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Portland/Vanc/Salem News Releases for Fri. Nov. 28 - 7:18 pm
11/28/14
Road Closure due to serious, multi-vehicle traffic crash
Salem Police Dept. - 11/28/14
Salem Police & Fire are at the scene of a serious injury, multi-vehicle traffic crash at 25th St SE & Madrona Ave SE. Southbound 25th St. SE traffic has been detoured at McGilchrist St SE. The Traffic Unit is responding to assist in the investigation. Preliminary report indicates the road closure will be for the next 2-3 hours. No further information is available at this time.
Fatal Explosion in south Columbia county
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/28/14
On 11/27/14 at around 1:07 PM, Kristi M. McKinney (43) of Scappoose, Oregon
was killed in an industrial accident. This took place near Crown Zellerbach
Road, Scappoose, Oregon.

The property in which this took place is leased from Baker Rock Company to
K&P Truck Repair.

Crews responded to a 911 call made by Paul A. Mares (56) moments after the
accident took place.

It was determined that an oxygen tank was not turned off while the pair was
working in the shop. As a repair was being made to a piece of equipment a
metal grinder was used, this created sparks that ignited the flammable gas.

At the time of the explosion Kristi M. McKinney was killed instantly.

Her work partner, Paul A. Mares, was not injured during the explosion.

First responders from Scappoose Fire located and turned off the flammable
gas bottle upon arrival.

The family of the the deceased was properly notified prior to this news
release.

Oregon OSHA is also involved with this investigation due to the nature of
the incident.

The Oregon State Police, Scappoose Police Department and Scappoose Fire all
assisted with this incident.

A tragic loss of this nature is always very difficult, but especially hard
during the holidays. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those
involved.
Wilkes Holiday Bazaar: December 6, 2014
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 11/28/14
"Wilkes Elementary Hosting 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar, NE 169th/Halsey, Saturday, December 6, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Holiday shoppers will find gifts, crafts, holiday decorations, raffle prizes and more. The raffle prize is an iPad Mini and is sponsored by the Wilkes Parent Group. Craft area available for kids while parents shop.

All proceeds will support the Positive Behavior Intervention Support program, which provides instruction, intervention and support to create a positive learning climate for all students."

http://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/wilkes/wilkes-holiday-bazaar
Statewide Literacy Campaign Comes to the Reynolds School District
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 11/28/14
Reynolds School District will host kindergarteners, educators, families and community leaders will participate in an event on December 2, 2014. The initiative is led by Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden and is designed to build momentum for a community-wide focus on supporting families with literacy building. More than 250 Kindergarteners from Wilkes, Glenfair and Margaret Elementary Schools will have the opportunity to come to Reynolds Middle School for the event.

The literacy campaign, called stORytime, was designed to empower families to play, talk, sing and read with children to help them learn new words and build literacy skills to ensure they are on track to read by third grade. Studies show that reaching that benchmark puts students on a path to success in school and in life. The Oregon Education Investment Board was charged by the legislature to organize the campaign.

The event, will include a performance from the Self Enhancement Inc. Drum Corps; middle school students reading to kindergarteners; storytelling; an interactive literacy building experience by Multnomah County Library; and the debut of a community-specific stORytime logo.

Nicole Stein, VP Community Responsibility and Corporate Communications at Umpqua Bank, will share details about the bank's commitment to the campaign and to putting books in the hands of Oregon schoolchildren through a book donation portal on the stORytime website. Between now and December 15, the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will be matching each book donated up to $100,000, putting a total of 80,000 books into Oregon elementary schools. The event coincidently corresponds with Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, and campaign partners will be encouraging book donations via the stORytime website throughout the day.

Kindergarten families, Reynolds School District staff, Early Learning Multnomah, the Multnomah County Library, members of the Early Literacy Success Alliance, and a host of community and culturally specific organizations will join Dr. Golden.

The event will be the final of six events that have taken place since September 29 in communities across the state.

For more information visit www.storytimeoregon.com.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:00 am 1200 NE 201st Avenue in Fairview, OR 97024

The entrance for the event will be the north entrance off of Halsey. Media representatives can confirm attendance for credentials at: awatson@rsd7.net or register at the event.


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Vancouver Police officers involved in shooting (Update 2- Officer Names)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/28/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On November 25, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance, possible armed subject and structure fire at 11716 NE 49th Street. Officers were informed that the suspect, a 31 year old male, was believed to be armed, had brandished a weapon at a female in the parking lot, and was responsible for setting the fire. The identity of the suspect is not being release at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Five Vancouver Police Officers entered the apartment complex on foot and encountered the suspect in the parking lot armed with what appeared to be an AR-15 type of weapon. The suspect refused officer commands to put the weapon down and the officers fired at him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was later determined the weapon he was in possession of was an airsoft type AR-15 replica.

The involved officers are:

Officer Brent Donaldson, 44. Officer Donaldson was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in July 2005. Officer Donaldson received the Target Zero Award of Excellence for Traffic Enforcement DUI, Night of a1000 Stars in 2012, a VPD Certificate of Recognition for outstanding efforts in DUI enforcement in 2011 and received a Certificate of Department Recognition for his efforts during a hostage incident on July 18, 2007. Officer Donaldson's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Christopher Douville, 30. Officer Douville was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in April 2013. Previously he was employed as a police officer with the Spokane Police Department from August 2008-April 2013. Officer Douville's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Eric McCaleb, 34. Officer McCaleb was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in December 2006. Previously he was employed by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department from January 2002-December 2005. Officer McCaleb was assigned as a School Resource Officer from September 2008-June 2014. He received the VPD Life Saving Award for being directly responsible for the saving of a human life for an incident on February 12, 2013. Officer McCaleb's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Timothy Pfeifer, 34. Officer Pfeifer was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in November 2011. Previously he was a Clark County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy from January 2010-November 2011. Officer Pfeifer's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Colton Price, 25. Officer Price was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in November 2012. He received a letter of appreciation from CCSO Sheriff Garry Lucas for his role in a disturbance with a weapon call on September 28, 2013. Officer Price's current assignment is in the patrol division.

The Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation into the officer involved shooting and no further information is available at this time.

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Victims and shooter identified
Sherwood Police Department - 11/28/14
The Sherwood Police Department responded to a shooting on November 27th in the 17900 block of Cereghino Ln. One female, identified as Tina Flock, (43) is recovering from non-life-threatening wounds at a local hospital.
Tonya Davis, (42) died from multiple gunshot wounds and James Paul (46) died from a single self-inflicted shotgun wound. Davis and Paul rented the home together and were involved in a domestic dispute prior to the shooting.
Come Sing, Dance, and Play at Christmas at Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 11/28/14
Friends and families can experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s fur trade Christmas season at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, December 13 from 10 am to 3 pm.

At the reconstructed fort, visitors will hear caroling by the Madrigal Singers, enjoy warm holiday wassail, games, music, and historical dancing. "There will be several ongoing handcraft activities so families can make their own beautiful holiday treasure to decorate their homes or to give as gifts," said park Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. Your local national park will provide all the materials to make wooden toy tops, wreaths, and potpourri ornaments. The popular blacksmithing and black powder demonstrations will also be held throughout this holiday event.

Don't forget to bring your camera to capture your family in the historic Hudson's Bay Company holiday scene! Visitors are welcome to take holiday photos of the decorated fort and with costumed re-enactors. The historic ambience at Christmas at Fort Vancouver will provide a memorable old-fashioned holiday scene as visitors' modern clothing contrasts with 1840s fashions.

"Christmas at Fort Vancouver gives visitors an opportunity to see how the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company celebrated the festive time around Christmas and New Year's Day. After months of hard work, it was one of the few times a year when all the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company were off from work and able to celebrate together," said Chief Ranger and Historian Greg Shine.

To make the most of your holiday fun, please also visit the Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center. See newly added historic planes and exhibits, such as a recently arrived 1929 Travel Air B-4000 bi-plane.

Admission to the event is $3 per adult, individuals aged 15 years and younger are free, and you can take home the wreath, top, and crafts you make on-site. American the Beautiful Interagency Passes accepted.

Schedule of events at the reconstructed fort:

10 am - 2 pm: Christmas caroling by the Madrigal Singers

10 am - 3 pm: Ongoing hands-on activities:
-Build your own toy top
-Taste apple wassail
-Craft your own miniature wreath
-Gather 'round for a winter story
-Play games of the 1840s
-Make your own Victorian handcraft
-Pose for a holiday photo
-Kitchen open for demonstration
-Blacksmith Shop open for demonstration

11 am: Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration

1 pm - 3 pm: Learn a holiday jig and sing along to carols! Participatory music and dancing in the Counting House

2 pm: Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration

Cost: $3 adult, youth aged 15 and under are free

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014. Activities at the reconstructed fort are available from 10 am - 3 pm. Fort is open to the public 9 am - 4 pm.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Background: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi river, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.
Black Friday Theft Suspect Arrested
Corvallis Police - 11/28/14
On November 28, 2014, Corvallis Police responded to Fred Meyer, 777 NW Kings Blvd. for a theft report. Jacqueline Day Underwood, loaded a shopping cart with televisions, blue ray players, PS3 games, and clothes, and walked out of the store amidst the crowd of Black Friday shoppers. The value of the merchandise was in excess of $1500.

Underwood was contacted by police and detained. During the investigation by Corvallis Police Officers, Underwood was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Underwood was arrested for Theft in the First Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. She was transported and lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail of $25,000.
Missing Endangered Person
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/28/14
*** UPDATE ***

Sandra Wright has been located and is safe.


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On 11-27-14 Sandra Wright, age 74, was last seen in east Vancouver approximately 5:30 p.m. She failed to return to a location to collect personal items. She is believed to be endangered due to medical problems and has limited mobility on foot. She was last known to be driving a 2007 Toyota Prius, white in color, Washington plate 628 YVL. Sandra Wright is described as a white female, 5'5". 81 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, maroon shirt and a white colored coat. Any persons seeing Sandra or knowing her whereabouts should call 911.
Gresham lights up the holidays with annual tree lighting event
City of Gresham - 11/28/14
MEDIA ADVISORY
NOT FOR PUBLICATION

GRESHAM, Ore. - Media representatives can capture the "wow" when the City of Gresham lights its 60-foot ponderosa pine during the 23rd annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting event on Saturday, Nov. 29. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with music and treats on the City's Arts Plaza. The tree is lit promptly at 6 p.m.

Santa Claus will climb into a fire truck at about 5:00 p.m. at the Gresham History Museum, located at 410 N. Main Ave. in historic downtown, and will be escorted by Gresham firefighters a few blocks to the Arts Plaza at approximately 5:15 p.m., when he'll be greeted by the crowd.

The Salvation Army Gresham Corps Youth Band will play holiday favorites, and elementary school students from Gresham Arthur Academy Public Charter School will sing carols. Santa will take photos with children, then take the stage to assist Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting.

The Spirit of Christmas also features photogenic family activities before and after the tree lighting in participating downtown businesses. For a complete schedule, see http://www.greshamoregon.gov/SpiritofChristmas

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 29
TIME: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Arts Plaza, 401 N.E. Second St., Gresham
Central Precinct Adding Holiday Patrols to Prevent Car Prowls and Bike Theft (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/28/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct is adding holiday patrols that will run through the end of the year to help reduce car prowl and bicycle theft activity.

The holiday patrols will be concentrated in high volume retail areas of Central Precinct. We hope to provide a visible police presence and reduce the likelihood of opportunistic thieves breaking into cars, stealing bicycles or committing other acts of theft.

Car prowls are up approximately 20% in 2014 over last year and many of these thefts are preventable by taking a few small steps. Community members are reminded to never leave valuables in their car to attract thieves. This includes bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.

If you must store anything in your vehicle, keep it out of sight and secure. When possible, park in busy, well-lit areas and keep the interior of the vehicle "showroom" clean.

Also, if you are the victim of a car prowl, the Police Bureau encourages victims to file a police report online by visiting http://www.PortlandPolice.com

Additional crime prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page regarding car prowls, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau released a video in 2009 titled "Confessions of a Car Prowler," which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/De5IHBoGz6A

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Civil War Game Day Safety Planning Message
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are expecting heavy traffic as football fans travel to Reser Stadium for this Saturday's 'Civil War' game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers at 5:00 P.M., in Corvallis. Troopers and transportation safety officials are prepared for the big game and are urging the drivers and fans to be also.

According to ODOT estimates, more than 15,000 additional vehicles may be expected on Interstate 5 and other roads leading to Corvallis this game day and fans and drivers should have a plan. Here are some travel tips to keep your 'Civil War' day memorable and safe:

1. Know Before You Go! 24-hour access to ODOT's up to the minute traffic alert system @ www.tripcheck.com or by calling 5-1-1. Need more help - call 800-977-ODOT (6368).
2. Plan patience into your drive - expect congestion and build in extra travel time.
3. State law prohibits the 'Use' of cell phones while driving. Avoid the hassle and put away the distractions.
4. Buckle up and if you plan to drink - plan a driver who's sober, rested and alert.
Everyone travelling on area roads is asked to report any traffic related incidents and drunk or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1, or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).
Have a great Civil War game day!
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**Updated with fire cause, damage estimate, and photos** Detached garage fire extends to multiple townhomes in Beaverton (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 11/28/14
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A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the cause of the Oak Hills townhouse fire on NW Norwich Street on November 16, 2014 was related to smoking materials. Damage to the six townhomes involved in the fire is estimated at $1,000,000.

Information and safety tips on smoking and the safe disposal of smoking materials can be found at http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=258.

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At 10:43pm, the first of multiple calls came into 9-1-1 from a neighbor reporting black smoke and flames coming from a detached garage unit near a row of townhomes. At the report of heavy smoke and active fire, the incident was upgraded to a first alarm bringing increased resources to the scene. Crews from Bethany Station 68 arrived within five minutes to find multiple detached garage units fully-involved with flame extending to a building containing multiple townhomes. The initial reported address of the townhome was 15360 NW Norwich Street in Beaverton. Townhomes from address number 15330 to 15380 were impacted.

Crews initiated an aggressive fire attack simultaneously on the garage units and the townhomes. Given the heavy fire and spread to multiple units, the fire was upgraded to a second alarm to request more firefighters and resources. The fire moved quickly into the attic space and eventually caused partial structure collapse. For the safety of the crews and personnel on scene, firefighters continued to fight the fire from a defensive position outside of the structure. Aerial ladder water systems were used to provide high volumes of water to fight the fire from above to support firefighting efforts on the ground. The detached garage units also suffered significant structural damage and partially collapsed. After the fire was knocked down, crews remained on-scene to check for hot spots and guard against rekindling of the fire. Approximately six townhomes were impacted by the fire.

More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene to fight this fire. Crews from neighboring agencies also responded including Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Metro West Ambulance, and TVF&R volunteers.

Residents reported knocking on doors to alert neighbors of the fire and that all residents had evacuated safely. Crews performed a search of the structure and confirmed that no one was inside. One cat was reported missing but was not located. The American Red Cross responded to the incident to provide victim assistance. Approximately eight residents were displaced by the fire. No injuries were reported.

A nearby water main further west along NW Norwich Street, away from the fire, was also reported to have ruptured flowing large amounts of water into the street. This water main rupture did not affect firefighting activities. The local water purveyor was contacted to mitigate and fix the rupture.

TVF&R investigators are interviewing witnesses and neighbors as well as examining material evidence to determine a cause and damage estimate.

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News Alert: Interview Opportunity: Chocolate on your Mind? What will it do for Brain Health? (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/28/14
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Yum. Chocolate. Did you know that chocolate can help trigger the brain's pleasure centers for a happier, healthier life?

That is just one of the many exciting revelations that will be revealed when brain health expert Roger Anunsen, addresses the crowd at AARP Oregon's upcoming "Food and Music for Thought: The Six Essentials for Brain Health" on December 4th, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Downtown Athletic Club & Conference Center, 999 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401.

Learn the evidence-based essentials of successful brain aging. Come and discover how to keep all your senses stimulated and enlivened.

Roger Anunsen is a brain health education and program consultant based in Oregon where he teaches "The Aging Mind", a gerontology course offered on college campuses in Portland, Oregon. Roger is a founder and co-principal in MINDRAMP Consulting that provides brain health and wellness events, programs and educational courses.

The program has reached a capacity audience, but your readers/followers can hear some of the tips when you interview Roger for your news and information programs.

AARP members have identified brain health as one of the top issues they are most interested in. AARP has more than 500,000 members in Oregon, with 150,000 in Lane County.


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11/27/14
Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement
Gresham Police Dept - 11/27/14
Gresham, Ore. - In an effort that begun this month, the Gresham Police Department will be increasing the number of high visibility enforcement missions focusing on impaired drivers. The increased enforcement is designed to deter citizens from driving after they have been drinking.

Police officers will perform enhanced DUII focused patrols throughout Gresham, looking for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets. Officers began these extra patrols this month and will continue to provide the high visibility enforcement throughout the month of December.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.

The increased patrols are designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.
Deputies Capture Man after Fleeing on Stolen Motorcycle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/27/14
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November 27, 2014 - A Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a stolen motorcycle and arrested a man.

On November 26, 2014, at 8:12 p.m., a Washington County Deputy Sheriff saw a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle with blue glowing lights traveling on SW Murray Boulevard near SW Walker Road. When the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, the rider sped westbound on SW Walker Road. The deputy was using his lights and siren as he attempted to stop the motorcycle. The rider refused to stop and was actively attempting to avoid law enforcement.

The deputy followed the motorcycle down a dead end road off of SW 170th Avenue and SW Merlo Road. The rider drove into a driveway, dropped the motorcycle, and ran through the residence of a family member. The deputy learned that the motorcycle was reported stolen out of Portland. Additional deputies assisted in the apprehension of the fleeing man.

A Sheriff's K9 tracked the man to a neighboring residence. The people in that residence also knew the man. After a search of the residence, Sheriff's Deputies found Christopher Baumgarder, 37, from Beaverton, hiding in a bedroom. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Christopher Baumgarder was lodged in the Washington County Jail, charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and for Violating his Parole. He is held on $10,000 bail.


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***UPDATE Name Released *** Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Crash - 82nd and Causey in PDX (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/27/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 213 (82nd Avenue) and Causey Avenue involving a TriMet bus.

On November 26, 2014, at approximately 5:52 P.M., OSP troopers were dispatched to investigate a reported vehicle versus pedestrian fatal crash on 82nd Avenue at Causey Avenue. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012, Gillig city bus, owned by Tri-County Metro Transit District (TriMet), and driven by JASON A. WILHELM, 46, had just finished servicing a stop at 82nd and Causey Avenue. As the bus prepared to proceed southbound, identified as ELIAS P. FRENCH, 60, approached the bus while pushing a bicycle and began striking the side of it.

When the bus pulled away ELIAS fell to the ground and was run over by the rear wheels. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. The bus crossed through the intersection and stopped in a safe location just south of Causey Avenue.

The roadway was blocked with a single lane detour for just over 2 hours before being reopened. The Clackamas Reconstruction And Forensics Team (CRAFT), Clackamas Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro Transit Police and TriMet assisted OSP at the scene.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper Bailey at 503-731-3020. No additional releases are expected until the investigation is complete.


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Woodburn man wounded in early morning incident
Woodburn Police - 11/27/14
Woodburn police officers responded to a report of a person who suffered a gunshot wound on Nov. 27 at 12:30 a.m.

When officers arrived in the 900 block of N. First Street, they found a 21-year-old adult male with a single gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Salem Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators determined that the victim was inside of his residence when someone fired multiple shots into the residence. There were several individuals inside the residence, but just one person was injured. Police are requesting the public's help regarding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2340.

The name of the victim and the nature of his wounds are not being released at this time. Police do not know if there was a connection between the suspect and the victim.
two people deceased after domestic dispute
Sherwood Police Department - 11/27/14
On November 27th, 2014 around 00:30 hrs, The Sherwood Police Department responded to the 17900 block of Cereghino Ln. on a reported assault with a weapon.

Initial reports indicated a female had escaped a residence after suffering a gun shot wound. The female sought help at a nearby neighbor's residence.

The Sherwood Police were able to evacuate the injured woman to a waiting ambulance. The female sustained non-life threatening injuries and is recovering at a local hospital.

Officers were advised a male and female were still inside the residence. Officers from multiple jurisdictions responded to assist with containment of the area.

Washington County's Tactical Negotiation Team responded to assist in contacting the subjects at the residence.

After a few hours of failed attempts to contact anyone inside, entrance was made into the residence where the male subject was found deceased.

An adult female was found outside the residence also deceased. Both the male and female appeared to have died from gun shot wounds.

All three individuals knew one another, the male and deceased female were living together at the home.

There is no concern for the safety of the community as a result of this incident.

Names of the individuals are not being released pending death notification of next of kin.

Washington County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation. Based on the preliminary investigation it appears to be a murder/suicide.

It is believed this incident resulted from a domestic dispute.
-UPDATE-Sherwood Critical Incident
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/27/14
The PIO duties have been turned over to Sherwood Police Dept. Please call Captain Hanlon at 503-925-3651.

Thank you

Bob


I will be handling all of the PIO duties for the Sherwood incident. I am enroute now. I will advise on a staging area soon.

Thank you

Bob
11/26/14
Sweet Home Man Dies While Trimming a Tree
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a Sweet Home man that fell while trimming a tree.

Today at 10:21 a.m. deputies responded to R & L Excavating on Crescent Hill Road in Sweet Home, after being notified by Sweet Home Fire of a fatal tree-trimming accident.

Deputies learned the resident, Raymond Launder, 59 years old, was trimming trees with a friend, 59-year-old Richard Paulino. Paulino told deputies Launder was in a fir tree approximately 52 feet off the ground.

Launder was wearing a safety harness and had detached the harness to move to a different location in the tree. Paulino heard him yell, turned around and found Launder lying on the ground and unresponsive. The Sweet Home Fire Department responded and Launder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paulino described Launder as an excellent tree trimmer and deputies found no malfunction with Launder's equipment.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel removed Launder's body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
OSP F&W Troopers in Bend - Arrest Suspect in Trophy Mule Deer Kill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/26/14
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On November 24, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Central Oregon received information about a trophy class, 205" mule deer, killed the day prior under suspicious circumstances in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit. Members of the team began an investigation and as the investigation unfolded the hunter who shot the animal was contacted and ultimately provided a full confession to the illegal harvest of the buck deer. The suspect was identified as DANNY DAVIDSON, 54. Mr. Davidson was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for the illegal take of the buck deer and hunting on the enclosed lands of another.


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#GivingMewsday- Saving Cats One Spay at a Time (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 11/26/14
Unselfie Instructions
Unselfie Instructions
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Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR announces its participation in #GivingTuesday on December 2nd. The Salem animal-welfare non-profit is putting a spin on the campaign with their own #GivingMewsday hashtag to funnel support to save the lives of cats in the Salem community.
Started as a national trend in 2012, #GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season.
Willamette Humane Society's goal with the #GivingMewsday campaign is to raise awareness for the plight of cats on the streets without owners, and to fund 73 spay & neuter surgeries for these free-roaming cats to meet their surgery target of 1,700 by the end of the year. Willamette Humane Society is a member of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program, which coordinates resources for local trap neuter return efforts (TNR) and focuses on reducing the cat overpopulation.
According to the ASPCA, spaying & neutering through Trap Neuter Return (TNR) reduces shelter euthanasia, and is the most humane, effective and financially sustainable strategy for controlling cat overpopulation. Every surgery translates to fewer litters of kittens brought to the shelter, more kennels available for cats in need of shelter, and more lives saved.
The cost to Willamette Humane Society for each surgery in its spay & neuter clinic is $43, setting a modest $3,139 fundraising goal for the #GivingMewsday campaign. Any funds received in excess of the target amount will be allocated to fund 2,500 surgeries for feral/free-roaming catsin the following year.
Willamette Humane Society encourages the public to spread the word by sharing "unselfies" on social media, and kicking off the holiday giving season with an end-of-year charitable gift on #GivingMewsday.
A fundraising thermometer and #Unselfie instructions are posted on the group's website- whs4pets.org. On behalf of the cats of our community, Willamette Humane Society extends its thanks to those who choose to support the campaign.

whs4pets.org/givingmewsday-saving-cats-one-spay-time

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


Attached Media Files: Unselfie Instructions , #GivingMewsday Banner , Cat in Spay Neuter Clinic , Clinic Staff with TNR Cat
Marion/Polk Community Cat Program Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for December 4th
Willamette Humane Society - 11/26/14
Are you concerned or interested about what's being done to humanely control the overpopulation of free-roaming cats in our community? Then you won't want to miss the quarterly stakeholder meeting of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Willamette Humane Society
4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

Special guest Megan Wellinghoff of the successful Bend Spay & Neuter Project will share insight on getting the word out about spay & neuter. Learn about ways you can become involved in the partnership as a supporting organization or a community cat program volunteer. Receive a year-end report of surgeries performed in 2014, and an update on communities targeted for Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and outreach activities in the near future. Attendees can also ask questions about the program.

The Marion Polk Community Cat Program is organized and administrated by:

* Willamette Humane Society (WHS)
* Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO)
* Salem Friends of Felines (SFOF)
* Coalition Advocating for Animals (CAFA)
* Willamette Valley Animal Hospital (WVAH)



Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program is to provide sterilization services to unowned cats in order to reduce cat overpopulation. (Sterilization services are defined as: Sterilization spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip procedure, and FVRCP vaccination. Other veterinary services may be provided if determined necessary by the attending veterinarian).

Background

Through the MPCCP, participating organizations and supporting community members will share information and resources to trap, neuter and return free-roaming cats on a large scale and in a coordinated manner. Our data suggests that any means of population control would need to reach 50-75% of the free-roaming cat population to be effective, so we set goals that will dramatically increase our trapping and surgery capacity over time.

Get Involved

To get involved, or for more information, please contact Shannon Priem, the MPCCP Community Liaison, at mpccp2014@gmail.com. Messages may also be relayed through WHS by fax at 503-585-7906, or by phone at 503-585-5900.

Learn more at whs4pets.org/mpccp
Crash victim Kelsey Zionskowski needs your help. (Photo)
Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation - 11/26/14
Kelsey & Santino
Kelsey & Santino
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On August 5, 2014, 25-year-old Kelsey Zionskowski got off of a TriMet bus onto SE McLoughlin Boulevard near SE River Rd. She was on her way home from work at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she is working as a Clinical Student Worker.
Kelsey walked to a crosswalk and was standing waiting to cross McLoughlin. She was struck by a southbound car when it left its lane of travel. Kelsey was seriously injured, with massive trauma to both legs. After being transported by AMR to OHSU, she lost her left leg. Her right leg was severely injured as well. She also suffered other injuries in the crash and will never fully recover. Several surgeries are still in her future.
Kelsey is a mother of a 5 year old son, Santino, and is also a medical student at Portland State University, majoring in Psychology.
Kelsey is facing overwhelming medical costs and needs help from the community. If you would like to donate to help Kelsey, an account has been set up at Clackamas Federal Credit Union in her name. You can donate in person at any branch of CFCU or you can mail a check to the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation at PO Box 678, Clackamas, Oregon, 97015. Donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt will be mailed to you promptly. Make your checks out to the CCPOBF and put "Kelsey" in the memo line.
To find branches of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union, go to their website at www.ClackamasFCU.org.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. For more information about the CCPOBF, please go to our website at www.CCPOBF.org. If you have questions, please call the CCPOBF at (971) 678-6055.


Attached Media Files: Kelsey & Santino , CFCU Logo
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet December 5 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/26/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Friday, December 5, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Northwest Regional Forest Practice Committee will review the 2014 Northwest Oregon Area Operator of the Year nominee:
* Robert Howell Logging from Cottage Grove for its careful cable-logging harvest while protecting water sources and addressing neighbor concerns.

The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards. The majority of the meeting they will continue discussing and may make recommendations about the Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water.

This public meeting will be held at 785 North 42nd Street, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that 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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Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee meets December 2 in Prineville (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/26/14
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The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Crook County Fire Department at 500 NE Belknap Street, Prineville, Oregon.

