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07/02/15
Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/02/15
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Tualatin officers are currently investigating a single fatal motorcycle crash on SW 124th in Tualatin. Both North and Southbound lanes of SW 124th are closed between SW Herman Road and SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road. The lane closures will remain in effect during the crash investigation over the next 1-2 hours. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes and avoid the area.

The motorcycle was operated by an adult male; now deceased. The name of the driver is not being released at this time, due to the ongoing investigation and notifications to next of kin that need to be made. A preliminary investigation determined the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the curb and lost control of the motorcycle.

Additional information will be released as it comes available.


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Zimmerman Heritage Farm: July Tour Days (Photo)
East (Mult.) Co. Historical Org. (ECHO) - 07/02/15
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The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public.

We are open every Saturday from July 11th through August 29th from noon-3pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. And don't be afraid of the heat - the Museum is air conditioned!

The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment.

We have Rose Festival memorabilia on display, some of which dates back to the 1920's.

For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: North Windows , Zimmerman House
UPDATE: Woman Arrested After Carjacking One Vehicle, Crashing, Attempting to Carjack Another Vehicle
Portland Police Bureau - 07/02/15
Robbery detectives issued criminal citations for Robbery in the Third Degree and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle to the suspect, 38-year-old Brooke Defrees. Citations were issued by detectives due to Defrees being admitted to the hospital for treatment for an undetermined amount of time.

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On Thursday July 2, 2015, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of staff at Hooper Detox, located at 51 Northeast Grand Avenue, struggling with a woman outside the building. East Precinct officers in the area also responded to the scene.

The woman was told by Detox staff to leave the parking lot and she walked away.

As officers were leaving, they saw a disturbance in the street and a car speed away, learning that the woman carjacked a driver and stole the car.

As officers were getting information and trying to catch up to the suspect, she crashed in the Starbucks drive-up window driveway at Northeast Grand Avenue and Hoyt Street.

Officers arrived at the crash scene and took the 38-year-old woman into custody. She has been transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers spoke with the first victim at Northeast Grand Avenue and Couch Street, who told police that the suspect pulled her out of her 1999 Toyota Solano and drove away northbound on Grand Avenue.

Officers learned that the suspect pulled into the Starbucks drive-up driveway the wrong direction, crashed, and attempted to carjack another car before she was arrested.

The suspect was not armed and neither victim suffered any injuries.

Robbery detectives are responding to investigate the incident.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Deputies Asking For Public's Help Finding Missing Salem Man ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
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Mr. Stadeli has returned home safely.

Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Nicholas Stadeli, age 50, of Salem. Mr. Stadeli left his residence in the 5600 block of Silverton Road NE, after an argument with his wife on Saturday and has not been seen or heard from since. Since his disappearance Mr. Stadeli has turned off his cell phone and stopped using any electronic form of payment.

Mr. Stadeli is a white, male, adult who stands 5'10" tall and weighs 140 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a two tone brown and white, 1991, Ford, F250 truck bearing Oregon license 219GRQ.

If you have seen Mr. Stadeli or know where Mr. Stadeli may be please, call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous. The truck pictured is similar to the vehicle being driven by Stadeli.


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Oregon Ranchers Partner with the Union Gospel Mission of Salem to Help Provide a Holiday Meal for the Homeless Community (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 07/02/15
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SALEM,Ore., (07/02/2015) - For some, holidays are times of joyous reunions with family and tables laden with home cooked goodies. As the fourth of the July nears, Oregon ranchers got together to extend that feeling of community and belonging to those who may not have the opportunity to experience it this holiday.

The Union Gospel Mission of Salem, (UGM), put together a new event where they hosted a barbecue at Riverfront Park. "Holidays can be tough," said UGM Food Service Manager Michael Kerrigone. He said the goal of this event was to provide a special holiday luncheon for the guests and residents of the Salem UGM. In order to accomplish that, the mission needed a donation of beef.

Patrick Currins of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, (OCA), helped make that donation happen. "We've all had to have help sometime," Currins said. He had been thinking about how Oregon ranchers could play a part in helping the homeless community when he came across the opportunity to donate through UGM. "I'm hoping that this random thought of 'you can do this' will give people confidence to keep going." Currins said the donation was made possible by a collaborative effort between the Oregon Beef Council, (OBC), OCA, rancher Curtis Martin, and Staffords Packing Company.

Will Wise, Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Beef Council, said, "We were contacted by some local ranches that wanted to help out and the OBC hopes that this small donation helps those in need."

Michael DuClos, chef for the UGM as well as a food service Intern, started prepping hamburger patties at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning before the event. He really appreciated the beef donation. "It's nice to be able to serve something so nice."

Those who attended the lunch were greeted with friendly faces, picnic style games, and of course, a free half pound burger. Corey Record was thrilled with the burgers being given out. "We don't get to eat a lot of good food like this. Having beef here is great."
OCA's staff, Jerome Rosa, Jim Welsh, Kayli Hanley and Brittany Steele came by to show their support for the event. "It was a humbling experience to help the homeless community on behalf of OCA," Rosa said.

Kerrigone said the donation of beef made close to 300 half pound patties. He expected all of them to be given out, considering a line had started by 9 a.m., two hours before the event commenced. "Without partners like OCA, we wouldn't be able to do what we do," he said. Oregon ranchers donated a total of 292 pounds of burger to help make the lunch possible. Kerrigone hopes that this will turn into an annual event where people in Salem who are experiencing homelessness can count on a good pre-holiday meal.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Attached Media Files: Jim Welsh, Micheal Kerrigone, Michael DuClos, Jerome Rosa
***Updated Information 7/2/15***Officer Involved Shooting
McMinnville Police Dept. - 07/02/15
Information about the officer involved shooting incident in McMinnville from yesterday has previously been provided. This office has become aware that misinformation, not provided by Yamhill County Law Enforcement on this issue, has been disseminated on social media and otherwise. The information provided below is intended to both give further information to the public about the incident as well as correct misinformation that has been circulated.

On July 1, 2015 at about 7:30am a Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop on NE Doran Drive just off of Highway 99W in McMinnville. During the traffic stop the deputy requested a cover unit respond.

As a cover unit was responding to the area, the backseat passenger in the vehicle from the traffic stop, identified as Kevin Lamont Judson, exited the vehicle and ran across the highway into the shared parking lot of Christensen Auto Sales and Tire Factory. The other two (2) occupants of the stopped vehicle, driver and passenger, stayed with the vehicle as did the deputy who conducted the initial traffic stop.

Deputy Richard Broyles, responding to the area, encountered Judson in the parking lot of Christensen Auto Sales. Although details of the incident are continuing to be compiled, it is clear that Deputy Broyles and Judson were involved in a struggle and ultimately Judson was shot. At the time he was shot, he was alone in the driver's seat of Broyles' patrol vehicle.

At the time of the shooting, Deputy Broyles and Judson were the only two present. There were uninvolved witnesses in the area who are cooperating with the investigation and providing statements.

Earlier today, the autopsy of Kevin L. Judson was performed by Dr. Young of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. Cause of death was determined to be from two gunshot wounds.

This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the matter is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department tip line at 503-434-2337. Further inquiries should be directed to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office at 503-434-7539.
With Dry and Hot Conditions, Fire Officials Encourage Citizens to Celebrate Without Fireworks
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/02/15
TVF&R officials are concerned about fire potential with particularly dry conditions and high temperatures. Fire Marshal Steve Forster states, "Since 2010, TVF&R has had 93 fireworks-related fires causing over $2 million in damage. This is significant when you realize that fireworks are only on sale for less than two weeks a year." One of the most common fires that TVF&R responds to involves "spent" fireworks placed in a bucket or grocery sack that rekindle and spread to fences, decks, and even homes.

Citizens can drop off unwanted fireworks at any TVF&R Fire Station.
If you'd like to dispose of fireworks (illegal or legal), you can drop them off at any TVF&R fire station.

Instead of lighting your own fireworks, attend a professional display.
Shows in TVF&R's service area:
Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Avenue in Tigard
West Linn, Willamette Park 1100 12th St West Linn

If you're intent to use fireworks, keep it legal.
Oregon law bans fireworks that fly, explode, or move across the ground more than six feet or up in the air more than 12 inches. This includes popular items like bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and M80s. See more: www.oregon.gov/.../fireworks/ canyoutellthedifferencebetweenillegalfireworks.pdf.

Keep it safe.
Many of TVF&R's firework-related fires are caused by careless use or improper disposal of legal fireworks. Chief Forster adds, "Our fires involve both illegal and legal fireworks. Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's 100% safe." This includes sparklers. They can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees; wood burns at 575 degrees, while glass melts at 900 degrees (National Fire Protection Association).
Only adults should light or handle fireworks. Supervise children at all times.
Store fireworks, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation.
Never pick up or try to re-light a "dud."
Never alter fireworks or make your own.
Have a hose nearby in case of fire and place "spent" fireworks in a metal bucket with water.

Firework patrols during the holiday.
In an effort to help curb illegal activity, TVF&R firefighters will be driving through neighborhoods the evening of July 4 to share safety information. In addition, TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshals will be present at public displays and will be riding with local law enforcement officers to assist with their enforcement efforts.

Penalties for misusing fireworks.
Law enforcement agencies enforce criminal laws related to the use of illegal fireworks in Oregon. Under Oregon law, officers can seize illegal fireworks and issue criminal citations including reckless burning, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and more fines up to $500 per violation. People can also be held civilly liable for damages resulting from improper use of any fireworks - legal or illegal.

Reporting firework incidents in TVF&R's service area.
Individuals needing to report a fire or medical emergency should call 9-1-1; individuals wishing to report a nuisance or concern about illegal fireworks should do so via their non-emergency 9-1-1 number, 503.629.0111. These situations will be logged and passed on to local enforcement, and responded to as resources allow.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1214/85908/Fireworks_Safety_2015_Final_Draft.pdf
Sheriff's Office Increases DUII Patrols for 4th of July Weekend
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will increase DUII patrols for the 4th of July weekend. This holiday weekend is traditionally a dangerous weekend with increases in crashes resulting from impaired driving. The Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, is receiving funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for high visibility enforcement for DUII. PLEASE, do not consume intoxicating substances and drive. As a reminder, driving under the influence is not just an alcohol issue, but also Marijuana, illegal drugs and intoxicating prescription medication. If you suspect someone of DUII please call 911 and report it.
Statement from Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer
KestenMedia - 07/02/15
Statement below from Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer regarding Commissioner Avakian's Final Order. Questions should be directed to Paul Thompson.

"We would like to thank BOLI for once again sending a clear message that discrimination will simply not be tolerated in our state. This has been a horrible ordeal for our entire family. We never imagined finding ourselves caught up in a fight for social justice. We knew it was on us to set an example for our two kids - to stand up for what is right. We endured daily, hateful attacks on social media, received death threats and feared for our family's safety, yet our goal remained steadfast. We were determined to ensure that this kind of blatant discrimination never happened to another couple, another family, another Oregonian. Everyone deserves to be treated as an equal member of society. As Commissioner Avakian wrote in his Final Order, the 'public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society.' The Kleins violated the law and we are relieved that BOLI stood up with us to hold them accountable and send a clear message to Oregon businesses that discrimination will not be tolerated."
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
On July 1, 2015, OSP Troopers, OSP Detectives and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents were in the Sunny Valley area of Josephine County attempting to locate a homicide suspect from Siskiyou County, California. The suspect had been identified as Kaleb LANDON, age 32, of Yreka.

At about 6:00PM, the suspect was seen in a moving vehicle and troopers attempted to stop it. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect fled northbound on I-5 from the 71 Interchange. The suspect made it approximately a mile before crashing into another vehicle.

After a brief standoff with LANDON, who was armed with a firearm, an officer involved shooting occurred. LANDON was declared deceased on scene. None of the law enforcement officers on scene were injured. It is believed two ATF agents and four OSP troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.

The OSP employees have been identified as:

Sergeant Brandon Boice, Patrol Division, assigned to the Grants Pass Worksite, joined OSP in 2001.

Sergeant First Class Jeff Fitzgerald, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 1999.

Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander, Patrol Division, assigned to the Central Point Area Command, joined OSP in 2008.

Detective Brent Sitowski, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 2007.

As a matter of their policy, ATF does not release the names of agents involved in an ongoing investigation.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Medford Police Department, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.

This is a sensitive investigation and release of further information could compromise it. Information will be released when it is available. Any questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Site of Early Military Fort added to National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/02/15
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The site of a U.S. Army fort that played a role in Indian resettlement in Oregon and in maintaining a federal presence here during the Civil War is one of Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 37-acre site is located on the Siuslaw National Forest in Douglas County. At its height in 1859, Fort Umpqua was comprised of 13 buildings including four officers' houses, a barracks, blockhouse, hospital, guard house, two laundress buildings, a bakery, barn, and sutler store. None of the buildings remain today.

The U.S. Forest Service's primary roles relate to natural resources. However, it also plays a role in caretaking important cultural resources on federal land. The Fort Umpqua site was an important site more than 150 years ago.

The fort was established in 1856 as part of a 3-fort system (including Fort Hoskins and Fort Yamhill) to implement treaties with tribes. When the Civil War began in 1861, most of its troops returned east but a contingent remained to provide an overall sense of military security to the region. The fort was closed in late 1862.

While serving at the fort in 1856, Brigadier General John J. Milhau set up one of the earliest weather recording stations on the Oregon coast, collected specimens of flora and fauna for the Smithsonian Institution, and wrote several reports about the language and culture of the Coos and Lower Umpqua Indians. Colonel Edward P. Vollum also sent many boxes of plant and wildlife specimens to the Smithsonian and was one of the earliest amateur photographers on the West Coast.

"We applaud the U.S. Forest Service's efforts to preserve and develop cultural heritage resources," said Chrissy Curran, the deputy state historic preservation officer. "The site of Fort Umpqua is deserving of this attention."

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: Press Release , US Army Fort Umpqua National Register nomination (redacted) , US Army Fort Umpqua
Party like it's 1945... and '75... and '95 at Oregon Historical Society's Oregon through the Decades event (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/02/15
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Portland, OR - You're invited to drink, dance, and party like it's 1945... and 1975... and 1995... and 2015! Head back in time with the Oregon Historical Society at "Oregon through the Decades," the first event hosted by the Society's new junior board, The Cabinet.

The festivities kick off at 7:30pm on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Bust a move to the greatest hits from the past 70 years, and enjoy libations on the Society's outdoor plaza overlooking the South Park Blocks. Plus, be one of the first to visit the Oregon Historical Society's newest and largest exhibit ever, World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, featuring rare artifacts including an authentic Nazi enigma machine (just like in The Imitation Game)!

Tickets are only $30, and include two drink vouchers, light appetizers, live music, dancing, and after-hours access to three floors of museum exhibits. Turn your event ticket into an OHS membership for only $50 (regular membership cost is $60 - save $10 on a full year of history), with benefits including unlimited free admission to the OHS museum and research library, special event invitations and exhibition previews, and a subscription to the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

A limited number of raffle tickets are also available; each ticket is $10 and enters you into a drawing for one of two "Portland Experience" baskets featuring Trail Blazers tickets, overnight stays in downtown Portland, local restaurant certificates, Oregon wine, and more! Out of town but don't want to miss out on the fun? Purchase your raffle ticket online for your chance to win!

Tickets are on sale now (https://orhs.ejoinme.org/?tabid=686616) and can also be purchased at the door. This event is sponsored by Boly:Welch, The Dress-Neitling Family (in honor of Ted William Dress), The Furr Family, KeyBank, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Stoel Rives LLP, and all proceeds support the Oregon Historical Society's programs and exhibitions.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Presentations by Community Health Improvement Plan grant recipients lead agenda for Community Advisory Council's July 10 public meeting in Beaverton
Health Share of Oregon - 07/02/15
(Portland, OR) - The four organizations which received grants from Health Share of Oregon's 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan will give presentations on the results of their grant projects at the July 10 meeting of Health Share's Community Advisory Council. The meeting, which begins at 12:30pm, will be held at the Beaverton Community Center (Community Room), 12350 SW 5th Street in Beaverton.

Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment and implement a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHP) based on that assessment every three years. Health Share's 2015 CHP focuses on behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) and chronic disease related to physical activity and nutrition, with resources focused on culturally-specific Community Health Workers and Peer Mentors.

Four local organizations received CHP grants from Health Share this past year to implement projects or programs which involved culturally-specific Community Health Workers and Peer Mentors. These organizations included Familias en Accion, the Center for Intercultural Organizing, Northwest Family Services, and North by Northeast.

Representatives from these organizations will give presentations to Community Advisory Council on their grant projects and how the CHP funding enabled them to improve health care support and services for their culturally diverse audiences.

In addition, Sarah Kemp from Access2Care, which operates the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation service Ride To Care, will give an update on that program.

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

Date: Friday, July 10, 2015

Time: Council Meeting: 12:30pm to 2:40pm
Public comment period: 2:40pm to 2:55pm

Location: Beaverton Community Center (Community Room, 12350 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005

Parking is available onsite.

Via Tri-Met: 76-Beaverton/Tualatin or 78-Beaverton/Lake Oswego (to SW Hall & 5th)

Agenda: Posted to the Council's website one week prior to each meeting

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Joe Enlet at joe@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-4959 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

- About the Community Advisory Council -
Comprised of Oregon Health Plan members, leaders from community-based organizations and county agencies, the Council plays a dual role. In addition to advising Health Share's Board of Directors on the strategic direction of the organization, the Council enables consumers to take an active role in improving their own health and that of their family and communities.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving nearly 250,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental, and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. Working towards a regional system of care, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health, and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance, and Washington County.

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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/02/15
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The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

9:45 a.m., Central Point, Oregon - Central Point Freedom Festival
10:00 a.m., Lake of the Woods, Oregon - Lake of the Woods Fourth of July Celebration
10:10 a.m., Ashland, Oregon - Main Street Fourth of July Celebration
10:30 a.m., Burns, Oregon - Harney County 4th of July Parade
10:30 a.m., Manzanita, Oregon - Manzanita Fourth of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Eagle Point, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Rockaway Beach, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:15 a.m., Neskowin, Oregon - Neskowin Fourth of July Celebration
11:30 a.m., Creswell, Oregon - Creswell 4th of July Celebration

All flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility in the United States.


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Free and Confidential Counseling Services Available to Post-911 War Zone Veterans Beginning Monday, July 6
Pacific University - 07/02/15
HILLSBORO -- Beginning Monday, July 6, the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic invites post-911 war zone military service veterans and their family members to schedule free and confidential counseling services at both the Hillsboro and Portland locations.

The offerings are the result of a new partnership between the clinic and the Returning Veterans Project, a 10 year-old Portland-based nonprofit that connects post-911 war zone vets and their families to healthcare providers specializing in counseling, acupuncture, physical therapy and more.

"We recognize that returning to civilian life following war zone military service is often accompanied by physical and psychological challenges," RVP executive director Belle Landau said. "Our providers, including those with our newest partner, Pacific University, are committed to giving veterans and their family members the care they need."

Operated by Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology, the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic provides affordable and accessible outpatient assessment, therapy, and primary care services to children, adults, couples and families at our clinics. The Hillsboro location is located on the second floor 222 SE 8th Ave., while the Portland location is located on the third floor at 1411 SW Morrison. For a complete listing of the clinic's services, visit pchpacificu.org.

To schedule an appointment in Hillsboro, please call 503-352-7333. For appointments at the Portland location, please call 503-352-2400.

For more information about the Returning Veterans Project, visit returningveterans.org.

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office to Increase Patrols Over Independence Day Weekend
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols over the 4th of July weekend in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on motorists and pedestrians. Extra patrols will take place between July 2nd and July 5th. Funding for enhanced visibility enforcement is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sheriff Tim Svenson stated, "I want everyone to have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. With the holiday falling over the unseasonably warm weekend and the St. Paul Rodeo in Marion County there will be celebrations taking place that involve alcohol and/or other substances. My wish is for everyone to make it home safe and sound and zero fatalities over the holiday weekend."

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol is being served you can take the following precautions to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

Make sure to include food and non-alcoholic beverages;
Monitor your guest's alcohol consumption and take the keys
from a guest who has had too much;
Use public transportation or a taxi;
Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home;
Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired
family or friends from driving;
And always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report the driver immediately. Some signs to look for are:
Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane
Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals
Making unusually wide turns
Driving over curbs
Driving with headlights off at night
Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
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Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.

According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.

Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.

The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.

Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.


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Traffic investigation closes section of W. Fourth Plain (UPDATE: LANES OPEN)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/02/15
update

All lanes of W Fourth Plain have re-opened. However, emergency personnel are still on scene so avoid area if possible. Traffic moving very slowly through area.

Investigation continuing. No serious injuries.




Vancouver Police are at a traffic investigation in the 600 block of W. Fourth Plain Blvd. involving some downed power lines. All lanes are closed while emergency personnel are on scene. Fourth Plain between Harney and Kauffman is closed to all traffic in both directions. Please avoid the area and use an alternate route.

Emergency personnel may be on scene for several hours.

Notification will be sent out when lanes re-open.
Department of Forestry reminds public to use caution over holiday weekend
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/02/15
Today NWCC (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center) announced there are 14 uncontained large wildfires in Oregon and Washington. Many of these fires were caused by lightning from last weekend's thunderstorms, but several can be attributed to human activity. Year to date human-caused fires in Oregon are up 60 percent compared to the 10-year average. More than half the fires in the Central Oregon District in 2015 are human-caused.

Heading into the holiday weekend the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to remind the public that a Regulated Closure for lands protected by the Central Oregon District is being implemented. The intent of the closure is to limit human-caused fires. The closure prohibits smoking outside of vehicles, use of fireworks, and blasting. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited except in designated areas. Additional restrictions and details can be found at the following website: tinyurl.com/COD-Regulated-Closure. Also restricted during fire season is the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition within 1/8 mile of the district, and the release of sky lanterns.

The forecast is for hot and dry weather through the weekend and continuing into next week. High temperatures combined with already extreme fuel conditions could result in rapid fire growth, leading to dangerous and costly fires. A single spark from a careless human could result in a catastrophic fire damaging wildlife habitat, our homes and communities, our forests and watersheds.

As you head out to enjoy your holiday weekend please remember to use caution and follow Regulated Closure and fire season restrictions for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Contact your local National Forest or Bureau of Land Management office for public use restrictions on public lands.

Please call 911 to report a wildfire.
Deputies Investigating Single Vehicle Crash***Photo Added*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a single vehicle, roll over crash on Silverton Road NE near Desart Road NE. The driver of the vehicle and only occupant in the car is said to have a head injury and is being transported via Life Flight to an unknown medical center.

Silverton Road between Desart and Brushcreek is closed and expected to remain closed for the next two hours. Deputies will be working to determine why the driver left the roadway and rolled his vehicle. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.


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PeaceHealth Southwest prepares for fireworks-related injuries
PeaceHealth - 07/02/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - With record-dry conditions and a continued heat wave on tap, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center emergency physicians are urging people to use extreme caution this year when celebrating with fireworks on the Fourth of July.

PeaceHealth's emergency and trauma physicians treat a number injuries each year from fireworks, including burns and significant eye and hand injuries. According to the Washington State Patrol's Fireworks-Related Injury Report, there were 277 total documented firework-related injuries reported in Washington last year requiring hospital care, including 10 in Clark County. The most common causes of injuries included holding fireworks in the hands, getting too close or being hit by firework and leaning over fireworks.

In addition, dry conditions in the area are increasing the chances of fire, and therefore placing individuals at greater risk for burn injuries.

"A moment of poor judgement can change the rest of your life," said George Dulabon, MD, medical director for Trauma at PeaceHealth Southwest, who said he's seen his fair share of permanent injuries from fireworks - from the loss of a hand to blindness.

"We encourage people to refrain from drinking alcohol when using fireworks, and to keep a close eye on children, who often don't have the ability to understand the force of these things," he said.

"If you think for a second that a firework is a dud, do not pick it up, and always throw water on it immediately," said Dulabon.

Read more fireworks safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Make sure fireworks are legal before buying or using them.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/02/15
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase to $567, while the minimum amount will be $133.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims effective on or after June 28, 2015. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount.

Higher wage growth in 2014 resulted in a 3.9% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 3.3% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago. Over the past 12 months the maximum payment has been $549, while the minimum was $128.

Under Oregon law, each year the Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law.


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State approves nursing facility project in Southwest Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/02/15
July 2, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority issued a proposed order today to Robison Jewish Home, doing business as Cedar Sinai Park (Robison Jewish Home), for renovating its existing facility and adding four relocated nursing facility beds to its licensed capacity.

The project will involve the construction of two buildings that will house four 12-bedroom households and will be attached to the newly renovated facility. The four additional nursing facility beds will be relocated from Marquis Care Vermont Hills. Robison Jewish Home is located at 6125 SW Boundary St., Portland, Ore. 97221.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may ask the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by July 13, 2015, the proposed order will automatically become final. For more information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, certificate of need coordinator, Oregon Public Health Division, at 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, Robison Jewish Home was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the relocation of existing nursing facility beds and the rebuilding of all or part of a long term-care facility. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

This proposed order grants the provider permission to proceed with the project as submitted. This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Handgun - Three Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/02/15
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On Wednesday July 1, 2015, at 10:38 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers stopped a vehicle at Southeast 129th Avenue and Division Street and contacted the occupants.

Two of the occupants were arrested on probation violations. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a handgun.

Based on the discovery of the handgun, a third person was arrested. A fourth subject in the vehicle was not arrested and was released at the scene.

21-year-old Javonni Matthew was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Forgery in the First Degree, and Possession of Oxycodone. Matthew was also lodged on a probation violation.

21-year-old Kyle Evan Polk was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm. Polk was also lodged on a probation violation.

32-year-old David Green Jr. was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Possession of Oxycodone.

The three people arrested were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned today.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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UPDATE: Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers
City of Vancouver - 07/02/15
FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND UPDATE:

Temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s through the weekend, and many city facilities will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

The Firstenburg Community Center, Marshall Community Center, Luepke Senior Center and the Water Resources Education Center will all be closed on Saturday, July 4.

The Luepke Senior Center will also be closed on Friday, July 3.

The Water Center will be open only from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, including restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and other stores that will remain open throughout the weekend.

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Vancouver, Wash. - Temperatures are heating up, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Centers to cool off, meet up with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned. Most of the open areas at Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned. For those age 50 and better, the Luepke Senior Center next to the Marshall community Center offers a variety of air-conditioned activities to beat the heat, Monday through Friday (closed on weekends).

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

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

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations.

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

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any time. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that except for service animals, pets are not allowed in the community centers mentioned below.

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

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

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

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

Luepke Senior Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. (behind the Marshall Center)
360-487-7050

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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

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

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Salem Fireworks - 2015
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/02/15
Although legal fireworks are allowed in Salem over this Independence Day holiday weekend, the Salem Fire Department cautions residents to be extra diligent if they choose to use fireworks this year, due to the current weather forecasts and drier conditions across the area.

Legal fireworks that are sold at licensed sales locations are the only fireworks that are allowed to be used by the public within the City of Salem. These fireworks include cones and fountains, as well as novelty items such as snakes, sparklers, and poppers. Illegal fireworks include fireworks that explode, fly into the air, travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches vertically. These fireworks are illegal statewide.

Penalties for use and possession of illegal fireworks are set by state law and can be up to $500 per offense. Additionally, Salem ordinances specify that persons responsible for causing a fire using illegal fireworks can be held liable for the fire suppression costs incurred by the fire department. It should also be noted that parents of minors can be held liable for fire suppression costs for fires, even if the cause is related to state-legal fireworks. Parental supervision is an important part of fire and injury prevention.

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

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

BE SAFE when lighting fireworks
An adult should always light the fireworks
Keep matches and lighters away from children
Use fireworks only outside - away from combustibles
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
Keep children and pets away from fireworks
Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand

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

BE AWARE of laws governing fireworks
Use only legal fireworks - and only in legal places
Consumer fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks

The Salem Fire Department encourages you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. If you choose to use fireworks this season, please use your fireworks safely and responsibly and remember to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe."

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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be near Tumalo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/02/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 18 near Tumalo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also conduct a public meeting in Bend from 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Evergreen Public Schools Centralized Registration Begins in July
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 07/02/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Families with students new to Evergreen Public Schools or who have moved to a new school area can now take advantage of Centralized Student Registration hours this summer. The registration will take place at Evergreen Public Schools Administrative Service Center located at 13501 NE 28th Street, Vancouver in the Clark Room of the Tan Conference Center Building.

Parents will be able to get information about school requirements and how to make appointments at their child's school for class scheduling. It's a great way to get a jump start on the fall process by giving families the opportunity to register all of their students at once.

Families are asked to bring the following items with them when they come to register: proof of residency - a verifiable document with a current address on it, such as a rental/lease agreement, or Utility bill; student's birth certificate - if they are being registered for Kindergarten or First Grade; complete immunization information; and registration forms. Registration forms may be found online at http://evergreenps.org/Article-View/student-registration or picked up at the registration desk.

Centralized registration will be available beginning the week of July 14. Registration dates are Tuesdays from 7:30am to 8:00pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 4:00pm through the week of August 13. A Spanish translator will be available on Tuesdays and a Russian translator will be available on Thursdays.

For further information on registration requirements, please visit the district website at: www.evergreenps.org or call 360-604-4163.
Legal Fireworks Allowed, Common Sense Urged
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/02/15
(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro residents will be allowed to ignite Oregon legal fireworks this July 4th according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Prince. However, firefighters are urging everyone to use caution and to exercise good judgement and common sense during the hot, dry holiday weekend to avoid sparking devastating fires.

"We don't want to infringe on anyone's right to celebrate responsibly," Prince said. "We are urging everyone to voluntarily restrict or eliminate their use of fireworks due to the high fire danger and, instead, attend one of the many commercial or community fireworks displays around the metropolitan area," he added. If citizens must set off fireworks, Deputy Chief Prince urged the following:

Ignite legal fireworks only on paved or cleared dirt surfaces
Have a large bucket of water or a charged water hose nearby
Dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water
Closely supervise teens' use of fireworks
Remember that even sparklers burn at 1,200-degrees

Parents are reminded that they are responsible for damages caused by their children through the misuse of legal fireworks or the use of illegal fireworks. Violators may be subject to fines and civil penalties. By city ordinance, use of fireworks in parks or on city property is prohibited.

Oregon law defines illegal fireworks as those that explode, fly through the air, shoot balls of fire, or travel across the ground more than six feet. Only legal fireworks may be sold at locations here in Hillsboro and across most of Oregon. Citizens who purchase fireworks from tribal retailers or from stands in Washington and return to Oregon may be violating the law.

You can find additional information about Oregon fireworks at the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm/pages/licensing_fireworks_home.aspx. For additional information about local fire and life safety information, contact Hillsboro Fire & Rescue at 503-681-6166 or visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.




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Argument Over Girl Results in One Man Being Stabbed in Troutdale
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
On 07-02-15 at 0101 hours deputies were dispatched to the area of SW 29Th St and SW Sundial Ave in Troutdale on the report of a male threatening another male with a knife. Responding units arrived two minutes later as BOEC broadcast that a subject was running from the scene and another had been stabbed. Deputies found one male at the scene with non-life threatening stab wounds. He was identified as 19 year old Anthony Barrera. The male that had initially ran from the scene almost immediately returned and was contacted by law enforcement without incident. The knife used in the stabbing was located nearby and a vehicle associated with the incident was towed from the scene. Both men were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Mr. Barrera, found to be the initial aggressor, was later booked for Assault IV, Criminal Mischief I, Disorderly Conduct and Strangulation.

The booking photo is available on our website at www.mcso.us.
Fight Ends With One Man Stabbed In North East Salem
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
Last night at around 11:40 p.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE to investigate a reported stabbing. When Deputies arrived they found Nathaniel Francois, age 20, of Salem with a stab wound to his stomach.

The suspect, Shawn Pelletier, age 39, of Salem fled on foot from the scene, but was later located by Deputies and arrested. Detectives worked through the night on the case and were able to determine that the fight stemmed from a past dispute over a girl.

Mr. Francois is being treated at the Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and Mr. Pelletier was arrested for the crimes of Assault II and the Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Mr. Pelletier is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and set to appear in court today at 3 p.m.

Current mug shots of Pelletier are not yet available.
Two Deceased in Rural Newberg Helicopter Crash
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/15
On July 1st at approximately 10:14 p.m., Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies and Newberg Fire Units responded to a report of a helicopter crash in the area of North Valley Road and Dopp Road in rural Newberg.


Upon arrival it was confirmed that a helicopter had, in fact, crashed in a field and caused a wild land fire which was contained and extinguished by fire personnel.


The aircraft was determined to be a 2004 schweizer 300c helicopter. Examination of the aircraft led to the discovery of two deceased occupants. They are believed to be the only passengers in the aircraft. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.


The names of the victims will be withheld pending notification to their families.


The scene will be secured and maintained by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office pending further investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is expected to occur during daylight tomorrow.


More information will be provided in a follow up media release tomorrow.
07/01/15
Red Cross Assists After Vancouver Residential fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/01/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting four adults and two children displaced by a multi-family residential fire July 1 in the 3500 block of P Street in Vancouver, Clark County, Wash.

The Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance for food, clothing, bedding and linens, infant supplies and formula, and crib and linens; lodging; comfort kits, stuffed animals, and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call 503-528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fire Chiefs Urge Extreme Caution With Fireworks
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/01/15
The fire chiefs of Linn and Benton Counties are asking the public to exercise extreme caution with fireworks during this Fourth of July holiday weekend. The hot, dry weather and low snow pack have created fire conditions that are ripe for the ignition and spread of unwanted fires.

Only legal fireworks are permitted for use throughout Oregon. Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are examples of illegal fireworks in Oregon.

There are a number of local, state and federal agencies that have banned the use of all fireworks on their protected lands. Some of those agencies include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Parks, US Department of Forestry, and the US Bureau of Land Management. Please follow specific laws and rules regarding fireworks use in these jurisdictions.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event and the fire chiefs would strongly encourage the public to watch fireworks shows in place of lighting off fireworks this year. However, the following safety precautions should be followed for adults when using fireworks:
Light fireworks only on smooth, flat, hard surfaces, and aim them away from spectators, buildings, dry grass, and flammable materials.
Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher handy.
Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction.
Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face.
Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
Keep a phone handy and know first aid for burns.
Ensure all fireworks are extinguished/cold before disposing in trash receptacles
-UPDATE-RESULTS-Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol for June and Out of School Safety
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies arrested 74 impaired drivers and issued 24 citations to underage people for illegal alcohol consumption.

Sheriff's Deputies will continue to focus on impaired drivers and underage drinking as the hot summer continues. There will be enhanced traffic safety details announced as they occur.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

June 16, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), will be on the roads providing extra patrol to enhance safety for the month of June focusing on out-of-school illegal activities.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer experience. The June travel period is dangerous due to heavily traveled roadways combined with impaired and distracted drivers. Underage alcohol use is a serious safety issue. Underage drinking is a major contributor to assaults, (both physical and sexual), along with impaired driving and other serious consequences.

Deputies will be out in force during busy times the entire month of June. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided in July, 2015.

Please remember to be sober, safe and considerate while enjoying the beginning of the summer.
City's new "Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds" summer concert series starts July 26
City of Vancouver - 07/01/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is pleased to announce a new east side concert series starting this summer called "Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds." The three-week concert series features Patrick Lamb on July 26, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts on Aug. 2 and concludes with Curtis Salgado on Aug. 9.

The City of Vancouver is partnering with the Columbia Tech Center to provide these free, family-friendly concerts from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Tech Center's private park in east Vancouver. The park is located off Southeast Sequoia Circle, south of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, near Columbia Valley Elementary School.

Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks and beverages. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the park. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Free parking is available next to the park on the southeast corner of Southeast Tech Center Drive and Sequoia Circle.

Everyone is welcome. If special accommodations are needed, please call 360-487-8630.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/concerts, or call City of Vancouver Special Events at 360-487-8630.

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Oregon State Police Announces New Forensics Services Director
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/01/15
Superintendent Rich Evans is welcoming current Lane County District Attorney, Alex Gardner, as the new Director of the Forensic Services Division of the Oregon State Police. Mr. Gardner will begin his career with OSP on August 1st by attending the Basic Recruit Pre-Academy and continue through the training process at the Oregon Public Safety Academy- including the agency field training program. Once Mr. Gardner is finished with his field training, he will report to the agency General Headquarters in Salem, assuming the duties of the Director of the Forensics Division.

According to Superintendent Evans, "Mr. Gardner has a vast educational background, including a BA in psychology, a MS in biology, and a Juris Doctorate in law. Along with his educational background, Mr. Gardner brings his experience as a Deputy District Attorney and the experience of being the District Attorney of Lane County. Mr. Gardner is well known in the public safety sector of Oregon and will bring his vast experience here to OSP".

The OSP Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/15
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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives. At the beginning of the month, the Bureau will post Directives for public review and ask for comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directives, which are being reviewed through the Bureau's public process for the first time:

260.10, Special Revenue Accounts
741.00, Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents/Weapons
755.00, Aircraft Crash Procedures
761.00, Hazardous Material Incidents
762.00, Mobilization
785.00, Earthquake Procedures
790.00, Evacuation Procedures

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

This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new Directives are posted and access the Directives Project review schedule.

These Directives will remain posted and comments collected from Wednesday, July 1, 2015, through Thursday, July 30, 2015.

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Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet July 9
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:
-- Review new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association acute stroke systems of care guidelines.
-- Review and discuss draft map of acute stroke care networks.
-- Review and discuss draft hospital survey.
-- Review and discuss draft EMS survey.

When: Thursday, July 9, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, East Wing, Conference Room 1003, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland.

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

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code: 559758.

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' Opens Aug. 1 (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 07/01/15
A photo of Jameson Tabor is attached. Photographer: Travis Nodurft
A photo of Jameson Tabor is attached. Photographer: Travis Nodurft
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its 11th season Saturday, Aug. 1, with Frank Loesser's 1961 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy satire of big business.
Directed by Clackamas Rep's Doren Elias, associate artistic director, "How to Succeed in Business" features Jameson Tabor as J. Pierrepont Finch, who quickly rises from window washer to high-powered executive. Recent Drammy Award-winner Cassi Q. Kohl plays his love interest, Rosemary. The musical is choreographed by Megan Misslin.
"How to Succeed in Business" is based on the book of the same name. Written by Shepherd Mead in 1952, it is a satire of an instruction manual that pokes fun at American corporate life. The book was inspired by Mead's real-life experiences at the Benton & Bowles advertising agency. Like the character J. Pierrepont Finch, he joined the company as a mail-room clerk who eventually worked his way up to vice president.
This clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder is filled with familiar and high-octane tunes such as "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man," and "The Company Way," and fun, high-energy choreography. The show also features Jon Quesenberry as Bud Frump, the nerdy, jealous nephew, Sydney Weir as Smitty, and Mark Pierce as Biggley.
Performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. through August 23. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets may be purchased by calling 503-594-6047 or at clackamasrep.org. The low-price preview is July 30, and the July 31 performance is sold out. Opening night is Aug 1. Clackamas Rep's season continues Sept 11 with the Northwest premiere of "One Man, Two Guvnors."
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Attached Media Files: A photo of Jameson Tabor is attached. Photographer: Travis Nodurft
August 2015 CCC Calendar of Events
Clackamas Community College - 07/01/15
August 1 - 23
Clackamas Repertory Theatre: 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
Clackamas Rep presents the award-winning musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," written by Frank Loesser and directed by Doren Elias. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. For ticket information visit www.clackamasrep.org or call the box office at 503-594-6047.

August 5, 12, 19, 26
Farmer's Market Wednesdays
Summer term on Wednesdays, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., the Urban Agriculture Farm Experience class at CCC will sell vegetables, grown on campus using organic methods. The produce cart will be outside the Community Center at CCC's Oregon City campus. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, email Loretta Mills at lorettam@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-3292.
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, Room 220 in Rook Hall. For information, call 503-594-3254.
August 7-8
Horticulture Workshop: Build a Cob Oven|
Learn how to build a small cob oven for your backyard. Class is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Clairmont, room 117. Fee is $65. Course registration number: 261695. For more information, email Loretta Mills at lorettam@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-3292.
August 16
'Sundays at Seven' featuring Merideth Kaye Clark
Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its "Sundays at Seven" cabaret concert series on Sunday, Aug. 26, with a show featuring Merideth Kaye Clark performing Joni Mitchell's "Blue" album. Tickets are $15 a show or all three performances for $40. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.clackamasrep.org or at the door.
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Suspect Pleads Guilty in 2014 Homicide of William "Cougar" Burleigh (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/15
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On Monday June 29, 2015, 42-year-old Robert Lewis Browne pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and was sentenced to 75 months in prison in connection with the October 2014 homicide of William "Cougar" Burleigh.

Browne was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force on February 3, 2014 in Southeast Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

This investigation started on Sunday October 12, 2014, at 3:27 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to assist medical personnel on the report of a man lying unconscious across the street from the Portland Rescue Mission, located at 111 West Burnside Street.

Officers and medical personnel located the man non-responsive and suffering from a head injury. The man had no identification and Detectives and Criminalists were later able to identify him as William "Cougar" Burleigh. Burleigh was transported to a Portland hospital where he died two days later.

No witnesses approached the officers at the scene. Further investigation by detectives revealed several subjects were in the area during this incident. Detectives later identified reluctant witnesses who told police that Burleigh was involved in a confrontation with Browne in which Browne punched Burleigh and knocked him to the ground.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on October 15, 2014 and concluded that Burleigh's injuries were consistent with a fall.

Detective Anthony Merrill was the lead Homicide investigator on this case and Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt prosecuted this case for the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

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***Updated Information***Officer Involved Shooting
McMinnville Police Dept. - 07/01/15
At approximately 7:30 am on July 1, 2015 officers from multiple Yamhill County agencies responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting that occurred near the intersection of Hwy 99W and Doran Drive, McMinnville.

One male is deceased at the scene and was positively identified as Kevin Lamont Judson DOB: 8/24/1990 (24) of Dayton, OR. The involved deputy, Deputy Richard Broyles, a 16 year veteran of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, was unharmed and is currently on paid administrative leave as per established protocol.

The incident is being investigated by the Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team (MCRT). The MCRT is made up of investigators from the McMinnville Police Department, the Newberg Dundee Police Department, the Yamhill County District Attorney, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, the Yamhill Police Department, the Carlton Police Department, the Amity Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

This investigation is in its initial stages and is still evolving. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Press inquiries should be made to Captain Tim Symons of the McMinnville Police Department at 503-435-5614 or 503-437-1106. Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department tip line at 503-434-2337.
Law Enforcement Scams Continue to Plague Area
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received numerous complaints from the public concerning a warrant or jury duty scam. The person would ask for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly had a warrant, missed jury duty or had other financial issues.

The scammer would call a phone number at random and identify themselves as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and would say the person currently has a warrant for their arrest. Lately, there have been reports that the person will identify themselves as Chief Deputy Willie Bose from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The name and rank will change but the scam is the same. Some people reported that if they missed the call, the person would leave a message for them to call back.

As the conversation progressed, the person would tell the victim that they will be arrested if they did not buy a Green Dot prepaid card in a specified amount to pay the fine. Once the victim had the card, the person would then arrange a location to meet them and obtain the card. The person would threaten to arrest them if they didn't pay the fine.

No law enforcement agency will ever call demanding money to clear a warrant or for any other reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a law enforcement officer is required to take them into custody and not take any type of payment to clear the warrant. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.

Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment that involves urgency. These are all considered scams to cheat you out of your money. Prepaid cards are considered as good as cash. Once a person has the secreted code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.

The Sheriff's Office reminds the public to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money through various methods.

Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
Beaverton Bakery Celebrates 90th Anniversary at First Friday
City of Beaverton - 07/01/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Carrie Ann Schubert, owner of Beaverton Bakery, is partnering with the Beaverton Downtown Association to celebrate the bakery's 90th anniversary. The party will take place in front of Beaverton Bakery during First Friday on July 3. Broadway will be closed between East Street and Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. to accommodate outdoor seating, old fashioned carnival games and music performed by the Crothers & Others band. Residents and visitors are invited to dance in the street and enjoy complimentary strawberry shortcake from Beaverton's renowned bakery.

"The Beaverton Bakery has been part of our community for an astounding 90 years," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I'm looking forward to celebrating and honoring one of our most famous local businesses!"

The celebration will include a cookie and pie bake-off. Schubert will be the judge and the winning recipes might make their way into the bakery's vault of favorites.

Other highlights include Mayor Denny Doyle volunteering to be the target of the dunk tank. For a donation of a dollar, you can test your aim and try to dunk the mayor. He is scheduled to be dunked from 5 to 6 p.m.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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This Fourth of July Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/01/15
The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Families and friends gather and celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, and fireworks. For many people, the celebration includes alcohol and now possible marijuana, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive impaired.

To crack down on impaired driving this Fourth of July weekend, the Beaverton Police Department will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.

This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Beaverton roads safer for everyone. Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you're caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. Keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUII arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUII costs about $10,000.

The Beaverton Police recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

Before drinking or using marijuana, designate a non-impaired driver.

If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use public transportation.

If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact the Beaverton Police by calling 911.

If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

If you are stopped and believed to be impaired because of Marijuana, the Beaverton Police Department has officers who will evaluate you for impairment. These officers are Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) and have received specialty training on how to evaluate individuals who are impaired by drugs including marijuana.

Please make this Fourth of July one to remember for fun and not the tragedy of impaired driving.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet July 10
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 971-673-3392 (meeting information and accommodations)

What: Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee will meet Friday, July 10. The primary focus of the meeting will be to begin discussions of the metrics to be included in the third year of the program. Public testimony will be taken.

When: Friday, July 10, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, 421 Southwest Oak Street in Portland, on the first floor in the Oak conference room. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-336-1828, participant code 9657836#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Construction to begin on next link of SE Evergreen Highway walkway
City of Vancouver - 07/01/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Work is expected to begin Wednesday, July 8, on the next segment of a pedestrian walkway along the south side of Southeast Evergreen Highway. Completion of this new walkway from Southeast Ellsworth west to Southeast 100th Court is anticipated by early October.

The walkway will be mostly 8-foot-wide, except where a 6-foot width is used to preserve several mature fir trees. The design features environmentally friendly pervious concrete to allow rain to filter through to the ground. The project also includes three retaining walls along the route.

The City has been laying the groundwork for this project for more than a year, working through the complex process of design, environmental permitting and rights-of-way acquisitions. This past June, the Vancouver City Council awarded a $646,000 construction contract to lowest responsive bidder Halme Excavating of Battle Ground. The project is funded by a federal transportation enhancement grant.

With members of the neighborhood and larger community, the City has long been working to develop a safe and accessible walking path along the Southeast Evergreen Highway. To tackle this big goal, the overall project is being completed in several phases.

The phase from Southeast Ellsworth Road to the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy, was completed in 2001. However, stormwater regulations have changed significantly since that time, resulting in far different design requirements for this next phase of trail. For example, in addition to a pervious concrete surface, the current design includes a 2-foot-wide gravel strip between the existing roadway and the new walkway to allow for street drainage runoff.

The remaining sections of trail from Southeast Chelsea Avenue to Southeast 164th Avenue that have yet to be completed include:
- Chelsea to Weber Arboretum: Expected to begin design phase this summer, funded by grants.
- Weber Arboretum to 100th Court: More than 60 percent complete design, the City is in the process of trying to identify and secure grant dollars to purchase rights of way and construct this section.
- Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center to Southeast 164th Avenue: Currently the focus of private efforts to raise local funds that would pay for design, needed to determine rights-of-way needs and other design considerations.

Construction of the trail is expected to result in temporary inconveniences and traffic delays. To reduce impacts to the neighborhood, the City will be limiting road closure times and frequencies. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Evergreen Highway throughout the project, with flaggers regulating the flow of traffic along one lane when necessary.

Drivers are urged to slow down in the construction zone, be alert to equipment and workers in or along the roadway, and watch for lane closures and possible temporary traffic changes.

To reach Vancouver Public Works' Construction Services, please call 360-487-7750 between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email constructioninfo@cityofvancouver.us.

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Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/15
July, 1, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to be safe and considerate when celebrating the 4th of July. In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired drivers over the holiday weekend, deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of holiday gatherings and other celebrations that get out of hand due to intoxication and illegal fireworks. These complaints include physical injury, property damage and neighborhood disturbances. Pets and small children are also affected by loud noises from illegal fireworks that are often used late into the night. Citizens should also consider that damage or injury caused by a careless act involving fireworks can bring significant civil liability. Fire danger will be especially high during this unusually dry weather we have been experiencing.

Fire Marshals with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) will ride with Sheriff's Deputies during the holiday. TVF&R is another agency kept very busy with fire and medical calls on the 4th of July.

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's provides information on legal and illegal fireworks (see attachment).

Please remember to be safe, legal and considerate while celebrating Independence Day.


Attached Media Files: Firework Flier
New Public Information Officer Effective July 1 (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/01/15
Lt. Steve Hoffeditz
Lt. Steve Hoffeditz
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Clackamas Fire has selected Lt. Steve Hoffeditz as the next Public Information Officer to serve in this role for the next three years effective July 1, 2015. Lt. Hoffeditz will be working with citizens, community groups, businesses and members of the media to disseminate information relating to Clackamas Fire during emergent and non-emergent events. Lt. Hoffeditz comes to this position with over 25 years of fire and emergency services experience as was selected from a competitive process.

Lt. Hoffeditz replaces Public Information Officer Brandon Paxton, who has completed his three assignment in this role. PIO Paxton will be returning to shift based work as a suppression firefighter at one of Clackamas Fire's 20 Community Fire Stations. All phone and pager contacts will remain the same with Lt. Hoffeditz's email listed below.


Attached Media Files: Lt. Steve Hoffeditz
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet July 7 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/15
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. This public meeting will be held at 785 North 42nd Street, Springfield.

The Committees will receive an update about the Board of Forestry's ongoing discussion and possible July decision about creating streamside shade buffers to meet the Department of Environmental Quality protecting cold water standards. Most of the morning will include discussion about the rulemaking status, whether the Committees want to weigh-in at the July Board meeting, and the Board's rulemaking timeline.

The balance of the meeting will include updates and discussion about:
Bald eagles' recovery, and a technical report about their current population and threatened and endangered species listing status.
Strategies for monitoring the Forest Practices Act successes and opportunities.
Compliance audit of the Forest Practices Act rules and how to use it in the future.
Legislative activity, particularly the agency's budget and bills about buffers for aerial spray applications and wildlife food plots.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are citizen panels created to advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Anyone may attend the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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Madras Army Air Field North Hangar listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/01/15
Madras Army Air Field North Hangar
Madras Army Air Field North Hangar
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The Madras Army Air Field North Hangar, built to boost the nation's efforts during World War II, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1943, the U.S. Army transformed the wheat fields northeast of Madras into a fully-functioning air field to train B-17 bombardment squadrons as part of a nation-wide effort to build the nation's air force during World War II. The Boeing B-17 was known as the "Flying Fortress" due to its immense size and ability to sustain heavy damage during combat - a reputation earned in the skies over Europe.

The Madras location met the Army's requirements for a secure site with year-round clear weather ideal for training new crews. The airfield was one of several training bases in the region. The Army quickly constructed the base's 96 buildings, including officer quarters, squadron barracks and associated living areas, station base buildings, two 120-foot-by-80-foot hangars, and other special-purpose buildings.

The surviving hangar is one of the few remaining base buildings and is a rare intact example of the standard OBH-2 type hangar. The type is notable for its all-wood construction and bowstring roof truss system. Ground crews used the hangar to service B-17 bombers, and while massive in size, the building is just large enough to accommodate a single plane. The hangar's wood construction uses regionally-abundant and inexpensive materials to meet the Army's demands for cost-effective and efficient construction.

In 1944, the base's operations shifted toward training for smaller fighter planes including the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Bell P-63 Kingcobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The base was closed at the end of the war in 1945.

The newly-listed hangar will be a focal point for activities Aug. 28-29 at the Airshow of the Cascades. An air museum is located nearby.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its February 2015 meeting. It is one of two historic properties in Madras that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Madras Army Air Field North Hangar National Register nomination , Madras Army Air Field North Hangar
State park and marina on Lake Billy Chinook get all-clear for holiday weekend (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/01/15
Houseboats available for rent from marina at Lake Billy Chinook
Houseboats available for rent from marina at Lake Billy Chinook
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 1, 2015

Media Contact: Dave Slaght, Park Manager, 541-546-2862 ext. 225

Culver OR - The Oregon Health Authority has lifted their June 25 water quality advisory for Lake Billy Chinook (http://tinyurl.com/billychinookwater).

The Cove Palisades State Park has some campsites remaining for Thursday stays, but the holiday weekend is booked. The park receives more than 77,000 campers and 400,000 day visitors a year.

"Bring your kids and your boats, and come enjoy the lake," says Park Manager Dave Slaght. "It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy it safely."

Personal watercraft, ski boats, pontoon boats, party barges, kayaks and paddle boards are all available for reservation and rental through summer, even for the holiday weekend and other prime dates, from the full-service marina (http://covepalisadesresort.com/). The marina also has houseboats sleeping 6-14 people ready to rent. Call 541-546-9999 ext. 2 for more information.

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Attached Media Files: Houseboats available for rent from marina at Lake Billy Chinook
Six THPRD Facilities to be "Cooling Centers" through Sunday
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District - 07/01/15
As a public service in response to forecasts of continuing hot temperatures this week, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District will offer six of its Beaverton-area facilities as "cooling centers" starting today, July 1, through this Sunday, July 5.

For families and individuals who have no escape from the heat, THPRD welcomes them at the following locations:
Cedar Hills Recreation Center, 11640 SW Park Way, Portland, 503-629-6340.
Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Avenue, Beaverton, 503-629-6313.
Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, 503-629-6342.
Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Road, Portland, 503-629-6341.
Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 NW 158th, Beaverton, 503-629-6330.
Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, 503-629-6350.

"As many people know, a heat watch is in effect Friday through Sunday, with temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees," said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. "No food will be served at our cooling centers, but we will provide shelter from the heat during our normal hours of operation for those people who need it." (Hours listed below.)

Meanwhile, Menke said residents who work or do other strenuous activity outside should drink plenty of water, wear a hat, apply sunscreen, and take frequent breaks. The American Red Cross has more advice at its website, redcross.org.

Hours of operation this week at each of the THPRD cooling centers:
Cedar Hills Recreation Center: 5:30 am-9:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 8 am-4 pm on Friday, noon-6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am-4 pm on Sunday.
Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center: 5:30 am-9:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 am-8:30 pm on Friday, 8 am-6 pm on Saturday, and 9 am-6 pm on Sunday.
Elsie Stuhr Center: 7:30 am-5 pm Wednesday, 7:30 am-9 pm Thursday, 9 am-5 pm Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday).
Garden Home Recreation Center: 5:30 am-10 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 am-8:30 pm Friday, closed Saturday, and 9 am-4 pm on Sunday.
Tualatin Hills Athletic Center: 6 am-10 pm Wednesday through Friday, closed Saturday, and 10 am-10 pm on Sunday.
Tualatin Hills Nature Center: 8:30 am-5 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-4 pm Friday and Saturday, and 9 am-5 pm on Sunday.

About THPRD

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving 230,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, more than 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.

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Emergency Management helps Irrigation Districts and farmers with drought emergency declaration in Hood River County (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/15
Hood River declares drought
Hood River declares drought
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Hood River County declared a State of Drought of Emergency, in response to the urgent needs of Irrigation Districts and farmers on June 24, 2015.

In disasters or major emergencies, (drought, winter storms, flood, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.,) Emergency Management, a division of Hood River Sheriff's Office, may initiate a local emergency declaration, and also request a state emergency declaration. The process streamlines expediting getting relief as quickly as possible from other jurisdictions, state and federal governments to our local community.

According to current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, annual snowpack for local mountains peaked this winter at the lowest levels measured in the last 35 years and the Red Hill Snowtel (snow-water equivalent) measurement for our Cascade region is at an all time low. Consequently, stream flows are directly impacted. The 2015 Tucker Bridge stream gauge level is already the lowest since the gauge was installed in 1979. High temperatures are compounding the situation.

The County cited loss of water supplies to three local Irrigation Districts in its declaration - East Fork Irrigation District, Farmers Irrigation District and Middle Fork Irrigation District.

Hood River county drinking (potable) water supplies are not significantly impacted by the drought at this time, however irrigation water supplies are - especially those dependent on snow melt and surface water, not ground water. Irrigation Districts don't deliver drinking water, but play a crucial role in the Hood River's vital economy - supporting agriculture and residential farming communities.

Twenty other Oregon counties have now declared a drought disaster, all from central, southern or eastern Oregon.

ABOUT EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS:

After the County declares a local disaster, it can request help from the Governor, to streamline access to Oregon Water Resources tools, to help residents and businesses gain easier permitting, lowered fees and quick turnaround time in moving or accessing water supplies or rights. These requests are turned around in weeks, instead of months, and permitting costs are reduced, in an effort to speed up local relief.

State support is not delivered by trucks that bring in water from other jurisdictions, nor is there immediate grant money available for mitigation. However, in a state declared disaster, having more flexibility from State rules in accessing local water supplies strategically, and more quickly, to expand or build wells, make water transfers from one property to another, allow temporary conversion from in-stream to ground water use, temporary transfers of water rights, use of existing right option/agreements or Emergency Water Use Permits more easily.

Due to a related USDA (federal) drought designation, Hood River County farmers, businesses and residents are potentially eligible for low interest emergency loans, which opened access for low interest USDA loans to farmers, businesses and nonprofits impacted by the drought. For more information, please contact the Hood River USDA office.

Emergency Management is one of many specialty services offered by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, including Search and Rescue, Marine Patrol, 911 dispatch, Enforcement Division, Animal Control, Emergency Management, Civil Division and Parole & Probation.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

All residents, businesses, visitors and landowners are reminded of the extremely hazardous fire season conditions in Hood River County, due to high temperatures, low humidity, consistently high Gorge winds, lack of rainfall and snowmelt. ODF recently restricted all forestry lands to level 3 (extreme fire danger) regulations, which limits the use and safety requirements for mowing, weed wacking, campfires, harvesting, off road vehicles and other activities. Those regulations are attached herein for reference.

