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Lincoln County Communities and Individuals Encouraged to Participate in Annual Great Oregon Shakeout (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/27/22 10:51 AM
Great OR ShakeOut - Join Us Image
Great OR ShakeOut - Join Us Image

Lincoln County Emergency Management is encouraging community members, businesses, and community groups to participate in the 2022 Great Oregon ShakeOut. This event provides a chance for you to practice what you would do during an earthquake -wherever you may be at that time. While the official event takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:20 am, you can practice your drop, cover, and hold during the days leading up to or directly after the drill. It is important to register if you participate.

By registering you will help Lincoln County Public Safety agencies document the high level of preparedness in our community. Participation in this event shows that we are working together to strengthen our community resiliency and emergency preparedness. This event also provides a good reminder to update your emergency plans and supplies. 

To view previous participation in previous years, visit https://www.shakeout.org/oregon/whoisparticipating/

Lincoln County residents live on the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Faultline. This means it is even more important for our communities to be informed and prepared. 

More information on earthquake and tsunami preparedness:

Great Oregon ShakeOut:

Lincoln County Emergency Management 



Red Cross

Emergency Management Programs (In Alphabetical Order)



Attached Media Files: Media Release - PDF , Media Release - Word , Great OR ShakeOut - Join Us Image

Pacific Power Incentives Charge Customers' Shift to EVs as National Drive Electric Week Approaches
Pacific Power - 09/27/22 10:35 AM

Electric vehicle charging equipment rebates, power cost discounts, and infrastructure investments reduce barriers to adoption 

PORTLAND, OR—September 27—Pacific Power is supporting customers making the shift to electric vehicles with valuable incentives as National Drive Electric Week approaches.  

Drivers looking to go gas-free can access discounts on the price of electricity for vehicle charging, newly available home charging equipment rebates, and a larger array of EV infrastructure across the Pacific Power service territory.  

“When you look over the life of a car, the total cost of ownership is now lower for an EV than a gas-powered vehicle," said Kate Hawley, Senior Product Manager at Pacific Power.  

Drivers electrifying their vehicles can take advantage of the following incentives: 

  • Residential Pacific Power customers can get $500 to $1,000 toward installing an at-home charger, depending on income level 
  • Business and multifamily property owners (apartment complexes) can get up to $3,000 per port 
  • We also offer EV drivers deep discounts in the way they pay for electricity through an incentive called Time of Use. 

We’re also investing big dollars in electric vehicle mobility for Oregon communities, especially in underserved and rural regions  — more than $2.5 million to date. Pacific Power E-Mobility Grants have helped communities purchase e-bikes in Corvallis, electric tractors in Prineville, an electric school bus in Bend, an EV and charger for a health clinic in Portland. We’ve also installed fast charging stations in Bend, Klamath Falls, Madras, Otis, and Mill City. 

"With our work in expanding our service territory’s charging infrastructure, we are making EV ownership and operation more accessible to customers,” Hawley said.  

How much would going electric save you? See what savings are available in your area based on your average mileage, energy use, budget and rebate availability with our WattPlan tool at pacificpower.wattplan.com/ev . 

National Drive Electric Week raises awareness of the benefits of electric and hybrid vehicles including trucks, motorcycles, and cars. The 12th annual celebration takes place September 23–October 2, 2022. It is organized by Plug In America, Electric Vehicle Association, Sierra Club, and EVHybridNoire. 



About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

As veterinary world faces staffing shortages, PCC is building its facilities and training to solve the problem (Photo)
PCC - 09/27/22 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. – For the last decade, veterinary clinics and animal shelters all over the country, including Portland, have struggled to find veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians to provide adequate care to the many animals that come through their doors. Thanks to the pandemic, increased demand for veterinary services has strained the profession even more.

Portland Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program is one of only two programs of its kind in Oregon and only one of five in the Pacific Northwest. Soon, it will have a brand new facility where students can train on caring for animals, which will create a qualified pipeline of technicians for the industry. The barn at Rock Creek Campus is currently being replaced with a new building designed to serve the needs of the program, improving the teaching areas and the quality of shelter for the farm animals.

“The new facility will transform the way we are able to utilize the barn as a teaching space,” said Ragan Borzcik, Vet Tech Program chair. “Not only will animals have updated housing, but students will have improved learning spaces, including a modern classroom. The ability for students to apply their learning within this new space will essentially be equivalent to bringing the farm into the classroom.”

The Vet Tech Barn redevelopment, funded by the 2017 PCC bond measure, is slated to be completed in fall of 2023. It will include expanded animal shelter and feeding areas in the main barn, horse stalls and updated barn housing for cows, sheep and llamas. The space also adds a classroom, restrooms, storage and office space. This new barn will allow for more efficient care of the animals which will reduce operational costs.

“I think it’s imperative to have facilities such as these that we can work in,” said current student Rebekah Kermoyan, a native of Cottage Grove. “Otherwise, we are trying to gather that experience ourselves in a sort of hodge-podge way out in the world, and we aren’t necessarily building the skill sets that we need.”

Currently, the program, which has been fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1992, provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to provide essential nursing care for all animals. Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of  licensed veterinarians to provide animal medical care as credentialed professionals in a wide variety of environments. The Oregon Employment Department projects employment of veterinary technicians in the Portland area will grow by 23% through 2029.

“There is a huge need for certified vet techs in America and the world right now,” Kermoyan said. “In this program, when you are coming out of it, there are already two or three clinics waiting for you to graduate so they can talk salary with you. If you want a job, this is a great place to get into.”

Kermoyan is working toward graduation next spring, choosing the Vet Tech Program for its location and the job security that comes with an in-demand field. She said PCC has exceeded her expectations thanks to the caring and responsive faculty. Kermoyan also loves the fact the college offers a full, operating farm with dog kennels, a cattery and medical facility that provides hands-on experience in a clinic setting.

“If you want to make a difference in the lives of animals and your community, this is a really great program to get involved in,” she added.

Another student, Maryrose Gilliland, came up to Oregon from Goleta, California in 2018 to work in the veterinary field. After three years, she decided to attend PCC’s Vet Tech Program to further build her skills.

She specifically chose PCC because it is regarded as a top five veterinary technician school in the country by Accredited Schools Online. In addition, Gilliland said earning her two-year associate degree has been a better fit than attempting to go to a four-year university program due to what PCC offers its students.

“PCC actually provides all of the essential skills you need on campus for both small and large animals,” Gilliland said. “We have labs that regularly teach us the proper ways of taking care of these animals in the clinic and in a medical facility, which is awesome.

“It’s incredible to have these facilities right at my fingertips, right in front of me,” she added. “I’ve had multiple people I’ve worked with who are going through online programs and are having difficulties getting their large animal essential skills because it’s so difficult to come across a facility that will allow students to come in and be hands-on with the animals. Whereas at PCC they are like, ‘Alright, you're taking ‘Large Animal Nursing and Restraint.’ Here you go. Hop in. Go touch that cow!’”

For more information on the Veterinary Technology Program, visit https://www.pcc.edu/programs/veterinary/

For more details about PCC’s $450 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 election ballot, visit www.pcc.edu


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, 10 education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/40/157820/Maryrose_Gilliland_5834.jpg , 2022-09/40/157820/Rebekah_Kermoyan_Maryrose_Gilliland_5790.jpg , 2022-09/40/157820/Rebekah_Kermoyan_5733.jpg

Corvallis Police Investigating Pedestrian Hit and Run Crash near OSU Campus
Corvallis Police - 09/27/22 10:25 AM

Corvallis Police Investigating Pedestrian Hit and Run Crash near OSU Campus


On September 26, 2022 at approximately 6:21 pm, the Corvallis Regional Communications Center received an emergency call reporting a crash involving a pedestrian occurred at the intersection of NW 26th St and NW Harrison Blvd. It was reported a witness observed someone on the ground and the vehicle involved left the scene traveling west bound on NW Harrison Blvd. Corvallis Police Department personnel and Corvallis Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. 


Upon arrival it was determined the pedestrian suffered extensive injuries as a result of the crash. The pedestrian was transported to the Corvallis Good Samaritan Regional Medical facility and is receiving treatment for traumatic injuries. The pedestrian was identified as Oregon State University Student, Aliyah Lopez (21 yoa). 


The intersection was closed for approximately five hours for the investigation. Members of the Corvallis Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) and Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. 


Based on the investigation Corvallis Police Detectives are looking for beige or champagne colored full sized sport utility vehicle similar to a Chevrolet Tahoe or a full sized pickup truck with canopy. There was no license plate information or specific vehicle make and model information. Detectives are currently seeking any information related to the crash to include unidentified witnesses. If you have any information regarding the crash please contact Detective Mark Smith at 541-766-6976 or mark.smith@corvallisoregon.gov.











Note: At this time there is no additional information available related to this incident. Any updates on the investigation will come from the Benton County District Attorney’s Office and requests for additional information should be directed there. 

People with disabilities and older adults can, and should, take concrete steps to prepare before the next disaster for a better recovery
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/27/22 10:24 AM

Note: This press release is available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic, Chuukese, Korean, Hmong, Marshallese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese and American Sign Language online here.

(Salem, Ore.) – “From a house fire to major earthquakes, taking simple steps to be prepared can be the difference between survival and recovery from a disaster,” said Ed Flick, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Office of Resilience and Emergency Management. “Unfortunately, older adults, people with disabilities, and those on fixed incomes are the ones we often read about who weren’t able to prepare for emergencies or evacuate. We aim to change that as soon as possible.”

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) joins the national observation of Preparedness Month during September by encouraging older adults and people with disabilities to prepare for disasters. 

LeAnn Ivers is the Co-chair of Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council (DEMAC). She’s also hard of hearing and experiencing vision loss. Those lived experiences, and her time on the DEMAC, have taught her that people don’t understand that emergency responders won’t be as available during a large casualty situation. “We all need to prepare as if no one is coming to rescue us,” says Ivers. “We can take control by creating our own plan and how we respond to disasters.”

Ivers recommends these tips for older adults and people with disabilities, although many are relevant to everyone:

  • If you have access and functional needs and are in an area preparing for possible evacuation, consider evacuating early, instead of waiting until your area is at level three, the “go” level. Medical needs, transportation challenges and more can make it hard to get out at the last minute.
  • Have extra supplies for your specific medical conditions, such as special diets, durable medical equipment, batteries, oxygen, catheters, extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries. 
  • Also prepare extra supplies for your service animal.
  • Keep your prescriptions and essential over-the-counter medication handy, as well as contact information for your medical providers. Build up an emergency supply of prescriptions by ordering as soon as you can each time and check with your insurance company to explore emergency supply options. Be aware of potential hazards in the area and sign up for emergency alerts.
  • Be “2 Weeks Ready” with at least two weeks’ worth of food, water and critical supplies. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit at Ready.gov or American Red Cross. “Putting together these supplies does not have to be accomplished all at once or at a high cost,” Ivers said. “A helpful way to accumulate these supplies can be to simply add one or two of the items into your shopping and then reserve the extra items for your emergency kit.” 
  • Reach out to your local support groups or others in your community who have gone through emergencies to learn from their experience.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Even if you have family, your neighbors will be the first ones available to help. 
  • If you have an older adult or person with a disability in your neighborhood, get to know them and how you can help in an emergency.

“Each person’s needs are unique to their circumstances, so it’s important that each of us create our own plan to ensure we are ready and can take quick action in a disaster,” Flick said. “ODHS is committed to helping people be prepared and ready for the next disaster.

About the DEMAC:  The Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council was created to apply the experiences and knowledge of people with disabilities, as subject matter experts, to guide statewide emergency management in developing and implementing inclusive practices through all planning, response, and recovery activities. The DEMAC is jointly funded by the Oregon Department of Emergency Management, ODHS, and the Oregon Health Authority.

About ODHS and disasters:  Oregon’s emergency and recovery plans give ODHS responsibility to support impacted individuals and families during emergencies and recovery, at the request of and in partnership with local and tribal governments. This is in keeping with the agency’s primary role to assist people in meeting their basic needs while moving toward independence.  

The ODHS Office of Resilience and Emergency Management (OREM) focuses on the needs of people before, during and after disasters, reducing disaster impacts in times of crisis and investing in communities year-round to ensure greater resilience. OREM carries out ODHS’ roles in Oregon’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as the primary agency for mass care, food and water in disaster situations and social services during recovery, and coordinates efforts among local and Tribal governments and nongovernmental organizations. The office centers equity in its work, ensuring that the goals and needs of vulnerable communities directly inform resilience plans and that response systems effectively address disproportionate disaster impacts. OREM also assists other ODHS programs in preventing, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural, technical and human-caused hazards.    


Attached Media Files: Ed Flick audio quote

Battle Ground High School to host U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants (Photo)
Battle Ground Public Schools - 09/27/22 10:19 AM
The US Air Force Singing Sergeants perform during a special 75th anniversary event at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy US Air Force Concert Band
The US Air Force Singing Sergeants perform during a special 75th anniversary event at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy US Air Force Concert Band

Battle Ground High School was selected as one site for the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants during a special tour celebrating the 75th anniversary of the USAF. This free event is happening on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are available online.

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. These performances are part of a 12-day tour through Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

“After the last few years of pandemic isolation, I'm really looking forward to traveling and connecting with live audiences across the United States once again,” said Senior Master Sergeant Matt Nudell, who will be playing trombone during the tour. “I’m also honored to stand in front of this incredible ensemble whose members represent the best of the United States Air Force.”

The United States Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service and connects with the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. Battle Ground Public Schools is honored to be hosting this special event. More information about the Air Force Band is available online.

NOTE: The US Air Force Concert Band may require proof of vaccination or cancel the event if Clark County rises to a high risk level for community transmission of COVID-19 on or after Oct. 20. Currently, Clark County is considered low risk for COVID-19 according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Attached Media Files: The US Air Force Singing Sergeants perform during a special 75th anniversary event at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy US Air Force Concert Band , The US Air Force Concert Band performs at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy United States Air Force Concert Band

Public Health Advisory Board meets Oct. 13
Oregon Health Authority - 09/27/22 9:10 AM

September 27, 2022

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board meets Oct. 13

What: The Public Health Advisory Board will hold a meeting.

Agenda: Approve September meeting minutes; discuss PHAB subcommittees; review Strategic Data Plan subcommittee charter; review PHAB charter and bylaws; discuss prioritization for public health modernization funding in the 2023-25 biennium.

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 3-5:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Zoom https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1602414019?pwd=MWtPYm5YWmxyRnVzZW0vZkpUV0lEdz09 or conference call:

(669) 254-5252, participant code 1602414019#.

Background: 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.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom: at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or lichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us">publichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Salem Civic Center Customer Service Center Construction Begins (Photo)
City of Salem - 09/27/22 9:00 AM

The City of Salem Customer Service Center is scheduled to open in 2023! The Customer Service Center will provide a centralized location for customers to apply for permits, pay utility bills or tickets, report concerns, request public records, reserve City of Salem facilities and register for programs.  

Cedar Mill Construction, from Tualatin, Oregon was awarded the contract in August, and has begun work. They will utilize several local minority-based and woman owned subcontractors and suppliers from within the Willamette Valley to complete the improvements at City Hall (555 Liberty St SE, Room 100). 

The Customer Service Center will be located on the North-East corner of the Salem Civic Center (city hall). Work on the renovation began in early September and is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2023. 

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1081/157801/Civic-2.jpg

Medical Examiner's Office determines identity of man in 2002 cold case (Photo)
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/27/22 8:57 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity of a man whose body was discovered 20 years ago. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office recently identified James Orin Johnson Sr. as the unidentified person found in Ridgefield on Jan. 13, 2002. Johnson was 32 years old at the time of his death. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office submitted a DNA sample from the remains to Bode Technology, a forensic DNA laboratory in Virginia that provides forensic genealogy services and specializes in the extraction of DNA from challenging human remains samples. The forensic genealogist used the DNA from the remains to predict the unidentified person’s ancestry and compared it to individuals in online genealogy databases that allow searches of unidentified persons. The forensic genealogist found an ancestral link to two sisters born in Oregon in the mid-1800s and compiled a long list of people who were distantly related to the unidentified man.

Medical Examiner’s Office investigator Christine Holroyd spent months contacting potential family members to inquire about a possible missing male relative, carving out time to work on the cold case in between current cases. The rising number of deaths in Clark County has outpaced population growth and left investigators with less time to work on cold cases. From 2012 to 2021, the number of deaths investigated by the Medical Examiner’s Office increased by 59.5%, while the county’s population increased by 18.6%. 

In May, Medical Examiner’s Office operations manager Nikki Costa met with a descendant of the two sisters. Arlene Zumwalt agreed to provide DNA that could be used as a family reference sample that aided the investigation by determining which branch of the family tree to pursue. Bode forensic genealogists analyzed the results from the newly obtained family reference sample and in August indicated the unidentified man was very likely a biological son of Judith Cox Johnson. The forensic genealogists noted that her son James Orin Johnson appeared to have no traceable activities since mid-2001.

Costa tracked down the children and brother of James Johnson. His son Jaccob Johnson confirmed the family had not heard from his father in over 20 years. Candy Hallanger, former wife of James Johnson, hired a private investigator in 2003 to try to find her children’s missing father. But for two decades, Johnson’s brother Robert Johnson and the rest of the family has been wondering about the whereabouts of their loved one. 

The family was eager to confirm Johnson’s identity and offered to assist in the investigation. Another of Johnson’s sons, James Johnson Jr., uploaded his DNA profile to GEDmatch. GEDmatch is a DNA site that allows people to upload their genetic profiles from other testing companies for comparison and allows users to opt-in to law enforcement searches when investigating genetic genealogy cases. Johnson Jr. had previously tested with another genealogy company that does not permit these types of investigative searches. 

Using autosomal DNA, Bode forensic genealogists determined that the two samples matched in a parent/child relationship as expected. Clark County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Martha Burt concurred that the forensic genealogical analysis, in conjunction with the circumstantial evidence, proved the previously unidentified man was James Orin Johnson Sr. 

“This great work by our team helped to provide a family with answers they had been waiting 20 years to receive,” Burt said. “The Medical Examiner’s Office is committed to finding the names of all unidentified decedents in Clark County.”

On Sept. 17, Costa met with Johnson’s family – son Jaccob and his wife, Kathryn, daughter Catreena Johnson, and former wife Candy – to walk through the investigation that led to Johnson’s identification. 

“This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Costa said. “Jaccob gave me a hug that communicated so much. I will remember it for the rest of my days.”

Additional information

GEDmatch and FamilyTree DNA are the only public genealogical databases that allow users to opt-in to database searches by law enforcement and those working to identify unidentified remains. These databases are a powerful tool to help law enforcement, medical examiners and other investigators resolve unidentified person cases and find leads in criminal investigations. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office encourages people to consider uploading their DNA profiles from other direct-to-consumer genealogy companies and opting-in to public searches. Doing so can help bring names to the unidentified, provide closure to their families, and help law enforcement identify perpetrators of violent crime. Both FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch allow users to upload their profiles from other companies for free. Find more information on the GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA websites. 

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/517/157814/James_Johnson_2.jpg , 2022-09/517/157814/James_Johnson.jpg

Northwest Portland Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/27/22 8:34 AM
The victim in this homicide has been identified as 26-year old Erika Caroline Walker Evans. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound and ruled her death a homicide.

Ms. Evans' family has been notified of her death, and they have provided the attached picture for public release. The family is requesting privacy during this time.

Photo Description: Portrait of Erika Caroline Walker Evans


Original Message Below

On Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11:12 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to a shooting call at Wallace Park. Officers arrived to find an adult female who was shot. The female was being treated by paramedics but died prior to being transported.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate and no arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brian Sims at 503-823-2079, Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092, Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-257119.

During the investigation, Northwest 25th Avenue is closed from Northwest Raleigh Street to Northwest Pettygrove Street. The identity of the victim will be released after they are positively identified, the Medical Examiner has confirmed cause of death, and after family members have been notified.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/3056/157763/Evans.jpg

LSTA Advisory Council Meeting 10/07/22
State Library of Oregon - 09/27/22 7:12 AM


Contact:   Buzzy Nielsen

Program Manager for Library Support & Development

uzzy.nielsen@slo.oregon.gov">buzzy.nielsen@slo.oregon.gov, 971-375-3486


September 27, 2022



Salem, Ore - Oregon’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council will meet virtually, Friday, October 7, 2022. The online meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum (a.ottum@slo.oregon.gov">tamara.ottum@slo.oregon.gov, 971-375-3543).

The Council will use this time to conduct Council business and review grant reports. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Buzzy Nielsen (uzzy.nielsen@slo.oregon.gov">buzzy.nielsen@slo.oregon.gov, 971-375-3486).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested 48 hours before the meeting; notice 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Tamara Ottum (a.ottum@slo.oregon.gov">tamara.ottum@slo.oregon.gov, 971-375-3543).


LSTA Advisory Council


October 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m.



11:00 am         Welcome and introductions

11:15 am         General Business

  • Review agenda
  • Approve minutes from previous meeting
  • Select chair elect for upcoming year 
  • Volunteers for ad hoc committee to update bylaws

11:45 am         Open forum


12:00 pm         Reports

  • LSTA Program
  • Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee 
  • Answerland Advisory Committee 

12:45 pm         Grants review

  • FY21 grant reports 
  • FY23 Competitive Grant program updates

 1:45 pm          Wrap up


  2:00 pm         Adjourn


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1069/157812/LAC_2022_-_Fall_meeting_-_Press_Release.pdf

PGE awards six cleaner, quieter electric school buses to area school districts
PGE - 09/27/22 6:55 AM

Beaverton, Gresham-Barlow, Portland, Salem-Keizer and Tigard-Tualatin school districts will serve students with new electric school buses


PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland General Electric announced five recipients of the 2022 Electric School Bus Fund, paving the way for six additional electric school buses to be on the road serving Oregon students in the years to come. 

Using funding from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, the Beaverton, Gresham-Barlow, Portland, Salem-Keizer and Tigard-Tualatin school districts were chosen based on their commitments to meet the needs of underserved communities and incorporate the buses more broadly into student education around climate science. 

“Electrifying transportation is a key driver of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and an important step toward reaching our goal of 100 percent clean energy for all Oregonians,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of Portland General Electric. “Transitioning to all-electric school buses ensures that children and communities benefit.  We are pleased to partner with school districts across the state.”

This is the third year of electric school bus competitive grant awards. In 2020, PGE funded the first five electric school buses in Oregon and last year, PGE awarded grants for seven school buses.