Todd M. Hueckman Contracting was nominated for 2014 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year. Hueckman and his crew diligently removed ponderosa pine infected with dwarf mistletoe and pockets of bark beetle. This operation near Burns, Oregon was done to improve forest health and fire resiliency. Hueckman's twenty-one years working in the natural resource industry reveals a sustained effort to minimize impact to the natural resources. These efforts include low-impact maneuvers to prevent erosion and strategic equipment use and slash pile placement to reduce fire risks. The Committee will consider Todd M. Hueckman Contracting's nomination for the 2014 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year title.

The Committee will also review:
* The Department's tools to help landowners after large wildfires;
* Board of Forestry Activities and a Legislative Update;
* Western Oregon Streamside Buffer Rule Analysis;
* Bald Eagle rule revisions that may happen in 2015; and
* An update about the 2013 Compliance Audit.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that 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.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location 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. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 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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CORRECTED/UPDATED w/ BOOKING PHOTOS, BACKGROUND: Gary Monaco, found guilty of manslaughter, arrested in Bend by Bend Police (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
Gary Monaco (current Deschutes County Jail booking photo)
Gary Monaco (current Deschutes County Jail booking photo)
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[Updated/edited release below with correct Bend PD contact date of Tuesday 11/25, as well as link to Oregonian backgrounder on the case; new and older booking photos of Gary Monaco also attached.]

At about 7:50 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, officers with the Bend Police were dispatched to a call of a suspicious male attempting to break into a vehicle and possibly using drugs at 63492 Hunnell Road in Bend.

Upon their arrival, police contacted Gary Monaco -- who was found to have a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

On Monday, Nov. 24 Mr. Monaco had been found guilty of Manslaughter in the First Degree and DUII in Clackamas County Circuit Court for the May 14th, 2012 crash that caused the death of Laura Schaefer. However, Mr. Monaco had failed to appear for court -- so the judge had issued a warrant for his arrest.

Immediately after Mr. Monaco's disappearance, detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes unit and officers with the Damascus Police Department began to attempt to locate Mr. Monaco -- but his whereabouts were unknown until he was located by Bend Police.

In Bend, Mr. Monaco reportedly asked the Bend Police officers to remove a large amount of cash he had in his vehicle.

Mr. Monaco was determined to be too heavily impaired by his alleged consumption of drugs to be taken to jail, so he was transported to a local hospital -- where he remained until he was later transferred into the physical custody of the Deschutes County Jail.

A Deschutes County Jail booking photo is attached, as well as an older Clackamas County Jail booking photo.

It is expected that Mr. Monaco will be brought back to Clackamas County after the Thanksgiving holiday.

More background on Mr. Monaco's manslaughter conviction can be found in this Oregonian story:

'Death wobble' defense falls flat; judge finds driver guilty of manslaughter in fatal head-on crash (November 24, 2014):
http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/11/death_wobble_falls_flat_judge.html#incart_river

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Attached Media Files: Gary Monaco (current Deschutes County Jail booking photo) , Gary Monaco (older Clackamas County booking photo)
Community Invited to Participate in Tree-Lighting and Toy Drive
City of Wilsonville - 11/26/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Community Tree-Lighting and Toy Drive event on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in Town Center Park, 29800 SW Park Place. The free event includes cookies, cocoa, a visit from Santa Claus and musical performances by Wilsonville students.

Community members are encouraged to share their holiday spirit by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation to local children of all ages in partnership with the Clackamas County Toy and Joy Makers. In addition to the tree-lighting event, the Community Toy Drive is accepting toys at the Parks and Rec Admin Building, located at 29600 Park Place in Wilsonville, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dec. 1 - Dec. 12.

"The tree lighting event is a fun way for the community to come together and celebrate the holidays and the toy drive is a nice way for the community to help local children and families," explained Parks and Recreation Director Stan Sherer.

The Town Center Park tree to be lit is a 22-foot-tall blue spruce that the City recently planted. A $2,000 donation from the Xerox Community Involvement Program helped buy, transport and plant the large tree from Estacada. "Xerox is pleased the company's donation can help beautify the park and to support the start of a new community tradition this holiday season," explained Dick Spence, a retired Xerox employee who volunteers his time to help coordinate Xerox's local community-giving program.

In addition to this donation, the Xerox Community Involvement Program has made numerous other donations to the City of Wilsonville including $7,000 in donations for a new convection oven at the Wilsonville Community Center, a $5,000 donation for playground equipment installed at Engleman Park and sponsorship of Movies in the Park.

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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, December 5, 2014
Oregon State Library - 11/26/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR on December 5, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meetings.

At the meeting on December 5th the Board will hear appeals of staff decisions regarding Ready to Read grant awards for 2014-2015. They will also elect new members to Board advisory councils. An open forum is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
December 5, 2014
Room 103, State Library Building, Salem
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda


9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the October 17, 2014 Meeting Bonebrake

9:15 a.m. Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake

9:45 a.m. Reports of the State Librarian and Staff Dahlgreen
Activities Since the Last Meeting
Division Reports

11:00 a.m. Open Forum** Bonebrake

11:30 a.m. Lunch

Noon New Business:
Appeal of Staff Decisions on Ready to Read Grant Awards Westin
Post-Transaction Review of Agency Head Financial Transactions Hathaway-Marxer
Election to Board Advisory Councils Bonebrake
Quarterly Board Survey From Governor's Office Bonebrake

1:00 p.m. Continuing Business:
Answerland Transition to OSL Dahlgreen

1:30 p.m. Plans for Board Meetings in 2015*** Bonebrake
Adjournment


** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.

*** Board members are reminded to bring their 2015 calendars.


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
2014 Fall Leaf Haul Scheduled
City of Salem - 11/26/14
The City of Salem's Annual Fall Leaf Haul is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014, from
9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the following locations:

* State Fairgrounds, Lana Avenue Gate, Lana Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE
* Wallace Marine Park, east end of Glen Creek Road NW
* Sprague High School, 2373 Kuebler Road S

The annual leaf haul is an opportunity for Salem residents to dispose of leaves and grass clippings at no charge. Tree limbs and branches cannot be accepted.

This event is sponsored by the City of Salem, Marion County Public Works Environmental Services, Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association, and neighborhood and community groups.

Commercial landscape waste cannot be accepted.

Canned food and cash donations for the Marion-Polk Food Share are greatly appreciated.
Tigard Man Robbed At Gunpoint While Walking
Tigard Police - 11/26/14
On Monday evening, a Tigard man called 9-1-1 to report that he had been robbed. The incident occurred on November 24, 2014 at approximately 10:15 p.m. The 32 year-old victim told police while he was walking along 71 st Ave. near Pine St., he was approached by three males on BMX style bicycles. One of the suspects asked the victim for a cigarette. While the victim reached into his pockets, he observed the suspect pointing a firearm towards him. The suspect then demanded the victim's wallet and phone, which the victim complied. The victim was then instructed to walk away while the suspects fled in an unknown direction. The victim was not hurt.

The victim's phone was later found nearby in some shrubbery, however the wallet remains outstanding. The victim was unable to provide a physical description of the suspects. One suspect may have been wearing an Oakland A's jacket.

If anyone has information surrounding the incident, they are urged to contact the Tigard Police Department at 503-639-6168.
Vancouver Police officers involved in shooting (Update 1)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/26/14
*** UPDATE ***

Vancouver, Wash. - On November 25, 2014, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to an apartment complex located at 11716 NE 49th Street for the report of a structure fire and domestic disturbance with a possible armed suspect. Officers were advised that a 31 year old male subject had set an apartment unit on fire, was believed to be armed, and had brandished a weapon at a female who was in the parking lot prior to police arriving. The suspect was a guest of the residents of the apartment he set fire to and no one else was in the apartment at the time the fire was set. The female he brandished the weapon at is not associated with the suspect and was not injured. The suspect's identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

Five Vancouver Police Officers entered the apartment complex on foot and encountered the suspect in the parking lot armed with what appeared to be an AR-15 style weapon. He refused officer commands to put the weapon down and the officers fired. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was later determined the weapon he was in possession of was an air-soft type replica AR-15.

All of the involved Vancouver Police Officers are currently on paid administrative leave. The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating this incident and no further information related to that investigation is available at this time.

The fire is being investigated by the Vancouver Arson Team. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Residents of the neighboring units were temporarily evacuated while fire and police personnel were on scene and were allowed back into their apartments once the fire was extinguished.

No further information is anticipated to be released today. The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes is continuing.



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Vancouver, Wash. - On November 26, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance between a male and a female at an apartment located at 11716 NE 49th Street. Officers were advised that the male subject had set an apartment on fire and was believed to be armed. Multiple officers arrived and located the male in the parking lot of the complex armed with a gun. The male refused commands from officers to put his weapon down and was shot. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The fire fully engulfed the unit and has since been extinguished. Neighboring units in that building were evacuated. There were no injuries related to the fire, however multiple residents have been displaced. The Red Cross is currently assisting those residents.

No names are being released at this time. Detectives from the Regional Major Crimes Team and Arson Team are investigating this incident.
Fund established for victim of auto/pedestrian crash. (Willing to talk to media) (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 11/26/14
Kelsey and her 5-year-old son, Santino
Kelsey and her 5-year-old son, Santino
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On 08-05-14, 25-year-old Kelsey Alexis Zionskowski of Milwaukie was struck by a vehicle as she waited to cross SE McLoughlin Blvd, near SE River Road. Kelsey was seriously injured, with massive trauma to both legs. After being transported by AMR to OHSU, she lost her left leg. Her right leg was severely injured as well.

The investigation into this case took several months as police awaited toxicology results of the driver who caused the accident, 45-year old Ramon Avila-Perez. Drugs and alcohol were NOT a factor in this accident. Mr. Avila-Perez fully cooperated with the investigation and was cited for careless driving.

Kelsey suffered other injuries in the crash and is scheduled for several additional surgeries. She is facing overwhelming medical costs and needs help from the community. An account has been set up at Clackamas Federal Credit Union in her name by The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation. Details on how to donate can be found in the link provided.

Kelsey has a 5 year-old-son, Santino, and is a medical student at Portland State University majoring in Psychology.

http://ccpobf.org/

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Attached Media Files: Kelsey and her 5-year-old son, Santino
Skip the Black Friday lines with the Oregon Historical Society's "Historic Gift Guide" (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/26/14
OHS Membership Card
OHS Membership Card
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Portland, OR - Black Friday crowds? No, thank you! Skip the long lines and shop stress free this holiday season with ideas from the Oregon Historical Society's "Historic Gift Guide!"

1)Pick up a signed book from a local author at Holiday Cheer!

Shop local and support over 80 Oregon authors at our 47th annual Holiday Cheer event on Sunday, December 7, from Noon-4 PM at the Oregon Historical Society. Enjoy cocoa & carols while you find the perfect personalized gift-- plus, admission is free to both the event and the museum! View a list of participating authors online at http://ohs.org/shop/holiday-cheer.cfm

2)Give the gift of history with an OHS membership!

Memberships to the Oregon Historical Society give an inside look at Oregon history. Through December, take $10 off individual and family/grandparent gift memberships. Purchase online with promo code "GIFT" at https://orhs.ejoinme.org/giftmembership

3)Stuff your stockings at the OHS Museum Store!

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the Museum Store! Quirky felt covered soaps, locally made ornaments, and bright print scarves are wonderful stocking stuffers. For that special someone, hide a gemstone necklace in an Oregon Myrtlewood box--doubles as gift wrap & a jewelry box! Plus, through December save 20% on any full priced item by printing the coupon on our website (http://ohs.org/shop/museum-store.cfm)

4)Give five incredible nights of history with tickets to our 2015 Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum!

For your favorite history buff, purchase a pair of tickets to our annual historians forum, featuring award-winning authors Amity Shlaes, Todd Purdum, Richard Norton Smith, and Rick Atkinson. Series tickets include admission to a bonus living history event with the nation's leading Teddy Roosevelt reprisor! Purchase tickets online at http://ohs.org/education/hatfield-historians-forum/

5)Historic photos make great gifts!

With over 5 million photographs in our collection, you will be sure to find the perfect print for the home or office. Take 25% off your purchase of any photograph between December 1-31, 2014 with the coupon code "Holiday2014." Be sure to mention the coupon code or present the coupon for phone or email orders. To ensure Christmas delivery, orders must be submitted by December 9, 2014. Browse 1,600 digitized photos on our website at http://shop.ohs.org/

6)OHS Members: Save 10% at local gift shops!

During the month of December, show your OHS membership card and save 10% on your purchase in the gift shops at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Zoo, Pittock Mansion, Portland Japanese Garden, Rice Museum, Washington County Museum, and World Forestry Center! The Oregon Historical Society's Museum Store will also honor a 10% discount for members of the above organizations (excluding during our Holiday Cheer event on December

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


Attached Media Files: OHS Membership Card , Historic photos make great gifts! , Historic photos make great gifts! , Stocking stuff ideas in the OHS museum store , Oregon Historical Society Calendar
Increased Holiday Patrols in Yamhill County
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers. Sheriff Jack Crabtree announced today that his office will increase patrols over the holiday weekend to keep the roadways safe in Yamhill County.
Sheriff Crabtree wants to remind everyone that if you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. 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 with headlights off at night.

If you plan to host a dinner or party or attend a dinner or party where alcohol is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the family get together.

* If you host a party and provide alcohol, make sure to also 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;
* Always wear your seatbelt;
* Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving.

Sheriff Crabtree wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Police Department partner for Holiday Toy Drive (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
Toy Drive Banner
Toy Drive Banner
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Help a local family this holiday season! The Troutdale Police Department (TPD) and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) have partnered up for the annual holiday toy drive. Officers and deputies from TPD and MCSO will be volunteering their time to help bring joy this holiday season to children from families with less fortunate means and collect toys for east county youth to be distributed through SnowCap. Officers will also be collecting gifts for teenage children, a group often overlooked during holiday toy distribution efforts.

Toys will be distributed through Snowcap of East County and Human Solutions to children and youth through 18 years of age. You can help by bringing your unwrapped NEW toy to the Wal-Mart store in Wood Village on the dates listed below. Collection stations will be located just inside each store entrance and members of the Troutdale Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be at the stations supporting toy drive efforts!


Toys and gifts will be accepted at Wal-Mart in Wood Village during the following times:

* Friday, November 28, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday and Sunday November 29 and November 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday and Sunday December 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday and Sunday December 13th and 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Attached Media Files: TPD-MCSO Toy Drive Flyer , Toy Drive Banner
Thanksgiving Cooking Tips from Portland Fire & Rescue
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/26/14
Did you know Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year nationwide for home fires involving cooking equipment? Safety in the kitchen is always important (kitchen fires are the #1 cause of home fires in Portland), but kitchen safety is especially important on holidays like Thanksgiving when there's a lot of activity and people at home.

Unattended cooking is the top contributing factor to kitchen fires and many of the injuries that occur happen when people respond with inappropriate actions. Observe the following "Do's and Don'ts" to avoid these common fires and fire injuries.

DO:

Attend to your cooking.

Keep handles of stovetop pots and pans turned in.

Keep things that catch fire away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire:

Smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan.

Turn off the burner.

For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For a microwave fire, unplug or turn off the power at the breaker and keep the door closed.

DON'T:

Never pour water on a grease fire!

Never discharge a portable extinguisher into a cooking pan - it will spread the fire.

Do not try to carry pots or pans of grease outside - this can lead to scalds and serious burns.

While Portland Fire & Rescue discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled deep fryers. If you plan to deep fry turkey this year, please be mindful of the risks.

The Dangers of
Turkey Fryers

Hot oil may splash or spill during the cooking. Contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury.

A hot spill can happen with fryers designed for outdoor use using a stand. The fryer could tip over or collapse causing the hot oil to spill. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this risk.

When deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees or more. Cooking oil is combustible. If it is heated above its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.

Propane-fired turkey fryers must be used outdoors. But if it rains or snows, the oil may splatter or turn to steam, leading to burns.

Turkeys must be completely thawed before placing in the fryer. A partially thawed turkey will cause oil to splatter causing serious burns.

Fryers use a lot of oil, about five gallons. Considering the size and weight of the turkey, extreme caution must be taken when placing and removing the turkey from the fryer to be sure it's not dropped back into the fryer, splattering oil on the chef.

PF&R encourages those who like fried turkey to look for stores that sell them pre-cooked or consider using an "oil-less" turkey fryer.
Tobacco Thefts from Wilsonville Retailers (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
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On 11-24-14 in the late morning hours two men entered two different Wilsonville businesses, the 76 Station located at 30085 SW Parkway Avenue and the Plaid Pantry located at 29890 SW Town Center Loop West, and stole large quantities of tobacco products.

In each case the victim business had just received a large shipment of products for sale, but had not yet placed the items into their inventory. The store employees were briefly distracted and the men exited with the stolen items.

The men were seen leaving one of the scenes in a dark colored single cab pickup truck with a matching canopy.

Suspect 1: Male, possibly white or Hispanic, 5'8" tall, 250 pounds, bald head, about 40 years of age.

Suspect 2: Male, African American, 5'10" tall, 300 pounds, short hair, mustache, 40-50 years of age.

The witness observations and actions of the suspects indicate that this was a planned theft and there may be other victim businesses.

Again, anyone with information on the suspicious male or associated truck is urged to contact our Tip Line -- by phone at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Please reference Wilsonville Police Case # 14-32155


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Salem Police Investigating Three Shootings
Salem Police Dept. - 11/26/14
Salem Police Gang Enforcement officers and Detectives are currently investigating three shooting incidents that occurred on the evening of November 25.

The first shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Evergreen Ave NE at approximately 8:30 pm when a vehicle drove by a residence and multiple gunshots were fired, striking one victim in the leg and causing non-life threatening injuries. That victim was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

The next shooting occurred at approximately 10:15 pm on Sunnyview Ave NE between 17th St NE and Evergreen Ave NE. The victim in this case was walking along Sunnyview Rd when he was struck by gunshots that were possibly fired from a vehicle as it drove by. This victim was struck in the leg and he was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

As officers were on scene of the shooting incident on Sunnyview Rd, they heard gunshots in a very close proximity to where they were conducting their investigation. Officers found that a vehicle had driven by the same residence that was involved in the first shooting on Evergreen Ave and shots were fired at the same residence. A vehicle in the driveway was struck, but there were no injuries.

With the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police, Salem Police officers conducted a canine search of the area surrounding the Oregon State Fairgrounds for possible suspects, but none were located. The victims are not being identified at this time due to ongoing safety issues and investigation is continuing.
Sheriff Jason Myers Swears in Newest Sergeant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
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Yesterday at 4:00 p.m., Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his newest Sergeant in the Parole and Probation Division. Sergeant Anna Whitlock has worked in our Parole and Probation Unit since 2000 when she came to our team as a college intern.

In 2004 Sergeant Whitlock was hired on as a full time Parole and Probation Deputy. Sergeant Whitlock has served in our General Supervision Unit, Mental Health Court, and the Transitional Services Unit. When she wasn't busy with her regular duties Sergeant Whitlock found time to be a part of our Trauma Team and a Negotiator on our SWAT Team.

Lieutenant Kevin Karvandi commented, "The one trait that stands out the most about Dep. Whitlock is that she is passionate about the job. She genuinely cares and wants to help people get on the right track so they make better choices and ultimately successfully complete supervision and become productive members of our society. This is why Dep. Whitlock has been so successful as a Deputy and we look forward to her leadership in her new role as a Parole and Probation Sergeant. Sgt. Whitlock will be responsible for supervision of the Intake Unit and the Transitional Services Unit."


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Central Precinct Officers Investigate Reports of Multiple Dead Crows in Downtown Parks
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/14
On Wednesday November 26, 2014, at 8:12 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Waterfront Park on the report of several crows suffering seizures and flopping on the ground.

Officers arrived and located several dead crows in the area. Portland Parks & Recreation Park Rangers located additional crows and are working with police.

Additional dead crows were found in the area of Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks and Lovejoy Fountain.

In all, approximately 30 dead crows were found dead from unknown causes.

Portland Firefighters responded to assist and did not find any indication hazardous materials in the air. Officers and firefighters checked the area and did not find anything apparent that would have caused the birds to suddenly die.

The Audubon Society is responding to assist officers with these unusual incidents and will be conducting follow-up to try and answer what happened to these birds.

At this point, there is no information on why the birds died and no apparent risk to members of the community.

Anyone coming across dead crows in Portland parks should not move them and should call the Park Ranger Hotline at (503) 823-1637.

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Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for a 2013 Kidnapping and Sexual Assault (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/14
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On Monday November 24, 2014, 34-year-old James Ezell Clark was sentenced to 40 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2013.

This investigation began on September 18, 2013, at 3:16 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Main Street on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim who told police that she was sleeping in her friend's car in the area of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Oak Street. The victim told police that she woke-up with a stranger sexually assaulting her in her friend's car, which had been moved across the Willamette River to Southeast 3rd and Main.

A passerby riding a bicycle heard the victim screaming and went to see what was happening. The passerby had a flashlight and shined it into the car, which allowed the victim to escape the vehicle. The suspect then sped away in her friend's car. The passerby waited with the victim until police and medical personnel responded to the scene.

The same day, the victim received a complete sexual assault examination at a Portland hospital, which was key to obtaining critical evidence in the case which was submitted to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for analysis,

Ultimately, DNA was used to identify James Clark as the suspect in this case. Clark is a Registered Sex Offender in Oregon after a 2002 conviction for Rape in the First Degree. Clark was arrested on November 26, 2013, by the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults are fortunately 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 WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength 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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New Sections of Villebois Drive North and Costa Circle East are Now Open
City of Wilsonville - 11/26/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville announced today that new sections of Villebois Drive North and Costa Circle East are now open. The now open portion of Villebois Drive North extends from Costa Circle East to Boeckman Road. The new section of Costa Circle East connects to Villebois Drive at a new roundabout providing more convenient access to Boeckman Road from the southern portions of the Villebois neighborhood. In addition another new roadway, Berlin Avenue, is now open and extends off of Villebois Drive North connecting this roadway to the north central portions of Villebois. While not done yet, final road striping is to be completed as soon as possible depending upon dry weather and contractor availability.

To expedite the opening of the roadways, City officials note that the street lights at the Villebois Drive North and Costa Circle East roundabout are operational, but the street lights along Villebois Drive North to Boeckman Road are not yet complete--this section of Villebois Drive North is scheduled to have operating street lights by early December.

These just-completed roadways provide community members improved access to and from the Villebois neighborhood and easier access to Boeckman Road and Wilsonville's greater transportation network.

"Since we closed 110th Avenue in June to grade the area and construct the roads, many who regularly travel through the area have had to take detours. Thankfully with the new roads opening they can again get to where they need to go more quickly and directly," explained Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar.

Villebois Drive North is a major new roadway serving as the primary arterial for those who travel in and out of the northern portion of the Villebois neighborhood. The roadway also includes continuous bike lanes from Villebois to much of Wilsonville. A sidewalk on the west side of these streets will also be completed soon. The eastside sidewalks will be added at a later date as street and home construction continues.

The new roadways effectively replace SW 110th Avenue, which was closed earlier this year. The former Grahams Ferry Road and Boberg Road detour routes to Boeckman have been discontinued with the opening of Villebois Drive.

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Marylhurst Honors CCC Dean of College Advancement (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 11/26/14
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OREGON CITY -- Shelly Parini, Clackamas Community College's dean of College Advancement and Public Affairs, was recently honored with a Marylhurst 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Parini was presented with the "Recent Graduate Award: School of Graduate Studies" during a special celebration luncheon held at Marylhurst University in late October. Parini was honored for her achievements including the creation of the Imagine Clackamas community engagement initiative. This initiative helped lead to the passing of a $90 million bond measure for the college.
Dr. Susan G. Carter, chair of the MAIS (MA in Interdisciplinary Studies) program at Marylhurst, expressed her excitement at witnessing a recent alumna so quickly and effectively to applying her thesis work, "Appreciative Organizing," for the betterment of the community.
Parini is a resident of Happy Valley. She holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and in 2012 earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Marylhurst University. Parini has served as CCC's dean of College Advancement and Public Affairs since July 2006.
For more information, please contact Shelly Parini at 503-594-3015 or shellyp@clackamas.edu.
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CCC Presents December Concert Line Up (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 11/26/14
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College presents an array of concerts each December featuring student groups, alumni and faculty, ranging from jazz to classical holiday music. Here is the fall term concert schedule:
* December 2: CCC Faculty Ensemble at Jimmy Mak's
CCC faculty will play a mix of originals and arrangements, with elements of jazz, singer/songwriter, free and soul music. Featuring Kathleen Hollingsworth, vocals; Charlie Doggett, Drums; Clay Giberson, keys; Lars Campbell, trombone; Gary Harris, saxes and Kevin Dietz, bass. Performance is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., Portland. Admission is $6.
* December 3: CCC Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble in Concert
CCC's Wind Ensemble plays the music of Samuel Hazo, Paul Creston, Percy Grainger and the first movement of Antonin Dvorak's fifth symphony, transcribed for band. The second half of the program features the CCC Jazz Ensemble, performing the Ellington Nutcracker Suite, as well as jazz and Latin jazz classics. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre in CCC's Niemeyer Center. Admission is $5.
* December 7: A Ceremony of Carols
Enjoy a performance of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas music. Dr. Kathleen Hollingsworth directs the CCC Chamber Choir and Mainstream with special guest artists Jennifer Craig, harp; Rich Turnoy, piano; and Zach Armstrong, drums. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16000 Henrici Rd. Oregon City. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

December 8: Chamber Ensemble
The CCC String Ensemble performs, directed by David Anderson. Program includes J.S. Bach, Handel, Casals and traditional folk songs. Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the LeRoy Anderson Band Room at CCC in the Niemeyer Center, N-119. Admission is free.
* December 13: Christmas by Candlelight Concert
This annual concert featuring the Unistus Chamber Choir begins at 7 p.m. at the Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie. Cost is $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and students; free for children ages five and under.
* December 19: Christmas by Candlelight Concert
The Unistus Chamber Choir performs Christmas favorites. Concert begins at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Cost is $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and students; free for children ages five and under.
* December 20: Unistus Chamber Choir at The Grotto's Festival of Lights
The Unistus Chamber Choir performs at The Grottto's Festival of Lights on Dec. 20 beginning at 8 p.m. at The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore Street, Portland. Admission to the concert is included with paid admission to the Festival of Lights. Cost is $10 for general admission; $9 for seniors; $5 for children age three to 12.
For more information about CCC music events, contact the Music Department at 503-594-3337.


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College Night at CCC Rescheduled for Dec. 9
Clackamas Community College - 11/26/14
OREGON CITY - College Night at Clackamas Community College has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9. The event was originally scheduled for Nov. 13, but was canceled due to inclement weather. The event offers sessions to help people find out about higher education choices and funding.
College Night in Oregon begins at 6:30 p.m. with pizza and beverages in the college's Gregory Forum at the Oregon City campus. The session provides information on choosing the right college, the financial aid process, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and scholarship searches and scams.
Participants can enter to win one of three $500 scholarships, provided by the event sponsor, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC). The scholarships can be used at any accredited college in the United States.
For more information, please contact CCC Financial Aid director Chippi Bello at chippi@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3099 or Student Support & Enrollment coordinator Tawnya Stauffer-Dexter at tawnyas@clackamas.edu 503-594-6136.
Evergreen Public Schools seeking citizens to serve on Instructional Materials Committee
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 11/26/14
Evergreen Public Schools is looking for three citizens to serve two-year terms on the district's Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). All three citizens must have at least one child enrolled in one of the district's elementary or secondary schools. All applicants must reside within the Evergreen School District.

Interested citizens should submit their name and address to the district office by calling Kaye Chamberlain at: 360-604-4005 or emailing kaye.chamberlain@evergreenps.org.

Interested applicants will receive a biographical data form to fill out and submit by Friday, December 5, 2014, which will be forwarded to the Evergreen Public Schools' Board of Directors for evaluation.

Please contact Kaye Chamberlain with questions: 360-604-4005.
Red Cross Responds To Vancouver Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/26/14
On 11/25/2014, at 11:30 PM Red Cross volunteers responded to a single family fire in the 11000 block of NE 49th in Vancouver, WA. 

