health, Willamette Valley Community Health, and Yamhill Community Care Organization.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana.

The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 280,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Tip of the Week January 16, 2017 - Driving Drowsy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 12:40 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: January 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

DRIVING DROWSY

At this time of year, in particular, it is very important to stay alert while driving since weather conditions can rapidly become hazardous. The following safety tips come from the AAA foundation.

Feeling sleepy is especially dangerous when you are driving. Sleepiness slows your reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs your judgment, just like drugs or alcohol. People who are very sleepy behave in similar ways to people who are drunk. The impact that this has on traffic safety should not be underestimated.

To remain alert and avoid drowsiness, AAA suggests:
Getting plenty of sleep (at least six hours) the night before a long trip;
Traveling at times when you are normally awake, and staying overnight rather than driving straight through;
Scheduling a break every two hours or every 100 miles;
Stop driving if you become sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time -- fatigue impacts reaction time, judgment and vision, causing people who are very sleepy to behave in similar ways to those who are drunk;
Not planning to work all day and then drive all night;
Drink a caffeinated beverage. Since it takes about 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, find a safe place to take a 20-30 minute nap while you're waiting for the caffeine to take effect;
Avoid sleepy times of day. Take a mid-afternoon nap and find a place to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m.; and
Traveling with an awake passenger.

Symptoms of sleepiness include but are not limited to:
Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused;
The inability to keep your head up;
Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts;
Drifting from your lane or off the road, or tailgating;
Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes repeatedly;
Missing signs or driving past your intended exit;
Feeling irritable and restless; and
Being unable to remember how far you have traveled or what you have recently passed.

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/5490/100871/011617-Driving_Drowsy.pdf
BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/12/17 12:08 PM
More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Portland, Ore. --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term withdrawing lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM in the southwest corner of Oregon, subject to valid existing rights.

This withdrawal includes 95,805 acres of National Forest System lands on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and 5,216 acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands in the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The lands are in Josephine and Curry Counties. The Assistant Secretary's Order withdraws these lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws, location and entry under the U.S. mining laws, and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas. This action will also protect the natural resources in the southwestern Oregon watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development.

This withdrawal does not prohibit or restrict any other authorized uses on these lands. The withdrawal protects these watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development. Also, while this action prohibits the location of new mining claims, it does not prohibit ongoing or future mining exploration or extraction operations on valid pre-existing mining claims.

The area covered by this action is generally known as the Klamath Mountains and includes the Rough and Ready-Baldface Creek and the Hunter Creek-North Fork Pistol River subwatersheds of southwestern Oregon. The defining characteristic of the proposal is the North Fork of the Smith River, which originates in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and drains most of the area under consideration for withdrawal. Creeks that feed into the North Fork and other rivers that flow to the Oregon Coast offer unique ecological features stemming from the confluence of the Coast Range, Cascades, and Siskiyou Mountains. A high concentration of rare plants, forested trails, and scenic views are all emblematic of these drainages. Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek are listed as eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation by the U.S. Forest Service.

The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon and the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area.

Additional information about the BLM's mineral program is available online at: www.blm.gov.


Attached Media Files: SW Oregon Mineral Withdrawal
Five Escape Hillsboro Warehouse Roof Collapse (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 01/12/17 11:33 AM
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(Hillsboro, OR) Five Hillsboro people escaped injury after the roof collapsed on a warehouse building in which they were sleeping. The incident occurred about six Thursday morning at 560 SE 4th Avenue. Hillsboro Police and Hillsboro Fire responded to automatic alarms coming from the building. When they arrived, they found the three adult males and two adult females had escaped unharmed. They were wet from dealing with flooding caused by broken fire sprinkler pipes. Hillsboro Police officers took them to police headquarters to warm them and arrange for Red Cross clothing and housing assistance. At first, responders thought the five were associated with the Bodega El Campesino produce distribution company which occupied the majority of the eight thousand square foot building. Upon further investigation, it was learned their unnamed clothing alteration business occupied only a small office in the corner of the building. The occupancy was not permitted as a residence.

The incident commander cordoned off the area and requested utility companies to respond. Portland General cut electricity to the building first to eliminate any spark hazard. Northwest Natural Gas crews shut off the gas leaking from damaged gas heaters. Hillsboro Water crews then shut off the water service to the buildings. The damaged fire sprinklers had produced a large volume of water escaping from the building.

Hillsboro Building Department engineers assessed the integrity of the building and determined the east wall was in danger of collapse. The roof apparently failed and collapsed from the west side creating a visible bowing of the east wall. The building is owned by Gene Zurburgg Construction. Damage estimate is $250,000.