The Electric School Bus Fund covers the incremental cost of electric school buses (the difference in cost between a standard diesel bus and an electric bus) and can provide up to $50,000 towards the installation of charging infrastructure. PGE also provides technical assistance to school districts throughout the process, including site assessments, cost-benefit analysis, vehicle and charger selection support and driver and mechanic support. In return, participating school districts will work with PGE to share their insights and learnings with other school districts interested in electrifying their bus fleets. 

For the third year, PGE is working in partnership with Pacific Power to support the Portland Public Schools’ electric school bus and related infrastructure.

Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and a major source of other air pollutants. Benefits of electric school buses include:

Cleaner air

  • Electric school buses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than half compared to diesel school buses
  • Electric school buses have zero tailpipe emissions and reduce carbon monoxide emissions and nitrogen oxide emissions—which have significant negative health impacts, including asthma—by more than 80% than diesel school buses

Safety and comfort

  • Electric school buses are quiet, reducing noise pollution in neighborhoods
  • Drivers and students are better able to communicate with each other

Lower cost

  • Electricity is less expensive than diesel, and prices are more stable over time
  • Electric school buses have far fewer moving parts and are expected to reduce maintenance costs by as much as 50%


About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For more than 130 years, PGE has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, and reliable energy to Oregonians. PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE is committed to achieving at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. In 2021, PGE became the first U.S. utility to join The Climate Pledge. For the eighth year in a row PGE achieved a perfect score on the 2021 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. In 2021, PGE, employees, retirees, and the PGE Foundation donated $4.8 million and volunteered 15,760 hours with more than 300 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news

Mon. 09/26/22
Deputies arrest suspect in Hazel Dell assault with machete
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/22 9:23 PM

On September 26, 2022 at approximately 5:45 PM, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an active physical disturbance involving a machete behind the Globe Lighting in Hazel Dell. Multiple witnesses reported an altercation involving two males at a homeless encampment in a physical altercation where one of the males was striking the other with a machete. Prior to arrival of law enforcement, the suspect with the machete had fled the scene on a bicycle. 

Deputies arrived to find a male with multiple injuries from the assault, who was subsequently transported to the hospital with what was later found to be minor tissue wounds. Deputies later located and subsequently arrested the suspect, 41-year-old Vancouver resident Frank Rios, who was still in possession of the machete used in the assault. Frank Rios was further still in possession of the bicycle that he had taken from the victim, 40-year-old Vancouver resident Ronnie Anderson after assaulting him.

Through the investigation, deputies found that Frank Rios assaulted the victim after observing him with his ex-girlfriend. Frank Rios was booked into the Clark County Law Enforcement Center for one count of assault in the first degree and one count of robbery in the first degree. 


With the assistance of witnesses, deputies recovered the stolen property and were able to return these items to the victim in this case. 


The Oregon Clinic Named One of Oregon's Top Workplaces
The Oregon Clinic - 09/26/22 7:24 PM

Portland, OR – September 26, 2022 — The Oregon Clinic was named Oregon’s seventh Top Workplace among large employers by The Oregonian. The announcement came with the results of The Oregonian’s annual survey, which polls thousands of employees statewide from participating employers. The Oregon Clinic was the highest-ranking healthcare provider on the list. This is the eighth time The Oregon Clinic has participated in the survey, and each time The Oregon Clinic has ranked among the top 10 best places to work.

“The pandemic has made working conditions more complicated for healthcare workers, and we’ve tried our best to listen to the needs of our employees,” said Tom Sanchez, CEO of The Oregon Clinic. “It is gratifying to read the positive feedback and see that they are feeling supported.”

The Oregonian partners with research firm Energage to conduct a scientific employee survey process to determine the region's Top Workplace rankings each year. This year, 3,022 organizations in Oregon and SW Washington were invited to participate and be assessed. Employees at participating workplaces completed surveys about workplace culture, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment with company values, effectiveness, encouraging new ideas, benefits and more, resulting in the ranking of the region’s top workplaces.

77% of employees at The Oregon Clinic participated this year’s assessment, sharing their opinions in an anonymous survey – almost 1,000 individuals. Employees felt strongly that The Oregon Clinic provides excellent patient care and operates with strong values. Employees indicated they felt highly appreciated for their work at The Oregon Clinic, and that their job at The Oregon Clinic makes them feel a part of something meaningful.

“So many of our employees highlighted our commitment to quality patient care, which all of us at The Oregon Clinic take pride in,” shared Dr. Richard Jamison, President of The Oregon Clinic. “At the end of the day, our mission is to provide the highest quality specialty care. Seeing that our employees truly believe in this mission and work to make it happen every day is inspiring.”

A supportive, positive work environment was touted by many employees. Employees appreciated that the organization prioritizes patient needs, is committed to diversity and inclusion, and that groups are committed to providing excellence in care for everyone.

I can work at the top of my profession in a supportive, committed environment surrounded by people I respect and enjoy working with.

I love that TOC has an inclusive culture and we care about providing the best care for everyone, without judgement. I love seeing our wonderful diverse community reflected in the people who work for TOC.

I feel trusted and supported in my role. I am treated as a human with needs and not just a puzzle piece.

The honest commitment to patient care makes me so proud to be a member of TOC.”

Flexible schedules, remote work, and achievable work-life balance were also qualities TOC’s employees praised this year.

I love being able to work remotely and have the flexibility that comes with that. It allows me to work on projects without being interrupted and to do meaningful work. I also work for a great boss and physicians who appreciate the work I do.

As the largest physician-owned multi-specialty medical practice in the region, The Oregon Clinic works to cultivate a culture that focuses on exceptional patient experiences and a supportive workplace for employees. The Oregon Clinic’s almost 1,300 employees include nearly 300 physicians and advance practice providers, who provide expert care at more than 500,000 patient visits each year.

To see the full list of award recipients, visit www.oregonlive.com/topworkplaces.  


About The Oregon Clinic: 
The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon. Nearly 300 physicians and advance practice providers provide respectful, compassionate care in more than 30 specialty areas, resulting in more than 500,000 patient visits each year. Founded in Portland in 1994, The Oregon Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and providing leadership for the healthcare community. We collaborate with primary care physicians and use a team approach to address health conditions at more than 60 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Call 503-935-8000 or visit www.oregonclinic.com for more information.

Tigard-Tualatin School District Recieves PGE Grant for Electric School Buses
Tigard-Tualatin Sch. Dist. - 09/26/22 7:15 PM

Tigard/Tualatin, Ore. – The Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) has been selected by Portland General Electric’s 2022 Electric School Bus Fund to receive funding to purchase its first two electric school buses, install charging infrastructure and receive technical and training support. School districts were chosen based on their commitments to meet the needs of underserved communities and incorporate the buses more broadly into student education around climate science. The announcement was made at the District’s School Board meeting as part of a weeklong celebration of National Drive Electric Week.

“We are so pleased to receive this support from our partners at PGE,” said TTSD Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith. “The timing is perfect as we stand up a district climate leadership committee inspired by a team of high school students who approached the School Board last spring. Thanks to their vision and leadership, the TTSD School Board passed Resolution 2122-19 calling on the District, State Legislature, and Congress to take action on climate change. PGE’s support will be foundational in our commitment to this work.”

The electric school bus program is funded by the sale of Oregon Clean Fuels Program credits, which PGE aggregates on behalf of residential customers who charge their electric vehicles at home. PGE is covering the incremental cost of the electric school buses (the difference in cost between a standard diesel bus and an electric bus) and the total installation of charging infrastructure. PGE is also providing technical assistance to school districts throughout the process, including site assessments, cost-benefit analysis, vehicle and charger selection support, and driver and mechanic support. In return, participating school districts will work with PGE to share their insights and learnings with other school districts interested in electrifying their bus fleets.

“Portland General Electric is excited to support our partners in expanding cleaner transportation systems across the state,” said Maria Pope, president, and CEO of PGE. “Transportation electrification plays an essential role in accelerating the clean energy transition. It is going to take all of us working together to achieve a cleaner and more equitable future for all Oregonians.”

Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and a major source of other air pollutants. Benefits of the electric school buses include:

  • Cleaner air
    • Electric school buses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than half compared to a diesel school bus 
    • Electric school buses have zero tailpipe emissions and reduce carbon monoxide emissions, nitrogen oxide emissions, and other toxic compounds — which have significant negative health impacts, especially asthma in children — by more than 80% of a diesel school bus
  • Safety and comfort
    • Electric school buses are quiet, reducing noise pollution in neighborhoods
    • Drivers are better able to communicate with students
  • Lower cost
    • Electricity is less expensive than diesel, and prices are more stable over time

TTSD will begin the process of ordering the electric bus. The anticipated arrival of the vehicle is approximately 10-11 months.

About the Tigard-Tualatin School District

Tigard-Tualatin School District 23J (TTSD) is the 9th largest school district in Oregon and the 5th largest in the Portland metropolitan area. The District includes two comprehensive high schools, an options community high school, an online virtual academy for grades 6 through 12, 10 elementary schools, and a district-sponsored charter school serving Washington and Clackamas Counties. TTSD serves the cities of Durham, King City, Tigard, and Tualatin. The District is guided by a strategic plan built upon four cornerstones – Student Achievement, Equity, Talent, and Climate and Culture.

About Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2020, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $5.6 million and volunteered 18,200 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/news. 


Sandy Police Log 09-04-22 to 09-17-22
Sandy Police Dept. - 09/26/22 6:19 PM

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen

Attached Media Files: Bulletin

Join the Arch Bridge 100 Celebration on October 1, 2022 (Photo)
City of West Linn - 09/26/22 5:00 PM

WEST LINN, OR – September 26, 2022 – Join the communities of Oregon City and West Linn for the Arch Bridge 100 Celebration on Oct 1 from 9AM-1PM. The Arch Bridge connects the cities of Oregon City and West Linn.

The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7AM to 3PM for the event.

In 1922, the two cities celebrated the opening of the Arch Bridge. 100 years later, we come together again to remember this historic event and celebrate the connection it provides between our two cities. Live music, art, food and a historical reenactment of the original bridge opening ceremony are just some of the fun activities planned. 

The main program starts at 11AM and includes a welcome by mayors from both cities, a Tribal Blessing from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, a gift exchange between all three communities, a historical re-enactment of the 1922 wedding at the bridge opening, and murals connecting the three communities. 

Community partner organizations will have booths in downtown Oregon City and at West Linn Historic City Hall with historical information, kids’ activities, memorabilia and event-themed commemorative items.

On the National Register of Historic Places and built by the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1922, the Arch Bridge is an iconic structure spanning the Willamette River and connecting these two cities both physically and in spirit.

Event partners include City of West Linn, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, West Linn Chamber of Commerce, Historic Willamette Main Street, Travel Oregon City, West Linn Historic Society, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, Portland General Electric, Mt. Hood Territory, Clackamas County Historical Society, and Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition, as well as many volunteers and contributors.

Visit www.archbridge100.com for all the details. You won’t want to miss this historic event!

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/3994/157804/ArchBridge100_EventPoster_(Shatrine_Krakes_conflicted_copy_2022-09-14).pdf , 2022-09/3994/157804/ArchBridge100_SaveTheDateFB.jpg

Join the Arch Bridge 100 Celebration on October 1, 2022 (Photo)
City of Oregon City - 09/26/22 5:00 PM
Arch Bridge Save the Date
Arch Bridge Save the Date

{Oregon City, Or.}{September 26, 2022} — Join the communities of Oregon City and West Linn for the Arch Bridge 100 Celebration on Oct 1 from 9AM-1PM. The Arch Bridge connects the cities of Oregon City and West Linn.

The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7AM to 3PM for the event.

In 1922, the two cities celebrated the opening of the Arch Bridge. 100 years later, we come together again to remember this historic event and celebrate the connection it provides between our two cities. Live music, art, food and a historical reenactment of the original bridge opening ceremony are just some of the fun activities planned. 

The main program starts at 11AM and includes a welcome by mayors from both cities, a Tribal Blessing from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, a gift exchange between all three communities, a historical re-enactment of the 1922 wedding at the bridge opening, and murals connecting the three communities. 

Community partner organizations will have booths in downtown Oregon City and at West Linn Historic City Hall with historical information, kids’ activities, memorabilia and event-themed commemorative items.

On the National Register of Historic Places and built by the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1922, the Arch Bridge is an iconic structure spanning the Willamette River and connecting these two cities both physically and in spirit.

Event partners include City of West Linn, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, West Linn Chamber of Commerce, Historic Willamette Main Street, Travel Oregon City, West Linn Historic Society, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, Portland General Electric, Mt. Hood Territory, Clackamas County Historical Society, and Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition, as well as many volunteers and contributors.

Visit www.archbridge100.com for all the details. You won’t want to miss this historic event!

Attached Media Files: Arch Bridge Save the Date

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday, October 4
Oregon Health Authority - 09/26/22 4:08 PM

September 26, 2022 

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459,  


Program contact: Anna Williams, 971-720-9654, anna.k.williams@dhsoha.state.or.us 

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday, October 4

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council 

When: Tuesday October 4, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Where: By webinar at ZoomGov 

Meeting ID: 160 347 3675, Passcode: 123456 

Dial by your location +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose) 

Agenda: The full agenda can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/BH-Child-Family/Pages/SOCAC.aspx. The meeting will include time for public comment. 

Details: Senate Bill 1 (2019) established a Governor-appointed System of Care Advisory Council to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults.  

Primarily the Council will be reviewing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement for the System of Care Advisory Council and the Council’s report to the Legislature due September 15, 2022. 

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide: 

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Christy Hudson at 971-678-4347, 711 TTY, or christy.j.hudson@state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting. 


Police looking for missing adult male (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 09/26/22 3:48 PM

DATE: 9/26/2022

CASE: 22-7099


Police looking for missing adult male.

Milwaukie Police are looking for a missing endangered adult male that left a Milwaukie residence on Friday, September 23rd,2022.  The missing person is mentally disabled and in need of daily medical treatment. 

Police are looking for 26-year-old Toby Wylie. He was last seen today around 5:00am near Mall 205 in Portland.  He is described as a black male, 5’5”, 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark shorts, dark t-shirt, and tan shoes. 

Any information on his whereabouts can be reported to the Milwaukie Police Department at (503)786-7500 or by calling 911. 

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1406/157800/TOBY_WYLIE_-_22-7099_MISSING.jpg

Southeast Salem house fire determined to be arson
Salem Police Department - 09/26/22 3:00 PM


DATE: September 26, 2022


Southeast Salem house fire determined to be arson


Salem, Ore. — At approximately 12:35 p.m. on Friday, September 23, emergency responders were called to the area of Wilbur and Cross STS SE on a residential house fire. 

The Salem Fire Department responded to the fire which started on the porch but then quickly engulfed a large portion of the home. Residents quickly evacuated the dwelling and reported no injuries. One firefighter is receiving medical treatment for minor injuries received at the scene.

Salem Police patrol officers interviewed witnesses and determined a teenager set a lit sparkler into a Halloween decoration, causing the fire. The teen was identified and arrested. 

The 16-year-old male juvenile was lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Arson in the first degree
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree
  • Reckless endangering

The Salem Police Department does not release the names of minors involved in criminal investigations.

All further inquiries on this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Plan to protect Portland's residents, properties, wildlife and floodplains heads to Planning and Sustainability Commission; Portlanders can testify on the Plan at a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. or in writing via the Map App.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 09/26/22 3:00 PM

As climate change increases the chance of extreme weather events and excessive rain, the areas near rivers and other bodies of water are at greater risk of flooding and environmental disruption. This puts people, buildings, wildlife, trees and other vegetation at risk.

The Floodplain Resilience Plan will reduce the impacts of future flooding on those who live and work in, or close to, Portland’s floodplains. The plan also aims to protect floodplain habitat for endangered and threatened fish species. This effort responds to Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) guidance by updating the rules that apply to new development along the edges of Portland’s rivers and streams.

The Floodplain Resilience project will:

  • Expand environmental zones to protect areas in the city’s floodplains.
  • Update requirements in areas of high risk of flooding to better manage tree and vegetation removal and ensure future development manages flood risk and preserves floodplain habitat.
  • Add new mitigation requirements to areas within 170 feet of the Willamette River in the Central City to improve floodplain habitat near Portland’s rivers and streams.

The adoption of the plan will continue the City’s compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) flood protection requirements and maintain the 25% discount property owners in or near the floodplain currently receive on their flood insurance policies. The plan also advances floodplain management goals and policies in the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Read the Proposed Draft

Submit testimony

In person

The Floodplain Resilience Plan Proposed Draft is headed to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for consideration on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at 5 p.m. This hearing will be a hybrid format. Testifiers can participate either in-person or virtually using a computer, mobile device, or telephone. Portlanders must sign up to testify in advance. The deadline to sign up to testify at the Sept. 27 hearing is Monday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.

The in-person PSC hearing will be at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A, Portland, OR 97201.

In writing

Use the Map App

Testify in writing via the Map App

Click on the "Testify" button. You can testify on the proposals in general. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. Once your testimony is submitted, you can read it in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony. Written testimony will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

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Teenage Girl Groped by Unknown Man in Richmond Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/26/22 2:46 PM
Portland Police are asking for the public’s help after a 15-year-old girl was forcefully touched against her will while waiting for a bus in the Richmond Neighborhood.

On Monday, September 26, 2022, at around 8:45 a.m., a 15-year-pld girl was waiting at a bus stop located on the northwest corner of Southeast César E. Chávez Boulevard and Powell Boulevard when a man approached her and began speaking to her in a sexual explicit and lewd manner. The man then grabbed on to the girl and began groping her chest. The victim screamed and attempted to escape the suspect’s grasp, but was unable. Fortunately, an individual who happened to be driving by noticed the victim’s distress and intervened, helping the girl to escape and then driving her to her intended destination.

The victim described the suspect as a white man with tan skin. He’s approximately 5’8” tall and was of medium build. He had silver hair, and gray facial hair almost long enough to be a beard. The suspect was last seen wearing baggy, all gray clothing, and left carrying two black trash bags.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The investigation is ongoing, and officers are attempting to locate video cameras in the area that might have recorded the incident.

If you are the Good Samaritan who rescued the victim, have any information about the incident, or believe you know the identity of the suspect, please contact Portland Police at (503)823-3333 or crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov


Oct. 19 community event to celebrate purchase, opening of new Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/26/22 2:20 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The community is invited to join Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands at 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 to celebrate the opening of the new Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area. The new 118-acre natural area is adjacent to the Salmon-Morgan Creeks Natural Area and supports open space, regional water quality and salmon recovery goals. The property will also increase recreational opportunities in the area. 

The Oct. 19 event will include a brief presentation, ribbon cutting, and interpretive nature walk. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Parking is available at the former Cedars Golf Course clubhouse at 15001 Northeast 181st Street in Brush Prairie. The ceremony will take place across 181st Street along a paved path. 

Gordy Jolma, the owner of the Cedars Golf Course, approached Parks and Lands in 2019 about selling the property. The property is identified as a high-value conservation area in the Natural Areas Acquisition Plan and the property acquisition was approved as part of the 2022-2027 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. After gathering input from the community, the Clark County Council approved the purchase of the property on Aug. 16 using Legacy Lands and Clean Water Funds. The sale of the property was officially finalized this week. The final purchase includes 133.5 max acre feet of water rights along Salmon Creek, property along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, and naming rights for the Gordy Jolma family. 

The Oct. 19 event marks the opening of the property to the public. Clark County park rules apply at natural areas, including hours of 7 a.m. to dusk (a half hour after sunset). Signage will be installed and mowing will keep trails visible. Visitors are asked to stay on trails and paved paths. Golf carts and motorized vehicles are not permitted. 

The Legacy Lands program conserves open space, farmland and timber land. Since the property was purchased with Conservation Futures funding, the site will transition from a golf course to a greenway. A master planning process, for trails and other low-impact facilities, could occur in the next 20 years. 

Interpreters will be provided at the Oct. 19 event upon request by emailing each@clark.wa.gov">pw.outreach@clark.wa.gov or calling 564.397.1679. 

To receive information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Sumner Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/26/22 2:11 PM
The victim in this homicide has been identified as 26-year old Martese Oliver, who resided in the state of Washington. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of Mr. Oliver’s death was from a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.

Mr. Oliver's family has been notified of his death and they are requesting privacy during this time.

Photo description: Portrait of Martese Oliver from Washington State Driver's License


Original Message Below

A shooting in the Sumner Neighborhood has left a man deceased and is being investigated as a potential homicide.

On Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 3:24a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting outside of a hotel in the 8200 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. When officers arrived, they located an injured male. Paramedics responded and determined the man was deceased at the scene.

No immediate arrests have been made.

Detectives from the Portland Police Homicide Unit have responded to the scene and are investigating. During the investigation, access to some area parking lots is restricted. However, no public streets are closed.

If anyone has information about his incident, they're asked to contact Detective Travis Law Travis.Law@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395 or Detective Calvin Goldring Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256 and reference case number 22-258221.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/3056/157770/Martese_Oliver.JPG

Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/26/22 1:59 PM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Julian H. Combs, died the morning of September 26, 2022. Combs was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Combs entered DOC custody on April 3, 2012, from Lincoln County with no parole date. Combs was 84 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, individuals with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.




Attached Media Files: Julian H. Combs

Benton County Sheriff's Office and Northwest Hills Church Host Joint Event; Red Cross Blood Drive Open to the Public and is Part of Faith & Blue Weekend
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/22 1:51 PM

Media Advisory:


Who: Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Northwest Hills Community Church

Where: 3300 NW Walnut Blvd, Corvallis, OR  97330

When: Friday, October 7, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, along with Northwest Hills Community Church and the Red Cross, is facilitating a community service project. This partnership will afford the opportunity for a faith-based organization and law enforcement to work together to host a local blood drive.

Community members are asked to make an appointment with the Red Cross at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=FaithAndBlue.

Faith & Blue Weekend is a national event with activities in communities across the country that bring together law enforcement and residents to build connections, create mutual understanding, and enhance justice and reconciliation. To learn more, go to https://faithandblue.org/.


Portland General Electric customers lead the country in choosing renewable
PGE - 09/26/22 1:46 PM

Green Future program again ranks No. 1


PORTLAND, Ore. — With over 225,000 residential and commercial customers voluntarily enrolled in its Green FutureSM program, Portland General Electric and its customers are again celebrating being the nation’s leaders in renewable energy.

For the 13th year, PGE has held the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s No. 1 ranking for the largest participation of business and residential renewable energy customers in a renewables program of any U.S. electric utility.