This  fire affected 2 adults and 2 children.  Red Cross provided clothing, shoes, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
11/25/14
Portland Police Arrest Seven People During Evening Protest (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/14
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On Tuesday November 25, 2014, Portland Police officers made seven arrests for unlawful behavior after a splinter group broke away from a very peaceful Ferguson demonstration in Downtown Portland.

Tuesday afternoon's demonstration and march that started and ended at the Justice Center was peaceful, well attended and there were no reported problems during the march.

After the organized event ended, a separate group broke away and began a second march that wound its way through Downtown Portland, across the Burnside Bridge and onto Southeast Grand Avenue.

At Southeast Grand Avenue and Oak Street, a driver seated in a vehicle was assaulted by a member of the crowd. 37-year-old Jeffrey Martens of Hillsboro, Oregon, was punched in the face by a protester, who then disappeared into the crowd. Martens was not seriously injured and an assault investigation will be conducted by police.

Protesters then marched onto Interstate 5 where officers were subjected to rocks and bottles thrown by some members in the march. Officers used pepper spray during this encounter with protesters and made several arrests. The freeway was clear within approximately 10 minutes.

Protesters continued to march through Downtown Portland until they settled into Waterfront Park where the crowd dispersed.

Officers made a total of seven arrests for a variety of charges:

46-year-old Danica Brown was arrested and charged with Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

19-year-old Amanda Calderon was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Resist Arrest.

55-year-old Erick Heroux was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

21-year-old Dylan Croasdill was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

41-year-old Michael Chavez was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

47-year-old Gregory Smith was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

31-year-old Brandon Bashaw was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

Brown, Calderon, Chavez, Smith, and Bashaw were arrested near Southeast Water Avenue and Interstate 5. Heroux and Croasdill were arrested near Southwest 18th Avenue and Morrison Street.

Brown, Calderon, Heroux, and Croasdill were booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Chavez, Smith and Bashaw were given citations to appear in court.

Booking photos of those booked into jail are available publicly by visiting http://www.mcso.us

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Man Pulled from the Willamette River by PF&R after Nearly Drowning
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/25/14
Tonight at 8:18 PM Portland Firefighters were called to the Willamette River after people along the bank noticed a man struggling in the water and yelling for help. Firefighters on board a Rescue Craft (a personal watercraft specially modified for water rescue) immediately began searching the river, along with PF&R boats.

Firefighters on the rescue craft spotted the man just before he went fully under water. PF&R Capt. Greg Espinosa described what happened next: "As our water rescue team arrived at the man's location he popped up again, the rescue swimmer jumped in and grabbed him as his head went under for the second time".

The man was secured by the water rescue team until he could be transferred to a PF&R boat for transport to land. An ambulance was waiting on shore and he was taken to OHSU.

The man was approximately 45' from shore when he was rescued. He was just North of the Morrison Bridge.
It is unclear how the man ended up in the river.
Red Cross Assists NE Portland Fire Victims
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/25/14
On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 6:00 pm, Red Cross DAT team  volunteers met with clients who reside in the 4000 block of NE Buffalo Street in Portland, OR.

This single family fire occurred on Monday, November 24, 2014 and affected 2 adults. Red Cross provided clothing, seasonal garments, bedding and linens, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Two-Time American Idol Contestant along with 15-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter to Perform Benefit Concert for Ridgefield's Performing and Fine Arts Program (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/25/14
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Britnee Kellogg, country singer and two-time American Idol contestant, along with Lexie Miller, a 15-year-old songwriter, singer, and actress, both from Vancouver, will perform a benefit concert to support Ridgefield School District's Performing and Fine Arts program on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Britnee Kellogg started singing country music after first hearing Reba McEntire sing Does He Love You. "From that moment, I knew I had found my chosen career," said Kellogg. "Every day since then has taken me one step closer to my dream." Kellogg, a Vancouver native, was a contestant on seasons 11 and 12 of American Idol, a television show on FOX that feature aspiring singers selected by judges and viewer voting to proceed to the next round of competition.

Lexie Miller is a 15-year-old singer, songwriter, and actress native of Vancouver. Lexie started singing when she was two years-old and won a Little Voices Contest at the Clark County Fair. "I use my everyday life experiences as my inspiration for writing music," said Miller. "I hope to inspire others with my music to let everyone know that we are all the same and that everyone is beautiful."

The benefit concert became a reality when Jeff Vigue, Vice President of the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors, reached out to Kellogg through a mutual connection to see if she would be interested in performing for the school district. Following Kellogg's interest, Vigue spoke with Miller's mother, Michelle, with whom Vigue works, leading to Lexie performing as the opening act. This concert will be one of the first performed at the district's new Performing Arts Center, part of the first new construction at the school district in more than 21 years as the result of a recently-finished $49 million bond project adding new facilities throughout the district.

"We're very excited to have these two very talented Vancouver natives perform for our district," said Vigue. "We expect this performance to draw a lot of attention and attendees from throughout the area including Washington and Oregon."

The concert will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be pre-purchased for $10 each. Tickets can be purchased online via TicketsWest by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/RSD-Britnee-Kellogg More details can be found from the Ridgefield School District website at www.ridge.k12.wa.us

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Crisis counselors available at Holcomb Elementary School
Oregon City Sch. Dist. - 11/25/14
Crisis counselors will be available at Holcomb Elementary School in Oregon City on Wednesday, November 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday is a no-school day for students, however, the building will be open to support students and families impacted by a neighborhood shooting. Police are still investigating the incident that occurred on Swan Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.
Ford Donates $77,500 Boys & Girls Clubs to Feed Boys and Girls as Holidays Approach; $1,500 dedicated to Rockwood Club Programs (Photo)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 11/25/14
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PORTLAND, OR, November 25, 2014 - In a presentation today at Gresham Ford, General Manager Bess Wills presented a $1,500 check to staff and youth from Boys & Girls Club programs in the Rockwood and Gresham communities. $1,000 of the grant was a gift from the Ford Fund with $500 provided by Gresham Ford.

Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry -- especially as the holidays approach. The Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign has donated more than $800,000 to date and provided over one million meals to regional programs as part of the company's work to address food access issues across the U.S.

"As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "Today's donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity."

Bess Wills, Gresham Ford General manager agrees and said "Together, we can make a difference. No child in our community should be hungry. We are honored to support the great work of our local Boys and Girls Clubs."

"We are so very grateful to the Ford Motor Company for their steadfast support of the Portland Metro Boys & Girls Clubs," said Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. "No family should ever have to struggle with hunger, and that's even more the case during a time of family and celebration at the holidays. Thanks to Ford, we'll be able to make sure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland families enjoy a holiday meal."

Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, Ford Focus on Hunger has donated more than $800,000 and provided one million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected more than 30,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make 420,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

A fleet of more than 35 Ford Mobile Food Pantries provides food banks across the country with added flexibility in delivering food. Over the last five years, the Ford Fund has given over $5.3 million to hunger-related organizations across the country and nearly $420,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.


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Ford Donates $77,500 Boys & Girls Clubs to Feed Boys and Girls as Holidays Approach; $2,000 dedicated to Jack, Will & Rob Club (Photo)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 11/25/14
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PORTLAND, OR, November 25, 2014 - In a presentation today at the Jack, Will & Rob Boys & Girls Club, representatives from Westlie Ford presented a $2,000 check to staff and youth at the Camas Club. Half of the grant was a gift from the Ford Fund and the other half provided by Westlie Ford.

Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry -- especially as the holidays approach. The Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign has donated more than $800,000 to date and provided over one million meals to regional programs as part of the company's work to address food access issues across the U.S.

"As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "Today's donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity."

"Westlie Ford is proud to partner again with Ford Motor Company to support the JWR Club in Camas, WA," said Don Jones, Sales Manager of Westlie Ford. "As the holiday season approaches, it is difficult to know that families are struggling. We hope this donation will help many local families enjoy some delicious holiday meals."

"We are so very grateful to the Ford Motor Company for their steadfast support of the Portland Metro Boys & Girls Clubs," said Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. "No family should ever have to struggle with hunger, and that's even more the case during a time of family and celebration at the holidays. Thanks to Ford, we'll be able to make sure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland families enjoy a holiday meal."

Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, Ford Focus on Hunger has donated more than $800,000 and provided one million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected more than 30,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make 420,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

A fleet of more than 35 Ford Mobile Food Pantries provides food banks across the country with added flexibility in delivering food. Over the last five years, the Ford Fund has given over $5.3 million to hunger-related organizations across the country and nearly $420,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.


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Ford Donates $77,500 Boys & Girls Clubs to Feed Boys and Girls as Holidays Approach; $2,000 dedicated to Portland's Blazers Club (Photo)
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PORTLAND, OR, November 25, 2014 - In a presentation today at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club, representatives from Northside Ford Trucks presented a $2,000 check to staff and youth at the Club. Half of the grant was a gift from the Ford Fund and the other half provided by Northside Ford Trucks.

Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry -- especially as the holidays approach. The Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign has donated more than $800,000 to date and provided over one million meals to regional programs as part of the company's work to address food access issues across the U.S.

"As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "Today's donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity."

"Northside Ford is pleased to participate again this year with the Ford Focus on Child Hunger Campaign by supporting the local Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland," said Jim McDonough, President, Northside Ford Trucks. "At this time of year, all of us at Northside Ford hope this donation can make a positive impact within our local community."

"We are so very grateful to the Ford Motor Company for their steadfast support of the Portland Metro Boys & Girls Clubs," said Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. "No family should ever have to struggle with hunger, and that's even more the case during a time of family and celebration at the holidays. Thanks to Ford, we'll be able to make sure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland families enjoy a holiday meal."

Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, Ford Focus on Hunger has donated more than $800,000 and provided one million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected more than 30,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make 420,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

A fleet of more than 35 Ford Mobile Food Pantries provides food banks across the country with added flexibility in delivering food. Over the last five years, the Ford Fund has given over $5.3 million to hunger-related organizations across the country and nearly $420,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.


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Ford Donates $77,500 Boys & Girls Clubs to Feed Boys and Girls as Holidays Approach; $2,000 dedicated to Inukai Family Club (Photo)
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PORTLAND, OR, November 25, 2014 - In a presentation today at the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club, Scott Inukai and Shannon Inukai-Cuffee from Dick's Auto Group presented a $2,000 check to Hillsboro's Boys & Girls Club. Half of the grant was a gift from the Ford Fund and the other half provided by Dick's MacKenzie Ford.

Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry -- especially as the holidays approach. The Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign has donated more than $800,000 to date and provided over one million meals to regional programs as part of the company's work to address food access issues across the U.S.

Sixty-four clubs across the five-state region are receiving Ford Fund grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. This donation will expand the previously launched Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign and increase the number of children who benefit from this hunger initiative.

"As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "Today's donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity."

"It's important for us to be part of the community and contribute. We are partners with Ford and appreciate the opportunity to serve the needs of children right here in Hillsboro, "said Shannon Inukai-Cuffee, president, Dick's Auto Group.

"We are so very grateful to the Ford Motor Company for their steadfast support of the Portland Metro Boys & Girls Clubs," said Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. "No family should ever have to struggle with hunger, and that's even more the case during a time of family and celebration at the holidays. Thanks to Ford, we'll be able to make sure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland families enjoy a holiday meal."

Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, Ford Focus on Hunger has donated more than $800,000 and provided one million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected more than 30,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make 420,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

A fleet of more than 35 Ford Mobile Food Pantries provides food banks across the country with added flexibility in delivering food. Over the last five years, the Ford Fund has given over $5.3 million to hunger-related organizations across the country and nearly $420,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.


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Presentations on Community Health Improvement Plan and prevention will highlight Community Advisory Council's December 5 public meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 11/25/14
(Portland, OR) - The Community Advisory Council of Health Share of Oregon will hold their monthly public meeting beginning at 12:30pm on Friday, December 5 at the Midland Library in east Portland.

At the December meeting, the Council will hear updates on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHP) and what plans are ahead for Year 2 of the CHP. In addition, Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Labby will also provide a presentation on the state of prevention at Health Share of Oregon.

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

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: Council Meeting: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Public comment period: 2:25pm to 2:40pm

Location:
Midland Library
Large Meeting Room
805 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97233

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 over 230,000 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. 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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City seeks applicants for Vancouver Housing Authority board
City of Vancouver - 11/25/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12.

The six-member volunteer board is appointed by the mayor to establish policy for the operation of various low-income rental assistance housing programs and low-income homeownership programs offered throughout the City and Clark County. Commissioners serve five-year terms.

Regular meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon, with executive sessions often beginning at 8 a.m. The chair of the board may periodically call special meetings and work sessions with 48 hours' notice. Meetings typically take place at the VHA office, 2500 Main St., but may occasionally be held elsewhere.

VHA commissioners are identified as public officials under Washington State Law. Therefore, people with personal business conflicts of interest may not be eligible to serve. The following would constitute conflicts of interest: landlords with rental assistance contract, vendors, and leaders or developers doing business with the VHA. For more information regarding VHA board policies and position description, please visit the website: www.cityofvancouver.us/vhabc.

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.

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Oregon City Police Investigate Possible Domestic Violence Shooting
Oregon City Police Dept. - 11/25/14
Just after 12:15 pm on November 25, 2014 Oregon City Police were called to the report of gunshots heard on Swan Ave near Thurman St in Oregon City. Callers reported two subjects were lying in a residential driveway off of Swan Ave.

Patrol Officers responded to the residence, finding a 32 year old female and 38 year old male both suffering from gunshot wounds. The male and female were transported to O.H.S.U. and Legacy Emanuel hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Oregon City Police Detectives and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are currently investigating a possible domestic violence shooting between the male and female who are husband and wife. The names of male and female are not being released until all family notifications can be made.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any additional information regarding this incident to contact the Oregon City Police Tip Line at (503)496-1616.
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting December 2 at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing in Portland. The board will review final recommendations on strategies to increase primary care infrastructure and investment in the state. The Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup will share its final proposed methodology, and there will also be a presentation on Health Information Exchange and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). The board also will receive updates on public health activities in the state. The board will hear public testimony at 4 p.m.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 1-4:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

--Final recommendations: primary care infrastructure and investment

--Final recommendations: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup

--Electronic health information and HITOC

--Update on public health activities (Ebola)

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Sheriff's Promote Safe Driving for Thanksgiving Travelers
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring a multi-county DUII enhanced patrol to enhance safety over the extended holiday travel period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is joined by the Marion, Clackamas and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices to provide an enhanced traffic safety experience for travelers this extended holiday weekend. Deputies will increase DUII patrols that will begin November 26, 2014 and extend through November 30, 2014.

The Sheriff's Offices would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways and aggressive drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, in 2012, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. The four day weekend invites travelers to drive from great distances often causing fatigue. The Sheriff's Office asks drivers to plan ahead with breaks and shared driving to avoid the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday weekend,
deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers
that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted using mobile communication
devices.

Every Thanksgiving Holiday traveling period, Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding drivers to not drive impaired, slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, ensure all travelers are properly wearing their seatbelts, and secure children in properly fitted child restraints.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday weekend.

The results from this multi-county DUII traffic safety detail will be provided in a press release on December 1, 2014.
Science on Tap Portland - Laser Beams and Landslides (Photo)
Via Productions - 11/25/14
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Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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.

From flying machines to computers to lasers to lidar, technology has revolutionized the study of earth science. That's good news for Oregon, where scientists at the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries are using lidar to learn more than ever before about the widespread geologic hazard of landslides. Engineering Geologist Bill Burns will talk about the destructive power of landslides, risks for Oregon's people, places, property - even our beer - and how lidar is making a difference.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.


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Keizer Firefighter's lend Mr. Christmas and his Elves a ladder (Photo)
Keizer Fire Dist. - 11/25/14
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The first signs of the Season have appeared in Keizer! This morning, with a slight drizzle coming down Keizer Firefighters along with local community members placed the lights on the tree at Wallery Plaza. Firefighters were asked to assist several years ago due to the height of the tree. Since then firefighters have added it to their Holiday calendar of activities.
"Placing lights on the tree start with using a ladder, then a larger ladder, now we are honored to have our local firefighters join us in this annual Keizer Christmas tradition" said Mr. Christmas Dave Wallery. It works out as a great community service, but it also allows the firefighters to sharpen their skills with precision ladder work.
Keizer firefighters keep very busy during the holiday season assisting with a canned food drive, hosting the Santa pancake breakfast, decorating the ladder truck for the Festival of Lights parade, delivering Santa in a fire truck to the tree lighting and everyone's favorite event, Candy Cane Day!
The official holiday season kicks off with Keizer firefighters driving Santa to the tree lighting at Wallery Plaza on December 2nd. While there he will be assisted by two children to light the towering tree and then he will visit with young and old while sipping on hot chocolate.
Firefighters will give Santa a night off from their activities to drive the ladder truck in the Festival of Lights Parade on December 13th, but then Santa will be up early on December 14th to greet everyone for the Santa Breakfast at the Keizer Fire Station. Santa loves to visit with the various generations and enjoy a yummy plate of pancakes, sausage, eggs and coffee for $6. If he brings any of his under 12 fans, its only $3! Breakfast will be served from 7:30am until 11:30am.
After a busy few days Santa gets a week off for good behavior before making the rounds with Keizer Firefighters to hand out candy canes. This year Candy Cane day is Saturday, December 20th. Firefighters will be busy driving Santa around to Keizer neighborhoods, so if you hear Christmas music playing, come out and say hello.
Keizer Firefighters will also be collecting canned food for the Marion-Polk Food Share from December 1st until December 21st. If you would like to donate, barrels are located in the front lobby of the fire station located at 661 Chemawa Rd NE or you may give Santa your food donation on Candy Cane Day.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!


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Health advisory lifted November 25 for Devils Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 1 for Devils Lake, located in Lincoln City, Lincoln County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. 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 the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District office at 541-944-5330. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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 about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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City feeds over 400 people (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
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UPDATE: City feeds over 400 people

November 25, 2014--City feeds over 400 people at the first annual Holiday Dinner (photo attached). The City is pleased with the success of this public service opportunity.

Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake said, "We appreciate our City of Cornelius partnerships with Centro Cultural of Washington County, Washington County Sheriff's Office, area businesses and our many volunteers who contributed to the success of Monday's Community Thanksgiving Dinner to feed those in need."

Original release below with updated sponsor list:

Cornelius Community offers Holiday Dinner for Needy Families

November 6, 2014--The City of Cornelius, in partnership with Centro Cultural of Washington County, will provide a holiday dinner for members of the community in need. This hot meal will be offered at no cost and is expected to feed about 600 people.

The dinner is made possible through generous donations and volunteer hours provided by community partners in Cornelius, including:


?,? City of Cornelius
?,? Cornelius Police Department
?,? Washington County Sheriff's Office
?,? Cornelius Fire Department
?,? Centro Cultural of Washington County
?,? Cornelius Fred Meyer
?,? Cornelius Walmart
?,? Real Life Christian Church
?,? Sonrise Cornelius Church
?,? Reser's Fine Foods
?,? Washington County Police Officer's Association
?,? Emanuel Lutheran Church
?,? Seventh Day Adventist Church
?,? Servpro
?,? Target
?,? Forest Grove School District
?,? Cornelius Disposal Service Inc.
?,? La Montana
?,? Diego's Market
?,? Fruteria El Campesino
?,? Cub Scout Troop 159
?,? Girl Scout Service Unit 4


The holiday dinner will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cornelius Grade School (200 N 14th Ave., Cornelius, OR 97113). No reservations are required.

Cornelius Police Chief Moss said, "This is a great opportunity to continue to build relationships within the community and serve those who are in need through the cooperative efforts of various community partners."


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CREDC Builds Global Composites Supply Chain Opportunities (Photo)
Columbia River Economic Development Council - 11/25/14
JEC Singapore Conference
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VANCOUVER, Wash. (November 25, 2014) - In an effort to support the growing composites industry in Clark County, CREDC representatives attended the JEC Asia Composites Show and Conferences in Singapore on November 17-19th. The international exhibition is recognized as the only event in the Asia-Pacific region that brings together all of the major players in the global composites industry value chain.

CREDC chose to attend JEC Asia because of our region's strong ties to Asian markets and to support Clark County's local clusters that increasingly rely on composites for their products, including aerospace, marine, defense, and recreational sports products.

While in Singapore, the CREDC team participated in 11 one-on-one business meetings to support supply chain connections and relocation opportunities; trade show networking with over 100 participating global companies and agencies; a company tour of Singapore Composites; and seminars on the composites market and trends, applications for oil and gas, and carbon.

"The JEC show was very successful for our team on several fronts," said Mike Bomar, President, CREDC. "We made excellent targeted business connections, learned what is needed to be a competitive community for the growing composites industry, and collected relevant information and contacts for our educational and workforce partners interested in developing our local talent pool."

The trip was supported in part by the Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grant for Advanced Materials and Metals being managed by the CREDC, which focuses on supporting advanced manufacturers that specialize in metals, machinery, computer and electronics, plastics, composites, polymers, and other advanced materials.


About JEC

JEC is the largest composites industry organization in Europe and in the world with a network of 250,000 professionals. JEC represents, promotes and expands composites markets by providing global or local networking and information services. www.jeccomposites.com

About CREDC

Serving Clark County since 1982, CREDC is a private-public partnership of 140 investors and strategic partners working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through business growth and innovation. Through collaborative leadership, the CREDC promotes job quality and capital investment while maintaining the County's exceptionally high quality of life. www.credc.org

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Amendment to the Reimbursement Rates for Developmental Disabilities CIIS In-Home Services In Order to Bring the Rates into Alignment Across Programs
OR Department of Human Services - 11/25/14
PROPOSAL: A CIIS Expenditure Guidelines Version 1.0 was published November 25, 2014 listing rates for services that will be effective January 1, 2015. The rates apply to services delivered through the following Developmental Disabilities programs: Medically Fragile Children's Services, Children's Intensive In-Home Services (CIIS) - Behavior Program, and Medically Involved Program. Leading up to January 1, 2015, the rates for services in those programs are found in the ODDS Children's In-Home Programs Rate Guidelines specific to the programs.

Changes in the Expenditure Guidelines are intended to align rates across programs, in accordance with 42 CFR 447.200. When provided by a licensed or certified provider agency, the affected services are: One-on-One Attendant Care, Relief Care, and Skills Training. The rate for an independent contractor delivering skills training is also affected. The rate for providers Family Training is also affected. The rates for some of these services will rise, others will be lowered.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/1/15

COMMENTS DUE: December 19, 2014

The Expenditure Guideline can be viewed at: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:

May Martin, Family Support Coordinator
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: may.martin@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: ODDS will consider all comments received.
BG Education Foundation Receives $1,600 in Donations from Local Businesses (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/25/14
Left to right: Sean Chavez, Scott Campbell, Mark Hottowe, Linda Gellings, Chris Burt, MaryBeth Lynn, Jeanine Brigham and Russell Brent
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The Battle Ground Education Foundation received $1,600 in donations this week from the Mill Creek Pub restaurant in Battle Ground and Waste Connections. Mill Creek Pub owner Russell Brent donated $800 to the Battle Ground Education Foundation this week during its annual pulling of the coins event. Brent removes the coins once each year on the restaurant's anniversary from its waterwheel fountain and donates the money plus a personal donation to a local charity. Waste Connection matched the donation to support local schools. Battle Ground Education Foundation is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting teachers and students in Battle Ground Public Schools for lifelong success. Also part of the event, local resident Jeanine Brigham had the closest guess ($777) to the total amount of the coinage removed ($780.51) and won a $100 gift card to Mill Creek Pub.


Attached Media Files: Left to right: Sean Chavez, Scott Campbell, Mark Hottowe, Linda Gellings, Chris Burt, MaryBeth Lynn, Jeanine Brigham and Russell Brent
City of Gresham and Multnomah County partner to keep Rockwood rising
City of Gresham - 11/25/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury today announced their pursuit of federal Promise Zone status for Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood, and committed to work with the community to make continued progress on job creation, crime reduction, and better access to educational opportunities.

Communities that earn Promise Zone designations get federal tools to help them organize residents and raise critical funds to meet specific needs in their area. Promise Zone communities receive preference points on competitive grant applications for more than 35 key federal programs, a federal liaison to help navigate the system, and five AmeriCorps VISTA members to help organize volunteers.

Six new urban Promise Zones will be designated in early 2015. Designations last for 10 years. Applications were submitted Friday, Nov. 21 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Rockwood Promise Zone application is a top shared priority for the City of Gresham and Multnomah County, and has been enthusiastically endorsed by Mayor Shane Bemis, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and County Commissioner Diane McKeel. Since the federal announcement of the program was made in early October, city and county staff have worked with a broad spectrum of community organizations and leaders to craft a strong application. Twenty-four agencies and organizations are listed as initial implementation partners.

"Today we are celebrating the completion of a major joint effort that could pay great dividends to the Rockwood neighborhood, but more importantly, we are celebrating a new era of partnership between the City of Gresham and Multnomah County when it comes to improving lives and livability for our shared constituents," Mayor Shane Bemis said.

"This application shows how committed Gresham and Multnomah County, community partners, advocates and residents are to making a difference in the Rockwood neighborhood," Chair Deborah Kafoury said. "Receiving a Promise Zone designation will help us make progress on enhancing health, livability and safety in the neighborhood."

The Rockwood Promise Zone application has six goals: reduce crime, create jobs, support economic development, strengthen education, support health and wellness, and improve infrastructure.

Examples of specific activities referenced in the Promise Zone application include:

*offering comprehensive support for unemployed residents;
*enhancing prevention, intervention and enforcement strategies to reduce crime;
*supporting culturally relevant programs and policies to increase educational attainment;
*creating a multi-sector coalition to increase food access;
*supporting an innovative "systems navigator" model to connect families to needed services;
*convening partners to increase access to community gathering spaces and transportation; and
*supporting public-private developments that will bring jobs and housing to vacant lots.

The Rockwood neighborhood, on Gresham's northwestern edge, is the youngest, most diverse, and most economically challenged neighborhood in the Portland metropolitan region.
Rockwood is also on the rise, attracting major new public and private sector investments. The City of Gresham opened the Rockwood Public Safety Facility in November 2013, and the nonprofit Friends of the Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland are currently building facilities in Rockwood. Nadaka Nature Park, a 12-acre site off Glisan Street with forested trails, community gardens and a natural play area, opens in spring 2015. The former Rockwood Community Office building on 187th Avenue is slated to reopen with a suite of new restaurants in summer 2015. The Gresham Redevelopment Commission is also planning a major redevelopment on five acres along Stark Street in the heart of Rockwood.

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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-5 at MP 266.5 - Correct MCDA Contact Info (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
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On November25, 2014, at approximately 2:50 a.m., the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.

While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates a white, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by AUDREY BLIVEN, 49, of Salem, was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel. Near milepost 266.5 on I-5, the Jetta crashed head-on into a black BMW 320 which was southbound in the left lane of travel. The female right front passenger in the BMW, identified as DEANA DELEON, 49, of Nyssa OR, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male driver, identified as JUAN LEDESMA, 37, of Renton WA, and juvenile female passenger whose name will be withheld, were injured and transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile female was transferred from Salem Memorial Hospital to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

BLIVEN was transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. Upon her release from the hospital, BLIVEN was arrested by OSP for the crimes of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - alcohol, Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving.

*** As a criminal investigation, any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office; contact Amy Queen at (503) 804-6591 at the Marion County District Attorney's Office. (Correct Number) ***

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One Arrested After Robbery of Beaverton Man
Tigard Police - 11/25/14
On Monday, November 24 at approximately 3:35 p.m., Tigard Police was notified of a robbery which just occurred. The incident reportedly happened in the vicinity of a shopping center located at 121st and Scholls Ferry Rd. in Tigard. The call to 9-1-1 was made by the victim.