Even the time of day that you mow your lawn can make a significant difference in reducing fire hazards for our community.

Voluntary water conservation measures are being encouraged by Hood River County - please help do your part. Attached are water conservation tips from Hood River Water and Soil Conservation District.


Attached Media Files: Water conservation tips , ODF "extreme fire" regulations in County , Hood River declares drought
Warm weather crime prevention tips
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/01/15
Vancouver, Wash. - With summer here and warm weather continuing the Vancouver Police Department has some warm weather crime prevention reminders.

Vehicles:
Always keep your car locked and never store valuables inside your vehicle.
Sports complexes, trail heads, and restaurant or hotel parking lots are prime places
for auto prowlers to look for cars with valuables inside.
'Hiding' items under the seat is the first place thieves look, please don't store
valuables in your vehicle.

Home:
Always lock and secure all doors and windows.
At night, secure windows with dowels or locking devices if you must sleep with a
window open a bit. Some criminals are not afraid to enter an occupied home, and not all of
them are there to steal.

Yard work safety:
Keep garage doors closed, even when you are just in the yard or away for a few minutes.
Keep gates closed and locked; a thief may enter the back yard unnoticed and access the
home from the back door through an open or unlocked gate.
Keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure as well.

Vacation safety:
Let a trusted neighbor know so they can keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
Have mail and newspapers held so they don't pile up.
Wait until you are back to post your great vacation photos on social media. Criminals
check social media and can take that opportunity to burglarize your home while they know
you are on vacation.

Currently in Clark County the only phone number to report activity requiring an immediate police response is 9-11. Dispatchers prioritize calls so please call if you need to report suspicious persons or vehicles. A timely report of this suspicious activity can often make the difference for an officer to arrive while the activity is occurring.

For more crime prevention tips and our downloadable flyer with these tips and more please visit the Vancouver Police Department at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-prevention.



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


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Officer Involved Shooting
McMinnville Police Dept. - 07/01/15
At approximately 7:30 this morning, officers from multiple Yamhill County agencies responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting that occurred near the intersection of Hwy 99W and Doran Drive, McMinnville.

One male is deceased at the scene. The officer was unharmed. The involved officer is a Deputy with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.

The incident followed a traffic stop where the male fled from the scene of the stop. The officer gave chase and ultimately shots were fired.

The incident is being investigated by the Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team (MCRT). The MCRT is made up of investigators from the McMinnville Police Department, the Newberg Dundee Police Department, the Yamhill County District Attorney, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, the Yamhill Police Department, the Carlton Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

This investigation is in its initial stages and very little information is currently available. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Press inquiries should be made to Captain Tim Symons of the McMinnville Police Department at 503-435-5614 or 503-437-1106. Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department tip line at 503-434-2337.
Armed Robbery of Two Plaid Pantry Stores (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/01/15
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The Beaverton Police Department is currently investigating the robbery of two different Plaid Pantry stores and needs your help.

The first robbery occurred at 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2015 at the Plaid Pantry located at 13875 SW Farmington Rd. The second robbery occurred at 7:45 a.m. on July 1, 2015 at the Plaid Pantry located at 8615 SW Canyon Rd.

The suspect in both robberies is described as a white, adult, male approximately 6'2" to 6'5" and approximately 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing a grey shirt, blue jeans, blue baseball cap with a red patch or emblem and blue or green underwear tied around his face in both robberies.

Plaid Pantry is offering a $2,000.00 reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of this suspect.

Anyone with information that will assist in the identification of this suspect is asked to call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111 and reference case number 2015-1820007.
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23-Year-Old Man Indicted for 2014 Gang-Related Homicide in North Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/15
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In June 2015, 23-year-old Marcel Lee Daniel Jr. was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder (two counts) and Attempted Aggravated Murder (two counts).

Daniel's indictment was the result of the investigation into the death of 24-year-old Andrew Leon Coggins Jr., who was killed in a drive-by shooting on June 30, 2014 at North Fessenden Street and Fiske Avenue.

Daniel has been in custody since May 22, 2015, after his arrest for a different shooting that occurred in the University Park neighborhood, injuring a 20-year-old man.

Daniel was arraigned on these new charges on Monday June 29, 2015.

20-year-old Justin Neilson Nath had previously been indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Murder in connection with Coggins' homicide.

Detectives are still seeking witnesses and information about Coggins' homicide.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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Call for Volunteers for Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 07/01/15
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking 150 volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver's classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, on Sunday, August 2.

Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to sell and collect tickets at the gates, work as vehicle zone attendants or traffic control. Potential volunteers can download the application at columbiariverconcours.com/volunteer. On the application, volunteers may request certain jobs and shifts. The Trust may not be able to accommodate all requests, but will make every effort to ensure that each volunteer helps with an enjoyable activity. For questions, please contact Natalie Hantho, Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-992-1808 or email volunteer@fortvan.org.

Volunteer shifts are just a few hours long. Volunteers must attend one of two forty-five minute training sessions prior to the event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30pm and Saturday, July 18 at 9:30am. All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass. For more information about specific job descriptions, visit www.columbiariverconcours.com/volunteer.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust
Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the preservation and education purposes of Fort Vancouver National Site. The mission of the Trust is to achieve national recognition of Fort Vancouver National Site as a premier historic destination. The Trust supports Fort Vancouver partners in a collective effort to preserve, enhance and operate Fort Vancouver for public benefit through education, resource development, advocacy, community identity, programs and cultural tourism. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.


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Fireworks banned on school grounds
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 07/01/15
Due to unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Evergreen Public Schools is taking extra precautions to protect school buildings and grounds during the July Fourth holiday.

District officials are asking the public to refrain from using or discharging fireworks on school property. Gates will be closed at schools that have them and increased patrols will take place over the weekend.

Neighborhood watch groups are encouraged to call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Increases Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour to Support Living Wages for Employees
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 07/01/15
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has committed to increase the organization's minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning July 1st, 2015.

As a low-income housing provider, we can see firsthand how families in Clark County are unable to afford a simple, decent place to live. In Clark County, a single individual needs to make $30,840 to afford a one bedroom rental. For a family of four, this jumps to $51,880 for a three-bedroom rental. In order for individuals and families to be able to afford these, they need to be making more than the state-defined minimum wage of $9.47 an hour.

"We want to do our part to end poverty wages in Clark County. As an organization that helps families and individuals live in safe, decent, affordable housing, we believe that people need to making a living wage in order to make that happen" Says Josh Townsley, Executive Director. "We are proud to set this example and encourage other nonprofits, businesses, and local jurisdictions to follow suit."

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income, Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759 or Josh@ehfh.org
Final health insurance rate decisions for 2016 released
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/01/15
Note: The above downloadable file contains final rate decision tables and decision summaries.

Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division today released final decisions for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The rates, which apply to about 10 percent of Oregonians, are for plans for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. The division, part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These final decisions are the result of a rigorous and public review process by the division. This process included public conference calls, public hearings, and public comment. For the first time this year, the division published preliminary decisions before the public hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends. The division must approve rates that are "actuarially sound," meaning they adequately cover costs without being too high, too low, or unfairly discriminatory. After reviewing claims and cost information from 2014, division actuaries determined that the cost of providing coverage for individual plans in Oregon was $830 million, while premiums were only $703 million. This means costs exceeded rates by $127 million, or an average of $624 per person. This newly available data drove the division's decisions for 2016 rates.

"Our ultimate responsibility to Oregon consumers is to ensure that rates cover the cost of health care," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Our final rate decisions reflect our commitment to ensuring that Oregonians can count on the coverage they purchase."

In the individual market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 8.3 percent to an average rate increase of 37.8 percent, depending on the insurance company. The final Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland will range from $271 to $389 a month.

In the small group market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 7.6 percent to an average rate increase of 15 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $275 to $356 a month.

"We share the concerns expressed through public comment about the affordability of health insurance in Oregon, and these final rates were approved in order to protect consumers from extreme rate increases in the future. Inadequate rates could also result in companies going out of business in the middle of the plan year, or being unable to pay claims," said Commissioner Cali. "It's important to remember that most Oregonians who purchase their insurance through the marketplace will be eligible for premium tax credits to help offset the cost of insurance."

In plan year 2015, 78 percent of Oregonians enrolled through healthcare.gov received an average premium tax credit of $199 per member per month. Of those enrolled through the marketplace, 47 percent also received additional assistance through cost-sharing reductions, which reduces deductibles and co-pays when seeking medical care.

Final rates, a summary of the state of the individual and small group markets, and the final decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org. Statewide premium comparison tables for ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in late July.

DCBS Director Patrick Allen and Commissioner Cali will be presenting an update on the 2016 Health Insurance Rate Review process this afternoon, July 1, to the House and Senate Health Care committees.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016 Final Rates and Decision Summaries
New number to call for illegal fireworks, limited burn ban in effect (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/01/15
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This morning, Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens announced a new number to call and report illegal fireworks and offered information on a limited burn ban in immediate effect.

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of any fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet on the ground. These fireworks are illegal. Fireworks not purchased from an approved vendor in Oregon are most likely illegal.

During peak fireworks periods, a new number, 503-823-BOOM (2666), will be staffed by PF&R firefighters working with emergency dispatchers. If it is an emergency, such as a fire or emergency medical problem, as always, call 9-1-1. But to report illegal fireworks (without fire/injury), call 503-823-BOOM.

Having this specialized number helps on two fronts: by increasing the number of people who can take calls and help dispatch our teams of enforcement officers, we can better respond to this issue. Additionally, call takers at dispatch can focus more of their time dealing with emergency 9-1-1 calls.

Today, until further notice, based on the continuation of high temperatures and dry weather, we're placing a burn ban in effect for Multnomah County, including Portland. This will include no open fires, including any ceremonial and recreational fires. In Multnomah County, within the boundaries of Portland, Gresham, Corbett and Sauvie Island follow these provisions:
No fires, including recreational
BBQs in approved devices professionally designed and built for such use will be allowed, but not in any natural areas.
Legal fireworks will be allowed, providing people exercise caution and follow safety protocols, such as:
Using only in open areas over non-combustible surfaces such as concrete or asphalt
Having water to extinguish fire or cool burns
Clean metal bucket to place expended fireworks
Never attempt to re-light a dud.

Note: If conditions were to change, ie, if we start to experience strong winds, this could change.

Illegal fireworks -- those that fly in the air, cause loud explosions and disseminate sparks or mortars over distances are banned -- and are always banned.

PF&R, working with our partners at the Portland Police Bureau, will be responding to calls of illegal fireworks, issuing citations and confiscating illegal fireworks. But we need your help: use the 503- 823-BOOM number to report.

This Fourth of July, we continued our forth successful regional campaign to educate area residents about the problems illegal fireworks cause. We're also continuing our efforts with Portland Police to enforce the law by confiscating illegal fireworks and issuing citations to offenders.

The cost of citations for using or possessing illegal fireworks is significant- violators face steep fines can be held liable for any damages they've caused.

Over the past three years we've issued 403 citations. The past two years PF&R issued 282 citations totaling nearly $150,000 and confiscated worth of illegal fireworks, therefore keeping those out of our neighborhoods.

Another way the campaign is working is the number of fireworks caused fires is decreasing.

o We are in the fourth year of our campaign against illegal fireworks.
o The three years since Operation Lower the Boom has been in effect we've seen a 30% decrease in the number of fires caused by fireworks during the peak period of June 23 - July 6, when compared just to the three years prior to the campaign.
o Using the same comparison, we've seen a 40% decrease in the number of fires caused by fireworks on July 4th

Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens notes: "Fortunately as more people are becoming aware of the physical, emotional, environmental, and economic costs, it's becoming increasingly clear that illegal fireworks in the hands of amateurs are no longer a 'patriotic' act. I suggest to show our patriotism, fly U.S. flags, not fireworks."


Attached Media Files: Call 503-823-BOOM
Oregon Department of Forestry daily fire update for July 1, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/15
FIRES ON Oregon Dept. of Forestry-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire is 500 to 600 acres, burning in the Fossil Subunit of the Central Oregon District, 12 miles NE of Monument. The fire is active and uncontained.

Harper Creek Complex - The complex includes three fires: The largest is the Harper Creek Fire at 321 acres, located four miles south of Mt. Vernon. It is 50-75% contained and in mop-up. The Hog Creek Fire is 96 acres, located six miles east of Long Creek. The Luce Creek Fire is 25 acres, located three miles SW of John Day. These two smaller fires are fully contained. All are lightning caused and located in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 4,802 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 40 percent contained. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 is in command of the suppression operation.

The 14,049-acre Jaca Reservoir Fire burning 87 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is 70 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused 317-acre 0301 PR Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville is 50 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is 22 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 639-acre Little Basin Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman Nat'l Forest, is 97 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 362-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 50 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 9,000-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands eight miles north of Drewsy is 30 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is 6,000 acres and uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre OR-OCH-000297 Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

FIRE STATISTICS
These statistics are for the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Jan. 1, 2015 to present
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,002 acres
Human-caused fires: 270 fires burned 584 acres
Total: 368 fires burned 1,586 acres

Ten-year average for this period of the year
Lightning-caused fires: 33 fires burned 38 acres
Human-caused fires: 168 fires burned 1,353 acres
Total: 201 fires burned 1,391 acres
Health advisory lifted July 1 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued June 25 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, located 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are well below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets, because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms on bodies of water in Oregon, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water.

For local information for Perry South Campground, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-549-7700.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Traffic Division Conducting Extra DUII Patrols Throughout the Month of July (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/15
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Beginning July 1, 2015, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be adding extra patrols to the streets of Portland, particularly for the 4th of July Weekend. This high visibility enforcement will be looking for people driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Independence Day is filled with celebrations, family, friends, food, and fireworks; but, all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, the 4th of July holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year, due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period from 2009 to 2013, 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

Please celebrate our Nation's Independence Day safely and responsibly.

Use a designated driver.
Call a taxi or ride-sharing company.
If you drink alcohol or consume marijuana, do so responsibly.
Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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Mcu Detectives investigate death
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/15
Just before 6AM today, Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a reported dead body lying in an open area off NE 179th Street near NE 15th Ave. The body of an adult caucasian male was discovered by loggers arriving for work in the area. It appears the deceased had been transported to that location and dumped in the field just off a dirt road on the south side of NE 179th Street. The death appears to be the result of homicidal violence but the exact cause and manner of death has not yet been determined. There is no suspect information available at this time. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are on scene now and investigating the circumstances of the death. This is an active homicide investigation.

NOTE- Media coming to the scene should use caution, 179th St. is a busy two-lane county road with no ready parking available. Best bet is to park on NE 15th Ave. and walk in cautiously. PIO is available on scene.
CORRECTION: Man Arrested for Secretly Filming People in Bathroom at Northeast Portland Optometry Office (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/15
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The correct date of this incident was Tuesday June 30, 2015, not July 1 as initially stated. The Bureau regrets the error.

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On Tuesday June 30, 2015, North Precinct officers responded to Eyes on Broadway, located at 2300 Northeast Broadway, after receiving a report that an employee had concealed his phone in the bathroom and recorded videos.

When police arrived, the suspect (identified as 31-year-old Joshua K. Muller) left the business but later returned and was taken into custody.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives responded and later served a search warrant at Muller's apartment.
Detectives were able to identify five victims thus far in the investigation, all employees at the optometrist's office.

Employees and management of the business have fully cooperated with detectives.

Muller was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on five counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy, currently a Class A Misdemeanor.

Detectives believe their may be additional victims discovered as their investigation continues.

Anyone with information about Muller is asked to contact Detective Cory Stenzel at 503-823-0453, cory.stenzel@portlandoregon.gov.

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Unusual hot and dry conditions raise awareness for fireworks safety this fourth of July
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/01/15
Kelso- Fire officials are asking the public to please be prepared, safe, and responsible with fireworks while celebrating the fourth of July for the wildfire season has begun early this year. Already this year over 313 wildfires have ignited across the State of Washington and more are to be expected. According to a recent Seattle Times article, this time last year there were less wildfires at 214 and in 2013 there were 169.

Fire Chief Dave LaFave and firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue helped provide additional wildfire training to National Guard members last week in Yakima. This effort was in conjunction with the emergency proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee which will allow the Department of Natural resources (DNR) to dispatch additional Resources from the National Guard, if needed, to assist in suppression efforts. The Governor also urged people to reduce their firework use or celebrate another way without fireworks, according to the Seattle Times article.

The early fire season also affected this year's Cowlitz County burn ban for outdoor burning. The ban normally starts July 15th, but went into effect June 24th this year. Only recreational fires in approved three feet diameter metal, stone, or masonry lined fire pits are allowed.

According to the Washington State Fire Marshal's office there were 155 fireworks-related fires reported in the State last year that resulted in over $320,000. in property loss and 277 injuries, including 2 fatalities. According to the State Fire Marshal's office the legal discharge times of fireworks in Cowlitz County are from June 29th through July 5th from 9am to 11pm with the following exceptions: July4th 9am-midnight. Kalama has additional restrictions: July 4th 9am-11pm and July 5th 9am-9pm. Local and state officials are urging people to remember the increased fire danger and reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. Follow these fireworks tips and make it a safe holiday:


Be prepared, be safe, be responsible:

Read fireworks instructions before use
Light fireworks on a hard and even surface and don't lean over them
Stand at least 20 feet away from fireworks
Have a bucket of water and a hose ready
Soak used fireworks in water before disposing them in a metal garbage can if possible
Obey local laws

More on fireworks statistics and safety tips can be found at www.wsp.wa.gov.
WSU Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance hosts forum on succession planning
WSU Vancouver - 07/01/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Do you know how and when you will leave your business? Do you have a succession plan in place to which all parties agree?

"Exit Stage Left: It's Never Too Soon to Plan Your (Orderly) Exit" is the topic of Washington State University Vancouver's next Business Growth MAP Alliance forum. Paris Powell, valuation expert and succession planning leader at Perkins & Co. in Portland, will provide an overview of succession planning along with action items to help you move your plan forward.

The forum will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. July 15 in Burgerville's CRCL (Center for Responsible Community Leadership) at 1602 W. Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Succession planning is at the top of many entrepreneurs' list of concerns, yet little progress is made, in part because so many find the subject unsettling. Powell guides business owners through exit and succession planning. She provides valuation services for business succession, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty.

The meeting is open to all. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap/ and click the link under "Upcoming events." The fee is $10/person in advance; $15 at the door (free for students with WSU ID).

About WSU Vancouver
As an urban campus of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university offers affordable baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities of Southwest Washington. As the only four-year research university in this corner of the state, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth in Southwest Washington through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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OHSU hosts celebration event to thank Knight Cancer Challenge supporters
OHSU (Univ.) - 07/01/15
What: Knight Cancer Challenge Community Celebration

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 1. Program beings at 12:15 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204

Details: Speakers will include OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A.; Governor Kate Brown; OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker, M.D. Participants will be invited to take part in a Wish Tower and other activities. Refreshments will be provided.

Background: Oregon Health & Science University on June 25 announced it met Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny's $1 billion challenge by raising $500 million in less than two years to earn the Knights' matching gift and set a fundraising record.The $1 billion will support the first large-scale program dedicated to early detection of lethal cancers -- one of the biggest unmet needs in cancer care today. For downloadable video footage, photographs and other background materials visit: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/news_events/news/2015/06-24-knight-cancer-challenge.cfm
Reminder --- Portland Fire & Rescue Schedules Fireworks & Hot Temperatures Press Conference for Today
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/01/15
Portland Fire & Rescue has planned a press conference today at 9:30am, July 1st, to talk about legal and illegal fireworks, a possible weekend burn ban and what that means, as well as descriptions of what fires are allowed under certain types of burn bans. The press conference will be held in the Skidmore Conference Room at Portland Fire & Rescue's Central Fire Station located at 55 SW Ash St.
06/30/15
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from North Portland Harbor
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as George Walker Age 25, of Portland, OR. He was previously reported missing early morning on Saturday June 27, 2015 after he was thrown from his jet ski on the Columbia River near 90th and Marine Dr. The Cause of Death is still under investigation.

More information will be released when available.

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On Tuesday June 30, 2015 at approximately 3:20 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the North Portland Harbor. A kayaker going through the area spotted the body in the harbor near a log boom and called in the report. MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and recovered the body of an adult male at 3:42 p.m. in the North Portland Harbor just east of the Sundance marina. MCSO River Patrol deputies transported the body to the MCSO River Patrol Office 42nd St. Boat Ramp. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner have responded to conduct the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications. Further information will be provided when available.
Two Washington Residents Arrested Following Pursuit In Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/30/15
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at approximately 12:40pm an OSP Trooper from the Pendleton Area Command observed a speeding 1989 Nissan 240Z on I-84 westbound near milepost 232 traveling 91 mph in a 65mph zone. As the trooper attempted to overtake the speeding vehicle it increased it's speed in excess of 120 miles per hour.

Upon the trooper activating their vehicle overhead lights, the speeding vehicle pulled into the westbound truck scales near milepost 228, turned around, and began to travel the wrong way on the Interstate in an attempt to elude the trooper. The trooper discontinued pursuit of the vehicle. Minutes later, the trooper located the vehicle again near the westbound Deadman's Pass Rest Area and the vehicle again began to flee traveling north on Kanine Ridge Road and into the Umatilla Tribal Reservation.

The fleeing vehicle traveled north on Kanine Ridge Road at slower speeds due to the rough terrain and eventually became disabled after about 8 miles. Both the male driver and a female passenger fled on foot into the hillside and down a ravine.

State Troopers from Pendleton, Hermiston, Lagrande, an OSP Aircraft from Baker City, as well as the Umatilla Tribal Police responded to the area and established a perimeter then began an air and ground search for the suspects. At approximately 2:02pm the male suspect identified as Jacob ROSS, age 25, of Des Moines, WA was taken into custody after he was located hiding and partially covered by brush. A short time later the female identified as Whitney JOHNS, age 22, of Tacoma, WA, was located and taken into custody.

ROSS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charges of Felony Attempt to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Trespass II.

JOHNS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charge of Criminal Trespass II.
Longview Fire Marshal Emphasizes Fire Safety
Longview Police & Fire - 06/30/15
With the continued warm weather and the lack of any measurable precipitation, Longview Fire Marshal Jim Kambeitz warns that this Fourth of July season has a higher than normal fire danger and encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind as they enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Independence Day.

High temperatures, low moisture content in combustible vegetation, relatively low humidity, and gusty winds all play into this year's fire danger threshold, Kambeitz stresses. "We are asking everyone to do their part in fire safety by being extra careful with all burning material, including while smoking (discarded cigarettes), when around recreational fires, and especially if and when using fireworks!"

Longview Fire is also asking its residents to consider not using personal fireworks, but to show your support by celebrating Independence Day at one of the community fireworks displays in the area, including the Go Fourth Festival at Lake Sacajawea, the largest annual festival in greater Cowlitz County. The public display at the lake starts at dusk... roughly 10:00 PM on the evening of July 4th.


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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Crash at Northeast 60th Avenue and Portland Highway (Lombard) (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/15
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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Monday afternoon's crash on Portland Highway.

Investigators learned that 27-year-old Vadim Savitskiy was driving a 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer eastbound on Portland Highway and ran a red light at Northeast 60th Avenue, where he collided with a 2005 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by 68-year-old Patrick Duggan Poston. Poston was driving northbound on 60th Avenue at the time of the crash.

Poston was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Savitskiy remained at the scene, was cooperative with investigators and did not display any signs of impairment.

No citations have been issued. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Monday June 29, 2015, at 4:37 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to Northeast 60th Avenue and Portland Highway (Lombard) on the report of a traffic crash involving a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began to assess the scene and treat injuries. One of the drivers has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries.

Due to the size of the crash scene and the severity of injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

The intersection of Northeast 60th Avenue and Portland Highway is closed in all directions and will likely remain so for several hours.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) personnel are at the scene assisting with traffic control.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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American Red Cross Recipe for Safe Holiday Weekend Celebrations
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/30/15
Don't let record high temperatures and a holiday weekend result in tragedy or disaster. Hot weather patterns remain in effect for Oregon and Southwest Washington this week and through the 4th of July holiday weekend. Representatives from the American Red Cross will provide health and safety information, tips to stay safe in the water and a life jacket fitting demonstration.

WHEN:
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 1

WHO:
Troy Jenkins, Red Cross Health & Safety training manager
Brian Hoffmeister, Red Cross Aquatics specialist
Information sheets on responding to water emergencies, life jacket use, heat wave safety checklist, Red Cross Apps, and Red Cross health and safety class offerings will be available.

WHERE:
American Red Cross
Tillamook Room
3131 N. Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

WHY:
High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies. Multiple drownings in the Portland metropolitan area and Willamette Valley are a result of people flocking to rivers and lakes to cool off. Hot weather safety and water safety can help to reduce discomfort, sickness and death.

PLEASE CONTACT PAULA NEGELE if you plan to attend this brief information session.


Attached Media Files: Life Jackets Only Work When They're Worn , How to recognize and respond to an aquatic emergency
Salem Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 06/30/15
A Salem man died at the scene of a motorcycle crash on the Edgewater St NW ramp onto Highway 22 in Salem on Monday evening.

Chad Lunt, 35-years old, was driving his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Edgewater St NW at a high rate of speed along with another motorcycle, moving in and out of lanes when the incident occurred. Lunt lost control of his motorcycle, went onto the shoulder of the roadway, then crashed into a guard rail. Lunt was thrown from the motorcycle and the motorcycle continued on landing in the westbound lanes of Highway 22. Lunt was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the second motorcycle does not appear to have been involved in the actual collision, and continued onward, not remaining at the scene. The second motorcyclist has not been identified.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Salem Police Officer Mitch Mason at (503) 588-6123.
Port, partners and community open new section of multiuse trail along NW Lower River Road
Port of Vancouver - 06/30/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - A crowd of about 100 state and local partners, walkers, bicyclists and Port of Vancouver USA staff converged on a spot along Northwest Lower River Road today to cut the ribbon on a new section of multiuse trail and celebrate improved connectivity for the community.

The half-mile section of beautifully landscaped, asphalt trail stretches along the south side of Lower River Road, from the intersection of Mill Plain Boulevard/State Route 501, Fourth Plain Boulevard and St. Francis Lane to the port's administrative offices. It's one piece of an overall path that, when fully complete, will extend 4.5 miles along SR 501, eventually connecting with the city's Renaissance Trail.

"We're so pleased to be here opening another segment of trail today," said port commission President Nancy Baker. "It's important the community have safe access not only to the jobs and industry here at the port, but also the great recreational areas along Lower River Road."

The port's multiuse path is being completed in segments as grant funding is secured. The recently completed segment was funded through a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from the Federal Highway Administration and port dollars, for a total of $362,000.

The port has secured another $500,000 TAP grant for the next section, which will connect the new section with an existing trail at Farwest Steel, about half a mile northwest of the port offices. Construction could begin late this year.

For more about port projects and events, visit www.portvanusa.com and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter (@portvanusa).

- POV -

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/1489/85829/063015_Trail_ribbon_cutting.pdf
UPDATED w/ BOOKING PHOTO: 'Singer/songwriter/ID thief' back in jail after CCITF investigation (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/15
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[Now updated with Stephen G. Rowell's Multnomah County booking photo.]

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, investigators with the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) served several search warrants in Multnomah and Clackamas counties related to a narcotics investigation.

The suspect in the investigation is Stephen G Rowell, 34, of Portland. Rowell was sentenced in 2009 for multiple counts of identity theft in Multnomah County. The Oregonian wrote about Rowell in 2009, here:

Singer/songwriter/ID thief gets 13 years in prison
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/singersongwriterid_thief_gets.html

As a result of the June 24, 2015 search warrants, investigators seized:

- Approximately 3.5 ounces of meth
- Over $55,000 in cash
- A 2007 Ford Mustang

Rowell was arrested on parole violation charges while the drug investigation continues. He is currently lodged in Multnomah County Jail. His complete Multnomah County booking info is here: http://www.mcso.us/PAID/Home/Booking/1342612

A booking photo is attached, as well as photos of the seized Mustang, money and meth.

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Attached Media Files: Mustang , Money , Meth , Booking photo: Stephen G. Rowell
Public Meeting July 14 for the proposed Chetco River Scenic Waterway
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/30/15
The potential designation of a portion of the Chetco River as a State Scenic Waterway is the topic of a July 14 public meeting hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The proposed section is from the Steel Bridge to Alfred A. Loeb State Park. The meeting will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at Harbor Water District Office, 98069 W. Benham Lane, Harbor.

The intent of the meeting is to learn about scenic waterways and review the nonbinding draft management plan for the Chetco. Comments will be accepted at the meeting, as well as via email and mail from July 14 through Aug. 13. Scenic waterways staff will incorporate public comments into a report for OPRD Commissioners to review. The governor will make the final decision on designation in December. If the river is designated, OPRD will host additional meetings to gather public comments before finalizing a management plan and initiating rule-making.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights.

Comments can be submitted beginning July 14 by email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov or mailed to OPRD Scenic Waterways Program, 725 Summer St. Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

The draft management plan, meeting materials and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information, contact Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 or laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov or Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
OBA Announces 2015 Statesman of the Year Honoree: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Photo)
Oregon Business Association - 06/30/15
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
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Oregon Business Association today named U.S. Senator Ron Wyden as its 2015 OBA Statesman of the Year honoree.

"As a big picture problem solver unlike any other in America, Senator Wyden is more than deserving of this honor," said OBA President Ryan Deckert.

Senator Wyden will be honored at OBA's 15th Annual Statesman Dinner on Monday, Oct. 12 at the Oregon Convention Center.

For more than 30 years, Sen. Wyden Ron Wyden has served Oregon in the U.S. Congress -- 15 years as a member of the House of Representatives and since 1996 in the U.S. Senate. He is the ranking member of the U.S Senate Finance Committee and serves on the Budget and Energy and Natural Resources Committees as well as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

OBA is proud to honor the "Senator who listens" for his many years of dedication to Oregonians and for bipartisan leadership. Senator Wyden says the nation's biggest problems can only be solved by what he calls "principled bipartisanship," solutions that allow all parties to stay true to their respective principles and agreements.


Register for the event at http://www.oba-online.org/go/statesman-dinner-2015/

About OBA: The Oregon Business Association is the state's most effective advocate for the long-term enhancement of Oregon's business climate. Formed by a group of Oregon business leaders, OBA provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon's continued economic competitiveness. Today, more than 300 businesses, from Portland to Boardman, from homegrown to Fortune 500, have joined to support OBA's commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians. Learn more about OBA at http://www.oba-online.org


Attached Media Files: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Ted and Cindy Mackley Retire from the Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/15
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June 30, 2015-Today, the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) celebrates the retirement of married couple, Lieutenant Cindy Mackley and Sergeant Ted Mackley after almost 50 combined years of honorable service to Washington County.

Throughout their careers, the Mackleys have both demonstrated integrity and an enduring commitment to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and its mission. Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "Jail work is extraordinarily difficult. Those who do it well are unsung heroes in public safety. Cindy and Ted Mackley are two of those heroes. I thank them for their terrific work and leadership over many years."

Cindy joined the WCSO in 1991. She held positions of increasing responsibility including Field Training Officer, Jail Sergeant managing jail operations and administration, as well as Sergeant in the WCSO Professional Standards Unit. She was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2004 where she worked in both jail operations and jail administration before 2007 when she assumed the responsibilities of the Patrol Administrative Lieutenant until her retirement. During her career, Cindy worked as a suicide prevention instructor and was also a representative of the Washington County Police Officer Association (WCPOA) Division Executive Board.

Ted joined WCSO in 1990. He quickly became a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and was part of a small team who developed essential curriculum concerning Use of Force standards. Ted also was a part of WCSO's leadership team, earning a promotion to Sergeant in 1997. During his time as a Sergeant in the jail, he was the founder and team commander of the Corrections Emergency Response Team and co-developed the Mobile Response Team.

Ted and Cindy met at the WCSO and were married in 1995. According to the happy couple, they look forward to spending time with their son, traveling, volunteering their time to various community organizations and golfing.


Attached Media Files: Cindy and Ted with Retirement Displays
State announces workshops to help Oregon businesses reach global markets
Business Oregon - 06/30/15
Business Oregon and its partners will host six workshops as part of a statewide initiative to help small- and medium-sized businesses continue reaching international customers and suppliers.

The summer trade workshops are one part of an initiative approved by Governor Kate Brown in April to identify reliable, low-cost shipping options for businesses affected by the loss of Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd container service at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6.

The workshops with exporters and importers will help to identify the challenges and opportunities they face and will lead to specific recommendations to the 2016 Legislature for freight transportation projects.

The initiative is co-sponsored by the Port of Portland, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The first of a series of workshops will be held in Portland on Friday, July 24. Other meetings are planned for Redmond, Hermiston, Ontario, Albany and Medford. Visit the Keep Oregon Trade Moving Web site for more details.

Why global trade matters to Oregonians: Global trade supports farms, forests and manufacturers from Brookings to Baker City and Astoria to Boardman. Trade supports nearly 500,000 jobs in Oregon. Nearly 90 percent of the state's exporters are small- or medium-sized companies, and imports into Oregon deliver supplies to our manufacturing plants and goods to our corner stores. For more, check out our trade fact sheet.

About container service at the Port of Portland: The Port of Portland continues to work to build container service to Terminal 6. For more information, visit the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 overview.

Export promotion: Business Oregon's global trade team continues to help small businesses break into new global markets. With $381,000 in export grants in fiscal year 2014, we helped 108 businesses produce $6 million in immediate sales. Learn more.
Construction of Minto Island Bridge Shifts Into High Gear (Photo)
City of Salem - 06/30/15
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Salem residents may soon notice a new bridge, built in a matter of weeks, jutting across the Willamette Slough.

Starting the week of June 28, work crews will begin building a temporary construction bridge near the Eco-Earth Globe at Riverfront Park. The 310-foot-long, 24-foot wide structure marks the beginning of the in-water work for the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge.

The temporary construction bridge will be built next to the permanent 304-foot-long pedestrian bike and pedestrian bridge, which will link Riverfront Park and Minto Brown Island Park.

"This is really when the major bridgework can happen," said Aaron Kimsey, a project manager with the city's public works department. "We will see progress that people can get excited about."

Building the temporary construction bridge, a steel structure with wood decking, is expected to take about a month, Kimsey said. By summer 2016, the temporary bridge will be removed, he said.

Forty-eight steel piles will be driven into the riverbed with a diesel drop hammer, which is attached to a crane, to support the temporary bridge. Anyone near the park will occasionally hear loud bangs as 50-to-60 foot long piles are pounded into place.

While the temporary bridge will have a short life, it has to be sturdy enough to accommodate a massive crane that will lower steel beams and raise steel arches into place.

During the project's first phase, the crane will be 110 feet tall. The crane will be extended to its maximum height of 140 feet when it's time to install the permanent bridge's steel arches.

The temporary bridge will also have two "fingers" that extend from the structure, allowing access for construction.

In January, Stayton-based Legacy Contracting Inc. won the contract to build the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge. The project's construction started in the spring.

Work on the permanent bridge's footings has progressed on the both sides of the Willamette Slough. Five of six "drill shafts, the foundation structure that supports the bridge, have been completed. And temporary pathways for construction equipment have been built.

A total of 25 Legacy Contracting employees and subcontractors are expected to be working at the site during the peak of construction. About a dozen workers are now on site.

The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is expected to be substantially completed by fall 2016. The single-span, steel and concrete bridge adds another link in Salem's network of trails.

With other existing and planned connections, the bridge will become a nexus connecting 1,400 acres of parks and natural areas. State and regional grants, as well as more than $6 million in urban renewal funds, will pay for the $10 million project.



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City of Beaverton Seeks Donations, Volunteers for School Supply Drive
City of Beaverton - 06/30/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Love INC Beaverton, are collecting new school supplies for middle and high school students in the Beaverton School District from July 3 to Aug. 2.

"Going back to school is an exciting time," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "For some children and families, though, it can be stressful. With supplies generously donated by the community, these students won't have to worry about being prepared for the new school year."

Supplies will be accepted at the following locations:
The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way
Griffith Drive Building (Beaverton Police Department), 4755 SW Griffith Dr.
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St.
Murray Scholls Branch Library, 11200 SW Murray Scholls Pl.

Needed items include pens, pencils, one-inch binders, erasers, rulers, and lined paper.

Volunteers are needed to help distribute supplies on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aloha High School. This year, Love INC aims to provide 1,000 middle and high school students with new backpacks and the supplies they will need for the school year. Students will get the opportunity to choose their own backpack and supplies at the event.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Love INC at 503-336-5946, or visit www.LoveIncBeaverton.org.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Salem Hospital Foundation scholarship program reaches $2.5M milestone
Salem Health - 06/30/15
The Salem Hospital Foundation announced that 84 students in medical or medically related field will receive a collage scholarship for the 2015 to 2016 academic year. A total of $167,500 will be awarded to students pursuing degrees in a variety of medical programs--putting the foundation's total scholarship funding over the $2.5 million mark since it began in 1968.

Several named scholarships were awarded in honor or memory of local community members--including the Rollin Haag nursing scholarship, the Elmera "Tiny" Richardson nursing scholarship, the Sewell Family scholarship, and the Grayce & Glola Sigg nursing scholarship. In addition, the Salem Self-Help Nursing Scholarship was awarded through the Salem Foundation.

Recipients for the 2015 to 2016 school year are:

Albany: Sandra Moreno

Amity: Brooke Barnes; Daniela Juarez and Arley Semon

Aumsville: Shelby Dewar

Canby: Bailey Woodin

Dallas: Angie Bishop; Jamie Broussard; Leslie Classen; Christina Feil; Brenda Hess; Shaymarie Parker and Kristi Tichenor

Gates: Julie Minton

Hillsboro: Nathan Hoover

Independence: Sheali Bowker; Kirsten Fertig; Mayra Garcia-Murillo and Ana Ramirez Falcon

Keizer: Melissa Ball; Rachel Hittner; Jamie Lindsey; Sharon Marsoun; Rebekkah Tipton and Catherine Traeger

Lincoln City: Lindsay Hadfield

Madras: Moriah Pugh

Monmouth: Shannon Carey; Katie Groff and Sarah Solvedt

Portland: Amber Banks and Bethany Sappington

Salem: Paige Baldwin; Sara Banning; Nicole Blanco-Mills; Mike Bobko; Heather Boone; Bianney Cano; Melanie Clearwater; Jill Cohen; Jon Deming; Joel Donley; Hillary Drake; Nathanael Eisenhut; Rebecca Elmer; Patricia Elmore; Grant Fahey; Stephanie Hamel; Melody Hankins; Carol Hannibal; Anna Hiebert; Daryn Jones; Erin Jones; Stephanie Koyama; Hannah Kuizenga; Kyle Lenz; Benjamin Long; Teresa McCarrell; Keith McMillin; Lindsey McQuillan; Pierce Moon; Ronda Murdock; Emma O'Neal; Michael Polacek; Gerri Pratt; Amanda Reynolds; Stephanie Rodriguez; Michelle Shidler; Michelle Slattum; Zachary Smith; Sarah Tomscha; Madison Van Dorp; Laura Vogt; Lan Vu and Annette Whitney

Sheridan: Kaci Jones; Andy Walker and Kirsten Walker

Silverton: Rebekah Kaufman; Nduta Nyoro-Cayton; Brian Reif and Shasta Stocker

Stayton: Brooke Jordan

Turner: Rachel Hickman

The Salem Hospital Foundation was established in 1968 by a group of Salem citizens interested in advancing healthcare through donations. It is a charitable, tax-exempt organization that supports medical and medically related projects of Salem Hospital. The Foundation's 15 volunteer directors help raise funds and manage the resources of the Foundation, while distributing the funds according to the wishes of those who have given. Visit us at salemhealth.org/about/foundation and "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhospitalfoundation.
Furniture Drive With Mayor Hales (Photo)
Community Warehouse - 06/30/15
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Community Warehouse, your local furniture bank, operates through a cycle of meaningful reuse: accepting donated household goods and redistributing them to vulnerable populations throughout the community. While the Warehouse has been furnishing homes for veterans since its inception in 2001, in partnership with the Home for Every Veteran initiative, the Warehouse will increase its capacity to serve even more veterans. Communications Director Rena Satre Meloy explains, "We are committed to helping create more comfortable, functional living spaces so veterans can truly feel at home as they begin a new chapter."

Community Warehouse will host a furniture drive with Mayor Charlie Hales on July 11th from 10am - 1pm at its Portland location (3969 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland OR 97212). Friends, family, volunteers and neighbors are invited to drop off furniture and household goods, and to enjoy music and lemonade while contributing to this important initiative.

"I can house somebody, but it's just a "unit" until they have gotten what they need from Community Warehouse to turn it into a home," says Naomi Painter, the lead SSVF Case Manager at Transition Projects. "Many of our veterans have nothing to their name and have been very disempowered by the experience of homelessness. The ability to furnish an entire place the way they would like helps them regain a sense of agency in their own lives."

Community Warehouse is currently riding the wave of a successful spring cleaning season, but will need additional donations from the community to meet this initiative's needs. The success of a furniture bank relies on full participation from its community. Without this synergy, Community Warehouse is just an empty warehouse. They are now asking for increased support to make furnished homes a reality for so many deserving veterans.

The event will feature music, Voodoo Doughnuts for the first 50 donors, a meet and greet with Mayor Hales, and the first installment of 200 donated mattresses from BedMart Mattress Superstores.

"We value the commitment that our veterans have made to our country and want to show our respect and appreciation to these dedicated Americans," says Elana Stone, Vice President of Marketing at BedMart Mattress Superstores."When we got the call about the Veterans Initiative, we knew we wanted to help assist the city and our community of veterans...BedMart is proud to be able to partner with Tempur-Pedic to donate mattresses and to participate in the Home For Every Veterans initiative."

More information can be found at https://www.communitywarehouse.org/july-11

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - June 30, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/15
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) daily fire update for Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire is 500 to 600 acres, burning in the Fossil Subunit of the Central Oregon District, 12 miles NE of Monument. The fire is active and uncontained.

Harper Creek Complex - The complex includes three fires: The largest is the Harper Creek Fire at 320 acres, located four miles south of Mt. Vernon. The Hog Creek Fire is 96 acres, located six miles east of Long Creek. The Luce Creek Fire is 25 acres, located three miles SW of John Day. All are lightning caused and burning in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Firefighters expect to fully contain the two smaller fires by the end of shift today. The largest fire is 50 percent contained. ODF is gradually releasing firefighting resources from the Harper Creek Complex and reassigning them to the Jones Canyon Fire.

The lightning-caused, 15-acre Happy Ridge Fire reported June 29 burning in the Central Oregon District has been contained and is in mop-up. Air support played a key role in catching the fire at relatively small size.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire experienced some growth yesterday and is approximately 5,000 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 20 percent contained. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 is in command of the suppression operation.

The 14,600-acre Jaca Reservoir Fire burning 87 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is 40 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 248-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah on is uncontained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 639-acre Little Basin Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman Nat'l Forest, is 97 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 320-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 30 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 4,000-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands eight miles north of Drewsy is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre OR-OCH-000297 Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx
No fireworks on school grounds
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 06/30/15
Due to increased fire risk and the presence of construction material and equipment at some schools, fireworks will not be permitted on Vancouver Public Schools' grounds and parking lots this summer. The public will not be allowed to access any school property to discharge or use fireworks. Increased security patrols will monitor activity.

Hudson's Bay High School's parking lot will be open on July 4 for those attending the celebration activities at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. However, setting off fireworks in the lot will be prohibited.

"Based on concerns about the unusually hot and dry conditions, we are taking added precautions to help ensure safety at all of our school sites," said Todd Horenstein, assistant superintendent for facility support services.

"We support the school district's effort to take added precautions that will help ensure safety at school sites," added Jon Dunaway, Clark County fire marshal.
UPDATE: East Precinct Investigating Reported Stabbing in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood - One Person Deceased (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/15
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Early Tuesday morning, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives booked 58-year-old Michael Lawson into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He will be arraigned on Wednesday July 1.

Michael Lawson was involved in a dispute with his son, 22-year-old Nicholas Lawson, leading to the stabbing.

A witness and one of the first arriving police officers began CPR on Nicholas Lawson until medical personnel arrived but life-saving efforts were not successful and Nicholas Lawson died at the scene.

Michael Lawson was transported to a Portland hospital for health and heat-related treatment prior to being interviewed by detectives and being booked into jail.

Both men lived at the Seven Gables Apartments.

Anyone with additional information on this case should contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0400, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday June 29, 2015, at 3:23 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at the Seven Gables Apartments, located at 1021 Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located one male deceased. Witnesses provided information on a second male involved in the disturbance and that person has been taken into custody.

Preliminary information indicates that there is no risk to the public at this time.

Homicide detectives, Forensic Evidence Division criminalists and the Medical Examiner are responding to the scene to begin a death investigation.

Media staging will be in the Midland Library parking lot.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is enroute to the scene, ETA 30 - 45 minutes.

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DEL Seeks Applicants for Early Learning Advisory Council
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/30/15
Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals. The open seats will represent the following:
1. A Family Home Child Care provider
2. A Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start or Tribal Head Start Program representative.

These governor-appointed seats are two-year positions and will be effective upon appointment.

ABOUT ELAC: ELAC is an advisory body to the Department of Early Learning and was created by the Legislature in 2007. The Council plays a pivotal role in the early learning system as an advisory body to DEL and serves as a connector among the state, local communities and constituencies across Washington.

ELAC's membership reflects Washington's regional, racial, and cultural diversity and includes parents, child care providers, health/safety experts and legislators, as well as representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, the K-12 and higher education systems, and others interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential.

ELAC representatives from around the state meet regularly to advise and work with DEL to implement the Washington State Early Learning Plan, so that partners can collectively ensure that all children succeed in school and life.

ELAC MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Members serve two-year terms that expire on June 30th of the second year. ELAC meets at least six times per year; generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ELAC members are expected to attend the majority of meetings and be prepared to actively participate. Participants in subcommittees or work groups should expect to meet outside of the regular meeting dates.

The open membership seat is an unpaid position, although non-governmental members may be eligible for compensation and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while carrying out ELAC duties.

APPLICATION:
Interested individuals who can commit to the membership requirements can apply for the open ELAC seats online on the Governor's website by July 15, 2015. Along with your resume, please attach a brief statement that addresses the following:
-Why would you like to serve as a representative on ELAC?
-How did you hear about ELAC and/or who referred you?
-What is your perspective on or approach to providing equitable early learning
opportunities?
-What impact do you hope to see ELAC have on early learning in Washington, and how
do you want to contribute to that effort?

Please contact elac@del.wa.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our state's progress toward building an earlylearning system that meets the needs of all Washington children and families!
Police Arrest Man for Robbery of Deli (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 06/30/15
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Gresham, Ore -Police arrested a man for Robbery after he displayed a weapon and took cash from Dotty's Deli, 2420 SE Burnside, early this morning. Thomas Aaron Mortenson is in Multnomah County Jail today on a variety of charges related to the incident.

Police were dispatched to the location at 1:31 a.m. on June 30, 2015 on a report of a man who displayed a weapon, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. At 1:36 a.m. a Gresham Officer checking the area spotted a man walking near the area of the robbery. Before the officer could contact the individual, the man ran from the officer. The officer noted that he had something in his waistband. Officers set up a perimeter and a police K-9 located the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. The K-9 also located several items associated to the robbery, including the weapon used, a realistic-looking pellet gun.

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Suspect Arrested After Pointing a Loaded Handgun at Officer During Traffic Stop on Thursday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/15
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On Thursday June 25, 2016, at 6:52 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Range Rover at Northeast Garfield Avenue and Alberta Street.

The driver pulled into a parking lot, parked in a disabled parking spot and started to exit the driver's door of the vehicle. Officers got out of their car and told the driver to get back into the vehicle.

The driver, 29-year-old Nathan Davis-Thomas, sat in the driver's seat with the door open as the officer approached and they began a brief conversation. The officer and Davis-Thomas knew each other and had previous contacts, and the officer knew that Davis-Thomas had an active parole violation warrant for his arrest on a prior gun charge. Davis-Thomas was also known to the officer as a gang associate.

As the officer was standing at the door, attempting to close it with Davis-Thomas inside the vehicle, Davis-Thomas pointed a handgun at the officer's abdomen.

The officer quickly reacted by deflecting the aim of the gun and attempting to grab it and push it against Davis-Thomas' body, due to their close proximity.

Davis-Thomas pulled the gun back into the vehicle and the officer moved back and away and was able to immediately draw his handgun as Davis-Thomas tossed the gun somewhere in the vehicle.

The officer ordered Davis-Thomas out of the vehicle with his hands up and Davis-Thomas got out of the vehicle and laid down on the ground, where he was taken into custody.

Two other people were in the vehicle and were detained by officers but later released.

Officers searching the vehicle located the loaded handgun used by Davis-Thomas.

Davis-Thomas was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

"This is an example of the dangers officers face as they work to stop gun violence in our city," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea III. "I'm thankful nobody was injured during this potentially explosive encounter."

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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ArtSplash Art Show and Sale
City of Tualatin - 06/30/15
Looking for some great art, jewelry, ceramics, music, food and fun? Come out to the City of Tualatin's 20th annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale July 24-26, 2015 at the Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street in Tualatin. Northwest artists will be showcasing their talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography, oil, jewelry, ceramics and more.

Enjoy an evening by the lake at our free Concerts on the Commons. On Friday, July 24 we will feature the R&B sounds of Curtis Salgado. The concert begins at 6:30 pm. Saturday night stop by and listen to the sounds of the New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin starting at 5:00 pm. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit back and relax during the concert. Browse through the artists' booths and enjoy the many wonderful works of art for sale.

Kids of all ages can participate in the kids' art activity area on Saturday, July 24 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm on a drop-in basis. Come back that evening for Saturday night's Movies on the Commons! The feature will be Finding Nemo (PG) beginning at around 9:00pm.

Express your inner artist at Chalk It Up on Sunday, July 26 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm featuring artist, Daniel Wood. Chalk It Up gives families the opportunity to show their artistic side using chalk and chalk paint. Join the Tualatin Public Library for a fun day of chalk art. All supplies are provided.

Stop by for lunch on Sunday, July 26 for a Crawfish Festival preview! The Crawfish Crew will be at the Commons between 10:00am and 3:00pm selling crawfish lunches!

Friday, July 24 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 25 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 26 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Workplace safety training grants available
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/30/15
(Salem) - Starting July 1, Oregon OSHA will accept applications for the development of innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high hazard Oregon industry (construction, agriculture, young workers, etc.) or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any labor consortium, employer consortium, association, educational institution affiliated with a labor group, or other nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 per grant project without a requirement for any matching dollars or in-kind contributions. Grant applications are due Oct. 9, 2015.

Some examples of past grant projects include:
A bilingual training program for hazard identification
A video on Christmas tree harvest safety
An online training program to help workers comply with electrical standards
An educational program for prevention of ergonomic-related injuries for nurses

The Oregon State Legislature established the grant program in 1990. Employers cannot use the program to fund training projects for their employees.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available to the public for checkout from the library. Some programs are also available online.

Grant application information is available at http://www.orosha.org/grant-programs.html. Contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or teri.a.watson@oregon.gov for more information.

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About Oregon OSHA:
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 www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 06/30/15
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office

The name of the decedent: Tauiliili, Leumai Age: 29 Yrs

This individual died on 06/27/2015 in Battle Ground, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Portland, OR.

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Drowning

Manner of death: Accident

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.


Media release issue date: Prepared 06/30/2015


Dennis J. Wickham, MD
Medical Examiner
Delegation from Vancouver's sister city, Joyo, Japan, to visit July 2-7
City of Vancouver - 06/30/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Vancouver will host a delegation of 23 representatives from Vancouver's sister city, Joyo, Japan, July 2-7. Other local hosts include Clark College, SEH America and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The cities of Vancouver and Joyo are celebrating 20 years as sister cities this year.

During their visit, the Joyo delegation will attend the Independence Day Celebration and fireworks show at Fort Vancouver, where they will be honored with a performance of Portland Taiko drumming at 6 p.m. on the main stage. They will also tour various sites inside and outside Vancouver, including Fort Vancouver, the downtown Library, the Vancouver Farmer's Market, Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Clark College, Westfield Vancouver Mall and Multnomah Falls.

As part of the Vancouver Downtown Association's First Friday Downtown art walk on July 3, art created by children from schools in both Vancouver and Joyo will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. inside City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday, July 6, the public is invited to attend the Vancouver City Council's dedication of the "Joyo Fountain" at the south plaza of City Hall, honoring the 20-year sister city relationship.

The delegation includes a member of the Joyo City Council, representatives from the Joyo International Exchange Association, Rotarians, Soroptimists and community members.

The Vancouver City Council officially approved a "sister city" relationship with Joyo in 1995, after being approached with the idea by the Vancouver and Joyo Rotary clubs. Over the past 20 years, the two cities have enjoyed a variety of formal and informal social, cultural and political exchanges, such as children's art exchanges, student exchanges, six-month employee exchanges and delegation visits.

Joyo, Japan is located in the Kyoto Prefecture and was founded in 1972. It has an estimated population of 80,669 and contains the historical sites of Shibagahara Tomb and the Mito shrine. Its primary industry is the production of gold and silver thread for traditional Kimono and Obi.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/joyo.

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Oregon Red Cross Responders Aid Portland Resident After Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/30/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting one adult displaced by a June 29 residential fire in the 4700 block of SE 83rd Avenue, Portland, Multnmah County.

The Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing, health services and recovery information.
06/29/15
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office arrests one after victim is able to alert friend to dangerous situation
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/29/15
This morning, Monday June 29, 2015, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies with the assistance of Portland Police Bureau officers took into custody Jamall Kingham, Age 34 of Portland, OR on I-84 westbound near 82nd Ave during morning rush hour traffic. It had been reported to police earlier in the morning that Jamall Kingham was armed with a firearm and was not allowing the female driver in the vehicle to leave.

Earlier that morning Jamall Kingham had called the victim and asked her to pick him up in the Portland area. The victim had a valid restraining order in place against Kingham but was convinced to pick him up. After picking Jamall Kingham up and talking with him he displayed a firearm complaining about the restraining order. The victim offered to drive down to the courthouse with him to have it removed. On the way to the courthouse she was able to make a phone call from a gas station restroom on Foster Rd. and alert a friend to what was happening. She also let her know the route they were going to be taking to the courthouse. The friend called 911 to report what was happening to police.

Portland Police Bureau officers located the vehicle Northbound on I-205 from Powell and after additional units arrived, conducted a high risk traffic stop eastbound on I-84 near 82nd Ave. Jamall Kingham was arrested without incident. A firearm was also located and seized.

After interviewing Jamall Kingham, MCSO Deputies transported and lodged him into the Multnomah County Jail on one count of Kidnapping, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and two counts of Violation of a Restraining Order.

Booking photo is available on our website at www.mcso.us
Science on Tap Portland - Monkey Business: Using Science and Research to Improve the Welfare of Captive Primates
Via Productions - 06/29/15
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, popcorn, and snacks available.

Caring for animals in captivity is a complicated task and many factors are involved in providing the best quality of life possible. Are the animals healthy? Are they housed in an appropriate environment? Do they experience positive emotions? We often assume we know the answers to these questions, but the needs of animals vary from species to species and can often be met through unusual and innovative means. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, Animal Behaviorist and Manager of Non-Human Primate Resources at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center, will explain how to take a scientific approach to evaluating and improving the welfare of captive animals in a laboratory, zoo, or production setting. Learn about how research is used to improve animal care through specific cases of animal welfare research, enrichment, and management strategies for captive primates.

For more information on Science on Tap in both Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, visit Via Productions.
Update to Fatal Shooting Investigation on Northeast 122nd Avenue
Portland Police Bureau - 06/29/15
Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday night involving two Portland Police officers.

On Sunday June 28, 2015, at 11:35 p.m., Officer Dominic Lovato, an eight-year-veteran of the Bureau, and Officer Michael Currier, a seven-year-veteran of the Bureau, were working a partner car assigned to East Precinct night shift.

The officers contacted three individuals standing at the trunk of a car on the West side of WinCo Foods, located at 1950 Northeast 122nd Avenue.

One of these individuals was later identified as 29-year-old Alan Lee Bellew.

Officers were speaking with the group for several minutes and without provocation, Bellew retrieved a handgun from the vehicle and pointed it in the direction of the officers and the two individuals associated with the vehicle.

Both officers fired their handguns at Bellew and he fell into the passenger seat.

At 11:46 p.m., officers broadcast "shots fired" at their location and multiple cover units responded to the scene (information released earlier by the Bureau that the shooting happened almost immediately after initial contact was erroneous and the Bureau regrets the error).

At 11:48 p.m., medical personnel were requested to respond to the scene.

As soon as the first cover officers arrived, officers developed a plan to safely approach Bellew and render immediate medical aid as officers awaited medical personnel to arrive at the scene.

Medical personnel arrived at 11:52 p.m., and determined that Bellew was deceased.

Bellew's two associates, an adult female and an adult male, were detained by officers and interviewed by Homicide detectives. Their identities are not being released at this time as they were released from the scene and are witnesses in the active investigation.

Neither of the officers or the two witnesses were injured in the shooting.

Homicide detectives and Forensic Evidence Division criminalists processed the shooting scene and located a handgun next to Bellew.

Initial examination showed it to be a black revolver but further examination, after it was collected as evidence, revealed that the gun is a starter pistol.



The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy today and determined that Bellew died of gunshot wounds. Toxicology testing of Bellew's blood is expected to take several weeks.

Detectives learned that Bellew is from the Eugene/Springfield area and was currently wanted in Lane County for a Felony Failure to Appear warrant on an original charge of Heroin Possession and a Probation Violation on original charges of Resist Arrest and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has provided a 2014 booking photo of Bellew for release by the Portland Police Bureau.