Over the 23-year life of the program, Green Future customers have chosen low-carbon, renewable energy in support of a clean energy future for all. 

“Our customers are deeply committed to accelerating the transition to a clean energy future,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE. “More than a quarter of PGE’s business and residential customers choose renewable power, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, investing in innovative clean energy solutions and strengthening our state’s economy.”

The Green Future renewable energy program helps customers support clean, new renewable energy equal to all or part of their energy use each month. In addition, the program gives back to communities by funding renewable energy projects through the PGE Renewable Development Fund (RDF)

The RDF offers competitive grant awards for applicants to deploy their own clean energy projects like solar installations at Headwaters Farm and Chemeketa Community College and cogeneration projects. Grants are awarded through an open and competitive application process. To date, the fund has awarded $16.5 million to 75 projects, bringing online more than 16.6 MW of renewable generation. 

PGE also received the No. 1 ranking for the most megawatt hours of renewable energy sold, with over 2 million megawatt hours in green power sales in 2021. 

As a fully integrated electric company, PGE can seamlessly integrate and deploy the technologies that enable cleaner, more affordable and equitably distributed energy across the largest system in Oregon. 

For more information, visit portlandgeneral.com/greenfuture.

NREL did not release rankings in 2011 

LCSO Case #22-5379 - Fatal Traffic Crash
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/22 1:45 PM

On September 24, 2022 at approximately 1:27pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Camp Creek Rd. near milepost 2.  Milepost 2 is in the general area of the Easy Ln. intersection. 

Deputies responded and learned that a black Toyota Tacoma driven by 26 year old Austin McKee of Springfield had been driving westbound on Camp Creek Rd. when it crossed over into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason and struck an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup head-on. McKee was transported by paramedics to an area hospital in critical condition. 

The driver of the Silverado, 70 year old Larry Sidwell of Springfield, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The reason that McKee crossed in the oncoming lane remains under investigation.  Evidence of drug use was located at the scene. 

McKee died at the hospital over the weekend as a result of his injuries. 

New grants from Pacific Power concentrate on education and STEM learning
Pacific Power - 09/26/22 1:07 PM

Funding supports the work of local community organizations that facilitate learning opportunities 


PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 26, 2022) — Research shows that learning happens best when social, emotional and cognitive growth are connected. High-quality, evidence-based programs are also critical  to positive academic outcomes, better attendance and improved graduation rates. That’s why Pacific Power puts funding and resources behind schools and organizations that work toward these goals and open the doors of opportunity for learners of all ages.


The Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $300,000 in new grant funding across the three states it serves to support organizations that provide education and STEM learning opportunities. From financial literacy classes and early educational intervention programs to last-minute childcare centers that can help parents attend a job interview or work an extra shift, the grants underwrite a wide variety of much needed and helpful resources in large and small communities.


“These organizations are seeing the needs and doing the important work of supporting families and community members,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO, Pacific Power. “It is an honor to augment their work and to know the charitable investments of Pacific Power are building resiliency and boosting the growth and vitality of the communities we serve.” 


The latest round of education grants aligns closely with the priorities Pacific Power places on enhancing access and availability of STEM programs, especially to underserved populations, and learning supports for youth and adults both inside and outside of the classroom. These education and STEM grants are one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation annually.


The following grants were given to 87 local organizations supporting communities in Oregon, Washington and Northern California:



Portland area

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest for fun, interactive STEM kits for mentors to use virtually or in-person with youth to help improve academic performance and their potential for a brighter future.

Black United Fund of Oregon to help provide scholarships that support education, equity and the promise of a brighter future for students in underserved communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area for staff training and supplies to help provide hands-on STEM programs that engage and inspire underserved children to consider STEM careers.

Carpe Mundi to provide study-abroad scholarships and year-long mentorships for low-income, first-generation college students to help them reach their full potential through international learning experiences. 

College Possible to support the College Access Program at McDaniel High School that helps historically underserved students get into college and persist through graduation by providing recent college graduates as coaches. 

De La Salle North Catholic High School for the financial aid program at the only college preparatory high school in the Portland area dedicated to serving low-income students. 

FACT Oregon to fund the support line that connects families of youth with disabilities to information and peer support to help navigate special education services.

First Book Portland to distribute new books, including books by authors of color, to economically disadvantaged families to help nurture literacy, a love of reading and a solid educational foundation. 

Friends of Baseball to support the Full Count RBI Academy, an after-school program that combines baseball with academic support and social skills-building for youth from low-income backgrounds and youth of color. 

Friends of the Children—Portland for snacks, supplies and personalized items to support mentoring and skill-building activities for underserved children in grades 6-12. 

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to support the “Eureka!” five-year STEM mentorship program for girls in grades 8-12 that offers hands-on lessons, activities, field trips, internships, job shadows, guest lectures and workshops to help students learn about STEM college and career options. 

Greater Than for scholarships and case management to support college-age students, who have been involved with the program since third grade, and help them navigate post-secondary plans and career opportunities. 

INCIGHT to expand programming to help high school students with disabilities explore careers and obtain job skills training. 

Jin Ren to provide targeted academic support to historically underserved students in the Albina Mandarin Immersion Program at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School and Harriet Tubman Middle School.

My Father’s House to support The Journey, an on-the-job training and skill-building program for homeless mothers and fathers to help them successfully transition into the workforce. 

Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program for support of robotics teams in grades 4-12, including underserved and marginalized communities, to nurture interest in STEM concepts and careers.

Portland Rose Festival Foundation to support internships for college students, including past Rose Festival Court Princesses, providing professional work experience at a nonprofit. 

Portland Workforce Alliance for virtual and in-person employer visits to help high school students explore careers, develop post-graduation plans and find their footing in a rapidly changing economy. 

Reading Results to support intensive reading intervention through trained tutors to help early grade readers, who are living on low incomes and/or students of color, reach critical third-grade benchmarks. 

Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student who is studying renewable energy and is either from or attending a school in the Pacific Power service area. 

St. Andrew Nativity School to support the STEM program at this tuition-free private middle school for students whose families live at or below the poverty line. 

Salvation Army West Women’s and Children’s Shelter to help provide internet service, laptops and other equipment for workforce and career development for residents in the domestic violence shelter. 

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation to support the Pacific Islander Youth Engagement Initiative that provides after-school mentoring for Pacific Islander high school students in the Portland area, supporting educational success and cultural preservation. 

Schoolhouse Supplies for the Tools for Schools Program that puts back-to-school supply kits in the hands of students in need. 

SMART Reading to buy books and support programs for PreK-3rd graders to promote early literacy. 

Youth, Rights & Justice for the SchoolWorks program that aims to disrupt the school to prison pipeline by advocating for youth involved in the Multnomah County juvenile justice system to ensure they are receiving education. 

Willamette Valley

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis to support teens in grades 10-12 to help them prepare for the workforce, explore careers and graduate on time. 

Corvallis Public Schools Foundation to support the Students Advocating for Equity (SAFE) summer program for students who identify as Black, Indigenous or persons of color, which helps build community, supports mental health and teaches new skills to deal with racial inequities. 

Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub to support early-childhood STEAM education by collaborating with early childhood education providers and families in Linn and Benton Counties to provide professional development, training and resources. 

Ophelia’s Place for prevention-focused behavioral health services, including Girls Empowerment Groups, for girls ages 10-18 in Albany and Junction City.

Oregon State University Foundation for the Pacific Power Scholars Program that provides scholarship awards for undergraduate students in OSU’s College of Engineering School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

People Sustaining Kings Valley to provide professional development for teachers and staff in Benton and Polk counties.

Scio School District for the Scio Youth Development program to assist and expand the community wrestling program that teaches children responsibility, respect, discipline and the importance of education. 

Stayton Public Library Foundation to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails free, high-quality, age-appropriate books to preschool children every month, for the first five years of their life, to help build early literacy skills. 

Willamette University to provide Pacific Power Foundation scholarships for two students from low-income and historically underserved communities who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields. 

Umpqua Valley

Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley for keyboards, USB camera adaptors and other technology equipment to enhance the quality of STEAM after-school programs.

Canyonville Community Library to help the library make building improvements to better serve the public as it reopens after being closed for two years due to the pandemic. 

Oregon STEM to support this web-based tool that helps make students aware of STEM career paths by connecting them through virtual tours, presentations, discussions and other real-time interactions with thousands of STEM professionals all over the country. 

Rogue Valley 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley to support STEAM-based, after-school enrichment programs that help students stay on track for academic success. 

Britt Music and Arts Festival to support music residencies at Britt that provide music education to the southern Oregon region and connect students with professional teaching artists. 

National Inventors Hall of Fame for scholarship assistance for Camp Invention®, which provides engaging, hands-on STEM programs for students through 6th grade in Jackson and Klamath counties. 

Project Youth+ to provide student enrichment activities and summer camp with hands-on STEM activities for youth from low-income backgrounds. 

Rogue Valley Mentoring to support the in-school mentoring program for Talent Middle School students. 

Roots and Wings Community Preschool to provide tuition help for the young families enrolled in the Equitable Education and Care Program.

Sacred Heart Catholic School to support the K-8 Spanish-language program by adding an online curriculum to support both English-Language Learners and students learning Spanish as a second language. 

Soroptimist International of River Valley to provide scholarships to three young women pursuing advanced education at Rogue Community College. 

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center to help create new educational programs for youth during the school year, including programs for homeschool students, preschoolers, Scouts and overnighters. 

Winston Area Community Partnership to replace seating for the Teen Center in order to provide a welcoming, safe place for local youth. 

Klamath Falls

Crater Lake Council Boy Scouts of America for cabin repairs at Camp McLoughlin to ensure a safe camping experience where youth can learn about nature and develop personal skills.

Friends of the Children—Klamath Basin to provide research-based mentoring for at-risk youth in grades K-12 as well as their caregivers through a two-generation approach. 

Friends of the Mentor Program to support the Lake County Youth Mentor Program that connects youth in grades K-12 with caring adult mentors to enhance both academic and personal achievement, as well as scholarships for sports, dance and other extracurricular activities. 

Henley High School Engineering and Robotics for scholarships to help local students design and build wind turbines and compete at the KidWind National Engineering Competition. 

Klamath County Rotary Club to support Klamath Cares, Klamath Reads, an annual celebration of early literacy that provides books to first grade students in Klamath County.

Malin Elementary School for an updated playground structure to provide a safe place for students in grades K-6 to play, explore and be physically active. 

National Inventors Hall of Fame for scholarship assistance for Camp Invention, which provides engaging, hands-on STEM programs for students through grade 6 in Jackson and Klamath counties. 

Oregon Tech Foundation for Pacific Power Foundation Scholarships to support students at Oregon Institute of Technology pursuing degrees in renewable energy engineering or electrical engineering. 

Portland State University Foundation to support Oregon MESA STEM programs at six middle school and high school chapters in Southern Oregon. 

Northern Coast

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation for the “20/20 Vision” School Vision Screening program for students in Lincoln County and follow-up referrals for low-cost services to those who need them. 

Seaside AAUW Scholarship Foundation to help provide college scholarships for young women, including first-generation college students, communities of color and low-income households. 

Warrenton Middle School to help students design and build a community outdoor activity space, including a walking/bike path and disc golf course with interpretive signs that share regional history, and also for a STEM summer camp where students engage in hands-on activities involving robots, drones and remotely operated underwater vehicles. 

Southern Coast 

Coos Watershed Association for the Life Cycle Monitoring Internship Program that surveys and samples Oregon Coast Coho salmon. 

The Lighthouse School for microscopes and other materials to support hands-on science learning for K-8 students. 

Central Oregon

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend to support Project Learn, a holistic program supporting social-emotional learning and academic enrichment, including hands-on activities, for K-12 students.

Camp Fire Central Oregon to help teens in grades 7-12 build leadership and job skills as they progress through SummerKids Youth Leadership, Counselor in Training and Junior Counselor Internships.

EarthWin to support the EarthWinTM Challenge that gives Oregon middle and high school student groups a STEAM-based platform to develop inclusive, collaborative projects that help build a sustainable future. 

Family Access Network for advocate services for disadvantaged children and their families in Crook County to help provide school supplies, clothing and access to food, transportation and other resources. 

Financial Beginnings Oregon to provide free financial literacy training to hundreds of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson county residents, with an emphasis on including low-income and other historically disenfranchised communities. 

Oregon State University Foundation to provide scholarships for undergraduate Pacific Power Scholars at OSU’s Cascades Campus studying Energy Systems Engineering.

Tower Theatre Foundation to support performances of Tower Theatre’s LessonPLAN educational series  that inspires creativity in K-12 students. 

Eastern Oregon

City of Pendleton for coding robotics and other STEM-related materials to enhance the Library of Things at the Pendleton Public Library. 

Enterprise Education Foundation for the renovation of the Enterprise Elementary playground so preschool and elementary students of all abilities can enjoy an outdoor play experience that is safe, developmentally appropriate and inclusive.

Pendleton Children’s Center to install a fire-suppression system as part of a renovation and expansion of the facility to provide safe childcare services to more families. 

Pilot Rock Fire District for training and equipment, including CPR manikins and face masks, to help teach first aid and emergency response skills to first responders and community members. 


Ore-Cal Resource Conservation and Development Area Council to help over 600 K-8 students from Siskiyou, Modoc and Trinity attend “How to Be a Biologist” STEM summer camp and inspire them to consider STEM careers. 


Clark College Foundation for the Pacific Power STEM Scholarship fund to help increase the number of high school students from diverse populations enrolled in STEM programs at Clark College. 

Early Life Speech & Language to help provide no-cost, intensive, individualized therapy to children ages 2 to 7 who have speech and language delays and help them succeed at home, at school and in life. 

FIRST Washington for after-school and in-classroom FIRST robotics programs to help Yakima County youth develop science, technology, engineering and math skills as they compete on robotics teams.

Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation for AWE Learning Workstations, portable tablets that provide preschool and young children a fun, safe, interactive learning experience to help them learn to read and participate in science, technology, reading, engineering and math lessons.

Heritage University to provide STEM scholarships for five students at this university, rooted in the homeland of the Yakama Nation that is home to a multicultural student community. 

Junior Achievement of Washington to support financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs for middle school students in Walla Walla County.

Lewis & Clark Middle School for shoes, coats and other clothing, as well as other supplies, to meet the urgent physical and emotional needs of students from low-income backgrounds and help them thrive at school. 

The National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First for enhanced nursing education and nurse consultations to better serve mothers and families from low-income backgrounds in Yakima County. 

Tri-State Steelheaders  to help expand the Salmon In School environmental education program that enriches science learning for students as they raise salmon and release them to local streams.

Wenas Mammoth Foundation for geologist tool kits for the STEM Youth Paleontology, Archeology and Geology Summer Camps for Yakima County students in grades 3-12. 

Walla Walla Community College Foundation for support of the Pacific Power Scholarship Fund that helps students from underserved populations who are enrolled in workforce or STEM-related areas of study. 


About the Pacific Power Foundation:

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since it started in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

TVF&R to Host Open House for Charbonneau Station 54 (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/26/22 12:49 PM

On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will host an open house and provide tours of Station 54 located within the Willamette Professional Building at 8995 Southwest Miley Road in Wilsonville. Families and community members are invited to see the station, meet with firefighters, and learn fire and life safety tips. The open house will also include brief remarks at 11:30 a.m. from Fire Chief Deric Weiss, TVF&R Board President Randy J. Lauer, Wilsonville Mayor Julie Fitzgerald, and other leaders.

The 2,592-square-foot station opened in September 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It houses a two-person crew operating Rescue 54. A rescue is a medical transport unit staffed with two firefighter-paramedics who can also respond to fires. Firefighters are excited to serve the community in a station that features individual sleeping quarters and comfortably accommodates firefighters of all genders. The station includes a kitchen, fitness room, office space, sleeping quarters, and detached apparatus bay. The station’s smaller footprint reflects TVF&R’s dynamic service delivery model as most calls for service in the area are medical in nature. 

District leadership has sought a permanent property to site a fire station to better serve the Charbonneau area for several years but when a long-term option could not be found, it was decided that a lease within the Willamette Professional Building location was the best option available. The fire district intends to continue looking for property as a permanent station location is preferred.

Since opening last September, crews of Station 54 have transported more than 1,000 people to area hospitals and responded to hundreds of calls for service. 


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1214/157789/Station_54_flyer.jpg

Death investigation-Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 09/26/22 11:50 AM

On Sunday, Septeber25, 2022 at 8:28 AM, the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to 5677 SW Young Avenue in Redmond and located an adult male, identified as Trevit C. Law (45) of Redmond, who had been shot. Responding officers provided immediate first aid but Law was pronounced deceased. 

During the subsequent investigation, Skyler R. Myers (32) of Redmond was developed as the suspect in the shooting. A multi-agency effort tracked Myers approximately 7 hours, eventually locating him near Gift Road and the Deschutes Canal. Myers sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center where he later was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted in the ground search by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department and Redmond Police Department. 

The investigation is active and no further information will be released at this time. 

Portland Fire & Rescue Receives $2.07 million in Federal Funds to Hire New Firefighters, Fully Reopen Station 23
Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty - 09/26/22 11:46 AM

Full Release from Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden can be found below:

Wyden, Merkley: Three Oregon Fire Departments to Receive About $3.8 Million in Federal Aid

Scappoose Rural Fire District, cities of Albany and Portland to benefit

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Scappoose Rural Fire District as well as the cities of Portland and Albany will receive a total of about $3.8 million in federal funds to support local firefighting operations.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line protecting Oregon communities, and deserve both modern equipment and properly staffed departments to do the risky work that Oregonians count on,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified these communities have secured this crucial federal investment, and will keep fighting to secure similar resources that protect lives and livelihoods throughout the state.”

“Oregon’s firefighters are on the front lines of protecting our homes, communities, and businesses when fires and emergencies happen, and it is crucial they have enough staff and the right up-to-date equipment to safely and effectively do this important work,” said Senator Merkley. “This funding will help ensure that the dedicated firefighters in Albany, Portland, and Scappoose are well equipped and staffed to keep Oregonians safe year round.” 

From the Department of Homeland Security, the city of Albany has secured a $1.33 million award from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire firefighters, and the city of Portland has secured $2.07 million from the same SAFER program also to hire firefighters.

“The City of Albany is experiencing significant growth, and we continue to face pressures on our budget,” said Albany City Manager Peter Troedsson.  “We’re grateful for these federal funds which will help us to keep up with growth and continue to provide important emergency services to the people of our community.”

“Portland Fire & Rescue is grateful to Portland City Council, Portland Firefighters Association, and Senators Wyden and Merkley for their support of our 2021 SAFER grant application,” said Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone.  “These funds will enable PF&R to hire six firefighters to fully staff Station 23 with an engine company which will strengthen our system of emergency response service delivery.  Station 23 was shut down in 2010 and partially reopened in 2017 with a two-person rescue unit to address priority medical calls. With the SAFER grant we will be able to restore fire protection capabilities to this fire management area.”

“Our firefighters step up in every way they are asked to serve Portlanders, so I am incredibly excited that we will be bringing in over $2 million in federal funds to Portland Fire & Rescue,” said Portland Fire & Rescue Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. “Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden have once again delivered for our city and have my thanks for securing dollars that will allow us to fully reopen Station 23 in Southeast Portland, as well as hire six new firefighters to bolster our ranks.”

The Scappoose Rural Fire Department has earned a $399,038 grant for vehicle acquisition from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled 10-27-22
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/26/22 11:42 AM




Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022, in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Shelby Wright at (503) 378-2191 or shelby.wright@dpsst.oregon.gov

The meeting will be live-streamed on the DPSST Facebook page:


1. Introductions

2. Minutes

Approve minutes from the July 28, 2022, Meeting

3. Fire Policy Committee

a. Fire Policy Committee Update – James Oeder, Chair

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

A. Committee Appointments

Fire Policy Committee Appointments

  • TBD

4. Criminal Justice Policy Committees

a. Police Policy Committee Update – John Teague, Chair

b. Telecommunications Policy Committee Update – Michael Fletcher, Chair

c. Corrections Policy Committee Update – Matthew English, Chair

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

A. Jesus Alvarez DPSST #55323 (DOC/Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on August 9, 2022.

B. Shawn Carter DPSST #44728 (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

C. Raymond Dube #41238 (Oregon State Police) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

D. Christopher Hurst DPSST #34278 (Cottage Grove Police Department) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on August 3, 2022.

E. Tyrone Jenkins DPSST #29620 (Polk County Sheriff’s Office) – No Action

Unanimous vote with two recusals to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

F. David Knudsen DPSST #59147 (DOC/Snake River Correctional Institution) – No Action

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on August 9, 2022.

G. Abigail Mobley DPSST #45844 (Grant County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on August 9, 2022.

H. Andrew Richman DPSST #51981 (DOC/Coffee Creek Correctional Facility) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on August 9, 2022.

I. Daniel Schram DPSST #31475 (Jackson County Community Justice) – Revoke

11 (eleven) to 0 (zero) vote, with one member abstaining, to recommend to the Board by the CPC on August 9, 2022.

J. Benjamin Scheen DPSST #44685 (Klamath County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

Unanimous vote with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

K. Jerry Wollenschlaeger #34042 (Marion County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

L. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0065; Equity Mainenance Training Requirements

Unanimous vote by the PPC and 6 (six) to 5 (five) vote by the CPC to recommend to the Board in the August 2022 Policy Committee meetings.

M. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0069; Tribal Law Enforcement

N. Approval for Changes to the Basic Police Curriculum

   Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

O. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0085; Basic Police Curriculum Changes

P. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0510; Adopting Rules and Best Practices for Interacting with Persons Who Have Experienced Trauma

     Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on August 18, 2022.

Q. Committee Appointments

Telecommunications Policy Committee Appointments

  • TBD

Police Policy Committee Appointments

  • TBD

5. Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee

a. Private Security Investigator Policy Committee Update – Thomas Thomas, Chair

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

 A. Luis Dominguez PSID #039212 (First Alert Security LLC) – Issue Civil Penalty

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on August 16, 2022

B. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-060-0136; Remote Training for Unarmed and Alarm Monitor Private Security Courses

Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on August 16, 2022

6. Agency Update – Acting Director Brian Henson

7. Next Meeting Date: January 26, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.


Administrative Announcement

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

Oregonian Names PacificSource a Winner of the Top Workplaces 2022 Award
PacificSource Health Plans - 09/26/22 11:25 AM


(Springfield, Ore.) Sept. 26, 2022— PacificSource has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Oregonian Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection, among many others. 