The victim alleged that after he left a nearby pharmacy and was walking, a group of three men motioned him over to where they were standing. After exchanging friendly greetings, one of the suspects punched the victim; hitting him on the side of head which sent him to the ground. The suspects gathered the spilled contents from a bag being carried by the victim and fled. Two of the suspects left on foot while one other entered a nearby parked vehicle and drove-off. A Tigard Police officer enroute to the call spotted the suspect vehicle with three occupants after a description was broadcast over the radio. The officer was able to stop the vehicle along North Dakota near 110 th Pl. and detain the occupants.

When other officers arrived at the scene of the robbery, the victim was able to relay descriptions of the suspects involved. Medical help was also on-hand and treated the victim's minor injuries. The victim later identified the occupants inside the getaway vehicle that was stopped by the Tigard Police officer. The driver, 20 year-old Joao Enrique Cardoso of Tualatin, was arrested and charged with Robbery III. He was later lodged at the Washington County Jail. The other occupants from the vehicle were interviewed and released at the stop location. One other suspect, who allegedly assaulted the victim, remains at-large. The suspect is described as a male adult with facial tattoos.

Tigard Police detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to notify the Tigard Police Department at 503-639-6168.
Health advisory lifted November 25 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae toxins confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. 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 the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership at 541-759-2414.

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 about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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19th Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
City of Salem - 11/25/14
When: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Riverfront Park Pavilion, 200 Water Street NE
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The 19th Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the City of Salem and Comcast, features the following activities:

* Roth's Fresh Markets will provide free hot chocolate and cookies for the first 300 people.

* Santa Claus will arrive to help light the Holiday Tree with assistance from the Salem Fire Department.

* Free candy canes will be provided to children.

* Sumpter Elementary School choir will perform holiday songs.

* A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village will provide attendees an opportunity to make environmentally friendly ornaments for the Holiday Tree.

* City Parks staff will assist in hanging environmentally friendly ornaments.

* Children in attendance can receive a ticket for a chance to "flip the switch" to light the Holiday Tree.

* Councilor Chuck Bennett will lead the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Thief Strikes Residence Twice (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
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On 11/24/2014 at about 5:15 p.m., Bradley Russell, age 48, of Salem was truly disappointed when he found the locked gate to his property had been cut and he was now missing four ATV, wheels and tires. He certainly did not expect the thieves to return the next morning but that is exactly what they did.

This morning at around 4:00 a.m., Mr. Russell was getting dressed for work when he heard strange noises outside of his residence. Mr. Russell went outside to see what was going on and saw that again his locked gate had been cut and a purple, Toyota Forerunner was driving out of his driveway. Mr. Russell noticed he was missing another wheel and tire so he went back inside of his house, armed himself with a shotgun, went back outside and waited for the thief to return.

About fifteen minutes later Mr. Russell saw the same vehicle drive down past his residence on Sandringham Drive NE. Mr. Russell stepped out into the street, pointed his gun at the vehicle and attempted to get the vehicle to stop. However the vehicle did not stop and struck Mr. Russell in the leg causing minor injury. As the vehicle passed Mr. Russell fired one round from his shotgun striking the vehicle in the rear and driver side areas.

The vehicle is described as a 2000's, purple, Toyota Forerunner, unknown license plate. The vehicle had a very bright, white, LED license plate light and should have damage to the rear glass window and drivers side tail light from being shot by Mr. Russell. The driver is described as a 20 to 30 year old, Hispanic, male.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you recognize this vehicle or witnessed this event, please call 503-588-5032.

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Officer-Involved Shooting Update
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/25/14
***UPDATE***
Release of Officer's names and additional details

The time of the original incident was 3:51pm.

Officers were called to a report of domestic disturbance with a weapon by the caller and boyfriend of Fresh, Michael Blaurock. Blaurock told officers that Fresh was armed with a knife, had threatened him and was suicidal. Probable cause existed to arrest Fresh for menacing Blaurock with a knife while threatening to kill him.

One of the first officers on scene is a member of the Washington County Inter-Agency Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) and has extensive negotiation and mental health training. The negotiator spoke with Fresh multiple times on the phone over the next 30 minutes (19 calls). During the short phone calls Fresh was extremely agitated, threatening to shoot it out with the police and making other threats before hanging up on the negotiator. The threats were heard by officers posted around the house and officers who were near the phone call. The threats to shoot it out with the police were also heard by (3) neighbors who were outside at the time of the incident. Fresh told the negotiator she had ammunition and the gun was loaded. This was broadcast to the officers on the air.

Fresh exited the residence with a rifle and made verbal threats to shoot police. Fresh lifted and aimed the rifle toward officers when two officers shot Fresh. Two officers fired AR-15's and one officer fired a less lethal 40 mm projectile. 8 lethal rounds were fired and Fresh was struck four times. The time of the shooting was 4:41pm.

The two officers who fired AR-15's are Dan Coulson, 20 year veteran of the Beaverton Police Department and James Beane, 15 years as a police officer, 12 years with the Beaverton Police Department. Neither officer has been involved in a shooting before. Neither officer has any sustained complaints involving use of force.

There is evidence that Fresh was intoxicated at the time. Detectives are waiting for toxicology reports before confirming that Fresh was under the influence of drugs.

Fresh had two 22 caliber rifles outside with her at the time of the incident. Contrary to what Fresh told police, neither rifle was loaded.

***UPDATE***
The name of the female who was involved in the Officer Involved Shooting is Chelsea B Fresh 29 years of age and she lived at this residence. The names of the officers will not be released until at least Tuesday.

***UPDATE***
I will release the address that the OIS occurred at via the media email group. Since more then media get Flash Alerts this will help protect the privacy of the family.

The family has asked that the media please respect their privacy and not attempt contact with them at this time or come to their residence.


***UPDATE***
Many of you have asked about the radio traffic prior to the OIS. Yes it was aired that the boyfriend said there was no ammunition in the house. The female subject told the CNU officer that she had ammunition for the two rifles. I do not have a answer for you at this time if the weapon was loaded or not.

It is important to remember that a police officer or citizen placed in a life or death situation have but a fraction of a second to make the right decision.

Other then this I do not have any additional information. I will update here when I do.


On November 20, 2014 at approximately 3:51 p.m. Beaverton Police Officers were dispatched to a call of a disturbance with a weapon at the 12000 block of SW Conestoga Dr.

When officers arrived they made contact with the male resident who had called police. He told the officers that his girlfriend was in the house and was suicidal. He also told them that there were knives and two rifles in the house. He told the officers that she had pushed him and went towards some knives in the kitchen, so he left the house to call police.

One of the Beaverton officers on scene is a member of the Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU). The officer made phone contact with the female inside the residence in an attempt to defuse the situation. The female exited the house several times with a rifle in her hands, each time returning inside.

Approximately an hour after officers arrived on scene, the female exited the residence and pointed the rifle at officers. The officers defended themselves by firing their weapons, striking the female. The female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Washington County Major Crimes team is investigating this incident. Per policy, the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

There will be no further updates this evening. Any further updates will be made on November 21, 2014 after I speak with investigators.
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Benton County Sheriff's conducts extra DUII Saturation during Thanksgiving/Civil War football weekend.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will be participating in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving and Civil War football weekend this year. The extra patrol will take place between November 27, through November 29, 2014. There will be extra patrol targeting individuals who choose to drive under the influence of intoxicants and therefore endanger themselves and others on our roadways. The Benton County Sheriff's Office already actively patrols for these crimes, but this is extra enforcement added to target this dangerous offense.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
Lift Up a Child's Voice With CASA (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 11/25/14
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PLEASE FIND 30sec AND 60sec RADIO PSA's for the month of DEC linked below.

The Clark County CASA Program of YWCA invites residents to delight in the season by celebrating the joys of giving back. Extend the warm feelings of the holiday season by embracing a long-term volunteer commitment with the Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program.

The CASA Program is proud of the 161 community volunteers who are currently committed to representing the voices of 357 children in our county child welfare system. There are an additional 260 children who are waiting for a volunteer to be assigned to their case. Until a volunteer is assigned, CASA staff work hard to represent their best interests in court. The goal is to have all 617 children assigned a CASA volunteer who can help ensure that each child finds the safe, permanent home they deserve.

Why should you choose to volunteer with CASA? Just ask our program's longest-serving CASA volunteer, Judy Fortlage, "There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a family whole again, when that is possible, or seeing a resolution that will allow the child to thrive. We talk to the parents, other relatives, social workers, teachers, counselors, physicians and therapists, friends of the family and others. The most significant person we talk to, however, is the child." Judy swore in as a CASA at the Clark County Juvenile Court on March 1, 1990. During her almost 25 years of volunteer service she has represented 100 children in the Clark County Dependency Court system.

Clark County CASA, which trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children as they navigate the child welfare system, is asking you to give back during the holidays. Like other nonprofits that rely on volunteers, the CASA program of YWCA Clark County appreciates community members' year-round dedication to our cause. CASA volunteers change lives. What could be more fulfilling than that?

Help to ensure that the 260 children who do not have a CASA volunteer assigned to their case today, can have a volunteer appointed to them in 2015. CASA's winter training will begin on January 8, 2015. To learn how to become a CASA volunteer, visit ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at 360-906-9112 or npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org.


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MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting
Multnomah ESD - 11/25/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Glass Conference Room. The Committee will receive the October 2014 financial report, discuss other financial matters and approve the Board and Superintendent expenses.
Rapist Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Two Sexual Assaults (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/14
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On Monday November 24, 2014, the suspect in two sexual assaults was sentenced to 28 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young women in Portland.

18-year-old Justin Dejohn Hubbard was 17-year-old at the time of the crimes. Hubbard pled guilty last week to charges of Sodomy in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (two counts), Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree.

The first investigation began on Monday March 10, 2014, when North Precinct officers responded to Parkrose High School on the report that a student was in the office reporting a sexual assault.

Officers contacted the victim, a 16-year-old female, who told police that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger as she walked to school in the morning, near Northeast 131st Avenue and Prescott Drive.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives responded and conducted an investigation but were unable to identify a suspect based on the available information and evidence.

The second investigation began on Monday June 2, 2014, when North Precinct officers responded to the Greenleaf Springs Apartments, located at 4500 Northeast 125th Place, on the report of a burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the 26-year-old female victim and her fiancé, who told police the suspect broke into the apartment and tried to sexually assault the victim. The victim's fiancé chased the suspect out of the apartment and he ran away into the neighborhood.

Multiple officers, including a Police K-9, searched the area and located Hubbard inside an apartment at a neighboring apartment complex, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Through their investigation, Sex Crimes Unit detectives learned that Hubbard was the suspect in the March 2014 assault. Detectives worked closely with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office during this investigation.

Hubbard remains in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting transfer to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

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 WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength 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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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 79-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/14
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79-year-old Dorothy Larson has returned home and is safe.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate missing 79-year-old Dorothy Larson of North Portland.

Dorothy was last seen on Monday November 24, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., when she left her home to drive to a friend's house in Northeast Portland. Several hours passed and Dorothy did not arrive at her friend's home nor did she return to her residence.

Although Dorothy has no history of getting lost or indication of any health concerns, family and friends are concerned for her welfare.

Dorothy is described as a white female, 5'4" tall, and 140 pounds.

Dorothy is driving a maroon 1996 Buick Regal 4-door, Oregon plate UZL755.

Anyone seeing Dorothy or the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081.

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Guide to 2015 health insurance coverage: Prescription drugs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/25/14
Note: During 2015 open enrollment, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose an insurance plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the cost of prescription drugs.

Prescription drugs are one of the 10 essential health benefits that all insurance plans must cover. But plans differ in what specific medications they cover and how much you have to pay when you fill your prescription. If there are certain medications you know you will be using during the year, you will need to do some research before choosing a plan.

Agents and community partners can help you find the information that is most important to you when choosing a plan. Whether you are shopping by yourself or with the help of a professional, here are some tips:

* Find out what prescriptions the plan covers. You can find a list of drugs, also called a "formulary," on the insurance company's website or through a link on healthcare.gov. You also can call the insurance company directly to find out what's covered. Have the plan names you are considering available.

* Find out how much you will pay for the drugs. You can find this information in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, which is provided in the plan details available at company websites and at healthcare.gov. Many drugs will have a co-payment (fixed amount) or co-insurance (percent of the cost of the drug) that you will pay when you pick up your prescription. Some plans may count your co-pay or co-insurance toward the deductible, while other plans do not credit these prescription drug costs toward the deductible.

* Know what category your drug falls in. Co-payments and co-insurance amounts can vary depending on how the insurance company categorizes the drug. Insurance companies place drugs in different categories, or tiers. For example, one company will consider a drug a specialty drug, which often has the highest co-pay or co-insurance, while another company will consider that same drug at a lower tier with lower co-pay or co-insurance for the member.

* Make sure your pharmacy is in-network. Different health plans allow you to get your medications from different pharmacies (called "in-network pharmacies"). Call your insurance company or visit their website to find out whether your regular pharmacy is in-network under the plan you are considering and, if not, what pharmacies in your area are in-network. You can also learn if you can get your prescription delivered in the mail.

If you have any questions, contact the insurance company to make sure you understand the total out-of-pocket costs you might have with a plan.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://openenrollment.answersandaction.com/home and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Portland Police to Celebrate G.R.E.A.T. Families Graduation in Multnomah Village (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/14
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Today, November 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring families who participated in six-week G.R.E.A.T. Families program taught by Portland Police officers.

The celebration will be held at the Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room, located at 6715 Southwest 26th Avenue.

Officers Angel Ocasio and Mike Paresa will be among those honoring the families who participated in the program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

The G.R.E.A.T. Families program is a research-based, family-strengthening program consisting of a six-session family curriculum and a family/community resource guide. By linking a practical curriculum to a process of engaging local family assistance resources, G.R.E.A.T. Families provides G.R.E.A.T. instructors with the basic tools needed to work effectively with families and with other family-serving organizations in their community.

Media is invited to attend this special event.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Families Program visit http://www.great-online.org/components/families.aspx

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New Stores are Arriving at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/25/14
Lancaster Mall is excited to announce a unique selection of new gift stores opening for the holiday season including Bamboo Pillows, Customized Teez, Hickory Farms, Infinity Gifts, International Accents, My Boys Toys Helicopters, Personalized Ornaments, Sheepskin Gifts, Specialty Wholesale Gifts, Troy's Sports and Wisdom 101.

The Bamboo Pillow kiosk boasts a shredded memory foam pillow offering the ultimate in rest and relaxation. Customized Teez offers a large selection of graphic T-shirts to choose from. Hickory Farms is back for another season with an extensive selection of gift boxes at a variety of prices. Infinity Gifts is stocked with puzzle light lamp shades in various shapes and sizes, blue tooth light bulbs, decorative tin signs, purses and personalized photo collages. International Accents specializes in unique clothing and gift items from Ecuador and South America. My Boys Toys Helicopters has a huge selection of remote control helicopters for all ages and price ranges. Personalized Ornaments will have customizable keepsake ornaments. Sheepskin Gifts carries high quality sheepskin shoes, slippers, boots and accessories to provide for all your sheepskin needs. Specialty Wholesale Gifts will offer imported items from China. Troy's Sports is a retailer of officially licensed college and professional sports merchandise including mugs, flags, plaques and more. Wisdom 101 is a unique gift shop selling sundresses, hats, incense and posters.

These seasonal stores joins the strong list of local, regional and national tenants at Lancaster Mall including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas. Lancaster Mall is owned by Lancaster Development, LLC, and managed by C.E. John Company, Inc. For more information on the growing list of tenants at Lancaster Mall visit www.lancastermall.com.
*** News Conference regarding I-5 Fatal Crash at 10:00AM ***
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Marion County District Attorney's office are holding an informational conference for media concerning this mornings fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 266. Interested media should plan to arrive at the Salem Patrol Office, located at 3710 Portland Rd. NE, Salem OR 97301, by 9:45 a.m., for a 10:00 a.m., media briefing.

A follow-up news release will be posted immediately after the news conference as a follow-up to the information provided during the conference.

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UPDATE #2: Mounted Patrol Unit Stables Burglarized, Horses Set Free - One Suspect in Custody, Horses Safe (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/14
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24-year-old Bradly Sean Miller was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and three counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

Based on their investigation, detectives do not believe that Miller's actions had anything to do with a demonstration or protest. Detectives do believe that alcohol played a role in Miller's decision making.

Miller will be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court.

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Central Precinct officers arrested a 24-year-old male in connection with tonight's burglary at the Portland Police Bureau Mounted Patrol Facility.

Officers searched the facility and did not locate any additional suspects.

Five Mounted Patrol horses were released from the facility and were located outside the horse arena and across Naito Parkway along the train tracks.

Horses Zeus, Monty, Major, Asher, and Red were all brought back into the facility safely. Two of the horses suffered minor leg injuries and were treated by Police Bureau personnel. Horses Murphy, Olin and Diesel were found safe inside their stables.

Several community members in the area helped contain the horses and keep them from wandering away into the city.

Stolen property was recovered from the suspect. It is unclear at this point if the suspect released the horses as a form of protest.

Burglary detectives will continue the investigation and the suspect's name will be released on Tuesday after he is booked into jail.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Central Precinct officers are investigating a burglary at the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit Facility, located at 1362 Northwest Naito Parkway.

One suspect is in custody and officers and a K-9 Unit are searching the building for a second suspect.

Several horses were released during the burglary but have all been safely located and are accounted for at this time.

PIO is responding and will meet with interested media outside the main entrance to the facility once the scene is secure.

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Red Cross Responds To Vancouver Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/25/14
On Wednesday evening at 10:45 PM   Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers  responded to a single family fire in the 5000 block of NE 34th in Vancouver, WA. 

This single-family fire affected 2 adults, 3 children and 2 dogs.  Red Cross provided lodging, food, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
11th Annual Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Toy Drive
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
The 11th Annual Sheriff's Office TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM is underway. Within only one month of opening the signup list for Yamhill County children the Sheriff's Office has already received 500 names. Those names are compared to the other Christmas giving programs in Yamhill County to ensure that as many youth are reached.

Sheriff Crabtree stated that " there is no way that YCSO Deputies would ever be able to provide such a positive impression in these children lives without the generous donations we have received for this program each year. Even though each year we hope the need will lessen, it often has seemed to double and this year is no different. The community's generous support ensures the continued positive contact with hundreds of Yamhill County children and helps to ensure they do not go without a Christmas present."

Please bring your donation of unwrapped toys, gift cards, cash, new coats or blankets to one of the drop boxes in the county or to the Sheriff's Office. Children between the ages of infancy through 17 years receive your donation. Christmas drop boxes are located at the County Courthouse, Sheriff's Office, Fairgrounds, and Sheridan City Hall now until December 15, 2014.

Items will be wrapped by volunteers and inmates, and then delivered to Yamhill County children by Sheriff's Deputies and Volunteers Christmas week.

Together we can help make a merry memory for our Yamhill County children.

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (503) 434-7506 or email: Sheriff@co.yamhill.or.us
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 at milepost 267 southbound in Marion County - Detour (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a crash at milepost 267 on I-5 southbound with blockage. The northbound lanes of travel are not affected.

According to the OSP Northern Command Center (OSP), the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) began getting reports of a vehicle going the wrong way on I-5, northbound in the southbound lanes, at approximately milepost 264. As units responded to the report additional callers indicated a crash had occurred at milepost 267. MCSO responded to the scene and assisted until troopers arrived.

The front passenger in the southbound vehicle struck by the wrong-way vehicle was the single confirmed fatality at the scene. The driver and a juvenile passenger in the back were injured and transported to Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile is reported as having critical injuries.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital to be treated. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established a detour for southbound traffic in the area. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible and select an alternate route. Troopers indicated they believe they should have at least 1 lane open in the next 1-1.5 hours.

DETOUR: Traffic is being redirected east on HWY 214 in Woodburn, then south on HWY 99E, then west on Chemawa Road and back onto I-5.

Additional updates will be released when they are available.

OSP is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Marion County District Attorney's office, Keizer Police Department and the Woodburn Fire Department.


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11/24/14
Sheriff's Deputies Search for Robbery Suspect
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
November 24, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he allegedly broke into a residence and took property.

On November 24, 2014 at about 2:26 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment complex at the 9100 block of SW Oleson Road in the community of Garden Home concerning a robbery. Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect.

Upon arrival, deputies were told there was a man that barged into a 22 year-old woman's apartment after he kicking open the front door. Sheriff's Deputies were told the man pushed his way passed the woman and quickly went to a closet as if he was looking for something specific. The man apparently didn't find what he was looking for and, after a struggle, took the woman's purse as he fled the apartment. The woman was able to record cell phone video of the man as he ran from the apartment (attached, use Windows media player).

Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing. Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation.

The man was described as having light skin, a gray scruffy beard, in his forties, over six foot tall and he had a large build. He was reportedly wearing blue jeans, a green rain type jacket, and a black and red colored ball cap.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: Video
Warm Springs Police Department Release on HWY 26 Fatal Crash
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
The following News Release is being forwarded at the request of the Warm Springs Police Department:

On November 22, 2014, at approximately 7:09 PM, the Warm Springs Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 77. Upon arriving on scene, officers determined that a van was that traveling eastbound on Highway 26 collided head-on with the Ford pickup, which was traveling westbound. A few moments after the head-on collision, a semi-truck traveling east on Highway 26 collided with the Ford pickup, compromising the head-on crash scene. The driver and lone occupant of the van, whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notifications (s), was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the passenger-side window of the van; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The two involved vehicles had no other passengers and there were no other serious injuries reported. Highway 26 was closed so that investigators could complete the investigation.

The Oregon State Police responded to assist from Bend and Government Camp by providing Crash Reconstruction specialists. Road conditions were very icy at the time of the crash and Highway 26 was reopened at 4:00 AM.

No photographs are available for release.

Questions may be directed to Public Safety General Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Stan Suenaga at (541) 553-2283.

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Red Cross Responds To Salem Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/24/14
On Monday, November 24, 2014 at approximately 4:00 PM, Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a single family fire in the 1900 block of Fairground Rd, Salem OR.  This  fire affected 2 adults and 3 children.  Red Cross provided clothing, food & infant supplies & information about Health & Mental Health services.  
Stabbing Investigation Leads to Arrests
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/24/14
On the evening of Thursday, November 20, 2014, Tualatin Police Officers were called to a report of a stabbing at the Sandalwood Apartments in Tualatin. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, who was suffering from a laceration to his throat. The male was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Tualatin Police Detectives were summoned to the scene, and began their investigation. Based upon that investigation, Detectives were able to locate and arrest two suspects in this case. Detectives arrested James Kropf, 39, and John Jackson, 49, both from Tigard on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Both subjects were lodged in the Washington County Jail.

The identity of the victim, a 57 year old male from Tualatin, is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation. There is NO threat to public safety at this point.

Booking photos of both subjects can be obtained through the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: 2014-11/858/79862/14-3506.pdf
Union Gospel Mission to Serve 1,300 Meals on Thanksgiving Day (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/24/14
2013 Thanksgiving guest, Mark enjoys a meal
2013 Thanksgiving guest, Mark enjoys a meal
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Union Gospel Mission to Serve 1,300 Meals on Thanksgiving Day

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission is cooking the last of 100 turkeys today in preparation to serve 1,300 meals on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Starting at 5:00 am on Thursday, Union Gospel Mission will be closing off the street on NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Street and volunteers will set up a 120-foot long tent donated for use by Northwest Natural, where meals will be served. At 6:30 am, another group of volunteers will begin to prepare the food. In addition to meals, guests will receive winter clothing packs consisting of hats, scarves, gloves and socks. When they leave the event, guests will receive snack packs to take with them that contain homemade cookies, soda, chips and candies.

What does it take to make a Thanksgiving feast for 1,300? Here is the list:
* 100 turkeys
* 300 lbs. each of dressing, mashed potatoes, yams and ambrosia salad
* 60 gallons of gravy
* 108 lbs. of cranberry sauce
* 1200-1500 dinner rolls with butter
* 225 Pumpkin pies with whipped cream
* 100 gallons of coffee
* 50 gallons of juice

Volunteers will be at Union Gospel Mission on Tuesday, November 25 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to assemble winter gift packs and snack packs for the event. On Thanksgiving Day, over 150 volunteers will be serving the meal and helping at this event.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Attached Media Files: 2013 Thanksgiving guest, Mark enjoys a meal
Linn County landowner Linda Butts receives Oregon's "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title today in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/24/14
L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena
L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena
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Linn County landowner Linda Butts was selected from a group of 10 finalists to receive the "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title at the Oregon Tree Farm System's annual awards luncheon, held today at Portland's World Forestry Center.

For 40 years Butts has owned and managed a 145-acre tree farm on McCully Mountain south of Lyons. Linda and her late husband Linn have actively managed the property for wildlife, timber income, recreation and the improvement of threatened habitats.

Since the mid-1970s the Butts have managed their property for a mix of goals and objectives. They've hosted tours demonstrating a variety of forest management activities including good pruning practices. Over the years as their collective knowledge of what makes a healthy sustainable forest has grown, they've modified their management plans; one example is the restoration of an oak woodland savanna resulting in the conservation of an ecologically unique area.

Linda and her son Gary have both become Master Woodland Managers, donating time to help other landowners improve their forested properties. They annually assist Oregon State University Extension with its sponsorship of the Clackamas Tree School and other projects.

Other major accomplishments include:
* Conversion of 50 acres of old pastures to forests
* Planting of western red cedar, Douglas-fir and Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine in areas previously overtaken by invasive species
* Development of a camping area for family gatherings
* Development of a rocked road system for management and fire protection

"Linn and Linda have been leaders in managing their forests," says Mike Barsotti, a local forester who has known the Butts since the 1970s. "They've hosted countless educational tours to help others, showing other family forestland owners their efforts to restore and maintain an Oregon White Oak woodland savanna, as well as ways to prune and thin young trees," Barsotti added.

County chapters of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association in partnership with local foresters annually select landowners who promote sustainable forestry management on their land. Other landowners honored for their land management ethic this year include:

* Benton County: Mike and Molly Albrecht
* Clackamas County: John Poppino
* Douglas County: Bob and Naomi Ragon
* Jackson County: Jim and LaVonne Stumbo
* Lane County: Jim Christian
* Lincoln County: Peter and Alice Bregman
* Linn County: Linda Butts
* Union County: Harlan Scott
* Washington County: Chuck Price
* Yamhill County: Brian Doyle

The Oregon Tree Farm System (ATFS), an affiliate of the American Tree Farm System, is a Forest Certification organization that annually recognizes private forest landowners for their forest conservation actions.

For more information: http://www.otfs.org/


Attached Media Files: L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena , Linda Butts, Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year
Worker Falls 15' into a Hole, PF&R Responds (3127 SW Champlain Dr.) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/24/14
Patient Location from Above
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This afternoon at 1:15 PM Portland Firefighters were called to 3127 SW Champlain. A construction worker was found unconscious at the bottom of a 15' hole. No one was with the man when he became unconscious and it is unclear whether he fell or had some other issue while already in the space. The man was in an area where a concrete foundation was being poured, although he was not buried.

Firefighters from the nearest fire station worked in the space preparing the patient for transport to the hospital. He was then removed from the hole by members of PF&R's Technical Rescue Team. Firefighters used ropes and a ladder to get the patient out of the hole.

The adult male patient was transported to OHSU and entered into the trauma system.


Attached Media Files: Patient Location from Above , Rope System Used to Rescue Patient
Salem Police Accepting Donations for 27th Annual Toy Drive
Salem Police Dept. - 11/24/14
The Salem Police Department is now accepting donations for the 28th annual Salem Police Toy Drive.

The Salem Police Department is working together with Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES) to make the holidays brighter for children in our area. You can help by donating NEW unwrapped toys for children, infants through 12 years old, or monetary donations. Sorry, no used toys can be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations below through December 17.

* Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Rioom 130
* Siamak's Car Company, 2908 Market St NE
* Cycle Country, 1230 Broadway St NE
* Salem Electric, 633 7th St NW
* Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr NE

The Salem Police Toy Drive got its start as a result of a tragedy in December of 1986. A school liaison officer responded to the scene of a suicide and in the belongings of the deceased he found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter. The list deeply affected many at the police department and a collection was taken by department employees to fill the wish list. This was the beginning of the annual toy drive which still touches the hearts of many residents and police employees as the spirit of giving continues to bring happiness to the children of our community.