All known witnesses to the shooting have been interviewed; however, if anyone left the scene prior to police arrival or anyone who has information important to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Anthony Merrill at 5030-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office all responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau respects the value and sanctity of human life and recognizes the inherent dignity of every person. The Police Bureau understands that investing officers with the authority to use force to protect the public welfare creates a solemn obligation to guide members as they balance the important social and individual interests involved.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that duty may require officers to use force. The Bureau also recognizes that the use of deadly physical force will emotionally, physically, and psychologically impact the officers involved, the subject of the deadly physical force, and the family and friends of both and can impact the community as well.

At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. The involved Bureau members will remain on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Bureau's Review Board.

No additional information is expected to be released until the completion of Grand Jury.

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West Linn Police DUII Patrols funded by Grant
West Linn Police Dept. - 06/29/15
West Linn Police will be fielding additional officers over the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend as a part of a state-wide High Visibility Enforcement program. Utilizing funding made available by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, WLPD will be looking for impaired and distracted drivers. Utilizing grant funding, WLPD made 23 DUII arrests in May and June.

July 4th has historically been one of America's deadliest holidays for impaired driving fatalities, and this year Oregon's recreational marijuana law becomes effective July 1st. Officers have received updated training in detecting drivers under the influence of marijuana and prescription medication.

West Linn PD will continue to work to keep our streets safe this summer and will increase DUII patrols during the week of Labor Day. We are asking for your help in reporting suspected intoxicated drivers. If you see what you believe is unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, call 503-635-0238 or 911 if it appears to be an emergency.
Menlo Drive and 2nd Avenue Closed During Summer Months for Road Improvements
City of Beaverton - 06/29/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton will close Menlo Drive between Farmington Road and Fairmount Drive, while 2nd Street will be closed between Farmington Road and SW Erickson Avenue for culvert improvements beginning Monday, July 6 through Sept. 4, 2015. Travelers will be detoured to Erickson Avenue. The city is installing a new box culvert under Farmington Road at Erickson Creek for better water flow under the road. Culverts protect wildlife and stream health and help reduce expensive erosion or structural damage. The improvements are part of the larger Farmington Road improvements project.

The Farmington Road improvements will take approximately two years to complete and include improvements such as:

Project Phases with Tentative Dates:
Widen south side of Farmington Road (June 2015 - November 2015)
Menlo Drive closes July 2015 between Farmington Road and Fairmount Drive (July 2015 - Sept. 4, 2015)
2nd Street closes July 2015 at Farmington Road for installation of box culvert under Farmington Road at Erickson Creek (July 2015 - early Sept. 4, 2015)
Realign SW 141st and 142nd Avenues (July 2015 - November 2015)
South side of Farmington reopens (December 2015)
Sewer installation on Farmington (October 2015 - February 2016)
Widen north side of Farmington Road (February 2016 - July 2016)
Improve Farmington Road/Murray Boulevard intersection (June 2016 - April 2017)
Improve 142 Avenue, plus new signal (Feb. 2016 - July 2016)
Increasing Murray Boulevard to seven lanes with the addition of right turn and left turn lanes (June 2016 - spring 2017)

Businesses along the construction route will remain open. During construction, left turn movements into driveways and side streets located between Murray Boulevard and Hocken Avenue will be prohibited during construction, there will only be right turns in to and out of the businesses. Delays on Farmington are expected. Travelers should use alternate routes such as Tualatin Valley Highway or Allen Boulevard. Access to TriMet bus stops will be available. Beaverton and Washington County thank residents and commuters for their patience during the improvements of Farmington Road, Menlo Drive and 2nd Avenue.

The estimated cost of the Farmington Road project is $24.1 million, which includes the improvements on Menlo and 2nd. Road improvements are funded through the Washington County's Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) at $21.4 million. Beaverton will fund $2.7 million for water and sanitary sewer line upgrades. K&E Excavating will be doing the construction of the improvements, which is project managed by the City of Beaverton.

For more information on bus routes, citizens can call 503-238-RIDE or visit http://trimet.org/alerts/ to view all detours and service disruptions relating the MAX and buses. TransitTracker is another option for bus users at http://triment.org/arrivals/.

For more information about the Menlo and 2nd closures, please contact Ben Shaw, project manager, at bshaw@BeavertonOregon.gov or at 503-526-2447.

For more information on the Farmington Road project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/FarmingtonRoad. To sign up for periodic newsletters about the Farmington project, visit tinyurl.com/ohotzp5. Or contact Kim Haughn, Washington County public information officer, at 503-846-7822 or lutproj@co.washington.or.us.

For more information on other city road projects this summer please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/RoadConstruction.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: SW Menlo Drive and SW 2nd Avenue will be closed during the summer months while the city replaces the box culvert that connects to Erickson Creek. Culverts protect wildlife and stream health and help reduce expensive erosion or structural damage.
Arrest in Woodland Shooting incident
Woodland Police - 06/29/15
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Update 6/29/2015: Mr. Nash was arrested in Woodland on June 28th around 11am. He is currently in custody.

On 06/27/15, at 1513 hours, Woodland Police were dispatched to 9553 Old Pacific Hwy south, in Woodland, for a report that a masked subject had entered the victims shop and shot his dog and then attempted to shoot him.

On arrival, officers found the victims black lab deceased in the shop from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The victim, a 59 year old local Woodland resident, told law enforcement that he was awaken when he heard gun shots in his shop. When he went to investigate, the suspect, who was wearing a bandana, pointed the handgun at him and the victim believes the suspect also shot at him.

The suspect fled the scene, believed on foot.

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office assisted WPD with this investigation.

The Washington State Patrol Major Crimes Unit also assisted with the crime scene.

Washougal Police K9 was requested, and responded, to assist with a suspect track. The K9 did not locate the suspect but did locate evidence during the track.

A person of interest in this investigation is 63 year old Thomas Richard Nash who is known by the victim.

Nash and the victim have had been at odds recently over residency issues.

Nash is transient and is believed to be living in his white 1999 Ford full sized panel van, Oregon license WWV-592, in the Woodland area.

This investigation is an active in-progress investigation. Anyone having information about Nash's whereabouts is asked to contact the Woodland Police Department at (360) 225-8981.

Nash is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached or contacted by the public.


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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal accident on Historic Columbia River Highway (Photo)
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Update: The deceased has been identified as Jorge Figueroa Roman, Age 27, of Covington, WA. The passengers are identified as Rosalba Ortega Age 57 and Rosa Ortega, Age 20, of Vancouver, WA. Both remain hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. The 1 year old child in a car seat in the back of the vehicle was uninjured.

The Vehicular Crimes Team completed their investigation into the crash and confirmed the vehicle was traveling eastbound on the Historic Columbia River Highway when it was struck by the branch of a tree falling from the hillside on the east side of the road crushing the driver's side of the vehicle, a 2001 Saturn. The vehicle travelled another 500 feet before coming to a stop on the embankment on the east side of the road. Speed was not a factor. Oregon State Parks rangers removed an additional tree from the hillside prior to reopening the closed road segment to vehicular traffic.


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Today, Sunday June 28, 2015 at approximately 2:55 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and Corbett Fire Department responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on the Historic Columbia River Highway just east of Latourel Falls. MCSO Deputies and Corbett Fire personnel arrived and located a single vehicle struck by a tree that had fallen from a hill on the east side of the road. The driver, an adult male, was declared deceased at the scene. Two adult female passengers in the vehicle were transported with non-life-threatening injuries. A one year old child in a car seat in the back of the vehicle was uninjured.

Initial indications are the vehicle was traveling eastbound on the Historic Columbia River Highway when the tree came down and a branch of the tree hit the top of the vehicle. The vehicle continued traveling eastbound before running off the east side of the road and coming to rest on the embankment.

The Vehicular Crimes Team has responded to conduct the crash investigation. The Vehicular Crimes Team consists of members from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, Troutdale Police Department and Fairview Police Department as well as the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The Medical Examiner has been notified. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Historic Columbia River Highway is expected to be closed between Latourrel Falls and Alex Barre Rd for two to three hours while the crash investigation is conducted.

We are not releasing any more information at this time pending family notifications.

More information will be released when available.


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MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 7-1-15 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 06/29/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle Portland, OR 97220. The Board will hold their organization meeting where they will elect officers for the 2015-2016 school year and take action on organizational appointments as required.
Fireworks Amnesty Program!
City of Happy Valley - 06/29/15
Happy Valley's Firework Turn-in - Amnesty Program

This year, with record heat on top of already dry conditions, illegal fireworks are making many people nervous, including Public Safety Officials at the City of Happy Valley. In addition to implementing a task force with a zero tolerance policy for those using illegal fireworks, the City's Public Safety department is initiating an illegal firework collection program.

"There are many ways people obtain illegal fireworks. Through family members, friends, leftover from a previous year, or maybe they recently purchased them but are thinking better of it. I believe this dry, hot weather is causing people to rethink the safety of a personal fireworks show. Rather than have people put the fireworks away for another time and create a fire hazard in their home, we want to be a safe place they can dispose of their fireworks, no questions asked," said Happy Valley Director of Public Safety, Steve Campbell.

People who are in possession of illegal (or legal) fireworks and wish to dispose of them responsibly are invited to drop them off from now until July 6th. To dispose of your fireworks, you can drop them off at the Happy Valley Police Department located at 12915 SE King Road, Monday thru Friday 8am to 9pm. If no officer is present you can call the non-emergency police dispatch number posted on the front door and an officer will respond.

The fireworks task force will begin actively patrolling city neighborhoods in Happy Valley starting June 29th throughout the Fourth of July holiday period. This year the City has several ways to report the use of illegal fireworks.

Police/Fire Emergency 911 (emergency only)
Non-emergency police dispatch 503-655-8211
Email - fireworks@happyvalleyor.gov
City of Happy Valley Facebook page. A private message is preferred.

Campbell explained, "We really hope people will choose to enjoy a professional fireworks show, like the one Happy Valley is hosting, rather than breaking the law and endangering the community with a personal show."
Ridgefield first graders develop their reading skills by showing that reading is for the dogs (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 06/29/15
In addition to schools, Jason and Bruno visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and even dentist offices
In addition to schools, Jason and Bruno visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and even dentist offices
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Monday, June 29, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Throughout the school year, first graders at Union Ridge Elementary School developed their reading skills by reading to Bruno, a Munsterlander dog who participates in the Columbia River Pet Partners program.

Stephanie Frasier, a first grade teacher at Union Ridge, thought of having her students read to Bruno when trying to come up with an idea to get her students motivated to read more. "I wanted to find an idea to get my students excited to learn to read when I heard about Columbia River Pet Partners providing therapy animals for hospitals and schools," she said. "When I emailed the national organization, Jason Winters sought me out because he was newly-certified and wanted the opportunity for Bruno."

Winters, a disabled veteran, decided to join the Columbia Rivers Pet Partners program to provide an opportunity for students and others to learn about animals as well as to learn more about military service.

Throughout the school year, Jason and Bruno visited the classroom each Friday with students getting the opportunity to read by having their names drawn out of a jar. "This has been a great way for the students to learn about animals as well as learn how to read," said Frasier. "Some of my students don't have pets at home, so being exposed to a kind dog helps them become familiar with animals in general."

First graders took turns reading to Bruno, improving their reading skills and also getting to experience how therapy dogs work. Students read a variety of books of their own choosing including a variety of books by Dr. Seuss, some about SpongeBob Squarepants, the Berenstain Bears, and others. In order to be eligible to read, students needed to get permission slips filled out by parents to ensure students with allergies or fear of dogs wouldn't be exposed.

Columbia River Pet Partners, based in Vancouver, is a Community Partner of the national Pet Partners organization whose mission is to enrich people's lives and promote health and happiness through positive human-animal interactions. In addition to school visits, certified pet partners visit retirement homes, assisted-living homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and hospices.

"This has become such a great opportunity to teach our students about compassion for animals and help Jason give back and be a part of his community," said Fraiser. "Most importantly, Bruno's visits give teachers another tool to get our students excited about reading!"

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Attached Media Files: In addition to schools, Jason and Bruno visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and even dentist offices , First graders took turns reading books about the Berenstain Bears, Spongebob Squarepants, and Dr. Seuss characters , Jason Winters, a veteran, participates in the program to give back to his community , First graders in Stephanie Fraiser's class took turns reading to Bruno, a Munsterlander therapy dog
Benton County SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPONSORS DRUG TAKE-BACK Event Results (Photo)
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June 29, 2015, BENTON COUNTY, OR - Benton Co

Nearly 300 pounds of expired and unwanted medications were collected Saturday by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Approximately 166 vehicles came through the drop site where prescription pills and over-the-counter medications were collected. The collected medications were maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't have offered this event without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Search and Rescue Units and our Auxiliary Team."

This is the sixth year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service. Participation was down somewhat from the past two years most likely due to the record-high temperatures.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged because it can lead to contamination of our drinking water.


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Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water
Portland Water Bureau - 06/29/15
News Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2015

Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water

The Portland Water Bureau returned to 100 percent Bull Run water today, June 29, after blending a small portion of water from its Columbia South Shore Well Field into the water distribution system.

The Water Bureau began blending groundwater with Bull Run water on June 11 so scheduled work could be completed to strengthen interties on its largest conduit. This work was completed ahead of schedule, allowing the Water Bureau to return to 100 percent Bull Run sooner than anticipated. While this work occurred, the bureau also took the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system. By routinely doing this operation, the bureau ensures the reliability of the system when needed, either in an emergency or to meet seasonal supply demands.

Due to careful planning, Portland is fortunate to have access to two excellent water sources that allow the City to be prepared to meet the range of supply and demand conditions that could occur this summer. Both the Bull Run and Columbia South Shore Well Field are high-quality water sources that meet or surpass all federal and state drinking water regulations.

It will take one to eight days, depending on location, for 100 percent Bull Run water to move through the distribution system and reach customers.

While public notification is not required, the Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive users, as a practice, when it activates and discontinues use of groundwater.

To learn more about the Columbia South Shore Well Field, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/groundwater. Customers with water quality questions are encouraged to contact the Water Line at 503?823?7525.

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Attached Media Files: 2015-06/1240/85787/PWB_News_Release_Groundwater_Off.pdf
Weekend lightning keeps firefighters busy
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/29/15
Powerful thunderstorms swept across Oregon over the weekend, bringing strong winds and lightning. Thirteen fires were reported in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District, nine of these fires were contained at initial attack with minimal acreage burned. Firefighters continue to battle fires the Harper Creek Complex and the Jones Canyon Fire.

The Harper Creek Complex is comprise of three fires; the Harpers Creek Fire (321 acres), the Hog Fire (96 acres), and the Laycock Creek Fire (25 acres), burning near Mt. Vernon. The complex is being managed by a Type 3 Team comprised of local resources. The fires are 80 percent contained with forward spread stopped. Firefighters are continuing to strengthen containment lines and extinguish hotspots.

The Jones Canyon Fire is burning in rim rocks north west of Monument near the Grant County line. The fire is approximately 50 percent contained, estimated at 248 acres, and is being managed by a Type 3 organization of local firefighters. The fire continues to burn actively and is challenging firefighters in rugged terrain. Incident Command for Jones Canyon is located in Long Creek.

Unseasonably dry fuel conditions and extreme temperatures have pushed firefighters over the last several days as they have responded to these lightning fires. These high temperatures are anticipated to continue through the week, increasing fire danger through the Fourth of July weekend. The public is reminded to use caution when recreating in the woods.

All lands protected by the Central Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry are currently in Regulated-Use Closure. This closure prohibits campfires and fireworks on protected lands. Additional restrictions within the closure can be found at the following website: www.oregon.gov/odf/centraloregon/pages/index.aspx.
Salem City Club Presents: "Obamacare: Is It the Answer?" (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 06/29/15
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Join Salem City Club on Saturday, July 25, 2015 for a special summer program featuring T.R. Reid. The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") was envisioned as an answer to America's health care challenges. Has it succeeded? If not, can it succeed? These are among the most significant public policy questions of our day.


T.R. Reid, noted author of "The Healing of America" and host/writer of the PBS documentary, "Sick Around the World," will give his perspectives on the goals of U.S. health care reform and the ability of the Affordable Care Act to achieve them. He speaks from his research on health care systems in the U.S. and around the world.

This presentation is the seventh in Salem City Club's Healthcare for Oregonians series, which addresses the intent of the Affordable Care Act and the high hopes for its effect on healthcare access, affordability and treatment outcomes.

T. R. Reid is one of the nation's best-known reporters. He served as the Washington Post bureau chief in London and Tokyo, among many other assignments. In recent years he has focused much of his energy researching, reporting on and advocating universal health care reform. His 2009 book, "The Healing of America," became a national best seller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, "Sick Around the World," and "India--A Second Opinion," following Reid as he did the reporting for that book. His latest PBS film is "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," which is being broadcast by PBS affiliates around the country. (For more Reid biographical information see: http://www.trreid.net).

This special summer program will be held at the Salem Hospital Campus, Building D, Creekside Room, 890 Oak St., S.E., Salem. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon. There is no charge to attend the program. We are asking for pre-registration to insure ample seating. Please register online at salemcityclub.com. For campus map see http://www.salemhealth.org/images/default-source/default-album/salem-hospital-campus-map.png?sfvrsn=0.


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Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Monday, June 29, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/29/15
Due to exceptionally dry landscape and drought conditions, hot weather and forecasted lightning, the risk of extreme fire activity remained high through the weekend and into this coming week. The Oregon Department of Forestry, forestland owners and agency partners are managing fire conditions usually experienced in late July or early August.

A high pressure system is forecast for the southern Oregon area, with high temps, dry weather and slight chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service is calling for a hot and dry air mass to settle back into the Willamette Valley and Portland areas through the end of the work week; a Red Flag warning for thunderstorms is in effect for NE Oregon.

>FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 700-acre lightning-caused Harper Complex Fire is burning in timber, brush and grass approximately 8 miles southwest of John Day. Approximately 10 residents are threatened. This complex includes the lightning-caused Hog Creek Fire, 30 acres, and the 25-acre Luce Creek Fire. A local Type 3 Team has been assigned to the Harper Complex.

The Jones Canyon Fire is approximately 500 acres and burning approximately 12 miles NE of Monument in grass, brush and juniper in the old Monument Complex. Resources assigned: 4 engines, 1 crew, 1 dozer and 1 helo have been assigned to this fire.

The Sugar Loaf Fire was reported Saturday burning in grass and timber in central Oregon on BLM land 9 miles north of Dayville. One outbuilding has been destroyed and 12 residences threatened. Fire size is estimated at 4,095 acres. ODF Team 1 (Buckman) is assigned to this fire. Evacuations are being coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the Sugarloaf fire, firefighters have been working on the 250-acre Buck Creek Fire located 18 miles northeast of Hampton, Oregon, which is now at 90 percent containment, and the 30-acre Bear Creek Fire located 7 miles south of Prineville Reservoir, which is now 100 percent contained.

The Smith Hollow Fire is burning in grass and brush near Fossil; this 21-acre fire is 100 percent lined. Cause is under investigation.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire officials also want to remind everyone that possession or use of fireworks on private, state, Forest Service and BLM land is illegal.


>FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Jaca Reservoir Fire (USDI / BLM) is located 87 miles south of Vale, Oregon, is estimated at 1,500 acres and is burning in brush and grass.
The Leslie Gulch Fire (USDI / BLM) is a lightning-caused fire burning in grass and brush approximately 45 miles south of Vale.

The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Fire (USFS) reported June 26 burning in timber 30 miles SE of Oakridge, OR., is 167 acres and 10 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/

The lightning-caused Buckskin Fire (USFS) reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 233 fires burned 531 acres
Total: 313 fires burned 645 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 25 fires burned 25 acres
Human-caused fires: 148 fires burned 1,306 acres
Total: 172 fires burned 1,331 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.
Recent fires over the weekend are not yet included in these figures.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website /http://www.nwccweb.us/ or
The national Incident Information System site / http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ .

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Salem-Keizer Transit Seeks New Revenue to Grow Services (Photo)
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 06/29/15
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In the November 2015 election, voters will have the opportunity to vote for weekend and later evening transit service in the Salem-Keizer area. At their May 28th meeting, the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors approved a ballot measure for a payroll tax which would provide revenue for this increased service.

The tax would levy 0.21 percent of a business' annual payroll, and would bring in approximately $5 million per year. The new revenue would provide the following:
Weekend service
Later evening service
A student bus pass program
Holiday service


In April and May, Salem-Keizer Transit surveyed the public to gauge their support for a payroll tax or property tax. Based on the results of the survey, the board decided to pursue the payroll tax option.

The new service is phase 2 of a system improvement plan called Moving Forward. In September, the transit district will implement phase 1, which is within current funding levels. Phase 1 includes:
Increased frequency on busy routes
Buses running on a consistent schedule
More cross-town routes for fewer transfers

"We asked the community what kind of service they wanted to see. The Moving Forward system improvement plan reflects that feedback," said General Manager Allan Pollock. "But, in order to implement phase 2 additional revenue is required."

For an employer with an annual payroll of $500,000, the annual tax would be $1,050. If voters approve the ballot measure, the plan is to roll out Saturday service starting next summer and other improvements to follow.

For more information on the Moving Forward plan go to Cherriots.org/MovingForward.


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Pacific University celebrates Oregon Private College Week Aug. 3-7
Pacific University - 06/29/15
FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in Oregon Private College Week. Prospective students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any member college or university of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

On June 5, Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation that declares August 3-7, 2015 as Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of Oregon's private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon's communities to the state's 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19 percent of Oregon's undergraduate students, award 23 percent of Oregon's undergraduate degrees and confer 24 percent of the bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (21 percent), health professions (35 percent), business (24 percent), and public administration and social service (27 percent).

Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, including engineering, computer science and math, among others.

The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years and begins to make an immediate contribution to Oregon's economy. Also cited in the governor's proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon's private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state's economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:
Thirty-two percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.
Ninety-two percent of first-time, first-year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of more than $18,000.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, please visit oregonprivatecolleges.com.

The Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

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Founded in 1849, Pacific University (Ore.) is a diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. The university consists of colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.

The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students and deliver approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit oaicu.org.
Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park
City of Salem - 06/29/15
The City of Salem will present a fun, family friendly, Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Join us for live music, food vendors, and a fireworks display.

The performance schedule is as follows:

4:00-6:00 p.m. Magical Mystery Four - Beatles tribute band
6:30-8:30 p.m. Sugar Sauce Band - current hits and the usual crowd pleasers
9:00-10:00 p.m. Rock and Roll Cowboys - the newest country and the best rock
10:00-10:20 p.m. Fireworks display over the Willamette River
10:20-11:00 p.m. Rock and Roll Cowboys

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

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

New this year, the fireworks will be launched from the Riverfront Park dock. Therefore, the Riverfront Park Dock will close at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th, to allow for fireworks set-up.
Burn Ban in Effect in Canby Fire District.
Canby Fire Dist. - 06/29/15
A burning ban is being enforced in the Canby Fire District. This effects Recreational, Backyard and agricultural burning. With several wildland fires burning out of control in the northwest. We need to extremely careful with any kind of fire.

Canby Fire is urging all residents rather then doing their own fireworks this year. We would like you to attend the community fireworks display at Baker Prairie school on July 4th. With the extreme dry conditions we are experiencing this is a much safer way to enjoy the 4th of July celebration.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici To Present Civil Air Patrol Billy Mitchell Award
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/29/15
Tualatin High School junior Ellie Parker will be presented the Civil Air Patrol's prestigious Billy Mitchell award by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici this Thursday, July 2, 10:00 - 10:30
at the Congresswoman's Beaverton office at 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220, Beaverton. This award will recognize cadet Parkers' completion of an enlisted training program and promotion as a commissioned officer in the Civil Air Patrol with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Cadet Parker joined the Aurora Composite Squadron of the Oregon Wing CAP in February of 2013 after determining that she wanted to enter the Air Force Academy and as a step towards her goal of obtaining a private pilot's license. Cadet Parker completed her solo flight last year and is on track obtain her license later this summer.

In addition to the Civil Air Patrol, cadet Parker is active in other areas such as the Youth Advisory Council, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and varsity track. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Tualatin High School, cadet Parker is also taking a full International Baccalaureate course load and will be formally applying to the Air Force academy.
The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program; cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, Cadet Officers. The award is given in honor of Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.

In order to earn this award, cadets must pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests and attend character development training for each achievement from Cadet Airman Basic through Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. In addition, cadets must attend a military-style encampment before this award is made, and have maintained active membership in the Civil Air Patrol for at least 18 months since joining. Only 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Salem Fire Promotes Three and Graduates Five (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/29/15
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The Salem Fire Department recognized five new firefighter/paramedics on their successful completion of the department's firefighter academy, along with three new promotions at a ceremony held June 26 at the fire training facility. Also recognized during the ceremony were three fire department members who had received promotions earlier this year. The celebration ceremony included department members, family, and friends of the newly promoted officers and new firefighter/paramedics.

Fire Chief Michael Niblock began the ceremony by recognizing the recent promotions of Battalion Chiefs Ty Gunesch and Kyle Amsberry along with Apparatus Operator/Engineer Brandon Hoff, who all earned promotions earlier this year.

Chief Niblock then introduced members of the department who were selected for promotions, which were the result of comprehensive promotional examinations conducted by the department earlier this year.

Robin Chitwood was promoted to the rank of deputy chief effective June 15, 2015. Deputy Chief Chitwood was hired by the Salem Fire Department in October of 1991 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic, EMS coordinator, apparatus operator/engineer, captain, and battalion chief. Additionally he has served on the rope rescue and confined space team, hazardous materials team, and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) medic. Deputy Chief Chitwood is responsible for managing the Training & EMS Division of the department, a role that he has held in an interim capacity since January of 2015.

Jeff Zaluskey was promoted to the rank of captain effective May 29, 2015 and is assigned to B-Shift. Captain Zaluskey was hired by the Salem Fire Department in March of 1998 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic and apparatus operator/engineer. He is a current member on the regional hazardous materials team, a position he has held since 2000 and also was a SWAT medic for 6 years. Additionally, he has served as a medic evaluator and a member of the department's accountability committee.

Jeremy Tinney was promoted to the rank of captain effective June 23, 2015 and is assigned to A-Shift. Captain Tinney was hired by the Salem Fire Department in April of 2001 and previously served as a firefighter/paramedic. He is a current member on the department's technical rescue team and has served as a medic evaluator and a member of the department's protective clothing committee.

Chief Niblock recognized five new firefighter/paramedics on their successful completion of the department's intensive 14-week firefighter academy, which included a combination of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-job training. The graduates include
Nick Bradley, Bryce Glovatsky, Justin Gregory, Lucas Rathburn, and Cody Welling. The new firefighters are now assigned to their new shift assignments to continue their year-long probationary period.

The Salem Fire Department serves a population of 188,000 residents, responding to nearly 20,000 calls to 9-1-1 each year.

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Attached Media Files: Recruit Graduates , Captain Tinney , Captain Zaluskey , DC Chitwood
Sandy Fire District's burn ban that includes the use of fireworks, effective July 1st
Sandy Fire District - 06/29/15
Starting July 1st Sandy Fire District will put into effect burn ban that includes the use of fireworks, due to the long period of extreme heat. Temperatures are expected to reach in the mid-90's with no change through the holiday, In addition to banning fireworks, the ban covers open-flame burning, which means everything from camp fires to charcoal fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to welcome Troutdale Police Department at Swearing in Ceremony
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/29/15
On Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will welcome in members of the Troutdale Police Department at a swearing in ceremony to be held at the Mt. Hood Community College Visual Arts Theater (VA122) located at 26000 SE Stark St. in Gresham, OR 97030.

As part of the ceremony Sheriff Staton will be swearing in all of the officers from the Troutdale Police Department and welcoming civilian members as they become Multnomah County Sheriff's Office employees on July 1, 2015.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is pleased to welcome the experienced officers and staff from the Troutdale Police Department and continue to build on the excellent service they have provided over the years to the citizens of Troutdale. Beginning July 1, 2015, the officers will continue to patrol the City of Troutdale as they do today but as deputies and/or sergeants for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. MCSO Supervisors are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week expanding coverage provided to the City of Troutdale.

This ceremony marks the culmination of several years of work on a concept brought up by Sheriff Daniel Staton during an all-cities meeting shortly after Sheriff Staton took office in 2010. Sheriff Staton believed a consolidation such as this one could result in significant system efficiencies and realize a positive benefit to the communities served and to Multnomah County as a whole. After continuing to research his concept and working with his MCSO Executive Staff Sheriff Staton was able to refine and develop a proposal for consolidation and discussed this with Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson.

In the Spring of 2014, Sheriff Staton brought the proposal forward for further consideration by the City of Troutdale and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. As part of this process, a workgroup was formed to work through the financial and operational details to determine the feasibility of the proposal and build a more defined service model.

On March 24, 2015 the Troutdale City Council approved a resolution approving the consolidation of law enforcement services with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. On April 23, 2015 the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted resolution 2015-033, which served as the final step in bringing Sheriff Staton's vision for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the City of Troutdale to reality.

July 1, 2015 marks the beginning of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office service to the City of Troutdale. A lease agreement for the Troutdale Police Community Center was also presented and approved as part of the consolidation process. The Troutdale Police Community Center located at 234 SW Kendall Court in Troutdale, OR will now be home to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division and support services. Patrol services will be centered out of the Troutdale Police Community Center, which will remain under the ownership of the city.

This ceremony is open to the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we welcome Troutdale Police Department staff and officers to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office family.


Attached Media Files: MCSO Ceremony TPD PR
PCC earns $540,000 grant to give underemployed a career reboot (Photo)
PCC - 06/29/15
Left to right, Lori Bean of Worksystems; Jennifer Poinar, Gayle Armstrong and Larisa Felty of PCC; Casey Barnard of Worksystems; Sam Wilson of SE Works; and Aaron Sorenson of Mt. Hood Community College
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PORTLAND, Ore. - For many under and unemployed workers in the Portland area, they now can get a reboot on their careers.

Portland Community College was awarded a three-year $540,000 grant from Worksystems, Inc. (WSI) to establish the Reboot Northwest: Career Link Coordination Program. PCC will design and offer Career Link courses to long-term unemployed and underemployed workers in Multnomah and Washington counties, enrolling students this summer. In addition to Career Link, which has manufacturing and information technology paths, students will get a career coach/case manager to help them enroll in training, stay in school, get referrals to community resources and find job openings. In addition, there are training funds to assist with their general education.

Career Link is a non-credit three-week, 75-hour career exploration and career learning experience. The courses will provide an introduction to careers in the two industries. Students enrolled will get industry tours and learn of employment opportunities and career paths in the two sectors from employers. PCC will also contract with Mt. Hood Community College to offer services in east Multnomah County.

A tri-county regional initiative, Reboot Northwest is a Department of Labor strategy to train the local workforce to fill these vacancies rather than having companies import talent from outside of Oregon and the U.S. It specifically targets long-term unemployed (unemployed for six-months or longer) and is available for underemployed workers who were laid off in the 2008 recession and are now earning less than before getting dislocated. Military veterans are also a targeted group.

"The long-term unemployed often need to reboot when an old approach has stalled, with the best option being a fresh start," said Amy Youngflesh, PCC's Workforce Development director. "Reboot Northwest will get the long-term unemployed back to work in a new way by employing immediate, hands-on, practical and cohort-collaborative approaches. After the course, students will create a peer networking group to support them as they pursue education or job search."

Youngflesh estimates that 600 people will be enrolled in Career Link courses during the three years of the grant. She added that Reboot Northwest coaches are located at all five Worksource centers in the area, including the Willow Creek Center (241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton). People can register by visiting the website http://www.rebootnw.org/.

Youngflesh said there is great need for these programs in Portland as the IT and manufacturing sectors are a priority for the local economy. She said these jobs represent more than 12 percent of private sector employment (approximately 112,000 jobs) in the region, a sector that grew by 4.2 percent last year. It's estimated to grow by 32 percent during the next decade. Since 2009, local companies have applied for H-1B foreign visas to fill these vacancies. In the Portland Metro area, more than 22,000 job seekers in the two targeted industries have been unemployed longer than six months.

"Studies have shown job search activity declines steeply over the spell of unemployment," Youngflesh continued. "Career Link provides a forum for people to develop a regular routine and gain ownership of job training. It's designed to act as a springboard that will launch students into new or revamped careers. It creates supportive peer networks, exposes participants to available postsecondary training and certification options, and employers."

Employers are a big part of the project, assisting with industry tours and serving as guest speakers in class. Plus, a steering committee comprised of local area employers and educational providers will help develop curriculum. Students graduating from manufacturing and IT programs at PCC and MHCC will be recruited for the program if they have experienced a lay off from an IT or manufacturing job. Career Link will help graduates meet potential employers, create employment strategies and become part of a peer support group after the course.

"By partnering with MHCC, it will be a seamless program and students can experience the same course no matter where they live," Youngflesh added.

For information regarding this grant, call (971) 722-2236, or email ayoungfl@pcc.edu.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 90,000 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has four comprehensive campuses, eight workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


Attached Media Files: Left to right, Lori Bean of Worksystems; Jennifer Poinar, Gayle Armstrong and Larisa Felty of PCC; Casey Barnard of Worksystems; Sam Wilson of SE Works; and Aaron Sorenson of Mt. Hood Community College
Two reports show positive trends in downtown activity
Portland Business Alliance - 06/29/15
Portland, Ore. - Downtown Clean & Safe District released two reports showing the strength and vibrancy of Portland's downtown area: The semi-annual pedestrian count results were consistent to those reported in June 2014, and the yearly Development/Redevelopment Report highlighted a healthy pipeline of projects under construction or on the drawing board for Central City.

"My company has invested in downtown Portland because we know it's a great place to do business. It's encouraging to see that resonate with other developers as shown in the report," said Ty Barker, Downtown Clean & Safe District board chair and partner and general manager at Unico Properties. "We are proud of the work we've done with partners to keep our downtown vibrant, but we also know there is more to be done to improve central city such as the ongoing livability issues."

These reports are used by Clean & Safe as a way to gauge economic vitality and activity and to provide information for developers, real estate brokers, property managers and owners, prospective tenants, institutional investors and others who are interested in downtown Portland as a place to do business.

Pedestrian counts:
June 2015 pedestrian counts took place over June 11-13 and results are consistent with last year. Results show a 1 percent decrease among the ten corners that were also counted last June. The most trafficked corners counted were Sixth and Morrison with more than 21,000 people, Broadway and Morrison with more than 15,000 people and Fifth and Morrison with more than 14,500 people. Corners counted during the semi-annual counts do slightly change depending on a variety of factors: retail vacancies, new tenants and relocation of transit stops.

See full results at www.cleanandsafepdx.com.

Downtown Development/Redevelopment Report:
The downtown Development/Redevelopment Report provides a five-year window on real estate development in the central city. The report shows that development in the central city is rapidly growing, from 14 projects under construction in 2014 to 32 projects under construction in 2015. The projects include Class A office, hotel, and market rate rental housing. The market is buoyed by low vacancy rates in all sectors, with office at 9 percent and residential at 3 percent. Several projects are underway in Old Town Chinatown, which are supported by the five-year redevelopment plan.

See report at www.cleanandsafepdx.com.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/2822/85771/Two_reports_show_positive_trends_in_downtown_activity.pdf
Cool off at Battle Ground Community Center (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 06/29/15
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The Battle Ground Community Center, located at 912 East Main St. in Battle Ground, will serve as a public cooling center Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic meals, books, magazines, board games and activities for children. Wi-Fi will be available for those wanting to use mobile devices.

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


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Community Center
Beaverton Police Department Target Illegal Fireworks
Beaverton Police Dept. - 06/29/15
The use of illegal fireworks within the City of Beaverton is of concern to a number of our residents and the Beaverton Police Department. The Beaverton Police Department is committed to a Fourth of July holiday that can be enjoyed by everyone. Police officers will be working with the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Department and will focus efforts on reducing the use of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July.

There will be extra patrols in the neighborhoods to enforce the laws regulating the use and possession of illegal fireworks.

Oregon law bans possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called "bottle rockets", "Roman Candles", and fire crackers are illegal in Oregon.

Individuals found with illegal fireworks:

Will have the illegal fireworks seized by officers.

Can potentially face arrest and criminal prosecution.

Can be held civilly liable for damages resulting from misuse of fireworks.

Can be liable for damages their children are found to have caused.

The Fourth of July holiday is an opportunity for many of us to spend time with friends and family and to enjoy community celebrations. The Beaverton Police Department wants to ensure it's a safe and fun time for everyone.

The non-emergency telephone number for dispatch to report any illegal fireworks is (503) 629-0111
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Zero-Tolerance for Illegal Fireworks in Happy Valley
City of Happy Valley - 06/29/15
Fireworks Task Force Targets Illegal Fireworks Activity

Happy Valley, OR. June 29, 2015 -- A fireworks task force will actively patrol city neighborhoods in Happy Valley starting today and throughout the Fourth of July holiday period. Patrols serve as a visual deterrent to those considering the use of illegal fireworks as well as enforcing the City's zero tolerance policy for the use or possession of illegal fireworks within the city.

The city's ordinance mirrors Oregon state law (ORS 480.110 to 480.165.) Violators can expect a $1,000 violation citation or, under certain circumstances, face criminal misdemeanor charges that could result in a fine up to $6,250 and a year in jail. "It's a serious issue," notes Steve Campbell, the City's Director of Community Services & Public Safety. . "People who continue to celebrate in this manner simply don't consider the impact on their community. Complaints of loud noises, smoke and debris in the streets are steadily received over this holiday. There is also a notable increase in reports of lost and distressed pets during this time.

Your help in maintaining a safe community is appreciated. This year the City has several ways to report the use of illegal fireworks.

Police/Fire Emergency 911 (emergency only)
Non-emergency police dispatch 503-655-8211
Email - fireworks@happyvalleyor.gov
City of Happy Valley Facebook page. A private message is preferred.

When reports of illegal fireworks activity are received officers from the task force will be promptly dispatched to investigate.

"As a city, it's our responsibility to ensure the safety and livability of the community and eliminating the use of illegal fireworks is an important part of this," Campbell explains..
Multiple Vehicle Crash On HWY 38 Takes Life Of California Woman - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/29/15
On June 28, 2015 at about 3:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 38 near milepost 9 (east of Reedsport).

According to Sergeant Josh Young, a 2009 Nissan Cube, operated by Sarah E WRIGHT, age 35, of Palm Springs, CA, was traveling westbound on HWY 38 when it crossed the centerline. The Nissan struck an eastbound 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup towing a fifth wheel recreational vehicle and then a 2003 Honda Pilot which had been following the Dodge. The Nissan came to a rest on it's roof.

WRIGHT and her passenger, Evan T FASS, age 28, of Palm Springs, CA, were transported to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. The operator of the Honda, Catherine M PATTERSON, age 54, of Portland, and her passenger, Freda G MCCREA, age 77, of Portland were also transported to Bay Area Hospital.

WRIGHT was pronounced deceased upon her arrival at the hospital. The level of injuries for the others transported is unknown at this time.

The operator of the DODGE pickup, Dan W AGEE, age 39, and his passengers; Joann M AGEE, age 34, and a four year old male were uninjured (all from Woodburn).

HWY 38 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted and wreckage removed. OSP was assisted on scene by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lower Umpqua Hospital Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The investigation is continuing into contributing factors. More information will be released when it is available.
UPDATE: Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/29/15
Homicide detectives are in the early stages of the investigation into Sunday night's shooting.

At 11:35 p.m., two officers assigned to East Precinct night shift, working a partner car, contacted an adult male suspect at a parked car on the West side of the Winco Foods building on Northeast 122nd Avenue.

During this contact, gunshots were fired and the suspect was injured. Additional officers from East and North Precincts responded to the scene to provide assistance.

Officers called for immediate medical response and began providing medical aid to the suspect, prior to medical personnel arriving at the scene. Medical personnel arrived and determined that the suspect was deceased.

A gun was recovered as part of the crime scene.

Two other adults, a male and a female, were detained at the scene and were not injured in the incident.

Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office all responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.

The decision to use deadly physical force is the most important decision that a police officer will make in the course of their career. The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that officers may be required to use deadly force when their lives or the life of another is jeopardized by the actions of others.

At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. The involved Bureau member(s) will remain on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Bureau's Review Board.

No additional information will be released until Monday afternoon.

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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to investigate a fatal shooting at Northeast 122nd Avenue and San Rafael Street involving Portland Police officers.

No police officers were injured in the shooting. One suspect is deceased at the scene.

Interested media may stage at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene but there is not an estimated time for a media briefing.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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06/28/15
Kidnapped Woman Is Saved By 911 Call in Northeastern Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/28/15
On June 27, 2015 at about 6:12AM, the Morrow County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a female who advised she had been kidnapped and was trapped in a car traveling on I-84.

Members from the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded and located the vehicle on I-84 traveling westbound near milepost 143 (east of Arlington).

Law enforcement stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as William T COOTER II, age 42, of Greeneville, TN. The female was located inside the vehicle and identified as the person who called 911.

A roadside investigation revealed COOTER had assaulted and held his female passenger against her will. Further learned was COOTER and the victim did not know each other prior to the incident.

COOTER was arrested and was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on the following charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree, Rape 1st Degree, Sex Abuse 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree, Assault IV, Coercion, Menacing, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Interfering with Making a Report.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Deputies Searching Santiam River For Missing Man **Update w/ Additional Photo** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/15
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Tonight at about 9:00 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team located the body of Ralph Macfawn, age 56, of Salem a short distance from where he entered the river to swim. Deputies do not know what caused Mr. Macfawn to drown, but according to witnesses Mr. Macfawn was heard calling for help, he then submerged and never resurfaced.

Tonight our thoughts are with Mr. Macfawn's family who were on scene at the time of this tragedy. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the some 30 emergency personnel, 5 boat teams and the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team for their assistance in recovering Mr. Macfawn. A list of responding agencies is posted below.

Salem Fire Department
Albany Fire Department
Scio Fire Department
Jefferson Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office
Benton County Sheriff's Office
Albany Police Department




Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit are currently searching the waters of the Santiam River at the Santiam River Rest Stop near the Marion and Linn County borders. Deputies were called at about 5:40 p.m., after an adult male was seen entering the water and never resurfacing.

Currently units from the Jefferson Fire Department, Salem Fire Department and the Benton County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the search. This story will be updated as details become available.


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Missing 12 year old male (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/28/15
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Ruben has been located safe in Vancouver area earlier today. Big thanks to the media outlets and all citizens who assisted with search of the child.

There is no further information available for release at this time.
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Missing 12 year old male Ruben Oscar Daniels, bi-racial (Hispanic/white), 5'1" tall, 115 lbs., dark brown hair, brown eyes. Last seen wearing a gray short sleeve t-shirt, black knee length shorts, white "AND1" high top tennis shoes with black and red on the heel area.
Last seen on 06/28/15 at 9:00 am around the 7700 block of Burton Road. Possible destinations are along Fourth Plain Blvd (from Andresen Blvd to Main St.) and downtown Vancouver to include the library.
Please call 911 if located.


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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal accident involving vehicle and bicyclist
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Michael Austin Crenshaw Age 37, of Portland, OR. The Vehicular Crimes Team is handling the accident investigation and will refer their findings to the District Attorney's Office for review.

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This morning at 10:35 a.m. MCSO deputies and Corbett Fire Department responded to the report of an accident involving a vehicle and bicyclist in the 42700 block of E. Haines Rd. MCSO Deputies arrived on scene as persons on scene were performing CPR on the injured bicyclist who had suffered traumatic injuries. The MCSO Deputy joined in the CPR rotation until Corbett Fire arrived on scene. Corbett Fire personnel were also unable to revive the bicyclist and the bicyclist, an adult male, was declared deceased at the scene.

Initial reports indicate a group of bicyclists was traveling downhill eastbound on E. Haines Rd. when the bicyclist crashed on a curve and went into the westbound lanes striking a vehicle coming westbound on E. Haines Rd headed up the hill around the curve. The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and all attempted to render aid to the injured bicyclist.

The Vehicular Crimes Team was activated and is handling the accident investigation. The Vehicular Crimes Team consists of members from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, Troutdale Police Department and Fairview Police Department as well as the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The Medical Examiner has been notified and has responded. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
A two mile section of E. Haines Rd starting from E. Larch Mountain Rd. is expected to be closed in both directions for the next couple hours as the accident investigation is conducted at the scene.

We are not releasing any more information at this time pending family notifications.
More information will be released when available.
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for overdue hikers (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/15
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Final Update: Portland Mountain Rescue was able to bring both subjects back up to the trail safely just before 6:00 p.m. MCSO Search and Rescue and PMR transported the hikers back to base camp and reunited them with their loved ones at approximately shortly before 6:30 p.m.

When asked about their hike they told MCSO SAR Coordinators they began their hike from the parking lot of Wachlella Falls at approximately 8:00 a.m. with the intention of hiking to Munra Point and on to the Ruckel Ridge loop. Both hikers had some water and food with them as well as a cell phone but no other emergency equipment or hiking gear.

The trail they followed up became overgrown and harder to navigate as they went further up on the trail. After it started getting rough they became dehydrated and saw Tanner Creek so they made their way down to the creek to get water. They thought if they followed the creek down it would lead them out of where they were and back to a trail.

After it got dark they stopped and rested until daylight then kept following Tanner Creek down but could not find any trails or roads. The entire area was rough, brush covered and hard to navigate causing them to have to take frequent breaks to rest. They kept trying to reach someone from their cell phone but could not get a signal throughout the evening and overnight. In the morning after traveling a short distance they obtained a small cell phone signal and were able to text they were ok to a family member. MCSO SAR Coordinators had the family member text them and instruct them to call 911 so their location to be determined. Both hikers were instructed to stay where they were and wait for searchers to locate and reach them which they did assisting searchers in their efforts to locate them.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to attempting a hike. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Temperatures can still get low overnight in the higher elevations and weather can change rapidly. Be prepared for the weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.




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Update2: Portland Mountain Rescue has made contact with the hikers art approximately 3:20 p.m. Both hikers are in good spirits, but both were hungry and thirsty. PMR is evaluating the hikers conditions. The hikers were provided with water and some food while PMR works on an extraction plan to move the hikers up from their location and back up to a trail.

The hikers were located 800 feet down near Tanner Creek at approximately the 2,000 foot elevation above Wachlella Falls. Portland Mountain Rescue had to utilize ropes to access down to the hikers location.


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Update: Portland Mountain Rescue was activated at noon to assist with the technical rescue of the hikers. PMR deployed into the field at 1:40 p.m. to assist the MCSO SAR team with the hikers rescue from their location. The area the hikers are in is off trail and in a very steep heavily wooded area with extensive brush cover. MCSO SAR teams continue to slowly work towards the hikers. The hikers are identified as Lonny Calkins, Age 50 of Portland, OR. and Karl Hurst, Age 47 of Portland, OR. The hikers had started out yesterday June 27 at 7:00 a.m. for a day hike.

More information will be posted when available.

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This morning, Sunday June 28, 2015 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Oregon State Police took a report of two overdue hikers in the Columbia River Gorge near the Bonneville Dam. An MCSO Deputy checking parking lots in the surrounding area located the vehicle of the hikers in a lot near Wachlella Falls.

MCSO Search and Rescue along with Trail Hornets were notified and activated to assist in locating the overdue hikers. At approximately 5:00 a.m. an MCSO Trail Hornet team began running the surrounding trails from where the vehicle was located in an attempt to locate the hikers. At 6:00 a.m. the first MCSO Search and Rescue teams were deployed onto the trails and began working their way up towards an area the hikers were last believed to be in based on a picture that had been received by a friend the previous evening. Mountain Wave Communications responded and has been providing radio base communications support for the search efforts.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. a text was received from the overdue hikers saying they were ok. A text was sent back to the hikers to call 911 to allow emergency responders to ping their cell phone location in an attempt to narrow down their location. At 10:20 a.m. Hood River 911 reported the subjects had called in and they were able to ping their approximate location. A Hood River Search and Rescue plane assisting in aerial search flying over the area reported they spotted two individuals waving at the plane from near where their location had been determined by 911.

MCSO Search and Rescue teams are now working towards both hikers location to assess their condition and assist them back down from their location. The area they are located in is off trail and searchers are working to determine the best route to gain access to the hikers location. Friends and family of the hikers have gathered at the SAR base camp and are waiting for their return. Search and Rescue Coordinators estimate it will take two to three hours to reach the hikers and return them to the base camp located in the Tooth Rock Trailhead parking lot.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Picture attached taken from plane of area the hikers were located in.


Attached Media Files: Aerial , Base
UPDATE #3: Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland - One Person Deceased (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/28/15
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Saturday's homicide victim has been identified as 57-year-old Dean A. Kuntz. Kuntz death was the result of gunshot wounds.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Homicide detectives booked 48-year-old Jon Landis into the Multnomah County Jail early Sunday morning on a charge of Murder. Landis will be arraigned on Monday.

An autopsy on the 57-year-old victim will be conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office. His name will be released after the autopsy.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Homicide detectives are in the early stages of the investigation into this evening's shooting.

The deceased is a 57-year-old male resident of the neighborhood.

The suspect in custody is a 48-year-old male resident of the neighborhood.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting was the result of a neighborhood dispute between the two men. The nature and duration of this dispute remains under investigation.

No further updates are anticipated to be released this evening.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday June 27, 2015, at 7:16 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 2600 block of Southeast 151st Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located an adult male suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medical personnel determined that the male was deceased.

Police contacted a second adult male, who has been taken into custody.

Based on available information, there is no risk to the public as a result of this incident.

Homicide detectives, Forensic Evidence Division criminalists and the Medical Examiner are responding to the scene to begin an investigation.

Media staging is at Southeast 151st Avenue and Division Street.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.

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Burglary/stolen vehicle leads to pursuit and arrest
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/15
About 5:00 am the morning of June 28Th a CCSO Deputy responded to a report of stolen vehicle last seen about 11:00 pm the night before now discovered missing.Location was at 6200 blk of NE Wilding RD. This case became a burglary due to how the suspect gained access to the black 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck being reported stolen. This information was broadcast at time of initial investigation.

Battleground Police observed the vehicle described about 5:10am at a local Shell gasoline station located at Main St and HWY 503 in Battleground. In attempts to contact vehicle and driver a pursuit occurred, driving east bound on Main St exiting battleground into rural Clark County, Vennorsburg and Hockinson area. Speeds in excess of 85 mph.

The pursuit was terminated due to policy. Three other sightings of the vehicle at high speed was made by other deputies anticipating the vehicles possible route of travel in efforts to deploy spike strips.

At about 5:30 am a motorist travel ling on I-205 south bound called 911 advising they had been passed by a vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph but that vehicle had now stopped on roadway shoulder of I-205 north of the Mill Plain exit and two subjects, one male and one female ran uphill west bound from vehicle on the roadway shoulder.

Units from Vancouver Police and the original reporting deputy responded to the area. After 6:00 am Aaron Donald Smith, born in 1975 was contacted in the area of NE 104 Ave and NE 14Th st. was contacted. Further investigation, in part property from the stolen vehicle was in his possession the same subject was arrested and booked into the county jail for various charges.

Written by Sgt. Craig Randall, #3063. Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Arrest Of Serial Indecent Exposure Suspect (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 06/28/15
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On 06/28/15 Beaverton Police contacted and arrested the suspect in two separate indecent exposure cases.

The suspect was identified as 37 year old Byron Boye Harris. Harris currently resides in Beaverton.

Beaverton Police first received a report of Harris masturbating in public on 05/07/15 but we were unable to identify him at that time. That incident took place in the 6000 block SW Hall Blvd.

The second incident of Harris masturbating in public occurred on 06/22/15 in the 14000 block of SW Allen Blvd.

Harris will be lodged at Washington County Jail for two counts of Public Indecency. Harris was the subject of our recent help to identify Facebook post.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Harris' backpack , Harris
McMinnville High School engineering project lost with this morning's SpaceX rocket explosion (Photo)
McMinnville Sch. Dist. - 06/28/15
EASA nanolab team in Cape Canaveral just before rocket launch. (From left) mentor Jeff Jackson, student Jamie Graham, teacher MaryBeth Kramer, student Deborah Jackson, and mentor Ken Kramer.
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(McMinnville, Oregon) - A team from McMinnville High School's Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) witnessed the SpaceX rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral this morning. Students, mentors and a teacher from EASA traveled to Florida to see a student nanolab project lift off to the International Space Station, where it was supposed to collect data about how metals oxidize in space.

Less than three minutes after lift-off, the unmanned rocket blew apart in a fiery blast and disintegrated.

"We're unsure exactly what happened," said Jeff Jackson, an Intel engineer who is also a project mentor for the EASA nanolab project.

"From our perspective, it looked like everything went fine and then just about the time the first stage was supposed to disengage from the rocket, it looked like there was an explosion, but it was so hard to see from the ground."

"It seemed almost surreal," said student Deborah Jackson. "My dad was looking through the binoculars and handed them over to me. I saw debris, but I thought it was stage one disengaging. Then I couldn't see it, but I thought it was my skills as a tracker. I didn't put two and two together at first.

"It was more just shock," she said.

"You learn more from a disaster or failure than you do when things go well," said teacher MaryBeth Kramer. Because there were no humans on board, the students can focus on the project instead of the loss, she said.

"Kids learn that what's important is the journey of creating something," said Kramer. "It's more than how the actual experiment worked. The attitude there was let's figure out what happened and how we're going to fix it. We're moving forward."

The nanolab project is a microlab "about the size of a butter cube," said Kramer. "It has a programmable board with a camera that the astronauts just plug in like a USB port."

Student Jamie Graham, who also attended the launch and has been on the nanolab team for two years, said the project design involved "chemical, mechanical, electrical and software engineering. All parts of the experiment were designed as a 3D Cad model, then prototyped before being professionally manufactured and tested prior to being launched into space."

The device was designed to collect data and download it every three days. Students in McMinnville were poised to track the data and compare it to data collected from their control model.

Because the team made two models, the one for launch and one for control, as well as prototypes, the students think it won't be too difficult to recreate the nanolab and wait for another launch.

"We're still in the game," said Kramer. "The students got a chance to network with NASA people and others. They're going to learn from this."

"I'm still glad we were able to be there," said Deborah Jackson. "It was a unique and beautiful experience. Even though it was disappointing.

"But we don't do science because it's easy."

Background

McMinnville High School's Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) is a specialized program housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum that offers a unique opportunity for hands-on learning with community partners in engineering and aerospace science. Students are instructed by engineers and technicians who lecture, serve as resources for student research, and work with students on a variety of real and simulated technical problems and projects.

The team that attended the launch included EASA teacher MaryBeth Kramer, mentors Ken Kramer and Jeff Jackson, and students Jamie Graham and Deborah Jackson.

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Attached Media Files: EASA nanolab team in Cape Canaveral just before rocket launch. (From left) mentor Jeff Jackson, student Jamie Graham, teacher MaryBeth Kramer, student Deborah Jackson, and mentor Ken Kramer.
Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 18 Involving Yamhill County Deputy near McMinnville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/28/15
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OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to this morning's serious injury motor vehicle crash involving a Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle and a passenger vehicle on HWY 18 milepost 40, near McMinnville.

According to OSP Sergeant Jesse Orosco, on June 28, 2015 at about 7:17 AM, a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Randy D MANNS, age 46, of Depoe Bay, was traveling eastbound on HWY 18, and for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway into the adjacent ditch. MANNS over-corrected, traveling across the eastbound lane and into the westbound lane of travel where the Hyundai collided head-on with a westbound Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Deputy Dave MILLS, age 27, of Sheridan.

Both vehicles received heavy impact damage and the Hyundai started on fire. Yamhill County Deputy Tim Casey and a Good Samaritan helped get MANNS out of his burning vehicle while OSP Senior Trooper Dan Davis and two other Good Samaritans extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers.

MANNS was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and Deputy MILLS was ground transported to the Salem Hospital, both with serious injuries.

On scene evidence indicates that both occupants were wearing their seat belts and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Both directions of HWY 18 were closed for several hours while the investigation and recovery efforts were made. OSP was assisted on scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Fire Medics, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


Attached Media Files: CrashPhoto2 , CrashPhoto1
Chlorine odor prompts response of Hazardous Materials Team near Cook Park in Tigard
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/28/15
Just after 10p.m. on Saturday, June 27, TVF&R firefighters on Engine 35 from King City detected a smell of chlorine near SW 85th Avenue and Durham Road in Tigard as they were returning from a call. Soon after, they saw a small plume near the water treatment plant and initiated a response from the Hazardous Materials Team. Additional police and fire units were also called to close down a portion of Durham Road near Tigard High School and to redirect visitors in Cook Park where Tigard Balloon Festival attendees were still enjoying festivities.

Within 15 minutes the cloud had dissipated, so incident commanders decided that nearby homes would not need to be evacuated. Firefighters investigated the Clean Water Services water treatment plant, as well as the community pool at Tigard High School, and confirmed there was no longer any release of odor.

TVF&R met with Clean Water Services officials and confirmed that water vapor releases and chlorine odors from the water treatment facility are a common occurrence and part of normal operations.

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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) daily fire update for Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/28/15
Due to exceptionally dry landscape and drought conditions, hot weather and forecasted lightning, the risk of extreme fire activity has remained high through the weekend and into this coming week. The Oregon Department of Forestry, forestland owners and agency partners are prepared to manage conditions usually experienced in late July or early August.

Saturday, an excessive heat warning was in effect for the Willamette Valley including the greater Portland and Vancouver area, the lower Columbia and the western and central Columbia River gorge. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland advises that "A surge of moisture and instability will continue moving northward across Oregon and Washington today and tonight. Lightning strikes are expected to ignite new fires despite showers with the thunderstorms. The combination of fire danger, instability, and numerous lightning strikes is creating nearly optimum conditions for ignition and growth of large, costly fires across much of the geographic area through Monday before conditions moderate during the new week."

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The Sugar Loaf Fire was reported burning Saturday burning in grass and timber in central Oregon on BLM land 9 miles north of Dayville. Extreme Fire behavior with residences evacuated and one outbuilding destroyed. Fire size is estimated at 5,500 acres. A State Type I Team is being assigned to this fire. Evacuations are being coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the Sugarloaf fire, firefighters are working on The Buck Creek Fire (#250) located 18 miles northeast of Hampton, Oregon, which held at 250 acres overnight; and the Bear Creek Fire (#251) located 7 miles south of Prineville Reservoir near Bear Creek Butte. This fire held at 30 acres overnight. Crews will continue to hold and improve containment lines on these fires today. No estimate of containment is currently available.