Photo:
Roof collapse shot from Hillsboro Fire Department's ladder truck.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1821/100864/IMG950004.jpg
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 1-17-17 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 01/12/17 11:33 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Address correction: Red Cross Responds to Storm-Related Disaster Affecting Seven People in Washington County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/12/17 11:31 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded to a storm-related disaster (roof collapse) today, January 12, 2017, at approximately 7:15 a.m., in the 500 block of SE 4th Ave in Hillsboro, OR. The fire affected seven people and pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters every day.
Sheriff's Office Announces K9 Retirement (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 11:22 AM
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This week Deputy Jon Gadberry and K9 Donja will take their last ride together as partners, patrolling the streets, highways and neighborhoods of Marion County. Donja began her career with the Sheriff's Office in 2010 and was our only female, patrol, K9.

Donja is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd Mix from Holland who served for 6 months with the US Army's Special Forces prior to coming to the Sheriff's Office. During her tenure she was deployed over 700 times with over 100 captures.

In November of 2014, Donja fell gravely ill with an infection that nearly killed her. But in her true warrior spirit she battled back to full health and went on to have many more successful deployments and captures. Donja was a local superstar at fairs and shows, her demeanor made her loveable to kids and a general crowd favorite for her vocal and acrobatic nature. Donja will continue to live with her handler Deputy Jon Gadberry, enjoying a life of luxury, running around the house and playing.

The Sheriff's Office is grateful to Donja for her service and we wish her a happy and healthy retirement.


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Marine Board Meeting in Salem January 18
Oregon Marine Board - 01/12/17 10:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet in Salem on January 18, for their quarterly Board meeting being held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, beginning at 9 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Contract terms for the Duckworth Dock in Downtown Portland
Consideration of a petition for rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County
Boating Facility Grant --Klamath County, Wocus Bay
Program reports
Strategic plan report

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Tuesday, January 17. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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MLK Day press conference with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury - Mental Health and the Homeless
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/12/17 10:20 AM
Media Alert

Mental Health and the Homeless: Major Grants Will Help People Who Are Mentally Ill Find Housing

When: Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: Press conference
12:15--12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews

Where: The Clark Center, a men's transitional housing facility run by Transition Projects
1431 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

What: Kaiser Permanente will announce significant grants to help people with behavioral health challenges (mental health and substance abuse) find and stay in housing.

Visuals: Men's transitional housing shelter
Volunteers completing a variety of projects to improve the shelter

Who: Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Grant recipients: Catholic Charities of Oregon, Catholic Community Services, Love Overwhelming, Outside In, Urban League of Portland

Background: Last September, Kaiser Permanente announced a $4 million "Housing Is Health" grant as part of a unique partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.

This newest community investment will dovetail with both the "Housing Is Health" grant partnership and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens in January.

Additionally, 100 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the Clark Center, a transitional housing program, to help with a variety of building improvement projects. This is part of a larger "MLK Days of Service" volunteerism event from Friday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 18.
Warming Center Has Been Extended through Saturday, January 14th, Volunteers and Donations Needed
City of Salem - 01/12/17 9:42 AM
The Community Action Agency Warming Center activation has been extended through Saturday, January 14, 2016. The warming center will be open to guests from 8:00 p.m.¬--6:30 a.m.

The warming center is located at the former Oregon Department of Energy building at 625 Marion Street NE, Salem OR 97301 (between Cinebarre and First Christian Church). Parking for the center is behind First Christian Church (the north side of their property). Parking in the former Energy building parking lot is reserved permit parking only and cars may be ticketed or towed.

Volunteers are needed for three shifts during the night. We are asking volunteers to please register for shifts online at http://signup.com/go/pNuY9A.

Items are still needed for the operation of the center. Donations needed include paper towels, paper coffee cups, decaffeinated tea, and napkins.

Please limit donations just to the list above. There is no need of clothing items at this time. Community Action Agency does not accept food donations. If you would like to donate food, please contact the Union Gospel Mission at 503 362-3983.

Donated items are tax deductible and can be taken to the Community Action Agency Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.--5 p.m. at 2475 Center Street NE, Salem OR 97301.

Cash donations can also be made at Community Action Agency or online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1419882. Designate your gift to the "Warming Center."

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at Community Action Agency at amy.schroeder@mwvcaa.org or at 503-585-6232.
2017 tax season opens January 23
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/12/17 9:40 AM
The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns when the 2016 tax season opens January 23. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won't start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received.