With holiday sales starting this week, please consider adding a toy for a local child to your shopping list.


For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Graber at (503)588-6499, option 1.
Northwest public utilities, BPA top five-year energy savings target (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/24/14
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
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Portland, Ore. - Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Sixth Power Plan.

"Public power and BPA continue to lead the region's energy efficiency efforts," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency. "And this fantastic accomplishment could only be achieved through the great collaboration that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."

Although energy savings are still being reported, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities are projecting that they will have saved more than 560 aMW of electricity between 2010 and 2014. The five years of savings is enough to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes and adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills for Northwest ratepayers. The final savings achieved will be more precisely known in early 2015.

BPA and publicly owned electric utilities in the Northwest have worked hard not only to achieve but to substantially exceed the aggressive energy efficiency target.

"Public power's investment in energy efficiency has produced impressive savings in the past five years," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "This would not be possible without the commitment at the local level by utilities who know the needs of their retail customers."

The region's energy-saving goals are set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which includes two members from each of the four Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington). BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of public power's share of the region's energy efficiency target. Public power utilities are responsible for roughly 42 percent of the total regional target. This includes providing incentives for energy-saving upgrades, developing and implementing cutting-edge programs, and advancing new energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards.

Since 2010, there have been a number of standouts in the region's efforts to enhance energy efficiency. Programs like BPA's award-winning Energy Smart Industrial more than doubled the savings industrial facilities achieved compared to the previous five years (from 35 to over 75 aMW). The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an organization that furthers the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices, supported by BPA, worked to improve the efficiency of the television market in the Northwest and achieved over 70 aMW of regional savings.

Standouts notwithstanding, a commitment to working together has been the key to success.

"Whether it's an upgrade for a homeowner or a process improvement at an industrial plant, collaboration between utility and BPA staff and our members is essential to achieving the region's energy conservation goals," says Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, an industry association that promotes energy efficiency.

The region has exceeded the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's annual targets every year since 2005. Early reporting shows that BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities saved 55 aMW of energy in fiscal year 2014, exceeding the target range of 48 to 56 aMW. (The fiscal year 2014 savings figure is preliminary and likely to be adjusted after all reporting from utilities is submitted and verified.)

"The region's impressive accomplishments are saving money for consumers, protecting the environment by helping to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and keeping our electricity supply the cleanest and least expensive in the nation," said Pat Smith, chair of the Council's Power Committee, which is overseeing development of the upcoming Seventh Power Plan.

Since Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act in 1980, over half of the region's new demand for electricity has been met through energy savings. In those 34 years, the Northwest has saved 5,600 aMW of electricity, enough energy to power four cities the size of Seattle for an entire year or about $3.5 billion in reduced electric bills for the people and businesses of the Northwest.

"Energy efficiency is our cleanest, quickest, cheapest new power source, and critical to meeting our carbon-reduction responsibilities," said Sara Patton, NW Energy Coalition executive director. "We applaud Bonneville's continuing efforts to help the region's utilities meet and exceed their savings goals, and look forward to even greater accomplishments in coming years."

According to the Council, the average cost of efficiency improvements is about $17 per megawatt-hour, about five times less than the cost of power from a new gas-fired plant. So without energy efficiency, the region would need to generate enough additional electricity to power 3.6 million Northwest homes.

"Northwesterners should be proud of the fact that energy efficiency is the second-largest power resource in the region," Genece adds. "By using energy more efficiently, we can extend the value of the federal power system and its ability to continue to provide clean, affordable, reliable energy for the region."


Attached Media Files: Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (4420 SE Francis)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/24/14
This morning at 10:50 AM Portland Firefighters were called to a house on fire at 4420 SE Francis. Neighbors reported seeing black smoke, they also reported that the resident had gone back inside after a pet. Arriving firefighters found a bedroom on fire with thick black smoke filling the rest of the house.

Firefighters searched the house for residents and began fighting the fire. The resident was found outside and no injuries were associated with this fire. The fire was contained to the bedroom and was extinguished.

A Portland Fire Investigator determined that this fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking material. Damages from this fire are estimated at $55,000.

There are three important things you can do to reduce your risk of injury from a home fire:

1. Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.

2. Plan and practice a fire escape plan.

3. In case of a fire, get out and stay out. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.
Traffic Advisory - Water main work will close one northbound lane of SW Terwilliger Blvd North of SW Capital Hwy for 3hrs
Portland Water Bureau - 11/24/14
Water main work will close one northbound lane of SW Terwilliger
Boulevard, north of SW Capitol Highway, for three hours

Portland, OR - On Tuesday, November 25, in order to complete a water pipe connection and then repave the road, a contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will close a short section of one northbound lane on SW Terwilliger Boulevard near SW Capitol Highway for three hours.

The work will begin at 10:00 am and is slated for completion by 1:00 pm.

The one northbound lane will be closed for approximately 100 feet, and flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone. Motorists and bicyclists should expect a short delay and are encouraged to find an alternate route during these hours.

Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina


Attached Media Files: 2014-11/1240/79854/Traffic_Advsiory_11242014(3).pdf
City of Battle Ground receives funding for South Parkway
City of Battle Ground - 11/24/14
The City of Battle Ground is pleased to announce notification of an award for partial funding of South Parkway from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

Staff has worked diligently on potential funding sources through numerous agencies and the project has also been promoted on both the state and federal legislative agendas. The Mayor, City Council, City Manager, staff, and both our state and federal lobbyists have met with numerous agencies including TIB, Governor's transportation staff, Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and state and federal elected officials to seek funding for this project.

This project would reconstruct the stretch of South Parkway from SE Rasmussen Blvd to SE Eaton Blvd with the full length of the street being completed with curb, gutter, stormwater collection, sidewalks, and bike lanes on both sides of the street. The improvements will also improve the quality of the street and provide safety by eliminating dark areas with the addition of street lights.

Perseverance and hard work preparing twelve applications since 2003 has finally paid off with 85% of the estimated project costs being funded through TIB. The total estimated project cost is $4,644,493 with TIB funding up to $3,938,469. The City will continue to work identifying funding sources for the remaining $695,024 so that construction could start in 2016. Possible funding sources include a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) which council created on October 24, 2014. Funding mechanisms for TBDs can include vehicle license fees or two-tenths percent (0.002) sales and use tax.
Cowlitz Sheriff arrests 3 for Burglary after astute neighbor sees truck next door.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
CASTLE Rock, Wash- 11-24-14 7:30 a.m. for the second time in two weeks, an astute neighbor noticed a suspicious vehicle next door and called the owner, who called 911. Three suspects have been taken in to custody for Burglary and Theft.

The caller, Susan Niemi, called her brother-in-law, John McDowll, after seeing a truck backed in to his barn. The barn is located at 1520 Hazel Dell Road, Castle Rock, Washington. McDowell called 911 saying no one had permission to be at the barn. Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Darren Ullmann was in the area and spotted the truck. Other deputies arrived and arrested and booked in to jail:
* Christopher L. LaBaum, 34, of Longview. (also arrest for DOC warrant)
* Barry C. Brehm, 44, Longview.
* Linda M. Carpenter, 55, of Longview.

Two of the suspects implicated all three suspects in the theft. In the truck was stolen lumber, a door, and other metal items valuing about $100.00 and it was all returned to the owner.

The pervious theft where a neighbor called 911 was report on the 19th. That case happened on Raven Ridge Road east of Kelso and resulted in one man being booked for Burglary as well.
Prevent your chances of becoming a victim of theft
Salem Police Dept. - 11/24/14
Monday, November 24, 2014: In the last twelve months, Salem residents have reported more than 1,700 vehicle break-ins. Purses, wallets, laptops, and other expensive items have been stolen, and in many cases the incidents have led to identity theft and other related crime.

Recently, a vehicle break-in victim shared her story with us to help emphasize the importance of never leaving your valuables in your vehicle. The video can be viewed on the department's YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/LcuA86LB3Kc.

Additionally, during this week of high retail sales, criminals looking for an increase in the chances to commit theft. With parking lots full of vehicles left unattended for extended periods, criminals may have an advantage, if we let them. Here are a couple more crime prevention shopping tips to consider:

To keep it safe, keep it with you. Aside from never leaving your purse or wallet in your vehicle, never leave them inside the shopping cart either! It only takes one moment of distraction while your back is turned for a criminal to pass by and take a purse. Also, if you plan on lots of packages, be sure to keep them with you until you leave the location. Before leaving to your next destination, store your items in the trunk. Don't try to hide them beneath the seats or some coats - crooks know all the tricks.

Don't brave the bargains alone. While searching for sales, take a squad of eagle-eye shoppers with you to look for reduced prices, as well as ways to reduce opportunities for crime. Each squad member should have an assignment, such as finding a well lit parking space, remembering where you parked, or ensuring all car doors and windows are locked.

Follow the police department's social media accounts for additional information including reminders about online purchases which are no longer limited to Cyber Monday!
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RESULTS-Sheriff's Office Provides Enhanced DUII Patrol
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
UPDATE: DUII Results

November 24, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies arrested eight impaired drivers over the weekend enhanced DUII traffic safety enforcement. There will be another traffic safety mission announced for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Original release below:


November 23, 2014, update on the weekend DUII Patrol's. From 5:00 p.m. on Friday to 12:00 p.m. today (Sunday) Sheriff's deputies have arrested seven DUII's. Deputies will continue to concentrate on DUII patrols through tomorrow morning and the stats for the weekend will be released tomorrow.


November 21, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance traffic safety for the weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. The holiday period is one of the most dangerous traveling times for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the weekend. These extra DUII patrols will be from 9:00 p.m. November 21, 2014, through 2:00 a.m. November 24, 2014.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

This is one of several Oregon Department of Transportation sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of each of these traffic safety missions.
Salmon Creek Elementary hosts robotics tournament Dec. 6 and 7
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 11/24/14
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams will tackle the future of learning at the "World Class" challenge on Dec. 6-7. The Intel Oregon FLL qualifying tournaments will be held at Salmon Creek Elementary School, 1601 NE 129th Street, Vancouver, 98685. The tournament will be held both days from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.

This fast-paced, energetic competition features hundreds of 9- to 14-year-olds from Washington and Oregon as they redesign how students gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Thirty teams will compete during the two-day competition, and eight will advance to the championship round held Jan. 17-18 in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/24/14
Beginning Monday, November 24th at 5pm until Tuesday, December 2nd at 8am, Lt. Greg Pickering will be the acting public information officer for the Tualatin Police Department. For media related inquiries, please contact Lt. Pickering by email gpickering@ci.tualatin.or.us or call 503-572-7717.
Thanksgiving Travel Plans? Look here first...
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Woodburn Police Department (WPD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to urge I-5 travelers to plan ahead and travel smart.

Holiday travel can bring congested roads and worrisome weather for folks who don't plan ahead.

This Thanksgiving, Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores will be hosting a "Moonlight Madness" sale, bringing more traffic to the Woodburn area. Each year, traffic on I-5 typically backs up for several miles in both directions Thanksgiving night near exit 271 as travelers and shoppers pass by.

Woodburn Police, Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP are planning extra patrols and enhanced enforcement in the area. As vehicles begin to line up to take the 271 Woodburn exit, some drivers may be tempted to stop in the adjacent lanes and "cut" into the line. OSP and ODOT want to remind drivers that it is unlawful to stop/stand on the freeway and troopers working in the area will be stopping those folks and issuing citations as necessary.

ODOT, WPD, MCSO and OSP encourage shoppers visiting the Premium Outlet Stores to consider using additional parking at the newly completed Woodburn Park & Ride/Transit facility located just east of I-5 on Highway 214.

Pre-Holiday Travel Reminders:
* Stay alert and focused while driving;
* If headed to the Outlet Stores, be sure to get in the right lane several miles before the exit;
* DO NOT STOP in the center or left lanes to merge into the right lane - if you miss the start of the line you will need to proceed to the next available exit and turn around;
* A safe following distance will reduce rear-end crashes, so - leave more room;
* Look for alternate routes to Woodburn;
* Know Before You Go with www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

Report Drunk Drivers at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Local Musicians Showcase their Talents at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/24/14
Lancaster Mall is excited to present performances by Salem area school choirs, amateur and professional musicians. The performance area is just inside the Lancaster Drive entrance next to Starbucks. Scheduled performances are as follows:

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00am-11:00am, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Friday, November 28, 2014, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Celebration Brass Oregon

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, Liberty Elementary Choir

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 10:30am-11:00am, Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Georgene Distad

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, OMTA - Jill Foster

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, OMTA - Roth Richard

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 1:00pm-2:00pm, OTMA - Deborah Buttler

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 11:30am-12:00pm, Englewood Elementary

Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 2:00pm-2:30pm, Auburn Elementary

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:00pm-12:20pm, Hammond Elementary Choir

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:00pm-5:30pm, Heritage Elementary

Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:00pm-4:45pm, OMTA - Linda Greer

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:00pm-6:30pm, OMTA - Donna Hilfiker

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:30pm-7:00pm, OMTA - Crystal Zimmerman

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, OMTA - Cessaries Galusha

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm, Amy Harris Piano

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 1:00pm-1:15pm, OMTA - Lorna Walker

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:00am-10:30am, Mary Eyre Elementary

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:30am-11:00am, Crossler Middle School

Monday, December 15, 2014, 11:30am-12:00pm, Grant Elementary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Sherry Lanning's Golden Flute

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:30am-11am, Highland Elementary

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:00pm-1:30pm, Nellie Muir Elementary

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, Forest Ridge Elementary

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 4:00pm-4:30pm, McNary High School A Capella

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Every Saturday in December, 4pm-5pm (before Christmas) the Festival Singers will be dressed in traditional Victorian costumes and will be strolling the mall singing holiday carols.

Performance schedule is subject to change and we are adding performances daily so please visit www.LancasterMall.com or the performance area for the most current listings.
Statement from Chief Mike Reese Regarding Officers Use of Badge on Facebook
Portland Police Bureau - 11/24/14
This morning, Monday November 24, 2014, Chief Mike Reese ordered three officers to remove images of the official Portland Police Bureau badge, surrounded by a bracelet stating, "I am Darren Wilson" from their personal Facebook pages.

"I was alerted to these images this morning and immediately ordered their removal through the officers' chain of command. The image displayed does not represent this organization and was very inflammatory in nature," said Chief Mike Reese. "Officers certainly have a right to have and express their opinions but not using an official badge of the Portland Police Bureau. The badge represents all members of the organization, past and present, and is an important symbol in our community that must not be tarnished. I've asked the Professional Standards Division to review this matter for possible policy violations."

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Silverton, Wilsonville residents appointed to state cemeteries commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa VanLaanen has appointed Jeanean Craig of Silverton and Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Craig, a lawyer, was appointed in the spring and is interested in the historical records and legal issues related to Oregon's historic cemeteries. Lehan, appointed this fall, has worked with several historic cemeteries. She is familiar with burial documentation, genealogy and other cemetery issues.

"The commission is pleased to welcome both Craig and Lehan, both of whom are looking forward to supporting people and organizations taking care of historic cemeteries," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "Both will be great additions to the commission."

The commission is seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Trey Batey of Medford, Mike Leamy of Astoria and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde. For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.


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State Park Camping Discounts to Change in 2015
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board "discovery season" discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago, and is offered at all state park campgrounds in Oregon.

"Discovery Season has done its job," said Chris Havel, OPRD Associate Director. "It was great way to introduce yurts to Oregonians and to encourage fall and winter camping, but we now need to move away from a 'one size fits all' discount." He cited a continuing decline in Lottery revenue as part of the reason for the move. Nearly all of OPRD's funding comes from user fees, a portion of RV licensing revenue, and 7.5 percent of net Lottery proceeds.

Before discounts, Oregon state park campsites cost $17-19 a night for tents, and $22-26 for RVs. Together with parking revenue, visitors contribute $21 million of the $48 million a year it takes to operate state parks. OPRD estimates that returning to a year round rate structure with targeted discounts could translate into an additional $400,000-500,000 a year.

Havel said that campers will begin to see a new type of discount in 2015 and beyond. "We love the idea of discounts and rewards for our customers. But we have to be much more targeted," he said. "It makes better business sense to offer incentives that attract campers to sites that would normally sit empty, instead of discounting sites that would fill anyway."

Havel said that customers have long asked for ways to make last minute decisions about camping. "With service improvements in our reservation system, for example, we can better anticipate where last-minute vacancies will be, and we can then make those spots available at a special rate." He also noted that effective January 1, 2015, customers will be able to reserve campsites from nine months to just one day before their trip. Currently, that reservation "window" is two days, not one. "It's a small change, but it means you can call on a Thursday and book your entire weekend stay."

OPRD contracts with Reserve America, a centralized online reservation service that handles 49 public and private park systems across the U.S. Customers can also reserve campsites by calling OPRD's call center in Portland at 1-800-452-5687 during regular business hours.
Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
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Beginning Friday, November 28th, and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night focusing primarily on impaired drivers. These patrols are made possible by grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from their partners' at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes." The Sheriff's Office is committed to reducing these statistics and providing safe travels for the residents and visitors of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin wants to remind drivers that, "If you're going to drink, please don't drive, designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation. Let's all have a safe and happy holiday."


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**UPDATE - Stabbing Incident - 7900 Block of Hwy 99
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
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Based on witness statements, other information obtained through public input and subsequent investigation, Clark County Sheriff's Office detectives were able to positively identify one of the involved suspects in the stabbing incident that occurred on 11/21/14 in the parking lot of the Three Monkeys Tavern.

The suspect was identified as Vancouver resident, 22 year old Apolonio (Polo) Luna-Ruelas. On the evening of 11/23/14 Apolonio (Polo) Luna-Ruelas was located and taken into custody without incident.

Luna-Ruelas was subsequently book into the Clark County Jail on the charges of Assault I and Robbery I. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Rick Torres at 360.397.6079.


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On 11/21/14 at approximately 11:45pm, an altercation was reported in the parking lot of the Three Monkeys Tavern located at 7917 NE HIGHWAY 99 in Vancouver, WA. When Clark County deputies arrived, they located an adult male victim in the parking lot. The victim had multiple stab wounds to his torso and extremities. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Witnesses stated two suspects were involved in the stabbing; both fled prior to deputies arriving. The two suspects are described as both being Hispanic males in their early 20's. The investigation is being conducted by the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911.
Media Advisory/City of Gresham and Multnomah County Partner for Promise
City of Gresham - 11/24/14
MEDIA ADVISORY
NOT FOR PUBLICATION

GRESHAM, Ore. - Media representatives can learn more about a bid by the City of Gresham and Multnomah County to garner federal Promise Zone designation for the Rockwood neighborhood in Gresham at a media briefing and community kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 25. This joint application represents a new era of partnership between the City of Gresham and Multnomah County.

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will discuss their joint application for Promise Zone designation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Promise Zones were created last year by the federal government to help create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime in high-poverty communities.

A press release and fact sheet will be available, and Mayor Bemis and Chair Kafoury will answer questions. They will also thank members of the Rockwood community, some of whom helped prepare the application, for their support and their work improving their community.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 25
Time: 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Place: Rockwood Public Safety Facility, 675 NE 181st Ave., Gresham

Contact Information:
Wendy Lawton, Communications Manager, City of Gresham, 503-793-4167, wendy.lawton@greshamoregon.gov
David Austin, Communications Director, Multnomah County, 503- 803-8616, david.austin@multco.us

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Find Hope This Thanksgiving At Portland Rescue Mission (Photo)
Portland Rescue Mission - 11/24/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Rescue Mission will host its annual Thanksgiving Eve dinner for hundreds of homeless men and women from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mission's Burnside Shelter, located at 111 W. Burnside St. This special holiday meal includes Thanksgiving favorites, such as turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.


"Thanksgiving means time spent at home with family and friends. But for a homeless man or woman, the holidays only increase the painful feelings of being alone," said Eric Bauer, Portland Rescue Mission's executive director. "We offer warmth, hope and hospitality for people in need who have no other place to go. Thanks to the compassionate partnership with the community, we are able to give hope and restore life, this holiday season."

Portland Rescue Mission offers a variety of integrated services, including free breakfast and dinner daily, with lunch served on the weekends. Portland Rescue Mission is the largest overnight shelter provider in Portland, offering 58 beds year-round, and up to 114 additional beds during the winter months of November through March. To donate, call 503-MISSION (647-7466) or visit www.portlandrescuemission.org.

About Portland Rescue Mission
Since 1949, Portland Rescue Mission has served people in need by giving hope and restoring life. The Mission operates 365 days a year and provides up to 950 meals a day, overnight shelter, mail services and safe, clean restrooms that are available 24/7. The Mission offers short and long-term programs, serving men, women and children, including two 90-day programs for individuals transitioning from homelessness to housing and employment. Our New Life Ministry is a 12-month program that provides total life recovery, focusing on addictions recovery, spiritual renewal, and life skills for up to 40 women and their children at Shepherd's Door and up to 41 men at The Harbor.

Portland Rescue Mission is a faith-based non-profit supported by 30,000 dedicated donors and 3,000 caring volunteers, working in close coordination with other public and private resources and churches of many denominations. To learn more, visit www.PortlandRescueMission.org.

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Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle Competes in the Salvation Army's Celebrity Ring-Off (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/24/14
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Duyck, Mayor Denny Doyle, and Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding at the 2013 Salvation Army's annual Celebrity Ring-Off.
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Mayor Denny Doyle will compete against Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Duyck in the Salvation Army's annual Celebrity Ring-Off on Monday, Dec. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. inside the Beaverton Town Center Fred Meyer (11425 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway).

"The Ring-Off has become one of my favorite holiday traditions," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's humbling to see how many people truly care about their neighbors."

During the competition, each public official will try to lure as many visitors as possible to their red kettle. The winner will bring home the "Best Bell-Ringer" plaque, which will be on display in their respective office until the next competition in December 2015.

Donations can also be made online using a credit card now through the month of December by visiting www.onlineredkettle.org/MayorDennyDoyle. Kettle bells will also be set up in the mayor's office at The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way).

All funds from the Ring-Off will go towards The Salvation Army of Hillsboro, which uses the proceeds for its services for Washington County residents in need, including food box distribution, hot meals and holiday food and toy boxes.

For more information about Mayor Doyle's participation in the event, please contact Natalie Kelley at nkelley@BeavertonOregon.gov.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need 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. Eighty two 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. People can make monetary donations by calling 503-238-GIVE (4483), or by mail: The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844. Gifts may be designated to a particular program, need or location. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.salvationarmyportland.org or friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Duyck, Mayor Denny Doyle, and Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding at the 2013 Salvation Army's annual Celebrity Ring-Off.
Red Cross issues safety tips for Thanksgiving
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/24/14
Thousands of Oregon families will be celebrating Thanksgiving with loved ones this week, and the American Red Cross has developed travel and cooking safety tips to help make the holiday a safe one.

"The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and Red Cross wants to help everyone be safe if travel plans include going by vehicle," said Amy Shlossman, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Cascades Region. "Also, cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we have tips on how to avoid a fire."

If plans include driving, check the weather and avoid storms on your route. Please use seat belts and don't drink and drive. If you're the driver, give your full attention to the road--no cell phone use while behind the wheel. Drivers should also observe speed limits and other rules, make frequent stops and rotate drivers if possible on long trips, and not follow other vehicles too closely. Here are more driving safety tips:
--Keep a safe distance when behind another vehicle.
--Make sure all of your lights are clean and functioning, and that windows are clean to help you see, especially at night.
--Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches or if you're using your windshield wipers due to bad weather.
--Use extra caution in work zones.

If you're the cook for that big Thanksgiving dinner, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. And never leave the stove unattended; turn it off if you have to leave the kitchen even for a short time. Here are more cooking safety tips:
--Check food regularly and use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
--Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
--Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any other appliance that generates heat. Examples are pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels and curtains, and food packaging.
--Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup.
--If you don't already have one, consider buying a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
--Always, not just on Thanksgiving, check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.

"People can also download the Red Cross first aid app to have information at their fingertips if an emergency occurs," Shlossman said. "They can find out more about all of the Red Cross lifesaving apps at redcross.org/apps." The apps are available for Apple and Android devices in English and Spanish. Information about food safety during a disaster or emergency also is available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/food-safety.

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.
*** Update *** Reward Increased to Help OSP Fish & Division Investigation of Multiple Deer & Elk Killings in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
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A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.

The ongoing investigations led OSP troopers on Monday, November 3, 2014, to two suspects. BRADLEY JORDAN, age 20, from Beaver, was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer, Unlawful Possession of Buck Deer (2 counts), Waste of a Game Animal, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. When arrested, JORDAN was in possession of an illegally killed black-tail deer. A second person identified as JOSHUA SINCLAIR, age 22, from Cloverdale, was cited and released to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court for Aiding in a Game Violation.

OSP believes there may be others involved in these incidents and are asking for the public's help. A $1,000 reward is offered, comprised of $500 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association and $500 from the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigations.

*** Enhanced Reward ***

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible. The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to conviction of suspected poachers.

Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Newport Troopers Investigate Wasted Trophy Buck Deer - *** REWARD *** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
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On November 7, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to a home off NE Port Lane in Lincoln City to investigate a report of a dead buck deer. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a deceased 4-point buck deer that appeared to have been shot with an arrow. The buck was unable to be salvaged. The deer was seen alive earlier in the afternoon and appeared to have been killed around 6:30 PM, inside city limits. This was the last day of the Western Oregon Deer season.

A $5,250 reward is offered, comprised of $250 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, $2500 from the Humane Society of the United States and $2500 from the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to please call Sr. Tpr. Ryan Kehr with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-0097


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Carlton man arrested for menacing
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
At approximately 1400 hours on 11/22/2014 the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a menacing call at a warehouse on Hwy. 99W just South of Yampo Rd. The call was that an employee was there yelling at persons and firing a weapon.

Sheriff Jack Crabtree said that while the Polk County Deputies were enroute the suspect left and it was determined he went North on Hwy. 99W in a red Ford Bronco. The suspect vehicle was located near Boyer road on Hwy 99 W south of McMinnville and a "High Risk" traffic stop was conducted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies, McMinnville Police, and Oregon State Police Troopers.

Sheriff Crabtree said the driver DALE LESLIE BACON,DOB:09/01/56, complied with deputies and was detained without incident.

The Polk County Deputy determined there was no crime at the warehouse and that the incident took place at a tree farm on Kirkwood Rd. off Hopewell Road in rural Yamhill County. Investigation revealed that Bacon while at the tree farm made threats towards coworkers then discharged a handgun into the ground in the direction of the coworkers.

Bacon was lodged at the Yamhill County Corrections Facility on charges of Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree said that he is pleased that this incident did not result in the harm of any individuals and that his deputies were able to bring this to a quick and safe resolve.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by the Oregon State Police, and the McMinnville Police Department.
Attic Fire Damages Longview Home (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 11/24/14
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On November 23rd at approximately 11:30 PM Longview Fire Units were dispatched to a possible house fire located at 2509 Northlake Ave. Reports from the homeowner indicated that their home was filling with smoke but they could not see any fire.
When fire crews arrived they reported smoke from the roofline and gable vents with a possible attic fire. Access to the attic proved difficult because of remodeling and additions that blocked easy attic access. Once access was made to the attic firefighters confirmed fire was actively burning in the attic and put together an attack plan which included using a piercing nozzle, pulling ceilings, and cutting opening in the roof.
It took firefighters approximately 40 minutes to access and extinguish the attic fire. Once the fire was under control extensive overhaul was initiated because of the "Hot Spots" that spread throughout the attic space. Firefighters also conducted primary salvage moving valuable items to areas of safety and covered all undamaged property with salvage covers.
Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by a wood burning fireplace chimney. Damage estimates to the homes structure and its contents are estimated at $150,000.00. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. ServePro was called to help the family deal with the after effects of smoke and water damage.


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11/23/14
*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash I-84 West of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.

At approximately 6:22 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car's driver, identified as SHELLEY WHITTAKER, 29, of Portland, was pulled from the vehicle by her passenger then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on WHITTAKER until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.

The front passenger, identified as TUESDAY HAILEY, 35, of Hillsboro, self-extricated and received non-life threatening injuries.

Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.

*** Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended an oil or gasoline tanker type semi-truck . Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from knowing the vehicle had been hit.***

OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 (SCC) or 503-375-3555 (NCC).

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Fire Department, Echo Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photographs are attached.

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Explosion and Fire Results From Hash Oil Process
Tigard Police - 11/23/14
Today, Tigard Police officers were called to the 76 Station located at 10775 SW Greenburg Rd. in Tigard at approximately 1:50 a.m. on reports of a fire and explosion. Firefighters with TVF&R were arriving at the scene along with police and quickly worked to extinguish a fire which appeared to start in an exterior restroom. Police learned that two men had allegedly been in the restroom prior to the explosion and fire however was seen leaving the area on foot after the occurrence.

Soon after Tigard Police began investigating and interviewing employees who were working at the time, officers received information that two men had arrived at Providence St. Vincent Hospital seeking treatment for burn injuries. Officers went to the hospital and met with the men. Investigators determined the explosion occurred as a result of both victims attempting to produce butane hash oil which can be extremely dangerous given that the process involves use of highly combustible and flammable agents. Both Tigard men, 18 year-old Dennis Tapia and 23 year-old Jose Rios were transported from Providence St. Vincent to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center. Their condition is not known. No charges have been filed however Tigard Police Investigators will forward their reports to the Washington County District Attorney's Office for grand jury consideration.

The incident remains under investigation. Law enforcement and Fire Safety officials have been warning about the extreme dangers related to the process of producing butane hash oil. A similar Tigard case last summer resulted in the conviction of a Portland man when he also attempted to create butane hash oil while in a parked vehicle. In addition to injuring the convicted man, the incident also damaged several vehicles parked nearby which started as a result when a small explosion and fire had erupted inside the vehicle during the hash oil process.
Hash Oil Explosion in Tigard Injures Two (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 11/23/14
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At 1:49am TVF&R Firefighters and Tigard Police Officers were dispatched to a report of an explosion at the 76 gas station and food mart on 10775 SW Greenburg Road in Tigard. On arrival firefighters found a food mart bathroom that appeared to have had an explosion and sustained significant damage. While there was no active fire in the bathroom, crews discovered fire had extended through a false ceiling and was threatening the main part of the convenience store. Firefighters made quick access through the ceiling and extinguished the fire within a couple minutes. The food mart suffered some smoke damage, while the bathroom had significant damage.

While firefighters focused efforts on the fire, an initial investigation by police revealed that two males were in the bathroom at the time of the explosion. After the explosion, the men used an extinguisher to put out the bathroom fire and then transported themselves to Providence St. Vincent with injuries. Further investigation by Tigard Police and a TVF&R Fire Investigator uncovered that they were attempting to extract hash oil from marijuana using butane gas at the time of explosion. TVF&R Fire Investigator Jason Arn said, "process of extracting hash oil is very dangerous", as was the case with this explosion. Both men suffered severe burns and were transported to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center for treatment.

The TVF&R Investigator determined the fire was caused by a heat gun which ignited butane gas, causing a fire and explosion. The fire was contained to the bathroom and the adjoining storage room with smoke spread throughout the food mart.

The incident remains under investigation by the Tigard Police Department.


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Red Cross assists after Marion County fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/23/14
Overnight a fire affected one adult in the 200 block of Draper Street NE in Salem.

On Sunday morning Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits and information about mental health and disaster health services.
Two Men Grab Woman in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood - Woman Escaped, Suspects Fled (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/14
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On Saturday November 22, 2014, at 1:59 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Street on the report that a woman was attacked in the area.

Officers arrived and spoke with the 30-year-old victim who told police that she was walking home when she was approached by two men who started talking to her then grabbed her and dragged her onto a side street.

The victim told police she was walking northbound on 92nd Avenue and passed Insley Street, where she saw the two men approach her from Insley. The two men started talking to her so she sped up her walk as they ran up behind her and grabbed onto her arms and began dragging her backwards onto Insley.

The victim struggled and fought her way out of their grasp and fell to the ground in the process, but was able to get up and run away. The victim told police she hid in some bushes as the men walked past her and out of the area.

The victim told police that she hid in the bushes for approximately 10 minutes then ran to her home where her boyfriend called 9-1-1.

The victim described the suspects as male Hispanics in their 20s, both 6' tall, medium build, wearing dark clothing.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' descriptions. There have been no similar reports of this activity in the neighborhood.

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 WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength 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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Stabbing suspect arrested in downtown McMinnville (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 11/23/14
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On November 23, 2014 at approximately 12:50 am McMinnville Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress near the intersection of NE 3rd Street and Evans Street. Additional information was provided shortly thereafter that one of the involved persons was stabbed.

Upon arrival officers located the victim, who was identified as Jaime Alfredo Jimenez (30 YOA) from McMinnville. Mr. Jimenez was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with what were determined to be multiple non-life threatening stab wounds. There were several witnesses on-scene who provided a description of the suspect (a Hispanic male wearing a red shirt).

Officers located the suspect running from the area and after being positively identified by witnesses, was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Stephen Brandon Garr (19 YOA) from Coos Bay. Mr. Garr was lodged at the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges: Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Menacing and Assault II, bail was set at $167,500.


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Gang-Related Shooting in Kenton Neighborhood Damages Vehicle - No Injuries or Suspects (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/14
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On Sunday November 23, 2014, at 3:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 8500 block of North Endicott Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and damage to a parked vehicle in a driveway and a garage door. No injuries were reported.

Initial investigation indicated that the shooting may be gang related so the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the scene. The same residence was shot at in July 2014. No arrests have been made in that case and there were no injuries as a result of the earlier shooting.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or 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.

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

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

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Hit and Run Seriously Injures Pedestrian in Reed Neighborhood of Southeast Portland - Driver Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/14
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On Sunday November 23, 2014, at 1:12 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 30th Avenue and Steele Street on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located 21-year-old Jordan Jackson, a resident of Southeast Portland, down in the street suffering from serious injuries. Witnesses described seeing a silver Volkswagen Beetle strike Jackson then flee the scene westbound on Steele.

Jackson was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to what initially were believed to be life-threatening injuries. His condition was later upgraded and he is expected to survive.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded to assist with the investigation.

A witness led police to an apartment complex just West of 30th and Steele, where the silver Volkswagen Beetle was parked in the lot. The vehicle had extensive front end damage.

Officers contacted 27-year-old Ariel Neuman in the complex. After further investigation, officers took her into custody without incident.

Neuman was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run/Felony), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and Reckless Driving.

Anyone with additional information about this crash may contact Officer David Enz at (503) 823-2103, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov.

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4 juvenile burglars arrested after foot chase from Boones Ferry Primary
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/23/14
On 11-22-14 at about 6:30 pm deputies with the Wilsonville Police Department responded to an alarm at Boones Ferry Primary School located at 11495 SW Wilsonville Road. Information was received from the alarm company (which monitors sounds within the building)that voices could be heard inside as well as the activation of the alarm system.

Arriving deputies located four juvenile suspects exiting the school. The juveniles ran, but all four were apprehended after a foot chase.

The subsequent investigation revealed that one of the suspects had climbed onto the roof of the school and made entry into the school and then let the remaining suspects into the school. The suspects stole property from the school and were found in possession of that property when they were apprehended.

The juveniles, three of whom are 14 years of age and one 13 years of age, all live in the area. They were taken to the Clackamas County Juvenile Reception Center and turned over to the custody of the Clackamas County Juvenile Department, each charged with Burglary in the Second Degree.

Facilities personnel from the West Linn Wilsonville School District responded and made the building secure.

The Wilsonville Police Department is a contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XI Collection unveiled to public today
OHSU (Hospital) - 11/23/14
WHAT: Select styles from the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XI collection, six one-of-a-kind shoes and apparel items, will be available for purchase beginning today on nike.com and at select Nike retail locations across the country, with all proceeds benefitting OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

This year's patient-designers will be on hand to unveil their designs, sign autographs and share their inspiring stories of triumph over serious illness:

-- Chase Crouch, 8, Wilsonville, Ore.
-- Tim Haarmann, 15, Tigard, Ore.
-- Caden Lampert, 10, West Linn, Ore.
-- Melissa Miller, 14, Turner, Ore.
-- Alejandro Munoz, 8, Medford, Ore.
-- Addie Peterson, 15, Clackamas, Ore.

Michael Doherty, Nike's Senior Creative Director of Global Brand Presentation and long-time board member of Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, will be available for interviews. Doherty's son, Connor, first envisioned Doernbecher Freestyle as a means of raising money for the children's hospital.

Beginning today, select styles from the collection will be available at Nike Portland, Nike Georgetown, Nike San Francisco, NIKETOWN New York, Nike Roosevelt Field, NIKETOWN Los Angeles, Nike Lenox, Nike Las Vegas, Nike Portland, Nike Chicago and Nike Dallas.

WHEN: 9:30 - 10 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 23

WHERE: Nike Portland, 638 S.W. 5th Ave. at Morrison St.

DETAILS: Doernbecher Freestyle is an extraordinary partnership between Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in which young patients who have endured cancer, neurosurgery, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, rare genetic disorders, kidney transplant and more experience the joy of helping other kids going through similar experiences by designing limited-edition Nike footwear and apparel pieces to help support the children's hospital that changed their lives. All proceeds benefit health care and research programs at OHSU Doernbecher. To date, Doernbecher Freestyle has raised $11 million to expand pioneering research, support clinical care, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, recruit new experts and help cover the cost of care for families most in need.

For more information: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/dchf/fundraising/nike-freestyle/
11/22/14
CFD #1 firefighters rescue family pet!
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/22/14
At approximately 6:05 this evening, firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a mobile home in Damascus. Firefighters arrived at the Riverview Mobile Home Park at 15758 SE Hwy 224, to find fire showing from under the mobile home. Firefighters immediately attacked the fire, while checking the interior of the home. Firefighters found the family dog inside of the smoke filled home, and pulled the dog from the home to safety. The dog appeared to be uninjured. There were no other occupants inside of the home. There was extensive damage to the home. This fire was handled by a 1st alarm box response. Firefighters remained on scene for a few hours to complete salvage and overhaul operations. The cause of the fire may be related to an electrical problem, but the cause is still under investigation.
*** Update *** Minor Injury School Bus Crash on Century Drive West of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/22/14
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At approximately 9:50 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a report of a school bus that had lost control, slid off the road and rolled-over at milepost 15.5 on Century Drive west of Bend.

Troopers, assisted by the United States Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, learned the bus slid through the eastbound lane and off the embankment before rolling over twice and coming to rest against some trees about 50 feet away from the road. The bus was occupied by six students plus the driver, identified as RUSSELL JOHNSON, 55, of Prineville. One of the students received a minor injury and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

The school bus was traveling from Prineville to the Mount Bachelor area transporting the cross country ski team. Information on seat belt use is not immediately available.

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Volunteers at Union Gospel Mission Assemble 500 Thanksgiving Food Baskets (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/22/14
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Volunteers at Union Gospel Mission Assemble 500 Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Portland, OR - Volunteers assembled 500 Thanksgiving Food Baskets at Union Gospel Mission on Saturday. The Thanksgiving Baskets contain all the traditional Thanksgiving fare - mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy mix, vegetables, yams, rolls, and a gift certificate for a turkey. The basket contains enough food to feed a family of four to six people. Union Gospel Mission and a network of churches and organizations will distribute the Thanksgiving food baskets to individuals and families in need. This is the third year that Union Gospel Mission has supplied Thanksgiving food baskets to families who cannot afford that traditional Thanksgiving meal.

"Union Gospel Mission is well known for serving the homeless, but we also serve people who have a place to live, but are struggling to put food on the table. The cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is simply out of reach for some people. We are so grateful for donors and volunteers that make it possible for those families to celebrate Thanksgiving with a wonderful meal," said Bill Russell, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Gang Enforcement Team Arrests 16-Year-Old for Attempted Murder (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/22/14
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On Friday November 21, 2014, members of the Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) arrested 16-year-old Christopher Washington in connection with an August 2014 shooting. Washington was arrested at his home in the 2900 block of Southeast 92nd Avenue.

This investigation began on August 9, 2014, at 12:48 a.m., when North Precinct and GET officers responded to the report of shots fired outside the Shady Lady Tavern, located at 4759 Northeast Cully Boulevard. Nobody was hit in the shooting and investigators learned that there was a disturbance inside the tavern prior to the shots being fired outside.

GET detectives responded to investigate and over the past several months, developed information leading to the arrest of Washington.

Washington was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or 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.

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

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

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11/21/14
Hockinson School District Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 11/21/14
There will be a Regular School Board Meeting on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Columbia University Training Immerses BGPS Teachers in Writing Curriculum (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/21/14
Battle Ground Public Schools K-8 teachers are trained on the best methods for teaching the district's new writing curriculum.
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Writing is a fundamental part of learning, and Battle Ground Public Schools is taking steps to make sure its writing education will prepare students for careers and college. More than 80 K-8 teachers were trained last week by Lauren Kolbeck, a consultant from the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University Teachers College, on how to teach the district's new writing curriculum to students. The consultant, who is one of the authors of the curriculum, spoke about the writing materials, the philosophy behind them, and the teaching practices that will enable BGPS teachers to effectively incorporate the curriculum into their lessons.

"I now have a much clearer idea of how to implement this curriculum," said Kristie Glock, a Pleasant Valley Primary third grade teacher who took the training. "It was valuable to see all the resources that are available. The training fueled my passion for teaching writing."

Each of the BGPS teacher leaders took a full day of training on the district's new K-8 writing curriculum, called Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing. This training is the first stage in a two-year, K-12 implementation plan that will result in a consistent curriculum and teaching method across all grade levels that is focused on 21st century writing skills and meets new Washington State Learning Standards.

The Units of Study writing curriculum builds on the writing skills that students learn at each grade level to create a consistent continuum of writing education. "This will enable our students to build on the skills they learn in each grade level and give them a common vocabulary that is consistent from year to year," said Paula Koehler-Martin, Battle Ground Public Schools' executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. In BGPS' high schools, the new curriculum is called Come to Class: Lessons for High School Writers and provides a continuation of the skills found in the K-8 Units of Study curriculum.

A consistent, skills-building curriculum also will give district teachers the ability to monitor student progress as they advance to the next grade level. "The new curriculum will enable teachers to analyze student work and share results through collaboration in professional learning communities," Koehler-Martin continued. "Teachers will benefit by knowing what is expected of their students each year and in knowing which writing skills their students would have learned before they get to their classrooms."

BGPS is taking a phased approach to rolling out the new curriculum. This year, a representative teacher at every grade level from each school attended the Reading and Writing Project training, and will be able to answer questions from other teachers within their professional learning communities as they familiarize themselves with the new material.

Next year, teachers will use the entire writing curriculum; but not just in English classes. 21st century career and college readiness guidelines emphasize the need for students to be able to write well in all subjects and in all situations. The district is exploring options for providing training to teachers across the district, not just those specifically focused on English language arts subjects. "Everyone is a writing teacher," Koehler-Martin said. "In the new learning standards, more emphasis is put on writing for career and college readiness."

Options for district-wide training on the new K-8 writing curriculum materials include after-school workshops and summer classes. The possibility also exists to collaborate on training with Evergreen Public Schools, which also has selected the writing curriculum.

The BGPS Board of Directors approved the Units of Study and Come to Class curricula at its July 2014 meeting based on a committee recommendation. The committee used research on writing instruction to create a rubric that identified the components of an effective writing curriculum. Then the committee evaluated various writing curricula against the rubric and made a recommendation to the BGPS Board of Directors.

Information, writing samples and rubrics for K-8 from the curriculum: Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing are online at
http://www.unitsofstudy.com/writing-grade-by-grade/


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Gresham Police looking for missing woman (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/21/14
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Craig Junginger, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 21, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-712825

Gresham Police looking for missing woman

Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 78 year old woman who requires lifesaving medication. Mildred Hopson was last seen shopping at Winco Foods in Gresham at 12:45 a.m., driving her tan Kia Soul with Oregon license plate 091GKE.

Hopson is described as a white female with shoulder length salt and pepper hair, 5 feet inches tall, 160 pounds and walks with a slight limp. She was last seen wearing a cream or light colored coat and matching pants, a light colored, possibly pink, shirt and brown shoes. (A picture of Hopson is attached.)

Anyone with information about Hopson's whereabouts is asked to call 911.




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Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 99W near Junction City - Lane County. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a four vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W at milepost 112 near Junction City in Lane County.

On November 21, at approximately 6:59 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a four vehicle crash on highway 99W at milepost 112 with a single confirmed fatality. The crash occurred when a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, travelling northbound and driven by CLINTON STEFANEK, 31, from Eugene, crossed the center median and struck a southbound 2014 Nissan Juke, driven by KIMBERLY ANNE BARCLAY, 39, from Corvallis. BARCLAY died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Subsequent to the initial crash, both vehicles were struck by additional cars heading southbound.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and pending the results of the collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Junction City Fire Department, Junction City PD, Lane Rural Fire District, the Lane County District Attorney and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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OSU Student Arrested For Child Pornography (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on November 21, 2014 his detectives served a search warrant at an Oregon State University dormitory following an investigation of child pornography.

Philipp Jean Bardenheier, a 19-year old Environmental Engineering student from California, is a resident at Buxton Hall Dormitory. He was arrested and charged with two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I by disseminating child pornography from his computer. The investigation revealed Bardenheier shared child pornography to a computer in Linn County.

During an interview with detectives, Bardenheier admitted to possessing child pornography and to using the Internet to download and share child pornography.

Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, and the Benton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search warrant.

Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized and are being forensically examined by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Digital Forensics Laboratory.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.


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Walk W/Santa Tomorrow @Lloyd Center's Angel Tree Walk - Toys Benefit Underprivileged Kids
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 11/21/14
Who: Lloyd Center, Santa & his elves, The Salvation Army

What: Lloyd Center is hosting an Angel Tree Walk, which will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. Families are invited to a "fun walk" through the mall where there will be milk and cookie stations and activities and music afterward. Santa and his elves will lead the way! Please bring one unwrapped toy per participant destined to bring a smile to a child in need this Christmas!

When: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 9am-11am

Where:
Lloyd Center
2201 Lloyd Center,
Portland, OR 97232

Why: "We wanted to create an opportunity for families to join us in celebrating the holidays and for giving back to those less-fortunate. The Angel Tree program is the perfect beneficiary, especially with Christmas right around the corner," says Ann Grimmer, Marketing Director at Lloyd Center.

Toys from this Angel Tree Walk will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program in North Portland. The Salvation Army is expecting to serve 3,000 families this Christmas season across the Portland Metro area, and your donation will mean that when a child wakes up Christmas morning, there will be something special for them under the tree.

Photo Opportunities and Interviews will be available.


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(Portland, OR) November 19, 2014 - The big man in the red suit will be walking, not flying, this Saturday, November 22, 2014! Join Lloyd Center, Santa Claus, and his elves for an Angel Tree Walk on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9am-11am, benefitting The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. Families are invited to join Santa as he marches through the mall, greeted by milk and cookies, music, and more. The walk starts and ends at Center Court and following the "Fun Walk," there will be a holiday party, including games, music, photo opportunities, and fun! Please bring one unwrapped toy per participant destined to bring a smile to a child in need this Christmas! Lloyd Center is located at 2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232.

"Lloyd Center has long been a part of the Portland community, and we are proud to serve alongside our community and The Salvation Army as we work together to help those in need," says Ann Grimmer, Marketing Director at Lloyd Center. "We wanted to create an opportunity for families to join us in celebrating the holidays and for giving back to those less-fortunate. The Angel Tree program is the perfect beneficiary, especially with Christmas right around the corner."

Toys from this Angel Tree Walk will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program in North Portland. The Salvation Army is expecting to serve 3,000 families this Christmas season across the Portland Metro area, and your donation will mean that when a child wakes up Christmas morning, there will be something special for them under the tree.

"This event warms my heart knowing that we will be able to help more kids this Christmas," says Captain Hilary Patterson, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community and Worship Center. "Just knowing that kids will have something to open Christmas morning and that parents will be able to see that joy is a feeling beyond compare. It's truly a blessing not only for us, but for the children and families we serve. We are so thankful to the community who continues to bless us and the people we serve with their generosity."

Get in the mood for Christmas with a mile long walk through the mall with Santa and share in this season of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy for a child in need. All ages are invited to join in the festivities!

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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
Marine Board's Guide Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem
Oregon Marine Board - 11/21/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Wednesday, November 26, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem. The meeting will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

The committee will review old business and will also discuss new business relating to the Outfitter & Guide Program administered within the Oregon State Marine Board.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, November 24. The committee will accept public comment during the designated period at the end of the meeting.

The agenda can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/admin/docs/GAC_Meeting_Agenda112614.pdf.

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City seeks applicants for two Salary Review Commission vacancies
City of Vancouver - 11/21/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Salary Review Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

This five-member volunteer commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years.

Applicants must be City of Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

Salary Review Commission members are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval by the city council. Each commission member is appointed for a single four-year term. The appointments will be made effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Salary Review Commission will convene to review mayor and council salaries in early 2016, but will also meet once in 2015 for training required under the Open Public Meetings Act.

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.

For more information about the Salary Review Commission, including past meeting minutes and reports, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/src.

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Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
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Last night at about 9:45 p.m., three vehicles collided on McKay Road NE near Arbor Grove Road NE. Investigators believe that a 1994, Ford Explorer being driven by Thomas Michael Wood, age 60, left its lane of travel side swiping a 2005, Chevrolet Avalanche, then running head-on into another vehicle.

The driver of the side swiped vehicle was not injured and the vehicle sustained minor damage. The second vehicle a 2013, Nissan Rogue driven by Regina Farah, age 43, sustained heavy damage. Both Mr. Wood and Ms. Farah were taken to OHSU with life threatening injuries.

Tragically Ms. Farah succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The investigation as to why Mr. Wood left his lane of travel is still on-going. As developments in the investigation arise that information will be released. That time frame however is currently unknown.


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Marion County Sheriff's deputies are on scene of a three vehicle crash with serious injuries in north Marion County. Deputies expect McKay Road NE to be closed for at least five hours between Arbor Grove and Case Road NE, while the CRASH Team investigates.

Deputies are describing the area as being blanketed in thick fog making visibility nearly zero. We are asking that motorists avoid the area while the crash is investigated and the roadway cleared. No further details about the crash will be released until the investigation is completed sometime tomorrow.


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Public Notice and Request for Comment on DHS Proposed Amendment to the Reimbursement Rates for Developmental Disabilities In-Home Services
OR Department of Human Services - 11/21/14
An In-Home Expenditure Guidelines Version 2 was published November 3, 2014 listing rates for services that will be effective January 1, 2015. The rates apply to services delivered through the following Developmental Disabilities programs: Support Services for Adults, Comprehensive In-Home Supports for Adults and In-Home Support for Children. Leading up to January 1, 2015, the rates for services in those programs are found in separate Rate Range Guidelines specific to the program.

The three current Rate Range Guidelines do not have the same rates across programs for the same services. In order to come into compliance with 42 CFR 447.200 the Department will align all rates for the same service across programs. When provided by a licensed or certified provider agency, the affected services are: One on One Attendant Care, Relief Care, and Skills Training. The rate for providers Family Training is also affected. The rates for some of these services will rise, others will be lowered.

The rates being amended can be viewed under Rate Guidelines at: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/

The new rates can be viewed in the Home Expenditure Guidelines at:
http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/DD/adults/ss_exp_guide.pdf

COMMENTS DUE: December 15, 2014

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/1/15

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:

Mike Parr, Policy Analyst
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: mike.r.parr@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: ODDS will consider all comments received.
Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Suspected Heroin Overdose
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 2:36 A.M. deputies responded to a suspected Heroin overdose in the 400 block of 9th Street in Harrisburg.

Bryan Spencer Bellingham, 29 years old, was found deceased on the kitchen floor in the residence. Bryan's parents, Brad and Rebecca Bellingham, were home at the time. They told deputies the last time they saw Bryan, he was playing video games in the living room at 10:00 P.M. Bryan's parents told deputies they went to bed and awoke to find him not breathing on the kitchen floor. The Harrisburg Fire Department responded to the residence but were not successful reviving him.

The investigation revealed Bryan has a history of drug addiction beginning with Marijuana, then progressing to pain killers and ending with Heroin. During the investigation, Deputies located a spoon with drug paraphernalia, a used syringe and Bryan's belt near the TV. Deputies learned Bryan was recently released from the Linn County Jail for a parole violation and he was scheduled to enroll at the Oxford House on Monday to help battle his drug addiction.

Bryan's body was transported to Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. This death remains under investigation pending further information from the Medical Examiner's Office.

This is the second suspected heroin overdose the Sheriff's Office has investigated this month. On November 8, 2014, a 27 year old Albany resident, Eric Matthew Powers, overdosed at his residence on Riverside drive. The investigation revealed a history of drug abuse. This investigation is also continuing.
***Update*** Yamhill County Work Crew Inmate Walkaway Back in Custody (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
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***Update***

On November 21, 2014 Austyn Lance Ingram was taken into custody on his warrant for Escape II. Based off a tip received from an informant, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was able to track him down to a location in McMinnville, where the McMinnville Police Department was able to take him into custody without incident. YCSO investigators had been working several tips over the last few weeks, to include Face Book posts which indicated he was still in the area.

Austyn was lodged on his warrant and is charged with Escape II, Theft I and Theft III. His bail on these new charges is set at $50,000. He will also be booked under his original charges of Frequenting, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin and Unlawful Possession of Heroin.



On November 2, 2014 inmate Austyn Lance Ingram DOB 9/3/1991 5'9", 155lbs, Brown hair, Blue eyes, with a tattoo located on the right side of his neck (see photos), walked away from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Facility where he was working. Ingram was wearing a jail issued orange work crew outfit and an orange inmate work coat with "Sheriff's Inmate" on the back.

Ingram was discovered to be missing from his assigned work area at approximately 1244 hours along with one of the dogs by a Deputy conducting a routine check of workers assigned to the Fairgrounds. The immediate and surrounding areas were searched and local law enforcement agencies notified.

The dog was subsequently located by a resident on Riverside Drive and returned to animal control at about 1530 hours along with an orange inmate worker coat. The areas around the vicinity where the dog and coat were found were searched, Ingram was not located.

Ingram was scheduled to be released from custody12/21/2014. A warrant has been entered for his arrest.

Please contact the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Crime Tip Hotline at 1-800-577-1707 with any information in regards to Ingram's whereabouts.


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PPB Sunshine Division and Zupan's Partner to Provide Thanksgiving Food Boxes
Portland Police Bureau - 11/21/14
Media contact:
Kyle Camberg, 503-577-6852, kyle@sunshinedivision.org
Eleanor Wilkinson, 360-737-2728, eleanor@zupans.com


PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU SUNSHINE DIVISION & ZUPAN'S MARKETS PARTNER TO GIVE PORTLAND FAMILIES IN CRISIS A THANKSGIVING

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division & Zupan's Markets employees to pack food boxes with complete Thanksgiving meals on Monday, November 24th at 5:30 am at the Sunshine Division's 687 N. Thompson Street warehouse.

The majority of Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed to families directly referred from the Portland Police Bureau. Some recipients are victims of crime but most reside in at-risk, low-income communities. As first responders, the police are the first to answer the call for help and often the first to see when a family is in crisis. Officers develop ongoing relationships with these communities as a way to build trust of law enforcement and reduce crime.

New recipients of this year's boxes, Cathedral Gardens' residents, are the result of a partnership between PPB's Neighborhood Response Team officer, Michael Schmerber, and the housing complex. "NRT officers are often approached with requests from the community. The Bureau can't address every request but when we host round table meetings with community partners all working together to address common needs, positive outcomes form. This time I called upon our friends at the Sunshine Division, who are repeatedly a tool for officers to make connections through their programs and resources." says Officer Schmerber.

Sunshine Division's Thanksgiving food box program, in its eighth year, is completely funded by the Zupan's Markets' Taste of Zupan's event which was held on November 8th at the Heathman Hotel. The Zupan's family and customers have supported the Sunshine Division's food assistance programs for 26 years and established the Thanksgiving food box program. The Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed at the Sunshine Division warehouse directly to clients or through police officers, and all are already reserved.