“This honor is really a testament to the amazing group of employees that make up PacificSource across all of our regions,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource. “It’s their tireless efforts to live our company values every day that make PacificSource a place where people enjoy working and go the extra mile to not only serve and take care of our members, but each other as well.”

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees. That's something to be proud of,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. 


About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,600 people and serves over 600,000 individuals throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information, visit PacificSource.com.



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County manager appoints David Shook to lead new Jail Services department
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/26/22 11:02 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Manager Kathleen Otto today announced the executive leadership team that will lead the recently established Jail Services department. David Shook will be the Director of Jail Services, Joe Barnett will be the Manager of Jail Administration and Bryan Pilakowski will be the Manager of Jail Operations. The team will begin on Monday, Oct. 17. Shook will report to Deputy County Manager Amber Emery. 

The county council last week approved a resolution adding a new department which begins the transition of management of the jail from the Sheriff’s Office to the County Manager’s Office. 

Shook today resigned his position as a deputy in the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to working for Clark County, Shook worked 25 years at Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. His tenure with Washington County included enforcement and corrections and encompassed leadership roles in training and operations.

Barnett has worked for Clark County for more than 30 years and is currently a Commander in Corrections. Pilakowski has worked more than 20 years for Clark County and is currently a Corrections Deputy. Both Barnett and Pilakowski have been instrumental in providing leadership in their respective positions in Corrections.

“I am humbled and excited to have been chosen for the Director position of the newly formed Jail Services department. I look forward to working side by side with the jail staff and community stakeholders,” said Shook.

Emery stated, “We are fortunate to have a team of experienced and committed professionals.”

The process of transitioning management of the jail will take several months. 

“As we move forward, we are committed to having a transparent process, including involvement of key stakeholders and will provide continual updates to our employees and residents,” said Otto.

Stabbing Suspect Indicted for Measure 11 Assault
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/26/22 10:36 AM

An assault suspect identified as 48-year-old Noah Douglas Kronsteiner of Portland was indicted last week by a Washington County Grand Jury for assaulting two other men in Beaverton on September 13, 2022.


Beaverton Police officers were dispatched to the report of a stabbing at the intersection of SW Oleson Rd. and SW Garden Home Rd. just after 3:00 PM on Tuesday September 13, 2022. Upon arrival, officers found two victims, 51-year-old Juan Rodriguez of Portland and 47-year-old Michael Pickens of Portland, both suffering from stab wounds. Pickens had also been sprayed with mace. 


Officers discovered the suspect, Kronsteiner, inside of the Bulldog Deli, located nearby at 7321 SW Garden Home Road. Kronsteiner was suffering from stab wounds of his own. 


Beaverton Police detectives began an investigation into the incident. After reviewing surveillance footage and speaking to numerous witnesses, detectives determined that prior to the incident, Pickens was driving his vehicle southbound on SW Oleson Rd. While he was stopped in traffic, Kronsteiner began yelling and screaming at him. Kronsteiner then sprayed Pickens with mace while Pickens was inside his vehicle. Detectives say Kronsteiner’s attack on Pickens was unprovoked. Pickens exited his vehicle after being sprayed with mace and Kronsteiner then stabbed Pickens. 


Rodriguez, who was in the park nearby, witnessed Kronsteiner’s assault on Pickens and came to Pickens’ aide. When Rodriguez did so, Kronsteiner also stabbed him. Detectives say to defend himself and Pickens, Rodriguez armed himself with a foldable pocketknife and stabbed Kronsteiner. Kronsteiner subsequently fled on foot to the Bulldog Deli.


All involved parties received medical treatment for their injuries and are expected to survive. Kronsteiner was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail after his release from a local hospital. Kronsteiner was indicted on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of Mace. 

Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Team makes Illegal Marijuana Bust- Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/26/22 10:15 AM
OSP DES- Jackson County
OSP DES- Jackson County

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section team, with assistance from several other agencies, served search warrants on two separate locations in Prospect, Jackson County: a warehouse near 1st St. and an address in the 400 block of Red Blanket Rd. 

Located at the warehouse property were one firearm and approximately 1,800 pounds of illegal, processed marijuana packaged for transport/sale on the black market.  One individual, Yasmany Mesa, age 30, was detained, identified, interviewed, and subsequently lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the charges of; 166.270 Possession of Firearm by Felon (Fel, C); 475C.337 Possession of Marijuana - Person >= 21 - Over 8 Lbs. Usable (Fel, C); 475C.345 Delivery of Marijuana - Over 8 Lbs. Usable in Public Place or Household (Fel, C); and 475C.349 Manufacture of Marijuana - Over 12 Plants. 

Located and seized at the Red Blanket address were approximately 2,360 pounds of illegal marijuana, 416 illegal marijuana plants, approximately $17,000.00 US Currency, twelve firearms, and an assortment of trailers and vehicles associated with the illegal marijuana criminal enterprise. Two individuals were detained, identified, interviewed, and later released.

All illegal marijuana seized at both locations was ultimately destroyed. 

The OSP SWR DES team was assisted by the Interagency Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (AFT) and the OSP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. 

The investigation is ongoing with no further information available for release.

Attached Media Files: OSP DES- Jackson County , OSP DES - Jackson County , OSP DES- Jackson County

Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/26/22 8:59 AM





SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.

Oregon Virtual Academy Board Members are hereby notified that a RegularSession of the Board will be held via Zoom Webinarat

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House Fire (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 09/26/22 7:41 AM
VFD 39 Ct fire
VFD 39 Ct fire

At 03:23 on 9/26/22 Vancouver Fire Responded to a report of a structure fire at 5817 NE 39 Court.  Initial arriving crews found a working house fire.  30 fire personnel responded to the scene including 6 engines, 2 ladder trucks and 2 BCs.   One civilian was transported to Emanuel Hospital by AMR with non-life threatening injuries.   Four adult occupants, 2 dogs and 3 cats were displaced from the home by the fire.    American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced occupants.  Cause of fire and damage assessment or under investigation.   

Attached Media Files: VFD 39 Ct fire

Sun. 09/25/22
Car Fire Spreads to Apartment Building, Displaces Residents (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/25/22 8:12 PM

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. today, 911 dispatchers received multiple calls in regard to a vehicle fire near an apartment building in the 11000 block of SW Allen Blvd in Beaverton.

First-arriving firefighters quickly saw that the fire had extended to a carport, two additional vehicles, as well as the side of the nearby apartment building, and a second alarm was called, bringing additional fire resources to the scene. Portland Fire & Rescue also responded to the fire.

Fortunately, with the assistance of Beaverton Police, all occupants were evacuated, and no individuals required medical treatment.

Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control and determined that four apartment units had been significantly impacted. At least nine residents are working with the Red Cross this evening for emergency housing needs.

Fire investigators are on scene, and the fire remains under investigation. Fire officials would like to remind the community that as temperatures are expected to remain in the high 80s for the next couple of days to continue practicing caution.

TVF&R approves the use of all images included with this release for the purpose of news dissemination.


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1214/157777/FdirixcakAAvuOG.jpg , 2022-09/1214/157777/FdirixcaEAAR3p3.jpg

Man Arrested For Stabbing One Person, Assaulting Another
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/22 7:51 PM

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 4:32 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the city of Cornelius were dispatched to a stabbing in the 300 block of S. Cherry Dr. Deputies were on scene and detained the suspect in less than five minutes. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit also responded to the home.

Investigators learned 40-year-old Juan Manuel Contreras of Beaverton was visiting the home and got in an argument with a woman. When someone tried to intervene, Manuel Contreras assaulted him with a beer bottle. Another person tried to help and Manuel Contreras punched that person and stabbed him in the arms and back.

Detectives arrested Manuel Contreras and booked him into jail on charges of attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing.

Attached Media Files: Media Release

Structure Fire at 63357 Deschutes Market Rd (Photo)
Bend Fire & Rescue - 09/25/22 4:00 PM
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue

At 3:08 am on Sunday, September 25, 2022, Bend Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Deschutes Market Rd.  Initial reports were of flames venting from an attached garage.  First arriving crews found a fully involved 500 square foot log garage with extension to the exterior of the residence, a two story, 2200 square foot log home constructed in 1988.  Two occupants inside the home evacuated with fire department assistance as they were not awakened by the fire.  Smoke alarms in the home did not sound as the fire was on the exterior.  The garage, which was attached to the residence by a covered breezeway, sustained a roof collapse and was a total loss.  The residence sustained minor smoke and water damage to the interior, with some charring to the exterior and minor roof involvement at the eaves on the west side of the home.  Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structures, and $75,000 to the contents.  This includes two vehicles, a 2014 Toyota Sienna and a 2013 Nissan Leaf that were destroyed, as well as several custom bicycles that were in the garage.  

Upon investigation, it was found that the fire originated in a plastic trash can inside the garage.  The homeowner had spent several hours the previous day staining his deck, and had disposed of the oil soaked rags into the trash can.  

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community that proper disposal of oily rags is key to preventing a spontaneous combustion fire.  Rags should be placed into a metal can, the can filled with water, and a tight-sealing lid placed on the can.  Contact your local disposal company for their policies regarding disposal of the can and contents. For more home fire safety information, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/year-round-safety-tips

Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue

Vehicle Stolen in Portland Burglary Captured in Hockinson
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/22 3:17 PM

At about 10:50 am, On 09/25/2022, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency dispatchers began receiving calls about a reckless driver involved in numerous hit and run accidents.  The vehicle was first reported at the intersection of NE 99th St and Highway 99.  5 reports in total were called and each one was further to the east than the previous call. Deputies began searching for the vehicle but none of the original callers had actually been a victim of hit and run.

Shortly after Deputies received information that vehicle was an “unreported stolen” vehicle meaning the owner had called in but the vehicle was not entered into law enforcement data systems.  Deputies located the vehicle after it did commit a hit and run in the Hockinson area.  Deputies observed the vehicle drive directly toward a group of people walking on NE 192nd Ave near NE Davis Rd.  Deputies prepared to use spike strips to stop the driver when she stopped the vehicle and surrendered.

Deputies were able to confirm with the Portland Police Bureau that the vehicle was stolen and it was taken in a Burglary.  (Further details of that crime will need to be released by the Portland Police).

The driver, Erika Lynn McClung, was taken into custody and lodged at the Clark County Jail on charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Driving Under the Influence.  Charges in Portland are pending.         

Neighborhood Cars Vandalized
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/22 3:05 PM

In the late night or early morning hours, several vehicles were vandalized in the area of NW Overlook Drive and NW Hazel Dell Way, in the Hazel Dell area of Clark County.  Deputies located vehicles that had BB holes shot through the the windows and several windows were completely smashed out.  Deputies are continuing to investigate and would like residents to check the home security systems for any video that may show the suspects.  Additionally, if anyone is a victim in this neighborhood, please use the Clark County Sheriff's Office On-Line report system instead of calling 3-1-1. In the report please reference case 22009020.  Victims will receive an individual case number but all cases will be linked by the case number referenced.     

Sat. 09/24/22
Oregon National Guard Helping Fight Double Creek Fire (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/24/22 6:43 PM

JOSEPH, Ore. - Oregon National Guard members are helping with the Double Creek Fire by providing staffing to road closure points around the fire's perimeter. The Double Creek Fire in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Northeast, Oregon, at at more than 157,000 acres it is considered a Megafire by the U.S. Forest Service. Currently, the Oregon Forestry Department says they have the fire 81% contained that started by a lightning strike.

The Oregon National Guard has been at the fire since September 10, and recently switched out some personnel with fresh service members to provide safety and security. The approximately 30 guard members staffing road closure points serve to protect area residents and wildland firefighters. 

Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Decker, who's volunteered since the Rum Creek Fire in Josephine County, said, "The National Guard is the last resource called in to come in and help – so we come in, we help with these TAPs (Traffic Assistance Points), where we're out there trying to keep everybody safe."

Wallowa County is a very rural area that draws many to its natural beauty and outdoor activities. 

“It’s that time of the season, and you know they want to do their hunt, and they got their tags, and they want to fill them,” said Decker. "We understand that, but it's not safe for them, and it's not safe for the fire crews either."

Oregon National Guard Maj. Joshua Reese, the officer in charge of the National Guard group, is an IT specialist that works at the Salem Hospital for his civilian job, said, "As a Citizen-Soldier, it's an honor to serve my fellow Oregonians and help keep people safe,” commenting on his fellow members supporting fire operations. "I'm really proud of our group, some of these soldiers and airmen have been on State Active Duty [orders] for over 28 days, working these closure points."

The Oregon National Guard has a history of helping fight wildland fires, like their motto, "Always Ready, Always There." The guard has several firefighting crews trained to fight fires that are ready if called on to support strained civilian firefighting crews. In addition, Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are volunteers that typically serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. The National Guard is the primary military organization that also serves the communities where they live.


B-roll link: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/858563/oregon-national-guard-helping-fight-double-creek-fire

Photo Captions

Cpt. Cody Comerford and Maj. Joshua Reese give an in-brief to fresh Double Creek Fire volunteers of the Oregon National Guard at the La Grande National Guard Armory Sept. 23, 2022. The volunteers will staff road closure points around the perimeter of the Double Creek Megafire in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest area.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

Double Creek Fire volunteers Sgt. Justin Seibel, Sgt. Kenneth Steward, and Spc. Pamela Fredrick fill out State Active Duty forms at the La Grande National Guard Armory Sept. 23, 2022. The volunteers will staff road closure points around the perimeter of the Double Creek Megafire in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest area.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Decker gives a situation brief to new Double Creek Fire volunteers at the main fire camp in Joseph, Ore., Sept. 23, 2022. The volunteers will staff road closure points around the perimeter of the Double Creek Megafire in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest area.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

Double Creek Fire volunteer Spc. Zack Baker talks with area residents at a road closure point in Imnaha, Ore., Sept. 23, 2022. Baker, along with fellow guard members, are staffing road closure points around the perimeter of the Double Creek Megafire in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest area.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

Attached Media Files: 220923-Z-ZJ128-1004 , 220923-Z-ZJ128-1003 , 220923-Z-ZJ128-1002 , 220923-Z-ZJ128-1001

Traffic collision results in motorcyclist fatality
Salem Police Department - 09/24/22 10:15 AM


DATE: September 24, 2022


Traffic collision results in motorcyclist fatality


Salem, Ore. — At 2:10 p.m. on Friday, September 23, Salem Police patrol officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a service delivery van and motorcycle at the intersection of Liberty RD and Browning AV S

The motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Browning AV approaching Liberty RD when it collided with the service delivery vehicle making a northbound turn onto Liberty. Witnesses reported the motorcyclist was accelerating into the intersection. The rider was unable to keep the vehicle upright and went down, sliding a short distance before hitting the service van driven by Patrick John O’Neill, age 56. 

The motorcyclist, Frederick Lee McKinney, age 35, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Salem Health where he later died. 

O’Neill, who remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, was not injured.

The intersection remained closed for approximately two hours as the incident was investigated, and the scene cleared. 

The Traffic Team investigation into the collision continues. At this time, no arrests have been made or citations issued.

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Major Crash Team Investigating Serious Crash In Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 09/24/22 6:40 AM
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 2:38 a.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a crash in the 3000 block of Northeast 33rd Avenue. When officers arrived they found a single vehicle has crashed into a tree. The driver was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. A passenger was also transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team is currently on scene investigating. During the investigation Northeast 33rd Avenue will be closed between Northeast Fremont Street and Northeast Stanton Street.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-257238.


Fri. 09/23/22
Two Women Arrested For Eluding Deputies in Same Vehicle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/23/22 9:06 PM
Scene photo 3
Scene photo 3

On Friday, September 23, 2022, at 6:35 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the city of Cornelius got information that a wanted person had been seen near her home and then got into the passenger seat of a car. The passenger was 26-year-old Ana Juarez Santoyo of Cornelius and she was wanted for an incident in early September when she threatened to shoot an adult and four children. Deputies later identified the driver as 24-year-old Bianca Gonzalez Vargas who also lives in Cornelius.

Deputies found the car, a dark gray 2012 Acura TSX, and stopped it in the city of Hillsboro. During that traffic stop, both Gonzalez Vargas and Juarez Santoyo refused to get out of the car. Juarez Santoyo started to scream she had a gun. Deputies used foam rounds to break out one of the vehicle windows in an attempt to see what was going on inside the car. Gonzalez Vargas then drove away and deputies pursued the car.

She drove south on Highway 219 at about 75 miles per hour. Gonzalez Vargas drove east on SW Farmington Rd. and deputies successfully used spike strips to flatten two of her tires. She drove on both rims and refused to stop.

Near SW River Rd., deputies had a second set of spike strips ready but Gonzalez Vargas stopped in the middle of the road where she got out and surrendered. While she did, Juarez Santoyo climbed into the driver’s seat and took off.

A deputy then used a patrol car to force Juarez Santoyo off the road in the 22000 block of SW Farmington Rd. She refused to surrender and deputies again used foam rounds to break a car window. Juarez Santoyo still would not comply and partially opened the driver’s door. A police K9 was used and bit her, but she closed the door and retreated back into the car. Deputies then deployed pepper spray into the car and Juarez Santoyo finally got out and surrendered. She was taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries from the K9 bites.

Deputies arrested Juarez Santoyo for felony attempt to elude, menacing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal mischief in the first degree, as well as five counts of menacing for the prior incident. She will be lodged into jail when she is released from the hospital. Deputies arrested Gonzalez Vargas for felony attempt to elude and booked her into jail.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene photo 3 , Scene photo 2 , Scene photo 1

Firefighters Contain Fire to Vacant Residence in West Linn (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/23/22 8:55 PM

At 4:46 p.m. today, callers reported heavy black smoke coming from a two-story home in the 2000 block of 13th Street in West Linn. 

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters arrived within minutes and began aggressive fire attack measures. Crews searched the interior and found the structure filled with smoke. The fire had breached the roof, causing it to sag. Additionally, the deck and stairs proved unstable, leading firefighters to move into a defensive fire attack position from outside. All crew members were able to safely evacuate the home.

Fortunately, a completed search found no individuals inside the residence. Firefighters extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to nearby trees.

West Linn Police assisted with traffic control as well as the initial establishment of a water supply. An off-duty TVF&R lieutenant also assisted initial crews with fire attack operations.

A fire investigator is on scene, and the investigation is ongoing. Thank you to our partners at Clackamas Fire District 1, West Linn Police, and American Medical Response for assistance at the scene.

TVF&R approves the use of all images included with this release for the purpose of news dissemination.



Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1214/157761/13th_Street_Fire_3.jpeg , 2022-09/1214/157761/13th_Street_Fire_2.jpeg , 2022-09/1214/157761/13th_Street_Fire.jpeg

Monday, September 26, 2022 Board Business Meeting Agenda (Photo)
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/23/22 5:44 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Board Business Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2022 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. 

Guests and members of the public may participate in-person or virtually

Virtual Link - Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/94961285856 or join by phone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 949-6128-5856

We encourage and welcome all members of our community to engage with our board. Please email questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or call 503.408.2100 to arrange for translation services at least 72 hours before the meeting. Closed captioning provided on zoom. Other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request and appropriate advance notice.

The agenda is posted on our website at: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/1541. Agenda items include, but are not limited to: October Recognitions, English Language Learners Annual report 20-21, HS Athletics update, Board reports, Goals work, Holiday discussion continued, new school year enrollment numbers and IDT’s, Levy and back-to-school night update, secondary ELA adoption presentation, budget committee vacancies and calendar, Health and Safe Schools Plan, Menstrual supplies follow-up, finalize board agreements, review site councils, review student/parent and staff handbooks.  

Electronic/Virtual Public Comment Protocol - If you wish to submit a public comment before, or during this Board Meeting please fill out this electronic public comment form before "Public Comments" on the agenda:https://forms.gle/5sUjRZjxJikqmqVg9. If you don’t submit your comment in time we will read it at the next board meeting.

In-Person Public Comment Protocol - Please fill out an Intent-to-Speak card and hand it to the Board Secretary prior to "Public Comments" on the agenda.

Board Meeting Video Recordings - For those of you who cannot participate virtually we will post a recording of the meeting on our website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXajhxrPxMclOQ6J00JUszQ.

Questions welcomed, please email: questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or leave a voice message at 503-408-2114.

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/68/157760/translation_services.png

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice, Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 09/23/22 5:30 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will hold a work session on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. 

The Board and key staff will attend in-person at CSD's District Office - 18135 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, OR 97236. The public and guests will join virtually via the Zoom app.

Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83390570673?pwd=UjduV0lhL05lNC9uQ3JrcTNmTUhJZz09

Passcode: 394247 

To join by phone, dial:  
1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799  
Webinar ID: 833 9057 0673  
Passcode: 394247 

New Salem Permitting Software Will Smooth Process
City of Salem - 09/23/22 4:00 PM

Salem, Ore. – New permitting software go live soon at the City of Salem and will result in more improvements to the permitting process. 

ProjectDox ePlan software will launch October 10. Applications submitted after October 7 will be processed using this software. Based on feedback from customers, the change was specifically designed for electronic review of building permits. 

Changes to the process are outlined as part of the Submit Electronic Plans page and include:

  • Drawing files must be submitted using one PDF file for each page.
  • Drawing file names must start with a three-digit number that sorts the pages into the correct order.
  • Drawing files must be in landscape orientation.
  • Comments from all department reviews will be sent to the applicant together.
  • Comments for each review cycle will show the original comment, the applicant response and the status of the comment.

EPlan is already in use in Hillsboro and Portland. When Salem implements the system, the City will use the same naming conventions as Hillsboro to help standardize the application process between cities. 

The update is part of a more than year-long process of permitting improvements. Goals of improving the overall process are to:

  • Provide accurate and consistent plan review,
  • Standardize the process, and
  • Improve timing and accountability.

Improvements over the course of the past year have included replacing fillable PDFs with online application forms for the following permits:


Fire System



Reserve Liberty Parkade Banner or Liberty Pole Banner Space


Tent of Canopy Permit

In August, a Copy Permit function was also added to simplify the permitting process for people who submit multiple similar applications.

More changes on the way

More changes will follow through the rest of this year and into 2023. Additional online applications will include:

  • Land use
  • Structural
  • Land closure applications
  • Early next year, work will begin on Public Works processes.


View press release in other languages.