As a reminder, the Oregon Department of Revenue won't be issuing personal income tax refunds until after February 15. This refund hold is part of the state's tax fraud prevention activities, and will allow confirmation that the amounts claimed on returns matches what employers report on forms W-2 and 1099. The IRS is also holding federal tax refunds until after February 15, but only for those taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Here are a few things for taxpayers to keep in mind this tax season:

E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.

There are many free or low-cost preparation options available for both federal and Oregon tax returns.
o Some software companies offer free software use and e-filing for eligible taxpayers.
o AARP and CASH Oregon provide free and low-cost tax preparation services throughout local communities.
o All Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon's free fillable forms.
For more information visit www.oregon.gov/dor and search for "free tax preparation services."

Anyone who needs a personal income tax return booklet can order it through the Department of Revenue. The booklet is available online at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms , or taxpayers can order a copy by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222, or by mailing their request--along with their name, phone number, and mailing address--to:
Forms
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14999
Salem, OR 97309-0990

According to a report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy, one in five taxpayers who were eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn't claim it in past tax years. For more information about the credit and eligibility, visit the IRS website at www.eitc.irs.gov.

On the subject of tax credits: Oregon is offering a new refundable credit to low- and moderate-income families: the Working Family Household and Dependent Care (WFHDC) Credit. The new credit brings together benefits previously offered under Oregon's Working Family Child Care and Child and Dependent Care credits, and replaces both credits starting in tax year 2016. For more information on the WFHDC credit, including additional details on eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Extra Patrols Help Supplement Yamhill County Sheriff's Office During Inclement Weather
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 9:13 AM
Sheriff Tim Svenson announced today that an additional 24 hours of traffic patrol was conducted between December 15th, 2016 and January 1st of this year. These extra patrols focused on aggressive and impaired drivers. Fifty-five traffic contacts were made during these patrols with most of these contacts resulting in driver education regarding Oregon traffic laws.

In addition, deputies responded to dozens of weather related traffic crashes and disabled vehicles during the ice and snow events over the holiday. A DUII arrest was also a result of the extra hours invested.

Sheriff Svenson stated "Our deputies worked very hard to keep everyone safe on the roadways during this holiday season. Through additional traffic enforcement we were able to make dozens of positive contacts with traveling citizens, and our roadways were safer because of that."
Comprehensive Pre-K Program Shows Positive Child Outcomes (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 01/12/17 8:57 AM
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DEL is proud to announce the release of the latest ECEAP (state-funded pre-kindergarten) Outcomes Report!

Children enrolled in ECEAP are assessed three times during the school year to track their social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development and their early literacy and math skills. English language acquisition is tracked for children who speak a different language at home.

How Washington measures kindergarten readiness
In Washington State, we rely on the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) for kindergarten readiness data. WaKIDS is a process for:
Welcoming students and their families to kindergarten.
Assessing students' strengths.
Discussing the characteristics of children's development and learning what will enable them to be successful in school.

In the 2015??'16 school year, WaKIDS reached approximately 59,000 kindergartners and determined their skill set development in the six areas.

While we can see that few children start their Pre-K year in ECEAP with kindergarten entry skills, at the end of one year of ECEAP, the percentage of ECEAP children with kindergarten entry skills exceeds the rate for all WaKIDS children and for low-income WaKIDS children. For the 124 children with two years of ECEAP, the results are remarkably higher.

Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/2igZhwq or at delconnect.blogspot.com.


Attached Media Files: ECEAP kids
UPDATE: Police still monitoring overnight event in Seaside
City of Seaside - 01/12/17 8:42 AM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 12, 2017 -- The Seaside Police Department is still monitoring a house in Seaside this morning where shots were fired multiple times on the evening of Wednesday, January 11. A lone individual remains inside the home and investigators believe there is no immediate threat to nearby residents or law enforcement.

Seaside Police would like to reiterate that all gunfire has remained inside the residence and investigators do not believe any have been directed toward police or other residences nearby.
Police and investigators will continue to monitor the house but believe the only danger to anyone at this time is to the lone individual inside the home. Citizens are asked to respect this ongoing investigation and remain clear of the area if possible. Additional updates will be given as they are available.

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Previous Release:

Seaside, Ore. -- January 11, 2017 -- At approximately 4:21 p.m., Seaside Dispatch received a call from an individual who stated there were "shooters inside" a residence on Whispering Pines Drive in Seaside. Seaside Police, accompanied by Oregon State Police, the Clatsop County Sheriff, Cannon Beach, Warrenton and Astoria Police Departments responded to the scene immediately.

After arriving on scene, law enforcement determined an individual, who lives with his mother at the house on Whispering Pines, was inside the residence where the initial call was placed. A short time later, the individual's mother -- unarmed and uninjured -- exited the house without incident.