"Thanksgiving is a time for food and family," said Mike Zupan, president of Zupan's Markets. "We are grateful for our partnership with the Sunshine Division and the opportunity to provide families the ingredients to prepare a meal together."

"Zupan's Markets continues to be a major partner of the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division in fighting food insecurity in Portland." explains Sunshine Division's Officer Phil Kent. "The Zupan's family, stores, and customers are providing families a Thanksgiving meal, a family's one 'normal' experience during a time of crisis - to sit down to a special meal. The Sunshine Division would have no Thanksgiving program without their support."

This year marks the 91st anniversary for the Sunshine Division whose inception started with a handful of police officers collecting pocket change to purchase food for families in need. The philosophy that "no one should commit a crime due to hunger" has driven the mission to evolve from a seasonal December holiday food basket program to a variety of programs addressing current hunger issues year-round.









About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org

About Zupan's Markets
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan's Markets is a local and family-owned market that has served Portland's food-loving community for 39 years. Zupan's Markets, with four locations, focuses on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com or stay in touch at www.facebook.com/ZupansMarketsPortland.
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Information Regarding Demonstrations in Portland - Regarding Ferguson (MO) Grand Jury
Portland Police Bureau - 11/21/14
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make community members aware that following the announcement of the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, we anticipate a number of planned and spontaneous free speech and expression demonstrations to be held in Portland, Oregon. These events are anticipated to occur regardless of what the Grand Jury decides in Ferguson.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that there is tremendous historical context, passion, and expectations with this decision.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau have been meeting and engaging in conversations with members of the communities of interest, organizers, and community leaders over the last several weeks with the goal of working together to assist in helping these demonstrations be productive and peaceful for all.

The role of the Police Bureau is to support our community's ability to effectively exercise their rights to free speech and expression while keeping the community and the event safe and free from violence or property damage.

The Police Bureau is aware that there may be some people attending demonstrations with the intent to exploit peaceful expressions by participating in disruptive behavior. Officers will work with organizers and will respond as needed to such calls for service.

Traffic may be temporarily rerouted, so commuters and users of TriMet may look to use alternate routes to avoid being caught in delays.

The hope of the Portland Police Bureau is for events to be peaceful exercises of free speech and expression without infringing on the rights of others. Officers will exercise compassion, understanding, and discretion and ask the community to help ensure a safe environment for all.

For updates, you can follow the Portland Police Bureau on Twitter, @PortlandPolice

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Vancouver Chamber Partners with "Be a Santa to a Senior" Program for December 5th Event - List of Local Seniors to Choose From (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 11/21/14
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the three entities in Clark County coordinating the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program: Home Instead Senior Care, Meals on Wheels and Prestige Care. This partnership centers on local seniors who may not receive a gift this holiday season. They are identified by the facilities they live in or the program (like Meals on Wheels) that they utilize. The Chamber is asking the community to view an online list of names established by the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program and choose a gift to purchase to bring to the Friday, December 5th GVCC Holiday Heroes Luncheon. Once a senior is chosen from this list, they will be removed, to avoid duplication. To view the senior gift list or RSVP to attend the GVCC's 2014 "Holiday Heroes Luncheon" visit vancouverusa.com.

Popular items on the senior gift wish list for the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program are: bath supplies, blankets, Christmas sweaters, board games, bath robes, chocolates, ornaments, holiday centerpieces, meat & cheese trays, and candles. After you make your selection you'll receive a confirmation email. Please purchase the gift, wrap it and label it with the name of the senior, item and code that is listed in your receipt. The purple elves of the program will be present at the GVCC's Holiday Heroes Luncheon to pick up these gifts and make deliveries. View the complete list here: http://www.mealsonwheelspeople.org/what-we-do/dining-centers/luepke-center/santa-for-seniors/

If you are unable to attend the GVCC's Holiday Heroes Luncheon and want to participate in this program, please choose from the list of seniors and drop off you item at the GVCC Office (1101 Broadway Suite 100, Vancouver WA 98660) by Wednesday, December 3rd.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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WSU Vancouver offers Preview Day for prospective students
WSU Vancouver - 11/21/14
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver invites prospective students and family members to Preview Day at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Learn about WSU Vancouver's academic programs, the application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life and more. Arrive at 4:30 p.m. if you'd like to take an optional campus tour.

At Preview Day, you'll learn about admissions requirements and how to apply. Representatives from student organizations will share information about recreational and co-curricular activities. Student ambassadors will offer insight into campus life, academics and student support services. Members of WSU Vancouver's staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

An A - Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships workshop will cover loans, grants, waivers and scholarships. Financial aid experts will be available to answer individual questions.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/admissions/preview-day. Parking for Preview Day is free in Orange Lot 2. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

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Wells Fargo hosts Community Support Celebration, giving $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups that serve thousands of Oregon residents (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/21/14
Wells Fargo officers present $450,000 in grants to eight Oregon nonprofits.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The company known for its iconic stagecoach and a history of coming through for its customers has come through again for Oregon communities.

At a Community Support Celebration it hosted Wednesday afternoon at its museum in downtown Portland, Wells Fargo presented grants totaling $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups. The funds will ultimately benefit thousands of people in need in Eugene, Medford, Portland, Salem and many Central Oregon communities.

The grant recipients were:

1) Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received $100,000 for its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, a five-year commitment to northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood. Habitat will use these funds to help make critical repairs to 30 homes in partnership with low-income Cully home-owners. Habitat will also build 21 new homes in partnership with local families who will then purchase the homes. Habitat will also purchase and rehabilitate three foreclosed homes that will be sold to families who qualify for Habitat's Homeownership Program.

2) Human Solutions in Portland received $100,000 for the Rockwood and East Multnomah County area. The group will use the grant to help build 19 affordable apartments and fully rehabilitate 26 existing, dilapidated units. The new building will include a dental clinic to serve homeless and other low-income people.

3) Central City Concern (CCC) in Portland received $50,000. It will use half the grant to help hire a new employment specialist. This person will help between 30 and 100 job seekers find employment each year. CCC will use the other half of the funds to support its marketing and promotion of bed bug-resistant frames and mattresses. It uses them in its own buildings and also sells them nationally to other affordable housing organizations.

4) Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in Portland received $50,000. It will use the funds to support its outreach efforts in the Latino community to identify those interested in starting or expanding a business. The Chamber will conduct a business needs assessment and provide comprehensive technical assistance, one-on-one, to implement a plan based on each firm's needs. It will also assist in accessing financing, including loans and lines of credit.

5) ACCESS in Medford received $50,000. It will work with two other nonprofits (Thrive and Rogue Farm Corps) to address the need for an increased customer base and additional avenues of sale for locally produced foods. They will also help train the next generation of farmers to produce the community's food and expand the local food economy.

6) Easter Seals of Oregon in Portland received $50,000 to support its program in Salem that helps homeless veterans in Marion and Polk Counties find and keep lasting employment. The program includes job skills training and job placement. It addresses the full range of physical, mental, social, employment and life skills that veterans need to succeed.

7) Neighborlmpact in Central Oregon received $25,000. It will use the grant to provide micro loans low-income entrepreneurs, particularly those involved in childcare, who are challenged in finding capital through traditional business lending sources. The local business owner must reside and do business in the rural towns of Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Culver, Metolius, Warm Springs and La Pine. These are some of the most rural of areas served by Neighborlmpact and where capital is not available for many entrepreneurs.

8) St. Vincent de Paul in Eugene received $25,000 to support its six projects that serve military veterans and their families. These projects provide housing, medical, legal, job readiness, employment and financial literacy services. Some of the veterans they serve are homeless; some suffer from substance abuse and mental illness.

"Our stagecoaches often provided the only secure and fast link between early frontier towns. Today, it represents speed, teamwork, reliability and the same entrepreneurial spirit that has been at the core of this company since Henry Wells and William Fargo founded it in 1852," said Wells Fargo's Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland.

"The stagecoach then - and the stagecoach today - is a symbol of our heritage of Wells Fargo coming through for our customers and communities in Oregon and across the country," Curtis said. "One way we have come through for our customers for 162 years is our corporate philanthropy. Today's celebration continues that legacy of providing a helping hand to our neighbors."

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo was ranked the most generous bank in Oregon and the second most philanthropic company in America last year. It gave $275.5 million and 1.69 million volunteer hours to 18,500 nonprofits around the country in 2013. The community-based company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores; 12,000 ATMs; and the Internet. More information about Wells Fargo's community support efforts are posted at wellsfargo.com.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo officers present $450,000 in grants to eight Oregon nonprofits.
Santa Claus's Special Events at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/21/14
Santa Claus is coming to Lancaster Mall and staying for the season. He will be hosting several family oriented holiday events including children's story times, a craft and cookie corner, a buy one get one free photo weekend plus daily visits at his cottage near Sports Authority.

Santa Claus will be available for a special sneak peek and early bird photo special at Lancaster Mall November 21-23, 12pm-6pm, visits are free and all photo packages will be buy one get one free for these 3 days. He can be found daily in his cottage near Sports Authority, Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 24th. All children who visit Santa will receive a small holiday gift, while supplies last. Story times will be held December 5, 12 and 19, 10:30am-11:00am.

Children 12 and under with a parent, are invited to join us near Sports Authority for Santa's Craft & Cookie Corner Saturday, December 6, 10am-11am, for a special holiday craft project and cookies with Santa.

Visit Lancastermall.com for a complete list of upcoming events and Santa's visiting hours.
MEDIA ALERT: Learn How to Be Healthy, Active and Live Well with Diabetes at Annual Diabetes Expo on Saturday! (Photo)
American Diabetes Association - 11/21/14
Kendall Simmons, Two-Time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburg Steelers will speak at Expo about living active with diabetes.
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WHAT: The American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU is the largest FREE diabetes event in Oregon & Southwest Washington. Visit the EXPO and share in the experience with the anticipated 5,000+ attendees! Get free health screenings, participate in cooking demonstrations, learn about new products, and get the information you need to better manage and prevent diabetes and its complications. Come to the EXPO and be part of the Stop Diabetes(R) movement.

EXPO Highlights:

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, an annual walk fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association at the Oregon Convention Center prior to the opening of EXPO from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. Walk to Stop Diabetes!

Chef Curtis Aikens, best known for the Food Network show "Pick of the Day" will lead a cooking demo at 11:00 am on the Healthy Eating Stage.

Live Active with Diabetes keynote by two-time Super Bowl Champion Kendall Simmons at 2:00 pm on the Main Stage.

The Por Tu Familia area will feature free health screenings, bilingual diabetes experts, and presentations in Spanish on diabetes management and prevention. Magdalena Valdivieso of Cha Cha Cha! leads a bilingual cooking demonstration at 3:00 pm

WHO: American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR

WHEN: Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHY: Nearly 29 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes including over 350,000 people in Oregon & Southwest Washington. An additional 86 million in the U.S. are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes (675,000 locally). If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

HOW: Admission is free. Register on site, no tickets required.


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11/20/14
Public Alert: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns public of ongoing warrant phone scam
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received several reports recently from Multnomah County residents receiving calls from someone claiming to be an employee of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office. The person tells them they have an outstanding arrest warrant and must pay money to take care of their warrant or be arrested. The caller instructs the person to purchase a Green Dot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Network reloadable card then call back and provide the numbers over the phone. This phone scam is similar in tone to ones currently being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau. None of the residents in these recent calls suffered any loss to the caller and properly hung up on them.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will not contact residents requesting money or payment over the phone for such things as warrants and court imposed traffic fines. Phone scams, email scams, and even text message scams are an ever-rising problem. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns businesses and residents to never give out information regarding bank accounts, credit card accounts, PayPal, or anything with money attached to it. If someone calls asking for payment, hang up and contact the government agency or utility directly to verify the authenticity. Personal information like date of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and utility accounts should also be protected.

If anyone receives similar solicitations from persons claiming to be with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office please contact the MCSO tip line at 503-261-2847.
Red Cross Provides Assistance for Family Affected by Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/20/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a disaster in the 9900 block of SE Boise in Portland, OR. This single-family fire affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, food, infant supplies and formula, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Monday, November 24, 2014 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 11/20/14
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Executive Session & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will hear presentations from PACE, PCTV and MESD. They will receive department updates from the Superintendent's office, School Improvement, Technology, Student Services and the Business office. The Board will be taking action on items including: Consent Agenda, OSBA Board of Director Election, OSBA recommended resolutions, an RFP for Waste Management, and Bond stipends. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Bicyclist Dies after Collision with Semi Truck
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/14
November 20, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a semi truck and a bicyclist collided. The bicyclist did not survive his injuries.

On November 20, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Cornell Road at NW Barnes Road in the community of Cedar Mill concerning a traffic crash.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2014 Kenworth FedEx truck was driving eastbound on NW Cornell Road then turned south onto NW Barnes Road at a traffic light. Deputies determined that a man on a recumbent bicycle was also traveling eastbound on NW Cornell Road. The investigation revealed that the truck turned into the path of the bicyclist causing them to collide.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Kirke Johnson, 70, from Portland was the bicyclist. He did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The FedEx driver was identified as Delmar Suiter, 60, from Gresham. Mr. Suiter remained at the crash scene and cooperated with investigators.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist with diagrams and processing evidence. The intersection was closed for about three hours.

Investigators determined that inattentiveness was likely a contributing factor in this crash. Citations are possible after the investigation is completed.
Missing Endangered Runaway Sought (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/20/14
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UPDATE: Thanks to tips received from the public, personnel from DHS and the Salem Police Department were able to locate Desanto in a transient camp in NE Salem. She has an extensive history of running away. In an attempt to provide a safe stable environment for her, DHS had arranged for a secure placement for her. The public's assistance was greatly appreciated.

The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a runaway who is believed to be endangered. Bethany Desanto, age 15, ran away from a foster home on September 19th. She is described as a White female, 5'06", 232 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has been known to wear a long purple wig.

Desanto frequently stays in transient camps in the Portland Rd/ Hyacinth St. NE area. It is believed she may be in need of medical care. Anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department at (503)588-6123.
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Rose Valley School (East of Kelso, Wa) no longer in lock down
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/14
Kelso, Wa - The Rose Valley elementary School was placed in lockdown at about 1:45 p.m. for about an hour today based on information that the child's father had threated to harm his estranged wife and himself. While there were no specific threats to harm the child, or the children at the school, the School principal, in coordination with the Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies, decided to institute the lockdown measure out of an abundance of caution. The man did not show up at the school. The children were released at the normal time.

We are not releasing the identity of the family at this time. This is an on-going investigation.

Questions regarding the school's actions are being referred to the Kelso School District Office at 360-501-1900.
PF&R Responds to a House Fire, Family and Dog Safe (9929 SE Boise)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/20/14
This afternoon at 12:02 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a house on fire at 9929 SE Boise St. Arriving fire crews noted smoke from the homes attic. Firefighters began searching for the fire and any occupants.

The homeowners were away, but their dog was located in a bedroom. The fire was found in the attic. Firefighters kept the dog confined to a safe area while they fought the fire. No injuries were associated with this fire.

A Portland Fire Investigator determined that this fies cause was electrical. Damages are estimated at $21,000. This home did not have working smoke alarms.


Seconds count! You have less than 3 minutes to escape a house fire. All homes should have working smoke alarms.

- Install a smoke alarm inside every bedroom/sleeping area, outside every sleeping area (hallway) and on every level of your home, including basements.

- Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

- More than 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

- Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it: get out and crawl low under smoke.

- Contact PF&R's smoke alarm hotline at 503-823-3752 for more information about how to get smoke alarms for your home.

For more information on smoke alarms visit-

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/379129
Volunteers to Assemble Food Gift Baskets for Thanksgiving
Union Gospel Mission - 11/20/14
Volunteers to Assemble Food Gift Baskets for Thanksgiving

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10:00 am - 12:30 p.m., 24 volunteers will gather at Union Gospel Mission at 3 NW Third Ave., Portland, to assemble food gift baskets for 500 local area individuals and families who otherwise would go without a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The 500 Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be distributed through Union Gospel Mission and a network of churches and organizations helping people in need.

The Thanksgiving Food Gift Baskets are part of Union Gospel Mission's annual "Paper Turkey" campaign, where donors provide turkey gift certificates to go into the Thanksgiving Food Basket in addition to non-perishable food. The basket contains Thanksgiving meal staples, such as boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing, gravy mix, canned yams, vegetables, fruit, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, Jell-O or pudding mix and coffee. Each box will feed a family of four.


About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Wells Fargo gives $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups that serve Oregon & Central Oregon residents
Wells Fargo - 11/20/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The company known for its iconic stagecoach and a history of coming through for its customers has come through again for Oregon communities.

At a Community Support Celebration it hosted yesterday in downtown Portland, Wells Fargo presented grants totaling $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups. The funds will ultimately benefit people in need in many Central Oregon communities, as well as in Eugene, Medford, Portland and Salem.

The grant recipients were:

1) Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received $100,000 for its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, a five-year commitment to northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood. Habitat will use these funds to help make critical repairs to 30 homes in partnership with low-income Cully home-owners. Habitat will also build 21 new homes in partnership with local families who will then purchase the homes. Habitat will also purchase and rehabilitate three foreclosed homes that will be sold to families who qualify for Habitat's Homeownership Program.

2) Human Solutions in Portland received $100,000 for the Rockwood and East Multnomah County area. The group will use the grant to help build 19 affordable apartments and fully rehabilitate 26 existing, dilapidated units. The new building will include a dental clinic to serve homeless and other low-income people.

3) Central City Concern (CCC) in Portland received $50,000. It will use half the grant to help hire a new employment specialist. This person will help between 30 and 100 job seekers find employment each year. CCC will use the other half of the funds to support its marketing and promotion of bed bug-resistant frames and mattresses. It uses them in its own buildings and also sells them nationally to other affordable housing organizations.

4) Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in Portland received $50,000. It will use the funds to support its outreach efforts in the Latino community to identify those interested in starting or expanding a business. The Chamber will conduct a business needs assessment and provide comprehensive technical assistance, one-on-one, to implement a plan based on each firm's needs. It will also assist in accessing financing, including loans and lines of credit.

5) ACCESS in Medford received $50,000. It will work with two other nonprofits (Thrive and Rogue Farm Corps) to address the need for an increased customer base and additional avenues of sale for locally produced foods. They will also help train the next generation of farmers to produce the community's food and expand the local food economy.

6) Easter Seals of Oregon in Portland received $50,000 to support its program in Salem that helps homeless veterans in Marion and Polk Counties find and keep lasting employment. The program includes job skills training and job placement. It addresses the full range of physical, mental, social, employment and life skills that veterans need to succeed.

7) Neighborlmpact in Central Oregon received $25,000. It will use the grant to provide micro loans low-income entrepreneurs, particularly those involved in childcare, who are challenged in finding capital through traditional business lending sources. The local business owner must reside and do business in the rural towns of Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Culver, Metolius, Warm Springs and La Pine. These are some of the most rural of areas served by Neighborlmpact and where capital is not available for many entrepreneurs.

8) St. Vincent de Paul in Eugene received $25,000 to support its six projects that serve military veterans and their families. These projects provide housing, medical, legal, job readiness, employment and financial literacy services. Some of the veterans they serve are homeless; some suffer from substance abuse and mental illness.

"Our stagecoaches often provided the only secure and fast link between early frontier towns. Today, it represents speed, teamwork, reliability and the same entrepreneurial spirit that has been at the core of this company since Henry Wells and William Fargo founded it in 1852," said Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland.

"The stagecoach then - and the stagecoach today - is a symbol of our heritage of Wells Fargo coming through for our customers and communities in Oregon and across the country," Curtis said. "One way we have come through for our customers for 162 years is our corporate philanthropy. Today's celebration continues that legacy of providing a helping hand to our neighbors."

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo was ranked the most generous bank in Oregon and the second most philanthropic company in America last year. It gave $275.5 million and 1.69 million volunteer hours to 18,500 nonprofits around the country in 2013. The community-based company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores; 12,000 ATMs; and the Internet (wellsfargo.com). More information about Wells Fargo's community support efforts are posted at wellsfargo.com.
YWCA Clark County hires Kate Sacamano as Director of Philanthropy (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 11/20/14
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YWCA Clark County hired Kate Sacamano as their new Director of Philanthropy. Kate will lead the Department of Philanthropy, which is responsible for community outreach, marketing and development. She has seventeen years of experience in communication, community partnerships and nonprofit management. Kate was most recently the Community Partnership Manager at The Columbian and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Hough Foundation.
Kate has been a longtime volunteer in Clark County, having served on the Board of Directors for The Children's Center for eight years, including serving as immediate past President of the Board. She also served on the Gifts for Our Community and the George C. Marshall Elementary School PTA boards and committees for YWCA Clark County, Friends of the Children, Vancouver Downtown Association, and Washington State University Vancouver's advisory committee for the Creative Media and Digital Culture Department.

Kate's experience and expertise in philanthropy will help further YWCA's mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in the county and serves 11,800 individuals each year through its social services, advocacy, educational and outreach programs, and events.


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Cowlitz Sheriff arrests man who fired sawed off shotgun at another man: No injuries.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/14
On 11-20-2014 at approximately 0630 hours, Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies and Officers from Woodland and Kalama Police responded to 134 Oxbow Road (5 miles east of Woodland) after several neighbors in the area reported hearing shots fired. A vehicle leaving the area was stopped by officers in which the occupants advised a subject by the name of Joshua Adams was having problems with another man at the house, David Fairbanks, 25 yrs, transient. It was reported that Adams had discharged a firearm.

Responding Deputies and Police made contact with numerous subjects at the residence. Four subjects were arrested on outstanding warrants (unrelated to the call), including Joshua J. Adams (age 35). Through investigation, deputies learned Adams got into an argument with Fiarbanks at the house. Adams discharged several rounds with an illegal 20 gauge sawed off shotgun at Fairbanks in an attempt to get him to leave the premises.

Adams was arrested and Booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on felony and misdemeanor outstanding warrants; new charges for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (felon)2nd Degree, Possession of Unlawful Firearm, and Reckless Endangerment (no bail). The firearm was located and no one was injured by the discharged firearm.

There are no photos being released to the media at this time.
Three Arrested in Organized Theft Ring (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/20/14
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On Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm Beaverton officers responded to a shoplifting call at 3805 SW 117th Ave. Loss prevention from TJ Maxx called to report that there were three individuals in the store that were stealing merchandise.

Once officers arrived loss prevention told dispatch that two of the suspects had left in a vehicle and the third was walking away. The suspect who was on foot was contacted and arrested near the store. The vehicle with the two remaining suspects was stopped at SW TV Highway and SW Murray and they were arrested.

The officers recovered over $22,000.00 of stolen merchandise in this vehicle. The three suspects had left California on the morning of the 19th and drove into Oregon along I5. It appears that the suspects had hit TJ Maxx and Ross stores from Medford to Beaverton. These stolen items most likely would have been taken back to California and sold. The items recovered ranged from clothing, shoes, purses and perfumes.

The suspects were identified as Alicia Flores 42 from Santa Jose, California, Rafael Valencia-Guzman 33 of Sana Ana, California and Valeria Blanco 22 from San Jose, California. All three were lodged at the Washington County jail on multiple charges of theft 1 and organized retail theft.
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Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Roll-Over Crash on I-84 at Milepost 145 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/20/14
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Troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 145 (EB) involving a semi truck pulling a set of double trailers.

Senior Trooper Mike Holloran of The Dalles said the truck's driver, identified as ODELL THOMAS,55, of Vancouver WA, was travelling too fast for conditions on an icy freeway as he approached traffic slowing ahead; losing control, going off the road into the median and rolling over. Sr. Trooper Holloran said the driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston for treatment of minor injuries.

Due to the icy conditions and location of the overturned truck troopers believe it will take several hours if not days to off-load the trailers by hand and then remove the truck. Drivers are asked to be mindful of crews working in the area to clear the crash and to reduce distractions and increase your following distances.

With icy weather motorists are urged to Know Before You Go and consult www.TripCheck.com for travel details. Drive Safe!


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Suspect Arrested After Hit and Run and Pursuit into Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/14
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On Wednesday November 19, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 23800 block of Northeast Holladay Street on the report of a hit and run to a vehicle and property.

As deputies were en route to the scene, additional information was received that the suspect vehicle, a gray Honda coupe, was leaving eastbound on Holladay Street.

Deputies spotted the vehicle westbound on I-84 and pursued the vehicle for a brief time but backed away as the suspect accelerated to a high rate of speed.

Portland Police officers began following the vehicle on I-84 westbound and followed it until the suspect vehicle exited off of I-405 at Salmon Street. An officer used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the vehicle out.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop but then the driver put the vehicle in reverse and damaged a patrol car, but other patrol cars arrived and were able to box the suspect vehicle in and arrest the driver, 40-year-old George Scruggs III, of Ridgefield, Washington.

Scruggs was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (two counts), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), Reckless Endangerment (three counts), Reckless Driving, and Resisting Arrest.

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The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/20/14
With Thanksgiving a week away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, it shouldn't be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following simple fire safety steps you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2009 through 2013, there were more than 3,750 cooking-related fires in Oregon causing five deaths, 222 civilian injuries, and more than $32 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
* Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
* Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
* Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
* Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
* Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
* Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
* Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
* Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
* Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
* In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
* When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, we also recognize some families choose this method to prepare their turkey. If you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, so never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions in using your hot oil fryer. Place the fryer on a flat, stable, nonflammable surface and don't overfill it with cooking oil. Once the oil is up to temperature, turn off the burner and only insert turkeys that are completely thawed; otherwise hot oil will splatter and may boil over the sides of the fryer. Never use water to cool hot oil or extinguish a cooking oil fire. Keep children away from the fryer, and use thermometers to gauge oil and food temperatures. After cooking, make sure the oil is completely cool before removing it from the fryer.

More turkey fryer safety tips:
* Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
* Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
* Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
* If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/kitchensafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx

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City seeks applicants for Parking Advisory Committee
City of Vancouver - 11/20/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on its Parking Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

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 Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body appointed by the Vancouver City Council. It is responsible for advising the Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Qualified applicants must be downtown residents, property owners or business owners; or an officer or partner in a business in the downtown area.

The vacancy is for a partial term position, expiring January 2018, with the opportunity to be reappointed at that time for a full term. The Parking Advisory Committee meets once a month at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday at Vancouver City Hall, or as scheduled, January through October. From November through December, the committee meets at 7:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall.

For more information about the Parking Advisory Committee, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pac.

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Albany Firefighters "Fill the Boot" on Black Friday
Albany Fire Dept. - 11/20/14
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) are celebrating 60 years of a partnership committed to saving lives. IAFF is the largest national sponsor of MDA. . The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. Fill the Boot is one of the ways fire fighters show their support; hitting the streets, asking pedestrians, motorists and passers-by to contribute - money in the boot - for MDA.
Albany Firefighters Local 845 will be having our annual Fill the Boot fundraiser on November 28, 2014 starting at 8am. We will be located at the intersections of Santiam and Waverly, Santiam and Clay, Pacific and Burkhart. The firefighters will be taking donations in hopes of reaching the goal of $25,000 .
The Albany Firefighters thank you for all of your support and donations
Reagan Bute Found safe - Father brougth her into Ashland PD
McMinnville Police Dept. - 11/20/14
McMinnville Police Department has learned that earlier this morning, Paul Bute turned himself in at Ashland Police Department and Reagan was with him. She appears to be unharmed and we are in conversation with Ashland PD to determine what action to take from here.

Thanks to all agencies and media sources that have helped broadcast or investigate this case.
Gresham upgrades to silver status as a Bicycle Friendly Community
City of Gresham - 11/20/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - The League of American Bicyclists has raised Gresham's status as a Bicycle Friendly Community to a silver level designation.

In 2009, the City received its first bronze level designation from the League, a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes biking across the U.S. More than 700 communities have applied for Bicycle Friendly status since the program began in 2002, but only 326 communities have earned it. Independent panels judge applicants on the "five E's" - engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning - necessary to promote safe, fun biking.