>Red Flag Warnings remain in effect through 9 p.m. tonight for lightning, primarily in areas east of Prineville. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire officials also want to remind everyone that possession or use of fireworks on Forest Service or BLM land is illegal.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Buckskin Fire (USFS) reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Fire (USFS) reported June 26 burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge, OR., is 150 acres and 0 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
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Red Cross Responds To Woodburn Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/27/15
On June 27 at 4:55pm,Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to a multi family fire that Occured in the 1600 block of North Front Street in Woodburn, Oregon.

This multiple-family fire affected 13 adults and 3 children. Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, bedding and linens, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.
UPDATE: Man Arrested After Inflicting Injuries to Dog (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/15
BOOKED: Zachary Burkenbine
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Deputies discovered the suspect lied about his identity and used his brother's name. The suspect's true name is Zachary Burkenbine. The information has been corrected below.
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On June 27, 2015 at approximately 5:00 PM, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a citizen report of a man repeatedly kicking a small dog to the point the dog was bleeding along the side of SE 82nd Dr in Clackamas. The citizen followed the man and eventually the bus on which he received a ride towards Gladstone.

The responding Deputies, who were assisted by Officers from the Gladstone Police Department, located the man, a woman, and the dog in the Safeway parking lot in Gladstone. They discovered the dog, a small white mixed-breed dog, suffered visible traumatic injuries to its rear end and there was blood dripping from its tail. A Deputy transported the dog to a nearby emergency veterinary clinic where the medical staff determined the dog would be euthanized due to internal injuries it suffered as a result of repeatedly being kicked. The veterinarian will perform a necropsy and provide the findings to assist the investigation.

Deputies identified the man as Zachary Burkenbine and the woman as Krystal Bohannon. During the interviews with Mr. Burkenbine and Ms. Bohannon, Deputies learned the two found the dog the day before on the side of the road inside a box labeled "FREE". Mr. Burkenbine explained his actions by saying he was using the leash to pull the dog in order to train it how to walk on leash. It was reported to Deputies that Mr. Burkenbine kicked the dog between five and ten times in the rear end with each step he took as he walked along 82nd Dr.

Zachary Burkenbine was arrested for Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree, a Class C Felony, and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. A copy of Mr. Burkenbine's booking photo was attached to this release.

Additionally, Deputies learned Ms. Bohannon repeatedly hit the citizen's vehicle, mooned the citizen, and made obscene gestures with her hands when she saw the citizen calling 911. Ms. Bohannon initially attempted to convince Deputies she tried to get the dog medical treatment. However, she eventually confessed she did not seek medical treatment and lied because she did not want to go to jail. Deputies will refer charges of at least Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree on Ms. Bohannon to the District Attorney's Office.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges any pet owner who can no longer care for their animal(s) to contact his or her local animal shelter or the Oregon Humane Society. The Oregon Humane Society can be contacted online, www.oregonhumane.org, or by calling (503) 285-7722.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office case number 15-17564.


Attached Media Files: BOOKED: Zachary Burkenbine
Fatal Crash on HWY 6 at MP 2 Involving Three Vehicles near Tillamook (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
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On June 27, 2015 at about 12:54 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 6 at milepost 2 near Tillamook.

According to Trooper Jace Hall, a 2013 Grey in color Hyundai Elantra, operated by James H BRENNAN, age 79, and occupied by Anna M BRENNAN, age 78, of Aloha was stopped on Wilson River Loop facing southbound with several cars in front, preparing to turn east on State Route 6. A 2003 Tan in color Chevy Silverado, operated by a male juvenile, age 16, of Tillamook, was westbound on State Route 6, approaching the intersection of Wilson River Loop. A 2009 Red in color Chevy HHR, operated by Francis R MEETZE III, age 41, and occupied by Brooke R MEETZE, age 34 and male juvenile, age 3, of Tillamook was stopped, facing eastbound on State Route 6, preparing to turn north onto Wilson River Loop.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Hyundai attempted to turn east onto State Route 6 and entered the intersection when it was unsafe to do so. The Silverado attempted to stop but was unable to avoid a collision. The Silverado struck the Hyundai in the Hyundai's driver side. The two vehicles then collided with the stopped HHR. The driver of the Hyundai, James BRENNAN, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Hyundai was flown by Oregon Lifeguard (Helicopter) to a Portland area hospital for further treatment. No other occupants were transported and all occupants were wearing their safety belts. Airbags deployed in the Silverado and Hyundai.

HWY 6 was closed for hours as traffic was routed on alternate roads during the investigation. The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when available.

OSP Troopers were assisted by the Tillamook Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, the Tillamook Ambulance, the Oregon Lifeguard (helicopter), the Tillamook Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Drowning at Lewisville Park
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/15
Drowning at Lewisville Park

Just after 6pm on Saturday June 27, 2015 multiple people called 911 to report a drowning at Lewisville Park. Emergency responders arrived in the area and located a 29 year old man who was not breathing and unconscious. Despite lifesaving efforts the male died at the scene. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time. There is no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this incident.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with open water recreation and ask that everyone take steps to remain safe when enjoying the waterways.

Lewisville Park is a 154 acre public park located in central Clark County. The east fork of the Lewis River runs along the southern border of the park and is a popular recreation area for people of all ages.
Woman In Critical Condition after 300 Foot Fall at Abiqua Falls near Scotts Mills (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 06/27/15
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The Silverton Fire District responded to a reported fall at Abiqua Falls 8 miles outside of Scotts Mills. The patient was located and medically treated by Silverton Firefighters near Abiqua Creek at the bottom of a very steep cliff area. Apparently, the patient lost her footing on a dirt trail above the cliff and fell an amazing 300 feet causing critical injuries.

The Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team performed a high angel rescue over the cliff and brought the patient out to waiting crews who then packed her out for more than a mile to an awaiting Life Flight helicopter.

24 Silverton Firefighters, 7 Salem Firefighters and 2 Woodburn ambulance medics worked nearly three hours in the sweltering heat and on steep unimproved trails in order to bring the patient to safety.

The adult patient, who's age is unknown at this time, was airlifted to a Portland Hospital with critical injuries.

See attached photos of the rescue.

Contact the Silverton Fire District PIO for additional information.
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Serious Injury Two Vehicle Motorcycle Crash in Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
A Marion County man and woman were injured when the motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by another vehicle on Highway 99E approximately 1 mile south of Woodburn.

According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 2:45 PM, OSP and other emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash with multiple injuries on Highway 99E near milepost 34 that had all traffic blocked.

Preliminary information indicates Daniel Meija-Romero, age 20, of Woodburn, was operating a 1997 Ford van northbound on Highway 99E behind Randy Epperly, age 48, of Hubbard and Nancy Sabelieff, age 42, of Aurora, who were on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Epperly slowed or stopped his motorcycle in the northbound lane due to heavy traffic. Based on witness statements, Meija-Romero reportedly did not slow down with traffic then suddenly swerved left and struck the motorcycle and both riders. Both Epperly and Sabelieff were wearing helmets.

Epperly sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where he was treated and released. Sabelieff sustained serious injuries. She was transported to the Salem Hospital where she was admitted for treatment. Meija-Romero was not injured.

The investigation remains active and on-going and Senior Trooper Frank Hagen of the OSP Salem Area Command is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Woodburn Fire Department and EMS, Woodburn Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Critical Injury Motorcycle Crash in Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
A Marion County man was critically injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Highway 214, 7 miles east of Highway 22.

According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 10:32 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash on State Route 214 near milepost 17.5.

Preliminary information is Mark Boardman, age 28, of Sublimity, was operating a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle. Boardman attempted to negotiate a curve while traveling westbound when he lost control and crashed into a metal fence. Boardman was wearing a helmet.

Boardman sustained life threatening head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Stayton Hospital in critical condition where he was stabilized then transferred to Salem Hospital for advanced care.

OSP was assisted by Sublimity Fire Department, Stayton EMS and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Sr. Tpr. Frank Hagen of the OSP Salem Area Command is the lead investigator.
OSP Investigates Motor Vehicle Crash in Rural Polk County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
An early morning single vehicle crash in Polk County took the life of a Salem woman and left three injured.

According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 6:53 AM, a 2005 Dodge Neon, operated by Triston Ferguson, age 21, of Salem, was traveling east on Highway 194, Monmouth Highway, approximately 3 miles west of Monmouth. The driver attempted to negotiate a curve but left the roadway on the south side. Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle then spun out of control and rolled over several times into a field on the north side of the highway. Several residents heard the crash and assisted with first aid of the injured.

Ferguson sustained moderate injuries and was transported to the Salem Hospital by ambulance. Three additional passengers were in the vehicle, identified as: Kayla Lane, age 19, of Salem; Kodi Cooper, age 21, of Salem and Catherine Bartlett-Twete, age 20, of Salem. Lane sustained moderate injury and was transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Cooper was critically injured and transported by helicopter to the Salem Hospital. Initial investigation revealed Bartlett-Twete was partially ejected during the crash. She sustained critical injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash remains under active investigation. OSP requests that any person who may have witnessed the crash or was with the occupants of the vehicle prior to the crash, contact Troopers at the Salem Area Command through the OSP Northern Command Center, phone: 503-375-3555. Sr. Trooper Jay Davis and Recruit Kevin Ely are the primary investigators.
The Polk Co. Fire Department and EMS, Polk Co. District Attorney's Office, Marion/Polk Medical Examiner's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.

No further information is available for release at this time. The investigation will continue and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting saturation patrols as part of speed enforcement mission on Highway 30
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/15
On Monday June 29, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Portland Police Bureau traffic officers will be conducting saturation patrols on Highway 30. These extra patrols are being conducted as part of an enforcement mission targeting drivers exceeding the posted speed limits on Highway 30 from the St. Johns Bridge to Watson Road.

MCSO deputies and PPB officers will be focusing on drivers exceeding the posted speed limits but will also be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, failing to wear seat belts, failing to maintain safe distance and following too closely.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 people die as the result of traffic crashes each year on our nation's highways, and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured.

This speed enforcement mission is being supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT provides grants for speed enforcement missions such as these with the goal to reduce deaths and injuries that are speed related on State/Interstate Highways, County Roads and city streets in Oregon. More information regarding ODOT Transportation Safety programs can be found on their website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/

No media ride a longs are available for this upcoming mission, however results will be provided after the mission results have been compiled.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol responds to report of missing jet skier on Columbia river (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/15
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Update: MCSO River Patrol along with Port of Portland Fire boats resumed searching the Columbia River this morning near where the missing jet skier, identified as George Walker, Age 25, of Portland, OR was last reported. After several hours of surface searching, utilization of side scan sonar and dragging the river area around the last reported location search efforts were suspended at 2:00 p.m.

The accident investigation has been referred to the Boat Accident Reconstruction (BAR) team for follow up. The BAR team is made up of Oregon State Marine Board members and members from participating agencies around the state including the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

George Walker was last reported wearing a red tank top with blue and white swimming shorts. River Patrol confirmed neither rider was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

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This morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies, Port of Portland Fire and Portland Fire Bureau responded to a report that two people had fallen off their jet ski in the south channel of the Columbia River near 90th and Marine Dr. Initial reports indicated neither individual was wearing a lifejacket at the time they fell off the Jet Ski. One of the Jet Ski riders was able to make it over to the shore bank on Government Island. The second rider, a 25-year-old male, has not been located.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol, a Portland Fire Bureau rescue boat and a Port of Portland Fire boat conducted an extensive search of the area but have not located the missing jet skier. The river search was suspended at approximately 3:20 a.m. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be responding in the morning to continue search operations with side scan sonar and assess the area for dive operations as warranted.

No further updates are expected until after 9:00 a.m. this morning.


Attached Media Files: George Walker
Busy Time for Linn County Search & Rescue (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 06/27/15
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The Linn County Sheriff's Office is currently hosting its 22nd annual Search and Rescue (SAR) Training Academy. The eleven-day academy will conclude this Sunday, June 28, at which time 22 recruits will join the ranks of over 100 state certified volunteer Search and Rescue members in Linn County.

At the conclusion, the recruits will have received training that includes classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first-aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics. They also participated in a three-day field exercise in the Cascades that included a 20-mile hike.

This has proven to be a busy time for Search and Rescue. While participating in training, they were also called out for several missions including assisting the Polk County Sheriff's Office with a search for a missing person.

On the same day as the Polk County search, they received a call of missing hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail that had become separated from their hiking group. The missing individuals ended up walking out to the trailhead on their own.

Part of the SAR academy included a three-day field training exercise on the Old Cascade Crest Trail. On the third day of the exercise, members conducted an evidence search from a cold case involving a homicide from several years ago. While on this search, they were notified of and responded to a rescue on the Iron Mountain Trailhead.

The rescue involved evacuating Beverly Ringer, 70 years old from Redmond Oregon, who fell and broke her leg. Twenty SAR members responded and were assisted by the Sweet Home Fire Department. Ringer was cared for, taken to the trailhead, and then transported to the hospital by the Sweet Home Fire Department.

Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new SAR members on a job well done! He would also like to thank all the other volunteers and training staff from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Staff Sergeant Joe Larsen, for all their hard work. Riley added, "Without their dedication, commitment, and compassion for those in need of search and rescue, our ability to conduct these missions would not be possible."

Sheriff Riley would also like to remind people who are recreating in the mountains to be prepared and properly equipped. This includes being prepared to spend the night in the woods by taking appropriate food, water, a map, and a cellphone. Also be sure to tell friends or family members where you are going, your anticipated route and when they can expect you to return. He also recommends taking a personal tracker or spot locator.


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Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash, HWY 224 Near Estacada (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
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A Clackamas man was seriously injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed 16 miles east of Estacada.

According to Trooper Cameron Bailey, on June 27, 2015 at about 09:31 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash on State Route 224 near milepost 37.

Preliminary information is Jerry KILGORE, age 54, of Clackamas, was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle and negotiating a corner eastbound when he lost control and impacted into the guardrail.

KILGORE sustained minor visible injuries and a non-life threatening head injury. He was transported by ground ambulance to Estacada, where he met a LifeFlight helicopter and was later transported to OHSU.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by American Medical Response, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Multnomah County Adjusts Burn Ban Due to Moderately Improved Conditions
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/27/15
Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens, who also serves as the Multnomah County Fire Defense Board Chief, has adjusted the county wide burn ban. With the increase in moisture content in the air and the decrease in the wind conditions, recreational fires, ceremonial fires and legal fireworks are again allowed. However, the conditions are dynamic and will adjust the burn ban as necessary.

Portland Fire & Rescue still wants everyone to take extra precautions. Outdoor burning is still prohibited in the City of Portland and Multnomah County. However, the following fires are legal within the city limits.

1. Cooking with standard barbecue equipment.

2. Ceremonial fires for large gatherings or institutions, when a permit from the Fire Marshal's Office is obtained. Written authorization from the Property Owner is required. This authorization needs to be signed, dated, and presented when applying for the permit.

3. Recreational fires defined as: burning clean, dry, cord type firewood as in a standard campfire type setting. When burning a fire of this type, you must build the fire in a pit or pan prepared for this purpose. The fire must not be larger than a standard campfire, less than 3 feet in diameter, with pile less than 2 feet in height.

General rules that apply to these legal, recreational fires:

1. A recreational fire located in a pit shall be no closer than 25 feet to a structure. Fires contained in fireplace type receptacles or Chimineas shall be no closer than 15 feet from a structure or the distance listed in the manufacture's instruction, whichever is less. When required by the Fire Marshal, outdoor burning device stacks shall be equipped with a spark arresting, 12 gauge wire mesh screen with openings of not less than 3/8" nor more than 1/2".

2. A responsible person shall be in attendance at all times and have approved fire extinguishing equipment close at hand.

3. The smoke from the fire must not be of a noxious quality or amount that causes complaints from the neighbors.

4. No garbage or similar material is to be burned in these fires.

5. Observe common safety practices while enjoying the recreational fire, e.g. cease burning if the wind picks up to 15 mph or higher, be careful with the consumption of alcohol by any persons around the fire, watch small children in the vicinity, etc.

Fireworks safety tips can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/52947
Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 30 Involving Columbia County Deputy near Rainer (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/27/15
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OSP Troopers are continuing their investigation on Friday evening's injury crash on HWY 30, west of RAINIER, which sent a Columbia County Deputy to the hospital.

According to Trooper Robin May, on June 26, 2015 at about 5:42 PM, a 2004 Hyundai Sonata, operated by Diane J CASTILLO, age 54, of Rainier, was traveling eastbound on HWY 30 near MP 45 and stopped waiting to turn. A 1997 Jeep Wrangler, operated by Laurence Keith M FRANE, age 53, of St. Helens, struck the rear of the Sonata. Impact drove the Sonata into the path of a westbound Columbia County Sheriff's Office Chevy Tahoe, operated by Deputy Roy CALDWELL, age 47, which resulted with a sideswipe impact between the Sonata and the Tahoe.

Deputy CALDWELL was transported to St. John's Medical Center in Longview Washington where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Both directions of HWY 30 were closed for about two hours.

Enforcement action is pending the conclusion of the investigation which is continuing. No further information at this time.


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Over 250 Vehicles at 4th Annual Cruise-In in Beaverton Benefitting Homeless Veterans
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 06/27/15
WHO: The Salvation Army, Veterans

WHAT: Start your engines!! The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center is hosting its 4th annual classic car Cruise-In! Funds raised from the event will go to support The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center, the only known transitional housing centers providing services to both the veteran and their family in the area. Over 250 classic vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, a SWAT car, motorcycles and military vehicles will be some of the featured vehicles. There will be activities for kids, a Blue Grass Band, car/bike trophies, prizes, and food at the event!

WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00AM - 3:00PM

WHERE: Valley Catholic High School, located at 4275 SW 148th Ave. Beaverton, OR

WHY: "One of our main goals when we moved to this building in 2011 was to build a relationship with the community and create a community for the veterans we serve," says Rick Stoller, Executive Director at The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center. "We're hosting this event so community members can show off their cars and support a great program hosted by Veterans and Families Center. We want people to have a good time while supporting our veterans." This is a fun way for the Veterans and Family Center to engage with the community that has been so beneficial to its clients. This unique program that serves both the veteran and their family offers these families the opportunity to be a part of a community, together as a family unit, which is something many of them have not experienced in many years.

COST:
To register a car or bike: $15 if registered by July 1st / $20 if registered day of the event

FREE for spectators!!

CONTACT:
For media inquiries: Teresa Steinmetz, Director of Communications & Marketing/ 503-794-3283 or 971-219-3226 or Teresa.Steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org.

For event information or how to register a car or bike: Lynn at 503-780-4679.


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Veterans Cruise-In To Beaverton With Antique Cars

(Beaverton, Oregon) June 27, 2015- Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and make your way to the 4th annual classic car Cruise-In on Saturday, July 11, 2015! The Cruise In will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Valley Catholic High School, located at 4275 SW 148th Ave. Beaverton, OR and will be FREE to the community! Funds raised from the event will go to support The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center on Farmington Road, who house and serve homeless veterans and their families. Classic vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, a SWAT car, motorcycles and military vehicles will be some of the featured vehicles. There will be activities for kids, a Blue Grass Band, car/bike trophies, prizes, and food at the event!

For the 4th year in a row, the Veterans and Family Center has hosted this Cruise In for and with the Beaverton community, and it has really seen some positive response! "The response has been welcoming and encouraging," says Rick Stoller, Executive Director at the Veterans and Family Center. "One of our main goals when we moved to this building in 2011 was to build a relationship with the community and create a community for the veterans we serve. We're hosting this event so community members can show off their cars and support a great program hosted by Veterans and Families Shelter. We want people to have a good time while supporting our veterans."

The Veterans and Family Center serves veterans from all branches of the service, but what makes them unique is that they also serve the spouse and children of the veteran. The veterans and their families are now able to be a part of a community, together, which is something many of them have not experienced in many years.

This program has even been endorsed by USAF Retired Four Star General Merrill A. McPeak, who stated that:

"It has come to my attention that the Salvation Army's Veterans and Family Center in Beaverton, Oregon is the only program in the region that serves homeless veterans and their families, deals with issues that led to their homelessness, and assists in securing safe and permanent housing. The SAVFC is committed to helping veterans who have given much to their country.

I am pleased to endorse this program which is so committed to serving our homeless veterans and their families."

While funding for veterans programs is available, funding to extend services and housing to the veterans' family is a challenge, putting a strain on the Veterans and Family Center budget. However, despite the challenge, The Salvation Army considers it a privilege to serve veterans and their family members and is asking the community to support the Veterans and Family Center through this fundraising effort.

Do you have a car or bike you would like to register for this event?? Registrations received by July 1st are $15, and registrations made at the event are $20. For more information, contact Lynn at 503-780-4679.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), (503) 794-3200, or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Red Cross Responds To NE Portland Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/27/15
On June 26,  Red Cross volunteers responded to a residential fire that occurred in the 6300 block of NE Skidmore St. in Portland, OR.

This single-family fire affected 8 adults and 6 children. Red Cross provided food and information about recovery services.
***UPDATE w/ PHOTOS AND VIDEO 6/27/2015 @ 0054hrs*** Portland Fire & Rescue On Scene of NE Portland Residential Fire (Photo)
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UPDATE 6/27/2015 @ 0054 hrs

Portland Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be electrical and unintentional.

Damage is estimated at $80,000, and property saved from damage is approximately $110,000.

CORRECTION: A total of 3, not 2, dogs and a cat were rescued from the home.

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Portland Fire & Rescue is currently working a residential fire at 4803 NE Wasco Street. First arriving crews reported fire showing from the front of the home. The main body of the fire was knocked down after a quick interior attack and coordinated ventilation effort from the roof.

Two dogs and a cat were rescued from the home. No occupants were present at the time of the fire.

With rising temperatures, firefighters can be affected by overexertion and dehydration more rapidly than with other fire incidents. Incident Commanders recognized this early on, and requested a Rehab Unit to be dispatched. A Rehab Unit carries cold water and electrolyte drinks and has a built in restroom for long running incidents. If necessary, the Rehab Unit will also perform vital sign checks to ensure firefighters are fit to return into the fire after an air bottle exchange and rest period. All this occurs in the background during the incident to provide the best level of service possible.

Investigators are on scene working. No cause or damage estimates are available at this time.
Updates will be posted as they become available.


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***UPDATE WITH PHOTOS 6/27/2015 @ 0041hrs*** (UPGRADED TO 3rd-ALARM) Portland Fire & Rescue Working to Extinguish a Grass Fire in NW Industrial (Photo)
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UPDATE: Fire crews reported seeing a large column of smoke while responding and arrived to find approximately an acre of dry grasses on fire. High temperatures and gusty winds between 5-10 mph dried out fuels to a point where fire spread was rapid.

Incident Commanders called additional alarms to bring in enough personnel to get around the fire on all flanks and prevent it from burning into train tracks on one side and a recycling facility and tank farm on another.

The final response was a 3-Alarm, which brought in over 70 firefighters, chief officers and other support staff. The final size of the fire is estimated between 20-30 acres.

The cause of the grass fire is under investigation. For additional information regarding this incident, please email the on-duty Public Information Officer at FireInfo@portlandoregon.gov with your questions and they will respond as soon as possible.

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Portland Fire crews are on scene working to extinguish a 2-alarm grass fire in the NW industrial area of Front Avenue.

A PIO is responding. Media pages will be delayed during this time. Please forward all media requests for this grass fire to FireInfo@portlandoregon.gov

Updates will be posted as they become available.


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***UPDATE 6/27/2015 @ 0039hrs*** Portland Fire & Rescue Is Responding to Report of Multiple Structures on Fire (Photo)
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Firefighters were dispatched to report of a structure fire at 6335 NE Skidmore Street at 3:44pm. Calltakers received reports that the fire was spreading to either a shed or another house. A responding chief officer requested an additional engine and truck company to assist should there be two separate house fires.

The first arriving engine reported that there was a house with heavy fire involvement that was extending to the structure next door. The Incident Commander assigned crews to each side and to protect adjacent exposure buildings. After a rapid, aggressive attack the fire was brought under control. A man, who was asleep in the basement of one of the homes was able to escape before PF&R arrived on-scene.

Because of the high heat conditions a Rehab Unit was also dispatched to this fire to ensure all firefighters were hydrated and not suffering from any heat related illnesses.

The cause is undetermined. Damage estimates are not yet available.
No civilians or firefighters were injured.

For additional information regarding this incident, please email the on-duty Public Information Officer at FireInfo@portlandoregon.gov with your questions and they will respond as soon as possible.

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Portland Fire crews are currently on scene of a residential fire located at 6300 block of NE Skidmore Street.

PIO is enroute.

Please defer all media requests for this incident to Fireinfo@portlandoregon.gov


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***UPDATE*** Multnomah County Bans Open-Flame Burning Due to Heat and High Winds (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/26/15
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Due to heat and high winds at 7:30 PM, Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens, who also serves as the Multnomah County Fire Defense Board Chief, put a complete burn ban into effect.

This bans all open-flame burning within the City of Portland and all of Multnomah County, including Gresham, Corbett, and Sauvie Island until further notice. THIS INCLUDES ALL FIREWORKS.

Portland Fire crews are currently at the scene of a 3rd-Alarm fire in NW Portland and have been busy responding to other fires and medical calls throughout the city related to the unusually early warm weather.


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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Find Missing 69-Year-old Woman in Cully Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/15
69-year-old Robyne Sergejev has been safely located and is being transported to a Portland hospital for precautionary treatment.

The Bureau would like to thank the public and media for sharing this information.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 69-year-old Robyne Sergejev, missing since approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, Friday June 26, 2015.

Robyne is described as a white female, 5'8" tall, 160 pounds, blond hair that is shoulder-length, last seen wearing a leopard-print dress, black shoes, and prescription glasses.

Robyne left her home in the 6400 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street to walk to the neighborhood Albertson's grocery store, located at Northeast Prescott Street and Cully Boulevard, a few blocks form her home.

Robyne was seen at Northeast 60th Avenue and Cully Boulevard but did not return home.

Robyne suffers from dementia and has a history of getting disoriented and lost.

Detectives do not know if Robyne would ask for help but she would know her name if someone speaks to her.

Search and Rescue dogs are not available but Portland Police Air Support has been searching from the air, along with officers in the neighborhood.

The reverse phone notification system, "A Child Is Missing" (ACIM), has been activated for the neighborhood.

Anyone seeing Robyne is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Red Cross Responds To Salem Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/26/15
On June 26 at 4:50 pm, Red Cross disaster team members responded to a residential fire that occurred  in the 3400 block of Ibis Court NE, Salem OR.

This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 4 children. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, health services, and information about recovery services.
Firefighters battle 3rd alarm fire in 100 degree weather (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/26/15
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Marion County Fire District #1 firefighters responded to a working residential fire 3000blk of IBIS CT NE in Salem @ 330pm. Upon arrival firefighters found a large fire spreading to neighboring outbuilding. Firefighters battled this 3 alarm fire in 100 degree heat. Fire was brought under control within 1hr. Over 30 Firefighters and 10 fire apparatus responded to the scene. No injuries to civilians or firefighters. Fire cause is under investigation. Salem Fire, Rural Metro Ambulance, Salem PD, MCSO, MCPW, NW Natural and PGE assisted.


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71-Year-Old Man Arrested for February Sexual Assault in North Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/15
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On Thursday June 25, 2015, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested 71-year-old Hossein Tajipour in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

Tajipour was booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being indicted on multiple felony charges including, Sodomy in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree and Coercion.

This investigation started on Sunday February 15, 2015, at 4:35 a.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault at a residence near North Portsmouth Avenue and Willamette Boulevard in the University Park Neighborhood.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the 20-year-old female victim. The victim told police that she left a party earlier in the evening and was walking home but got lost and was picked up by what she thought was a taxi somewhere near North Columbia Boulevard.

The victim reported to police that the driver sexually assaulted her before dropping her off near her home. The victim did not require immediate medical attention.

The victim described the suspect as a male Hispanic or Middle Eastern in his 40s, black hair and spoke with an accent.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives and victim advocates worked with the victim over the past few months to develop information in the case, leading to Tajipour's indictment.

At the time of this incident, detectives learned that Tajipour was working at Broadway Cab as a driver. Broadway Cab fully cooperated with detectives in this case and prevented Tajipour from working as a driver since the reported incident.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that reports of this nature fortunately are a rare occurrence.

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

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

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.
Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: 503- 235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.
Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

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

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

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Photo Release: Oregon Air National Guard honors deploying Citizen-Airmen with ceremony at Portland Air National Guard Base (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/26/15
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Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, (left foreground), commander of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, along with other Citizen-Airmen, salute the official party during the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other members of the official party (left), watch as members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard post the US Flag during the mobilization ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, (left foreground), commander of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, presents the unit flag of the 142nd Fighter Wing to Oregon Governor Kate Brown during the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets deploying Citizen-Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing following the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon. The ceremony honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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Information on Heceta Head Lighthouse tours
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/26/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2015

Media Contact: Kevin Beck, Park Manager, 541-547-3416x221, kevin.beck@oregon.gov

Florence OR - Starting June 26, 2015, Heceta Head Lighthouse tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Lighthouse maintenance and inspections of the upper levels mean tours will only be conducted on the lawn area adjacent to the lighthouse and in the first level of the lighthouse, but not up in the tower itself. An updated schedule of tower tours will be announced when they resume.

Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint <http://tinyurl.com/hecetaheadpark> is 14 miles north of Florence on US 101, and features the lighthouse, short trails, picnicking, a small beach, and a historic lighthouse keepers home managed by the US Forest Service, but operated by a concession as a bed and breakfast <http://hecetalighthouse.com/>. The park serves an estimated 625,000 visitors a year.

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State park and marina at Lake Billy Chinook open for visits
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/26/15
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2015

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Cell: 503-931-2590

Culver OR - Recent news about algae at Lake Billy Chinook may have travelers wondering whether to visit the destination reservoir in central Oregon's Jefferson County.

The Cove Palisades State Park staff note algae normally grows rapidly this time of year at Lake Billy Chinook. The park is on the south end of the lake along the Crooked River and features trails, two campgrounds totaling more than 250 tent and RV sites, cabins, and a full-service marina (http://covepalisadesresort.com/) with fuel and houseboats for rent.
Eight miles west from the campground and marina, on different arm of the reservoir along the Metolius River, tests were positive for toxins related to the algae. County health authorities will test the area around the state park and hope to have results before the Independence Day holiday weekend.

The park has posted information about the health advisory, but the campgrounds and marina are operating as usual.

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City partners with volunteers, donors to improve Marine Park (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 06/26/15
SWCA volunteers
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Vancouver, Wash. - Earlier today, volunteers from the Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) joined Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt, Councilmembers Bart Hansen and Jack Burkman, and Vancouver Parks and Recreation staff at Marine Park to celebrate the start of a collaborative community project that will give the park a facelift.

"This project is a wonderful example of how volunteerism, public-private partnerships and charitable giving combine to make our community better," said Mayor Leavitt. "We are grateful to all the businesses that are contributing to this effort and to the Community Foundation for awarding us this grant."

The City recently received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington for improvements to Marine Park, thanks to a donation from the Shirley and Jim Johnson Charitable Fund.

The grant, in combination with the donation of equipment and labor from the members of the SWCA will allow the City of Vancouver to stretch those dollars even further. Over the next month, SWCA members will:

Replace 13 picnic tables
Add a drinking fountain
Add recognition signage
Make landscape repairs

Construction is scheduled to continue through the end of July.

The local SWCA members contributing equipment and labor to the project are Anchor Concrete, Catworks Construction, Equipment Rental Services, North Fork Landscape Inc., Stellar J, Precision Rebar & Accessories and Waste Connections Inc.

Marine Park is located on SE Marine Park Way, off Columbia Way, just east of the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver. The park is a trailhead for the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail and features a variety of amenities, including a playground, restrooms, covered picnic shelters, open lawn, a baseball backstop and a boat launch.

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Attached Media Files: SWCA volunteers , SWCA volunteers, Mayor Leavitt, Councilmembers and City staff
Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 06/26/15
UPDATE
June 26/3:30 pm

On June 8, the Salem Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Enforcement Project in NE Salem from 0730-1330. During that six hour period, 97 citations and warnings were issued. Of those citations and warnings, 65 were for failing to yield to a pedestrian in marked crosswalks.

On June 9, the Salem Police Department conducted a two-hour targeted enforcement project addressing pedestrian violations (both vehicles and pedestrians) in the Downtown Core of Salem. During this project, 23 citations and warnings were issued. Of those citations and warnings, several were issued to pedestrians for failing to obey a traffic control device.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians alike that safety is everyone's responsibility. Don't ever assume that just because you have a green light or the right-of-way that others will automatically yield to your presence. Always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate what others around you may do.


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As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during the summer months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

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

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.
Health Share of Oregon meets 100% of Oregon Health Authority 2014 Incentive Measures for Coordinated Care Organizations
Health Share of Oregon - 06/26/15
- Tri-County Metro CCO is awarded over $34.5 million, which will be reinvested in and build on Health Share's health reform efforts for Oregon Health Plan Members -

(Portland, OR) - Health Share of Oregon, the state's largest coordinated care organization (CCO), has successfully met 100% of the Oregon Health Authority's 2014 Performance Metrics and will receive an incentive award of $32,970,255, the maximum amount available. In addition, the CCO also met four of the challenge pool measures, resulting in an additional $1,622,402, for a total award earned of $34,592,657 in 2014.

"This speaks volumes to the infrastructure in place at Health Share and its partners," noted W. Gary Hoffman, MD, an obstetrician with Women's HealthCare Associates and a Health Share board member. "From the techno-structure capable of capturing the information, to the operations in place to deliver care, and lastly, the interface at the point of care between a caregiver and the patient, these results reflect the excellent work and effort across the continuum of Health Share and its partners."

Performance metrics and quality measures are used by the Oregon Health Authority to determine how successful CCOs have been at improving care, making quality care accessible, eliminating health disparities, and curbing the rising cost of health care for the populations they serve. Incentive funds from a quality pool have been awarded to the sixteen CCOs in the state based on their performance on 17 measures. For the full report on Oregon's Health System performance, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/metrics/Pages/index.aspx.

In 2014, Health Share saw significant improvement in quality measures from its first year and is one of the leading CCOs in the state for members' access to care, with a 15.4% improvement to 85.6%, and for members' satisfaction with their health care, with a 15.6% improvement to 85.6%.

"Health Share's performance reflects the hard work of many people at our partner organizations, as well as Health Share staff and our strategic partners at CORE," said Janet Meyer, Chief Executive Officer at Health Share, referring to the Center for Outcomes Research and Education, Providence Health's non-profit research laboratory committed to improving community health. "Of special note, we improved our performance since last year and earned the CAHPS measures which reflect consumer satisfaction with service and access. This was in spite of the considerable increase of over 100,000 new members through the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid in 2014."

In addition to the quality measures, Health Share excelled in metrics focused on child and family wellness, including prenatal care, adolescent well-care visits, and childhood and adolescent immunizations.

"Child and family wellness is a strategic focal point for Health Share," added Meyer, "from our recent Transformation Fund investments to our ongoing focus on early prevention to ensure the next generation of Oregonians gets the important head start they need to be successful in school, in work, and throughout their lives."

- Building on success -
A locally owned and governed private non-profit, Health Share's policies require investing the incentive award, along with any surplus funds, or "profits", the CCO might obtain, back into the system and into efforts which further transformation of Oregon's health care system. In 2014, Health Share used over $3.2 million in resources from the Oregon Health Authority's Transformation Fund to invest in strategies and programs that focused on building a healthy community both for Oregon Health Plan members and the greater community of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

These achievements include:
Developed wrap-around mental health services for children
Aligned care management systems across the region
Improved early asthma interventions by expanding the Healthy Homes program across all three counties
Promoted early oral health in Head Start
Reduced substance-affected pregnancies in Native women
Developed a prenatal care model for women with substance use disorders

As the CCO moves forward, efforts and investments will be further focused on prevention strategies, including reducing unintended pregnancies, improving screening and integrated services in maternity care, ensuring children are ready for kindergarten, and building coordinated support around foster children.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 245,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is Oregon's largest coordinate care organization. Health Share is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance, and Washington County.

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Canby Fire District and Smoke House BBQ are raising money for July 4th Fireworks
Canby Fire Dist. - 06/26/15
Canby Fire District and Smoke House BBQ at Cutsforth Thriftway, located at 225 SE 2nd Street in Canby, will be working together on Tuesday, June 30th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm in order to help raise money for the July 4th Community Fireworks Show.
The annual Canby Fireworks Show had been in jeopardy of being canceled this year, but Canby Fire and several other Community Leaders came together knowing the Annual Fireworks Show was an important event in the Canby Community; one that promoted:
1. Safety - With this being an extremely dry year everyone is concerned about fires and injuries. Without a community fireworks display more people would be looking to celebrate with both legal and illegal fireworks for their own displays; thereby, increasing the chance of fire and injuries.

2. Community - The Annual Canby Fireworks Show gives a chance for the Canby Community to come together in celebration of Independence Day.

3. Family - This celebration means our families can stay in their own hometown and watch the fireworks together.
With these things in mind, the Canby Community has already raised nearly $10,000 dollars. These funds, along with a generous donation from Western Display Fireworks, has afforded Canby the honor of being able to host one of the best fireworks show our Community has ever seen.
UPDATE: Death Investigation Underway After Report of Person Jumping from St. Johns Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/15
The Medical Examiner identified the deceased as 34-year-old Jonathan Ross Crosby of North Portland. The Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide.

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

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

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

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

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

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On Wednesday June 24, 2015, at 12:45 p.m., North Precinct officer responded to the Willamette River, underneath the St. Johns Bridge, after the report that someone jumped from the bridge into the river.

Boats and personnel assigned Portland Fire & Rescue, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard all responded and located the body of a deceased person in the river.

After the body is recovered from the water it will be turned over the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, identification and family notification.

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

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

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

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

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

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Good in the Hood (Photo)
KestenMedia - 06/26/15
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Trauma Nurses and Trial Lawyers Join Forces for Bike Safety for Kids

Who:Legacy Emanuel Hospital Trauma Nurses, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
and N/NE community kids and families

When:Saturday, June 27th 12:00-4:00 pm

Where:Lillis-Albina Park (corner of N. Russell & Flint Streets)

What:Children's Bike Helmet safety education, free fittings and discounted bike helmets
at Good in the Hood annual community event.

Why: Nurses and Trial Lawyers join forces to provide safe helmets for Portland
community kids.

It's the first week of summer and more kids and families will be out in the neighborhoods riding their bikes. It's time to remind our community to be safe when riding in the streets - and this event provides a key element to safety - bike helmets.

The rise in bicycle traffic also leads to a rise in bicycle accidents. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBT) bicycle accidents in Portland have risen from 265 in 2008 to 321 in 2010. In the PBT 2013 report, helmet use is highest in Southwest Portland at 90 percent and lowest in East Portland at 63 percent. Research shows that bicycle helmets are 88% effective in preventing deaths and lessen head injuries by 65% when worn properly.

For over 20 years, Good in the Neighborhood has celebrated all that is great in the N/NE Portland community. The Legacy Emanuel Trauma Nurses and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association are joining forces at the festival to provide free bike helmet fittings and low cost bike helmets for community children in need. Legacy's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough injury prevention program began distributing and fitting bicycle helmets over 20 years ago in 1992. Last year the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association contributed $20,000 to the Legacy Foundation and are back again to ensure properly fitted helmets are distributed in the North/NE Portland community. The proper fitting and adjustment of bicycle helmets is just as important as providing the safety equipment.

Great visuals at this multi-cultural Portland event (from 2014 Good in the Hood)


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Possible Cougar Sighting in Troudale Area Park
City of Troutdale - 06/26/15
On Friday June 26th the Troutdale Police Department received a report of a cougar sighting in the area of Helen Althaus Park located in the 200 block of SW 7th Ave. Troutdale Oregon.
While it is rare, it is not unheard of for wildlife to stray into populated areas from time to time. Residents in the area are encouraged to take precautions when outside. Be mindful of pets and children.

If anyone sees a cougar acting aggressively, please do not try and confront it in any way. Aggressive behavior would include but is not limited to- stalking, advancing on or growling at people. Notify the Troutdale Police as soon as possible and give the location of the sighting. The police department has not had any other reports at this time. Be mindful that predator animals such as a cougar can be very dangerous. A large radius encompassing many blocks around Helen Althaus Park should be observed. The park sits in a wooded area between SW 4th and SW 7th Ave's running North and South with NW 257th and Buxton to the East and West.
***UPDATE: RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT*** Portland Fire & Rescue Urges Citizens to Burn Safely this Weekend
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/26/15
UPDATE June 26, 2015: ALL AREAS OF PORTAND ENTERING A RED FLAG WARNING EFFECTIVE 11:00 AM TODAY

Due to deteriorating weather conditions, Portland Fire & Rescue will be staffing additional Brush Unit apparatus through the evening hours as conditions warrant. This staffing will continue daily until the Red-Flag condition is lifted.

Portland Fire asks everyone to exercise extreme caution when participating in activities such as lighting fireworks, barbecuing, legal ceremonial fire pits and anything else that could introduce an ignition source to dry fuels.

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With the high heat predicted and the dry conditions, Portland Fire & Rescue wants everyone to take extra precautions this weekend. Outdoor burning is prohibited in the City of Portland. However, the following fires are legal within the city limits.

1. Cooking with standard barbecue equipment.

2. Ceremonial fires for large gatherings or institutions, when a permit from the Fire Marshal's Office is obtained. Written authorization from the Property Owner is required. This authorization needs to be signed, dated, and presented when applying for the permit.

3. Recreational fires defined as: burning clean, dry, cord type firewood as in a standard campfire type setting. When burning a fire of this type, you must build the fire in a pit or pan prepared for this purpose. The fire must not be larger than a standard campfire, less than 3 feet in diameter, with pile less than 2 feet in height.

General rules that apply to these legal, recreational fires:

1. A recreational fire located in a pit shall be no closer than 25 feet to a structure. Fires contained in fireplace?type receptacles or Chimineas shall be no closer than 15 feet from a structure or the distance listed in the manufacture's instruction, whichever is less. When required by the Fire Marshal, outdoor burning device stacks shall be equipped with a spark?arresting, 12?gauge wire mesh screen with openings of not less than 3/8" nor more than 1/2".

2. A responsible person shall be in attendance at all times and have approved fire?extinguishing equipment close at hand.

3. The smoke from the fire must not be of a noxious quality or amount that causes complaints from the neighbors.

4. No garbage or similar material is to be burned in these fires.

5. Observe common safety practices while enjoying the recreational fire, e.g. cease burning if the wind picks up to 15 mph or higher, be careful with the consumption of alcohol by any persons around the fire, watch small children in the vicinity, etc.

While these fires are legal, if fire conditions become too dangerous, the Fire Chief may issue a burn ban that doesn't allow burning of any kind. This will be dependent on moisture content of fuel loads and weather conditions.
Oregon's Hospitals and Legislators Applaud Passage of Update to Nurse Staffing Law
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/26/15
June 26, 2015 - Today the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) joined Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson in applauding the passage of Senate Bill 469 in the Oregon Legislature. The bill, which passed the legislature yesterday, will update and clarify Oregon's nurse staffing law. Oregon hospitals and the legislators involved in this work focused on the goal of ensuring patient safety and appropriate staffing levels in Oregon's community hospitals while preserving the flexibility that the modern health care delivery environment demands.

"Today we have taken a very important step towards establishing a foundation of trust and open communication around nurse staffing and its support of patient safety," said Carol Bradley, Chief Nursing Officer of Legacy Health, who was a lead negotiator on behalf of OAHHS. "While the negotiations were challenging at times, it was clear that both sides shared a desire to best serve patients and to ensure that our hospitals can meet the ever-growing demands of health care delivery during a time of great transition. We appreciated the partnership of all those involved, and look forward to working to implement this law as we collaboratively envisioned it. In the end, Oregon will see better health outcomes and better run hospitals as a result of the work we did together."

"I applaud OAHHS and the ONA for working together to find common ground and deliver a compromise bill that addresses the concerns of both hospitals and nurses," said Senator Monnes Anderson, RN, Chair of the Senate Health Committee. "Working together on behalf of Oregonians is the keystone of our state's way of doing business. I am proud to support this legislation, and to work towards providing the best possible care to Oregonians."

Key updates and clarifications in the bill include:

Staffing plans approved by the hospital-based nurse staffing committees must be implemented by hospital (with certain exceptions i.e. emergencies)
Maintains balanced nurse staffing committees and defines the process to select members
Creates a statewide Nurse Staffing Advisory Board, which may make recommendations to OHA on nursing issues. The Advisory Board reflects the make-up of hospital staffing committees
Requires posting at each nursing unit a summary of the staffing law, plus how to report violations
Limits on mandatory overtime
Increases the frequency and predictability of state compliance audits at hospitals and aligns them with hospitals' licensure renewal process
Implements a timeline for complaint investigations to ensure that deficiencies are addressed in a timely manner
Sets out a mediation process for times when staffing plans cannot be agreed upon
Implementation:
o Staffing committees established by or before Jan. 1, 2016
o Committee to develop hospital-wide staffing plan by Jan. 1, 2017

Oregon's nurse staffing law was passed in 2001 and updated in 2007 with agreement from hospitals and nurses. It set forth certain processes and requirements relating to nurse staffing at hospitals. SB 469 is an update to the prior legislation.

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The Salvation Army Deploying Roving Hydration Stations & Cooling Stations in the Tri-County Area
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 06/26/15
(Portland, OR) June 26, 2015 - With the heat already approaching record highs, we all know that hydration is key to staying safe, especially those on the streets. The Salvation Army will be taking several precautions this weekend and offering various hydration and cooling breaks for the Portland Metro community.

The Salvation Army will have Roving Hydration Stations in Gresham, Downtown Portland, Oregon City, and Washington County.

Gresham - Saturday, 6/27/2015 from 4pm until supplies run out.

Downtown Portland - Saturday and Sunday, 6/27/2015 - 6/28/2015 from 4pm until supplies run out.

Oregon City - Saturday and Sunday, 6/27/2015 - 6/28/2015 from 4pm until supplies run out.

Washington County - Saturday, 6/27/2015 (Time TBD). Water will also be available at their Corps location in Hillsboro at 351 SE Oak St. from 9am-2pm.

In addition to the Roving Hydration Stations, The Salvation Army in Washington County welcoming the community to cool off in their building at 351 SE Oak St. Hillsboro, OR 97123. Hours for cooling operations are: Friday, 6/26/2015 9am-5pm, Saturday, 6/27/2015 9am-2pm, and Sunday, 6/28/2015 9am-2pm.

Also, The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES at Fairbridge), a shelter for women experiencing homelessness, always welcomes women to use their day-use area at SW 2nd and Burnside in Downtown Portland. Water will be available. For more information, you can call their front desk at 503-227-0810.

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For Media Use Only: Please contact Major Nancy Dihle at 503-939-1692 for location information and other details.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
YWCA Clark County Community Office Restores Service Hours July 1st
YWCA Clark County - 06/26/15
Vancouver, WA -- Beginning July 1, 2015, YWCA Clark County will once again open its Community Office five days per week. New hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:30-5:30 and Friday 8:30-4:30.

In 2011, the Board of Directors determined that in order to sustain programming and in response to a decrease in revenue, the Community Office at 3609 Main Street would close to the public on Fridays. The 24 hour hotline, support groups and scheduled appointments continued during this time, but service was suspended for those who walked in needing services.

Financial support from the community has restored the revenue needed to offer full services five days per week at the Community Office in addition to the 24 hour, 7 days per week services provided by the SafeChoice Shelter, the Sexual Assault Program and 24 Hour Hotline.

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Clark County operates SafeChoice Domestic Violence shelter which helps 1,400 victims of domestic violence each year. YWCA also operates the only Sexual Assault and CASA programs in Southwest Washington. In addition, YWCA is committed to serving youth and children through the Independent Living Skills Program for foster youth and Ys Care Children's Program for children experiencing homelessness and economic insecurity.
Two Men Arrested and Charged with Armed Robbery (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/15
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June 26, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported robbery with a firearm where two men fled in a vehicle. Deputies located and arrested the men a short time later.

On June 25, 2015, at 1:56 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a reported robbery in the 15700 block of SW Barrington Terrace, in the community of Bull Mountain.

A 27 year-old man called and reported that he was robbed in his driveway by two men. One of the men displayed a handgun and wore a mask; the other man was not in disguise. They reportedly took cash and various other items from the victim. The men then fled in a light colored sedan that was parked down the road.

All local law enforcement were notified of the incident and assisted in the deputies' search for the vehicle and the occupants. Within five minutes, a Tigard Police Officer located a vehicle matching the description driving on SW Highway 99W close to the robbery location. There was sparse traffic and Tigard Police Officers performed a high-risk traffic stop where four occupants were removed safely from the vehicle and detained. There was a significant amount of evidence from the robbery, including a hand gun, located in the vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputies detained Andrew Elbert Westfall, 25, Tyrone Dwayne Bowden, 28, and two females, all from Portland. After Sheriff's Deputies interviewed the victim and compiled the evidence, they believe this was a premeditated robbery.

The evidence suggests the men used a ruse to sell the victim prepaid gift cards. Deputies believe the men intentionally did not meet the victim, followed him to a nonpublic location, and then robbed him.

Both men were lodged in the Washington County Jail, held on $250,000 bail each. Tyrone Bowden was charged with First Degree Robbery, First Degree Theft, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Andrew Westfall was charged with First Degree Robbery, First Degree Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at another and an outstanding Warrant for Theft.

There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues. The two females that were in the vehicle have not been charged in this time.


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City of Battle Ground encourages residents to use water conservation measures
City of Battle Ground - 06/26/15
The effects of this unusually hot weather have triggered a Stage I Water Shortage Alert in the City of Battle Ground. City residents are encouraged to increase water conservation efforts to ensure that water reserves continue to meet personal consumption and emergency response needs. Conservation measures are the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand and stretch our supplies.

Every drop counts; these simple measures can make a big difference:
Water your lawn in the early morning or in the evening when evaporation is less likely to occur. A lot of water is lost to evaporation if you are watering at peak temperatures.
Make sure your outdoor valves are not leaking - even small drips add up to a lot of water. Sometimes a simple tightening can stop a drip at your outside nozzle.
Adjust your sprinkler to make sure you are not watering the street, sidewalks or your driveway.
Only run your washing machine and dish washer with a full load. You'll save water, energy and detergent costs.

More water conservation tips are available at www.cityofbg.org/conservewater.
Heat wave triggers water safety warnings
Legacy Health - 06/26/15
In response to recent drowning incidents in Oregon and Southwest Washington, physicians from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital are urging the community to use extra caution this weekend.

"Given the heat wave, we feel it's more imperative than ever to stress the importance of water safety as people look to our rivers and lakes as a way to escape the high temperatures," says Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit physician, Andrea Hoogerland, M.D. "Our unit cared for one drowning victim this May and has seen four more already in June."

Water safety tips

Designate a responsible adult to watch young children. Children need to be an arm's length from a supervising adult at all times.

Wear a life jacket. Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. They are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Watch for dangerous waves, floating debris and signs of rip currents such as water that is discolored and choppy or foamy and moving in a channel away from shore.

Always know the depth of water before you dive. Remember "feet first, first time." Natural bodies of water change with time. What was safe last week may not be tomorrow.

Surgeon Dean Gubler, D.O. with Legacy Trauma Services at Legacy Emanuel warns, "These are preventable events that are often increased by drinking alcohol. Alcohol influences balance, coordination and judgment, which are heightened by sun exposure and heat." He adds, "Stick with water or sports drinks to stay hydrated."
Milwaukie Police Locate Stolen Vehicle with 11-year-old Child inside. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 06/26/15
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On 06-26-15, Milwaukie Police were notified of a stolen vehicle out of Fairview, Oregon, that had an 11-year-old child inside. According to Fairview police, the child's cellphone was mapping in the area of SE 36th Avenue and SE Roswell Street in Milwaukie.

Milwaukie Police arrived in the area and located the vehicle and the child who was unharmed. The child was later reunited with his family. The suspect, 56-year-old Kenneth Robinette, was located in the area and taken into custody with assistance from an Oregon City K9 unit.

Mr. Robinette was taken to Milwaukie Providence Hospital for injuries sustained while being taken into custody. He is facing potential charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor vehicle (UUMV) and Kidnapping.


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Council Listening Session reaches out to diverse communities
City of Gresham - 06/26/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - About 70 languages are spoken in Gresham. How can City government make sure it is hearing from everyone? The next Listening Session with members of the Gresham City Council will focus on reaching diverse communities and building a city that is a welcoming, rewarding place for all residents to get and stay involved. This effort is part of the Council's Reaching Diverse Communities Project, adopted on their 2015 Council Work Plan to find new ways to bridge language and cultural barriers.

The session - hosted by Council President Jerry Hinton and Councilors Kirk French and Mario Palmero in conjunction with the Rockwood Neighborhood Association and the Gresham Citizen Involvement Committee - takes place Tuesday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockwood Building, 124 N.E. 181st Ave. Spanish and Russian translation services will be provided.

"As a City, we are actively looking for meaningful ways to engage with a wider cross-section of our community," Council President Hinton said. "Forging connections is vital to the success of our City, and the Listening Session is another way we hope to make them even stronger."

The Reaching Diverse Communities project will evaluate and implement strategies to improve City outreach and communication - especially to those who may have historically not been a part of the dialogue. The project is expected to result in tangible tools including an updated public involvement checklist that identifies resources and steps to consider as part of any outreach initiative. The development of this City toolkit will include input from a variety of community stakeholders and is why everyone is invited to the Listening Session to share experiences and ideas.

The Listening Sessions were launched in 2013 as a way for Councilors to connect with residents and work to solve problems together in a less formal setting. Everyone is invited. Call 503-618-2482 with questions.

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Beaverton Receives Silver Award for Bicycle Friendly Community
City of Beaverton - 06/26/15
Year'styorsTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton was recognized with a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award by the League of American Bicyclists. The city joins a leading group of 350 communities from across the country that are transforming neighborhoods to ensure a more sustainable future.

Beaverton had been a Bronze Award winner since 2008 for actively supporting bicycling in the community and for promoting bike transportation. This year, the city earned the Silver Award for proving its commitment to improving bicycling conditions by investing in bicycle promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

"As an active and responsible city, we are striving to make our community more bicycle friendly," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This award shows that we are headed in the right direction and our investments are being noticed."

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability, and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving overall bicycle-friendliness. There are now 350 BFCs in all 50 states.

To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Sheriff Jason Myers Promotes Deputy to Sergeant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/15
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On Wednesday, the 24th, Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his newest Sergeant at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Jacob Ramsey began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1998, was promoted to Deputy in 1999 and has worked in our Jail his entire 17 year career.

Sergeant Ramsey was joined at his swearing in by friends and co-workers who took part in a small ceremony and celebration of his new job. Commander Kevin Schultz was quoted as saying, "We are very excited to add Jacob to our management team and look forward to watching him develop as a leader in our organization." Please help us congratulate Sergeant Ramsey and wish him good luck in his new career path.


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Experience Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 06/26/15
Many different styles of dance will be featured in Beaverton's seventh annual Ten Tiny Dances on July 11. (photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
Many different styles of dance will be featured in Beaverton's seventh annual Ten Tiny Dances on July 11. (photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission will host the innovative Ten Tiny Dances on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Beaverton. Presented in partnership with the Beaverton Farmers Market, Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event that features a wide variety of dancers, representing modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms.

"Ten Tiny Dances is a highly anticipated and beloved summer event," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "These dances celebrate our community's diversity and passion for the arts."

This year's performances include Aztec, Native American, breakdance, traditional lion dance, contemporary, and more. Now in its seventh year, Ten Tiny Dances is designed to animate public spaces and raise the visibility of Beaverton's ethnic diversity, while encouraging the audience to explore undiscovered spaces in Beaverton.

To fully experience Ten Tiny Dances, attendees can pick up a program, map, and instructions at 10 a.m. at the Beaverton Farmers Market stage at SW 4th St and Hall Blvd. Performances begin simultaneously on each of five stages at 10:30 a.m. and will repeat every half hour, allowing the public to experience all 10 dances.

At 1 p.m., the public is invited to hear from the artists, learning more about the creative process behind the event. Artists will gather under the sycamore tree in front of the Beaverton City Library with Ten Tiny Dances founder Mike Barber.

Ten Tiny Dances is free thanks to support from the Oregon Community Foundation, Reser's Fine Foods, VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa, New Seasons Market, the Oregonian, Beaverton Farmers Market, Beaverton Arts Commission, and the City of Beaverton. Stage supporters include: Ava Roasteria, The Book Corner, the Beaverton Community Center, the Beaverton City Library, and the Beaverton Farmers Market.

For more information about this event and its performers, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TTD.

ABOUT TEN TINY DANCES
Choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with an interesting concept in 2002. Ten Tiny Dances(R) presents 10 dance performances on a four-by-four-foot stage, challenging the choreographers and dancers to use the limited space to fuel their creativity. Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances(R) in a wide range of settings, from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants, and even on multiple stages, encouraging the audience to experience dance that has been created for a specific location.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Hockinson School Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 06/26/15
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday June 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hockinson Middle School Library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Motorcyclist Killed In Tigard Crash (Photo)
Tigard Police - 06/26/15
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Thursday, June 25, at the start of the afternoon rush-hour, a man was killed when the motorcycle he was operating collided with a passenger vehicle. The crash occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Walnut St. in Tigard. Traffic along busy Pacific Highway was closed intermittently for a couple hours as investigators worked to identify the cause of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle involved, 71 year-old Donald Fournier of Tigard was not injured. The motorcyclist, 57 year-old William Tyrone Cummings, also of Tigard, died at the scene. Cummings was traveling southbound on Pacific Highway when his motorcycle collided with Fournier's vehicle as he attempted to make a left turn from northbound Pacific Highway onto Walnut St. Traffic investigators are asking the help of the public who may have witnessed the crash to contact Tigard Police at 503-718-COPS (2677).