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OAHHS Statement On Oregon Legislative Emergency Board Funding To Help Relieve Hospital Capacity Crisis
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 09/23/22 3:17 PM

Lake Oswego, Ore. – September 23, 2022 – Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, released the following statement on the emergency board decision to pass funding requests from OHA and DHS to help with the capacity crisis in our community hospitals:   

“On behalf of Oregon’s community hospitals, I want to express gratitude to the Legislature’s Emergency Board, which approved the OHA and DHS requests for emergency funds. This funding will help relieve the capacity crisis in our hospitals, preserving access to lifesaving care. 

We still have much work to do, but this is a great start. Thank you to Senator Peter Courtney, Representative Dan Rayfield, and the rest of the emergency board for approving these much-needed funds.” 


About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1635/157759/E_board_funding_statement_09_23_2022.pdf

Hockinson school district board of directors regular meeting notice
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 09/23/22 2:29 PM

DATE: Monday, September 26, 2022

TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Hockinson School District Community Center & Zoom

Milo McIver State Park reopens to camping and Riverside day use after recent fire (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/23/22 2:23 PM
Trail at Milo McIver State Park
Trail at Milo McIver State Park

ESTACADA, Ore— Milo McIver State Park reopened its campground today for the first time after a fire burned 15 acres near the park entrance two weeks ago. 

The Riverside day use area opened earlier this week, including the viewpoint, dog park, equestrian area, Estacada Lake and upper boat launch. 

A few areas remained closed:

  • The Riverbend day use area including trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, disc golf course and primitive boat launch, is closed to allow crews to identify and work several hot spots in the burned area. There is also no power or water due to a power outage.
  • Kingfisher group camp and picnic shelter is closed due to a power outage.
  • The Viewpoint Trail is closed due to fire-related damage.

The Riverbend day use area will reopen once fire crews are finished and either power is restored or the park has installed portable toilets. The Kingfisher group camp and five picnic shelters will not be available for reservations until the power is restored.

The cause of the fire at Milo McIver State Park is still under investigation. It started about 9 p.m. on Sept. 9. Once detected by park staff, rangers immediately began evacuating the Kingfisher group camp, which was closest to the blaze, and then evacuated all 53 individual campsites in the main campground. 

“If they had not been there to help people get out as safely as they did, we could have lost lives,” said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director. 

Park Manager Sam Gibson, Park Ranger Assistant Ahliae Toulouse, Park Ranger Brandon Whiteman, Park Ranger Assistant Jan Kahn, and Morgan Watson with Executive Security were recognized by Director Sumption for their quick actions during the fire. 

OPRD Columbia District Manager Clay Courtright also expressed gratitude for the local citizens, Estacada Rural Fire District, Clackamas County Fire District and all the local fire departments that were instrumental with early control of the fire. Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office were also a huge help in assisting park staff with evacuations and securing the area, he said.

Up to date information on park services is available online at https://stateparks.oregon.gov/

Attached Media Files: Trail at Milo McIver State Park , Fire crews working to removed fallen trees , Fire damage from the fire Sept. 9, 2022 at Milo McIver State Park , Trees burned near the entrance of Milo McIver State Park , Viewpoint at Milo McIver State Park

Oregon Adopts Nation's Strongest Standards for Clean Fuels
Oregon Environmental Council - 09/23/22 12:57 PM


September 23, 2022


Joel Schoening, joels@oeconline.org

(503) 349-3254

Breathe Easier: Cleaner Fuels and Cleaner Air for Oregonians 

State Adopts Nation’s Strongest Standards for Clean Fuels

Salem, OR - Today, Oregon set a new nation-leading standard that will protect our air from fossil fuel tailpipe pollution and accelerate the transition to cleaner fuel options, like electricity and renewable biofuels. Extending and strengthening the State’s Clean Fuels Standard will improve public health, guard Oreognians against future oil price spikes, and multiply the opportunities for job creation and economic growth of the already successful standard.

This morning the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted new rules, effective immediately, expanding the existing Clean Fuels Program (CFP) which is one of Oregon’s most successful policies for reducing climate pollution from the transportation sector. Previously, the program’s target was a 10% reduction in carbon intensity for fuels by 2025. The new rules for Oregon expand the existing standards and reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 20% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 37% below 2015 levels by 2035.

Since the CFP went into effect in 2016, the program has eliminated nearly 6 million tons of climate pollution and funneled roughly $100 million annually into the expansion of the clean fuels market, creating jobs in the clean fuels economy, and increasing production of lower-cost, low-carbon fuels and electric vehicle infrastructure.

“The Clean Fuels Program is a proven example of how the transition off of harmful fossil fuels can create jobs and support vibrant local economies in Oregon. The program has far and away achieved expectations in its first six years and all signs point to continued success. We’re thrilled that the EQC has taken this step, and we look forward to working to maximize benefits under the program, such as affordable and accessible access to public charging stations for electric vehicles, especially for BIPOC and rural communities,” said Nora Apter, Climate Program Director for the Oregon Environmental Council.

Investments driven by the Clean Fuels Program have benefited communities large and small all around Oregon. Electric school buses are rolling into cities across the state–from Beaverton to Bend, Sherwood to Salem–thanks to CFP. Nonprofits like Meals on Wheels, the Native American Family and Youth Center, and Oregon Food Bank have saved on fuel costs thanks to new electric vehicles supported by the program. Charging stations for electric cars and trucks are sprouting up from Pendlton to Klamath Falls to Forest Grove. Income-qualifying people in Corvallis received rebates on electric bikes, which can entirely replace many trips in a car. TriMet, Oregon’s largest diesel user, and companies like Titan Freight are saving money by running entirely on renewable diesel, made more available and affordable by the Clean Fuels Program.  

Victoria Paykar, Oregon Transportation Policy Manager for Climate Solutions, noted, “This summer’s record-hot temperatures, heat waves, and soaring gas prices reminded us to keep pushing on climate action and accelerating towards local cleaner fuels to power how we get around in our communities. With the transportation sector making up Oregon’s largest share of carbon pollution, it’s been encouraging to see government agencies step up to propose climate-smart rules for our state and our lungs.”

Oregon is part of a larger “clean fuels coast”; California, Washington and British Columbia have existing clean fuel standards, while other states in the Midwest and on the East Coast are considering similar rules. Today’s action makes Oregon’s clean fuels program the strongest in the country and demonstrates continued leadership.

"Everyone in Oregon pays for the damage caused by burning fossil fuels with their health and their pocketbook. People living on low incomes and communities of color pay the most because they tend to have more exposure and fewer resources to address the subsequent healthcare challenges. The beauty of the Clean Fuels Program is that it not only reduces the pollution that causes climate change, but it also reduces exposure to things like diesel engine exhaust and invests in healthier solutions,” said Jessica Nischik-Long, Executive Director of the Oregon Public Health Association. 

The new standards are essential for ensuring Oregon achieves the state’s goals for combating climate change. Key to the program’s success is its holistic, “well-to-wheels” approach to measuring emissions from vehicle pollution. The program looks at the climate impact from how a fuel was extracted, processed, and transported, to its final use. It then assigns a “carbon intensity” score for each type of fuel, and requires a reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels over time.  

Though industry opponents have claimed that the program would cause steep increases in gas prices, those spikes have not materialized according to recent studies, and many others in the business community support the program. 

Tim Miller, Director of Oregon Business for Climate, said, “The recent price shock, driven by the war in Ukraine, is a wake-up call on Oregon's vulnerability to global fossil fuel markets. The beauty of the Clean Fuels Program is that it transitions us away from fuels produced elsewhere, and promotes a market for clean energy jobs here in Oregon.  That means electrical workers installing EV infrastructure and new clean energy, jobs at renewable fuels producers from Salem to Boardman to Clatskanie, and agriculture and forestry work growing renewable fuel feedstocks.

Within the state program, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others that create or use fuels that are cleaner than the annual limit generate credits, while higher carbon intensity fuels create deficits. Businesses that sell high carbon fuels have to balance out the number of deficits they hold by purchasing credits, which in turn produces revenue to pay for projects that lower climate pollution, such as installing electric charging stations or purchasing an electric school bus. The Clean Fuels Program then encourages further reductions in carbon intensity by allowing a fuel provider to sell credits they have earned by going beyond the reduction goals for that year. 

The expansion of the CFP is welcomed by a broad range of businesses, scientists and health and energy policy professionals.

“With this action, Oregon is strengthening an important science-based policy and demonstrating its leadership on fighting climate change and pollution. The new targets will drive down emissions, cut oil use, and help Oregon build the clean, safe transportation system it needs for the future.”  Jeremy I. Martin, Ph.D., Director of Fuels Policy, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

"The Clean Fuels Program has been key to​ reducing emissions and increasing access to electricity as a transportation fuel. Today the EQC ensures the program can play an even bigger and more effective role. We applaud their action."  Lauren McCloy, Policy Director, NW Energy Coalition

 “Since these cleaner burning, low emission renewable fuels can be made from locally-sourced used cooking oil and food waste materials, Oregon is positioned as a leader in the sustainable economy. An expanded Clean Fuels Program will help us scale these technologies and create jobs families across Oregon.”  Sequential Biofuels

“Burgerville is proud to be part of a growing network of restaurants around the region that sends used cooking oil to local biofuels companies where it is refined into sustainable, cleaner-burning transportation biodiesel blends for a wide range of vehicles. We’re excited to have more of our fries fuel diesel engines.” Burgerville 






Attached Media Files: 2022-09/6139/157748/Clean_Fuels_Expansion_Joint_Release_02232022.pdf , 2022-09/6139/157748/Clean_Fuels_Expansion_Joint_Release_02232022_52.pdf

Financial assistance programs help Clark County residents in need of onsite sewage system maintenance and repairs
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/23/22 12:27 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – This Septic Smart Week, Clark County Public Health is reminding homeowners of the importance of keeping onsite septic systems up to date on inspections and maintenance. 

By ensuring systems are in good condition, owners can protect their property’s value and avoid needing costly emergency system replacements. Public Health recommends homeowners work with county-certified professionals to complete system inspections and get advice about maintenance, repairs, or onsite septic system replacement. 

“Addressing small problems and taking corrective actions will avoid bigger problems down the road,” said Chuck Harman, Environmental Public Health program manager. “By doing so, onsite septic owners protect their investment, maintain a sustainable wastewater treatment method, and protect groundwaters that serve as Clark County’s primary drinking water source.”

Several financial assistance programs are available to help Clark County residents cover the costs of onsite sewage system maintenance, repairs, and replacement. 

Clark County Community Services’ Housing Preservation Program assists with deferred, low-interest, flexible loans for onsite sewage system repair and maintenance. Over the past 15 years, the program has funded 48 septic repair or replacement projects totaling nearly $640,000, with an average loan amount of about $13,000. 

Here are some Clark County projects funded through the Housing Preservation Program:

  • In August 2019, the program provided financial assistance for a homeowner in the Washougal River Watershed to install a 1,000-gallon septic tank. The two-bedroom home utilized a well and needed to decommission the old septic tank. The total project cost was nearly $11,000.
  • In October 2017, the program provided more than $19,000 to replace a simple gravity system and 1,000-gallon tank. The two-bedroom home is in the Gibbons Creek area of Washougal, and the property presented challenges due to the slope of the land where the drainfield was located. 
  • In January 2019, the program helped a property owner in the Salmon Creek Watershed to replace a failing simple gravity system and 1,000-gallon tank. The three-bedroom home is located on a ¼-acre lot with multiple trees and roots. The contractor was able to save all the trees, including a large old maple tree, and complete the project. 

Visit the Community Services website for more information about the Housing Preservation Program or contact Dawn Lee at 564.397.7811 or dawn.lee@clark.wa.gov

A new local program, Poop Smart Clark, now has funding available for septic system repairs in select areas of Clark County. The grant-funded program is administered by Clark Conservation District and provides financial assistance to people with septic systems in areas near polluted streams.

Poop Smart Clark reimburses up to $130 for inspection costs and $500 for pumping and repairs, and now up to $20,000 for a limited number of full septic system replacements or major repairs. Assistance is available for property owners in specific watersheds of the East Fork Lewis River. 

The program runs through fall 2024. Visit the Poop Smart Clark website for more information. 

To learn more about these financial assistance programs and others, and for a list of certified professionals, visit the Public Health website

2 Vehicle Fatality crash
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/23/22 11:41 AM

Update on Fatal Crash-Original release below

The deceased in the crash are identified as 19yo Adriana Shelton from Sheridan, OR and 20yo Aaliyah Shelton from Beaverton, OR. The young women were cousins.

No additional information will be released and the investigation by the Washington County Crash and Reconstruction Team is ongoing. 


Original release

On 9-22-2022 at approximately 7:40PM a two-vehicle crash occurred on NW 185th Ave. just south of NE Eider Ct. at the entrance to the Sunset SQ shopping center. 

A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, south bound on NW 185th Ave. (vehicle #1), impacted a vehicle turning from the shopping Center, (vehicle #2). Vehicle #2 was occupied by two adult persons who were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

Vehicle #2 was severed, and part of Vehicle #2 continued southbound and burst into flames. Vehicle #1 continued south bound for approximately 100yards from the point of the initial impact. Vehicle #1 was occupied by two persons one of which was transported from the scene to a local trauma center for injuries sustained in the crash.

Witnesses told Officers at the scene a 2nd person associated with vehicle #1 ran from the scene. A K9 was called to the scene and a K9 track did not locate the person who left the crash scene. No danger to the public exists. 

The Washington County Crash and Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate the crash. 

The names of the deceased and involved are not being released pending notification to the family. This is an active and developing investigation and there are no additional details released at this time.

The Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) is a multi-agency team of specially trained law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office, local police departments, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The team investigates and reconstructs traffic crashes that may result in the prosecution of felony assault or manslaughter charges. The team can also assist with diagramming crime scenes.




Three Oregon Credit Unions Win CUNA Excellence in Technology Award for Digital Identity Authentication Implementation (Photo)
Unitus Community Credit Union - 09/23/22 10:55 AM
Strimling, Sears, and White
Strimling, Sears, and White

The three credit unions have been recognized for their co-creation of an intuitive, secure identity verification solution for members across multiple channels.  

Portland, Ore., September 23, 2022 – Advantis Credit Union, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and Unitus Community Credit Union have been recognized as winners of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council’s Excellence in Technology Award, Best of Show, for their implementation of Cozera’s id-go biometric identity verification solution. 

The Excellence in Technology award from CUNA identifies, recognizes, and honors credit unions that exemplify excellence in information technology.  

Advantis, Rivermark, and Unitus have showcased id-go as an innovative approach to serving members with simple, secure digital identity. The award from CUNA acknowledges id-go's universal application to credit unions nationwide and aims to share the solution with peers.

Collaboration between id-go's creators, Cozera, and the three credit unions served to provide a seamless implementation of the technology across all current branch locations and call centers, with plans for future expansion to more channels, such as online and ITMs. 

“Through collaboration with our partners at Rivermark and Advantis, we were able to implement a member-centered solution to quickly identify them and protect them from fraud,” explained Steven Stapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unitus Community Credit Union. “Learning and innovating together are just a couple of the ways we collaborate to improve the member experience and share our knowledge to the benefit of all in our community.” 

The implementation of id-go's biometric authentication technology can be no-code or low-code for financial institutions, allowing for minimal effort from IT during set-up. The solution does not require the end user to create an account, remember a password, or download an app.  

Rather, the user receives a text message prompting them to verify their identity through biometric feature(s) on their mobile phones, such as face ID or fingerprint, allowing for smooth contact with credit union representatives.  

"The authentication process begins before a Contact Center representative answers the call; eliminating the clunky and manual identification process,” said Seth Schaefer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rivermark Community Credit Union. “This allows our representatives to start each call with - ‘Hello member name, how can I help you?’" 

The adoption of id-go has improved member experience for all three credit unions, providing a secure, fast way to verify member identity without the need for out-of-wallet-type questions.  

“Delivering value through products that provide access and convenience is an important part of the commitment Advantis makes to our members,” said Jason Werts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advantis Credit Union. “By implementing id-go, we are utilizing technology to enhance the member experience while also providing additional security. Id-go allows us to save time by removing barriers and streamlining the verification process, which then lets us get right to the needs of our members.” 

FTSI, a leading partner with the three credit unions and Cozera, has worked to bring id-go to market through education, webinars, marketing, and solution integration. 

“We are thrilled to see this award presented to these three outstanding Oregon Credit Unions,” said Susan Napier, FTSI’s Chief Executive Officer. “Partnering with innovative leaders to bring new and compelling solutions to market is something we are honored to be a part of.” 

Id-go's innovative solution to identification verification is designed to accommodate any channel; in-branch, call center, and in person. Member identity can be securely verified through their own mobile device’s biometric features in seconds, leaving more time for meaningful interactions and less time asking identity questions.  

“This award is a wonderful validation of the work done by the Cozera technical team and our credit union partners,” said Mike Berrett, Chief Executive Officer at Cozera. “After over three years of co-development and a recent shift to low code/no code, we finally have a solution that credit unions love and members appreciate.” 

Award winners were recognized at the CUNA Technology Council’s 24th annual conference, held September 21-24, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

About Unitus Community Credit Union  

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. As a member-owned local credit union, we invest in people by doing the right thing. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, we provide support for community groups through volunteerism and financial donations. Our 107,000 members count on us to serve them and their communities; our 300+ employees share that passion for service. Learn about the local impact Unitus makes by visiting unitusccu.com

About Rivermark Community Credit Union 

Rivermark Community Credit Union serves nearly 90,000 members online and at its nine branch locations in Oregon and SW Washington. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Rivermark has been offering superior financial services with a member focus since 1951. For more information about Rivermark visit their website at www.rivermarkcu.org 

About Advantis Credit Union  
With $1.9 billion in assets, Advantis Credit Union is Oregon’s sixth-largest not-for-profit financial cooperative. The credit union returns earnings to members in the form of better rates, low fees, and more free services. Advantis is locally owned by over 89,000 members and has nine branches in the Portland metro area. For more information, visit www.advantiscu.org

About FTSI  

FTSI is a minority-owned company and the largest independent provider of custom digital and branch solutions for financial institutions. FTSI offers a full suite of solutions including digital, app development, hardware, software, electronic security, software professional services, project management, service maintenance, cash services, and a range of consultative services. Visit www.ftsius.com to learn more.  

About Cozera 
Cozera, http://www.cozera.io, delivers an identity authentication platform as a service. The flagship product is called “id-go” which provides a simple to deploy no-code/low-code solution utilizing the FIDO (fast identity online) authentication protocols without the need for passwords or secrets. Business clients can deploy id-go within 45 minutes without using extensive IT resources or integration programming. Consumers can use id-go to help protect their accounts from fraud without downloading an application or using a password or private information that can be stolen or hacked. 

Attached Media Files: Strimling, Sears, and White , 2022-09/6960/157746/Advantis_Rivermark_Unitus_Cozera_FTSI_Logos.png

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 30
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/22 10:22 AM

September 23, 2022

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 30

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee (RAC).

Agenda: TBD for Licensing, Facilities, and Operations RAC (Session 3).

When: Friday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 160 144 3759

Passcode: 172831

Call-in 669 254 5252 (US)

Background: Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) are an important process that allow members of the public an opportunity to provide input on proposed administrative rules before they become effective. RACs are comprised of individuals who have subject matter expertise and members of the public who are likely to be affected by the proposed rules. The RAC process is designed to include a diversity of opinions and viewpoints. Although RACs evaluate fiscal and racial impact of the proposed rules and make recommendations, Oregon Health Authority retains decision making authority.

All community members will be invited to provide comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period scheduled from November 1 to November 21, 2022. Information about the public comment period will be sent out to the OPS mailing list later this year.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact the Oregon Psilocybin Services team at 971-341-1713, 711 TTY, or in@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Psilocybin@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Update #1-Officer involved shooting investigation-Grants Pass Police Department-Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/23/22 10:00 AM

UPDATE-Name and additional details released

On Monday September 19, 2022 at 7:55 PM, officers from the Grants Pass Police Department responded to a call reporting suspicious activity in progress at a city park. Upon police contact, a male suspect fled the scene on foot and officers canvassed the neighborhood in an attempt to locate him. During the search, one of the officers encountered an armed male resident in the area. During the encounter, the resident was shot by the officer. The resident is identified as Mark Barrett Caldwell (46) of Grants Pass.

Immediate first aid was given to Caldwell and he was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. On September 22, 2022, Caldwell was pronounced deceased at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

Police are still searching for the initial male suspect who fled and are seeking assistance from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or OSP (677) from your mobile phone. 

This continues to be an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time.



On Monday, September 19, 2022 at 7:55 PM, officers from the Grants Pass Police Department responded to a call reporting suspicious activity in progress at a city park. 

In response to the call, an officer involved shooting occurred on SW Westholm Avenue in Grants Pass. An adult male was shot by an officer during the incident. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave per Senate Bill 111 protocols. 

The incident is being investigated by the Oregon State Police assisted by the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory. The investigation will be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office for review upon completion.

This is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time. 

School bus driver arrested for driving under the influence - Name spelling correction
Salem Police Department - 09/23/22 9:55 AM


DATE: September 23, 2022


School bus driver arrested for driving under the influence


Update 09/23/2022 | 9:55 a.m.

Please note, Fowler's first name is Katy. Fowler's first name was misspelled in the original release. 

Sincerest apologies for the error.

# # #


Originally published 09/23/2022 | 9:00 a.m.

Salem, Ore. — Yesterday, September 22, Salem Police officers arrested 42-year-old Kathy Anne Fowler on charges related to driving under the influence.

The investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team was initiated after the report of Fowler, a bus driver for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, being under the influence of alcohol while transporting students on August 9, 2022. 

The incident involved Fowler driving 15 students on two separate bus routes between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. that Tuesday morning in August. Between the two transports, Fowler was also involved in a collision in which the bus she was driving struck a guard rail.

Fowler is charged with the following:

  • Reckless endangering, 15 counts
  • Driving under the influence of an intoxicant
  • Reckless driving
  • Criminal mischief

Any parents, students, or community members who may have witnessed the bus in operation by Fowler are asked to call the Traffic Team at 503-588-6171.

Please direct further inquiries about this investigation to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

# # #

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 29
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/22 9:51 AM

September 23, 2022

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 29

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee (RAC).

Agenda: TBD for Packaging, Labeling, and Product Transportation RAC (Session 3).