Police confirmed multiple gunshots were fired inside the residence during the late afternoon and early evening hours. At this time, all gunfire has remained inside the residence and investigators do not believe any have been directed toward police or other residences nearby.

In an effort to resolve the incident peacefully Seaside Police, utilizing de-escalation techniques intended to reduce confrontations with people in crisis, are asking citizens to avoid the area as officers continue to monitor this incident and maintain a safe perimeter. Police believe the only danger to anyone at this time is to the lone individual inside the home.

A handful of homes in the immediate area were evacuated. Displaced residents have been allowed to return to their residences and made aware of the current situation. The situation is ongoing and evolving.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Updates will be released as they become available.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/11/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/12/17 8:30 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/11/2017

ESTACADA:

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

SANDY:

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On 01/11/2017 at about 1230 hrs., a woman called police to report being involved in a hit and run crash on Champion Way near the intersection with Highway 26 an hour earlier. The other drive fled the scene without exchanging information.

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On 01/11/2017 at about 1423 hrs., an employee at a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26 reported a vehicle intentionally drove thru a landscape area. A report was taken.

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On 01/11/2017 at 2011 hrs., a resident from the 39000 block of Hood Street reported that their juvenile son had run away from home. A report was taken and the juvenile was listed as a runaway.

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On 01/12/2017 at 0126 hrs., Matthew L. Wells (27, of Sandy) was arrested near Highway 211 and Tupper Road. It was determined that he had an active warrant for his arrest for criminal trespass 2. He was lodged on $20,000 bail.
City Hall and Library Delayed Opening
City of Sherwood - 01/12/17 6:11 AM
City Hall and Library Offices opening at 10:00 am
Winter Storm Update: Round-the-clock efforts continue in Vancouver
City of Vancouver - 01/12/17 5:55 AM
Vancouver Public Works Operations street crews spent the night plowing and clearing streets, laying down deicer as they went. Those round-the-clock efforts to keep Vancouver's major streets passable will continue through the day.

Currently, the City's priority routes that connect public safety and emergency service remain open. Drivers who venture out can expect mostly a hard snow base or slushy conditions on major streets. The east side of Vancouver, which was subject to the strong winds Tuesday when the snowfall began, appears to have fared slightly better in this current wintry weather event. Devine Road, from East Mill Plain Boulevard to East 18th Street, and Four Seasons Lane, between Northeast 18th and 23rd streets, were the only major streets closed as of 4 a.m. today.

Neighborhood streets and side streets, which do not get deiced or plowed due to demands of keeping major streets open, remain covered with snow and difficult to travel.

Residents are encouraged to avoid driving if possible. Those who do venture out should drive for winter weather conditions and be prepared for slick areas. Please go slowly and allow additional room to stop and for others to do the same.

Many sidewalks are slick and covered with snow, and drivers should keep an eye out for pedestrians as a result. Property owners are responsible for keeping adjacent sidewalks open. Residents are encouraged to lend a helping hand to neighbors where needed. When clearing sidewalks or driveways, do not pile snow into the roadway.

City of Vancouver offices are closed today due to snowy and slick conditions on roads and streets throughout the area. Area schools are also closed, and drivers should be especially watchful of children out playing in the snow.

Also due to extremely slick, wintry street conditions in neighborhoods, Waste Connections has canceled regular Thursday garbage and recycling collections in Vancouver and the rest of Clark County. Visit Waste Connections website at www.wcnorthwest.com or call 360-892-5370 for more information about service.

Temperatures in Vancouver are expected to remain below freezing until later this weekend, which means the snow and all that comes with it will remain.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, keep back and report to Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

For more winter weather tips, information and updates, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Updates are also available through Public Works and other City social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.

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Firefighters Brave the Cold in a Late Night Fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 01/12/17 3:22 AM
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Marion County Fire District #1 Firefighters were called to the 3000blk of Ibis St NE in NE Salem for a reported house fire late Wednesday night. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from a fire in the garage. Firefighters battled the blaze for over an hour to bring the fire under control. A second alarm was called to bring additional units to the scene due to the fire extending into the house. A single occupant was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. The fire is being investigated by a Fire Marshals division of MCFD1. MCFD1 was assisted by Salem Fire, PGE, NW Natural and American Red Cross.


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Wed. 01/11/17
Update: January 12, 2017 at 9:00 PM
Canby Area Transit - 01/11/17 8:32 PM
On January 13th CAT Route 99 will operate on its regular schedule. Dial-A-Ride will also return to regular operation. Road conditions are still hazardous in some areas so please dress for extreme weather and expect delays.