Fournier was not cited. Police would like to remind motorists that motorcycles often require additional distance for braking when compared to other vehicles. Further, motorcycles are not as easily visible-especially in heavy traffic moving quickly. Please drive defensively and carefully as we now enter the summer months which often brings increased traffic volumes.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry wildfire summary - week ending June 26, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/26/15
Wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) was relatively light this past week. Fire managers are currently focused on fire weather conditions predicted to set up today and continue into the weekend.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland advises that "Lightning and atmospheric instability are expected to begin over sections of southern Oregon today and spread northward over the weekend. Fire danger indices have climbed high enough to warrant elevated risk of large fires due to the number of lightning strikes expected over the weekend. A number of sections of Oregon and Washington will be affected, so pay attention to local weather forecasts. Thunderstorms will become wet but the atmospheric instability plus the sheer number of new starts from lightning will challenge initial attack over the weekend. A number of new large fires are likely to result."

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands this week.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The Buckskin Fire reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The Little Basin Fire reported June 15 burning 10 Miles North of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is 630 acres and 97 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 239 fires burned 532 acres
Total: 313 fires burned 646 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 25 fires burned 25 acres
Human-caused fires: 150 fires burned 1,308 acres
Total: 175 fires burned 1,333 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
Vehicle Stolen with Child Inside Has Been Recovered
Fairview Police Dept. - 06/26/15
At approximately 9am this morning an individual stopped at the Shell gas station at Fairview Parkway and Sandy. The subject left the vehicle running and an 11 year old child in the back seat. When the individual returned to his vehicle the vehicle had been stolen.

The stolen vehicle was a blue 2013 Ford F-250 with Oregon License 9Q6088.

Metro police agencies began an extensive search for the vehicle and suspect. Local media helped broadcast the information.

At approximately 9:25 am the vehicle and child were found in Milwaukie, Oregon. The child was unharmed. Suspect had fled and has not been apprehended.

Investigation continuing.


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World Naked Bike Ride Tomorrow Night - Police Urge Riders to Wear Helmets, Shoes, Ride with Bike Lights, and Hydrate #PDXWNBR
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/15
The World Naked Bike Ride is set to roll through the streets of Portland on Saturday June 27, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. Event organizers estimated the number of participants last year to be nearly 10,000 people.

The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers on hand to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections.

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

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

Although many participants may violate Portland City Code, the Police Bureau will be exercising discretion as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders.

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

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

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Oregon OSHA reminds employers to prevent heat illness during heat wave
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/26/15
(Salem) - Landscaping, construction, and agriculture are all labor-intensive activities that can raise the body temperature of workers in hot weather. This could lead to heat illness or even death, if precautions are not taken.

"Employers should provide drinking water, offer a shaded place for workers to take breaks, and watch for signs of trouble," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, Portland health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention. Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death.

"Heat illness can be deadly, but it's preventable," Wolf-McCormick said.

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA also has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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About Oregon OSHA:
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 www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Portland Fire & Rescue to Assist Those Vulnerable During the Hot Weekend
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/26/15
With the heat wave predicted for the Portland region this Friday through Sunday, and temperatures expected near 100 Saturday, Portland Fire & Rescue will provide help to anyone needing transportation to one of three cooling centers provided by Multnomah County opening on Friday, June 26 for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Portland Fire & Rescue is staffing 2 vans to transport people needing to go to these cooling shelters from 1pm to 9pm on Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th. For those citizens with transportation, here are some suggested locations to stay cool: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zVddT7O3k6ec.kTEQNAUtW8ak&usp=sharing

Portland Fire & Rescue recommends staying out of the direct sun, drink lots of water and find a location to stay cool. Also, remember the same is true for pets: provide a cool place out of the direct sun with plenty of fresh water for pets, who are also especially vulnerable to high temperatures.

Here are some more tips to staying cool: https://multco.us/help-when-its-hot
Gresham Police Watching for DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws
Gresham Police Dept - 06/26/15
With the help of funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Gresham Police Department in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact will continue to provide enhanced patrols looking for DUII drivers and enforcing safety belt laws.

During the 4th of July weekend, officers will be deploying extra patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. Officers will be targeting those who do not heed the message to designate a sober driver and will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving.

The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

Stop alcohol service long before the event is over Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs for others
Choose a responsible designated driver
Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol
Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
Report drunk drivers by calling 911

Those who drink and drive risk serious injury or death to themselves or someone else. Drunk (impaired) driving is not an accident, it is a deliberate action taken by an individual that puts many at risk.

Officers will also focus attention on safety belt usage. Children that either are riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Safety belts save lives and NHTSA data shows that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past 5 years, 1,552 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes across the nation - of those who died, almost half were unbelted. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Since January 2015, Gresham Officers working specific hours dedicated to these missions issued a total 106 safety belt citations with 20 of them being child restrain citations, 61 suspended or revoked license citations, 28 DUII citations and 451 citations or warnings for other offenses.

Gresham Police will continue these enhanced enforcement efforts in the upcoming months and during other holiday events, including Labor Day along with other special events with identified DUII problems.
06/25/15
Molalla River Car Crash (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/15
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On June 25, 2015 at approximately 5:00 pm, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a traffic collision at Kegger Rock. This location is in rural south Clackamas County along the Molalla River, south of Molalla, OR.

Initial information about this incident provided to 911 dispatchers included a vehicle had driven off a cliff and landed in the Molalla River with occupants in the vehicle. The information prompted a response from the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium which included the Clackamas County Marine Unit and Dive Team, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, American Medical Response and the Clackamas Fire Department. In addition to these resources Officers from the Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department, Troopers from the Oregon State Police, Search and Rescue Coordinators from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and two Life Flight helicopters responded to the location.

When patrol deputies arrived at the location they conducted an investigation. They learned there were two vehicles traveling south on the Molalla Forest Road together. There were three males in each car. Statements were made to investigators that the rear vehicle swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision with the lead vehicle. The vehicles collided and the rear vehicle drove off the edge of a cliff. There was an approximate 40 foot drop towards the Molalla River at this location. The vehicle which was identified as a Honda Civic appears to have rolled-over and came to rest on its tires at the edge of the water.

One of the occupants from the other vehicle attempted to call 911 but had problems due to poor reception in the area. He was able to obtain a ride from someone passing by who took him to the Glen Avon Bridge where there is a "911 only" phone available.

Fire and rescue crews worked to extricate the three occupants of the vehicle. The two passengers were taken by ambulance to a nearby staging area to meet the Life Flight helicopters. They were then flown to area hospitals. One passenger was unconscious and is considered to be in critical condition at this time. The second passenger was semi-conscious when he was transported but his condition is unknown. The names of those involved in this incident and hospitals will not be released at this time.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Juan Manuel Mauleon-Rosario, 21, of Newberg, OR. Mauleon was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries. This crash is actively being investigated and alcohol is believed to be a factor.


Attached Media Files: Car near the river , Roof removed from vehicle , Looking down at the car , First responders
UPDATE - traffic stop - short pursuit and arrest
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/15
UPDATE: 2100 Hrs
Suspect: LAVELLE, Scott D. DOB 02/17/1992 in custody
Charges:
Assault 1 degree
Attempt to Elude
Robbery 1st degree
Kidnap
Hit and Run Attended

At approximately 18:30 Hrs. today the passenger suspect from the earlier pursuit was spotted driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed on 119th Street from the NW 20th Ave area. Deputies attempted to place a stop on the vehicle, a pursuit ensued S/B from the area with deputies giving chase. The suspect driver crashed the vehicle in the area of 39th Street and Main Street - no other vehicles involved - The suspect fled on foot from the crash scene. Containment was established and SWAT summoned to conduct a search for the suspect. A 911 reverse call was sent to the neighborhood advising of the situation.
At 20:41 Hrs. the suspect Scott Lavelle was taken into custody with assistance from K-9. Lavelle was transported to a local hospital for a dog bite and will be booked at CCSO jail on the listed charges. No injuries sustained by officers.
Major Crime Unit detectives are on scene and will be conducting the investigation. Nothing further will be released at this time. Pictures available on Twittter @clarkcosheriff


Just after noon today deputies in the Felida area attempted to place a stop on a vehicle with two occupants suspected of conducting a narcotics transaction. The vehicle fled the traffic stop, driving through a yard and over some shrubbery. A short pursuit ensued to approximately the 12700 Blk. of NW 20th Ave. when the suspect vehicle crashed into the push bumper of a marked patrol car. There was slight damage to both vehicles and no injuries. The suspect vehicle driver was taken into custody. The suspect vehicle passenger described as a white male adult mid 20's bald, 5'-09" stocky build wearing a dark shirt fled from the scene and remains at large at this writing. We have no reason to believe that the unaccounted for suspect poses an overt danger to the public.
This investigation is on-going. No further information will be released at this time...
Scene pictures on CCSO Twitter @Clarkcosheriff
OSP Continuing Death Investigation In Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/25/15
The Oregon State Police Newport Area Command conducted a death investigation which occurred on the Pacific Ocean 24 mile west of Newport. The deceased was identified as Richard ENDERLE, age 64, of Tigard.

On June 25, 2015 at about 10AM, a medical issue arose while ENDERLE was halibut fishing 24 miles from Newport on the Pacific Ocean. ENDERLE became unresponsive and CPR was conducted by the other occupants of the boat. The US Coast Guard responded and continued CPR until further medical staff arrived. The boat and occupants was driven to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station where ENDERLE was pronounced deceased.

Next of kin notification was conducted by Washington County Sheriff's Office. OSP Newport Area Command was assisted by US Coast Guard, Pac West, OSP- Fish & Wildlife, Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Man sets self on fire during domestic dispute
Forest Grove Police - 06/25/15
A man was transported by Lifeflight to Legacy Oregon Burn Center after setting himself on fire during a domestic disturbance. At 3:29 pm this date, officers responded a domestic dispute between a man and woman in the 3100 block of Pacific Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found a man in his 30's with significant burns to his arms, upper chest area and face and called for medical response. The man told officers that that it was "an accident" and denied intentionally setting himself on fire. The woman told police that she had told the man that she was ending their relationship shortly before discovering what he had done.

The incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. The man's condition is unknown.
Longview Firefighters Battle Brush Fire and Bees (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 06/25/15
Fierefighters finish mopping up a brush fire complicated by swarms of bees
Fierefighters finish mopping up a brush fire complicated by swarms of bees
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Longview firefighters were dispatched to 171 Curtis Drive at 5:14 pm this evening to a reported brush fire. On arrival, crews found a 30'x50' brush fire spreading slowly into trees and underbrush. The scene was complicated by the presence of thousands of swarming bees, inflamed by the destruction of several agricultural-style hives. Several firefighters were stung multiple times as they extinguished the fire. After approximately 30 minutes, the fire was knocked down. Wildland firefighter crews from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources remained on the scene to look for hot spots.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

Two engines and a Battalion Chief from LFD responded. DNR responded with two brush engines.


Attached Media Files: Fierefighters finish mopping up a brush fire complicated by swarms of bees
Woman Stabbed at Homeless Camp Along Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/25/15
On Thursday June 25, 2015, at 4:33 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult female victim suffering from multiple injuries. She was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers spoke with several homeless folks in the area and learned that the victim and suspect were both staying at a camp along Johnson Creek, underneath the Flavel overpass. The women got into an argument and the suspect stabbed the victim then ran out of the area.

The suspect is described as a white female, 40 to 45 years old, 5'6" tall, 150 pounds, long hair, wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and rubber boots.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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VA Portland Health Care System Launching "Summer of Service" With Open House on June 29, 2015
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 06/25/15
Featuring VA Programs, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities as VA Highlights Importance of Community Partnerships to Better Serve Veterans

PORTLAND, Ore.- The VA's "Summer of Service" initiative is set to begin with an open house, Monday June 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the VA Portland Health Care System, (VHAPORHCS) Portland Medical Center Auditorium. The event features booths on job opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and information about how medical providers can become VA Choice Partners in a convention-style atmosphere. The "Summer of Service" event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The open house will have about 30 stations featuring information on and volunteer and employment opportunities, as well as various programs to help serve Veterans, both within the VA and the surrounding community. "Summer of Service" is the VA's effort to raise awareness about the integral role the surrounding community's proactive involvement has on the care our Veteran's receive.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the "Summer of Service" nationwide initiative on May 26, 2015 to promote organizational collabaoration in serving Veterans in communities across the country.

"We have made progress over the past year addressing the challenges we face in delivering care and benefits to millions of Veterans and their families," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. "While there is more work to do to honor our commitment to Veterans, we also recognize that VA cannot do it alone. We are asking Americans everywhere to join the Summer of Service and help us give back to those who have given so much to our nation."

The VHAPORHCS has more than 800 volunteers who provided 108,000 hours of service in fiscal year 2014. FY 14 also saw the surrounding community contribute more than $880,000 in donated money, items and activities. The time and donations help to support a range of programs at the VA designed to provide outstanding service to our Veteran population.

The Director of the VA Portland Healthcare System, Joanne Krumberger said, "We would not be able to provide the level of care we do without the support they provide to our staff and the Veterans we serve. Our goal with the Summer of Service initiative is to inform others of needs and opportunities to raise this to a new level across our health care system."

Volunteers can help serve Veterans by visiting http://www.volunteer.va.gov/ to find out the needs of your local VA facility. Follow #VASummerOfService on Vantage Point, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join VA in caring for America's Veterans.

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Media contact: Kelli Roesch, Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Office 503-808-1920
kelli.roesch@va.gov

The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) serves more than 90,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located near downtown Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, East Portland, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/628/85683/Summer_of_service_Press_release-06-25-2015.pdf
Man Arrested After Cutting Head Off Cat (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/15
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A man is in custody after disrobing and cutting the head off of his mother's cat and breaking its tale. Rudi Espinoza, age 24, of Salem was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, just after midnight for two counts of Aggravated Animal Abuse.

Deputies were called to the 4600 block of Shawnee Lane SE after neighbors called 911 to report Mr. Espinoza knocked on their door, wearing only boxers and covered in blood. Mr. Espinoza was described as acting very strange and appeared to be under the influence. After arriving on scene Mr. Espinoza was taken into custody without incident where deputies notice he was covered in scratches and bite marks.

It was during the investigation the cat was found decapitated inside of the residence, when asked why he killed the cat, Mr. Espinoza stated, "Because it is evil and nosey." Mr. Espinoza was arraigned today, his bail was set at $100,000 and his next court appearance will be on July 7th at the Circuit Court Annex.


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Health advisory issued June 25 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 06/25/15
June 25, 2015

High toxin levels found in reservoir in Jefferson County

A health advisory is being issued today for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, located 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the reservoir.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-549-7700. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Mined Land Reclamation Awards recipients announced
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/25/15
REDMOND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today announced the recipients of its annual Mined Land Reclamation Awards.

An active mine site where wildlife abounds, an urban mining operation that minimizes impacts to the surrounding community, and a quarry where an archaeological area was protected are among those recognized for their outstanding efforts during the 2014 calendar year. Honorees were:

Outstanding Reclamation: Canby Sand & Gravel Company, for a multi-decade track record of ongoing reclamation that provides valuable wildlife habitat, including efforts to guarantee the osprey who return yearly to the Canby site have nesting areas and available food.

Outstanding Operator: Baker Rock Resources of Beaverton for the company's long record of voluntary reclamation, well-planned and well-implemented operation, and for their compliance record with the DOGAMI and Department of Environmental Quality permits issued for the Farmington Quarry in Washington County.

Outstanding Operator, Division II: Graves Trinity LLC of Molalla for control of stormwater, minimization of off-site impacts, and reclamation of exempt acres at Graves Quarry in Clackamas County.

Good Neighbor: Knife River Corporation NW of Tangent is recognized for their efforts at the Vance Pit in Gresham, including work to reduce potential on-site impacts with a vigorous backfill program, protect adjacent public areas, reduce noise and visual impacts to the surrounding community, and eliminate impacts to Division Street from this mine operation in an urban setting.

Outstanding Reclamation by a Government Agency: The Oregon Department of Transportation for extra efforts at Drews Reservoir Quarry in Lake County to salvage soil materials prior to mining and set aside crusher reject material with soil stockpiles for final reclamation, as well as identification of an archaeological site prior to mining and ensuring protection of that cultural resource.

Each year, DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program and an independent panel of experts select mine sites and operators to receive awards for excellence in reclamation, mine operation, and habitat protection. The awards were presented June 25, 2015 during the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) Annual Meeting at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.

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Editorial Note: Photos are available on the Oregon Geology Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/oregongeology.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/2967/85680/2014_Mined_Land_Reclamation_Awards_Winner_Narratives_Final.pdf
Red Cross Assists at Marion County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/25/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a disaster that occurred in the 4100 block of Cordon Rd NE in Salem. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided help with food, clothing, linens and bedding.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Apartment Complex Fire Started By Juvenile Playing With Lighter ***Update Important Fact Change*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/15
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Last night Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office assisted the Marion County Fire District with an investigation into a fire at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Satter Drive NE in Salem. Deputies were able to determine that the fire originated outside the apartment complex, near a garbage dumpster and was started by a six year old, male, who had been playing with a lighter.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building but luckily no one was hurt. The six year old will be referred to the Juvenile Court System to determine the best way to treat this type of behavior. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding this investigation, the suspect's name, or the address of the fire's origin.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind parents that it is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of fire. Please remember to keeps things like matches and lighters in a safe place and out of the reach of children.


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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office begins transition of services to Troutdale Police Community Center
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/15
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has started the transition of some MCSO services from the MCSO Hansen Building to the Troutdale Police Community Center located at 234 SW Kendall Court Troutdale, OR 97060. The MCSO Records Unit effective at 4:30 p.m. today June 25, 2015 will begin operating from the Troutdale Police Community Center. The Troutdale Police Community Center lobby will now be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following services have moved to the Troutdale Police Community Center and will now be provided from this location.

MCSO Services offered at Troutdale Police Community Center:

Speak to an MCSO deputy to file a police report
Police Report Release
Vehicle Release
Release of Property
Turning in Found Property
Sex Offender Registrations

The MCSO Hansen Building lobby will now be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be closed on the weekends.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hansen Building located at 12240 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230 will continue to provide the following services.

MCSO Services offered at the Hansen Building:

Civil Processing:
Service of Civil Papers
Foreclosure Sales
Concealed Handgun Licensing
Alarm Permits

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is looking forward to the upcoming consolidation of services as the Troutdale Police Department joins the Sheriff's Office. Over the next week, the Troutdale Police Community Center will become the new home for MCSO Patrol and support services. The Troutdale Police Community Center is being utilized by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as part of the lease agreement completed with the City of Troutdale for use of the building.


Attached Media Files: MCSO Services to TPCC PR
Target shooters: Be extra careful during high wildfire danger
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/15
Recent wildfires in northwestern Oregon have prompted a plea to recreational target shooters to be extra careful in the forest. In the past two weeks, three fires ignited by shooting burned 68 acres, cost $100,000 to put out, and caused considerable damage to private and public timberlands.

For the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mike Cafferata, the fires bring back bad memories of last year's 36 Pit Fire, which was reported by news media as having been caused by target shooters firing into a rock pit. The fire burned 5,500 acres and cost millions of dollars to contain.

"Our fire danger is at record levels for this time of year," the Forest Grove District Forester said. "These are conditions we normally see in August."

The parched forest vegetation is primed to burn from any ignition source, whether a bullet-caused spark, untended campfire, discarded cigarette, or the hot exhaust system of a vehicle idling over dry grass.

Forest managers are reaching out to all forest users, including target shooters, to reduce human-caused fires during this period of extreme fire danger. One option is more public education to raise awareness of the potential for shooting-caused fires when forest fuels are so dry.

He said another approach being considered is tightening restrictions on shooting by either shutting the activity down at 1 p.m. or prohibiting it entirely until fire danger subsides.

"We would like to find a solution that supports landowner activities and the recreating public, while also maintaining forest resources and property," he said.

In the near term, he asked the recreational shooting public be to particularly careful heading into the extreme heat of the weekend.

Bullets are extremely hot on impact, he said, and fragments of bullets falling on vegetation were likely the cause of the recent fires in the district.

To reduce the risk of fire, he advised target shooters only to shoot into a backstop of mineral soil, and to have the required fire extinguisher (or shovel and water) ready at hand. After shooting, be sure to check the target area for any signs of fire.
BGPS Facilities Team Recommends Bond Measure (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 06/25/15
Overview of current housing development throughout the Battle Ground Public Schools district. Each dot on the map indicates a development of 100+ homes.
Overview of current housing development throughout the Battle Ground Public Schools district. Each dot on the map indicates a development of 100+ homes.
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Battle Ground Public Schools' Facilities Improvement Team (FIT) recommended that the Board of Directors consider a bond measure to update aging schools and construct new ones to accommodate burgeoning enrollment. After months of data and information review, the group summarized its conclusions this week at a school board work session and presented its findings to directors.

FIT facilitator Dave Halme told the board it should consider pursuing a bond measure as early as February 2016. "The school district has done a great job maintaining its facilities," Halme said, "but some buildings are reaching the end of their life." The Facilities Improvement Team comprises community and staff volunteers working in collaboration with the district to create a long-term facilities management plan. The plan will provide recommendations to the board of directors for current and new facilities that meet the academic and learning needs of students and keep pace with community growth.

"The school board should consider a bond because we have too little space to accommodate 21st century learning, and this issue will intensify in the next couple of years as our population grows," said FIT member Curtis Miller. "Our kids matter to us and they need to know it. One significant way we can show them is for the community to come together on their behalf."

In its presentation, the Facilities Improvement Team identified three main facility needs: property acquisition for new schools, capital repairs to existing facilities, and modifications to buildings and the installation of portables to accommodate short-term growth. The team also requested that the school board commission the work of gathering the final pieces of information that will help FIT members develop the long-range facilities plan.

FIT members have met 14 times since February to gather information and assess the district's schools and facilities. They examined current facility planning efforts, studied new housing projections and enrollment forecasts and examined a Study and Survey conducted by a professional architectural firm.

Conservative estimates suggest that the district will grow by nearly 7,000 new homes in the next 20 years. In May, there were 1,092 single-family homes under construction, with more than 3,000 houses and 326 apartments planned to be built within the next three years. As evidence of the growth, May was the largest month ever for the impact fees that Clark County and the City of Battle Ground pass on to Battle Ground Public Schools from the construction of new homes. The district received $830,000 from approximately 162 new permits. The money collected from impact fees are designed to accommodate enrollment growth through the purchase of new land or the installation of modular classrooms.

Most of the growth is happening in the southern part of the district, Halme said, where the majority of schools, including Glenwood Heights Primary, Laurin Middle School, Pleasant Valley Middle School and Prairie High School, received a rating of "poor" condition on the architectural study and survey due to the age of existing buildings and some major systems being at end-of-life. These same buildings qualify for state construction assistance that could potentially cover up to half of the cost of modernization and construction. FIT members will review additional information, including cost-benefit analyses of various options for each of these buildings, as the team develops the district's facilities plan.

Besides building improvements, FIT members also learned how 21st century learning and state initiatives are changing facilities needs and classrooms and necessitating technology implementation.

Going forward, FIT members still have much to do. The group will work through the summer and fall to categorize and prioritize facilities needs and seek community input, review cost-benefit analyses and develop a long-range plan. "FIT members have reviewed an incredible amount of data and given a significant amount of time to putting the district on a solid foundation, and for that I thank them," Hottowe said. "This work, combined with community input we collect in the fall, is setting our district on a successful course to providing a 21st century education."

Battle Ground Public Schools will use Thoughtexchange, the tool it used to conduct its spring community engagement campaign, to solicit community input about facilities priorities. The FIT members will use this information and cost-analysis data to create a schedule and budget that will allow the implementation of a facilities plan, including FIT's recommendation that the board consider a 2016 bond measure.

FIT Update slide presentation: http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/bgps/Board.nsf/files/9XQPMJ65086F/$file/FIT%20Board%20Presentation.pdf


Attached Media Files: Overview of current housing development throughout the Battle Ground Public Schools district. Each dot on the map indicates a development of 100+ homes.
Battle Ground Public Schools Announces Additional Administrative Changes (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 06/25/15
Linda Allen, assistant superintendent of human resources
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Battle Ground Public Schools has announced additional administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year.

Ron Hutchison is coming out of retirement to serve as the interim principal next year at Pleasant Valley Primary School. He is replacing Melissa Mitchell, who recently resigned. Before retiring, Hutchison was the principal at Kelso's largest elementary school, Beacon Hill, for six years. Prior to that he served as a principal in the Hillsboro School District and in Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore. During his one year of retirement from Kelso, Hutchison worked part-time in school improvement as a leadership coach with Education Northwest and the Oregon Department of Education.

The BGPS Board of Directors approved Linda Allen this week as the assistant superintendent of human resources. "The title more accurately reflects the work that Allen does for the district," said Superintendent Mark Hottowe. Allen has worked in the district's human resources department since 2010 when she became the director of the department. She started her career with Battle Ground Public Schools as a teacher at Amboy Middle School in 1993. She also was an assistant principal and principal at Lewisville Middle School and the first principal at Chief Umtuch Middle School when it opened in 2008.

Read about other administrative changes that the district has announced for next year:
http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/battlegroundpublicschoolsmakesadministrativechanges


Attached Media Files: Linda Allen, assistant superintendent of human resources
Remember to water trees deeply as mercury climbs
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/15
The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around most of the state through the weekend and even into the middle of next week. It's a time to keep fire prevention uppermost in our minds, and also, to remember to protect the health of trees in yards and landscapes by deeply watering them.

"Summer temperatures can be hard on trees, especially landscape trees in our urban areas," says Kristin Ramstad, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "If they aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems," adds Ramstad.

Seems like a good time to remember that when temperatures in Oregon get warm and stay warm, it can take a toll on trees as well as people. The Oregon Department of Forestry suggests a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Symptoms of drought
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree (i.e., trees like birches or maples that drop leaves in the winter) needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp.

More advanced symptoms of needing water are browning of leaves, wilting, and curling at the edges. Leaves may also develop a scorched or burned look, turning yellow or brown on outside edges, or between leaf veins. Leaves may even appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

When drought-stressed, the needles of conifers (evergreen trees such as Ponderosa Pine or Douglas-fir) may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

Watering tips

Given their benefits, longevity, and contributions to the environment, give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. Keep in mind that if trees are only provided with shallow water every so often, they're probably only getting a fraction of what they need. Watering trees for short periods of time encourages shallow rooting, which can lead to future health problems for the tree.

To make sure your tree gets the water it needs, saturate the soil within the drip line - that's the circle that could be drawn on the soil around the tree directly under the tips of its outermost branches. Using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly - slowly is important, so the water doesn't run-off. To make sure it gets enough water, keep moving the hose around different areas under the tree.

For conifers, water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line on all sides of the tree. Also, if you have a choice, water trees during the cooler part of the day. Another way to water trees slowly is to put a nail hole in the bottom (near the edge) of a five gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and leave the slowly leaking bucket under the canopy of the tree. Do this twice or three times per tree, moving the bucket each time.

Other tips: Use mulch
Using mulch is an excellent way to care for trees in warm weather, as it helps the soil below trees retain moisture and stay cool. Mulch can be made of bark, wood chips, leaves and evergreen needles.

Apply mulch within the drip line, at a depth of four inches, leaving a six-inch space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulch will also help discourage weeds.

Lastly, don't plant annual flowers or other ground covers under the canopy of your tree, as they'll compete with the tree's roots for moisture and nutrients.

Good tree care = a good investment

Trees and forests enhance quality of life in many ways, providing shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products, raising property values, and providing clean, healthy streams. What's more, on hot days, we all rely on the shade of the trees in our yards and communities. Therefore, it is a really good idea to keep our trees healthy and watered.

For more information about trees and tree care:
www.isa-arbor.com/
www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx
City Hosts July 14 Public Open House for the Canyon Creek Road Pedestrian Enhancement Project
City of Wilsonville - 06/25/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville is hosting a public open house for the
Canyon Creek Road Pedestrian Enhancement Project on Tuesday, July 14, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, at
Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East.

Identified as a top priority in the Wilsonville Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Action Plan, the Canyon Creek Road Pedestrian Enhancement project is designed to provide designated pedestrian street crossings at four locations along Canyon Creek Road, including Burns Way, Canyon Creek Apartments, Murray Street and Boeckman Road. These enhanced pedestrian crossings include installation of warning devices--such as striped crosswalks, flashing beacons and refuge islands-- along with signage to improve the safety of pedestrians crossing Canyon Creek Road.

At the open house, interested persons have an opportunity to learn about the project, view the preliminary crossing designs and provide feedback about the project. For more information or to request ADA meeting accommodations, contact Zachary J. Weigel, P.E., Civil Engineer, at 503-570-1565, weigel@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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Attached Media Files: Aerial Image of Canyon Creek Rd Ped Project , Canyon Creek Rd Ped Project FLYER
Overnight closure of ramps at State Highway 14 and Columbia House Boulevard this weekend
City of Vancouver - 06/25/15
Vancouver, Wash. - State Highway 14 eastbound ramps at Columbia House Boulevard/Southeast Columbia Way will be closed to traffic from 9 p.m., Saturday, June 27, to 9 a.m., Sunday, June 28. The closure also applies to Southeast Columbia Shores Boulevard just north of the intersection with Southeast Columbia Way, preventing vehicles from going to or coming from those streets using state Highway 14. The westbound ramps off Columbia House exit to the Grand Central Station area will remain open.

Columbia House Boulevard, from the ramp to Grove Street, and Southeast Columbia Shores Boulevard, from Southeast Columbia Way to ramp, are scheduled for chip and fog sealing as part of this year's City of Vancouver pavement management program. This weekend's overnight closure allows Public Works Operations crews to safely and quickly prepare the street for upcoming resurfacing by milling off old, damaged pavement and paving over cracks and potholes.

The work will occur in a right-of-way area of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that is maintained by the City of Vancouver. Working in conjunction with the City, WSDOT will be providing the traffic control and signage for the project, as well as flaggers should they be needed for emergency vehicle access.

The area is a busy one, with business, commercial and residential traffic. Doing the project on a weekend night is planned to help reduce impacts to local businesses, residences and drivers to the extent possible. Access to and from the area will be maintained along Southeast Columbia Way, and motorists will be directed to detour west to Columbia Street for connections to other major streets. Please note that the detour route under the Interstate 5 Bridge is signed for 14-feet-3-inch clearance.

As with all construction zones, drivers and bicyclists are asked to be prepared for traffic changes and delays. Be alert to signage and flaggers, and proceed slowly while watching for equipment and workers in the roadway.

During the past several months, crews have been prepping streets in advance of the City's annual paving and preventive surface work. Project maps and a complete list of streets scheduled for paving overlay, microsurfacing, slurry seal, chip seal and cape seal treatments are available at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement.

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Prescott Elementary School 1.45 Million SIG Grant
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 06/25/15
Parkrose School District's Prescott Elementary School awarded Oregon Department of Education's School Improvement Grant in the amount of 1.45 million dollars over the next five years. Out of the eight Oregon School Districts that applied Prescott was one of three schools awarded. This grant will provide Prescott additional dollars for reading and math interventions, extended learning time through after school and summer programs, and staff professional development. In addition Department of Education coaching and supports will be provided. The last two years of the grant (2018-2020) the District will focus on making Prescott's increased academic achievements sustainable.
"All of our students deserve equal access to a high-quality, rigorous education," Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said. "These grants help provide a jumpstart to schools working to make dramatic changes to teaching and learning so that they can fulfill that promise and help improve student outcomes for all of their kids."
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the Parkrose School District to continue to pursue our goal of educational excellence for all students. This grant will provide much needed resources to support and transform the great work happening at Prescott Elementary School and will inform practice for our whole district", says Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray.
Single Vehicle Crash On HWY 138E Kills Two Roseburg Residents - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/25/15
On June 24, 2015 at approximately 11:19PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel respond to the report of a single vehicle fatal motor vehicle on Hwy 138E at Milepost 5.5 (just east of Roseburg).

According to Sergeant Ken Terry, initial investigation revealed that a 1999 Volkswagen Bug operated by Danica SCHNAIBLE, age 18, of Roseburg, was westbound on Hwy 138E and when for unknown reasons left highway and impacted an embankment on the south side of Hwy 138E.

The vehicle traveled a short distance before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes of travel. SCHNAIBLE was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel. The male passenger, Kiona SIEWELL, age 21, of Roseburg was pronounced deceased by medical personnel after being treated for injuries.

The investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Police with assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Fire District No. 2 personnel. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours in both directions during the investigation,

More information will be released when it is available.
Portland Police Encouraging Community Members to be Responsible and Considerate with Recreational Marijuana (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/25/15
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Beginning July 1, 2015, the possession and use of recreational marijuana will be legal in the State of Oregon.

Many community questions can be answered by visiting http://whatslegaloregon.com

The Portland Police Bureau would like to make residents aware of the new law and some considerations moving forward:

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) is a crime and can have deadly consequences. For public safety reasons, preventing DUII driving is a top law enforcement priority. Driving after consuming alcohol, marijuana and/or other intoxicants can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you consume an intoxicant, please don't drive.

Using marijuana in a public place remains illegal and can result in a citation being issued by law enforcement.

Possession of more than one ounce on your person (in public), or more than eight ounces in your household remain crimes and can result in your arrest.

Oregonians bringing marijuana products into the state from Washington (or transporting out of state to anywhere) are violating Federal drug laws. Oregon marijuana users should research and be aware of Federal laws regarding marijuana use and/or drug possession.

Community members observing public consumption of marijuana should NOT call 9-1-1, unless there is an immediate public safety risk. Instead, community members observing and concerned about public consumption of marijuana may call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333. Callers should be aware that these calls will be prioritized according to established dispatch protocols which place emergency and serious criminal activity ahead of nuisance calls.

Officers have discretion when it comes to issuing citations but anyone consuming marijuana in public may be contacted by police and issued a citation.

Community members smelling marijuana smoke from a neighbor's home or yard are encouraged to discuss it with the neighbors or property owners as this is not a law enforcement issue.

The Portland Police Bureau is encouraging community members to be considerate of each other as this new law goes into effect.

The Drugs and Vice Division will continue to focus its efforts on large-scale drug trafficking organizations involved in the distribution of controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

Community members wishing to provide information about drug activity in their neighborhoods can file it online by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

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'Sundays at Seven' Concert Series Kicks Off with Rebecca Kilgore (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 06/25/15
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre begins the second season of its cabaret concert series on Sunday, July 19, with Rebecca Kilgore. "Sundays at Seven" offers a unique selection of jazz standards, classic and contemporary musical theater and, unique this year, an entire album of songs by Joni Mitchell.
One talented performer headlines each of the three shows. Kilgore, a nationally known pop/jazz artist opens the series. Merideth Kaye Clark, star of Clackamas Rep's "Kiss Me Kate;" returns on Aug. 16, and musical theater/classical music singer Douglas Webster is featured Sept. 27.
Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. She regularly performs at jazz festivals, is a frequent guest on NPR's "Fresh Air," has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein and on "A Prairie Home Companion." She will appear with Tom Wakeling on bass and Randy Porter on piano.
Following three sold-out performances at Portland Center Stage, Clark will perform one of the most iconic albums of the 20th century in its entirety, Joni Mitchell's "Blue." Clark will play guitar and Mont Chris Hubbard will accompany on piano.
Webster was a huge hit at Clackamas Rep last summer, and he will be back for another stirring concert full of show tunes and arias.
Tickets are $15 a show or all three performances for $40. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
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Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 06/25/15
Pacific Power media hotline: June 25, 2015
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to stay cool, use less energy and save money

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the next week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Be air conditioner smart
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
Use an air conditioner timer or programmable thermostat; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
Replace air conditioner now before hot spell sets in, then once a month. The dirtier your filter, the less efficient it is.
Lamps, televisions or any other appliance that creates heat needs to be kept away from the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

Don't let the sun shine in
On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Think for the long term
Plant deciduous trees to shade the south side of your house. Well-placed trees can reduce cooling needs as much as 20 percent, and an air conditioner operating in the shade can use as much as 10 percent less electricity.
Insulate floors, walls and attics to keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Seal and insulate air conditioning ducts that run through unconditioned spaces.
Get your air conditioner tuned up annually.
Consider a new air conditioner, heat pump and other appliances -- new models are more efficient and may lower your electric bill. Look for ENERGY STAR appliances.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
Salem Fire Encourages "Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe"
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/25/15
It's that time of year again - the 2015 fireworks season is here. Beginning June 23 and running through July 6, fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Salem during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays around the area, including Riverfront Park in downtown Salem on July 4.

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

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

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

BE SAFE when lighting fireworks
An adult should always light the fireworks
Keep matches and lighters away from children
Use fireworks only outside - away from combustibles
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
Keep children and pets away from fireworks
Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand

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

BE AWARE of laws governing fireworks
Use only legal fireworks
Use fireworks only in legal places
Consumer fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks

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

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Oregon Set to Have Largest Passive House Building in N America (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 06/25/15
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Congresswoman Bonamici celebrates Grand Opening of new 57 unit building

PORTLAND, Ore. - June 25, 2015 - REACH is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new affordable 57-unit development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America.

The celebration takes place on Monday, June 29th from 10:30 to 12:00 pm at 6520 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition to keynote Bonamici, REACH welcomes State Representative Joe Gallegos, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, and Executive Director of Passive House US Katrin Klingenberg.

Over the past 15 years, several thousand market-rate housing units have been developed in and around Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon, a nationally recognized model of New Urbanism. Orenco Station was named the "Best New Burb" of 2006 by Sunset magazine and was listed on CNN Money Magazine's list of "Best Places to Live in 2010" for cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. The growth, however, has focused on market-rate and high end luxury living. None of the new units have been affordable to workers with incomes under approximately $30,000 a year. According to a recent report published by the Urban Institute, Washington County faces the same shortage of affordable housing that every county in the United States confronts. Not a single county in the US can fill one hundred percent of its low-income population's need for affordable housing.

Orchards is helping to fill this gap in Oregon by offering an affordable, comprehensive model of living, using transit-oriented design, green building technology and keeping energy costs extremely low. Orchards is being offered to residents earning approximately 50% of MFI or approximately $30,000 for a single-person household. Eight of the units are available to those earning 30% of MFI. Rents range from $611-$733/month. As the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America, tenants will receive unprecedented savings on their energy bills, achieving nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and 60-70% for overall energy use as compared to a LEED Certified building. Some of the key innovative features include triple-paned windows, a heat recovery system and a super-insulated building envelope. Orchards recently won the Portland Business Journal's Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award for its commitment to green technology and energy efficiency.

"Stable, quality housing makes a big difference in the lives of low-income residents trying to get ahead," says Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "REACH has been working for decades to make more affordable housing available in Oregon. The Orchards at Orenco will strengthen the community, reduce our environmental footprint and lower residents' utility bills."

The development team included Walsh Construction Co.; Ankrom Moisan Architects (of record); William Wilson Architects (of design); Housing Development Center; Green Hammer, Inc.; Housing Authority of Washington County; and PHIUS (Passive House Institute of the United States). The $14.56 project is financed with funding from Wells Fargo, the Community Housing Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), Oregon Housing and Community Services, NeighborWorks(R) America, and the Washington County Office of Community Development.

About REACH CDC
For 33 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in Oregon and Washington. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to our residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 2,073 units of single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information at http://reachcdc.org.


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Extremely hot and dry weather prompts fireworks warning, reminder
City of Vancouver - 06/25/15
Vancouver, Wash. -The City of Vancouver would like to remind residents and visitors that use of fireworks within the city limits is restricted to 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The extremely hot and dry weather is also creating a serious fire hazard that those using fireworks need to be aware of.

"The early onset of very dry and hot weather right before the Fourth of July is creating a dangerous combination this year," said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. "We encourage our residents to not use personal fireworks, or limit use, unless they are strictly adhering to fire safety measures."

The City also wants to remind everyone that it is illegal to use fireworks in a public park without a permit and fireworks buyers must be at least 16 years of age. Last year, the City issued a number of citations for illegal use of fireworks.

Individuals who use fireworks inside the city limits on days other than July 4 may be subject to fines starting at $250. Fines for use of illegal fireworks begin at $500.

ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT
In addition to standard enforcement, the Vancouver Fire and Police departments are teaming up as part of an enhanced enforcement effort this year and will be patrolling and responding to fireworks-related complaints.

For complaints related to use of fireworks outside of the allowed hours, hazardous/reckless use of fireworks or use of illegal fireworks inside the City limits, citizens should call 911. People should not call 911 to report noise complaints on July 4 during legal use hours (9 a.m. to midnight). Responses will be prioritized based on current calls for service and available resources. Due to expected call volume, citizens should anticipate increased response times.

"We also want to remind parents to ensure child safety through close and sober supervision of fireworks use, and by using only legal fireworks purchased from approved stands during the fireworks season," said Scarpelli. "It's important for parents to be present when fireworks are ignited, and to make sure that the materials are lit in an open area away from homes, vehicles and any combustibles."

It is important to note that fireworks laws outside the Vancouver city limits are different. To verify whether or not you are within the city limits, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/do-you-live-city-vancouver.

For more information about the City's fireworks ordinance and general fireworks safety tips, please visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks.

TIPS FOR A SAFE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY

Only adults should light fireworks. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under adult supervision.
Be vigilant about keeping matches, lighters and fireworks safely away from youngsters.
Fireworks sold on tribal lands may not be legal off the reservation.
Always follow directions on the label. Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, can be dangerous if used improperly.
Light only one firework at a time and don't try to re-light a "dud." Wait 20 minutes before picking up a "dud." Soak them in water overnight and then put in the trash.
Protect your eyes and never have any portion of your body directly over fireworks.
Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area at least 25 feet from houses, vehicles, dry vegetation and flammable materials.
Always keep a hose or bucket of water close by to extinguish any small, unintended fires. If clothes catch fire, remember to cover your face and STOP, DROP and ROLL until the fire goes out.
Be sure to keep your pets indoors with curtains and windows closed. Be sure your pet's collar is secure and license tag is current.
If your pet is not currently licensed, get a license before fireworks go on sale. If your pet gets loose, the license will help get your pet home and allow emergency medical care, if needed.
If your pet goes missing, check with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
Pick up spent fireworks and dispose of them properly once they have cooled. Do not leave them in the street.
Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight before disposing of them in garbage carts.

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DCBS issues statement on King v. Burwell opinion
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/25/15
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, upholding tax credits for customers buying health insurance through both state and federal marketplaces.

"Oregon operates - and had always operated - a state-based marketplace, and we are pleased that the Court recognized that status in its opinion today," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

Oregon's health insurance marketplace moves from Cover Oregon to DCBS July 1, 2015. The department will continue to use the HealthCare.gov website but will perform all other marketplace responsibilities, such as most plan management responsibilities, in-person assisters/navigators program, consumer outreach and education, operations, and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace.

The opinion has no impact on Oregon's health reform efforts.

"We look forward to helping connect even more Oregonians with health coverage when open enrollment begins this fall, and continuing work with our state partners on efforts to reduce costs and improve quality of care," Allen said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.Oregon.gov.
Burn closure starts July 1 in Tillamook County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/15
The Tillamook County Fire Defense Board in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry will enter into a county-wide burn ban on all burning, including burn barrels and open debris piles beginning July 1, 2015.

Due to current and predicted weather conditions, along with recent fire activity, the Board has decided to implement this closure earlier than the annual designated closure dates for debris piles and burn barrels.

The closure does not include permitted campfires and campfires in designated sites.

Campfires on the beach must be at least 50 feet away from vegetation, and any driftwood concentrations.

For further information please contact your local fire district or the Oregon Department of Forestry.
WorkSource Locates Staff at Clark College: SWWDC and Clark College Partnership Brings Enhanced Employment Services to Students
SW Wash Workforce Development Council - 06/25/15
Vancouver, WA (June 25, 2015) - In a cooperative effort to bring enhanced employment services, access to training funds and job openings to students, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) and Clark College have entered into an agreement to have a WorkSource employee on-site at the college.

In May, Clark College became a WorkSource Connection Site, providing office space in its Career Services Center for a WorkSource staff member to be on-hand at the college full-time.

"Clark College and WorkSource serve the same people; individuals seeking training and education to obtain living wage jobs," said Jeanne Bennett, SWWDC's CEO. "By collaborating, aligning our services and making them available on campus, we ensure more students can access and benefit from WorkSource programs. Additionally, the WorkSource Business Services team is always looking for the best talent to match with open positions. Clark College is a great source of talent and they have a strong Career Services Office."

Having WorkSource's employment services at the college will enable both organizations to leverage resources to bring services to people who need them where they are already receiving other services. Students will benefit from WorkSource's deep knowledge of business needs, job openings and changing training requirements.

By collaborating, SWWDC and Clark College hope to increase opportunities for students to obtain no-cost training and access to WorkSource services while also streamlining the process of connecting employers with job candidates who are qualified and ready to work.

Students visiting WorkSource at Clark College will have an opportunity to:
1. Receive career and training guidance to help them find and obtain jobs
2. Learn about job openings and internships that WorkSource is helping local employers fill
3. Apply for industry-recognized training programs and, if eligible, for financial assistance
4. Create employment plans aligned with their educational plans
5. Research labor market data to learn about demand for the jobs they're considering
6. Develop job search techniques, including resume writing and interview skills
7. Enroll in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs and/or other no-cost training or education programs through WorkSource

"As we prepare students for entry into the workforce, having WorkSource located here in Career Services will enable us to connect more students to funding resources to help them pay for additional training," said Edie Blakely, Clark College's Director of Career Services. "We're excited about the additional opportunities this will provide for our students and employers."

The WorkSource office at Clark College is open Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is located in Career Services in the Penguin Union Building, Room 002.

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Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, contributes to regional economic growth by providing investments and resources to improve the skills and education of the workforce in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. SWWDC helps businesses find and hire the employees they need and provides people the skills, education and training to find work or advance in their careers. SWWDC partners with employers, community colleges and universities, labor groups, government and economic development agencies, high schools and community organizations. Learn more at www.swwdc.org.

WorkSource is a partnership of state agencies, local service providers, colleges and community organizations that provide free employment and training services to job seekers and employers. WorkSource assists employers to recruit and screen for qualified applicants, provide wage reimbursement opportunities through on-the-job trainings, and supply cost-savings information on employment tax credits. WorkSource serves more than 1,000 jobseekers and 200 businesses each month. For more information, visit www.go2worksource.com.

Clark College, located in Vancouver's Central Park and serving up to 16,000 students per quarter, Clark College is Washington State's largest single-campus, for-credit community college. Career Services fosters student achievement and supports the success of our community members through career and education planning, place-based learning, job search preparation and partnerships with local employers. Visit www.clark.edu.
Oregon's Scenic Bikeway Program expands to southern Oregon
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/25/15
Cyclists have two new Scenic Bikeways to explore--The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway in Ashland and the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway in Port Orford. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved the new designations June 24 at a meeting in Joseph.

"We are pleased to expand the Bikeways program to include the beauty and adventure in southern Oregon," said Alexandra Phillips, Scenic Bikeways Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). "Both routes offer the best of Oregon cycling: culture, scenery, diverse ecosystems and wonderful cycling experiences."

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway passes rugged and rocky ocean views unique to the south coast and old growth forest along the federally-designated Wild and Scenic Elk River. The 60-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast.

The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,000 feet of steep and winding climbs through oak savannah and the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the Cascade Mountains. The 55-mile route starts in Ashland, famous for theater, fantastic dining and proximity to many outdoor recreation opportunities.

New Bikeway routes are proposed by local cyclists and selected for their scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Proposed routes are carefully reviewed and ridden, with only about half meeting the criteria for designation. Once designated, directional signs are installed along the route, and staff post information online for riders to plan their trip, including printable maps, elevation profiles, services and points of interest.

"Oregon recognizes the significance of bicycle tourism, as it brings around $400 million per year to the state," said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO. "The Scenic Bikeways program highlights stunning areas to ride throughout Oregon. In addition to creating lasting memories for visitors, these Bikeways also help generate jobs in the communities they cross through."

Oregon's Scenic Bikeway program launched in 2005 and continues to be the only such program in the nation. The program comprises 14 designated Scenic Bikeways representing a total of 982 miles. It's coordinated through a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.

All the information bicyclists need to plan their ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com/CascadeSiskiyou and RideOregonRide.com/WildRiversCoast, including printable maps, accommodations and amenities along the route. Directional signage will be posted along the road later this summer.
Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing scheduled to mobilize Airmen to Romania
Oregon Military Department - 06/25/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - More than 200 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing are scheduled to take part in a mobilization ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Friday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m., in Building 255.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon Senator Alan Olson (District-20); Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Mr. Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, among others.

Members from the 142nd Operations Group, 142nd Maintenance Group, and 142nd Mission Support Group are deploying to Romania from July to October 2015 as part of the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, will serve as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander while deployed. The squadron will provide F-15 fighter jets, support equipment and personnel as a Theater Security Package (TSP) to augment the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's (USAFE) existing efforts.

The squadron will train alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. This will be the 142nd Fighter Wing's largest deployment to Eastern Europe.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional Guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.

Media is invited to attend. For more information, contact 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs at 503-335-4347.


About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.
With summer temperatures expected to soar this week, PGE offers simple tips to stay cool and save energy
PGE - 06/25/15
Portland, Ore. - More than 80 percent of Portland General Electric's residential customers have air conditioning to help them seek solace from summer heat. While AC units keep homes cool, they use additional electricity, increasing energy bills. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the cost of keeping cool as temperatures rise or staying cool without the aid of an air conditioner. Customers can stay cool and trim summer electricity use by following these easy tips:

Open windows (upper stories are the safest) when it's cool outside (at nights and early in the morning). Monitor outside temperatures; when it's warming up and approaching 75 to 80 degrees, close windows and use an indoor fan (portable or ceiling). When the temperature inside your home becomes too warm, you may want to turn on the AC to keep cool.

Setting the central air thermostat to 75 degrees (instead of 70 degrees) results in an estimated energy savings of 115 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per month and an estimated monthly savings of $11.

If the temperatures stay relatively mild during the day, cooling with outside air may be all your home needs to stay comfortable.

Close curtains on sun-facing windows. Awnings help shade windows that face the sun, too. Use white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

When cooling the whole house with an AC, be sure to keep all windows and doors closed. When cooling a single room with a window AC, be sure to close all windows and doors in that room to keep the unit running more efficiently; open windows and doors in other parts of the house to take advantage of cool breezes. Be sure to dress as coolly as possible: shorts, short sleeves, sandals (no socks), etc.

When using AC, avoid cooking with a stove or conventional oven as heat from these appliances reduces the ability of the unit to cool your house; instead use a microwave or barbecue outdoors.

Consider turning off the air conditioning and running a portable window fan overnight for 12 hours instead; for an average home with air conditioning, this results in an estimated energy savings of 335 kwh per month and an estimated monthly savings of $32.


Here are a few tips to keep an air conditioner running effectively:

Bigger doesn't necessarily mean cooler when it comes to room air conditioners. In fact, a unit that is too large for the room operates less efficiently than one that is properly sized.

Don't switch the unit off and on. Window units work best when left to run for long periods.

Don't keep the unit running at the coldest setting. Set the thermostat as high as is comfortable.

Don't put lamps or TVs that emit heat near the air conditioner thermostat.

Use interior fans to circulate cooled air more effectively through the house.

Clean or change furnace/air conditioner filter every three months.

Seal leaks in heating/air conditioning ducts (insulate ducts where necessary).

Other money-saving tips for your home:

Keep refrigerators and freezers full. Fill freezers with plastic milk jugs full of water if needed (they make great ice blocks for picnic coolers, too). Full refrigerators and freezers are more efficient because the capacity for warm air to enter is reduced, eliminating the need for the unit to cool that warm air. Keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible.

Turn up refrigerator thermostat from 32 to 37 degrees. This cuts energy use in the average home by 9 kwh per month.

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Swapping out 16 bulbs could reduce usage by 90 kwh per month and save an estimated $8.50 a month.

Decrease hot tub thermostat from 105 degrees to 80 degrees. Typical savings is 20 kwh per month.

Customers who are shopping for new forced-air systems are encouraged to compare energy costs; look for Energy Star(R) logos on the most efficient models and then compare costs, which are located on the yellow EnergyGuide(R) labels.

Those who are thinking about installing air conditioners should also consider heat pumps. According to PGE Energy Specialists, an energy-efficient heat pump is the most efficient way to heat and cool your home. Residents stay comfortable year-round and use up to 40 percent less electricity to heat their homes. In the summer, a heat pump operates as an air conditioner, collecting heat from the air in your home and sending it outside. In the winter, the process is reversed. The heat pump collects heat from outdoor air and pumps it inside to warm your home.
When buying central air conditioning systems or heat pumps, customers should be sure to get the right sizes for their homes. For assistance, contact a PGE Energy Services representative at 800-722-9287 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays or visit PortlandGeneral.com/Energy.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 844,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.
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Marion County Firefighters battle 2-alarm explosion and fire, occupant escapes without injury. (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/25/15
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Just after 02:00 AM this morning, MCFD1 firefighters were dispatched to a reported explosion with fire in a building in the 4100 block of Cordon Rd NE in Salem.

Upon arrival, units located a fully-involved fire in a large unattached shop located at 4190 Cordon Rd NE. A second alarm was requested, bringing additional firefighters to the scene. In addition, because there were no hydrants in the area, four (4) mobile water supply tenders were used to shuttle nearly 20,000 gallons of water to the fire scene.

It took firefighters over an hour to extinguish the blaze.

During the initial investigation, firefighters learned that there was an occupant sleeping inside of a make-shift living space in the garage. Fortunately, the occupant was able to escape the building before it was engulfed in flames. He was uninjured. The cause of the explosion and ensuing fire is still undetermined. Investigators will be on scene today continuing to search for a cause.

In all 13 pieces of apparatus responded, bringing over 30 firefighters to this scene.
MCFD1 again extends its appreciation to Woodburn and Aumsville Fire Districts for their move-up coverage during this fire incident.


Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


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***Update*** Fatal Crash Blocking HWY 34 Near Tangent (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/24/15
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Two Sweet Home men were killed in an afternoon crash in Linn County.

According to Sergeant Nathan House, on June 24, 2015 at about 4:06PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on HWY 34 Milepost 7.5 (near Tangent).

Preliminary information indicates a 2013 Ford F150 was traveling eastbound on HWY 34, and for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline into the westbound lanes. The Ford struck a westbound 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Scott D LILLIS, age 51, of Philomath, head-on. The dump truck and it's trailer (loaded with gravel) overturned and came to rest in the westbound lanes of travel. LILLIS was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Albany for serious injuries.

The operator of the Ford, Donald L ROBERTS, age 24, of Sweet Home, was transported by air ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital where he died. His passenger, Mason D TAGEN, age 25, of Sweet Home, was deceased upon emergency crews arriving.

On scene evidence indicates ROBERTS and LILLIS were using seatbelts and TAGEN was not. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Both directions of HWY 34 were closed for several hours while the investigation and recovery efforts were made. OSP was assisted on scene by Tangent Fire, Albany Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Further information will be released when it is available.
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Previous Release:
OSP Troopers and emergency crews are on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle on HWY 34 Milepost 7. Both directions of travel are blocked and are expected to be closed for hours. Use alternative routes and visit www.tripcheck.com for road status.


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3-alarm aparatment fire displaces occupants, no injuries reported (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/24/15
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Marion County Fire District No. 1 firefighters have just cleared the scene after battling a 3-alarm apartment complex fire this afternoon. At 5:20 PM, firefighters were called to 4049 Satter Drive NE, Salem for a reported apartment fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered 2-story apartment complex well involved in smoke and fire (see pictures). The fire was quickly upgraded to a 2nd alarm, and subsequently as 3rd alarm, to suppress the fire. Additional units from the Salem Fire Department, Silverton Fire District, and Aumsville Fire District responded to assist as well.

It took firefighters nearly 2 hours to bring the fire under control. A total of 8 apartment units were affected todays fire. An estimated 25 occupants have been displaced, but are being assisted by the American Red Cross at a local temporary shelter. Radiant heat from the fire melted siding on a neighboring apartment building, but firefighters were able to protect that structure from catching fire.

All of the residents that were home at the time of the fire were able to escape unharmed. MCFD1 is thankful to report that no civilian injuries or deaths occurred. No firefighters were injured battling this fire either.

The MCFD1 Fire Marshal, Captain Paula Smith, with the assistance from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators will return back to the scene tomorrow to continue the investigation. Although no financial estimate in damages was immediately available, MCFD1 is able to report that at least one of the apartment units is a total loss, while other units have varying degrees of damage from significant fire damage to minor smoke and water damage.

In total, 50 firefighters, 3 ambulances, and 22 pieces of fire apparatus responded to this incident.


Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


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Red Cross Responds To Major Salem Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/15
On June 24, 2015, at 6:50 PM  Red Cross Disaster Volunteers responded to a major fire that occurred  in the 4000 block of Satter Drive in Salem, OR. This Multiple Family Fire affected 20 adults, children, and pets. Red Cross has provided a shelter at Salem Free Methodist Church, 4453 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR. DAT members will provide further assistance on June 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Photo Release: Oregon woman first in National Guard history to enlist into combat engineer career field (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/24/15
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Mackenzie Clarke (left), of Damascus, Oregon, takes the oath of enlistment into the Oregon Army National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into theU.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.



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Mackenzie Clarke (second from left), of Damascus, Oregon, poses with members of the Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion following her oath of enlistment ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. From left to right are; Sgt. Dimitri Fenrick, Mackenzie Clarke, Staff Sgt. Erin Meyers and Master Sgt. Mark Browning. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into the U.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/24/15
The Oregon State Police Central Point Major Crimes Section is continuing their investigation into a shooting which occurred Tuesday evening in the Sunny Valley area.

According to Detective Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 23rd, 2015, at approximately 5:07 PM, Josephine County 911 received a call of a shooting which occurred at 3152 Leland Road in Sunny Valley. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office initially responded to the address and subsequently requested the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section to respond and investigate.

Initial information indicates that a confrontation occurred near the residence of 3152 Leland Road between David L MAIN, age 64, of Sunny Valley and Jason Ryan TAYLOR, age 30, of Wolf Creek, which resulted in TAYLOR being shot by MAIN. TAYLOR was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he was treated and later transported to another hospital.