When: Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 160 415 5121

Passcode: 111516

Call-in 669 254 5252 (US)

Background: Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) are an important process that allow members of the public an opportunity to provide input on proposed administrative rules before they become effective. RACs are comprised of individuals who have subject matter expertise and members of the public who are likely to be affected by the proposed rules. The RAC process is designed to include a diversity of opinions and viewpoints. Although RACs evaluate fiscal and racial impact of the proposed rules and make recommendations, Oregon Health Authority retains decision making authority.

All community members will be invited to provide comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period scheduled from November 1 to November 21, 2022. Information about the public comment period will be sent out to the OPS mailing list later this year.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact the Oregon Psilocybin Services team at 971-341-1713, 711 TTY, or in@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Psilocybin@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 28
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/22 9:50 AM

September 23, 2022

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 28

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Services Rules Advisory Committee (RAC).

Agenda: TBD for Facilitator Conduct, Preparation, Administration, and Integration Sessions RAC (Session 3).

When: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 160 537 0281

Passcode: 619313

Call-in 669 254 5252 (US)

Background: Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) are an important process that allow members of the public an opportunity to provide input on proposed administrative rules before they become effective. RACs are comprised of individuals who have subject matter expertise and members of the public who are likely to be affected by the proposed rules. The RAC process is designed to include a diversity of opinions and viewpoints. Although RACs evaluate fiscal and racial impact of the proposed rules and make recommendations, Oregon Health Authority retains decision making authority.

All community members will be invited to provide comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period scheduled from November 1 to November 21, 2022. Information about the public comment period will be sent out to the OPS mailing list later this year.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact the Oregon Psilocybin Services team at 971-341-1713, 711 TTY, or in@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Psilocybin@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup to meet September 30
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/22 9:26 AM

September 23, 2022

Contact: Liz Gharst, 971.666.2476, eth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Kiari Chao, 503.931.3053, i.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us">kiari.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup to meet September 30

What: The regular public meeting of the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup

When: September 30, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome (9:00-9:10); Legislative Recommendations Next Steps (9:10-9:30); State HIE Infrastructure: HIT Commons (9:30-10:20); BREAK (10:20-10:30); State HIE Infrastructure: Reliance eHealth Collaborative (10:30-11:50); Public Comment (11:50-11:55); Next Steps and Adjourn (11:55-12:00)

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/OHIT-HITOC/Pages/HIEworkgroup.aspx.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • CART (live captions)
  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact OHIT.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us or call 503-373-7859 at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA will make every effort to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting.

New Northwest Digital Heritage Portal Eases Access to Half a Million Historic Records
State Library of Oregon - 09/23/22 9:08 AM

Contact:   Wendy Cornelisen

State Librarian



September 23, 2022



Salem, Ore - Northwest Digital Heritage, a collaboration between the State Library of Oregon, Oregon Heritage Commission, and Washington State Library, is proud to announce its latest update: a DPLA Local web portal. The portal provides easy access to over half a million records from over 150 institutions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Anyone can browse the site for historic documents, photos, maps, oral histories, and more, and can narrow their search results across a variety of categories. The site also features highlights on specific topics in Northwest history and culture, from tribal fishing rights to the Mount St. Helens eruption to the Vanport Flood. 

“DPLA Local is a platform representing a unique, regional slice of the nationwide Digital Public Library of America portal,” says Evan Robb, project co-coordinator at the Washington State Library. “Researchers can discover online historical materials and government documents from a variety of sources, some of which don’t rank prominently, or display at all, in search engine results.”

The DPLA Local platform was designed and developed by the Digital Public Library of America. Content for the portal is provided by the Northwest Digital Heritage hub in partnership with the Orbis Cascade Alliance service hub, University of Washington, and Oregon Digital. Northwest institutions interested in participating in the DPLA should visit: www.northwestdigitalheritage.org

“We look forward to this new interface helping to make Oregon and Washington’s unique cultural heritage collections accessible to researchers, the public, and other organizations,” says Katie Henry from the Oregon Heritage Commission. 

For questions or more information, contact Ross Fuqua at oss.fuqua@slo.oregon.gov">ross.fuqua@slo.oregon.gov

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1069/157740/Press_Release_NWDH_DPLA_Local_Site.pdf

Trees, apples and cider! Vancouver celebrates the Old Apple Tree on Saturday, Oct. 1 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 09/23/22 8:00 AM
Old Apple Tree Festival
Old Apple Tree Festival

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver’s popular Old Apple Tree Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 1, at Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way. Strongly rooted in our community, the legendary Old Apple Tree makes its comeback. Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and is considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite the tree trunk failing in June 2020, a new tree from the original root system has grown to take its place.

The festival will take place between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Old Apple Tree Park, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge in the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The family-friendly, free event offers live music, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, hands-on arts and crafts, and apples and food for purchase.

Urban Abundance, a nonprofit organization in Clark County, will host a free apple pressing station. Community members are encouraged to bring clean apples and containers to participate. Apple harvesting at the Historic Orchard will be coordinated by Urban Abundance; these apples can be pressed at the event or will be donated to the Clark County Food Bank. Volunteers are needed at the event to assist with cider pressing, outreach and apple orchard harvesting. Visit www.urbanabundance.org for volunteer opportunities.

Local musical groups The Juleps, Ottomatics and Bobbie, Joe, and the New Guy will be providing live music throughout the day. The City’s Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree during the festival.

The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry, a division of the City’s Public Works department; Bartlett Tree Care; Urban Abundance; and the National Park Service.

For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s urban trees canopy, please call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.


Attached Media Files: Old Apple Tree Festival

Thu. 09/22/22
ScareGrounds PDX Returns to Oaks Park (Photo)
Oaks Park Association - 09/22/22 7:30 PM

Portland's most horrifying haunt experience returns to Oaks Park this Halloween season! 

Are you brave enough for Oaks Park after dark?  The twisted minds at ScareGrounds PDX present 3 bone-chilling haunted attractions at Portland's historic place for family fun!  Experience The Silver Scream, Grimthorne Manor, and The Complex haunted houses, plus doge monsters on the midway as you enjoy the spine-tingling thrills and chills of Oaks Park’s rides, mini golf, games, and roller skating! Visit scaregroundspdx.com for haunt descriptions, event policies, and more.

Dates and Times: Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays September 30 through October 30, plus Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, and Monday, October 31.  Rides open at 6 PM and haunted houses open at 7 PM. Visit scaregroundspdx.com for closing times.

Tickets: Haunted house ticket prices range from $18 to $33 depending on the date/time.  Ticket quantities are limited and pre-purchasing tickets online is strongly encouraged; visit scaregroundspdx.com to get tickets.  Add a Ride Bracelet to your haunted house admission ticket when you buy online and save $5!

Ending our season with a bang!  We are excited to continue our new tradition of saying thank you to our community with a free fireworks celebration as we close out our 2022 season on October 31! Join us at 7 PM on Halloween night for the free fireworks display along our riverfront.

Website: Visit scaregroundspdx.com for more info!

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/6810/157736/2021-scaregrounds-promo-02.jpg

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets Oct. 4 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/22 5:06 PM

September 22, 2022

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

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets Oct. 4 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Approve August meeting minutes; discuss public health indicators for communicable disease control and environmental health.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9-11 a.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 160 841 5649; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1608415649?pwd=NUZQNloxYjVyR2VlVml0RHArdnBGUT09.

Background: 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. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for the board's consideration.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766, a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us


Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Healthy Homes Task Force meets Oct. 13 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/22 5:05 PM

September 22, 2022

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

Healthy Homes Task Force meets Oct. 13 via Zoom

What: The Healthy Homes Task Force is holding its third (of about eight) meetings.

Agenda: Welcome, agenda, introductions; task force actions; identifying barriers; initial results from Healthy Homes Landscape Survey; public comment period; closing.

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m. Public comments will be collected during a 10-minute public comment period at the end of the meeting.

Where: Zoom, https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1607162369?pwd=VTUzZzVUUWcvejJiZGpDUk1vWnRqQT09

Meeting ID: 160 716 2369

Passcode: 414009

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Background: The Healthy Homes Grant Program was established by House Bill 2842 of the 2021 Oregon Legislative session. The legislation dedicated funding for home repair, lead or mold abatement, structural or safety improvements, and electrical upgrades that support energy efficiency for low income and environmental justice communities. This legislation also established a Healthy Homes Task Force to help shape the development of the Healthy Homes Grant Program.


Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jordana Leeb at 971-393-8487, 711 TTY, or dana.a.leeb@state.or.us">jordana.a.leeb@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Milwaukie Avenue traffic slowdowns in September and October due to work on Sellwood Water System (Photo)
Portland Water Bureau - 09/22/22 5:00 PM

PORTLAND, OR --- Portland Water Bureau contractors are temporarily closing single lanes of traffic on weekdays for up to a month on SE Tacoma Street and SE Milwaukie Avenue in SE Portland starting September 23, 2022. All roads will be open during the Portland Marathon, October 2, 2022.

  • SE Tacoma is a primary route for drivers traveling though the Sellwood neighborhood to access McLoughlin Blvd./Oregon 99E and the Sellwood Bridge. Drivers hoping to access the west side may consider using the Ross Island Bridge as an alternate route to and from McLoughlin/99E.
  • SE Milwaukie is a primary route for drivers traveling north and south through the Sellwood neighborhood. Drivers should consider using SE 17th Avenue or SE McLoughlin/99E as an alternate route. 

The lane closures will allow crews to replace aging water mains (pipes), improving water quality and reliability in Sellwood. Impacts to sidewalks, bicycle routes and vehicle routes will change during the various phases of work on this project. Travelers should stay alert and follow instructions from signs and flaggers.

Southeast Tacoma traffic impacts

  • Southeast Tacoma Street at Southeast 19th Avenue: Traffic will be limited to one lane. Some parking will be temporarily removed to make room for construction.
  • Southeast 19th Avenue between Southeast Tenino and Southeast Spokane: Traffic will be detoured one block east or west at Southeast Tenino and Southeast Spokane Streets.
  • Sidewalk access: Sidewalks on Southeast 19th Avenue will remain open. People traveling along Southeast Tacoma Street will be detoured to the opposite side of the intersection from where construction is taking place at Southeast 19th Avenue. 
  • Bicycle access: This work will impact bicycle travel on the Southeast 19th Avenue Greenway. In some cases, people cycling on SE 19th Avenue will be detoured one block east or west. Other times, cyclists will be diverted onto the sidewalk. Traffic message boards and signs will direct people to the safest route.
  • TriMet: No bus stops will be impacted, but travelers should plan for delays. 

Southeast Milwaukie traffic impacts

  • Southeast Milwaukie Avenue at Southeast Lambert Street: Traffic will be limited to one lane. Some parking will be temporarily removed to make room for construction.
  • Sidewalk access: Sidewalks will remain open. 
  • Bicycle access: In some cases, people cycling will be detoured one block north or south. Other times, cyclists will be diverted onto the sidewalk. Signs will direct people to the safest route.
  • TriMet: No bus stops will be impacted, but travelers should plan for delays. 

What to expect

  • Please allow extra travel time and respect work zone safety cones, detours, and flaggers.
  • No homes or businesses are expected to be out of water service because of this work.
  • Travelers should 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.

About the SE 19th and Lambert Water Main Replacement Project

As part of our ongoing investment in southeast Portland’s water supply, the Water Bureau is replacing 4,800 feet—just under a mile—of an aging water main (pipe) along SE Lambert Street and SE 19th Avenue. The existing main was installed in 1927 and has had six breaks over the past decade. The new pipe will reduce the frequency of breaks and improve water quality. Learn more and sign up for project updates: portland.gov/water/lambert19.

About the Portland Water Bureau

Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1240/157732/Traffic_Advisory_20220922_Tacoma_Milwaukie.pdf , 2022-09/1240/157732/Lambert_and_19th_Map-TacomaMilwaukieTraffic-r01.png

Fatal Crash on Hwy 219-Yamhill County
Oregon State Police - 09/22/22 4:10 PM

On Wednesday September 21, 2022 at approximately 5:55pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 219 near milepost 16. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black Buell motorcycle, operated by Rylie Carlberg (47) of Cornelius, was traveling southbound when for unknown reasons lost control of the motorcycle and collided with a northbound van, operated by Jose Valverde Ortiz (41) of Beaverton. 

Carlberg sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jose Valverde Ortiz, and his passengers, Carlos Savedrra (38) and Abel Valverde Ortiz (34) also of Beaverton, were all uninjured. 

Hwy 219 was closed from Bald Peak Rd to Mountain Top Rd for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill Co. Sheriff’s Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and ODOT. 

CCC celebrates 30 years in Wilsonville (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 09/22/22 4:03 PM
Attend the Clackamas Community College 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.
Attend the Clackamas Community College 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.

WILSONVILLE - Clackamas Community College will celebrate 30 years of service to the Wilsonville community by holding an open house Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.

This free event is open to the public and will include refreshments, live music and fun activities. CCC staff will give tours and provide information about the college’s services and programs. This is an opportunity to learn what the college offers at the Wilsonville campus, and provide input on the next 30 years.

The college community broke ground on the Wilsonville campus in 1991 and opened the building in 1992. Wilsonville was originally home to the college's high-tech manufacturing programs before partnering with PGE and Pacific Corp in 2001 and becoming the premiere location for utility-based training in the area. 

CCC's Wilsonville campus offers a variety of apprenticeship, technical training and general education courses tailored toward an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT). Wilsonville also offers a variety of student services including advising, registration and testing services.

The CCC Wilsonville campus is located at 29353 S.W. Town Center Loop East. For questions, call 503-594-0620. For more information about Clackamas Community College, visit www.clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: Attend the Clackamas Community College 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.

Early Morning Robbery in Residential Neighborhood near School
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/22 3:33 PM

On 09/22/2022 at about 0630, a resident in the 10300 block of NE 23rd Avenue entered his open garage while getting ready for work.  The resident was surprised by a burglar and the event turned into a robbery when the suspect began assaulting the resident.  The victim had property taken from him and received minor injuries.  The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, brown hair and a goatee with some grey, standing about 6 feet tall, wearing blues jeans and a light or white colored long sleeve shirt or light jacket.  The suspect left the scene on foot and to the south crossing 104th St.  The suspect left behind evidence that may be helpful in identifying him.

Local residents should remain vigilant when observing people in the neighborhood.  Local residents are also asked to check any video surveillance equipment they may have that might capture the suspect in the area.

No other investigative details will be released at this time.  The victim has specifically requested no media contact.  


Suspect fleeing arrest injured - UPDATE 2
Salem Police Department - 09/22/22 3:31 PM


DATE: September 21, 2022

Suspect fleeing arrest injured

Update 09/22/2022 | 3:30 p.m.

The following update provides additional information concerning the arrest of Daniel Aniceto Garcia. 

The initial investigation into the incident determined an officer attempted to detain Garcia, but he immediately fled on foot. The officer deployed a Taser, and Garcia subsequently fell, striking and injuring his head on the ground. No other significant use of force occurred. The officer was uninjured.

Garcia was hospitalized. When any arrested person requires admission to a hospital while still in police custody (before being booked into jail), they must be guarded. This involves coordination with the hospital to restrict access to the person in custody. A family point of contact was identified and limited, controlled visitation for the family was arranged. This is not something law enforcement is required to do, but it was the right thing to do. Arrangements were also made for hospital staff to provide regular medical updates directly to a family member, rather than through the police department. This, too, is also outside hospital protocol for in-custody patients, but it was the right thing to do.

Due to the anticipated length of medical care, Garcia’s charges are being referred to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for a charging decision; therefore, the Salem Police Department is releasing Garcia from police custody.

There are no further details available for release.

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Update 09/21 /2022 | 6:05 p.m.

The 29-year-old suspect in this investigation is identified as Daniel Aniceto Garcia of Salem. 

During yesterday’s incident, officers sought to arrest Garcia on a statewide felony warrant for a probation violation on the offense of domestic assault. Additionally, officers have probable cause to arrest Garcia on first-degree burglary charges in three separate cases.

Although this event did not involve the use of deadly physical force, the Salem Police Department proactively requested Oregon State Police assist with the investigation due to the severity of injuries Garcia sustained.

No information on Garcia’s medical status is available for release.

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Originally published 09/20/2022 | 6:33 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 3:00 p.m. today, a suspect wanted for multiple felony crimes and warrants was injured while fleeing police. A patrol officer spotted the person in the area of Nebraska and 16th STS NE. 

The 29-year-old man fled on foot and was injured during the subsequent attempt to arrest him. He was provided medical aid before paramedics arrived and transported him to Salem Health where he is currently being treated. The suspect’s condition is unknown at this time.

The incident did not involve the use of gunfire. 

Nebraska ST is closed between 16th and 17th STS NE until further notice for completion of the investigation.

No other information is available for release at this time.

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Oregon OSHA issues more than $144,000 in penalties to 2 contractors for exposing employees to fall hazards at sites in Salem and Woodburn (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/22/22 3:29 PM

Salem – In separate enforcement actions, Oregon OSHA has issued fines totaling more than $144,000 to two contractors for violations – including repeat offenses – of fall protection rules at worksites in Salem and Woodburn. The violations put multiple workers at risk of serious injury or death from falls to lower levels.

The separate citations issued to Corvallis-based Iron Head Roofing LLC and Canby-based JMJ Construction LLC included the same violation of a basic safety requirement: Implementing adequate fall protection systems – such as a personal fall restraint system or other measures – where workers are exposed to falling six feet or more to a lower level.

For Iron Head Roofing, it was the fifth time since May 2019 that the company committed the same violation. For JMJ Construction, it was the fourth time since February 2020 that the company committed the same violation. The companies’ previous violations of the six-foot trigger-height requirements were cited as part of separate Oregon OSHA inspections at different worksites.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry.

“Fall protection saves lives,” said Renee Stapleton, acting administrator for Oregon OSHA. “It is an essential safety practice that employers must carry out when work is being done at heights. There is no excuse for neglecting it.”

The citation issued to Iron Head Roofing followed an inspection that found four of six employees working on the roof of a house in Salem with no fall protection. The citation against JMJ Construction came after an inspection found an employee installing siding on a house with no fall protection. Another employee was using a scaffold with no fall protection, according to the inspection.

Both inspections were conducted under Oregon OSHA’s emphasis program focused on fall hazards in construction. The prevention-based program accounts for the temporary nature of construction activity by directing inspectors to act based on observations while in the field, and to follow up on valid complaints and referrals.

Altogether, Oregon OSHA issued $144,900 in fines to both companies. The division’s citation to Iron Head Roofing involved a single repeat violation carrying a total proposed penalty of $78,000. The citation to JMJ Construction, which involved several violations, carried a total proposed penalty of $66,900. The violations were as follows: 

Iron Head Roofing

  • Fall protection systems were not in place where employees were exposed to a hazard of falling six feet or more to a lower level. It was a fifth repeat violation of the rule. Proposed penalty: $78,000.

JMJ Construction

  • Fall protection systems were not in place where employees were exposed to a hazard of falling six feet or more to a lower level. It was a fourth repeat violation of the rule. Proposed penalty: $58,500.
  • A portable ladder did not extend at least three feet above an upper landing. It was the first repeat violation of the rule. Proposed penalty: $4,500.
  • No personal fall arrest systems or guardrail systems were put in place while a scaffold was in use. Proposed penalty: $3,900.

Under Oregon OSHA rules, penalties multiply when employers commit repeat violations. Each of the citations issued to Iron Head Roofing and JMJ Construction also included a standard penalty reduction based on the small size of the company.

Employers have 30 calendar days after receiving a citation to file an appeal. 

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers free resources to help improve workplace safety and health. These resources include the division’s Fall Protection Suite of online video training and its A-to-Z topic page about fall protection

The Fall Protection Suite includes courses addressing fall protection fundamentals, and constructionroofing, and ladder safety. The A-to-Z topic page about fall protection includes a fact sheet about fall protection trigger heights for construction activities.

Employers are encouraged to use free resources – available now from Oregon OSHA and involving no fault, no citations, and no penalties – for help protecting their employees:

Consultation services – Provides free and confidential help with safety and health programs, including how to control and eliminate hazards, and hands-on training

Technical staff – Helps employers understand requirements and how to apply them to their worksites




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, go to osha.oregon.gov.

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




Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1073/157728/DCBS-logo-blue.jpg , Oregon OSHA logo

Rep. Karin Power joins CCC Board of Education (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 09/22/22 3:28 PM
Karin Power
Karin Power

OREGON CITY -  Outgoing Rep. Karin Power was appointed to the Clackamas Community College Board of Education, representing Zone 1, Milwaukie, and took her oath of office during the Sept. 21 Board of Education meeting. She replaces Greg Chaimov, who stepped down from the board due to a planned move to Washington to be closer to his grandchild.

Power is the interim executive director of Business for a Better Portland, formerly served the community as a city councilor and has been a state representative for House District 41 for the past six years. She also has 10 years of experience in environmental law.

She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and Mount Holyoke College, and is a board member of the Oregon Food Bank, Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. 

“The average CCC student is just a little bit younger than me, and we face the same soaring child care costs, difficulty accessing affordable care and aftercare, and having transportation as a major barrier to accessing classes,” Power said. “I’d love to help continue to represent my community in building CCC’s financial stability and post-pandemic future.”

Over the last several years, as a mom of two small kids, she has worked on policies to increase access to affordable child care and workforce development. Some of her proudest achievements include securing funding for the construction of unfinished Milwaukie parks and the successful passage of Milwaukie's library bond levy in 2016 to remodel Ledding Library. 

“The space I’m most interested in leaning into at CCC is helping parents, solo or otherwise, who are trying to make schedules work so they can pick up a degree, start a new career path, all while stringing together child care or other responsibilities to make ends meet,” Power said. “I would love to help bring their voices forward in our decision making, and to be a champion and hand on their backs in helping them forward.”

“We are fortunate at CCC to have Karin Power join our board,” CCC President Tim Cook said. “Her knowledge and experience at the legislature, her connections within her community and her passion to assist others will help advance the college and our ability to successfully serve students.” 

Rep. Power was the first LGBT woman elected to serve House District 41 and is the first LGBT woman on the CCC Board of Education. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer with her kids and gardening.

Power will hold office until June 30, 2023, and will be eligible to run for a four-year term in the May 2023 election.