The OSP Central Point Major Crimes Section is continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and the events leading up to the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time. This is an active investigation and no further information is being released at this time.
Marine Board Denies Petition for Rulemaking to Create a Navigation Safety Zone at Cape Kiwanda
Oregon Marine Board - 06/24/15
On June 24, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the Marine Board voted not to initiate rulemaking to consider adoption of a new rule in Chapter 250 Division 020. A petition received April 10, 2015, requested rulemaking to establish a navigation safety zone at Cape Kiwanda, prescribe the marking of the safety zone with lighted markers, and make the operation of a surfboard within the safety zone whenever dory rigs and trailers are parked on the beach a violation of ORS 830.365(1).

Marine Board staff reviewed the Board's rulemaking authorities and the propositions of law asserted by the petitioner and concluded that the Marine Board can only make regulations for specific areas relating to the operation of boats, that as used in ORS 830.365, the term "surfboarding," is referring to a towed watersport and the term "surfboard" is a towed device, and therefore, a surfboard is not a "boat" as defined in ORS 830.005.

Based on this analysis, staff determined that the Marine Board does not have authority to regulate surfboards, as requested in the petition, except when those surfboards are used as a towed device and involving the operation of a boat. Staff recommended that the Marine Board deny the petition. Marine Board staff have participated in, and will continue to participate in, Cape Kiwanda Master Plan Meetings.

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Tanker-truck spills hot asphalt into the Sandy River (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/24/15
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On June 24, 2015 at approximately 2:30 pm, Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a jack-knifed semi-truck that was spilling hot asphalt into the Sandy River near E Barlow Road and E Road 14 in Brightwood, Oregon.

When deputies arrived at the location they discovered the tanker-truck on the road and the tanker-trailer it was hauling was dangling off the steep embankment while still connected. The tanks were reported to contain 14 tons of liquid asphalt. Some of the liquid asphalt spilled down the embankment and entered the Sandy River from the rear tanker.

Currently E Barlow Trail Road is closed at this location while tow trucks work to secure and remove the tanker-trailer. The road is not estimated to re-open until after 6:00 pm today.
The truck and trailer are owned/operated by Washington Trucking Inc, of Everett, Washington. The driver was identified as Michael David Banta, 47, of Brush Prairie, Washington. The driver has been cooperative with this investigation.

This incident is under active investigation by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Hoodland Fire Department also responded to the location to assist. The Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at the Office of Emergency Management was notified regarding this incident. Officials from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are responding to the location to determine the impact and clean-up procedures.


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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers return to Southern Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/24/15
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MEDFORD, Oregon - Nearly 200 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Oregon, June 24, following an overseas deployment to Afghanistan.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Ashland with companies based in Medford, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay and St. Helens.

The Soldiers are arriving in Medford via chartered flights from Fort Hood, Texas, where they completed administrative and medical demobilization processing. The first flight arrived this morning with nearly 125 Soldiers that were bused to their local armories (50 Soldiers returned to Grants Pass, 60 Soldiers returned to Roseburg, and about 15 Soldiers returned to Coos Bay) where their families waited to greet them. Another flight will arrive later this evening with approximately 70 more Soldiers who will greet their families at the Medford Armory.

One group of about 70 Soldiers from the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returned early to Oregon last month, May 5.

A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled to recognize the battalion for their overseas service, Aug. 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Medford High School stadium.

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150624-Z-PL933-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Medford, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team greeted the Soldiers as they disembarked the plane. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-037: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, march toward the armory where families wait to greet them upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion are returning to Southern Oregon and another 70 Soldiers returned last month. The battalion is scheduled to be recognized for their overseas service in a formal demobilization ceremony, Aug. 8, in Medford, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-082: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, meets his five-month-old son, Easton, for the first time upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-141: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his five-month-old son, Easton, and fiancé, Ally Brissett, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Ally dressed the baby in a shirt that read, 'I waited my whole life to meet you' because Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-147: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Forrest Disney, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his children, 8-year-old Hannah (right), and 3-year-old Hank, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Disney was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-163: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Dustin Roberts, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his wife, Candace, and daughter, Sophia, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Roberts was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Sophia suffers from brittle bone disease and underwent surgery to stabilize her legs while Roberts was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Fire danger on the rise
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/24/15
High Temperatures and Threat of Lightning Forecasted

Fire managers throughout Oregon are feeling the heat. Continued hot, dry weather is plaguing the region that could lead to a significant fire from a single spark.

"I'm sure everyone is aware of the heat wave that is predicted over the next several days," says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "While we're all looking for ways to stay cool, now is not the time to be careless with activities that could lead to a wildfire."

Fire season is now in effect throughout Oregon and much of the state is experiencing fire danger conditions normally seen in late July and August. ODF Meteorologists are predicting record warm weather across Oregon later this week, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the 95-105° F range by Friday and continuing through the weekend. In addition, southerly flow aloft will bring an increasing risk of dry thunderstorms, on both sides of the Cascades, beginning in southern Oregon on Friday and spreading north across the state this weekend. With forests already at mid-August dryness levels, the impending hot spell and dry lightning poses a significant fire weather threat. While wildland fire agencies gear up for natural-caused wildfires, the last thing anyone wants is careless human-caused fires.

"The conditions are driving the story. So far, we're seeing above normal numbers of human-caused fires." Fields says even activities not normally linked to fire starts are causing concern. "We have had three fires related to target shooting just in the last week. One of those fires burned 67 acres and cost over $80,000 to put out. These fires, and the fact that we have already had 80-plus human-caused fires above the average for this time of year is an indication that we need everyone to think twice before conducting any spark emitting activity."

So far in 2015 the Oregon Department of Forestry has suppressed 301 fires in 2015, 227 of which were started by people. The two leading causes are debris burning and campfires. Many parts of the state have imposed public fire restrictions on outdoor debris burning, campfires, off road driving, fireworks, the use of tracer ammunition and exploding targets to name a few. Log on to www.oregon.gov/odf for fire restrictions in your area or call your local Oregon Department of Forestry office or fire department.
Fort Vancouver National Trust Announces Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition finalists, entertainment lineup on Vancouver Toyota Main Stage for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 06/24/15
The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition finalists, as well as the full lineup Vancouver Toyota Main Stage Performers at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America.

Entertainment begins at noon on July 4 on the Vancouver Toyota Main Stage, with the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition presented by Davidson & Associates Insurance representing Pemco Insurance. The event is open to Clark County high school students. Auditions were held in May, and the ten finalists who will compete are:
Lauren Barton
Kaleb Burris
Isaac Dizon
Mia Josberger
Danielle Lorange
Tirza Meuljic
Bella Olsen
Becca Weinberg
Hannah Wilson
Hannah Wrightson
Grace Cunningham
Samantha Dearing
A panel of local musician judges, some of whom will perform on the Main Stage later in the evening, will select the winners. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and a first place trophy. Second place will take home a $500 college scholarship and third prize is a $250 college scholarship. Each of the three winners will receive a Beacock's Music gift card and all ten finalists will be given a DVD of the Sing Fourth program.

The following entertainers will take the stage for the remainder of the afternoon and evening:
1:30 p.m. - The Family Band
2:30 p.m. - Steve Hale & The Soul Heroes
3:30 p.m. - Patrick Lamb Band
4:45 p.m. - Carrie Cunningham & The Six Shooters
6:00 p.m. - Portland Taiko Japanese Drummers
6:45 p.m. - Rock Steady 234th Army Band
7:45 p.m. - Andy Madson Band
8:45 p.m. - The Nu Wavers with Jennifer Batten

Other activities throughout the site include:

Guided walking tours of the Vancouver Barracks
Kids' Patriotic Parade presented by Fred Meyer
$3 admission to reconstructed Fort Vancouver (free for age 15 and under)
Food vendors or bring your own picnic
Arts & crafts and commercial vendors
Tours of the General George C. Marshall House
Costumed interpreters that bring history to life
Hands-on-history tent to see and learn heritage handwork skills
Biplane rides at Pearson Field (fee)
Adult beverage pavilion featuring domestic beer and microbrews, wine and more
Fireworks Prime Viewing area

This event would not be possible without the generous support of Bank of America and other cash sponsors: Toyota, Les Schwab, Fred Meyer, Davidson & Associates Insurance representing Pemco Insurance, Alaska Airlines, The Vancouver Clinic, AMR, PeaceHealth, Homewood Suites, and our media partners, The Columbian, KGW8, 98.7 The Bull, and Comcast.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to volunteer visit www.fortvan.org/fourth, email events@fortvan.org or call 360-992-1808.
I-5 Pursuit In Marion County Leads To Two Arrests (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/24/15
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On June 24, 2015 at about 1:30PM, an OSP Lieutenant observed a 2002 Honda Odyssey van driving recklessly on I-5 northbound near milepost 258. The lieutenant attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to yield, continuing at a high rate of speed and erratically changing lanes.

The Honda continued northbound where more law enforcement agencies joined in efforts to stop the vehicle including attempts to deploy spike strips. The Honda ran out of gas near milepost 277 northbound and the driver, identified as Anna S LYAKHOVETSKAYA, age 21, of Salem, was taken into custody.

While LYAKHOVETSKAYA was being taken into custody, a 2001 Chevy S-10 pickup drove up the shoulder at a high rate of speed and almost crashed into emergency personnel. The driver of the Chevy was identified as Igor S KULIK, 27, of Salem. Investigation revealed both LYAKHOVETSKAYA and KULIK knew each other and KULIK was attempting to catch up to the pursuit.

LYAKHOVETSKAYA was arrested for Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Resisting Arrest. KULIK was arrested for Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Woodburn Fire. I-5 was backed up while emergency crews were on scene.


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Wilsonville Library to Act as "Cooling Center" During Heat Wave
City of Wilsonville - 06/24/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The Wilsonville Public Library is one of several "cooling centers" in Clackamas County during the pending predicted heat wave of 100-plus-degree temperatures arriving this weekend. On any day when the temperature hits 100 degrees, the Library will remain open with air conditioning until 9 p.m.; otherwise, normal closing hours of 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday apply.

Tentatively based on weather forecasts calling for temperature on Saturday, June 27, to be over 100 degrees, the Library plans at this time to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Wilsonville Public Library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville 97070; and maybe contacted at 503-682-2744; www.WilsonvilleLibrary.org.

Additionally, Winfield Village retirement center, 8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville, is open to the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees.

For a complete, up-to-date list of cooling centers in Clackamas County, see www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20150623a.html.

Clackamas County health officials recommend taking the following precautions to avoid heat-related health issues:

Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.

Set your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.

Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.

Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.

Check on older adults or persons with disabilities in your community who may need help coping with the heat.

Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.

Cooling Centers in Clackamas County listed alphabetically by name as of June 24, 12 p.m.:

Canby Adult Center
1250 S. Ivy St, Canby 97013
503-266-2970
Open to the public Monday-Friday during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clackamas Service Center
8800 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97206
503-771-7914
Open to the public on Friday from 2-7 p.m., Saturday from 4:30-9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 3-5:30 p.m. Meals and other services available.

Damascus Community Church
14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus 97089
503-658-3179
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees, and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
505 G Ave., Lake Oswego 97034
503-635-3758
Open to the public Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Please call for updates as hours change depending on events.

My Father's Heart Street Ministry
603 12th St., Oregon City 97045
503-722-9780
Open to the public on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call for weekend hours.

Sandy Senior Center
38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055
503-668-5569
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wilsonville Public Library Cooling Center
8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville 97070
503-682-2744
Open normal business hours. The library will stay open until 9 p.m. if temperatures reach 100 degrees.

Winfield Village
8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville 97070
503-682-0653
The Fireside Room is open to the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Water is available.


For more information, members of the public may contact Clackamas County Human Services Supervisor Kati Tilton at KTilton@clackamas.us or 503-650-5701.

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Hillsboro Man Dies in Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/24/15
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June 24, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and crashed. The vehicle was only occupied by the driver. The driver did not survive his injuries.

On June 24, 2015, at 11:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Jackson School Road north of NW Evergreen Road north of Hillsboro concerning a single vehicle crash.

Several deputies arrived and discovered a 1986 Ford Ranger pickup on its side at the edge of NW Jackson School Road. Deputies determined that the Ford had been southbound on NW Jackson School Road when it crashed. The Ford was reportedly traveling at about 60mph when it made an abrupt right turn into a large oak tree.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Patrick Michael Conley, 52, from Hillsboro, was the driver. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Jackson School Road was closed for about two hours to gather evidence and document the scene. Investigators have not determined if there are other factors that contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.


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Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission Will Host Speaker on Human Trafficking
City of Beaverton - 06/24/15
Please Note: The original press release inadvertently left off the location of the meeting, which is at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. We apologize for any confusion.


BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will host a speaker on child trafficking at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. Lena Sinha, program manager at the Sexual Assault Research Center, will discuss the center's work to promote safety and provide aid to the victims of trafficking. She will also address how residents and visitors to Beaverton can help victims of human trafficking in the community.


"It is important that the community understand how we can protect some of Beaverton's most vulnerable residents and visitors," said HRAC vice-chair Sheri Struk. "Through this conversation, we hope to learn how we as a community can provide aid to victims and eliminate human trafficking in Beaverton."


HRAC seeks to ensure that residents and visitors to Beaverton are treated with respect and given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and welcoming environment. The commission strives to educate individuals about the various populations that make up the city's diverse community. This is accomplished through many activities, including quarterly cultural conversations, during which residents or individuals who work in Beaverton can share their experiences based on their identification in certain racial, religious, or other groups. HRAC meets on the first Wednesday of each month.


To learn more, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/hrac, or contact Bob Crocker at 503-350-4024 or rcrocker@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Henriksen, retired public servant, named 2015 First Citizen
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 06/24/15
Vancouver, Wash., June 23, 2015 -- The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington convened a selection committee of community leaders and past First Citizens to review a number of worthy nominations for Clark County's 2015 First Citizen Award. Today, they announced that retired businesswoman and public servant, Nan Henriksen, was selected as Clark County's First Citizen for 2015. The First Citizen Award recognizes a Clark County resident who has modeled exemplary citizenship through their actions and service to the community. The honor will be awarded on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 during a reception and presentation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Her nomination focused heavily on her career in public service, where she worked collaboratively to realize a shared community vision for Camas, Wash. At the time, the city was facing adversity. Her efforts shaped the economic fabric of greater Clark County, bringing both people and prosperity to the region. More recently, Henriksen applied her leadership, advocacy and diplomacy to help form a county home-rule charter that reshaped local government. Nan served as Freeholder Chair and was commended for her skill in mediating and leading a divergent group of 15 freeholders toward general consensus.

Accomplishments in career and service include:
Managed a bipartisan board of 15 freeholders through the process of drafting a proposed home-rule county charter that was later approved by voters.
Acted as settlement conference officer for Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board and mediated difficult growth management disputes across Washington.
Provided a strong voice and representation for local government on the Governor's Growth Strategies Commission and in developing Growth Management bills.
Developed coalitions in East Clark County to motivate citizens to define their preferred future and work together toward mutual goals.
Led City of Camas in attracting three major industries and dozens of employers including Underwriters Laboratories, SHARP Microelectronics, WaferTech and Heraeus Shin-etsu.
Crusaded for strong intergovernmental approach to regional planning and began annual workshops for Camas City Council even before Growth Management Act requirements.
Served on Camas Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan Committee, which has led to the creation of new parks, trails and the protection of open spaces--all things she values.

Selections of her awards include:
2014, Statesman of the Year - Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
2006, Camas Political Leader of the Century - City of Camas
1995, Women of Achievement honoree - YWCA

Current and previous appointments include:
Chair of the Clark County Board of Freeholders
Member of Western Washington Growth Management Hearing Board
President of Association of Washington Cities
President of Planning Association of Washington
Co-Chair of Tri Association
Board Member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council
Board Member of Women In Action
First female Mayor of Camas (1983-1992)
Member of Camas City Council

Samplings of supporters' comments include:
"Camas' former Mayor is a visionary who has led enduring transformational community change. She has made a positive imprint on land use planning in Washington State. Over the decades, Nan Henriksen has lived qualities of character which are a precious inspiration to others." - Lloyd Halverson, former Camas City Administrator

"I have never met anyone who is more engaged with her fellow citizens than Nan. She has boundless energy and a passion for her community. Her willingness to get involved has benefitted Clark County and its citizens more than we can tell." - Jim Moeller, member of the Washington State House of Representatives

"Nan's firm, and collected, resolute demeanor allowed a politically and economically diverse group to work together. More than work together, they worked civilly, amicably, and efficiently to produce a charter in just six months." - Pat Jollota, Clark County's 2012 First Citizen and former Vancouver City Councilmember

About the First Citizen Award
Recipients of the First Citizen Award, presented since 1939, are selected by a volunteer committee of community leaders and past award recipients. Recipients are chosen for their accomplishments and contributions to the community in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising community standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources. For a full listing of criteria and past recipients, please visit www.cfsww.org/our-community/first-citizen.

About the First Citizen Awards Event
Henriksen will receive her award during a community event set for October 20 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The event will begin at 4 p.m., with the formal awards program at 5 p.m. Regents Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event, which is supported by The Columbian and Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Tickets will be available in August.

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, The Community Foundation helps southwest Washington residents build a more vibrant community by inspiring them to engage in philanthropy. The Foundation holds nearly 300 distinct funds, which are pooled, managed and invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large.
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Willamette Water Supply Program begins constructing pipeline in partnership with Washington County's 124th Avenue Extension Project
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 06/24/15
Willamette Water Supply Program partners, City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD), are teaming up with Washington County to construct nearly 2.7 miles of a large-diameter drinking water transmission pipeline in conjunction with the County's 124th Avenue Extension road project. This is the first section of the more than 30-mile water transmission pipeline to be built as part of the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The water transmission pipeline project will start at SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road and continue south, then continue east along SW Tonquin Road, then continue south on SW Grahams Ferry Road, ending near SW Day Road. The road project includes extending 124th Avenue south from Tualatin-Sherwood Road across Tonquin Road, then continuing east to Grahams Ferry Road. Road improvements will also be made to sections of Tonquin Road and Grahams Ferry Road.

The Willamette Water Supply Program will fund the pipeline construction and a proportionate share of other project costs. The County's Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) will fund road construction work. Construction for this collaborative pipeline and roadway project is scheduled to begin fall 2015 with completion anticipated to occur by the end of 2017.

This interagency collaboration will minimize traffic and construction impacts and save both agencies money by reducing construction and project management costs. The Willamette Water Supply Program and Washington County continue to work together to identify future collaboration opportunities for additional sections of the water transmission pipeline.

Willamette Water Supply Program Background

The Willamette Water Supply Program is a partnership between TVWD and the City of Hillsboro to develop an additional source of drinking water from the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville. The water transmission pipeline project is currently in the planning and design stages and is anticipated to be built by 2026. The pipeline project will include an expanded Willamette River Water Treatment Plant, water storage tanks, and more than 30 miles of pipelines installed from Wilsonville to Beaverton and Hillsboro. For more information about the Willamette Water Supply Program, visit www.OurReliableWater.org or call 503-848-3000.

124th Avenue, Tonquin Road and Grahams Ferry Road Improvement Background

For more information about the 124th Avenue Extension Project, visit http://124thproject.com or call 503-846-7800.

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Vancouver Public Schools board member accepts role with Foundation for VPS
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 06/24/15
Vancouver Public Schools Board Director Nada Wheelock has accepted a position as interim executive director with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. Her new position will begin July 15.

On the advice of legal counsel, Wheelock will resign from the board of directors effective July 15 to avoid a conflict of interest. She was appointed to the school board in January this year following the retirement of Mari Greves. In her new role with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, Wheelock will continue to advocate on behalf of children in the district.

"We are happy for Nada to have this opportunity to serve Vancouver students in her new position with the foundation. We are sorry, however, that she is unable to continue as a valued member of the board of directors," said VPS Board President Mark Stoker.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to step in as the interim executive director after serving as a member of the FVPS board of directors. I'm fortunate to assume this role at a time when we are addressing growth and capacity to enable FVPS to have an even greater impact on our community's children and families," said Wheelock.

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools. The foundation works to remove barriers and provide unmet basic needs so children can come to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.

A future press release will announce the timeline and application process to fill the unexpired term of Position No. 5 until the November general election.
Extreme heat conditions by weekend prompt Oregon Public Health warning
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure as temps top 100

As the state's temperatures break into the triple digits by this weekend, health officials are recommending Oregonians take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Summers in Oregon are great and people want to be outdoors, but temperatures at or above 100 degrees can be dangerous," says Bruce Gutelius, M.D., M.P.H., deputy state epidemiologist at the Public Health Division. "Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health."

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest weather of the year throughout Oregon so far is expected to arrive at the end of this week, and continue through the weekend and into next week. The hottest day in the Willamette Valley will be Saturday, when temperatures will reach 100 degrees in lower elevations and get above 90 in higher-elevation areas. Eastern Oregon temperatures will be between 100 and 110 degrees into next week.

The Oregon Public Health Division offers the following tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

1. Stay cool
-- Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.

-- Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.

-- Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.


-- Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
-- Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.

-- Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.

-- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body.

-- Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars - they, too, can suffer heat-related illness.

-- Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

-- Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.

2. Stay hydrated
-- Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.

-- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.

People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they're drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

Those who exercise or work outdoors in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

For more information, visit the Oregon Public Health Division Extreme Heat page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx or the CDC Heat Stress page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress.

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***Update*** Double Murder Investigation Continuing In Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/24/15
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The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance for information regarding a Toyota Celica that is believed to be associated with a double homicide that occurred on June 15, 2015, in Josephine County. The vehicle was known to be in the Colonial Valley area on that date and may have been involved in other crimes. The vehicle is a 1994 Toyota Celica, two door, black in color with an Oregon License of 966EXX.

The suspect in the double homicide, Brian Scott KILLIAN, may have been driving this vehicle on an around the time of the homicide. Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or anyone who has had recent contact with KILLIAN is encouraged to contact Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957.

All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Josephine County Major Crimes Team is investigating a double homicide which occurred north of Grants Pass on Monday.

According to Detective Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 15th, 2015, at approximately 3:25 PM, Josephine County 911 received a report of a possible deceased person at a residence in the Colonial Valley area just north of Grants Pass. OSP troopers and detectives, along with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the address where they located the bodies of Jerry JACKSON, age 75 and Joann JACKSON, age 73 who both appeared to be the victim of homicidal violence.

The Josephine County Major Crimes Team, consisting of members from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office was activated to investigate, with the Oregon State Police designated as the lead investigating agency.

A suspect, identified as Brian Scott KILLIAN, age 28, of Grants Pass was taken into custody at a separate location in Josephine County. Killian was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on 8 counts of Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2 counts of Animal Abuse in the 1st Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the 3rd Degree, 2 counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

The investigation into this incident is still continuing and no further information will be released at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.


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Heat wave coming in much of Oregon, learn how to beat the heat (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/24/15
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The National Weather Service in Portland and others have issued an excessive heat watch for the inland areas of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon from the coast range to the Cascades. The NWS Portland watch is in affect from Friday afternoon through Sunday, June 26-28.

With temperatures likely to reach 100 degrees and potential for muggy conditions, it is important to be cautious during this abnormally early heat wave.

"While enjoying the weekend, we need to make sure we take heat warnings seriously," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. "It is important to keep an eye on those who are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat like infants and young children, our elderly family members and neighbors, and those with chronic medical conditions."

Here are some tips from our partners at the National Weather Service for how to beat the heat:
Avoid exertion during the heat of the day
Stay hydrated with clear, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated liquids
Do not leave pets and children in automobiles
Use caution near rivers or lakes and be sure to wear a life jacket
Reschedule strenuous activity to early morning or evening
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible
Keep blinds or shades closed during the day
Wait until cooler times of day to run dishwashers and clothes dryers
Instead of using a stove consider a microwave or outdoor grill

Furthermore, to reduce risk during outdoor work, The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments, and anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location.

"Heat stroke and other heat-related illness is an emergency," added Phelps. "Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately if you think someone is experiencing health issues due to the heat."


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MESD Board Special Session 6-26-15 at 12:45 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 06/24/15
The Multnomah Education Services District Board of Directors will meet in Special Session immediately following Executive Session which starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 in the Board Room at the MESD main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Free summer concerts, movies in the parks start July 8 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 06/24/15
Six to Sunset Concert
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The City of Vancouver is proud to present another year of free concerts and movies in the parks from July 8 to Aug. 14.

Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks, and beverages at all the concert and movie events. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, unless in designated areas (no alcohol may be brought into the parks). Leashed dogs are also welcome.

Concerts are held at Esther Short Park, 600 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. Esther Short Park is conveniently located on C-TRAN bus line 3 and is just one block away from stops for bus lines 2, 4, 30, 41, 44, 47, 71 and 105. Please visit www.c-tran.com to plan your trip. Parking is available at the Park 'n Go Vancouver Center Garage, conveniently located next to Esther Short Park. The entrance to the garage is on 6th Street between Washington and Columbia Streets.

RIVERVIEW SIX TO SUNSET CONCERTS
Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 13
6-8 p.m.
Esther Short Park, 600 Columbia St.

This year, the Riverview Six to Sunset concerts will be celebrating 28 years of music in the park. The concerts are presented by Riverview Community Bank with contributions from Humana and Gaynors Automotive and support from the Columbian and Corwin Beverage Company.

July 9: Hit Machine
July 16: Patrick Lamb
July 23: Cloverdayle
July 30: Flexor-T
Aug. 6: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Aug. 13: Soul Vaccination

The Pub in the Park is open between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with proceeds supporting Leadership Clark County. To reserve a table, call Sharif Burdzik at 360-571-2254.

GET SOCIAL AND WIN!
You can win great prizes this summer, courtesy of our sponsor Riverview Community Bank, just by attending the Six to Sunset concerts and posting photos, videos or status updates and check-ins with the hashtag #6toSunset on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Google+ accounts.


DESTINATION DOWNTOWN NOON CONCERTS
Wednesdays, July 8-Aug. 12
12-1 p.m.
Esther Short Park, 600 Columbia St.

These concerts are presented by Destination Downtown and are supported by the Columbian and Corwin Beverage Company. Walk, bike, carpool or take C-TRAN to the concerts to qualify for great raffle prizes.

July 8: Vancouver Pops Orchestra
July 15: Mbrascatu
July 22: Lincoln's Beard
July 29: Left Coast Country
Aug. 5: The Gravy
Aug. 12: Water Tower

Free Science in the Park kids' activities will be provided in Esther Short Park starting at 11 a.m. by the City's Water Education Resource Center.


COUNTRY FINANCIAL FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARK
Fridays, July 10-Aug. 14
Activities start at 7 p.m., movies start at dusk

The movies are presented by Country Financial and are supported by the Columbian and Corwin Beverage Company.

July 10: "Annie" (2014), LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park (NE 9th Street, west of NE 136th Avenue)
July 17: "Big Hero 6,"Fruit Valley Park (3200 Fruit Valley Rd.)
July 24: "The Boxtrolls," Marshall Park (1015 E Mcloughlin Blvd.)
July 31: "Muppets Most Wanted," John Ball Park (23rd Street and Kauffman)
Aug. 7: "Jungle Book," Fisher Basin Park (SE192nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard)
Aug. 14: "Jurassic Park," Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Grounds (west of 1501 Evergreen Blvd.)

Everyone is welcome. If special accommodations are needed, please call 360-487-8630. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/concerts, or call the City of Vancouver's Special Events Office at 360-487-8630.

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MESD Board Executive Session 6-26-15 at 12:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 06/24/15
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: Executive Session- ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
Bike MS 2015: Willamette Valley (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 06/24/15
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Don't Just Ride, Bike MS

Friday, July 31- Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Bike MS, the ride is just icing on the cake. You'll also kick back and relax with old friends while you eat mouth-watering BBQ, down ice cold beverages, watch a classic movie on our big outdoor screen, sing your heart out on karaoke night, and share your adventures from the road.

Our weekend escape in gorgeous Monmouth, Oregon is for every kind of rider. From the "I haven't been on a bike since Uncle Merton repossessed my Schwinn" to "sure, I can ride 100x faster than the speed of light, can't you?"

Don't feel like riding? No problem. You can volunteer, make a donation, or even sponsor the event.

And here's the best part: The dollars you raise for Bike MS fund critical research, programs, and services that help people who live with multiple sclerosis right here in our neighborhood. How sweet is that?
Bike MS is more than an escape-it's something you believe in.

For more information, visit bikeMS.org or call Amy Harris, Bike Manager, at (503)-445-8351.

CYCLISTS
Registration: $50-$75
Fundraising Minimum: $250
Phone: (503)-445-8351
Email: Amy.Harris@nmss.org
Event URL: bikeMS.org
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VOLUNTEERS
Information: Will receive a t-shirt, food, and water at the event. There are various time slots and positions available.
Phone: (503)-445-8356
Email: Wendy.Allison@nmss.org
Volunteer URL: http://bit.ly/1Gn2alb


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American Red Cross Offers Tips to Stay Safe When Temperatures Soar (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/15
Have fun in the sun - and the water - but stay Red Cross safe!
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Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Oregon and Southwest Washington over the next few days. Avoid heat-related emergencies and water tragedies by staying informed and using American Red Cross safety tips. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Service.

"High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies," said Troy Jenkins, Red Cross Health & Safety training manager. "Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke."

The Red Cross has some simple steps to help beat the heat:
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
Drink more water than usual - even if you're not thirsty.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Avoid working outdoors; if you must do so, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.
Community cooling centers are available in Portland metropolitan area. Check with your local county office to locate centers near you.
This weekend temperatures are expected to reach record highs, possibly in the triple digits. And with the increased heat, more and more people will take up swimming to cool themselves off.

"Many people will flock to local lakes, rivers, pools, and the coast," says Brian Hoffmeister, American Red Cross aquatic specialist. "This year Oregon has already experienced a record number of drownings. There are ways to stay safe."

Helpful tips before rushing to pool parties or rivers and lakes this weekend:
The water is cold. Cold water can easily lead to hypothermia and put even strong swimmers in a dangerous situation.
Be careful around moving water which may be much faster and stronger than it appears. This can swiftly push you downstream or exhaust strong swimmers. Be honest with yourself about your swimming abilities.
Look before you leap! Don't blindly jump into unfamiliar water. Underwater obstacles can cause significant injury or death. Always jump feet first especially this year with severely low water levels.
Never swim alone. Always swim with others, preferably in a supervised or lifeguarded area.
Wear a lifejacket. They are simple to use and can prevent most drowning events. Make sure jackets are properly fitted and contain a U.S. Coast Guard Approved label.
Know how to respond to a water emergency. Swimmers in distress need help immediately; reach or throw, don't go. Call 9-1-1.

Additional resources for heat waves, and swimming safely in lakes, rivers and streams are available from the American Red Cross.

The free Red Cross Emergency App provides instant access to expert heat safety tips. Users also have the option of receiving alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories. The Red Cross Pet First Aid App has steps pet owners should take to help keep their furry friends safe during hot weather. People can find the apps in their app store by searching for American Red Cross and at redcross.org/apps.

People can learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED or Advance Child Care Training course. A variety of online and in-class options are available. Course and registration information is available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

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

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Health advisory for water contact at Tolovana State Park Beach lifted June 24
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Tolovana State Park Beach, located in Clatsop County. The health authority issued the advisory June 23 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Pacific Power Blue Sky customers fund $121,500 worth of habitat restoration
Pacific Power - 06/24/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, June 24, 2015
503-813-7291

Haley Walker, The Freshwater Trust
503-222-9091, ext 30


Pacific Power Blue Sky customers fund $121,500 worth of habitat restoration
Voluntary program provides channel for customers to support renewable energy and the restoration of native fish habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. - In 2015, Pacific Power and The Freshwater Trust, a river restoration nonprofit, will award more than $120,000 to four on-the-ground restoration projects across Oregon, thanks to customers choosing Pacific Power's Blue Sky Habitat Fund.

Through an automatic $2.50 monthly donation, more than 4,300 Pacific Power customers have had a direct hand in the restoration and protection of native fish habitat. This year, projects financed by the fund will benefit tributaries of the Willamette, the Sandy, the Rogue and the Applegate rivers.

"For more than 13 years, Pacific Power has offered its customers an easy way to make a real difference for Oregon's freshwater ecosystems and species," said Valerie Smith, Pacific Power's director of customer services. "While the program is completely voluntary, we've seen that many individuals and families want to make an impact on the environment and their communities."

Since 2011, more than 42 miles of restored stream can be attributed to the Blue Sky Habitat program.

Once a year, watershed councils and nonprofits apply for a portion of the funding. The Freshwater Trust, a nonprofit with more than 30 years of experience restoring freshwater ecosystems in Oregon, reviews the applications and evaluates them based on a key set of criteria.

"Priority is given to on the ground habitat restoration projects that provide a direct benefit to native anadromous fish, many of which are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act," said Jessa Irzyk, habitat restoration coordinator and project manager with The Freshwater Trust. "We also want to see a strong technical and scientific approach with quantifiable outcomes to the proposed restoration projects that is carried out by a qualified restoration team. This is in order to make sure that the actions being taken will indeed have a significant beneficial impacts on the waterway as a whole."

This year, the largest award of $32,000 was granted to the Geos Institute to aid in the removal of the Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek in Oregon's Rogue River Basin. Both dams are abandoned irrigation projects and have fish ladders, but neither meets Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) fish passage criteria. Due to a narrow range of flow conditions and lack of debris maintenance, fall Chinook, threatened Coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead and cutthroat trout do not easily migrate around the dams. In fact, some fish leap out of the Fielder Dam ladder and perish on the rocks nearby.

"Our freshwater resources in the West are precious," said Irzyk. "The more innovate ways we can come together to make a positive impact for them and the wildlife that call them home, the better."

About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 12th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power: Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

About The Freshwater Trust
The Freshwater Trust is an action-oriented 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that restores rivers and streams throughout Oregon. The Freshwater Trust uses cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities - from working with landowners to keep more water in streams to streamlining restoration processes to achieve greater pace and scale to improving aquatic habitat using a localized approach. For more information, visit thefreshwatertrust.org.

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More on the projects funded in 2015:
Project name: Fielder and Wimer Dam Removal
County: Jackson
Watershed: Rogue River
Amount: $32,000 of $726,456 total project cost
Description: Geos Institute is partnering with American Rivers and WaterWatch Oregon to remove Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek, a tributary to the Rogue River. Successfully removing these structures will restore unimpeded fish passage for migrating and resident aquatic species. Both dams are among the top 10 on the statewide inventory of fish passage barriers priority list. While both dams have fish ladders, neither meets Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) fish passage criteria.

Native fish benefited: Coho salmon, fall Chinook, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, Pacific lamprey and Klamath small scale sucker


Project name: Main Stem Ash Creek Riparian Revegetation - Luckiamute Watershed Council

County: Polk

Watershed: Willamette River

Amount: $29,562 of $219,644 total project cost

Description: The Luckiamute Watershed Council will remove non-native and invasive species and restore streamside vegetation along nearly three miles of Ash Creek, a tributary to the Willamette River. Flowing through the Cities of Monmouth and Independence, the creek and its floodplain provide important ecological functions, including flood storage and habitat for upper Willamette winter steelhead and spring Chinook. However, historic clearing of streamside vegetation, encroaching development, and channel dredging has damaged parts of the creek. Through community partnerships, the Watershed Council will restore and protect the streamside corridor along Ash Creek's main stem, a highly visible and accessible waterway for two cities with a combined population of more than 18,500 people.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook and winter steelhead



Project name: Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project - Phase 2 - Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council

County: Jackson

Watershed: Applegate River

Amount: $29,563 of $456,082 total project cost
Description: The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council will take on the restoration of another 2.63 stream miles of Thompson Creek, a tributary of the Applegate River. This would be the second phase in the "Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project," expanding the project's total stream miles restored to 4.4 stream miles. Thompson Creek has potential to be prime habitat for Coho salmon, yet it struggles with high water temperatures, which can be deadly to native fish populations. Through the restoration of streamside vegetation and the strategic replacement of large wood, Thompson Creek will take another step forward toward becoming a more hospitable habitat for fish to thrive.
Native fish benefited: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead

Project name: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Project - The Freshwater Trust

County: Clackamas

Watershed: Sandy River

Amount: $30,375 of $977,808 total project cost

Description: The Freshwater Trust, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will lead the Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners. The project's goal is to benefit federally-listed spring Chinook, Coho and winter steelhead in the Sandy River basin by accelerating the recovery of naturally functioning conditions within the stream channels and floodplain areas of Salmon River and Still Creek. Funding will support the reactivation of flow to historic side channels, construction of large wood habitat structures, restoration of alcoves, enhancement of secondary channel habitat, boulder placements, and placement of additional large wood in side channels. This work is part of a multi-year, basin-scale restoration effort previously funded by Pacific Power.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook salmon, coho, winter steelhead and Pacific lamprey
Vancouver Police hiring entry and lateral police officers
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/24/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring entry and lateral level police officers. The department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions. Mark your calendar for:

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)


Additional information on Entry and Lateral Police Officers is always available on the Vancouver Police Department Careers page: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/385/85628/Info_event_flyer_2015.pdf
Suspect Crashes After Attempting to Elude Police in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/15
On Wednesday June 24, 2015, at 12:22 p.m., East Precinct officers attempted to stop a vehicle at Northeast 99th Avenue and Glisan Street for traffic violations.

The driver of the vehicle sped away from police in an attempt to elude officers. At Northeast 102nd Avenue, the eluding driver ran a red light and struck another vehicle, which then struck a third vehicle.

The eluding driver stopped and officers requested that medical personnel respond to the scene.

The eluding driver and a passenger have been transported to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The other two drivers did not suffer any serious injuries.

The intersection is blocked at this time as Traffic Division officers conduct a crash investigation.

Updates will be provided later today.

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Sheriff Office Taking Zero Tolerance Stance On Illegal Fireworks
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/24/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2015

SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS ZERO TOLERANCE STANCE ON ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is taking a more aggressive and proactive approach to illegal fireworks this year during the Fourth of July holiday by instituting a "zero tolerance". This was instituted office wide because of the hot weather, dry conditions and a high potential for fires which can cause personal and public property loss/damage. Sheriff Tim Svenson said, "Over the years we've done a great job of educating the public and issuing warnings when appropriate however; with the current fire danger and statewide concerns we will be taking a zero tolerance stance."

Every year during this time YCOM and the Sheriff's Office receive hundreds of calls about illegal fireworks. As in years past, they will be triaged and responded to based on priority and staffing availability. This year we will have enhanced patrols during this Fourth of July weekend to help promote a safe holiday. Here are some tips and basic information on legal firework safety:

Keep water nearby to put out fireworks
Use a metal container with a lid to dispose of burned material and keep the container away from other flammables
Only ignite legal fireworks outdoors in an area that doesn't have flammable materials nearby
Never try to re-ignite fireworks that don't initially work or malfunction - place them in water to dispose of them

For more information about public education, retail sales, fireworks display and illegal fireworks please visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Pages/Fireworks_2007.aspx
Exclusive Media Preview TODAY at 2pm - Major World War II Exhibition Opens June 26 at Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Features Enigma Machine
Oregon Historical Society - 06/24/15
Media Preview Event

Media are invited to a private tour and preview of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm at the Oregon Historical Society. Please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org) if you plan to attend or to set up an interview.

Press Images: http://bit.ly/1cJk5EM
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On exhibit June 26 - December 7, 2015

Portland, OR - World War II, considered the most momentous event of the twentieth century, will be the focus of World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, a major exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will feature rare documents and artifacts from world and military leaders including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will also share stories of the impacts of the war on Oregonians.

"World War II forever changed history in Oregon and across the globe," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a fitting subject for the largest exhibition and program series ever hosted at the Oregon Historical Society."

A special preview and opening will be held Thursday, June 25 for OHS members, where historian David Eisenhower, the grandson of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower, will join the official ribbon cutting of this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Following the reception, all are welcome to attend a lecture with Eisenhower at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $20 ($10 for OHS members) and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door the night of the lecture.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, OHS will be hosting programs and lectures focusing on World War II. A complete list of these programs is available at www.ohs.org.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

From North Africa, to Europe, to the Pacific: A World at War

This original Oregon Historical Society exhibition presents the worldwide conflict through artifacts and manuscripts on loan from the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, including a very rare Nazi Enigma machine, the military uniforms of Gen. George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the only copy of the Atlantic Charter personally signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and a life preserver from the U.S.S. West Virginia, which was damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Letters and manuscripts provide a lens onto the many events of World War II, from prominent battles to critical political decisions. Notable documents include handwritten letters from General Eisenhower to his wife Mamie and letters from Senator Mark Hatfield, a Naval Lieutenant during the war, to his parents.

Oregon: A State Transformed

The exhibit also focuses on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives and from collections across the state tell of events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the social impact of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the only World War II casualties to occur in the continental U.S.--the result of a Japanese balloon bomb.

An Unparalleled Interactive Experience

Digital and hands-on components within the exhibit provide visitors with unique interactive experiences. Touch screens will feature an original code breaking game inspired by the Enigma machine. To get into the mindset of America's best military leaders, visitors can plot the movement of troops on a "war table." Multi-media experiences include screenings of WWII newsreels and military field phones playing radio newscasts from the era. Plus, visitors can take a "selfie" with Winston Churchill's wax doppelganger, originally on display at Madame Tussaud's in London.

Propaganda Posters, Canteens & Captain America

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II
Continuing in the museum's North Wing Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of propaganda posters, which opened this past February. Also on loan from the Mark Family Collection, these posters provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

The Final Chapter: Peace and Reconciliation
The Oregon Historical Society is proud to also host a special display of Yosegaki Hinomaru flags. These World War II era Japanese national flags were customarily given to Japanese soldiers before they departed for battle and included signatures and words of encouragement from friends and family. These flags often became "treasures of war," and were taken as souvenirs back to the United States and other Allied nations. Pacific Northwest historian and author Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko Ziak have undertaken a project to reunite these flags with the families of the original owners. So far, the Ziaks have collected nearly 100 flags, of which 30 have been claimed by Japanese families. This special display at OHS will share the emotional story of this reunion effort.

Kilroy's Canteen
Named after the iconic WWII cartoon figure, Kilroy's pays tribute to USO clubs iconic of the era and features a variety of unique items ranging from a poker table used by Harry Truman during his presidency to a tribute to the 41st Infantry Division (also known as the "Sunset Division"). Composed of National Guard Units from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, the 41st Division battled Japanese forces in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943-45, where they became known as the "Jungleers." The war's enduring presence in popular culture is also highlighted with the shields used by actor Chris Evans in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Oregon Historical Society is open seven days a week, Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
City of Battle Ground Receives Clean Audit
City of Battle Ground - 06/24/15
The State Auditor's Office has completed its annual audit of the City of Battle Ground for the year 2014. Results reveal a clean audit of the city's financial reports and practices with no findings and no management letters. This is the 14th consecutive year that the city has received a clean audit. The 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available at www.cityofbg.org/CAFR.
Keep safety in mind with expected extreme heat (Photo)
Salem Health - 06/24/15
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With soaring temperatures expected through Fourth of July weekend, the staff and physicians of Salem Hospital's emergency department want area residents to stay healthy and safe.

They offer these tips to help you, your children, your elderly parents, and even your pets, stay safe--and what to do if you have problems in the heat.


Stay well hydrated

Drink two to three quarts of fluid per day (non-caffeinated).
Do not limit intake to just water. You also need electrolytes, which you can get from a variety of sports drinks.
If you are thirsty, you have waited too long.
One way to tell if you are getting enough fluid is to look at your urine. In general, it should be clear. A yellow color means you need to drink more water--unless it is affected by food, vitamin, medication or caffeine intake.
Limit alcohol intake. It doesn't count toward your water consumption and it can impair your judgment.
Be smart about outdoor activities.
Stay inside, unless your job requires you to be outdoors.
If you have to be outdoors, avoid strenuous activities between the hottest times of the day--typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you need to be outdoors, prime the pump before you go: Start your fluid intake before you take your first step outside.
Wear sun block and a hat.
Use a water sprayer (mister) to cool off. Battery-operated, hand-held fans may also be helpful.


Some people need extra precautions

High heat can cause confusion.
The very young and the elderly are most prone to thermal-regulation problems--their bodies simply have a harder time regulating heat. They especially should avoid the outdoors and manage their fluid intake. This is also true for people with chronic illnesses, like those on dialysis.
"It is important to check on those who you may not otherwise think to check on--our elderly who live alone," says Heather Cofer, RN, emergency department nurse manager with Salem Hospital. "Stop by a neighbor's or your parent's house with some cool lemonade, or give them a call to make sure they have what they need to fare the weather alright. They will appreciate it and you will be their unsung hero."
Children can become dehydrated much more quickly than adults. Be sure they get enough fluid and follow all heat and sun-safety procedures.
Don't overdress newborns. If you're wearing a tank top and shorts, then a similar outfit for your baby is appropriate--whether it's a shorts outfit or simply a t-shirt and diaper. Stay in the shade. Use a lukewarm washcloth to cool baby--and carry a blanket to protect the baby when you enter air-conditioned extremes.
Some medications can cause problems during heat spells, particularly some psychiatric medications and diuretics. Talk with your pharmacist if you have concerns.
Notice a distressed pet in a hot car? Call 911 if you can't locate the owner quickly.


Be safe in the water

When it gets hot, it can be tempting to jump in the river to cool off. Be careful. Remember, Oregon rivers are cold--even on hot days. Do no dive into rivers or ponds--they may be shallow.
Wear a lifejacket on boats and in the river.
Do not drink alcohol.
Parents should closely watch their children in the water--plus people who have mental or physical disabilities.
If you have a backyard pool, make sure it has a fence around it.


Warning signs and what to do if you experience them

Heat illness goes through three stages: heat cramps, exhaustion, and then heat stroke.
If you experience heat cramps, you will have muscle cramps and feel dizzy. You need to get in the shade and use a cold compress and take fluids.
With heat exhaustion, you will sweat excessively and look pale. Get in the shade, use a cold compress, and drink fluids. I-V fluids may be needed.
"If you are having a heat stroke, you will be very pale and have a fever. You will not be able to sweat and you will be mentally confused. Your body core temperature has gotten too high. Call 911!" says Paul Gramenz, MD, an emergency physician and medical director/section chief with Salem Hospital.
Heat-related illness could cause serious problems. You can reduce your chance of feeling tired or becoming seriously ill with a few simple steps.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


Attached Media Files: Paul Gramenz, MD
Share's 13th Annual Summer Meals Program to Provide 27,000+ Free Meals to Children
Share - 06/24/15
Vancouver, WA - June 29 to August 14, Share's Summer Meals program will provide free meals for kids at 21-24 locations throughout Clark County; more than 27,000 meals are expected to be served.

"For too many kids from low-income families, summer isn't a time of vacations and backyard barbecues--it's a time of hunger. In fact, for every kid who eats regularly at a summer meals site, there are six more who miss out," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "At Share, we want to reach those children who are missing out and will expand our program this year to 21 sites--or, with more volunteers, we can expand to 24 sites!"

Share's Summer Meals program focuses on providing fresh, healthy meals, including fruits and vegetables, so that children in our community do not face hunger during the summer months when school doors are closed. We are grateful to the many partners and sponsors who help keep this program running each year, especially Evergreen Public Schools for donating the use of kitchen space and, without who, the program would not be successful.

Summer Meals will provide free meals for kids at: five locations through the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Summer Playground Program, including Crestline Elementary, Evergreen Park, Image Elementary, Hearthwood Park and Hough Elementary; three schools in the Vancouver Public Schools, including Sarah J. Anderson Elementary, Harney Elementary and McLoughlin Middle School; Orchards Elementary in Evergreen Public Schools; 10 apartment complexes, including Fruit Valley Court, The Villas, YMCA, Maple Knoll Apartments, Brickyard Park, Community Center at Friends Church, Covington Commons, Cascade Woods, Gardenview Estates and Prairie View Apartments; as well as the VHA Rise and Stars Center and Discovery Middle School STEP Camp; view complete list on-line at sharevancouver.org

Pre-registration at the Evergreen Park, Hough Elementary and Crestline Elementary locations is required for the activity, but is open to everyone during meal service. Register at www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/summer-playground-program-affordable-summer-fun.

A complete schedule of dates/days and times during which meals will be served at all locations is available at sharevancouver.org. All of the locations are open sites and all children age 18 and under are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal even if they are not enrolled in the program.

June through August, families can call the Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA to receive up-to-date information about locations for free lunches for kids across the state.

Share needs volunteers to prepare and deliver meals (breakfast & lunch) to all Summer Meals locations from June 29 to August 14 (Monday to Friday only). A complete list of volunteer opportunities is available at www.sharevancouver.org. To sign-up, please e-mail volunteers@sharevancouver.org or call (360) 952-8228.

Summer Meals is sponsored by the Simplified Summer Food Service Program; additional funding comes through donations from individuals and private foundation grants. Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children age 1- 18 years. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 2,000 children at 92 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-25 Stayton (OR) Armed Robbery (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/15
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The Stayton (OR) Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate two armed robbery suspects.

In the early morning hours of Monday June 22, 2015, Stayton Police Department officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Arco AM/PM in Stayton involving two suspects, a male and a female.

Stayton Police have identified the suspects as 25-year-old Anthony Parsons and 17-year-old Frankie Collins. Anthony is wanted in Idaho for robbery and sexual exploitation of a minor. Frankie is an endangered/runaway minor from the State of Idaho.

The last known vehicle they were in was a stolen maroon 2001 Dodge pickup with Idaho plate 4L910.

Anthony has family in the Stayton area and the family has been contacted and they are aware Anthony and Frankie are wanted.

They are armed with a bolt action .270 rifle and a have also used a .22 pistol. Both guns are suspected to be stolen and the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

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

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Media Contact:
Stayton Police Department

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UPDATE #2: Columbia Boulevard Closed for Traffic Crash Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/15
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The driver in this crash has been identified as 23-year-old Jose Luis Monroy-Benitez. He remains in a Portland hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The crash remains under investigation.

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The driver in this crash has been identified as a 23-year-old male. He remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators learned that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, using the center turn lane, eastbound on Columbia Boulevard before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the embankment near 46th Avenue. The driver (and lone occupant) was ejected from the 1995 Volkswagen Cabriolet.

Investigators determined that reckless driving and impairment were factors in this crash.

Columbia Boulevard reopened to all traffic at approximately 8:30 a.m.

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On Tuesday June 23, 2015, at 6:09 a.m., North Precinct officer responded to the report of a rollover crash on Northeast Columbia Boulevard at 42nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the driver, who was transported to a Portland hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Northeast Columbia Boulevard is closed in both directions at 42nd Avenue, and 42nd Avenue is closed from Portland Highway (Lombard) to Columbia Boulevard.

Drivers that normally use Columbia Boulevard are encouraged to use Portland Highway as an alternate route.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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PGE Foundation grants $307,500 in second quarter of 2015
PGE - 06/24/15
Funds target CTE-STEM and arts education, basic needs for families

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PGE Foundation -- Portland General Electric's corporate foundation -- awarded 27 grants totaling $307,500 in the second quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon focused on education, arts education, and meeting basic needs of families. More than 60 percent of the foundation grants were awarded to education, including arts education and CTE-STEM programs that prepare students for college and rewarding careers.

The Salem Schools Foundation received $25,000 to support construction of its new Career Technical Education Center, where students will be prepared for high-skill, high-wage careers in technical fields. Friends of Saturday Academy received $10,000 to support summer tutoring and STEM and arts classes for disadvantaged students statewide, while College Possible received funds to provide coaching and support to help low-income Portland students successfully attend college. Grants also supported Friends of the Children, Girls Inc., need-based college scholarships in STEM fields, and other programs.

"The PGE Foundation is a leader in supporting STEM and career technical education, which is critical to the success of our young people and our economy," said Chuck Lee, president of Mountain West Career Technical Institute and project manager for the Salem-Keizer Career Technical Education Center.

In arts education, $25,000 was awarded to The Right Brain Initiative, an arts-integrated learning program serving more than 25,000 students in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties. Grants also went to Young Audiences of Oregon, the High Desert Museum in Central Oregon, and several other arts education organizations, serving areas outside the Portland metropolitan area.

Thirty percent of the foundation's awards went to nonprofits that support meeting families' basic needs, including programs focused on prevention. Grants for two programs, Growing Gardens and Oregon Food Bank, will help low-income people learn to grow their own food and prepare meals.

"The majority of our grants are focused on helping middle and high school students prepare for their future careers," said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation. "That's why we're investing in educational and workforce programs with an emphasis on career technical education, science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We believe these hands-on learning opportunities are critical to helping young people develop the technical, teamwork and problem-solving skills they'll need to be successful in the workplace."

Visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients.

About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation's giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $18 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.
City seeks applicants for Telecommunications Commission
City of Vancouver - 06/24/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one mid-term vacancy on the Telecommunications Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To have an application mailed to you, or for further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall by phone at 360-487-8607, by email at alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us, or by mail at PO Box 1995 Vancouver, WA 98668.

The Telecommunications Commission is a nine-member volunteer body appointed by the Vancouver City Council and Board of County Councilors. The Telecommunications Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Councilors and the City Council on matters related to cable television franchising. The commission establishes rules and regulations for cable television franchises and monitors compliance with franchise agreements.

The vacancy is for one partial term, expiring December 31, 2016, with eligibility for reappointment to a full term. Applicants must reside in Vancouver and are encouraged to be subscribers to Comcast Cable. The Telecommunications Commission meets quarterly at 3:30 p.m. on a first Wednesday at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St.

For more information about Telecommunications Commission, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc.

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2014 Health System Transformation report: Coordinated care model shows continued progress for second calendar year
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Oregon's health system transformation continued to show positive trends in health care quality and financial measures for the second year in a row. That is the overall message of the 2014 Health System Transformation report released today by the Oregon Health Authority.

The 2014 Health System Transformation report lays out the progress of Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on key quality and financial measures. The report includes expanded information on the new Oregon Health Plan members who have joined since Jan. 1, 2014, when more Oregonians became eligible for Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

This report, which covers calendar year 2014, continues to show improvements in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, and continued decreases in both emergency department visits and hospital admissions due to chronic diseases.

The report also says that all of Oregon's CCOs showed improvement in a number of quality incentive measures and 13 of the 16 CCOs earned the full amount of their quality pool payments in 2014.

"We have added more than 434,000 Oregonians to the Oregon Health Plan since January 1, 2014, and the coordinated care model continues to show improvements to Oregonians' care for the second straight year," said Lynne Saxton, Oregon Health Authority director. "These improvements are a great example of how CCOs are implementing positive changes through better care coordination and integration of services."

The coordinated care model continues to show improvement in the following areas for the state's Oregon Health Plan members:

-- Decreased emergency department (ED) visits. Emergency department visits for people served by CCOs decreased 22 percent since 2011 baseline data. Many CCOs have implemented a number of best practices to reach this result, including the use of emergency department navigators. For example, one such program includes referrals to a patient-centered primary care home for patients who do not have a primary care provider, as well as intensive management for patients who visited the ED three or more times within six months.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes. The rate of adult patients (ages 18 and older) with diabetes who had a hospital stay due to a short-term problem from their diabetes dropped by 26.9 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased rate of hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The rate of adult patients (ages 40 and older) who had a hospital stay due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma decreased by 60 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Increase in patient-centered primary care home (PCPCH) enrollment. PCPCH enrollment has increased 56 percent since 2011. Additionally, primary care costs continue to increase, which means more health care services are happening within primary care rather than other settings such as emergency departments.

This report also shows areas of challenge. In 2014, CCOs saw a reduction in cervical cancer and chlamydia screenings for women, which may be due to changes in national guidelines, which recommend women wait three to five years between Pap tests and to wait until age 21 to have their first Pap test. In addition, members initiating alcohol and drug treatment increased; however, ongoing treatment after an initial visit or service for alcohol and drug use remained unchanged, showing room for improvement.

Finally, financial data indicate that coordinated care organizations are continuing to hold down costs. Oregon is staying within the budget that meets its commitment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce the growth in spending by 2 percentage points per member, per year.

"The CCOs are clearly hitting their marks as they work toward the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs," said Saxton. "These metrics offer positive proof that Oregon's health system is continuing to improve care for the nearly 1.1 million Oregonians who need it most."

The report is available online at www.Oregon.gov/oha/metrics.

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Castle Rock School District to offer signing bonuses to successful teacher candidates
Castle Rock Sch. Dist. - 06/24/15
Qualified teachers are currently being sought to fill positions in grades K-5 at Castle Rock Elementary School in the Castle Rock School District. The district is offering up to $4,000 as a hiring bonus to the successful applicants.

Individuals selected for the positions will join a team of positive and student-centered education professionals. They'll also collaborate with a new assistant principal hired in May to support Principal Eric Franzen. "We've built a great team at Castle Rock Elementary," said Superintendent Susan Barker. "We're committed to recruiting elementary teachers to be part of the school's future," she added.

Castle Rock is situated along the I-5 corridor in Cowlitz County, just 58 miles from Portland and 117 miles south of Seattle. It offers an abundance of recreational opportunities and the benefits of a small town setting with a long history of community support. This year, residents approved both the Maintenance and Operations Levy and a Capital Levy to make improvements to school facilities.

Current Washington State credentials and/or endorsement are required to apply. Applicants must also meet current NCLB standards for highly qualified teachers. Successful candidates would be placed on the state's salary schedule based upon years of experience and the district offers an excellent benefits package.

Interested persons should apply at www.applitrack.com/castlerock/onlineapp.
Gresham issues summer burn ban: Hot, dry weather conditions require safety restrictions
City of Gresham - 06/24/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Fire Chief Greg Matthews has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Wednesday, June 24, allowing only recreational campfires and fire pits in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10.

The burn ban has been issued due to the limited rainfall and ongoing, dry conditions. For updated information call the burning information line at 503-618-3083.

The burn ban includes agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning. Backyard debris burning is not permitted until the fall burn season.

Campfires in approved fire rings in the camps, parks and recreation areas in and around Oxbow Regional Park are permitted until further notice.

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed, however residents should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes, properly dispose the ashes in a metal container away from combustibles and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing them. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery etc.

Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring the growth surrounding homes and structures, and to also maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

Smokers are reminded to ensure cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

For more information on outdoor burning, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Burning or contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.

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Operation Dry Water -It's all about Impairment (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/24/15
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The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 26-28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

So far this year, Oregon has experienced five recreational boating fatalities. Of the five, three are being investigated for potential drug and alcohol impairment.

"Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person's ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board.

And this doesn't just apply to motorboats. Of the three fatalities involving marijuana, other drugs and alcohol, two involved paddlecraft and one, a motorboat. Oars and paddles that are used in kayaks, canoes, drift boats and stand up paddleboards are not easy to control, especially when coming upon a rapid, obstruction, or in a fast moving current if the person is inexperienced. Of the five fatalities, four occurred on rivers and one in the pacific ocean. "Rivers and the surf zone are the most dangerous areas for people to recreate, and require skill, quick thinking, good balance and vision, and fast reactions because the weather and water levels continually change," says Massey. Drugs and alcohol's effects are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. The Marine Board urges boaters to boat safe, and boat sober -from any type of intoxicants.

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit www.operationdrywater.org or the Marine Board's Boating Safety Program at www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Boater consuming beer on the water.
Annual Memorial Gathering for Fallen Portland Firefighters Features Additional Event at Lone Fir Cemetery
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/24/15
On June 26 at 10 am every year, Portland firefighters gather at the Portland Firefighters Park on West Burnside Street to honor those who have died in the line of duty. The honor guard performs and the commemorative bell is rung 36 times for each life lost. The Campbell Memorial service was established in 1913 to carry forward the memory of Portland's heroic Fire Chief David Campbell. Chief Campbell died in a 1911 building collapse after ordering all firefighters from the burning structure.

On June 26 this year, there will an additional event to highlight the history and sacrifice of firefighters: a memorial at Lone Fir Cemetery at 11:30 am that same day will dedicate commemorative gravemarkers to honor 12 of the 36 Portland firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Lone Fir has a special firefighter's section (block 5 located between SE Morrison and Stark Streets, and between SE 20th and 26th Avenues). This event will also dedicate nine additional gravemarkers placed on firefighter graves with lost or missing markers. Of note is the inclusion for the first time of Gus Waterford, whose grave was discovered by a class of Madison High School students. Waterford, who was born in 1860 and died in 1909, is Portland's first black firefighter. The public is invited to Lone Fir for this special dedication ceremony.

The Firefighter's Section (Block 5) of Lone Fir Cemetery was deeded to Portland Firefighters on November 16, 1862 by property owner Colburn Barrell. Today, Metro oversees this cemetery.

Walking in is preferred to minimize traffic in the cemetery but for those with mobility issues, driving in is an option. Signs will provide direction for those not familiar with the Firefighter's Section. Parking in the Cemetery must remain on the pavement. Parking to the side of the roads typically leaves room for other cars to pass.
06/23/15
Firefighter Recovering in Hospital after Injury at Residential Fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 06/23/15
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A Clackamas Firefighter is recovering and in stable condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital after a large piece of sheetrock fell approximately 15 feet from the ceiling and landed on his head during firefighting operations this afternoon. The injured firefighter was conducting overhaul operations, a task where firefighters pull wall and ceiling material to check for fire in hidden void spaces at the time of the incident. Immediately following the injury the firefighter was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for evaluation and treatment. The fire which occurred at 16321 Oak Valley Drive in Oregon City was called in at 2:47pm and was put under control approximately 45 minutes after crews first arrived on scene. The homeowner was in the residence at the time of the fire but was able to escape with his three dogs without injury.

Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause and estimated dollar loss as result of this fire. The investigation is ongoing at this time and no update will be available until noon tomorrow.


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Red Cross Responds To Bay City Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/23/15
On June 23, 2015 at approximately 3:45 PM Red Cross disaster Action Team members responded to a residential fire that occurred in the 5600 block of Main St. in Bay City, OR.

This single-family fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, lodging, and information about recovery services.
VA Portland hosts "Homeless Summit" to Coordinate Local Efforts for Homeless Veterans
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 06/23/15
PORTLAND, Ore. -- VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) renewed its commitment to ending Veteran homelessness in the surrounding communities by hosting a Homeless Summit today at the Portland VA Medical Center. The purpose of the event was to share ideas with community partners, collaborate and problem-solve, and to identify the path forward to continue raising awareness of Veteran homelessness and our collective effort to end it.

VAPORHCS Director Joanne M. Krumberger hosted mayoral representatives and a county commissioner from surrounding cities who were joined by the VA's National Director of Clinical Operations, VHA Homeless Program, Dr. Keith Harris and VA Community Resource and Referral Center National Director - VA Central Office Homeless Program, Eileen Devine for an additional meeting addressing their specific community issues and concerns.

"We have worked closely for quite a while with many wonderful community partners who have also made ending Veteran homelessness a top priority," said VAPORHCS Director Joanne M. Krumberger. "The goals for the Homeless Summit were to bring partners together to share ideas and help solve the situation, as quickly, and more importantly, as effectively, as possible. We know we cannot solve Veteran homelessness by ourselves and we truly welcome the community's expertise and unique vision to partner and collaborate in this effort."

This past year, the city of Portland was invited to be part of the 25 City Initiative to End Veteran Homelessness and many of the mayors in the VAPORHCS catchment area have signed for a Mayor's challenge to end Veteran homelessness. The 25 City Initiative helps communities intensify and integrate VA and local efforts to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

As part of VA Portland's efforts, during FY 15 the homeless program has served 2,673 unique Veterans across our catchment area, dedicated staff responded to 520 homeless hotline calls, received and responded to 272 homeless and at risk consult and have placed Veterans in to permanent housing across all programs. VAPORHCS homeless programs provide services to a variety of communities including 1,025 HUD -VASH (Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing) vouchers, while Grant and Per Diem oversees 210 beds with four full time- Licensed Clinical Social Workers providing administrative and clinical services in partnership with 5 community agencies operating under 8 VA grants.

VA offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. In fact, VA is the only Federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless persons. Although limited to Veterans and their dependents, VA's major homeless-specific programs constitute the largest integrated network of homeless treatment and assistance services in the country.

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless can call or visit VA Portland Health Care System at (503) 220-8262, where homeless coordinators are ready to help. Veterans and their families may also call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to access VA services. . For all information about programs and services for homeless veterans, please go to http://www.va.gov/homeless/ and utilize the links to specific information.


The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) serves more than 90,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located near downtown Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, East Portland, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/628/85614/VAPORHCS_Homeless_Summit_23JUN15.doc
Annual pavement projects planned this summer for many Vancouver streets (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 06/23/15
Overlay paving on Broadway Street in 2014
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Vancouver, Wash. - The season for paving, microsurfacing and sealing is here, and Vancouver residents will soon be seeing work on several major streets and some neighborhood streets, all west of Interstate 205.

Major City streets on this year's schedule include portions of Fruit Valley Road, Fort Vancouver Way, St. Johns Road, Andresen Road, Mill Plain Boulevard, Evergreen Boulevard and Columbia House Boulevard.

The City of Vancouver's 2015 Pavement Management Program will put almost $7 million to work keeping good streets in good condition. When streets begin to fail, they fail quickly and the cost of repair increases dramatically. Focusing on keeping good streets in good condition provides the most efficient use of the available, limited resources. Funding comes primarily through previously collected local taxes, including property, sales and real estate excise taxes.

Below is a quick snapshot of this year's program. In all construction zones, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be prepared for delays, watch for traffic or lane changes, proceed slowly and be alert to workers and others. Where possible, please use a different route to avoid a construction zone. Paving and surface treatments are highly weather dependent, and schedules are subject to changes as a result.

2015 PAVEMENT OVERLAY
Many of these streets serve commuter traffic and/or impact neighborhoods. Signs will be posted where work is occurring to alert drivers to paving and possible delays.
Northwest Fruit Valley Road/Northwest Lakeshore Avenue: Northwest 20th Court to Northwest 78th Street
Fort Vancouver Way: East Fourth Plain Boulevard to St. Johns Road
Northeast St. Johns Road: East Fourth Plain Boulevard to East 33rd Street
East Evergreen Boulevard: Grand Boulevard to South Blandford Drive
Andresen Road: Northeast 18th Street to near Northeast 40th Street
Fairmont Avenue: East 20th Street to East Fourth Plain Boulevard

2015 PREVENTIVE SURFACE TREATMENTS - MICROSURFACING, SLURRY SEAL, CHIP SEAL AND CAPE SEAL
The City's preventive surface treatment locations alternate yearly between east and west Vancouver. The focus for 2015 is west of Interstate 205 and includes numerous neighborhood streets. The following associations will see preventive treatment work in or near their neighborhoods this year: Carter Park, Columbia Way, Dubois Park, Evergreen Highlands, Father Blanchet, Fourth Plain Village, Fruit Valley, Hudson's Bay, Lincoln, Northcrest, Northwest, Vancouver Mall and West Minnehaha. Project maps and a complete list of streets scheduled for treatment are available at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement by clicking on the Preventive Surface Treatments page link.

Crews have been prepping streets in advance of paving and preventive surface work. This includes installing curb ramps or retrofitting existing curb ramps to meet accessibility compliance, sealing cracks, patching potholes and trimming trees and vegetation in the rights of way. Preparation for upcoming overlay paving also can require excavating below the existing pavement and replacing base materials, along with grinding off old pavement. Striping of lanes and other pavement markings will follow all paving and surface treatment work.

ABOUT VANCOUVER'S PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The City of Vancouver has more than 1,800 lanes miles of streets. Each year, the City of Vancouver evaluates about half of those paved city streets and determines the most cost-effective methods to extend pavement life and provide residents with better driving conditions. More information is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement. Below are brief descriptions of these different methods:

OVERLAY: Pavement overlay adds structure to existing streets, providing more load-carrying capacity and a smoother ride. Used most often on heavily traveled corridors, the overlay process typically involves milling or grinding the existing surface and repairing minor deficiencies, then applying a 2-inch or deeper layer of rock and asphalt cement mixed together. For best success, the underlying foundation of the roadway should be in good structural condition.

PREVENTIVE SURFACE TREATMENTS: There are a variety of surface treatments used to extend the life of streets at a much lower cost than a standard asphalt overlay. The type of treatment selected depends upon several factors, such as street conditions, carrying capacity and use. Typically, adjacent properties will receive door hanger notices in advance of microsurfacing and other preventive treatments, when not part of a larger project. Types of surface treatments planned this year are:
Microsurfacing: Thick, durable sealant, about a ?1/4-inch thick layer
Slurry seal: Mixture of fine rock, asphalt and water placed on the pavement about ?1/4-inch thick
Chip seal: Sprayed layer of asphalt binder followed by a layer of new rock. The top layer of new rock is covered by a fog seal, a sprayed layer of emulsified asphalt
Cape seal: Combination of chip seal, described above, and either slurry seal or microsurface application

In addition to the annual Pavement Management Program, Vancouver's Department of Public Works provides regular, ongoing street maintenance such as filling potholes, patching, sealing cracks and maintaining striping. To report a pothole or make a request for other maintenance in the City's public rights of way, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/servicerequest or call 360-487-8177, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Attached Media Files: Overlay paving on Broadway Street in 2014
Sr. Deputy Thomas Phillips and Canine Partner Pax participate in Canine Trials (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/15
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The Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 Senior Deputy Thomas Phillips and his canine partner, Pax participated in the Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Trials. The trials demonstrated the abilities of the police patrol dogs. The trials included an obstacle course, area search, handler protection, fastest dog, vehicle extraction, high stress obedience. A total of nine canine teams participated from Washington County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Newberg/Dundee Police Department, Sherwood Police Department and Springfield Police Department. Pax participated in all of the events and received second place in the fastest dog and vehicle extraction events.
Senior Deputy Phillips has been a member of the Sheriff's Office for nine years, serving in both the Corrections Division and Criminal Division. Senior Deputy Phillips has been the Sheriff's Office Patrol Dog Canine Handler since September of 2012 when we received Pax from Vigilante Canine. The Sheriff's Office is exceptionally proud of Thomas and Pax as this duty involves a great deal of training and care above that of normal duties. Thomas has been very committed, traveling to Washington County every other week to ensure proficiency of the team. Since originally deployed Pax has deployed 44 times with 26 successful captures which works out to a 59% success rate. This success rate is higher than the national average of 50%. Pax is a four-year-old male Belgian Malanois that is trained in tracking, area search, building search, article search, handler protection and suspect apprehension.
Thomas and Pax perform a limited number of demonstrations, if interested you can contact Senior Deputy Phillips at tphillips@co.clatsop.or.us
Media Point of Contact is Sheriff Thomas Bergin, tbergin@co.clatsop.or.us, 503-791-0072


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Vehicle Driven Into Tigard Post Office Injures One (Photo)
Tigard Police - 06/23/15
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A 76 year-old Tigard woman was injured when a vehicle crashed through the windows of the Tigard Branch of the US Postal Service. The facility is located 11210 SW Main St. in Tigard. The crash occurred on June 23 at approximately 11:50 a.m. The victim was struck while standing at the customer service counter when the vehicle crashed through the front floor to ceiling windows. The victim was transported by ambulance to OHSU with what appeared non-life threatening injuries.

The driver, 64 year-old Susan Deichmiller of Tigard was not injured. Deichmiller was fully cooperative with police. Police did not detect any impairment nor suspect any medical-related episode which may have contributed to the incident. No citations have been issued.


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Water Rescue underway on the Northfork. ****UPDATED RELEASE (3)**** PHOTO ATTACHED (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/15
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The young man who died while swimming at Salmon Falls Park yesterday, has been identified as Blayk Wallace of Salem. Blayk had just graduated from West Salem High School and was going to be celebrating his 18th Birthday in August.

The Wallace family does not wish to speak with the media.

This is a very tragic event which occurred yesterday. No alcohol was involved during this incident. However, we would like to remind folks that even with warm temperatures the water may still be very cold and consideration should be given to that as well as water currents and using a life jacket. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wallace family.




It has been confirmed the 17 year old who was involved in the water rescue at Salmon Falls Park earlier today, has died. We do not anticipate any further releases this evening as notifications to the boys family is being made.




Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office as well as fire personnel responded to a report of a water rescue at Salmon Falls Park at 2:40 P.M. Initial reports were delayed due to the location of the park and no cell phone service available.

Information the Sheriff's Office received from a citizen was a 17 year old male went under the water and had not come back up. A citizen left the park to get cell service to call for help. Fire and medical personnel arrived first and then deputies to find the male had been pulled from the water by several bystanders.

The bystanders began CPR and continued until medical personnel arrived on scene. The male was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where his status is unknown.

The investigation is on-going at this time and we will send out another update when more information is available as


Emergency crews are currently responding to Salmon Falls Park on the Little Northfork on a report of a subject in the water. The information is limited at this time due to the lack of cell phone coverage in the area. Witnesses reported a male subject went into the water and did not come out. More details will be released as responding deputies arrive on scene and assess the situation.


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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Find Missing 9-Year-Old in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/15
9-year-old Nehemiah Perry has been safely located and is on his way home.

The Bureau would like to thank the public and media for sharing this information.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help to find 9-year-old Nehemiah Perry, missing since approximately 12:00 p.m. today from his home in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Nehemiah is described as a mixed-race male, 4'8" tall, medium build, long, curly hair, last seen wearing a red and white horizontally-striped shirt, gray shorts with green patches/spots, and black canvas tennis shoes.

Nehemiah is described as having Autism and ADHD but is verbal and able to communicate. Nehemiah is not familiar with TriMet and not known to go out of the home alone.

There are no indications of foul play at this time.

Police are canvassing neighborhood and asking for the public in the area to keep an eye out for Nehemiah.

Anyone seeing Nehemiah should immediately call 9-1-1.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Traffic Crash on I-5 NB Slowing Traffic at Lombard
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/15
On Tuesday June 23,2015, at 12:38 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic officers responded to the report of a traffic crash on I-5 northbound at Lombard where one vehicle left the roadway and the driver was non-responsive.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and the driver was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver may have suffered a medical event prior to crashing. A second vehicle was involved but that driver was not injured.

Only the right lane of I-5 northbound is blocked but drivers should expect traffic delays until the involved vehicle is towed from the scene.

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Red Cross Provides Assistance at Multi-Family Fire in Hillsboro
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/23/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this morning responded to a multi-family fire that occurred in the 30000 block of NW Evergreen Road in Hillsboro. The fire affected 11 adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, blankets, stuffed animals, disaster health services, disaster mental health services and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Sidewalk, intersection improvements continue on Columbia Street at Columbia Way
City of Vancouver - 06/23/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Progress on Vancouver's Columbia River Waterfront infrastructure continues this week with contractor crews pouring new sidewalks on both sides of Columbia Street, from about Phil Arnold Way to the Red Lion at the Quay.

To maintain pedestrian access, the sidewalks are being poured in two phases, starting today. A sidewalk on one side of the street will remain open while the other side is closed for pouring. Signs will be posted alerting pedestrians to which side is closed. Pedestrians are asked to be alert to equipment and possible changes where needed within the busy construction zone.

Meanwhile, paving of the intersection of Columbia Way and Columbia Street near the Red Lion Inn at the Quay continues on Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25.

As with the sidewalks, the paving is occurring in two phases to keep one lane open during construction hours, generally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, drivers should expect flaggers and lane closures. Delays are likely. Where possible, drivers and bicyclists are encouraged to take alternative routes outside of the construction zone.

Paving the new Columbia Way extension, from Columbia Street to Grant Street within the new Waterfront development area, is projected for the week of June 29. Please note that schedules may change depending upon construction and weather conditions.

Construction of the intersection is part of a project to extend Columbia Way, Esther and Grant streets, advancing a community goal of restoring Vancouver's historic connection with the Columbia River waterfront. This project is headed up by the City of Vancouver with the support of partners Columbia Waterfront LLC, Port of Vancouver and grants from state and federal agencies. Rotschy Inc. of Vancouver is the construction contractor for this project.

For construction information, please contact Vancouver Public Works Construction Services at 360-487-7750.

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Please note additional City of Vancouver contacts for the overall Waterfront Project:

Chad Eiken, Community and Economic Development Director at chad.eiken@cityofvancouver.us
Julie Hannon, Parks and Recreation Director at julie.hannon@cityofvancouver.us
Carol Bua, City of Vancouver Communications Manager at carol.bua@cityofvancouver.us
Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/15
The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2015 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Monday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, July 5. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

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

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 165 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2014, resulting in 33 injuries and more than $178,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2010 through 2014, there were 839 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 159 civilian injuries, and more than $3.9 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $1,000 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

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

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

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

More fireworks information is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Licensing_Fireworks_Home.shtml


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City seeks applicants for position on Urban Forestry Commission
City of Vancouver - 06/23/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Urban Forestry Commission. The commission, comprising seven citizen members, assists the City's Urban Forestry Program in its efforts to enhance Vancouver by managing and conserving trees, now and for future generations. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, July 24. There is no city residency requirement.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request applications or further information, contact Alexis Bafus in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

The advisory role of the Urban Forestry Commission includes reviewing and informing urban forestry policy and regulation, and administration of the Heritage Tree Program and the Urban Forestry Program's work plan. The commission is an active, working group that performs community outreach by helping to plan and implement tree events, building neighborhood association relationships, supporting public education and community recognition programs related to appreciation of our community's trees. Those who have an interest in urban forestry and the beautification of Vancouver are urged to apply.

The Vancouver City Council appoints commission members. This vacancy is for one full term. The commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boardsandcommissions to learn more about City of Vancouver boards and commissions, including the Urban Forestry Commission.

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Cruising Cop Calls in Pre-Dawn Fire and Alerts Recovery House Residents (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 06/23/15
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Hillsboro, OR - Just before 3:00am this morning Hillsboro Fire Department Engine 5 was dispatched to a report of a residential fire at 30095 NW Evergreen Rd.

While patrolling the area of NW Evergreen and NW Glencoe Roads an on duty Hillsboro Police officer noticed smoke coming from a house on NW Evergreen. After reporting the fire to 9-1-1 dispatch, the officer began evacuating the residents of the Clean and Sober Recovery House.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the back of the house and flames shooting through the roof vents of the single level structure. All eleven residents and one dog were safely outside.

The firefighters on Engine 5 extinguished the fire on the exterior rear portion of the structure as additional crews attacked the fire that had extended up the outside wall and into the attic.

As fire crews worked to extinguish the fire, Washington County Sheriff's Officers contacted Tri-Met to provide immediate shelter for the eleven displaced residents while Hillsboro Fire Department Chaplains worked with The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide the residents with temporary housing.

Hillsboro Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire was improperly disposed smoking materials at the designated smoking area near the rear entrance to the house. No damage estimate has been determined at this time.

Twenty-three Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Washington County Fire District 2 responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department and Washington County Fire District 2 reminds everyone to make sure that all smoking materials are completely extinguished in an appropriate container. Don't allow ashtrays to be overfilled with cigarette butts as they may reignite as additional cigarettes are extinguished.

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AARP Oregon "Ben Westlund Down the Trail" Awards to Recognize Legislative Champions
AARP Oregon - 06/23/15
In a ceremony on June 24th at the State Capital in Salem, AARP Oregon will issue awards to 12 "Legislative Champions" who helped launch bills and initiatives prioritized by AARP Oregon in 2015.

The first in a series, "AARP Oregon Ben Westlund Down the Trail" award honors the memory of an admired Oregon statesman known for his policy work and spirit of bipartisanship and for his "Down the Trail" adieus (he didn't like the finality of goodbyes). Ben Westlund was a popular Oregon legislator who was elected State Treasurer in 2006 and who passed away while in office in 2010.

"I am sure Ben Westlund would wholeheartedly support the efforts and work of AARP," said Ben's brother, Dr. Richard Westlund. "And he, and his entire family, would be honored to lend his name and "Down the Trail" slogan to an award that recognizes those who work so hard at caring for people as they transition through the different stages of life."

In 2015, award recipients moved forward in showing their care for Oregonians of all ages by passing a bill that improves the health of hospital-discharged patients through caregiver instruction on medication management and other tasks; by creating the Oregon Retirement Savings Board to produce a retirement savings plan with state oversight for workers without one through employers; and by supporting an initiative that protects elders from abuse through prevention, law enforcement and adult protective services.

Being recognized for their leadership on the CARE Act are: Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Senator Tim Knopp, Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Representative Mitch Greenlick, Representative Gene Whisnant, Representative Nancy Nathanson, and Representative Bill Kennemer.

Being recognized for their leadership on the Retirement Security bill are: Senator Lee Beyer, Representative Tobias Read and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Being recognized for their leadership on Elder Abuse Prevention are: Representative Vic Gilliam and Representative Val Hoyle.

"AARP Oregon Ben Westlund Down the Trail" awards ceremony will be held at noon, Wednesday, June 24, Room 350, Salem State Capital. Libby Westlund and other family members of Ben Westlund will join AARP Oregon Volunteer President Chad Cheriel and AARP Oregon Director Jerry Cohen in distributing the awards.
Central Eastside Industrial District Outreach, Education and Enforcement Effort Complete - Few Arrests, Lots of Person Contacts
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/15
From May 26 to June 12, 2015, the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct conducted an outreach, education and enforcement effort in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) to address entrenched street camping and related problems. This effort comes after numerous complaints by community members.

During this focused effort the Bureau tracked several relevant statistics:

Person Contacts: 896
Warnings: 184
Arrests (warrants): 6
Arrests: 6
Postings: 161
Camps Abated: 17

The Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) will continue to conduct regular outreach and educational efforts in expanded areas of the Precinct, including the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, Downtown, Northwest, and Southwest Portland.

The Bureau has partnered with JOIN for the past year to conduct outreach with people affected by homelessness in the CEID and will continue to work to connect people living on the street to the variety of services available in the City of Portland.

During this focused effort, Central Precinct coordinated outreach, education and enforcement efforts with the following Bureaus and agencies:

Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Oregon Department of Transportation
Multnomah County Animal Control
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Division
Metro's RID Patrol
Pacific Patrol Services

Additionally, Central Precinct officers worked in partnership with the Neighborhood Response Teams (NRT) from North and East Precincts, as well as the Behavioral Health Unit's Service Coordination Team (SCT), and the Bike Theft Task Force (BTTF).

Areas of focus included, but were not limited to the Eastbank Esplanade, Water Avenue, and the St. Francis/Washington High School area.

Goals of this effort included, but were not limited to:

Increasing the number of people that are accessing available services.
Enforcing City Code 14A.50.050 regarding structures on public property or public rights-of-way.
Removing discarded property and garbage left on public property or public rights-of-way.

Property was not confiscated unless there was a crime and the property was needed as evidence, or if the property was suspected to be stolen. Property that was left behind was managed by Pacific Patrol Services, a City of Portland contractor.

Voluntary compliance was an overall part of this effort. Warnings were given and will continue to be given regarding law violations that exist in the area and continued violation may result in arrests for Interfering with a Peace Officer and/or the proper City or Criminal Code violation.

For more information on available services, visit the City of Portland's Ending Homelessness page at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/60643

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Wrong Way Driver Killed On I-84 When He Collides Head-On With Commercial Vehicle - Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/23/15
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On June 22, 2015 at about 11:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to reports of a head-on crash on I-84 near milepost 114 in Gilliam County.

According to Sergeant John Katzenstein, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Tyler D BROWN, age 25, of Hermiston, for an unknown reason was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on I-84.

OSP began receiving complaints of this wrong way driver and troopers began to respond, but a short time later BROWN's vehicle struck a 1999 Peterbilt truck head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the travel lanes and caught fire. The driver of the Peterbilt, Michael MCCRIGHT, age 61, of Redmond, managed to escape the fire as both vehicles became fully engulfed. MCCRIGHT was not injured. BROWN was declared deceased on scene.

The truck had was loaded with recently harvested salmon which took hours for fire crews to fully extinguish. Both directions of I-84 were closed for almost four hours until one lane in each direction could be opened. Crews are still on scene cleaning the highway.

OSP was assisted by Sherman County Fire, Rufus Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No further information is available at this time.


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OSP Conducts Death Investigation At Deadman Pass Rest Area - Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/23/15
On June 19, 2015, at about 9:48AM, the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center received notification that a commercial truck had been located at the eastbound Deadman's Pass rest area (I84 exit 228) for about five hours. Another driver stopped and checked the commercial truck, located a suicide note, and called police.

Oregon State Police Troopers from Pendleton responded to the rest area. They were contacted by a subject who was geocaching in the area and located the deceased truck driver approximately 100 yards from his truck in a wooded area. Evidence at the scene and evidence discovered during the death investigation were consistent with suicide as the cause of death.

The deceased was identified as Guy S KRAVITZ, age 51, of Twin Falls, ID. The investigation is still continuing by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Health advisory issued June 23 for water contact at Tolovana State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 06/23/15
June 23, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Tolovana State Park Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Tolovana State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk, even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Operation Dry Water Campaign Emphasis Patrols June 26, 27, and 28 2015
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/15
Operation Dry Water Campaign Emphasis Patrols June 26, 27, and 28 2015

The Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol will again be participating in Operation Dry Water June 26-28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI). The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national boating under the influence (BUI) campaign developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the United States Coast Guard. ODW partners with the recreational boaters, as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to bring attention to the dangers of drinking and boating. ODW encourages boaters to pledge to make wise decisions about alcohol use, and NEVER drink while boating. The campaign focuses on preventing accidents, injuries and deaths resulting from people abusing alcohol or drugs while operating boats.
According to the US Coast Guard, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities. In 2014, alcohol use was a factor in nearly one-fourth (21%) of boating deaths. Last year, during Operation Dry Water 2014, more than 6,950 officers from 585 local, state, and federal agencies across the nation participated in Operation Dry Water. Over the three-day weekend law enforcement officers contacted 58,670 vessels and 146,711 boaters, made 318 BUI arrests, and issued 18,607 citations and warnings for safety violations.
"Operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or intoxicants is illegal and dangerous," said Sheriff Chuck Atkins. "Marine Deputies will be watching for boaters operating a vessel recklessly or under the influence. We practice a zero tolerance enforcement policy for vessel operation while Boating Under the Influence (BUI)."

Extra marine patrols for Operation Dry Water are provided by funding through Washington State Parks and Recreation. The Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program is a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of Washington waterways, and keeping recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.

For more information on boating regulations, visit www.boat.wa.gov
Second Annual Camp Prepare! (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/23/15
Camp Prepare! is a great opportunity for families to get together.
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Portland, Ore. June 22, 2015 - Calling all campers and preparedness enthusiasts! The Red Cross Cascades Region invites all Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians to join us on August 1 for the second annual Camp Prepare! This region-wide coordinated camping event invites people of all ages to experience life using only the contents of their preparedness kits. Whether people plan to pitch a tent in their backyard or a local state park, campers are tasked with spending one night living without the comforts of electricity, running water or technology (with the exception of Red Cross apps).

"There is a lot of overlap in what people have in a preparedness kit and what you would bring on a camping trip, " says Melinda Davis, preparedness and partnerships manager. "Camp Prepare! is a great way to remind people to update their kits and find out if their current supplies are going to work in a real post-disaster situation."

Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the things that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters may require people to have enough supplies to live comfortably for several weeks as may be the case if and when the 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake hits.

Henry Soderberg, preparedness coordinator for the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross, took part in the first Camp Prepare! and recommends it as a way to review your family's "go" kit.

"Having an opportunity to check out my kit in advance to get ready for the camp out was a great way to see what items I needed to add or update," says Henry. "I camped with other Red Cross team members, and we shared food and other items. This really highlighted the importance of being part of a community that is prepared."

To participate and become an official "camper," visit www.redcross.org/campprepare. In addition to camping registration, the website also offers useful information about what belongs in a typical preparedness kit and what to do before, during and after common disasters.


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

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Police Seeking Public's Help to Locate a Missing 8-Year-Old Girl in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/15
8-year-old Imani Hamlet was found safe at a friend's house and is no longer missing.

The Missing Person's Unit would like to thank the public and media for sharing this information.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Person's Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 8-year-old Imani Hamlet, missing since Monday evening from her Centennial Neighborhood home.

Imani was reported missing at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday evening by her family after she had not returned from a bicycle ride earlier in the evening. Imani resides in the 15100 block of Southeast Stark Street.

Imani was last seen by family between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. riding her bicycle with another, unknown child.

Imani is known to ride her bicycle all over the neighborhood and it is not unusual for her to be out until sunset.

Imani is described as an African American female, 4' tall, 100 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. Imani was last seen wearing a pink or purple top, dark-colored jeans and brown leather sandals. Imani's bicycle is described as a pink bicycle with white fenders and tires, and a white seat with flowers.

At this point in the investigation, no foul play is suspected and detectives and Imani's family would like to hear from anyone with information on her whereabouts.

Anyone seeing Imani should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-24 Milwaukie Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/15
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in Milwaukie, Oregon.

On Saturday June 20, 2015, at approximately 9:45 p.m., 25-year-old Alexander Mosbey was found deceased in the 14000 block of Southeast Briggs Street in Milwaukie, Oregon. Mosby had injuries consistent with homicidal violence.

Homicide investigators believe there may be several people with information about Mosbey's death that have not come forward to police.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Media Contact:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Hot Weather Fire Prevention and Safety
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/23/15
With the projected warmer weather over this weekend and into next week, the Salem Fire Department reminds everyone that additional steps should be taken to prevent fire and maintain health. Due to increased temperatures and lower fuel moistures, the risk of fire ignition and fire spread is magnified. Additionally, high heat can impact the health of people and pets. Here are some key points to follow to "beat the heat" and be safe:

Fire Prevention
Dispose of cigarettes properly in non-combustible ashtrays or extinguish them in water or sand. In Oregon, cigarettes start one in ten fires statewide.
When using barbecue grills, maintain clearance from combustible decks, fences, and vegetation. Allow ashes to completely cool and then dispose of them in metal containers. Barbecue ashes can maintain ignition temperatures for many hours, even if the surface is cool to touch.
Avoid using welding, grinding, or mowing equipment near dry weeds and grass.
Avoid parking vehicles in dry, weedy areas. The temperature of vehicle exhaust components can easily ignite dry grass and weeds.
Don't overload electrical outlets with portable fans, air conditioners, or extension cords. Don't use extension cords with air conditioners.
Keep a fire extinguisher, water hose, or bucket handy in the event a fire occurs.
Observe no-burn regulations and fireworks restrictions.

Hot weather Safety
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which promote dehydration.
Minimize direct exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen.
Limit exercise and exertion - rest frequently and pace yourself.
Wear temperature-appropriate, light-weight, and loose-fitting clothing.
During the warmest parts of the day, consider indoor activities such as visiting Salem's libraries, a shopping mall, or a movie theater. Salem's central library (585 Liberty Street SE) is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additionally, the West Salem Library (395 Glen Creek Road NW) is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Consider scheduling outdoor activities during cooler time periods.
Don't leave children or pets in vehicles. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk to heat-related issues.

Being prepared and proactive can decrease the likelihood of fires starting and spreading. Take time to review your family's fire evacuation plan and emergency preparedness supplies and also review the basic safety tips for staying cool.

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Man arrested after causing disturbance and illegally entering parked vehicle (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 06/22/15
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On June 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm McMinnville Officers responded to a male subject causing a disturbance at the Circle K, located at 840 NE 3rd Street. The male was then seen walking into and being directly escorted out of The Deluxe Tavern, 711 NE 3rd Street. After being escorted from the business the male walked across the street to another business and started kicking the windows.

McMinnville Officers arrived in the area and located the male in a parked vehicle on NE 3rd Street near the intersection of NE Irvine Street. The male was identified by officers as Richard Hewitt McDaniel (27) of McMinnville from numerous past police encounters. McDaniel did not own the vehicle nor did he know the owner of the vehicle. Officers attempted to extract McDaniel from the vehicle without success. Officers were able to deploy a Taser through the open passenger side window and ultimately extract McDaniel from the vehicle. He was then taken into custody and lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. McDaniel is initially charged with Probation Violation and will be pending further charges.


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Red Cross Responds To Portland Single Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/22/15
On Monday, June 22, 2015, American Red Cross disaster responders met with a client who had a house fire on 6/20/2015 in the 3900 block of SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR. 

This single-family fire affected 1 adult and 1 pet.  Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing and recovery information.
***UPDATE WITH CORRECT VIDEO LINK*** Baby Boy Born in Car on the Way to the Hospital; Portland Firefighters Assist (Video) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/22/15
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At 6:28 am today, firefighters were dispatched to report of a woman in advanced stages of labor parked in her car at NE 15th and Multnomah. Her husband, Levi Floyd, had been driving them to the hospital when it quickly became apparent they wouldn't make it in time. He quickly exited I-84 and stopped in front of Lloyd Cinemas to assist his wife and call 9-1-1. Firefighters arrived several minutes later. With some words of encouragement from Portland Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic Craig Gault, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

The mother, Nam Nguyen (name used with permission) is doing well and recovering with her son, Elias at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Lieutenant/Paramedic Craig Gault and Firefighter Patrick Scott stopped by the hospital Monday afternoon to visit with the family.

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Deputies On Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash ***Update 3*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/22/15
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The female passenger who was ejected and killed in Friday's Crash has been identified as Sabrina Guerra, 27, of Salem. A photo of Sabrina is not available as of this time and family is not available for comment.




Updated mug shot of Hastings.



The driver of the vehicle in last night's fatal crash has been identified as Wesley Thomas Hastings, age 41, of Salem. Crash Team Investigators believe that Mr. Hastings was traveling north on Manning Road, when he failed to negotiate a curve, forcing the SUV he was driving to
leave the roadway and eventually roll over. Tragically the passenger was ejected, killing her instantly.

Mr. Hastings was taken to the Salem Hospital where he was treated and then arrested by Deputies for the crimes of Manslaughter II and DUII. Investigators have identified the passenger and are working to notify her next of kin. Mr. Hastings will be arraigned on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex. Anyone one with information regarding the crash is asked to call Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991-6743.

The image of Mr. Hastings was taken in September of 2014, a current booking photo is not yet available.




Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Deputies were called to the intersection of Manning Road NE and Deconinck Road NE, near Woodburn, to investigate a single vehicle, rollover crash. When Deputies arrived two adults were found outside of the vehicle, one person was seriously injured and the other was deceased.

Members of our Crash Team are headed to the scene to continue the investigation. Manning Road is currently closed at Lebrun Road NE and Deconinck Road NE is closed at Arbor Grove Road NE. Deputies expect the closure to remain in effect for the next several hours and drivers are asked to avoid the area. Deputies are asking anyone who may have seen the crash to call 503-588-5032.

Additional details will be released as soon as they become available, that time frame is currently not known.


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Vancouver man arrested for voyeurism
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/22/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On June 22, 2015, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU) arrested Matthew Morasch, 40, for two counts of Voyeurism. Mr. Morasch was booked into the Clark County Jail.

The arrest stems from an incident on June 15, 2015 in which a Vancouver Police Department School Resource Officer, assigned to Evergreen High School, was notified by staff that a teacher at the school had allegedly captured inappropriate images of a student with his phone. On July 17, 2015, Detectives from DECU obtained a search warrant to search and examine Mr. Morasch's phone.

The first count relates to an image from the classroom, the second count is related to images with a time stamp from April 2015 of an unknown female at a retail store.

No further information related to this investigation is available at this time.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Driver Involved in March 2015 Fatal Crash Issued a Citation After Criminal Case Review
Portland Police Bureau - 06/22/15
On June 16, 2015, the driver involved in a multiple-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on March 7 on I-5 northbound at Delta Park was issued a traffic citation for Careless Driving with an Accident. The citation was issued to 24-year-old Bennett Rowe after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and found no criminal wrongdoing.

Rowe, a resident of Aberdeen, Washington, was the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban involved in the crash, which involved four other vehicles.

7-year-old Arianna Lundin, from Cathlamet, Washington, was riding in the back seat of a 2008 Dodge Caliber involved in the crash and died at a Portland hospital a few days after the crash.

Several other people were injured in the crash and were transported to Portland hospitals where they were treated and ultimately released.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conducted a thorough investigation of the crash, leading to the traffic citation.

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Stepped-up fire rules take effect June 23 in West Lane, So. Cascade Districts
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
On June 23, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will increase restrictions on forest activities in the Western Lane and South Cascade Districts due to rising fire danger. The "Regulated-Use" closure specifically aims to reduce the chance of wildfires starting from public activities in forested areas.

"Fire danger is trending much higher than normal and is either setting or close to setting records," South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast said. "Large fuels are very dry for this time of the season and the grasses are curing (drying) out."

He noted that all wildland fuels - including grasses, woody debris and vegetation - are susceptible to ignite and carry fire under current conditions.

The tightened restrictions ban the following activities:

- Smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles
- Campfires outside of designated campgrounds
- All open fires
- Use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads
- Use of any fireworks and the use of chainsaws
- Mowing of tall dead or cured grass between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Regulated-Use closure also requires forest users to carry a shovel with a 26-inch handle and an 8-inch blade, and either one gallon of water or a 2-1/2 lb., ABC-rated fire extinguisher.

Western Lane and South Cascade declared fire season June 16. That declaration primarily affects forest operations, such as logging sites, by requiring firefighting equipment on site and the use of precautionary measures against fire. The Regulated-Use closure taking effect June 23 extends restrictions and preventative measures to the public on all private forestlands in Lane County and eastern Linn County.

Link Smith, Western Lane District Forester, noted that the National Weather Service has forecast very hot weather starting mid-week.

"That will dry out fuels and increase fire danger even more," he said, "so we're asking for the public's assistance with fire prevention and fire safety."

The district foresters said complying with Regulated Use is one way the public can help protect their communities and the natural resources of the state.
Gorge parks hosting summer Song Circles
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/22/15
Corbett, OR-- Oregon State Parks invites the public to enjoy campfire songs and stories this summer at a series of free Song Circle events on select Fridays at Vista House and Rooster Rock State Parks.

These old-fashioned campfire events, hosted in partnership with Portland FolkMusic Society, will revive the art of communal song circles and storytelling. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy folk and campfire songs, especially those relating to Gorge natural and cultural history. The events are open to all ages, and a special children's sing-along event is scheduled for Aug. 28 with musician Jory Aronson (www.jorysings.com).

All Song Circle events will be from 7-9 p.m. Please bring a chair or blanket for seating.

Events are scheduled as follows:
June 26--Rooster Rock State Park
July 10--Vista House at Crown Point
July 31--Rooster Rock State Park
August 28--Vista House at Crown Point; Children's Sing-Along
September 11--Vista House at Crown Point

Vista House is located 20 miles east of Portland on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Corbett. Vista House is open for tours daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rooster Rock State Park is located east of Portland on Interstate 84 at exit 25. Daily parking permits for Rooster Rock State Park are $5; annual permits are $30.

While visiting the Gorge, visitors may also picnic, hike and sightsee at the many state parks along the Columbia River and camp at Ainsworth campground. Reserve a site by phone at 800-452-5687 or online at www.reserveamerica.com.

For more information, contact Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at Rooster Rock State Park at 503-695-2261 x228 or dorothy.brown-kwaiser@oregon.gov , or visit the Gorge parks blog at www.columbiarivergorgeparks.wordpress.com.
School-wide collaborative writing project produces 500 published authors at South Ridge Elementary School (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 06/22/15
Students of all grades created original illustrations used throughout the book
Students of all grades created original illustrations used throughout the book
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Monday, June 22, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Throughout the 2014-15 school year, the entire teaching staff at South Ridge Elementary School collaborated on an innovative writing project involving every student school-wide resulting in the publication of a book entitled "Eva Extraordinaire" about the school's mascot which made each of the more than 500 students published authors.

Six sixth graders, Natalie Stephens, Sarah Adams, Nicholas Radosevich, Rhylee Haensel, Fernando Jimenez, and Cade Bringhurst, presented the finished book based on the school's roadrunner mascot, Eva, entitled "Eva Extraordinaire," to the Ridgefield School District's Board of Directors and Superintendent Nathan McCann during a regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 9. Cheryl Shaw, sixth grade teacher and Editor-in-Chief for the project, presented how the school's teachers covered nearly every state academic standard from Kindergarten through sixth grade during the production of the project.

The students presented the entire concept to the board including how they developed the initial general plot and then visited each of the other grade levels to help younger students write their chapters. The sixth graders also spoke of the difficulties keeping the grade levels focused on the storyline and plot. "In the sixth grade alone, there were more than 80 student volunteers who wanted to help out," said Shaw. "We had to split the students into groups including writers and editors so they could all have a hand in the project."

At first, the concept of having every student involved was somewhat daunting to the staff. "Some of the staff members weren't sure how to approach the project in a classroom setting when we first started discussing it," said Shaw. "However, once the staff jumped in and allowed the students to be creative, we all loved the outcome!"

Groups of sixth grade volunteers visited Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, helping guide the younger students through the concepts of developing storylines and plot. "When the sixth grade students helped the younger classrooms write their chapters, the sixth graders would come back full of excitement to put the ideas into print," said Shaw. "It was great seeing students so excited about writing."

Art students from each grade level drew illustrations used throughout the book. "My biggest challenge was having 65-90 students in each grade illustrate one or two pictures for their given chapters," said Heather Fukuchi, South Ridge's art teacher. "In order to ensure every student had a chance to participate, I had students create illustration for their chapters and then combined multiple illustrations to create the final pictures in the book; all the artwork in the book is original student work!"

The other teachers greatly appreciated the wonderful artwork created by their students. "Ms. Fukuchi really did a fantastic job guiding the artwork for the book," said Shaw. "The illustrations really make the story come to life and aid in the comprehension of the story."

The collaborative project offered students in all grade levels the opportunity to express their creativity without a lot of restrictions. "Many writing assignments are responses to students reading and analyzing a lot of text," said Shelli Colwell, a fifth grade teacher. "This project allowed the students to use their imaginations and run with their ideas."

Having so many authors working on the project presented its own challenges. "The fifth grade received the story after five other grade levels had written their parts so there were already many twists and turns," said Colwell. "The fifth graders had to continue to develop the plot in a natural way that made sense, and then end the section in a way that could be continued by other students."

Many teachers found that their students were taken by the project because of the entire school's involvement. "Students were completely engaged in this project because they had buy-in to the story," said Nathan Ingroum, a third grade teacher. "The characters were funny while the setting and known landmarks where familiar enough that all students understood the context."

In order to work collaboratively, students from Kindergarten through sixth grade used Chromebook laptop computers and the Google Cloud to share ideas, advance the story, and keep track of all of the content produced by each grade level. "In addition to helping publish and write the story, using Chromebooks helped to increase students' keyboarding and typing skills," explained Principal Janice Sauve.

In addition to cloud computing, many Common Core Standards were addressed by the project including: writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences using effective technique; producing clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience with grade-specific expectations; developing and strengthening writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying new approaches; and using technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others. "One of the exciting things about this project is how it incorporates so many elements of the Common Core curriculum for language arts," said Sauve. "Every grade level wrote to the requirements of the Common Core for their section making this a school-wide collaborative project using the all-new standards."

In addition to the book being available for check-out in South Ridge's library, Ken Bisbee, a fifth grade teacher, created an Accelerated Reader (AR) test for the book so students can read the book, take a test, and earn AR points just like other books in the school's library.

Many local businesses in Ridgefield were named in the story. In addition, much of the story is set in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge with many species native to the refuge represented in the book. "The businesses will be honored by receiving a copy of the book and letting them know that they are featured in the book," said Shaw. "Also, this year is the 50th anniversary of the Ridgefield Refuge and we felt that focusing on it was a great way to honor the refuge's impact on the Ridgefield community and wildlife in our area."

Principal Sauve arranged to have the book professionally printed by a book printer who offered a special discount when they heard about the project. "When Mrs. Sauve showed me the finished book back from the printers, I was truly blown away," said Shaw. "The book looks like one you can buy from any book store! The entire South Ridge community should be so proud of their efforts." Sauve made copies of the book available at a discounted cost to the students so every student could buy their own copy of the book if they wanted one. "We wanted to make sure that any student who wanted a copy of the book was able to buy one," said Sauve.

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Attached Media Files: Students of all grades created original illustrations used throughout the book , Sixth grade volunteers Fernando Jimenez and Cade Bringhurst guide a younger class through story idea brainstorming , The sixth grade team explained the project during a district board meeting on June 9 , Sixth graders Natalie Stephens, Cheryl Shaw (teacher), Sarah Adams, Nicholas Radosevich, Rhylee Haensel, Fernando Jimenez, and Cade Bringhurst presented the finished book to the Board of Directors on June 9
Update: Detectives Investigating Homicide in Oak Grove (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/22/15
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UPDATE -- CRIME STOPPERS $1k REWARD OFFERED

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is now offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in the homicide of Alexander Mosbey. Details can be found here: http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/crime-stoppers-featured-case-15-24-milwaukie-homicide/

You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php , or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.
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EARLIER: June 22nd, 2015 3:27 PM

Detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit and the Clackamas County Interagency Major Crimes Team continue to make contacts, gather evidence, and follow up on leads related to the homicide of Alexander Mosbey.

One of the challenges in this case is the location where the homicide occurred, 14010 SE Briggs Street in unincorporated Milwaukie. It appears that in the last few years the house has descended into disrepair and there has been a large volume of persons living at the home and in the yard of the home. In 2015 the Clackamas County Sheriff has responded to 12 calls for service at that location including drug complaints, noise complaints, and vehicle related complaints. In 2014 the number of calls was 9. In prior years the numbers have been similar. There are dozens of people associated with the address in recent years.

Detectives are requesting persons who have lived at the house or otherwise have information about the persons who are associated with the residence contact the tip line so that they can be contacted by detectives.
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EARLIER: June 21st, 2015 2:04 PM

The victim in this homicide has been identified as:

Mosbey, Alexander Lee
Age 26
No permanent address

Attached photo is from most recent booking on 6-18-15.
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On 6-20-15 at about 9:45 pm a person called 911 advising of a death at a residence in the 14000 block of Briggs St in Milwaukie.

Clackamas County Sheriff patrol units respond to the home, which they were able to identify with the information provided by the caller. The deputies discovered a deceased 25 year old male with significant indicators that the death was from homicidal violence.

Homicide and Violent Crime Unit detectives and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner responded to investigate and have now been joined by units from the Clackamas County Interagency Major Crimes Team.

Detectives have tentatively identified the victim, but withholding the name pending confirmation by the medical examiner and notification of family members.

Investigators are currently executing a search warrant for at the residence.

Additional information would aid in propelling this investigation forward. We are requesting the assistance of any members of the public who might have information regarding this homicide by calling the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or filling out the e-mail form that can be found at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp


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Adaptive Riding Institute - Ready for a New Ride as Horses of Hope Oregon: An Equine Therapy Experience (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 06/22/15
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Salem, Oregon (June 22, 2015) The former Adaptive Riding Institute has been re-named Horses of Hope Oregon: An Equine Therapy Experience (HOH). Founded in 1988, the nonprofit organization provides equine therapy for people living with physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.

HOH Executive Director, Teresa Whalen said, "The Board of Directors feels that this new name really represents what we are all about: Hope. We also want to clarify the importance of equine therapy in our name. Our vision is to continue the expansion of our equine-based programs and the development of this facility as a community resource for personal wellness and development for the greater Willamette Valley and Oregon."

The facility is located at Stalle di Speranza (Stable of Hope) on 38 acres on Cloverdale Drive in Turner with 24 stalls, indoor/outdoor arenas and viewing areas.

"One of the best parts of our campus is the five acre sensory trail," said Leslie Simpson, HOH Board Secretary. "It winds through an evergreen forest and up and down hills. There is so much for riders and volunteers to see, smell, hear and feel, as we walk through there."
Equine-assisted therapy has been used for centuries. Ancient Greek literature mentioned the use of horseback riding as therapy. In Scandinavia equestrian therapy was used during an outbreak of polio in 1946. Equestrian riding was offered to wounded soldiers in England during World War I. The British Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was founded in 1969.

You can find out how to donate, sponsor a horse, volunteer or arrange an equine therapy experience at Horses of Hope at www.HorsesofHopeOregon.org or call 503-743-3890, 2895 Cloverdale Drive SE, Turner, OR 97392

About Horses of Hope Oregon: Founded in 1988, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides equine therapy for people living with physical, emotional and behavioral challenges. The facility is located at. 2895 Cloverdale Drive SE, Turner, OR 97392. www.HorsesofHopeOregon.org or call 503-743-3890.


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Independence man sentenced to 16 years in prison for rape, coercion
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 06/22/15
DALLAS - James Everett Kerne, 38, of Independence was sentenced today by Judge Monte S. Campbell of Polk County Circuit Court to 200 months in prison and 20 years of post-prison supervision for multiple counts of rape and coercion.

Kerne was found guilty at a jury trial in late April of ten counts of forcible rape and ten counts of coercion brought against him by the Polk County District Attorney's Office. Kerne first met the victim when he was an instructional assistant at South Salem High School and she was a student. He began sending her threatening e-mails after she graduated. Ultimately, Kerne created an online ruse in which he claimed that the victim's family would be harmed by gang members if she did not enter into a sexual relationship with him.
TVWD Board of Commissioners Adopt 2015-2017 Budget, Pay Off Bond Debt
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 06/22/15
The Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board of Commissioners adopted the 2015-2017 biennial budget at its June 17 meeting. The adopted budget reflects on the Board's priorities, including an emphasis on water infrastructure projects and continued implementation of the Willamette water supply system.

The District's total investment in water infrastructure will be about $83.5 million during the biennium. Approximately $23 million of that investment will be funded by the City of Hillsboro as a regional partner in the Willamette Water Supply Program. The total operating budget (personnel, materials and services) will be almost $74.5 million. Of that amount, about 25% pays for water from TWWD's existing sources of supply, including the Portland Water Bureau and the Joint Water Commission, of which TVWD is part owner.

"This budget makes sure we have a reliable, high-quality water supply to meet the needs of our community - not only for today, but also for future generations," said TVWD Board of Commissioners President Richard Burke.

Over the next two years, the budget will fund TVWD's ability to:
Deliver more than 14 billion gallons of safe drinking water to customers
Add new and replace water mains throughout the District
Provide funding for establishing the initial stages of the Willamette Water Supply Project
Complete the Ridgewood View Park reservoir and pump station projects now under construction
Inspect and maintain 15,000 valves and 4,000 fire hydrants
Provide resources for main breaks, service leaks, extreme weather events and other emergencies

"This budget went through a rigorous public process and supports the District's desired results for best serving customers," said TVWD Citizen Budget Committee Chair Andrew Carlstrom. "The District has emphasized the need to maintain affordability and fairness for its ratepayers, and this budget was carefully and transparently developed in a way that responsibly serves District ratepayers."

The new budget also reflects TVWD recent accomplishment of retiring all of the District's outstanding bonds. On June 1, TVWD retired its last bond issue three years early and became debt-free. This move will save customers $330,000 in interest payments and help prepare the District for its next investment cycle in water supply development.

The District has also received the Government Finance Officers Association's Award of Excellence in Financial Reporting every year for 24 years, and their prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award multiple times.
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Detectives Seek Information About Downtown Portland Man Arrested For Rape, Sodomy And Kidnapping (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/22/15
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Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit are seeking information from the public about 22-year-old Jameson Kirpal Hedges, who was arrested on Sunday, June 21, 2015, related to an incident from May of 2015. Hedges is alleged to have violently sexually assaulted a woman whom he had just met. Hedges turned himself in to the Multnomah County Jail, after a Circuit Court Judge issued a warrant for his arrest this past Friday.

Detectives believe that Hedges used a popular social media website, under the name "Jamey Hedges," to introduce himself to his 24-year-old victim. Hedges then lured the victim to his downtown Portland residence, a high-rise condominium. Detectives say the victim agreed to meet with Hedges, believing she was going to have a job interview. However, shortly after she arrived, Hedges physically and sexually assaulted her, before she was able to escape, and was assisted by a passerby, who stayed with her until police arrived. The identity of the victim will not be released.

Hedges was arrested and booked to jail for the following charges:

Rape in the First Degree (ORS 163.375)
Sodomy in the First Degree (ORS 163.405
Kidnapping in the First Degree (ORS 163.235)
Attempted Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (ORS 163.411)
Coercion (ORS 163.275)
Robbery in the Third Degree (ORS 164.395)
Strangulation (ORS 163.187)
Assault in the Fourth Degree (ORS 163.160)

Hedges is a white male, 22 years of age, 6'1", 265 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is known to drive a white, 2007 Ford Mustang.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information about this case, or anyone who believes he or she may have information about any similar incidents involving Hedges, please contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at 503-823-0764 or Mike.Weinstein@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Applications Open for Organizations Seeking Help with Downtown Revitalization Efforts
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/22/15
State Main Street (R) Program Provides Development, Training, Networking Opportunities
Salem, Oregon, June 23, 2015 -- Oregon Main Street is now accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at this level receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the program's "Tier System Network." The network also includes Affiliate and Exploring Downtown levels of participation.
Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.
Visit www.oregon.heritage.org for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all levels of assistance. Main Street and Transforming Downtown level applications are available on the website or by calling 503.986.0679 or by email at sheri.stuart@oregon.gov. Completed applications must be received by August 11, 2015.
The Oregon Main Street Program is modeled on the National Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.
Participating Performing Main Street(R) designation level communities currently include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, McMinnville, Oregon City, and Roseburg. Transforming Downtown level communities include Baker City, Bandon, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Oakridge, Port Orford, Sherwood, Springfield, The Dalles, and Tillamook.
Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.
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Citizens awarded for rescuing couple from burning car
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 06/22/15
Kelso- Two young men were awarded Tuesday afternoon for pulling two passengers from the burning car at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Headquarters station. Fire Chief Dave LaFave awarded Cody Stephen and Tanner Crouse each a Citizen's award for their courageous efforts. LaFave comments on the good deed, "This was a selfless act and the people rescued benefited from it. We are thankful they stepped in and helped."

Two people were taken to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center Saturday night, June 13th, after crashing their car in the 2400 block of Allen Street. The driver of the car lost control and drove off of an embankment; the car then caught fire. The 21 year old female passenger was flown to OHSU hospital by Life Flight for head and spinal injuries; the early 20's male driver was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center for minor injuries. Two ambulances, a fire engine, and a Chief Officer responded to the incident. No other injuries were reported.

Note: Schedule Change: Tuesday (The award will be given at 4:30pm at 701 Vine Street in Kelso)
ODF increases fire prevention restrictions in North Cascade
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
Increasing wildfire danger has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to tighten public fire prevention restrictions in its North Cascade District, which provides wildfire protection to private and public forestlands in Clackamas, Marion, northern Linn and eastern Multnomah counties. On June 13, 2015 a "Regulated-Use" closure went into effect, aimed at reducing the chance of fires starting from public activities in the forest.

The following activities are restricted or prohibited:

Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Open fires are allowed if conducted in compliance with a valid Burning Permit issued pursuant to ORS 477.515.

Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.

Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one ax, one shovel, and one 2-?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.

Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2-?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.

Mowing of dried grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Use of fireworks is prohibited.

The release of sky lanterns is prohibited. (These two items are banned in fire season, not part of Reg-Use)

The discharging of exploding targets or tracer ammunition is prohibited.

Blasting is prohibited.

Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or certified by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.
Smoke Management Committee to meet June 25, Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
Smoke Management Committee to meet June 25, Salem
A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Thursday, June 25 in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Spring burning report
- Polyethylene on piles study update
- Data system program update
- Program fund balance and financial review

The meeting agenda can be viewed online at: www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/SMP/SMAC%20AgendaFINAL%20Jun2015.pdf

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Santiam Room - Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.

By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.
Corvallis Police Request Assistance from Community in Solving Robbery (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 06/22/15
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On June 15, 2015, shortly after 3:30pm, Corvallis Police responded to a complaint of a robbery and stolen vehicle from parking lot in the 1100 block of NE 2nd St. When officers arrived they contacted a male victim who reported an unknown male had stolen his Toyota pickup.

According to the victim, he observed the suspect who stole his pickup in the parking lot when he pulled in. While in the lot, the victim got out of his vehicle, and left it running with the driver's door open. While the victim was leaning against the bed of the truck, the suspect rushed past him, into the driver's seat, and closed the door. The victim fought with the suspect through the open window of the driver's door. He attempted to remove the keys, and attempted to keep the suspect from putting the pickup in drive, but was unable to do either. The suspect drove away at a high rate of speed.