Attached Media Files: Karin Power

Turn over a new leaf -- give blood or platelets this fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/22/22 2:22 PM

Donors have chance at VIP racing experience and more as new season begins 


Portland, Ore (September 22, 2022) — On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care– especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Book a time to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering these exciting opportunities for donors: 

  • All who come to give through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts-sponsored race of the winner’s choice, round-trip airfare for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, and entry to a Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card, thanks to Sport Clips. 
  • Those who come to give in September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. Details are available at rcblood.org/racetogive. 
  • All who come to give Oct. 1-31, 2022, will receive a $5 e-Gift Card by email to a merchant of choice.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 23-Oct. 15:


September 24, 2022

Charles Drew Blood Drive, 3131 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


September 26, 2022

Even Hotel, 2133 Centennial Plaza, Eugene, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


September 30, 2022

Meier and Frank Depot Building, 1417 NW Everett St., Portland, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


October 3, 2022

Talent Community Center, 104 E Main St., Talent, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


October 4, 2022

Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


October 5, 2022

OHSU Knight Cancer Center, 15700 SW Greystone Ct, Beaverton, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Visit RedCrossBlood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.


Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.



About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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CORRECTION: Oregon, Washington joined by Nevada in offering new prescription discount card
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/22 2:15 PM

September 22, 2022

Media Contact: Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon, Washington joined by Nevada in offering new prescription discount card

PORTLAND, Ore.—Nevada has just joined Oregon and Washington in offering the ArrayRx card, a state-backed program that can save individuals up to 80% for generic drugs and 20% for brand-name drugs.

The ArrayRx Card, formerly known as Oregon/Washington Prescription Discount Card, has helped more than 550,000 participants in both states save money on needed prescription drugs for nearly two decades.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak received his prescription discount card Sept. 22 to celebrate the state’s participation in the ArrayRx pharmacy discount program.

“Since 2003, Oregonians have been able to access our state sponsored pharmacy discount card, and today we welcome Nevadans to the ArrayRx family,” said Trevor Douglass, DC, MPH, pharmacy purchasing director at Oregon Health Authority (OHA). “Oregon and Washington have a rich history of collaborating on the pharmacy purchasing front.”

By implementing the ArrayRx Card program, Nevada will be able to offer the same savings that people in Oregon and Washington have enjoyed, thanks to the expansion of the ArrayRx pooled purchasing potential.

How the ArrayRx card works

For people interested in using ArrayRx, the enrollment process is simple and free, and there no age or income restrictions. For those who have insurance, they can choose to use the ArrayRx Card or their pharmacy benefit at the point of sale, whichever provides a better price. All U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs prescribed by a licensed provider are eligible for a discount. Mail-order and specialty drugs are also available.

“The ArrayRx card was supportive to many Oregonians during the historic wildfires that broke out during Labor Day weekend 2020,” said Heidi Murphy, pharmacy purchasing program and ArrayRx operations manager at OHA. “Evacuees were able to contact ArrayRx and quickly get discounted medications to replace those they had to leave behind when fleeing the fires. Receiving their needed medications helped provide some stability in an otherwise stressful and difficult situation.”

Donna Sullivan, chief pharmacy officer for the Washington Health Care Authority, ArrayRx offers pharmacy benefit management services for local government, private sector businesses, labor organizations and individuals.

“Between 2003 and 2022, 1.2 million participants in Oregon and Washington benefitted from the ArrayRx services,” Sullivan said. “We welcome the residents of Nevada to receive the same prescription drug discounts through the ArrayRx Card.”

To learn more about the ArrayRX Discount Card, visit www.arrayrxcard.com. The website is available in Spanish at: https://www.arrayrxcard.com/es.


Victim Survives and Suspect in Custody after Sexual Assault-APD Case#22-06167 (Photo)
Albany Police - 09/22/22 2:12 PM
Jeffery Richards, age 68
Jeffery Richards, age 68

Victim Survives and Suspect in Custody after Sexual Assault-Case #22-06167

On September 21, 2022 at 5:53pm the Albany Police were called to a residence in the 4200 block of Ramona Pl SE Albany for a report of a sexual assault. Witnesses reported a female was crying and bleeding in the front yard of a residence. The victim was immediately transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released. Detectives learned that the victim and suspect met earlier in the day at Ma’s Dairy Farm Tavern and then returned to his residence. 

Upon officers arrival, they surrounded the residence as they believed the suspect was still inside the home. The suspect, Jeffrey Richards, age 68 refused to exit his residence or comply with Albany Police. Approximately 11 hours later, Albany Police executed a search warrant for Jeffrey Richards and his residence. Police forcibly opened the front door of the residence and during the service of the search warrant, Jeffrey Richards surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.  

Jeffrey Richards was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Sodomy in the 1st degree
  • Unlawful sexual penetration in the 1st degree 
  • Coercion

This is an active investigation and additional charges are pending. Police believe there have been similar incidents involving Mr. Richards and are seeking any information from the public. Anyone with information, please contact Albany Police Department Detective Gabe Flores at 541-917-7680.

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Attached Media Files: Jeffery Richards, age 68

McIver Fire still under investigation
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/22/22 2:00 PM

Estacada, OR –Fire investigators from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Estacada Rural Fire District are working to determine the cause and origin of the McIver fire. The fire started at approximately 9:22 p.m. on September 9 and ultimately burned 30 acres in Clackamas County and McIver State Park. Firefighters continue to mop up the fire, which involves extinguishing or removing burning material and removing any hazardous trees or snags.

The timeline for completing an investigation varies depending on the complexity of a fire, the availability of people for interviews, and the time it takes to analyze the collected information. The Department of Forestry investigates all wildland fires that occur on or threaten its protected lands to determine cause, responsible party and other information pertinent to the needs of the Department. If someone is determined to be responsible for a fire, they are liable for firefighting costs. If a fire burns across jurisdictions, the other organizations responsible for fire protection in those jurisdictions, in this case the Estacada Rural Fire District, may also participate in the investigation.

At this time, the departments are anticipating the investigation to be completed around mid-November 2022. 

Homicide Victim in Portsmouth Neighborhood Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/22/22 1:46 PM
The victim in this homicide has been identified as 23-year old Essadin Jamal Hassan. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of Mr. Hassan’s death was from a a gunshot wound and rule his death a homicide.

Mr. Hassan's family shared a photo of him and has appointed a representative to speak with media. Media should contact the Portland Police Public Information Officer for more information.

Photo description: Portrait of Essadin Jamal Hassan


Original Message Below

On 9/19/22 at approximately 7:31 p.m. officers from the North Precinct responded to a call of shots fired near Northgate Park in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Officers arrived and found evidence of gunfire and identified a crime scene. At 7:51 p.m., an area hospital called to report a person had arrived at the emergency room by private vehicle and had been shot. This person was later declared deceased.

Detectives from the Homicide Detail and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division responded to conduct an investigation. North Geneva Avenue will be closed between North Fessenden Street and North Newark Street for several hours as investigators process the scene and collect evidence.

Anyone with information on this incident who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact Detective Rico Bengia at Rico.Beniga@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov, and reference case number 22-253142.

More information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/3056/157643/Hassan.JPG

Two Juveniles Arrested in Attempted Armed Carjacking; One Suspect at Large (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 09/22/22 12:32 PM

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of SE Clark Ave/ E. Main Street for a report of three masked subjects attempting to enter cars.  Battle Ground officers quickly located and detained two juvenile male suspects (17-years-old). 

While conducting their search for the third individual in the suspected auto prowl incident, law enforcement officers were contacted by an unrelated victim reporting that he had been approached in his car by three subjects at the intersection of SE Clark Ave/ SE 1st Street.  The victim advised that one of the suspects, armed with a gun, ordered the victim out of his car.  The victim fled the scene, without injury, and reported having heard a single gunshot as he drove away.       

The detained suspects were then placed under arrest under suspicion of their involvement in the attempted carjacking.  A search of the suspects revealed a handgun magazine containing ammunition consistent with a spent cartridge.  Both juvenile suspects have been booked on charges of Robbery and Assault.  

The Battle Ground K9 unit initiated a track, with assistance from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Vancouver and Washougal Police Departments, to locate the third suspect who remains outstanding.  The suspect is described as a male (unknown race), approximately 5’7” tall, last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and white pants. 

“I would like to commend our officers, and those from our partner agencies, for their quick action which resulted in two arrests in this case.” said Chief Mike Fort.  “Our Detectives will continue to work diligently to investigate the case, and to locate the third suspect believed to be involved in this incident.” 

Chief Fort also credits the community members who reported seeing the suspicious activity that initiated the officers’ response in this case.  “We are grateful to those community members who saw something suspicious and reported it right away, giving officers the advantage of time.”       

The investigation into this case is still ongoing; if anyone has any information, please contact Detective Sergeant Rick Kelly at 360-342-5200 or via email at ick.kelly@cityofbg.org">rick.kelly@cityofbg.org

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/2812/157721/BGPD_K9_Car.jpg

State shares revised action plan, timeline for engaging Oregonians in protecting lives, property from wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/22/22 12:15 PM

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) today announced a revised action plan and timeline for engaging the public on wildfire protection efforts as part of the state’s strategy to create more fire-resilient communities.

“A big part of our work over the next year is focused on engaging with, listening to and informing the public about wildfire risk,” said Cal Mukumoto, Oregon State Forester and director of ODF. “This engagement will involve visiting communities across the state, talking with people, addressing concerns and answering questions. Ultimately, all of the agencies involved in this effort want to make sure Oregonians in the most at-risk communities know what they can do to better protect themselves, their families and friends, and their homes from wildfire.” 

In the past decade, wildfires have been burning significantly more acres than before, while also becoming more challenging and costlier to fight. Between 2012 and 2021, the state of Oregon spent $85 million annually on wildfire suppression costs. That is compared to the previous 10 years in which the state spent $17 million annually. The scale, devastation and statewide reach of the 2020 Labor Day fires brought this reality home for many. Less than a year later, Senate Bill 762’s statewide framework for advancing wildfire protection in Oregon moved through the Oregon State Legislature with bipartisan support. 

The revised plan will be implemented in collaboration with Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

“Most Oregonians understand wildfires are becoming more catastrophic and more frequent. I have witnessed, across the state, that Oregonians want to be part of the solution in protecting our communities,” said Doug Grafe, Wildfire Programs Director with the Office of the Governor. “It’s clear that steps can be taken to increase the survivability of homes and communities when wildfires do occur, including creating defensible space, hardening homes and implementing hazardous fuels reduction projects.”

One component of SB 762 was the creation of a statewide wildfire risk map to serve as a planning and information tool for Oregonians, communities and state and local government. The purpose of the map—a collaboration between ODF and wildfire scientists at OSU’s College of Forestry—is to provide transparent and science-based information to Oregonians about the factors near them that drive wildfire exposure including weather, climate, vegetation and topography. The tool will also be used to guide the state in directing resources to communities with the greatest likelihood of wildfires. 

“Oregon State University’s College of Forestry has used, and will continue to use, the best science to contribute to statewide wildfire risk mapping,” said Tom DeLuca, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry. “We support the importance of changing the timeline for the mapping component of SB 762. This added time provides an opportunity to better share information and conduct authentic community engagement by listening to Oregonians and community leaders across our state in the implementation of the new law. Even with the timeline change, we must all recognize that addressing fire risk in Oregon is a priority that will require all of us to work together.”  

Based on feedback and concerns received from an earlier version of the wildfire risk map, the state revised its timeline for implementing the map to allow for robust community engagement, outreach and education. The revised timeline is as follows: 

  • October through February 2023: Public and stakeholder engagement, outreach and education. Includes wildfire science, risk and mitigation outreach and education, with focus on the most vulnerable areas; identifying opportunities for investments in wildfire prevention; completing building codes and defensible space standards for the most vulnerable communities; compilation and analysis of feedback received; and technical refinements.
  • March 1, 2023: Public rollout of draft wildfire risk map. Draft map shared with the public.
  • March through September 2023: Public outreach, engagement and education on draft wildfire risk map. Includes working with ODF, OSU College of Forestry, local governments, planning departments, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon State Fire Marshal and the state Building Codes Division to review the draft map; public outreach, education and engagement on the draft map and related topics including building codes and defensible space standards; and making any necessary revisions based on feedback received on updated map.
  • October through December 2023: Final wildfire risk map shared with the public for implementation. Includes sharing a final wildfire risk map with the public, initiating a 60-day appeals process and notifying those who are in the most high-risk areas about the steps needed to protect their homes and properties from catastrophic wildfires and how to comply with defensible space standards and building codes.

“The revised plan and timeline allow us to prioritize engagement, collaboration and communication,” said Grafe. “We are committed to ensuring people understand what they can do to increase the likelihood their homes and properties will survive wildfires. The wildfire risk map is one of several tools we will use to inform this work.”

SB 762 directs state agencies to focus resources in Oregon’s highest-risk areas to ensure homes are adhering to building codes and defensible space standards. These building codes and defensible space standards will not be adopted or implemented until the wildfire risk map is finalized in late 2023, but will be available in the near future so people can familiarize themselves with the new expectations. 

The DCBS Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) confirmed last month that no Oregon insurance company used the original map to set rates (rating) or as part of a decision to offer or renew insurance coverage (underwriting), and none planned to use it for those purposes in the future. The DFR continues to conduct work to ensure that wildfire mitigation activities are accounted for in underwriting and rating processes. Homeowners are encouraged to contact DFR’s consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free) with questions or concerns about their insurance policy.

For more information, visit the following websites:

DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled 10-5-22
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/22/22 12:10 PM




Notice of Special Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a special meeting at 10:00 a.m. October 5, 2022, in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST or Department) located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Shelby Wright at (503) 378-2191.

The Police Policy Committee meeting will be live streamed on the DPSST Facebook page @



1. Introductions

2. Applicant Review Committee Membership Nominations

3. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting – November 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.


Administrative Announcement

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

150+ Participants Registered for Expungement, to Attend Saturday, September 24, 2022 Clean Slate Clackamas Resource & Career Fair at Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Workforce Partnership - 09/22/22 12:00 PM

Oregon City, Oregon – September 22, 2022: In partnership with National Expungement Works (N.E.W), Clean Slate Clackamas, Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Clackamas Community College, and Children’s Family Community Connections (CFCC), organizations are hosting a full day Career and Resources Fair specifically geared towards the 2nd Chance communities in Clackamas County September 24, 2022. 150 participants are scheduled for expungement as part of this one day event in celebration of National Expungement Week.

Event Information & Location

Date: September 24, 2022               

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Location: Clackamas Community College Oregon City Campus, Gregory Forum

Jobs Fair Participants: Vigor, WARN Industries, Bridges to Change, Kroger, Republic Services, Roofline Supply & Delivery, Pavement Maintenance Inc., Retail Odyssey, DPI Staffing and MORE!

Resources Available: Clackamas County Social Services, Need 4 Narcan, Clackamas County Early Learning Hub, Fourth Dimension, Clackamas Community College Workforce Development Services, WIC & Nurse Home Visiting, Substance Use Prevention (Naloxone Kits & Medication Lock Boxes), Clackamas Safe and Strong, Bloomin’ Boutique, Mental Health Association of Oregon, C-TEC Youth Services. Feed the Mass will be providing food to participants attending the Clean Slate Clackamas Fair free of charge.

With over 10 employers and 20 additional community resources available, this daylong event will bring increased access to resources and employment opportunities specifically geared to job seekers and their families who have been involved in the justice system. The free expungement clinic will provide an opportunity to for qualifying participants to apply for criminal expungement, youth/juvenile expungements, SB 819 applications, fine forgiveness referrals and more. Registration to the expungement clinic is required at https://www.clackamasworkforce.org/for-people/expungement-clinics/, the career and resources fair is open to the general public. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 199-Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/22/22 11:55 AM

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at approximately 4:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 38. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Ford pickup, operated by an adult male who is a California resident, was northbound and crossed the over the oncoming lanes, exited the roadway and struck several trees. 

The operator of the Ford sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

Hwy 199 was affected for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and ODOT. 

Police Officer Staffing Increases After Large Hiring Group (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/22/22 11:52 AM
Hiring Group Being Sworn In
Hiring Group Being Sworn In
The Portland Police Bureau hired 20 Community Police Officers today, representing the first measurable staffing increase in years.

Yesterday, there were 773 sworn members, all ranks. Of those, 517 are officers. With this hire group, PPB is up to 793 sworn members, and 537 officers. Going forward, PPB expects that it will be hiring more than it is losing to attrition.

773 was the lowest number of sworn members since 1989. The lowest number of members at the rank of officer was in May of 2022, when there were 509 out of 609 authorized.

"This is truly a great day for the Portland Police Bureau," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "It's a challenging time right now to work in law enforcement and I'm gratified to see so many people stepping forward to take on that challenge. I'm excited to welcome them into the PPB family."

"Numbers like this, particularly in the field of law enforcement, have been hard to come by recently," said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is Police Commissioner. "I truly believe that this group, and the growing numbers of people who want to serve the community as police officers, heralds a new and hopeful chapter in our city's future."

Portland City Commissioners Mingus Mapps, Carmen Rubio, and Dan Ryan all attended and spoke at the ceremony.

While these officers are being presented their badge today, it will be some time yet before they are fully trained and working in patrol cars. The training process for a new hire is 18 months, including the Basic Police Academy in Salem, a Portland Advanced Academy, and field training with a coach. Portland currently has 87 officers in the training process.

Also hired today were 3 new Public Safety Support Specialists, who are non-sworn, unarmed members in uniform who serve alongside sworn officers. PPB now has 23 PS3s, out of an authorized 70. More information about PS3s is available here: https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/ps3s . There were also 5 non-sworn professional staff hired including Records Specialists, a Victim Advocate, and Police Desk Clerk. A desk clerk was promoted to Police Administrative Support Specialist.

The Portland Police Bureau continues hiring both lateral and entry level community police officers. It's an exciting and rewarding career, with excellent benefits. Salary ranges $75k-$107k per year plus pay incentives. Benefits are 95% paid by the city. Visit https://JoinPortlandPolice.com for more information or to contact a recruiter.

For information about careers with the Portland Police Bureau as professional staff and Public Safety Support Specialists, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portlandor?department[0]=Portland%20Police%20Bureau&department[1]=Police%20Training%20Division&sort=ClosingDate%7CAscending


Attached Media Files: Hiring Group Being Sworn In

Deputies seize 92,000 fentanyl pills, other drugs during investigation (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/22 11:00 AM

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) deputies seized 92,000 fentanyl pills, 3 pounds of cocaine and 10 pounds of meth during a recent investigation.

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, deputies learned that a person was driving to the Portland-area with a substantial amount of illegal drugs. SIU deputies, with the assistance of Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, located and followed the vehicle into Clackamas County. A traffic stop was initiated by Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies and SIU presented the search warrant to the driver.

Inside the car, deputies discovered fentanyl, cocaine and meth. Drug tests revealed that the cocaine was also cut with fentanyl, which is a rising trend SIU has observed in the metro area.

Based on the deputies months long investigation, it is believed that the bulk of these drugs would have been distributed in Multnomah County.

Two suspects, 23-year-old Easton Hallock and 24-year-old Talulah Miroff, were arrested and booked into the Clackamas County jail on possession charges.

“Even the smallest amounts of fentanyl one pill can kill,” said Sheriff Mike Reese. “By taking more than 90 thousand fentanyl pills off our streets, our deputies are saving countless lives.”

We want to remind the public that it only takes 2 milligrams of fentanyl — about the weight of a few grains of salt — to cause a fatal overdose. Learn more about fentanyl, signs of an overdose and what you can do as a parent, by clicking here.

Multnomah County DDT is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the surrounding Oregon law enforcement agencies: U.S. Marshals, Portland Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department,  Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1276/157713/SIU_Drug_Seizure-3.jpg , 2022-09/1276/157713/SIU_Drug_Seizure-2.jpg , 2022-09/1276/157713/SIU_Drug_Seizure.jpg

120th Anniversary of Yacolt Burn plus Smokey Bear! (Photo)
North Clark Historical Museum - 09/22/22 10:31 AM

AMBOY, WASHINGTON – North Clark Historical Museum is in upper Amboy at 21416 NE 399th St. in the renovated 1910 United Brethren Church. The Museum incorporated in 1988 and opened to the public in June of 2000. 

The Yacolt Burn in September of 1902 was the largest recorded fire in the state of Washington until 2014, when the Carlton Complex fire in Okanogan County became the largest. The raging inferno lasted for three days from September 11th to the 13th.  Day turned into night, ashes and pine needles fell from the sky, humans and animals fled, and the fire destroyed everything in its path!

The exhibit will be available for viewing September 24th, and a program will begin at 2:00 pm with Chuck Whitten, past DNR employee and retired surveyor.  Chuck will talk about the vanishing section corners and other stories related to the Yacolt Burn. A fire truck and Smokey Bear will make an appearance from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Come on by and say Hi to Smokey!

The museum is wheelchair accessible and has air conditioning. Admission is free.  Donations are welcome.

Quilt raffle tickets will be available for “Wild Flowers”, a beautiful quilt made by the Chelatchie Quilters. Tickets are $1.00 each.  This is our annual fundraiser, and proceeds will go to the Capital Improvement Fund.

For more information, please contact 360-247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com



The North Clark Historical Museum was founded in 1988 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The doors were opened in June of 2000. Mission Statement:   To preserve North Clark County’s natural and cultural history through collections and exhibits, and to sponsor educational programs and research opportunities for the enrichment of the public. 


Attached Media Files: 2022-09/6334/157711/Map_of_Yacolt_fires_cropped.jpg , 2022-09/6334/157711/NCHM_building_barn__and__windmill_cropped.jpg

Treasure Hunt is Back (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 09/22/22 9:31 AM

The Albany Treasure Hunt is back after a two year break due to COVID.  Treasure Hunt has traditionally been hosted the first week of October, during Fire Prevention Week. This year's safety message is “Fire won't wait.  Plan your escape.” Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, and Tangent Rural Fire Department are hosting on October 1, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  At each station, families will have activities they can participate in, including vehicle displays and hands-on safety displays. Each child will receive a fire safety goody bag.

Treasure Hunt locations are: 

Albany Fire Department 11, 611 Lyon Street, Albany, OR 97321

Albany Fire Department 15, 3215 NE Transition Parkway, Millersburg, OR 97321

Albany Police Department, 2600 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany, OR 97321

Tangent Rural Fire Department, 32053 Birdfoot Drive, Tangent, OR 97389

Each station is accepting non-perishable food donations benefiting Fish of Albany.  

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/1216/157709/2022_Treasure_Hunt_Flier_-_english.jpg

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/22/22 8:32 AM

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found in his home on August 6, 2022 as that of James Z. Smith (formerly known as Joseph G. Quagliani). 

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington was instrumental in providing leads that facilitated locating dentists. Dental offices, in another region of the country, were contacted and expeditiously produced antemortem digital x-rays and dental charting. Subsequently, Forensic Odontologist, Dr. Kyle Tanaka, was able to confirm Mr. Smith’s identity within hours of receiving the antemortem dental records.

Dr. Kyle Tanaka is a practicing dentist who is also a forensic odontologist certified by the American Board of Forensic Odontology (https://abfo.org/). He volunteers as a Forensic Odontology Consultant to the Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

Medical Examiner opinions as to the cause and manner of death are pending. 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. 


Nikki J. Costa

Operations Manager

Ridgefield School District refinances bonds, saving taxpayers $2.5 million
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/22/22 8:11 AM

Ridgefield School District has successfully taken advantage of current low bond interest rates to save taxpayers more than $2.5 million over the next 10 years. A sale of bonds authorized by the district’s Board of Directors will refinance bonds issued in 2012 that financed renovations and an expansion at Ridgefield High School and expansions at the district’s two elementary schools, Union Ridge and South Ridge elementary schools. The overall borrowing rate for the new bonds sold on September 20 is 3.08%, compared to the previous rate of 4.52%.

“This is a great opportunity to save our taxpayers a significant amount of money,” said Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann. He emphasized that the anticipated savings will go directly to taxpayers through lower future tax collections. “This money will now stay in our community and local economy rather than pay interest on bonds.”

Although there has been substantial volatility in the bond market over the past couple of months, the interest rates on these types of bonds are still relatively low, which allowed the refinancing to exceed the board’s savings target, according to Paula McCoy, the District’s Executive Director of Business Services. “We have been monitoring the market closely over the past year to identify the best opportunity to refinance the district’s 2012 bonds. We are very happy to be able to provide significant savings to the district taxpayers,” McCoy said. 

As part of the sale, the district received a strong credit rating of “Aa3” from Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s noted the district’s voter support for operating levies among credit strengths, but also noted the recent bond measure failures “have the potential to escalate as a credit issue given the rapid student enrollment growth and facility needs.”

“This refinancing is one more way to demonstrate to our community our commitment to fiscal stewardship of the funds entrusted to us,” said Joe Vance, President of RSD’s Board of Directors.  “We want our community to know that we do everything we can to minimize the costs of our bonds.”


City of Vancouver asks community to weigh in on web redesign
City of Vancouver - 09/22/22 8:00 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is developing a new website designed to enhance the user experience, making it easier to understand, navigate and find information. 

To help inform the design of the future site, the City is asking community members and those who use the website to take a short, anonymous user experience survey they launched this week. A survey invitation also appears as a pop-up when visiting the City’s homepage.   

“The City’s website is more than a decade old, and it shows,” said Communications Director Laura Shepard. “Between changes in technology and evolving public expectations around accessing information, a redesign of the City’s website is long overdue.” 

On average the website has about 5,000 visits per day and 600,000+ page views per month. It is an important tool for the public to find information, do business with the City, or get involved.  

“Over a recent six-month period our website had more than 3.5 million page views,” said Shepard. “It is important that we hear from the public to understand what they value in a municipal website to ensure we can provide an accessible, user-friendly experience.” 

The new site is expected to go live in 2023. 



Fire danger reduction but burning still closed.
Bend Fire & Rescue - 09/22/22 7:35 AM

Even though the weather is changing and we are seeing some rain and colder temperatures, the fire danger is still high, outdoor burning is still closed. Fire danger levels have reduced to High from Extreme throughout Central Oregon but we’re not done with fire season just yet. Warmer, dryer weather returns this weekend and next week and the potential for wildfires return with those conditions.  

Central Oregon fire agencies are working collaboratively to determine the best time to open burning based on weather and fire safety factors. Escaped debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in Oregon. Once a debris burn escapes, there is instant threat to your home, neighboring properties and forest lands. Ensuring the conditions are good for safe burning is key to allowing burning to commence. 

Remember to always check with your local fire agency about specific regulations in your area. There are many cities and communities, like the City of Bend, that do not allow debris burning at all due to air quality concerns. Be sure to always check before your fire, every time. Being sure burning is allowed and safe to conduct is a great first step in preventing escaped fires. Call 541-322-6335 for up to date burning information for anyone living in an area covered by Bend Fire Department. 

Tip of The Week For September 26, 2022 - School Bus Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/22 6:10 AM




Date:            September 22, 2022               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers of their responsibility to stop for school buses displaying red flashing lights.  Because buses are large vehicles, the level of difficulty to see around them increases. The outcome of illegally passing a stopped school bus is potentially devastating for children and drivers.

Law enforcement agencies continue to receive reports each year from bus drivers and other citizens about motorists failing to stop for school buses. With nearly 6,000 school buses operating in the State of Oregon, motorists need to be alert.

Oregon law requires motorists to stop whenever the red lights on a school bus are flashing, regardless of the direction they are traveling.  The law applies to any roadway with two or more lanes of traffic, including multi-lane highways such as Highway 101. 

The only exception to the law is for divided highways with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, such as in the Lincoln and Gleneden Beach areas.  In this case, only drivers on the same side of the road as the bus must stop.  A painted median strip or a center lane used only for left turns does not create two separate lanes.  Where this situation exists, all lanes of traffic must stop.

When a bus is flashing amber lights, motorists should prepare to stop.  When the red lights begin to flash, motorists traveling in both directions must stop before reaching the bus and must remain stopped until the red lights are turned off. The same rules apply to church or worker buses equipped with amber and red flashing lights.

Please do your part to make our roads safe.  Be aware when following any type of bus, that it may be making frequent stops.  Following these tips will help reduce the risk of traffic crashes and pedestrian injuries in our community.

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

Attached Media Files: 2022-09/5490/157703/092222_School_Bus_Safety.pdf , 2022-09/5490/157703/School_Bus_Safety.PNG

Wed. 09/21/22
OHA confirms state's second pediatric monkeypox (hMPXV) case
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/22 2:29 PM

September 21, 2022

Media Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, Jonathan.N.Modie@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA confirms state’s second pediatric monkeypox (hMPXV) case

Officials say illness not associated with school, child care settings

PORTLAND, Ore. – A second pediatric case of monkeypox virus (hMPXV) has been identified in the state, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) confirmed.

Local public health officials have investigated the case and confirm that the case is not linked to a school, child care or other community setting.

“Pediatric monkeypox cases have happened around the country during the nationwide outbreak, and unfortunately Oregon is no exception,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA. “As we have stated previously, this virus can affect anyone.”

Monkeypox spreads primarily through close skin-to-skin contact. Most commonly during the current outbreak, this has been through intimate or sexual contact. Infection has also occurred during close, skin-to-skin contact with the lesions of an individual with monkeypox through a caregiving relationship, such as a parent caring for a child or an adult caretaker of another person. Much less often, monkeypox could spread through contact with towels, clothing or other objects that have been in contact with monkeypox lesions. Large respiratory droplets or oral fluids that might come from prolonged face-to-face contact could also transmit the virus, but it is uncommon.

To protect patient confidentiality, OHA is not disclosing the child’s sex, age, county of residence or how the child is believed to have acquired the illness. A pediatric case is defined as someone with the virus in the 0-17 age range.

The new pediatric case is among a total, as of today, of 204 presumptive and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Oregon, with illness onset ranging from June 7 to Sept. 13. The cases are in nine counties: 141 in Multnomah; 24 in Washington; 22 in Lane; six each in Clackamas and Marion; two in Columbia; and one each in Coos, Hood River and Union. About 9.5% of cases identify as Mexican and 8.9% of cases identify as Other Hispanic or Latino a/x/e. Case counts for South American and Central American were too low to calculate a percent.

The Oregon child was tested for monkeypox Sept. 14 and the test results were reported to public health Sept. 19. The local public health authority, with OHA support, has been conducting case investigation and contact tracing to determine whether there are other exposures. During these investigations, public health provides guidance on how to avoid spreading the virus to others and offers vaccines to close contacts.

Sidelinger emphasized that risk of monkeypox spreading in school settings is low, since the most common means of person-to-person transmission is direct contact with the rash, scabs or body fluids of a person with the virus. It is not easily spread unless there is prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.

OHA continues to encourage vaccination against monkeypox for anyone who anticipates having, or has had, recent, direct, skin-to-skin contact with at least one other person, and who knows other people in their social circles or communities who have had monkeypox.  

Oregon has distributed, or is in the process of distributing, more than 8,870 vials – about 44,350 doses – of the Jynneos vaccine and 340 courses of the investigational antiviral drug known as tecovirimat – or TPOXX – since June 20. According to OHA’s ALERT Immunization Information System database, 8,800 Jynneos doses have been administered so far. More than that have been administrated, but those 8,800 doses are what’s been entered into ALERT thus far. OHA continues to work with its local partners to redistribute any leftover doses they may have to ensure a continued, steady flow of vaccines to communities where they’re most needed.

On Sept. 20, Oregon received its next federal allocation of 1,220 vials, giving the state a total of 1,428 vials or up to 7,140 doses to continue to meet initial and second dose recommendations. 

People who suspect they have monkeypox should contact their health care provider to let them know before going in to be seen. The provider may recommend testing for monkeypox.

Those who don’t have a health care provider can call 2-1-1 or their local public health authority to get help finding a clinic or health care provider.

For more information about monkeypox and Oregon’s response to the outbreak, visit OHA’s monkeypox (hMPXV) website.


Two arrested in local tavern robbery
Salem Police Department - 09/21/22 2:26 PM


DATE: September 21, 2022

Two arrested in local tavern robbery


Salem, Ore. —Salem Police detectives have arrested two individuals involved in the robbery of a local bar earlier this month.

On September 4 at approximately 11:30 a.m., an employee of the Graveyard Bar, located in the 2400 block of State ST, reported being robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a mask. The employee, Mylicia Marie Mailkoff, reported the gunman left the establishment with more than $10,000.

Through the investigation, the detectives identified the suspect as Daniel Francis Lee Demarre, age 30. Detectives learned that the 30-year-old Mailkoff lived with Demarre across the street from the business. The investigators also determined the actual amount of money stolen was more than $30,000.

Demarre and Mailkoff were arrested, and each faces charges of aggravated theft in the first degree, three counts.

All further inquiries about this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Free beds available for Central Oregon children
Sleep in Heavenly Peace - 09/21/22 2:21 PM

When volunteers reach a home, they often find that children have been sleeping on the floor. Or in a pile of blankets in a closet. Or in a bed with two other family members. Many of these children have never known a good night’s sleep.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) wants to make sure that every child (ages 3-17) in Central Oregon has their own bunk bed and mattress. The national organization has provided more than 100,000 beds across the country, including 380 purchased, assembled and delivered to children in Central Oregon in just the last two years.

SHP has free beds available and is looking for families who need them. SHP’s motto is, “No child sleeps on the floor in our town!"

"We provide children a new, hand built bed, a new mattress, sheets, comforter and pillow,” says Joe Myers, the outreach coordinator for SHP in Central Oregon. “A good night’s sleep can really have an impact on their life at home and in school,” Joe says. “I can’t tell you how it makes me feel when these children learn that this is their bed. For many, it is their first soft thing to sleep on.”

SHP has partnered with many local organizations to obtain donations and build beds. Several Bend-area Rotary clubs will hold a build day on October 29.

You can apply for a bed for a child, to donate, or to sign up to volunteer making and/or delivering beds, go to  http://shpbeds.org/chapter/or-deschutes-co  SHP also has chapters in Portland and Medford. 

Firefighters Extinguish Triplex Fire in Downtown Sherwood (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/21/22 1:20 PM
Triplex Fire Sherwood
Triplex Fire Sherwood

At 9:21 a.m. this morning, firefighters were dispatched on reports of a triplex with smoke and fire coming from the first story of the three-story complex. Crews arrived to find heavy black smoke in the first story and fire moving into the attic space. Crews from engine 33 (Sherwood) initiated fire suppression and were assisted by engine 35 (King City). The Incident Commander upgraded the incident to a first alarm fire to bring more resources to the scene. Firefighters contained the fire to one unit of the triplex. All occupants had evacuated the structure when fire crews arrived. 

Fortunately, no one was injured. One neighbor was evaluated for possible smoke inhalation after running into the triplex to look for animals. Constructed in the 1930's the residence contains multiple void spaces that accumulate super-heated gases, fire, and smoke. Crews utilized hand tools and a thermal-imaging camera (TIC) to locate, confine, and extinguish hotspots inside these challenging spaces.

Fire investigators are still on scene working to determine the cause of the fire; however, fire officials would like to remind the public that working smoke alarms, quickly exiting, and staying outside a burning home can save your life. Firefighters are specially trained and have protective equipment to survive the high temperatures and toxic gases that smoke contains.

Thank you, Sherwood Police, Sherwood Public Utilities, NW Natural Gas, and MetroWest Ambulance for their assistance on the fire.

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Attached Media Files: Triplex Fire Sherwood , Firefighter accessing void spaces , Triplex Fire Sherwood

Portland Fire & Rescue Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Passes Ordinance to Increase Compensation for Firefighters Training New Lateral Recruits
Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty - 09/21/22 12:14 PM

Earlier this month, the Portland City Council held a work session to review an independent study brought forth by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Portland Fire & Rescue. The Citygate report provided an analysis of current staffing levels, as well as a road map for building up and supporting the bureau to ensure Portlanders receive the services they expect while our Firefighters are equipped to provide those services safely. 

To expedite the filling of current staffing gaps, Portland Fire & Rescue initiated an innovative strategy of hiring experienced firefighters, often referred to as “Lateral Recruits” into vacant Firefighter positions. 

Our second and most recent lateral recruitment class began earlier this week. This strategy has the effect of reducing the amount of time required for new employee training and deploys the Lateral Firefighters online approximately 6.5 months sooner than new entry level firefighter recruits. 

After being hired, Lateral recruits receive accelerated training and then shadow a Field Training Officer (FTO) in a station for 3 months. Today I brought forward an ordinance unanimously approved by Council that will allow Portland Fire & Rescue to compensate Field Training Officers with a premium of 6% for the additional workload.

There are cost savings for Portland taxpayers realized by shortening the training time for Lateral Recruits, as they can fill shifts earlier than new entry level firefighter recruits, which avoids the need to fill shifts through overtime.

Commissioner Hardesty 

“I can’t overstate my appreciation for our firefighters, who have stepped up in every way they have been asked to serve with incredible bravery over a difficult last few years – whether putting out fires locally, helping combat wildfires statewide, or vaccinating our community during a global pandemic.  

Our Firefighters have performed this work despite decades of underinvestment, especially in comparison to other first responders. Since becoming Fire Commissioner, I have consistently worked to improve the wellness and working conditions of our employees and have successfully prevented budget cuts and station closures. My office worked with Portland Fire & Rescue to conduct the CityGate evaluation and work session so we can make data informed investments that will strengthen and modernize Portland Fire & Rescue. This is an early step in following the recommendations from that report.” 

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone

“I’d like to first acknowledge the sacrifice and service of our firefighters as we have struggled over the past few years to maintain consistent staffing. We appreciate Commissioner Hardesty’s leadership and Council’s support, as well as the strong advocacy of Local 43. This ordinance will expedite our ability to get firefighters on the line and reduce mandatory overtime.” 

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet September 27
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/22 12:06 PM

September 21, 2022

Contact: Liz Gharst, 971-666-2476, eth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@oha.oregon.gov">brian.m.toups@oha.oregon.gov (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet September 27

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee (HPQMC).

When: September 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

  • Join the webinar at


  • Conference line: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID: 161 478 5914, Password: 948427.

Agenda: Welcome and Roll Call/Introductions (1:00-1:05); Review agenda and approve minutes (1:05-1:10); Public comment (1:10-1:20); HPQMC Letter about Behavioral Health Measures (1:20-1:50); Lessons Learned Report Workshop (2:00-2:55); Wrap up and next steps (2:55-3:00); adjourn

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Quality-Metrics-Committee.aspx.

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  • CART (live captions)
  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Brian Toups at 503-385-6542, or

rian.m.toups@oha.oregon.gov">brian.m.toups@oha.oregon.gov at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA will make every effort to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting.

Notice of Public Hearing for Declaring Property for Sale
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries - 09/21/22 11:15 AM

given that a public hearing will be held by Fort Vancouver Regional Library District as part of the
Board of Trustees meeting on October 3, 2022. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is held in
the Woodland Community Library, 770 Park Street, Woodland, Washington 98674.  The purpose
of the hearing is to allow public comment on the proposal to sell the property located at 828
Goerig Street, Woodland, WA 98674 (parcel #50480) to the City of Woodland. The property is
proposed to be sold as an intergovernmental transfer. If you have questions or comments about
the sale of this property, please contact Amelia Shelley at (360) 906-5011.

Council meetings hit the road: community visioning roundtable Sept. 26
City of Vancouver - 09/21/22 9:51 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – On Monday, Sept. 26, Vancouver City Council will host its regular meeting and community communication forum at Educational Service District 112 (2500 NE 65th Avenue). During the communication forum, participants will listen, learn and talk together about the type of community they’d like Vancouver to be in the future.

“From transportation and water use, to housing and climate action, Vancouver is developing a wide range of plans that will guide the City’s future,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “As we prepare to update Vancouver’s comprehensive plan in 2023, we want to hear your ideas for how to improve our community.”

Through small-group discussions, community members will be able to share their ideas, hear from other community members and directly engage councilmembers in conversation. Participant input will help inform the creation of a community vision for 2045 that will guide the City’s next comprehensive plan. 

City Council Meeting Schedule

  • Council Workshop: 4 p.m.
  • Break: 6 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Council Meeting: 6:30 p.m.
  • Community Communication Forum: starts immediately following completion of council business, the forum is slated to run for up to 90 minutes. Scheduled council business prior to the community forum will be conducted in accordance with regular council meeting rules.

All community members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. If you need interpretation services or accommodations with a disability, please contact the City Manager's staff at (360) 487-8600 (Voice/TTY 487-8602). Every attempt at reasonable accommodation will be made.

The Sept. 26 community communication forum is the third in a series of summer Council meetings held outside of City Hall. The series is piloting new ways for community members to communicate and connect with the City Council. Previous forums were held on July 25 at the Vancouver Community Library and on August 15 at Clark College. 

C-TRAN offers multiple bus routes serving ESD 112, which stop on Fourth Plain Blvd. and Andresen Rd. Route information and schedules are available online at c-tran.com

Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Team makes Illegal Marijuana Bust- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/21/22 9:21 AM
Josephine County 3
Josephine County 3

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Southwest Region (SWR) Drug Enforcement Section (DES) team and the Interagency Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of Jackson County, served an illegal marijuana manufacturing search warrant in the 6000 block of Granite Hill Rd. Josephine County, Oregon.

Located on the property were thirty-two (32) greenhouses that contained 6,848 illegal marijuana plants, several hundred pounds of hanging/drying marijuana that had been recently harvested, two (2) handguns, and a double-barreled shotgun. 

Also located were several hundred pounds of processed marijuana stored in large black plastic garbage bags contained in a trailer for transport. All illegal marijuana was seized and ultimately destroyed. At least two (2) workers initially fled the property however, one (1) individual was detained, identified, interviewed, and later released.

Josephine County Code Enforcement responded to the scene to investigate as well. 

The property is subject to multiple code violations for solid waste and unpermitted structures (greenhouses).  Josephine County will move forward with enforcement action against the property owner which could result in the closure of the property for one calendar year (illegal drug cultivation) and possible civil forfeiture.

Additionally, Oregon Water Resources Department staff responded to assist and identified violations for the unlawful appropriation of groundwater and unlawful diversion of surface water.  Violations of this kind are subject to both civil and criminal penalties. 

OSP SWR DES and IMET were also assisted by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

No further information is available for release.

Attached Media Files: Josephine County 3 , Josephine County 2 , Josephine County 1

Learn about high-tech tools for natural resource management
Clackamas Comm. College - 09/21/22 8:19 AM

OREGON CITY - The use of technological tools, such as auto-samplers, low-cost drones and geographic information systems (GIS) can provide effective and efficient natural resource management. However, navigating the options to choose the tools appropriate for a given objective, can be challenging. The Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center is offering a workshop to provide a basic understanding of the technological tools available for monitoring, assessing and planning activities related to natural resource management. 

The workshop will be Friday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is offered both in-person and online via Zoom. Specific applications will be presented by industry professionals who use this technology on a regular basis. Instructors include a project surveyor, a biologist and landscape ecologists. Participants will walk away with an understanding of which technologies would be most appropriate for their particular management objectives.

The course is open to the public and is $230. There are a limited number of scholarship dollars available that reduce the cost of registration by 30% for those eligible. 

For more information about Environmental Learning Center workshops and to register, visit www.clackamas.edu/elc/ceu. Questions? Email Renee Harber at harber@clackamas.edu">rharber@clackamas.edu. The Environmental Learning Center is located at the college’s Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

About the Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center has a rich history as an educational resource for Clackamas Community College, regional schools, industry and the community. Located on the former site of a Smucker's processing plant, the center was created to demonstrate what people could do to reclaim industrial sites, address stormwater issues and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas. Each year thousands of people visit to explore the 5-acre site and learn about watershed health. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as the great blue heron, wood duck and merganser. For more information about the Environmental Learning Center, visit www.clackamas.edu/ELC


Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested
Keizer Police Dept. - 09/21/22 7:59 AM

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the Keizer Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred in the area of 3800 Cherry Avenue NE.  In the course of the investigation, it was determined a male and a female were involved in an argument when another female intervened and attempted to protect the woman from the male.  The female who intervened was subsequently stabbed by the male and was transported to the Salem Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery but is expected to recover.  

The suspect, who was identified as a 32-year-old Keizer resident, was later located and apprehended by Keizer Police detectives.  The detectives also located the victim of the domestic incident as well as multiple items of evidentiary value.  The suspect was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Two counts)
  • Strangulation (Domestic Violence)
  • Coercion (Domestic Violence)
  • Arrest Warrant for Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

No further information is being released at this time.

Corbett Fire District to Hold "Coffee Meetings" to Inform Residents about Upcoming Bond Vote (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 09/21/22 6:29 AM
currrent Springdale station
currrent Springdale station

Four meetings to be held around the Corbett Fire District in Sept. and Oct.

Attached Media Files: press release , currrent Springdale station

Corbett Fire District to Hold "Coffee Meetings" to Inform Residents about Upcoming Bond Vote (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 09/21/22 6:29 AM
currrent Springdale station
currrent Springdale station

Four meetings to be held around the Corbett Fire District in Sept. and Oct.

Attached Media Files: press release , currrent Springdale station