The pickup is described as a tan colored 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup with Oregon license 115DSM. This pickup has not yet been located.

The suspect was described as a white male in his late 30's. He is about 5'10" tall with a stocky build. At the time of the crime he was wearing a bright aqua blue T-shirt with a design on it and cargo shorts.

Working with local businesses, officers were able to locate video surveillance footage that captured the suspect prior to the robbery. Photos of this individual are attached. If anyone has any information regarding the identity of this subject, of the location of the missing pickup, please call Officer Lyssa Richmond at 541-766-6924.


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Oregon Art Series Foundation Benefit and Walk at Capitol Auto Group June 26-28 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 06/22/15
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What: Oregon Art Series Foundation Benefit. Opening Our Doors to Art...Car Doors That Is - Art Show and Walk

Where: Capitol Auto Group, 783 Auto Group Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97301 (off the Salem Parkway)

When: June 26 -28, 2015; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

What: Art Walk, Fundraiser. Attendees can stroll around the lake on the Capitol Mile trail and stop at each location to view art. Local vendors and food featured at each stop. Capitol Auto Group will donate $5 to the Oregon Art Series Foundation for each test drive taken this weekend.

Who: Ten local artists will participate in the first dealership "door show," including Darcie Leighty, Diane Culhane, Jon Jay Cruson, Marcy Baker, Marilyn Higginson, Nancy Lindburg, Nyla Pilon, Robert Schlegel, Sue-Del McCulloch and Tracy MacEwan.

Mary Lou Zeek states that "After curating the Door Show for 10 years in downtown Salem, who would ever think I'd host an event at a car dealership? But then I thought who has more doors than Capitol Auto Group?"

For information, call (800) 888-1391 or go to capitolauto.com

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About Capitol Auto Group: Capitol Auto Group has served the greater Salem area for more than 80 years. Dealer Scott Casebeer opened the Toyota/Scion facility, 783 Auto Group AV NE, in Salem off the Parkway, in the fall of 2011 and the Subaru facility in June 2012 at 3235 Cherry AV NE. Chevrolet/Cadillac opened in late July 2012 at 2855 Maple AV NE. Capitol West Valley, pre-owned sales and service in Dallas, opened in 2013. The company has been: recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 8 times as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon; Recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 8 times as one of the 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon; 2012 Salem Chamber Business of the Year; Nine-time winner, Toyota President's Award, Recognized for Toyota Sales and Service Excellence, Recognized for Toyota Parts and Customer Relations; General Motors World Class Technician on staff. The company was EarthWISE Certified by Marion County in 2013 and nominated for EarthWiSE Certified Business of the Year and Sustainable Large Business of the Year. www.CapitolAuto.com


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BURNING CLOSED in Canby Fire District
Canby Fire Dist. - 06/22/15
BACKYARD BURNING CLOSED

As of June 15th city and rural backyard burning is closed for fire season.
Agricultural burning is only allowed by special permit to those who utilize a farm or nursery to make a living. This does not apply to hobby farms or those who have large areas of property who are not farming or operating a nursery. Please call Canby Fire 503-266-5851 between 8:00am and 4:00pm for more information about special agriculture burn permits. For more information visit us at www.canbyfire.org
Beaverton Now Accepting Entries for 58th Annual Celebration Parade (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 06/22/15
Mayor Denny Doyle and his wife Ann wave to the crowd in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. This year’s parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
Mayor Denny Doyle and his wife Ann wave to the crowd in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. This year’s parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton is inviting local nonprofits, businesses and community groups to participate in the annual Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Entries will be limited and must be received by Friday, Aug. 14. There is no cost to participate.


The city's celebration parade showcases Beaverton's welcoming, vibrant, and diverse city. The event will feature more than 100 festive floats, marching bands, local celebrities and more.


"Every year the celebration parade brings our community together in a fun and festive way," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I'm excited for this year's parade theme and cannot wait to see what our residents will showcase at the celebration."


The 2015 parade theme is "Beaverton--My Kinda Town!" submitted by longtime Beaverton resident Bill Kroger. Participants are encouraged to celebrate this theme with their entries for a chance to win first place in various entry categories. Areas of focus could include Beaverton's many parks, active community, schools, neighborhoods, local businesses, or others.


"I've lived in many places across America but chose Beaverton because it's a progressive city with friendly people," said Kroger. "When I looked at all that Beaverton is and does, the theme choice became a no-brainer. I love living here--it's 'my kinda town!'"


For more information or to apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade. Applications must include a signed waiver and release form and an adult/child photo release form. Contact events@BeavertonOregon.gov for more information.


ABOUT THE BEAVERTON CELEBRATION PARADE
The Beaverton Celebration Parade began in 1957 and has grown into a citywide tradition. This year's parade is Saturday, Sept. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The 5th annual Celebration 5K Fun Run will start the day's festivities at Griffith Park. The race begins at 9 a.m. The city's Diversity Advisory Board will be hosting the first Beaverton Night Market from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Beaverton Round as part of the Beaverton celebration weekend. Bike Beaverton will wrap up the celebration on Sunday, Sept. 13, at City Park, with a bike safety rodeo at 1 p.m. and a community ride at 2 p.m. followed by an ice cream social.


Previous parade themes include: Everything is Golden, Community Pride...City Wide, Dancing in the Streets, A Vision of the Future, The Many Faces of our City, Community - For One and All and A World in Our City.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: Mayor Denny Doyle and his wife Ann wave to the crowd in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. This year’s parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
REACH Opens Affordable, Innovative Passive House Development (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 06/22/15
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Largest multi-family Passive House building opens in Hillsboro, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - June 22, 2015 - REACH CDC is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America. Orchards is 57 unit affordable building which recently won the Portland Business Journal's Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award for its commitment to green technology and energy efficiency.

The celebration takes place on Monday, June 29th from 10:30 to 12:00 pm at 6520 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition to keynote Bonamici, REACH will welcome State Representative Joe Gallegos, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, and Executive Director of Passive House US Katrin Klingenberg. REACH will receive their official Passive House certification at the ceremony.

The Orchards at Orenco is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America. Tenants will receive unprecedented savings on their energy bills, achieving nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and 60-70% for overall energy use as compared to a LEED Certified building. Key innovative features include:
The roof has 12 inches of insulation, which is approximately quadruple the amount required by code. The light color reflects solar radiation and helps moderate the building's temperature.
The building is positioned with shading devices that allow winter sun but block it in the summer.
The building contains a "heat recovery ventilator," which uses stale air from kitchens and bathrooms to warm fresh incoming air supplied to bedrooms.
PVC-fiberglass hybrid windows throughout have argon-filled triple glazing and are designed to close tighter than most common models.
Walls have 10-inch stud cavities, compared to six-inch stud cavities in typical buildings.
The building rests on a super-insulated envelope of four inches of foam under the ground floor slab.

"Affordable housing helps people get ahead," says Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "A quality home provides residents with stability and allows them to focus on work and raising a family. I'm thrilled to see Orchards at Orenco opening in Hillsboro. Thanks to REACH and all of the partners for making this a reality."

Orchards is part of a three phase project. During June, REACH will break ground on Phase II, a 58-unit building located on land adjacent to Phase I. Phase II has an estimated twelve month construction period. The development team on Phase I included Walsh Construction Co.; Ankrom Moisan Architects (of record); William Wilson Architects (of design); Housing Development Center; Green Hammer, Inc.; Housing Authority of Washington County; and PHIUS (Passive House Institute of the United States). The $14.56 project is financed with funding from Wells Fargo, the Community Housing Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), Oregon Housing and Community Services, NeighborWorks(R) America, and the Washington County Office of Community Development.

About REACH CDC
For 33 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in Oregon and Washington. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to our residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 1,892 units of single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information at http://reachcdc.org


Attached Media Files: REACH CDC's Orchards at Orenco , REACH CDC's Orchards at Orenco , REACH CDC's Orchards at Orenco , REACH CDC's Orchards at Orenco
Salem Firefighters Meet Fire Victims (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/22/15
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Firefighters from the Salem Fire Department met last week with members of the Hunsaker family to celebrate the recovery of Syke, a family pet that was rescued from a fire early in April.

On the morning of April 2, Salem firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire in the 1900 block of Fieldcrest Court South. While en route, firefighters received information that there was a possibility of two dogs located inside the burning home. Upon arrival, firefighters found a well-involved structure fire and initiated an offensive fire attack, searching for victims and extinguishing the fire. During the primary search of the home, firefighters found two dogs and quickly removed them from the building, which was heavily charged with smoke. The owners of the home were not at home when the fire occurred.

While firefighters continued fire suppression activity inside the home, additional firefighters quickly went to work on resuscitation attempts for both dogs, using specially designed pet masks to deliver oxygen. Rescue efforts were successful for one of the dogs and firefighters reunited Syke with family members who had just arrived on scene after being alerted to the fire. Syke was transported by the family to a local veterinarian, Titus Zoe DVM, who provided additional treatment. Unfortunately, the other family dog was not able to be resuscitated and perished from exposure to smoke from the fire. The cause of the fire was investigated by Salem fire investigators and determined to be accidentally caused.

The Salem Fire Department serves a population of 188,000 residents, responding to nearly 20,000 calls to 9-1-1 each year, including approximately 150 structure fires annually. Pet oxygen masks have been carried on Salem fire engines since 2011 and were made possible by fundraising efforts by Salem Firefighters Local 314 and generous local donations from residents and businesses in Salem.
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TVF&R Teams Up With State Fire Marshal for Fireworks Safety Talk and Demonstration
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/22/15
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is teaming up with the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts to encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal, and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks.

The 2015 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Tuesday, June 23, and runs through July 6. The OSFM and its partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

To aid in the effort, TVF&R is hosting a safety talk and firework demonstration on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Training Center, 12400 S.W. Tonquin Road in Sherwood.

Brent Griffiths, compliance specialist for OSFM, and representatives from TVF&R, Portland Fire & Rescue, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Parks will speak. Representatives from Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Clackamas Fire District, the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Multnomah County Animal Services, and Oregon Humane Society will also be available for media interviews.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

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

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon.

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

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

Additional information is available at www.tvfr.com and http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Licensing_Fireworks_Home.shtml.
DOC staff prevent two inmates from escaping (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/22/15
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Two minimum-custody Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates attempted to escape Monday morning from the DOC Central Distribution Center (CDC) in Salem where they were assigned to work. Correctional staff were able to prevent the inmates from escaping.

The CDC houses DOC's main warehouse for food and supplies, its commissary operations, as well as several staff offices. The two minimum-custody inmates - Christina Davidson, 47, and Nichole Whitaker, 31 - were working in the commissary when they took off on foot at approximately 8:30 a.m. Several DOC staff members chased the inmates down and held them until law enforcement arrived. The two inmates are being transported back to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Inmate Davidson entered DOC custody on April 15, 2014, on five counts of identity theft and one count of burglary in the second degree out of Yamhill County, and one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of mistreatment in the first degree out of Marion County. Her earliest release date is April 7, 2019.

Inmate Whitaker entered DOC custody on April 2, 2015, on one count of failure to appear in the first degree and one count of heroin delivery out of Marion County. Her earliest release date is January 27, 2017.

At this time, DOC is investigating and no other details are available.

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Vancouver Police Activities League Hires New Executive Director (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/22/15
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Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) is proud to announce that Jenny Thompson has been hired as the new Executive Director. Jenny has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations and most recently worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington as the College Prep Coordinator.

"Having just finished my MBA with a focus in non-profit management at the University of Portland, I am excited to take on the role of Executive Director at the Vancouver Police Activities League" says Jenny.

"Vancouver PAL and the PAL Board of Directors are thrilled to have Jenny join the organization as our new Executive Director. Jenny has already hit the ground running, participating in a soccer clinic and kicking off her first day with the start of our summer camp program" said Michelle Missfeldt, Vancouver PAL Board President.

Vancouver PAL serves youth of all ages with mentored and structured recreational and educational activities and is the primary youth crime prevention program for the Vancouver Police Department. Vancouver PAL is a 501 (c) 3 organization that relies on support from community donations and grant funding to provide ongoing programs and fulfill the mission to Connect Kids, Cops and Community. For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League go to www.vancouverpal.org.

Vancouver PAL Executive Director Jenny Thompson will be available beginning June 22, 2015 and can be reached at (360) 487-7487 or at citypal@cityofvancouver.us.


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East Precinct officers arrest armed felon with help from a citizen's I-Pad locator app (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/22/15
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Yesterday, June 21, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to a car prowl at the Chuck E Cheese at 9120 S.E. Powell Blvd. Officers arrived and learned that an I-Pad and other belongings had been taken in a car prowl.

Early this morning, June 22, 2015, officers learned that the victim had been able to locate their I-Pad using an app. Officer responded to the area and began an investigation. The investigation culminated in the arrest of Ernesto Ruiz Lewis, a 34-year-old male, for the theft of the I-Pad. They also recovered a stolen firearm, drugs and determined that Lewis had a warrant for Identity Theft. Lewis was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft I, Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief II.

The Police Bureau would like highlight the power of existing technologies to help solve crimes.


Attached Media Files: FirearmIpadDrugs
Interagency Wildland Firefighting School begins today in Sweet Home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
Enrollees learn the basics of fire behavior and a live fire exercise takes place Friday.
Enrollees learn the basics of fire behavior and a live fire exercise takes place Friday.
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(Sweet Home, OR) For the 19th consecutive year, forestry officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Bureau of Land Management are hosting an interagency fire school to prepare new firefighters for the rigors of fighting fire - both in Oregon's forests and in rural-urban interface areas.

Classes begin Monday, June 22, and continue for 5 days.
 
This intensive training - so essential to the safety and effectiveness of fire crews as they battle blazes during fire season - is an opportunity for members of the media to observe and take video or photos of firefighting, initial attack, fire safety protocol and various tasks involved in fire suppression.
 
Co-Incident Commanders ("IC's") Ryan Sullivan, Assistant Fire Management Officer, U.S. Forest Service, McKenzie River Ranger District, and Craig Pettinger, Unit Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry, Sweet Home, see fire school as an opportunity to train firefighters in both tactical skills and safety. Students are employees of the agencies and many are seasonal.

Safety principles of fire training include wearing protective gear, safe use of tools, being on the lookout for hazards and maintaining proper spacing amongst workers.
 
"Fire School provides essential training in wildland fire to new firefighters and gives career firefighters a chance to refresh their skills and explore leadership opportunities," said Sullivan. "A nearby forest landowner, Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc., provides a new field site each year and we are very grateful," he added. "Field exercises greatly enhance the students' training experience - working in smoke, hiking through uneven terrain and working closely with crew members to dig fireline are all things they'll experience this season as wildland firefighters."
 
More than 200 trainees from a variety of agencies across the state - including the Willamette and Siuslaw National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Forestry - will be in attendance. The interagency school takes place June 22 through Friday June 26 at Sweet Home High School, 1920 Long Street in Sweet Home.
 
Classes, then a field exercise
Trainees spend the first part of the week in a classroom setting. This year's classes include basic fire behavior, map and compass use, teamwork, safety, use of engines, tools and hose lays, fighting fire in the rural-urban interface and fire investigation. Students sleep in tents at the school and eat their meals communally, giving them a taste of a real fire camp.

"Safety is paramount in every aspect of wildland firefighting, and it begins with our training exercises," said Pettinger.  "Working together in a training setting improves communications and builds effective relationships for the agencies to draw on during fire season."

The five-day course culminates in a live fire exercise Friday. The June 26 exercise provides trainees with the final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills to suppress and mop-up a real fire.
 
For more information, please contact Public Information Officers Stefanie Gatchell, (541)367-3962, or Cynthia Orlando, (503)945-7421.

Note to Media:
This opportunity offers access to both trainee and experienced firefighters as they prepare for the 2015 fire season. However, we require 24 hour notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment.
 
Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long sleeve Nomex shirt, gloves, hard hat, and boots with vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow. Please contact Stefanie Gatchell to make arrangements.


Attached Media Files: Enrollees learn the basics of fire behavior and a live fire exercise takes place Friday.
No cause for alarm for western tent caterpillar outbreak in Tillamook
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
The western tent caterpillar, a Pacific Northwest native moth, recently set up camp in Tillamook County. Western tent caterpillars do not pose a significant risk to human health or pets.

Western tent caterpillar outbreaks happen regularly and usually last a few years. Last year Columbia County saw them consume leaves covering 13,000 acres - the state's largest outbreak since 2001-2002.

These caterpillars may strip leaves from the trees but do not often kill them. Western tent caterpillars prefer alders, cottonwoods, willows and fruit trees, but will consume any broadleaf trees and shrubs. The leaves typically grow back by mid-summer when the caterpillars make cocoons. Then the moths emerge around July or August and often gather around lights.

Trees do not need treatment. However products containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or spinosad can ward off the caterpillars without harming their natural enemies. Products containing these ingredients can be safely used around humans and pets. The caterpillars retreat to their tents at night. For smaller camps, removing and destroying the tents may suppress the caterpillars.

For additional information, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/Forest%20Health/westerntentcaterpillar.pdf
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev2_042847.pdf

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Figure 1. Western tent caterpillar larvae (Christine Buhl, ODF)
Figure 2. Western tent caterpillar tents on alder (Christine Buhl, ODF)
Today: Portland launches effort to reduce the risk from earthquakes and other natural hazards
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 06/22/15
Do you want to know what Portland is doing to reduce the risk from earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and other natural hazards and improve the community's disaster resilience?

You're invited to attend an event tonight (6/22) as the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management kicks off an 18-month process to update the City's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The event runs from 4-6 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center.

This event is an opportunity to better understand Portland's natural hazards and learn what you can do to get involved. Guest speaker Courtney Ochs will also share a powerful firsthand account of her experience as a New Orleans resident during Hurricane Katrina. One intended outcome of the overall planning process is to get the community's help developing and prioritizing different ways to reduce Portland's natural hazard risk.

The event is informal with snacks and coffee provided. No RSVP is required, and kids are welcome to attend. ASL interpreters will be at the event.

To learn more about the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and find ways to prepare your home and business, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem.

WHAT: Portland Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Kick-Off Event
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015 from 4-6 p.m.
WHERE: Matt Dishman Community Center Auditorium (77 NE Knott Street)


Attached Media Files: Press release , Event flyer
06/21/15
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Clatskanie, Oregon.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/21/15
familygle-family fire occurred on Scout Lake Road in Clatskanie, Oregon on June 19, 2015.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team met with the client on Sunday, June 21, 2015
The single-family fire affected 1 adult.
The Red Cross provided food, clothing and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Vancouver Police investigating an assault with a knife
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/21/15
Early Morning Stabbing Investigated

On 06/21/15 at 7:40 a.m. Vancouver Police responded to a report of a person being stabbed in the 900 block of Winchell Ave. The investigation revealed a male subject was stabbed outside a residence a male he was acquainted with. The victim's injuries are not life threatening. The suspect initially fled on a bicycle, but was captured by responding police officers a short distance away and he is in custody.

Suspect: Robert Graves, adult male.

No further information is available at this time.
East Precinct officers respond to a robbery
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/15
Today, June 21, 2015 at 2:06 p.m., East Precinct officers received a report of a robbery at the Muchas Gracias in the 4100 block of S.E. Powell Blvd. The calls stated that a white male, skinny and in his 30's wearing a black shirt and black or blue pants attempted to rob the location.

The individual possibly left to the south. Officers are in the area now attempting to locate the suspect. Traffic may be impacted. The incident is ongoing.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Deputies Arrest Man with Large Knife after Confrontation with Frontier Workers (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/15
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Yesterday Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a "man with a knife" at the Frontier Communication equipment yard in Cornelius. Employees caught the man attempting to steal equipment and tried to detain him. The man pulled out a large Bowie knife and fled the scene. Deputies arrested him a short time later.

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at about 7:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, serving the City of Cornelius, responded to the Frontier Communications equipment yard, located at 198 N. 19th Avenue in Cornelius, on a disturbance call involving a weapon.

When deputies arrived they were told that when Frontier employees arrived for work, they saw that many of the trucks had been opened and equipment from the trucks had been stockpiled in several locations. They looked around the yard and found a man, 25-year-old Benjamin Johnson, hiding near the fence. The employees confronted him and tried to make him stay at the location while they called the police. Mr. Johnson pulled out a large twelve-inch Bowie knife and threatened the employees if they didn't let him leave, he then ran down the street.

Deputies flooded the area and eventually found Mr. Johnson hiding in the woods near the Fred Meyer. Mr. Johnson was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Johnson still had the knife with him.

Mr. Johnson was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Robbery I, Theft II, and Trespass II. His bail is set at $250,000. No one was hurt during this incident.


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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday June 22
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Monday June 22, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns. Examples include: shootings, stabbings, robberies, endangered missing/abductions, major incidents, and traffic crashes with a substantial traffic impact (Major Crash Team Activation).

All other research-type requests should be routed to Sgt. Simpson via email for follow-up.

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Gang Enforcement Team Seizes Two Handguns, Arrests Two on Saturday Night (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/15
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On Saturday June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:22 p.m., Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers observed a group of known gang associates near a parked car in the area of Woodlawn Park in Northeast Portland.

Upon seeing the police, the group broke up and officers observed a vehicle leaving the area a short time later, contacting the driver, 19-year-old Jaquan Warren. A subsequent search of the vehicle by police revealed a loaded handgun.

Warren was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the City. Warren is a known gang associate.

At approximately 8:52 p.m., GET officers responded to the area of Pier Park in North Portland on the report of a large gathering of possible gang associates. As officers arrived in the area, a group of 50 to 60 suspected gang associates began to leave the area.

GET officers stopped several vehicles leaving the area for traffic violations. During one traffic stop, 22-year-old David Lee Bradford, exited the vehicle and ran into the neighborhood. A short time later, Bradford returned to the traffic stop and was taken into custody. Officers checked the yard that Bradford ran through and located a loaded handgun discarded in the yard.

Bradford, a known gang member, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the City.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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06/20/15
Dallas man missing.... search focused in south Polk County
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/20/15
On 06-19-15 part-time Dallas resident, 67 yoa Ronald Taylor, was reported as missing to the Dallas Police Department. Taylor was last seen by a relative in Dallas on 06-17-15 prior to heading to the Portland area where he had an important appointment scheduled for the following morning. Taylor did not make his appointment.

Shortly before 8:00 pm on 06-19-15, Taylor's car was located in south Polk County off Burbank RD, near the intersection with Gage RD. He was not with the vehicle. Due to the missed appointment and information that Taylor had recently been reported as being somewhat despondent, a search was initiated in the area.

Polk County Search and Rescue was activated and responded to the location. An initial evening search failed to locate Taylor. The following morning, 06-20-15, the search was continued. Polk County Search and Rescue, with assistance from a substantial number of Yamhill County Search and Rescue personnel, searched the wooded and brushy terrain near the vehicle. Search activity continued throughout the day and until light faded. Searchers continued to be unsuccessful in locating Taylor.

The search is scheduled to resume Sunday 06-21-15 in the early morning hours.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Taylor is encouraged to contact The Polk County Sheriff's Office, (503) 623-9251, or the Dallas Police Department, (503) 623-2338
Skamania County Emergency Services responded to a two car accident with fatalities. (Photo)
Skamania Co. EMS and Rescue - 06/20/15
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Skamania, WA, June 20, 2015: Skamania County EMS and Rescue (SCEMS) responded for a reported motor vehicle collision this evening. The two car collision occurred near mile post 33
SR-14, in front of the Skamania County Fire District #5 Station. Reporting parties were stating that there were severe injuries to the victims involved. The Emergency crews arrived to find two vehicles involved in head on collision with multiple patients and heavy damage to a passenger truck and passenger van. Three patients, two adult males and a young child, were pronounced dead at the scene, two critically injured patients were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest. One patient was transported to a landing zone and flown by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital. The roadway remains blocked at this time and travelers should use I-84 if possible.
SCEMS, Skamania County Fire District #5, Skamania County Fire District #4, Skamania County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol are on scene.


Attached Media Files: MP 33 Accident 2 , MP 33 Accident
Brush fire closes westbound right lane of I-84 west of Hood River
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/20/15
The right lane of westbound Interstate 84 between milepost 54 and 56 remains closed Saturday while crews fight a brush fire on the north side of the highway. No estimated time for re-opening the lane has been set but the left lane remains open for westbound traffic.
Gang Enforcement Team Seizes Three Handguns in Two Separate Incidents - Four Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/20/15
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On Saturday June 20, 2015, at 12:05 a.m., Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers contacted 37-year-old Titus Larz McNack at Southeast 132nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. McNack ran from the officers, throwing away a handgun as officers pursued him on foot. McNack was quickly taken into custody without incident. McNack is a known gang associate.

McNack was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

In an unrelated event, at 1:12 a.m., GET officers driving past Bill's Steakhouse at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard saw four young men run from the steakhouse towards a car parked on 103rd Avenue.

Officers contacted three of the young men getting into the car but the fourth ran away and was not located.

21-year-old Javontae Naeshawn Gibson, 17-year-old Davidrae Stigler and 17-year-old Isaiah Lawrence were arrested after officers located two handguns inside the vehicle. Gibson is a known gang member.

Gibson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Stigler and Lawrence were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Portland Fire & Rescue Responding to Apartment Fire with Injury Reported
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/20/15
At 7:19 pm this evening, a fire engine crew was dispatched to a commercial alarm that was sounding at Sacred Heart Villa, 3911 SE Milwaukee.

While enroute, additional information prompted the incident commander to upgrade the call to an apartment fire response, which added crews to assist with a potential fire. Upon arrival, crews found water flowing from the sprinkler system, which had been set off by a fire in a fourth floor kitchen.

An elderly occupant is being treated for smoke inhalation.

While Portland Fire's primary mission is life safety, property conservation is also a very high priority. Crews are now working diligently to reduce damage from residual sprinkler water by using industrial squeegees and water vacuums designed for this purpose.
Marion County Firefighter Battle House Fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/20/15
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Marion County Fire District #1 responded to a house fire @ 7186 Portland Rd NE @ 1201pm on Saturday. Firefighter arrived to find a rural house down a long driveway fully involved in flames. Initial incident commanders ordered a 2nd alarm for additional resources to help battle the blaze. Firefighters were hindered by poor driveway access, lack of fire hydrants, downed powerlines, venting propane tanks and live ammunition. Commanders ordered a defensive fire tactic due to the safety hazards. The two occupants escaped the fire without injury. The fire remains under investigation and the occupants are being helped by the red cross as the home is a total loss. Over 30 firefighters helped to extinguish the blaze. Marion County Fire District #1 was assisted by Keizer Fire, Woodburn Fire, MCSO and OSP. Pictures courtesy of MCFD1.


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Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Brookings, OR.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/20/15
A single-family fire occurred on the 90000 block of West Benham Lane in Brookings, OR
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
This Single Family Fire affected 2 adults and 3 children.
The Red Cross provided linens, mattresses, comfort kits, recovery information, and lodging.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/20/15
A single-family fire occurred on the 7000 block of Portland Road NE in Salem, OR.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The single-family fire affected 2 adults.
Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits, recovery information, and lodging.
Portland Fire & Rescue assisting with brush fire on Sauvies Island
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/20/15
Sauvies Island Fire Department requested a Portland Fireboat to assist with water supply. At this time no other PF&R assets are assigned. All other media inquiries can be directed to Sauvies Island Fire District 30 at (503) 621-1242
Officers Apply Life-Saving Aid to Man with Self-Inflicted Injuries on Friday
Portland Police Bureau - 06/20/15
On Friday June 19, 2015, at 9:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 8th Avenue and Division Street on the report that a man was cutting himself.

Several officers arrived in the area and observed the man exhibiting signs of a mental health crisis and multiple self-inflicted injuries from a knife.

The 36-year-old man was on the ground and his movements became lethargic from apparent blood loss.

Officers made a coordinated approach to the man and immediately applied three tourniquets to stop his bleeding until medical personnel arrived and were able to stabilize him for transport to a Portland hospital. The man is expected to survive his injuries due to the quick action of the officers to immediately apply life-saving medical aid.

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

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

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

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

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

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Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/19/15
familye-family fire occurred in the 8700 block of SE Lambert St, Portland, Oregon.
A Red Cross Disaster Action Team expounded.
The fire displaced 2 adults and 2 dogs.
Lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, water, stress management and recovery information were provided.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 66-Year-Old Man (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 06/19/15
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The West Linn Police Department is seeking the public's help to locate a missing 66-year-old man.

On June 19, 2015 at about 3:00 pm Mickiel Witt was dropped off at St. Vincent's hospital for a scheduled doctor's appointment. At 3:45 pm when the driver returned Mr. Witt was nowhere to be found. Security at the hospital was notified and stated that video showed him leaving at about the time the driver was to pick him up. Mr. Witt had jokingly told the driver not to pick him up as he was going to the coast.

Mr. Witt has dementia and diabetes. Mr. Witt is described as 6'1", 220 pounds, with curly brown hair, brown eyes, a mustache and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a tan Columbia Sportswear jacket, brown plaid shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. Anyone who sees Mickiel Witt is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone with non-emergency information about Mr. Witt is asked to call 503-635-0238.


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UPDATE--Sheriff's Detectives Search for Possible Arson Witness Identification
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/15
UPDATE--Witnesses Identified

June 19, 2015--Public tips have led Sheriff's Detectives to positively identify the two witnesses previously photographed. They have been interviewed and are no longer of interest to detectives. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this case.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

June 17, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Detectives are searching for the identity of two men that may be possible witnesses to an intentionally set house fire on park owned property.

June 17, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Arson Detectives are looking to identify and speak with two individuals that are potential witnesses in what is believed to be the work of a serial arsonist that has targeted Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) properties. Sheriff's Detectives have been working with TVF&R fire investigators in an attempt to identify the arsonist. A suspect has yet to be arrested in this case.

The two individuals pictured in the attached surveillance photo are NOT SUSPECTS IN THE ARSONS or any other crimes.

This photograph (attached) was taken at 20 NW 114th Avenue on May 20, 2015 at about 5:00 p.m., a couple of hours prior to the fire being started.

The five fires at two houses on THPRD property that were intentionally started are listed below:

Arson Date Arson Location
April, 22 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 23 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 29 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
May, 19 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue
May, 20 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue

TVF&R has previously issued a press release (attached) at the time of the fires.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Washington County Detectives at 503-846-2500.


Attached Media Files: TVF&R Press Release
Creswell Man Is Killed When He Drives His Pickup Into Path Of Log Truck (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/19/15
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A Creswell man was killed Friday morning when he drove his pickup the wrong way on Interstate 5 and collided with a loaded log truck in Lane County.

According to Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, On June 19, 2015 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 182 (just north of Creswell).

Preliminary information indicates a 1999 Dodge Pickup, operated by Keith E HENNINGSEN, age 36, of Creswell began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Creswell interchange.

HENNINGSEN's vehicle made it a short distance before striking a 2001 Kenworth truck loaded with logs, head-on. HENNINGSEN was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the Kenworth, Robert A FRANKLIN, age 62, of Vader, WA, was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, FRANKLIN tried to swerve to avoid HENNINGSEN's vehicle but it appeared HENNINGSEN intentionally steered into the path of the truck. Further investigation revealed HENNINGSEN had made suicidal comments to family members and was specific about driving into the path of a log truck.

Both southbound lanes were blocked for about an hour. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, South Lane Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Crook County Man Arrested For Child Pornography Related Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/19/15
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On Thursday, June 18, 2015 OSP Troopers and Detectives members served search warrants at 191 NW 8th Street in Prineville as part of an ongoing child pornography investigation. Ryan M BABCOCK, age 32, was arrested on multiple counts of encouraging child sexual abuse and possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct of children.

According to Detective Mitch Meyer, the investigation began when OSP received a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Team. The tip indicated that someone in Prineville was sharing pornographic images of children engaged in sexual relations with other adults. This person also created an email account under a false name in order to conceal his true identity.

A search warrant was applied for and granted authorizing the release of BABCOCK's Internet activity and related data. Oregon State Police Detectives working in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Team learned that BABCOCK had been trading sexually explicit images with others through the fictitious email account. An additional warrant was granted to search BABCOCK's residence after his identity was revealed.

Several smart phones, laptop computers, and data storage devices were seized from his residence. The computers and smart phones will be forensically analyzed for additional evidence and attempts will be made to identify the children depicted in the images.
BABCOCK was lodged at the Crook County Jail on the following charges: 12 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and 12 counts of possessing materials depicting sexually explicit conduct of children in the second degree.

The investigation is continuing and no further information available for release at this.


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Oregon's Jewish Family & Child Service joins Cedar Sinai Park family of agencies -- Jewish Family & Child Service will consolidate with other Cedar Sinai Park agencies to sustain community services and anticipate future needs (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 06/19/15
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On June 11th, Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS), www.jfcs-portland.org, joined Cedar Sinai Park's (CSP), www.cedarsinaipark.org, family of social service organizations. This consolidation secured the future for additional human services to the entire Portland Metro community.  With JFCS, the CSP family of organizations will be able to provide a greater range of services, including social services, counseling and case management.
The leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland played an instrumental financial and supportive role in this effort. JFCS and CSP will keep their separate nonprofit identities and tax-exempt statuses, and each will continue to rely on community support and funding. 

As part of the Cedar Sinai family, both agencies are committed to the shared core Jewish values that guide them to serve people in need, regardless of religious affiliation. 

"JFCS has long cooperated with CSP on programs with a strong impact on our community. We're thrilled we now can join with CSP, and strengthen and deepen our mission, expand our reach, our effectiveness and the services we offer the community," said Les Soltesz, chairman of the JFCS board of directors.
"We're pleased to see our collaboration become even closer through this consolidation," said Lance Steinberg, chairman of the CSP board of directors. "We will achieve more than efficiency. We will create new opportunities to serve the community and to creatively respond to emerging needs."

Both organizations have long provided high-quality social services to some of the most vulnerable residents of metropolitan Portland. For example, CSP recently established Kehillah House to care for young adults with disabilities and opened Sinai In-Home care for those in need of in-home assistance to remain independent. The addition of JFCS will expand the continuum of care to families, children, adults and elders.

"We welcome JFCS into the CSP family," said David Fuks, CEO of CSP. "Our history of cooperation now provides us the opportunity to create new ways to serve those in need. Our future is bright as we move forward together."


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Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Albany
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/19/15
A single-family fire occurred in the 500 block of Avalon Ct. in Albany, OR.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The fire impacted 2 adults and 2 children.
Red Cross provided food, clothing, infant supplies, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
PCC Foundation adds local community leaders to its board (Photo)
PCC - 06/19/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Community College Foundation board of directors has expanded with the addition of two new members.

Carol Lyons, managing partner of Lyons Aircraft Leasing and Lyons Properties, and Susie Lahsene, senior manager for Transportation and Land Use Policy for the Port of Portland, have been tapped to serve on the board of the PCC Foundation for three-year terms.

"We are thrilled to have the expertise and the enthusiasm of Carol and Susie on our Foundation board," said Rob Wagner, associate vice president of PCC's College Advancement office. "Both have a passion for growing the number of annual scholarships the college can distribute to students, and both are connected to career technical industries which will bolster PCC's network of industry partners and perhaps the avenues open to students."

Prior to running her family's business, which includes Hillsboro Aviation, Lyons was an environmental planner for the Port of Portland and an operations coordinator for Portland International Airport. She also worked in the insurance business, with Monarch Life Insurance, for 20 years.

A desire to give students the opportunity to attend college, coupled with seeing a direct connection between college education and economic prosperity, were the reasons that inspired Lyons to join the PCC Foundation.

"I've been a student at PCC taking both credit and non-credit classes for more than 25 years," said Lyons. "I've seen, firsthand, just how relevant an education at PCC is - in fact, Hillsboro Aviation has hired numerous PCC graduates because of their knowledge and skills coming out of the college's Aviation Science and Maintenance programs."

Lahsene has been in her current role with the Port of Portland since 2004. In this capacity she oversees land use policy and transportation capital strategy and fund acquisition for the Port's transportation system, terminals and industrial land base.

In addition to her role on the PCC Foundation, she serves as the chair of the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee; co-chair of the Transportation Research Board; chair of the National Academy of Sciences, freight modeling subcommittee; board member of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium; and member of the Working Waterfront Coalition.

"The PCC Foundation provides critical resources for folks with interest in pursuing an education," said Lahsene. "I am very excited to be part of the process that connects students with real-world opportunities, those that can support them on a course that helps to shape their professional future."

As the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the college, the PCC Foundation helps students access education by awarding scholarships and building the college's capacity to provide vital educational opportunities for the community at large. The volunteer board of directors, representing a wide range of business and community interests, leads the PCC Foundation.

About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 90,000 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has four comprehensive campuses, eight workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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Wilsonville Releases 2015 Annual Water Quality Report
City of Wilsonville - 06/19/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville has released the "2015 Annual Water Quality Report," which documents results of the City's 2014 water-quality monitoring and testing. This report lists the regulated contaminants that may be detected in treated water and the sample results from Wilsonville's water system.

The report shows that in every category of chemical measurement that the City's water quality surpasses all federal and state standards for drinking water. Distribution of the Annual Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), is required of all community water systems under the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendments by July 1.

Delora Kerber, the City's Public Works Director, said that, "Once again the annual water quality report demonstrates that Wilsonville's water treatment plant is producing high-quality water that easily exceeds the standards set for healthy drinking water. We are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art plant and an abundant source of clean, great tasting drinking water in our community."

Copies of the "2015 Annual Water Quality Report" are available at City Hall and the Library, and online at the City's website, http://www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WaterQualityReport. Paper copies of the report are available upon request.


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The Cattlemen's Midyear Meeting Brings in Top Industry Speakers (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 06/19/15
Colin Woodall speaks to OCA members
Colin Woodall speaks to OCA members
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SALEM,Ore., (06/18/2015) - Wolves, water and international trade. These were just three of the many topics discussed at the Oregon Cattlemen's Association's 2015 Midyear event. Over 130 ranchers from all across Oregon traveled to the town of John Day where the Grant County Fairgrounds hosted the event.

Attendees heard from over 15 different speakers and interacted with 17 various vendors at the Midyear Trade show.

"My overall experience was great," said speaker and Northwest Ag Information Network journalist KayDee Gilkey. "I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout for my presentation." Gilkey presented tips on how ranchers can interact with the press in order to get their story told. "I was happy [people] stuck around and hope they gleaned some tips," Gilkey said.

The lineup of speakers impressed past OCA president and current OCA Water Resources chair, Curtis Martin. He felt each session was packed full of information. He encourages members to look into attending future OCA Midyear events. "When members come they feel rejuvenated and encouraged," Martin said.

This year, OCA was able to bring in National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Vice President of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall. "Colin is diligent in working for the cattle industry in Washington D.C.," said Keith Nantz, chair for both NCBA Young Beef Leaders program and Oregon's Young Cattlemen's Committee. "It was our privilege to have him speak at Midyear." Woodall covered several topics that NCBA is paying close attention to in D.C. including TPA and TPP, the international trade bills. "Our attendance was great. We feel this was largely due to Colin's excellent presentation at our Midyear event," said OCA Executive Director Jerome Rosa.

The event wrapped up on Friday June 12, with a barbecue hosted by Prairie City FFA and meat donated by Country Natural Beef.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Attached Media Files: Colin Woodall speaks to OCA members
Beaverton Police Arrest ID Theft Team From New York
Beaverton Police Dept. - 06/19/15
In the evening hours of June 18th, 2015, Officers with the Beaverton Police Neighborhood Resource Team (NRT) were contacted by Beaverton Kohl's Loss Prevention regarding three suspicious males inside the store. One of the males opened a Kohl's account, purchasing approximately $800 worth of merchandise. Officers stopped the males' vehicle as it left Kohl's and were able to determine the males opened the account using fraudulent identification. A search of the suspect vehicle led to the discovery of 30 fraudulent identifications, 4 counterfeit credit cards and approximately $2200 in cash. Additionally, Officers recovered the Kohl's merchandise that had been fraudulently purchased.

The suspects, who are all from New York, are: 28 year-old Jorge L. Hernandez, who was charged with Aggravated ID Theft and currently being held on $500,000 bail; 23 year-old Camilo Rodriguez-Almonte, who was charged with Aggravated ID Theft and currently being held on $250,000 bail; and 22 year-old Brian Roman, who was charged with Aggravated ID Theft and currently being held on $250,000 bail.

During the investigation, BPD Officers learned a fourth suspect from New York, Carlos Tavares, flew into Portland and had been waiting for the other three suspects to pick him up at the Portland Airport. Tavares was contacted at the Portland Airport by BPD Detectives and was released after providing a statement.

BPD Officers also learned all four suspects had recently been in Denver, Colorado - most likely committing the same types of crimes.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Burn Ban Initiated In Hillsboro & Countywide
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 06/19/15
The warm, dry weather has prompted the issuance of a burn ban in the City of Hillsboro. In fact, the burn ban extends across all of Washington County. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, in conjunction with the Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief and the Oregon Department of Forestry, have issued the ban on burning effective at 12:01 AM tomorrow, June 20, 2015.

A burn ban is declared each year based on weather conditions, moisture levels and the relative fire danger. It will remain in effect until further notice.

The Burn Ban includes:
All backyard burning
All agricultural burning
Warming, ceremonial or religious fires or cooking fires outside of an approved pit or devise are restricted and may require an inspection and permit. Contact your local fire department for additional details.

The Burn Ban does NOT include the following:
Recreational fires (e.g. Cooking fires within an approved fire pit or barbeque) Persons intending on using fire in this manner should use caution.

Backyard burning is regulated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has been prohibited in Hillsboro since June 15th the end of the spring backyard burning season. Residents who violate the burn ban are subject to fines.

Additional information on burning within the city can be obtained from the Burn Line at 503-681-6204.
For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov or call 503-681-6166.

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Woman In Wheelchair Struck And Killed On I-5 Near Coburg
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/19/15
On June 18, 2015, just before midnight, OSP Troopers received a call regarding a possible crash involving a wheelchair located on Interstate 5 near milepost 198. Upon arrival, it was discovered a passenger vehicle operated by a Tigard resident was traveling northbound she struck a female in a wheelchair who was in the lane of travel.

The female in the wheelchair was deceased upon emergency crews arriving. The vehicle driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation which is still continuing. OSP was assisted on scene by the Coburg Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The female has not yet been identified. More information will be released when it becomes available.
TVF&R to Ban Outdoor Burning Starting June 20th
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/19/15
The Washington County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, has enacted a burn ban in Washington County, effective tomorrow, June 20th, 2015 at 12:01 am.

Following that decision, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will ban all outdoor open burning in its jurisdiction, including areas served by TVF&R in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, effective at the same time.

The Burn Ban includes the following:
1. Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.).
2. Agricultural burning.
3. Land clearing or slash burning

The Burn Ban does not include:
1. Small backyard fire pits (maximum 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high).
2. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces (chimneys, etc.).
3. Oregon legal fireworks, and permitted fireworks displays.

Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use extreme caution, and all combustible vegetation and materials should be cleared from the area. Additionally, all recreational fires must be constantly attended until the fire is fully extinguished.

If conditions worsen, TVF&R may ban recreational fires as well.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

The burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions minimize the fire danger.

TVF&R urges residents to use extreme caution with smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames. Visit our website at www.tvfr.com for more tips, including how to protect a home located in a wildland urban interface, from a potential wildfire.
Officers to Provide Extra Patrols in Areas Neighboring Houses of Worship in the City of Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/19/15
In light of the unspeakable acts in Charleston, South Carolina, the Portland Police Bureau will be conducting extra patrols in areas neighboring houses of worship throughout the City of Portland beginning this weekend and for several weeks moving forward.

The Bureau has no specific information about any threats but is being proactive in protecting our community and places of worship of all religions.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by the vicious attack in Charleston," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea III. "Our officers are here to protect everyone in the community from barbarous, hateful acts of violence. We hope to provide some sense of security as our community comes together to begin the healing process."

The Portland Police Bureau wants the community to know that all threats of violence need to be reported to law enforcement and will be thoroughly investigated.

Emergencies or suspicious activity should be immediately reported to 9-1-1.

Those community members who require anonymity to make reports about threats or other concerns may share that information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

Under Oregon law, persons under the age of 18 years old (generally) and persons convicted of a felony crime may not lawfully possess firearms.

To qualify for the reward, the tip must lead to an arrest and the seizure of a firearm and the tip must be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Tips leading to additional charges may lead to a total reward of up to $1,000 cash.

All tips will be forwarded to the proper law enforcement agency for follow-up and investigation.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is committed to reducing gun violence and helping law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington solve felony crimes.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip; or, call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Planning Commission, Fee Increases For Builders On Council Agenda
City of Salem - 06/19/15
Salem City Council at its Monday, June 22 meeting will begin the process of filling two vacant seats on the planning commission.

Salem Planning Commission is a nine member advisory group to the city council, and it plays a pivotal role in growth and development issues. Seven candidates for the vacant positions have been recommended by the Council Board and Commission Committee.

The council on Monday will vote on moving forward with candidate interviews. If approved by the council, interviews would take place at the July 13 council meeting. Councilors would appoint the new planning commission members at that meeting.

Candidates recommended by the Council Board and Commission Committee include:

--Tyler Clark, a commercial real estate broker and contractor.

--Chane Griggs, regional director of the Oregon Community Foundation.

--Ian Levin, a licensed real estate agent and contractor.

--Nate Levin, a specialist in real estate property management, investment and redevelopment.

--Carol McCleeary, a retired person with a background in real estate, finance, management, title and escrow work.

--Kristi Neznanski, an associate project manager at Lenity Architecture.

--Reuben Worster, a business broker for a local property management and real estate company.

In other council business, smokers will have to wait a little longer to know if their habit will be banned from city parks.

At the request of Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, the second reading of an ordinance that would have prohibited smoking at city parks and natural areas has been delayed.

The mayor will be absent from Monday's meeting. Peterson asked for the delay, which is allowed by council rules, so she may participate in council discussions at a future meeting.

On June 8, the council voted 5-4 to move the anti-smoking ordinance to a second reading. A second reading is required before an ordinance can be enacted.

Also on Monday, the council will hold a public hearing about proposed fee increases for land use related permits and applications.

Under a city proposal, fees charged by the city's planning division would rise by 6.2 percent for fiscal year 2015-2016. The fee increase for a variety of permit applications, such as plan changes and design review, would help the planning division recover its cost.

In 2013, the city set the goal of recovering half the cost of processing permit applications through fee increases within five years. The planning division is currently recovering about 44 percent of the cost.

City staff has also recommended a 2.4 percent increase in fees for land use related actions handled by the city's public works department,

Salem City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 22, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE. To view the complete council agenda and staff reports, go to cityofsalem.net and click on "City Council" and then "Meeting Agendas"

Members of Salem City Council can be contacted at Citycouncil@cityofsalem.net.

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Molalla PD Seeking Person of Interest in Sexual Assault Case. (Photo)
Molalla Police Dept. - 06/19/15
Person of interest
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Update: 06/19/15
On June 18, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm The Molalla Police Department arrested 68 year old Laurie Swanson at her residence for Attempted Sex Abuse 1, Public Indecency, and Resisting Arrest. The arrest stems from an investigation into a sexual assault at the Molalla Safeway store that occurred on June 17th, 2015. The Molalla Police department is grateful for all the assistance and help from the public.

Update: Phone number for non-emergency 503-655-8211



The Molalla Police Department is investigating a possible sexual assault against a child.

It is reported to have occurred at the Molalla Safeway store, 1525 W. Main St, Molalla, OR on June 17, 2015 at approx. 4:20 pm.

The Molalla Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in this case. If you recognize this person or have any additional information leading to the identification of this person please contact the Molalla Police Department's non-emergency number 503-655-8211.


Attached Media Files: Person of interest , Person of inerest , Person of interest , Swanson mug shot
BGPD Arrests 2 Suspects in Robbery Case
City of Battle Ground - 06/19/15
On Thursday, June 18 at about 6:42 pm Battle Ground police officers were dispatched to a physical disturbance reported by residents in the vicinity of the 500 block of SW 12th St.

When an officer arrived at the location, he found a 24-year old male victim, a resident of Washougal, who reported he was attacked by 3 unknown-to-him male suspects who attempted to take his backpack as he was walking to his car. Officers observed that the victim had minor injuries consistent with an assault and called for emergency medical response. CCFR and AMR responded but the victim chose not to be transported to the hospital.

Additional officers responding to the incident located and took into custody 2 suspects: Brandon Osorio, 18 of Vancouver, WA who was charged with Robbery-1; his case has been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office, and a male juvenile of Vancouver, WA who was charged with Robbery-1; his case has been forwarded to the Clark County Juvenile Prosecutor.

A third male suspect, described as having a medium brown complexion, black afro hair, 6' tall, 200 lbs., and approximately 18 years old is being sought by police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the third suspect is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Aaron Kanooth at 360-342-5254 or by email at aaron.kanooth@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.cityofbg.org/tips.

This case is ongoing - no other information will be released at this time.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Wildfire Summary, week ending 06-19-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/19/15
Though forest conditions are extremely dry across the state, wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry has been relatively moderate. Considerable credit goes to the Oregon public for exercising fire safety awareness in the forest. Nature has contributed, too, with only limited lightning occurring during the week.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Sunset Grade Fire - The 67-acre fire, reported June 13, burned on the Tillamook State Forest. ODF, assisted by the Forest Grove and Banks Fire departments, contained the fire the next morning. Cause is under investigation.

Powder House Canyon Fire - The 33-acre fire was reported June 15 burning in the Central Oregon District - John Day Unit. ODF resources currently at the fire include: two fire engines, two hand crews, one water tender, and one bulldozer on standby. The fire is 90 percent contained and in mop-up. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Buckskin Fire - This 2,635-acre fire reported June 11 is burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction in southwestern Oregon on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, in an area previously burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. The fire is currently six percent contained. The cause is lightning. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

Little Basin Fire - This 630-acre fire reported June 15 is burning 10 miles north of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire is currently 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 185 fires burned 516 acres
Total: 259 fires burned 630 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 128 fires burned 1,271 acres
Total: 150 fires burned 1,291 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Stats,_Info_&_Updates_

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
Bike MS 2015: Willamette Valley (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 06/19/15
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Don't Just Ride, Bike MS

Friday, July 31- Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Bike MS, the ride is just icing on the cake. You'll also kick back and relax with old friends while you eat mouth-watering BBQ, down ice cold beverages, watch a classic movie on our big outdoor screen, sing your heart out on karaoke night, and share your adventures from the road.

Our weekend escape in gorgeous Monmouth, Oregon is for every kind of rider. From the "I haven't been on a bike since Uncle Merton repossessed my Schwinn" to "sure, I can ride 100x faster than the speed of light, can't you?"

Don't feel like riding? No problem. You can volunteer, make a donation, or even sponsor the event.

And here's the best part: The dollars you raise for Bike MS fund critical research, programs, and services that help people who live with multiple sclerosis right here in our neighborhood. How sweet is that?
Bike MS is more than an escape-it's something you believe in.

For more information, visit bikeMS.org or call Amy Harris, Bike Manager, at (503)-445-8351.

CYCLISTS
Registration: $50-$75
Fundraising Minimum: $250
Phone: (503)-445-8351
Email: Amy.Harris@nmss.org
Event URL: bikeMS.org
http://bitly.com/1d4mDxW

VOLUNTEERS
Information: Will receive a t-shirt, food, and water at the event. There are various time slots and positions available.
Phone: (503)-445-8356
Email: Wendy.Allison@nmss.org
Volunteer URL: http://bit.ly/1Gn2alb


Attached Media Files: 2015-06/3737/85509/Bike.jpg
***Update*** Motor Vehicle Crash Blocking HWY 20 Near Santiam Junction - Linn County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/19/15
On June 18, 2015 at about 6:47PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle, head-on crash on HWY 20 near Milepost 80.

Preliminary information indicates a 2001 Subaru Outback was traveling westbound on HWY 20 when it lost control and crossed the centerline, striking a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer head-on. The operator of the Subaru, Cody D OXFORD, age 24, had life threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles in Bend.

The operator and passenger of the Chevy, Roy WRIGHT, age 42, and Lauren WRIGHT, age 40, both of Springfield were taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for serious injuries.

It was determined through the investigation; OXFORD was intoxicated and subsequently cited for DUII-Alcohol, Reckless Driving, two counts of Recklessly Endangering and two counts of Assault. Both directions of HWY 20 were closed for two hours while the investigation was conducted.

No further information available at the time of this release. Photos of the scene will be available later today and will be provided to media when requested.
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Previous Release:
There is a two vehicle, head-on crash just east of Santiam Junction on HWY 20 (Milepost 80) which is blocking both directions of travel. Air ambulance is enroute for multiple patients with serious injuries. Please visit www.tripcheck.com for road status.

More information will be released when it is available.
Portland Police Youth Summer Camp Closing Ceremony Today at Centennial High School
Portland Police Bureau - 06/19/15
Today, Friday June 19, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Youth Summer Camp will come to a close.

At the closing ceremony, children from the camp will share bits and pieces about their camp experience at an assembly that will include members of the Portland Police Bureau, the Mounted Patrol Unit, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Gresham Police Department, Oregon National Guard, American Medical Response, Mountain Wave Rescue, Camp Rosenbaum Fund Representatives, and Z-Man Foundation Representatives.

The camp and closing ceremony is at Centennial High School, located at 3505 Southeast 182nd Avenue.

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the closing ceremony.

The 3rd Annual Youth Summer Camp began on June 15 and was filled with 500 kids, ages 8 to 14 years old. Campers were able to participate in a wide variety of activities including: martial arts, basketball, soccer, tennis, crazy science, journalism and photography, wrestling, baseball, boxing, bowling, volleyball, golf, hiking, cheerleading and dance, football, archery, bowling, and fishing.

The mission of the camp was to provide a safe, fun, inviting atmosphere where youth can play sports and learn skills with other youth. The number one goal is to keep our children and community safe by helping to build an environment where youth feel safe, while also emphasizing and prioritizing the importance of education to youth.

The members of Portland Police Bureau and specifically the Youth Services Division work to develop sustainable partnerships and to use the best and most effective and collaborative strategies available to focus on youth. The ultimate goal of the division is to work with educational partners to create an environment where children can thrive.

Local police officers from all neighboring agencies, college and high school coaches from the surrounding area and Police Bureau staff worked together to make the camp a unique experience for youth.

Officers and coaches worked with campers to develop specific sports skills and foster good sportsmanship.

All youth, ages 8-14, who live in the Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark County areas were eligible to participate, and a minimum of 51% of youth must qualify for free or reduced lunch program.

The Bureau was dedicated to ensuring that youth from throughout the metropolitan area were able to attend camp. To ensure equal access for youth throughout the area, local school districts receive applications on the same day and the camp was filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, Child Development Specialists and staff from other youth-serving community based organizations are also provided with applications to help with the recruitment process.

The Portland Police Bureau Youth Summer Camp is an instructional program for boys and girls who use sports and activities instruction and competition as a vehicle to enhance self-esteem, to promote respect for oneself and also reinforce the importance of education to one's future, and to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

To learn more about the Portland Police Bureau Youth Summer Camp, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/summercamp

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Portland Fire & Rescue Rescues Kitten on St. John's Bridge (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/19/15
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Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a kitten stuck on a girder on the St. John's Bridge around 3:10am this morning. When fire crews arrived, they found the kitten 10-12 feet below the bridge deck, on a girder mid-span on the bridge. Fire crews determined that there was not a safe way to retrieve the kitten without the assistance of PF&R's Technical Rescue Team. When the team arrived, they set up a rope rescue system and lowered a firefighter down to where the kitten was located. The firefighter carefully placed the kitten inside a bag and was raised back up the outside of the bridge with the kitten to the bridge deck. The kitten was turned over to animal control to be evaluated and treated if necessary. It is unknown how the kitten got there, but it appears that it did not get there by itself. Fire crews have unofficially named the kitten "lucky" and the pedestrian who found the kitten is looking into adopting it.


Attached Media Files: Location of where kitten was found
06/18/15
Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in Milwaukie
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/18/15
A single-family fire occurred n the 13000 block of SE Oatfield Road in Milwaukie, OR.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The fire impacted 2 adults and 1 dog.
Red Cross provided comfort kits and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Motorcycle Crash Takes Life Of California Man In Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/18/15
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According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on June 18, 2015, at about 3:43PM, a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Steven A GALE, age 71, of Montara, CA, rear-ended another motorcycle on HWY 20 at milepost 114 (near Sage Hen Rest Area). The other motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson, operated by Robert RESCH, age 65, of Half Moon Bay, CA, lost control and crashed on the highway. RESCH and his passenger, Janet KLUZIK, age 54, of Half Moon Bay, CA, were both ejected.

After striking RESCH's motorcycle, GALE's motorcycle veered into the path of a 2011 Ford F250 head-on. GALE was deceased upon arrival of emergency crews. The occupants of the F250, Richard CHERNABAEFF and Kristine CHERNABAEFF (both of Kerman, CA) were not injured.

RESCH was taken to Harney District Hospital for minor injuries. His passenger, KLUZIK, was taken to Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend by air ambulance for serious injuries.

Preliminary information indicates GALE and RESCH had been traveling together when they became separated. It appears GALE was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with RESCH who had just pulled out from Sage Hen Rest Area.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is still continuing and information will be released when it is available.


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Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/18/15
A single-family fire occurred in the 700 block of Buckman Road in Roseburg, OR.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The fire displaced 2 adults and 4 dogs. A 5th dog perished
Lodging, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits, recovery information, disaster health services, and disaster mental health information were provided.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Shooting Investigation Underway in Lloyd District - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 06/18/15
On Thursday June 18, 2015, at 8:57 p.m., North Precinct, Transit and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area of Northeast 12th Avenue and Holladay Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with witnesses who told police that they heard several gunshots and saw a group of African American male running southbound on 12th Avenue from Lloyd Boulevard after the shots. Other witnesses reported seeing an African American male in his 20s, wearing a white shirt, armed with a gun; and, a white male in his mid-to-late 20s, wearing a blue baseball cap and white t-shirt, armed with a gun.

Evidence of gunfire has been located in the Lloyd Cinemas parking lot.

No gunshot victims have been located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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