Gresham was elevated to silver status this week by the League due to several factors, including new buffered bike lanes, improved bike lane road markings, and stronger education outreach. Gresham has also forged important new partnerships with groups such as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Chris Strong, Gresham's transportation division manager, said the award upgrade is evidence of the sustained, strategic attention his staff is paying to cycling.

With 10 miles of trails and more than 117 miles of bike lanes, Gresham is a haven for cycling enthusiasts. The City has created a bike map with local cyclists, hosts an annual Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo, and recently launched a Safe Routes to School program to promote biking and walking among schoolchildren.

"Gresham has the gift of natural beauty and lots of trails, and we're proud of the amenities we offer to cyclists," Strong said. "Because the League award goes all the way up to diamond status, we have higher targets to aim for. We will continue to reduce traffic congestion, boost safety, and encourage bicycle use for all Gresham residents."

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Public Alert: Scammers Calling Portland Residents Claiming to be IRS - Victims Losing Thousands of Dollars
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/14
The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to receive reports where victims stated that someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) called them and demanded money for back taxes.

In one incident in late August, the victim received a voice mail from someone claiming to be from the "Tax Fraud Department" of the IRS. The caller claimed that the victim owed money to the IRS and if they did not pay, the County Sheriff would make an arrest. The victim did not call the number back and did not lose any money.

In another incident in early September, the victim reported a similar call from a "Federal Crimes Investigator" from the IRS, claiming that the victim owed money from back taxes and that if she did not pay, police would respond and take the victim to jail.

Although the victim was suspicious, the caller convinced her that it was a legitimate call and told the victim to go purchase MoneyPak reloadable cards, then call back and provide the numbers over the phone.

Unfortunately the victim did what the scammer requested and lost nearly $12,000.

In a recent case, the victim reported a similar call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The victim lost nearly $5,000 in the scam after the suspect stated that the victim owed back taxes and would go to jail.

Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency demanding money.

If you question the authenticity of a call asking for payment, hang up and contact the utility or government agency directly.

"People should stay vigilant and avoid becoming a victim if they receive contact from someone claiming to be from the IRS who demands money," said Preston C. Lamb, Special Agent in Charge for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

"Federal, State and local law enforcement and consumer protection officials are doing an outstanding job educating taxpayers about the scam and encouraging victims to contact TIGTA," Lamb said. "The most effective way for individuals to report scam attempts and losses is by filling out the "IRS Impersonation scam" form on TIGTA's website."

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.

* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Resources are available for consumers to avoid becoming victims of scams and fraud at the Oregon Department of Justice. Information can be found online at: http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/pages/index.aspx

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We Are Looking For Impaired Drivers
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/20/14
The Beaverton Police Department has taken 303 impaired drives off of Beaverton streets from January to October of 2014. Many of these arrests were made by officers who were working selective enforcement funded by a grant.

These grant funds allow the Beaverton Police Department to have additional officers on your streets looking for impaired drivers year round.

Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives and often will result in jail time. The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this means family gatherings. With family gathers there is often alcohol involved. Your police department wants to you enjoy this holiday and have wonderful memories of the family time. If you are going to celebrate with alcohol, please do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle until it is safe for you to drive.

Here are several things you can do to avoid becoming a statistic:
Do not drink and drive.
Do not ride with anyone who has been drinking.
Do not use illegal drugs and drive.
Do not drive a motor vehicle until you know how a prescription medication affects you.
Do not mix prescription medications and alcohol.
Always use a seat belt.
Have a designated driver.
Report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Impaired driving is not an accident; it is an intentional and willing act that you have control over. Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
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UPDATE - 2nd ARREST: Portland Police Arrest a 66-Year-Old Man, Indicted for 2013 Sex Crimes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/14
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Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives booked 25-year-old Kiah Loy Lawson into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning after he turned himself in to police. Lawson was indicted by a Lane County Grand Jury on charges of Sodomy in the Third Degree (two counts) and Sex Abuse in the Third Degree.

This investigation is continuing and no additional details are available.

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On Wednesday November 19, 2014, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested 66-year-old Terrence Patrick Bean at his home in Southwest Portland, after a Lane County Grand Jury indicted him on charges related to a 2013 incident with a juvenile male.

Bean was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be transferred to Lane County where he'll be arraigned on the indictment for Sodomy in the Third Degree (two counts) and Sex Abuse in the Third Degree.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives are the lead investigators on the case, working in conjunction with the Clackamas County and Lane County District Attorney's Offices.

No further details can be released at this time.

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The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights Opens Next Week (Photo)
The Grotto - 11/20/14
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Since 1988, The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights has become a must-see holiday tradition celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Known as the World's Largest Christmas Choral Festival, The Festival of Lights features five choirs each night from throughout the Pacific Northwest, totaling more than 160 choirs, choral groups and special guests. This year, pianist John Nilsen performs on December 11th, and "Ten Grands" founder and artistic director, Michael Allen Harrison, once again closes The Festival on December 30th.

Festival visitors can enjoy hot beverages and food as they stroll through The Grotto's amazing million lights on display. Each night, children enjoy the petting zoo and interactive puppet show while carolers and dulcimer minstrels entertain guests of all ages.

The festival opens Friday, Nov. 28, and continues every night, except Christmas day, through December 30. Gates are open from 5-9:30 p.m., with grounds closing at 10 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors (65+) are $9, and children (3-12) are $4. Children 2 and under are free.

The Grotto's Executive Director, Father Jack Topper, O.S.M., said, "Our intent is to blend the traditional sights and the sounds of the season with the hope, peace, and love that Christmas heralds. The season, the songs, the acoustics, and the purpose of the festival are so inspirational that our chapel is a perfect setting for these magnificent concerts. We are very fortunate to receive support from so many choirs. Many of them are among the finest in the region and have performed at the festival for many years."

Fr. Topper added, "It is gratifying to see the impact our festival has had over the last 27 years and will continue to have. We are grateful to the more than 8,000 volunteer performers offer their gift of music."

Over 800 volunteers are needed to make the Festival happen. If interested in volunteering, email volunteer@thegrotto.org.

The Grotto is located at NE 85th and Sandy Blvd.in Portland.


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Denise Frisbee wins highest state honor for community college trustees (Photo)
PCC - 11/20/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Denise Frisbee, who has served on the Portland Community College Board of Directors since 2005 and is a two-time board chair, has been named the 2014 Howard Cherry Awards Outstanding Board Member by the Oregon Community College Association.

Frisbee, a Lake Oswego resident, was lauded by PCC President Jeremy Brown as a strategic thinker, sustainability champion and passionate advocate for Portland and for all Oregon community colleges. In addition to PCC, she has served as a member of the Association of Community College Trustees Governance Committee, a non-profit educational organization based in Washington D.C., that represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees from 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges across the country.

"Ms. Frisbee is an incredibly dedicated and active trustee, someone who seeks to collaborate and connect with other leaders to promote community colleges and education to local, state and national audiences," Brown said. "Her friendly, warm demeanor is collegial. She engages audiences in such a way that they want to learn more about PCC and community colleges overall. We could not ask for a finer board leader."

Elected in 2005, 2009 and 2013, Frisbee represents Zone 1 (Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood) as she works as an attorney and directs the Department of Planning and Building Services for the City of Lake Oswego. In total, Frisbee has more than 15 years of experience supporting education at all levels, from kindergarten through community college. She has been instrumental in supporting sustainability such as steering the college's green building efforts and forming the college's Climate Action Plan. She has guided PCC's efforts related to revenue and future funding sources as well as its completion agenda to meet the state's "40-40-20" goals.

Frisbee said she owes a great deal of gratitude to Norma Jean Germond and the late Doreen Margolin, both past board members from Lake Oswego, in mentoring her on the important role the PCC Board plays.

"The Howard Cherry Award is so meaningful to me," Frisbee said. "It represents an acknowledgment from my colleagues, who are all equally committed to community colleges and student opportunity. It really is a privilege and team effort. So I want to extend an appreciative thanks to the OCCA team that so effectively advocates for community colleges and focuses the state conversation. And I want to recognize the amazing team at PCC, which has committed leaders at every level - from the board, the president and cabinet, to the faculty and staff - who all pull together to keep improving the college and put students first."

The Oregon Community College Association's Howard Cherry Award recognizes board members, employees and advocates who make a difference. They are named after the late Dr. Howard Cherry, a Portland orthopedic surgeon who was a lifelong advocate for education and community involvement. He served on the Portland School Board, in the Oregon Legislature and was a founding member of the Association of Community College Trustees. In addition, Cherry was a founding member of the Portland Community College Board of Directors and played key roles in establishing PCC's Cascade and Rock Creek campuses.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five 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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*** I-84 Closures *** Know Before You Go! with TripCheck.com (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are advising of hazardous conditions on Interstate 84 at multiple locations in the Pendleton Area.

Freezing Rain is the culprit in this photo when an OSP patrol car was hit while unoccupied. Motorists should avoid the area and monitor www.tripcheck.com for details on when the roadways will be open. Know Before You Go.


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Celebrate the Season at Heritage Holidays at the McLoughlin House
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 11/20/14
The McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has announced a fun-filled holiday event this year on Saturday, December 6.

On December 6, the McLoughlin House will be open from 2 pm to 6 pm as part of Oregon City's Heritage Holidays event. We invite visitors to come and celebrate the holiday 1850s style! The McLoughlin House and grounds will be lit by candlelight to chase away the winter gloom. Inside the McLoughlin House, living history interpreters will answer questions while music is played in the upstairs hall. Try your hand at a Victorian craft next door at the Barclay House or enjoy some light refreshments. This family friendly event is free of cost.

"This event is a great way to enjoy the McLoughlin House in the evening and by the special glow of candlelight," said Heidi Pierson, who oversees the site for the National Park Service. "We also have the home decorated in period-style Christmas decorations. This event makes the house feel quite cozy."

Our annual McLoughlin House Site closure will begin on Sunday, December 14. Our last open day will be Saturday, December 13. The McLoughlin House Site will re-open on Friday, February 13. Join us on February 14 to celebrate the birthday of the state of Oregon!

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BACKGROUND: The McLoughlin House was added to the National Park System in 2003 as a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The house is restored to honor the life and accomplishments of John McLoughlin, the "Father of Oregon." The graves of McLoughlin and his wife Marguerite are next to the house, as is the home of Dr. Forbes Barclay, a Hudson's Bay Company associate, and his wife Maria.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi river, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.
Vancouver Police seek help in locating missing woman (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/20/14
*** Update***

Kristin Perona has been located and is safe.

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The Vancouver Police are currently investigating a missing persons case. 20 year old Kristin Perona was last seen getting on a bus Sunday November 11 and has not been seen or heard from since. Kristin has diagnosed medical and mental health conditions that put her at risk. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Vancouver Police at (360) 487-7399, or your local law enforcement agency.
11/19/14
McMinnville Police Department looking for 7 year old Reagan Bute (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 11/19/14
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McMinnville Police Department is requesting assistance in locating and recovering Reagan M. Bute (age 7), who is illegally in the custody of her father, Paul Robert Bute.

Paul Robert Bute is described as a white male adult, age 38, 5'08", 150 pounds, and with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 1855 NE Johnson Court, McMinnville. He may be operating a silver 1999 Honda Passport with a spare tire on the back (photo of similar vehicle, not actual vehicle). License plate is Oregon 505GRY.

Reagan Bute is a seven year old white female. She is approximately 3' 6" and weighs about 60 pounds. She has light brown or dirty blonde shoulder length hair, possibly in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing jeans; a pink, purple, and green hoody; bright yellow fuzzy socks; black Ked shoes, a gray coat with fur trim around the hood, and carrying a purple and pink "Hello Kitty" backpack.

Reagan was last seen when she was pulled out of school early by Paul Bute at about 11:15 am. Shortly thereafter, he lost custody of Reagan in court and the judge ordered that he not have custody of Reagan or any other children pending further review by the court. Mr Bute has not surrendered Reagan to her mother or the courts.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Reagan Bute, Paul Bute, or the vehicle is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-6500.


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Deputies Arrest Two Men and Charge Them with Robbery (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/19/14
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November 19, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two men after they allegedly robbed a woman.

On November 18, 2014 at about 1:37 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the area of SW Park Way and SW Roxbury Avenue in the community of Cedar Hills, concerning a robbery. Sheriff's Deputies responded to assist the victim and search for the suspect. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was a man that reportedly implicated a gun and subsequently robbed a 30 year-old female as she walked from the Sunset Transit Center.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the man followed the woman from the transit center prior to confronting the woman. After threatening the woman with an implied gun, the man received a small amount of cash then ran down the road to an awaiting vehicle. The woman was able to recall a portion of the vehicle's license plate number. Deputies used the vehicle information, video footage and the description of the man to search law enforcement systems for valuable clues to the identity of the man.

Sheriff's Deputies searched through a vast amount of information and identified Martez Branch, 27, from Portland as a possible suspect in the robbery. At about 3:25 p.m., a Beaverton Police Officer stopped Mr. Branch who was driving in the area of SW Baltic Avenue and SW Barnes Road. Evidence and information obtained lead Sheriff's Deputies to believe Mr. Branch was involved in the robbery.

Martez Branch was arrested transported to jail. Sheriff's Deputies were able to identify Keith Macon, 41, from Portland as the person that approached and robbed the female. It is believed that Mr. Branch was the driver of the vehicle that Mr. Macon got into at the time of the robbery. At 11:22 p.m., Keith Macon was tracked down and arrested in Portland.

Keith Macon was lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with Second Degree Robbery. He is held on $250,000 bail.

Martez Branch was lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with Second Degree Robbery and for violating his parole. He is held without the possibility of bail.


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Willamette Humane Society Selected as Capitol Subaru's Hometown Charity for National Subaru Share the Love Event (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 11/19/14
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(Salem, OR) - Choose Willamette Humane Society when buying or leasing from Capitol Subaru to support pets at Willamette Humane Society with a $250 donation from Subaru!

Subaru of America, Inc. has announced it will donate $15 million to charitable partners during its seventh annual "Share the Love" event. In 2013, Subaru donated $10 million to "Share the Love" charities, and over the course of the six year program, Subaru has donated a total of $35 million.

From November 20, 2014 to January 2, 2015, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of available charities.

Capitol Subaru in Salem has chosen Willamette Humane Society as their local hometown charity for customers to support in addition to national charity options: ASPCA(R), Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels Association of America(R), and National Park Foundation.

"We are thrilled to continue the Share the Love program. It is part of our culture as an organization to support causes important to our customers. By the end of this year, Subaru will have donated $50 million to worthy causes." said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing at Subaru of America, Inc.

"Capitol Subaru has supported Willamette Humane Society for over twenty years! We want to thank them for this new, phenomenal opportunity." said BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society. "This thoughtful gesture allows our community to open the floodgates of Subaru of America's generosity to care for animals at the shelter."

As an extra incentive, everyone who test-drives at Capitol Subaru will be entered in a drawing for a Wisdom Panel DNA test for dogs. Weekly winners will be notified each Saturday through December 20th!

Willamette Humane Society encourages community members participating in Subaru's Share the Love Event to share their experience online using the hashtags #sharethelovewithWHS, #sharethelove, #subaru, and #whs4pets.




Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


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Keizer Fire District Receives Clean Audit of District Finances and Practices.
Keizer Fire Dist. - 11/19/14
Keizer Fire District Board of Directors received their annual audit report of the District's Financial Records and was pleased to achieve another "Clean Audit" of the districts handling of finances record keeping, and business practices. An achievement KFD has held for many years.

The government accounting firm of AKT, CPAs and Business Consultants, presented their findings to the Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. The presentation provided the Board of Directors an in-depth review of all activities regarding funding, expenses, purchasing, record keeping, accounting, and governmental controls, to provide for a clean record of business practices and the use of public funds.

Josh Bailey, Senior Accountant of AKT, commented that, "We have issued an 'Unmodified Opinion,' which is the highest assurance that you can rely on the information and financial statements of Keizer Fire District." The accounting firm audits directly on behalf of the elected Board of Directors of Keizer Fire District and reports their findings directly to them publicly,to assure compliance with government accounting requirements.

Oregon Governmental Agencies are required by law to be above and beyond accepted business accounting and standards as they deal with funding provided by the public tax payers. The rules are established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, (GASB) a national governmental accounting standard, set by an independent board of Certified Public Accounts for governmental agencies. GASB is not a governmental entity, but an operational component of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) which set the standard for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for state and local governments.

Fire Chief Jeff Cowan added, "In short, we have a clean audit again this year. A clean financial audit is our established tradition here at KFD, as we take our obligation for the transparent use of public funds, very seriously." (Although it may be unexciting. :) )
No new taxes: Port commission again chooses to hold levy steady
Port of Vancouver - 11/19/14
VANCOUVER, Wash. - For the third year in a row, the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has chosen not to take the one percent tax increase ports are allowed annually under Washington state law.

The board's Nov. 18 decision keeps the amount of public investment in the port at just under $10 million annually, continuing a trend that started in 2009. Due to increasing Clark County property values, the 2015 port tax levy equates to $90.25 in annual property tax on a $250,000 home, a reduction of $9.50 from 2014.

"Nine dollars may not seem like much," said Commissioner Brian Wolfe, "but when you consider the port's steady growth and steadily increasing return on investment to the community, like our investments in rail infrastructure and light industrial property, it's pretty impressive."

At $98.6 million, the 2015 budget is the largest in the port's 102-year history. Revenues are expected to increase $19 million over 2014, with most additional dollars coming from the port's Dedicated Rail Service, an innovative new program moving goods between Vancouver and the Midcontinent.

The Dedicated Rail Service is expected to generate $18.5 million in revenue and is offset by $16.6 million in expenses. The projected $1.9 million net profit is part of the port's expected growth for 2015. The port also expects to see increases in marine cargo, including agricultural products, automobiles, ceramic sand, fertilizer and steel.

Other budget highlights include:

* $9.8 million in revenue from industrial leases, down slightly from the 2014 projection of $11 million.
* $45 million investment in capital projects, including $17 million borrowed from the port's line of credit. This investment helps improve port facilities and complete the port's decade-long, $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access Project. The project removes a significant chokepoint from the regional rail system, reducing freight and passenger rail congestion by as much as 40 percent.
* $6 million in revenue from the sale of property in the port's Centennial Industrial Park, a premier light-industrial site.

Visit the Port of Vancouver's budget Web page for more about the 2015 budget, the budgeting process, how tax dollars are invested in the community and more.

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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 highly skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


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Regional Education Service District Board Shares Timeline to Hire Superintendent
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 11/19/14
The Northwest Regional Education Service District Board of Directors announced its process and timeline as they seek to replace Superintendent James Sager who is retiring at the end of the school year. The information is available on the district's web site: www.nwresd.k12.or.us. The board will act as its own search agent. A board committee is in place and will work with district staff to help manage the process.
Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee Held Its Second Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Project (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/19/14
Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee welcomed more than 150 volunteers from 15 community organizations at the Vose neighborhood clean-up day.
Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee welcomed more than 150 volunteers from 15 community organizations at the Vose neighborhood clean-up day.
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The City of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee (VAC) held its second annual visioning clean-up day on Saturday, Nov. 15.

"I'd like to thank everyone who braved the cold weather and helped clean up the Vose neighborhood," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This clean-up day is all about community and helping one another when we need it."

More than 150 volunteers, representing 15 community organizations, as well as residents of the neighborhood helped rake leaves and clear yard debris from 50 houses in the Vose neighborhood of Beaverton. Volunteers included families, teens, adults, and seniors. City staff and members of the Beaverton City Council also participated.

The city's Public Works department removed 20 cubic yards of leaves and debris, the equivalent of nearly 1.5 dump truck loads.

Refreshments and supplies for the project were donated by Coffee Rush, Garlic Jim's, Einstein Bagels, Heitzman Body and Paint, The Human Bean, Koeber's Interiors, and Orchard Supply Hardware.

For more information, please contact Erin Gordenier, city staff liaison for the VAC, at 503-526-2232 or egordenier@BeavertonOregon.gov.

The Beaverton Community Vision is an award-winning citywide project to determine what kind of community Beaverton residents want in the future. Thousands of citizens shared their ideas for Beaverton. From those ideas, the city developed an action plan to guide the community's future decisions for decades to come. More than 60 community partners have adopted 118 actions from the Beaverton Community Vision action plan.

For more information on the VAC, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Visioning.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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: Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee welcomed more than 150 volunteers from 15 community organizations at the Vose neighborhood clean-up day.
Help Battle Ground Public Schools Get F.I.T.
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/19/14
Battle Ground Public Schools is inviting community members to participate on a Facilities Improvement Team (FIT) and be a part of a community-driven process that will provide the district with a long-term facilities management plan for current and new buildings. FIT members will contribute to the district's long-term educational goals by making recommendations for facilities that meet the academic needs of students and keep pace with community growth. The ongoing committee will meet on a regular basis, and members are expected to serve at least a one-year term. Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 12. Go online to watch a video and fill out an application form on the district's FIT web page.

Stay Informed
We will include updates about the Facilities Improvement Team's progress in our weekly electronic newsletter, the BGPS Bulletin. The newsletter highlights the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools. You can read previous issues of the Bulletin and subscribe online.
Neighbor calls in suspicious vehicle...Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies arrest burglar with stolen property.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/19/14
Cowlitz County, just east of Kelso, Wa: [14-3535]

ON 11-19-14 at 6:00 a.m Matt Franzen of 380 Raven Ridge Road noticed a suspicious vehicle in his neighborhood. He got the license plate and called the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. As deputy Danny O'Neill and Lorenzo Gladson arrived, the suspect, Jeremy J. Dixon (27yrs Kelso) jumped in the car and sped away. By this time Dixon had taken black duct tape and covered both of the vehicles license plates. Deputies gave chase and caught Dixon in the 300 block of Raven Ridge Road and took him in to custody. Dixon had prescription medication in his pocket that he has stolen from 246 Raven Ridge Road, which belonged to Carl and Joann Burgin. Inside Dixon's car was a T.V. and buffing (for waxing cars) machine that was also stolen from the Burgin's.

Dixon was booked for Burglary (felony) Theft (felony) unlawful possession of the prescription medication (felony), and possession of Burglary Tools (misdemeanor). No bail.

Deputies will also be seizing the vehicle and seeing forfeiture of the car; it is owned by Dixon.

Rosenzweig says "The watchful eye of a neighbor like Mr. Franzen is invaluable. Mr. Franzen did the best thing he could do, he got the license plate, and the vehicle description and called the Sheriff. He also kept his distance to stay safe which is just as important."

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Walk W/Santa This Sat. at Lloyd Center's Angel Tree Walk - Toys Benefit Christmas Programs at Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 11/19/14
Who: Lloyd Center, Santa & his elves, The Salvation Army

What: Lloyd Center is hosting an Angel Tree Walk, which will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. Families are invited to a "fun walk" through the mall where there will be milk and cookie stations and activities and music afterward. Santa and his elves will lead the way! Please bring one unwrapped toy per participant destined to bring a smile to a child in need this Christmas!

When: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 9am-11am

Where:
Lloyd Center
2201 Lloyd Center,
Portland, OR 97232

Why: "We wanted to create an opportunity for families to join us in celebrating the holidays and for giving back to those less-fortunate. The Angel Tree program is the perfect beneficiary, especially with Christmas right around the corner," says Ann Grimmer, Marketing Director at Lloyd Center.

Toys from this Angel Tree Walk will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program in North Portland. The Salvation Army is expecting to serve 3,000 families this Christmas season across the Portland Metro area, and your donation will mean that when a child wakes up Christmas morning, there will be something special for them under the tree.

Photo Opportunities and Interviews will be available.


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(Portland, OR) November 19, 2014 - The big man in the red suit will be walking, not flying, this Saturday, November 22, 2014! Join Lloyd Center, Santa Claus, and his elves for an Angel Tree Walk on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9am-11am, benefitting The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. Families are invited to join Santa as he marches through the mall, greeted by milk and cookies, music, and more. The walk starts and ends at Center Court and following the "Fun Walk," there will be a holiday party, including games, music, photo opportunities, and fun! Please bring one unwrapped toy per participant destined to bring a smile to a child in need this Christmas! Lloyd Center is located at 2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232.

"Lloyd Center has long been a part of the Portland community, and we are proud to serve alongside our community and The Salvation Army as we work together to help those in need," says Ann Grimmer, Marketing Director at Lloyd Center. "We wanted to create an opportunity for families to join us in celebrating the holidays and for giving back to those less-fortunate. The Angel Tree program is the perfect beneficiary, especially with Christmas right around the corner."

Toys from this Angel Tree Walk will benefit The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program in North Portland. The Salvation Army is expecting to serve 3,000 families this Christmas season across the Portland Metro area, and your donation will mean that when a child wakes up Christmas morning, there will be something special for them under the tree.

"This event warms my heart knowing that we will be able to help more kids this Christmas," says Captain Hilary Patterson, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community and Worship Center. "Just knowing that kids will have something to open Christmas morning and that parents will be able to see that joy is a feeling beyond compare. It's truly a blessing not only for us, but for the children and families we serve. We are so thankful to the community who continues to bless us and the people we serve with their generosity."

Get in the mood for Christmas with a mile long walk through the mall with Santa and share in this season of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy for a child in need. All ages are invited to join in the festivities!

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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
Centennial School District seeks input on district facilities
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 11/19/14
Centennial School District's Superintendent Sam Breyer will host a community forum on facility needs in the District, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., in the Centennial High School Community Room.

The Centennial School District is in the process of updating its long-range facilities plan. This is a comprehensive community project, and a team of parents, community members and staff have met regularly throughout the Fall to assess current facilities, analyze growth projections, and offer recommendations for a plan to address facility needs for the next 15-20 years in Centennial. In addition, the District has held meetings with school district personnel and various parent groups to gather input on what projects they would like to see in the long-range plan.

Before the work is complete and presented to the School Board, the Centennial School District would like to hear from community members' who currently do not have children in school and parents of current students that were unable to attend one of the previous parent meetings. During the forum, Superintendent Breyer will ask the following questions:
· What are the facility needs that would improve the learning environment for students?

· What new facilities are needed in Centennial to improve student learning and our service to our community?

Centennial High School is located at 3505 S.E. 182nd, Gresham, Oregon 97030.
Ridgefield School District finishes exemplary Fall Sports season, introduces Gymnastics for Winter Season (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/19/14
RHS Girls Volleyball finished the season undefeated and placed in the top-12 at State
RHS Girls Volleyball finished the season undefeated and placed in the top-12 at State
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-After a successful winning fall season, Ridgefield School District's sports program now sets its sights on the excellent upcoming winter season including an all-new sport, Gymnastics, added to the existing Spudders' line-up of Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, and Wrestling.

"I am incredibly proud and extremely impressed of the performance of our entire athletic program including both the coaches and student athletes of all of our Ridgefield teams," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. "You can see the hard work being put in by our athletic department by utilizing the Core Covenants to create an environment where our players and coaches dedicate themselves to exemplary performance both on and off the field and courts."

Debbie Bentler, Ridgefield's Athletic Director, along with the Superintendent and Ridgefield School District Board of Directors brought in assistance from Proactive Coaching, a firm that specializes in unifying and strengthening school athletic programs. "Proactive Coaching helped provide additional guidance to our athletic program from seventh grade through high school which has reinvigorated both our coaches and student athletes," said Bentler. "This work helped us make significant improvements across the board to our already-outstanding sports program."

RECAPPING THE DISTRICT'S FALL SEASON

CROSS COUNTRY

The RHS Cross Country runners ranked among the best in District 4 with Bailey Birch landing the #1 spot, Lexi Rutherford at #3, Silas Griffith at #4, and Vanea McDaniel at #12. The Girls team came in second in the District meet. Seven girls and two alternates went to the State Competition for the first time in nearly a decade for the Girls Cross Country to qualify as a team for State.

Angela Shields, the Cross Country coach for four years in track and three years in cross country, points to extensive training for the team's outstanding performance which included a trip to a running camp in Montana coached by Pat Tyson, Gonazaga University's Cross Country coach. "We coached the students all summer with runners showing up at 8 a.m. three days a week to run and perform Cross Fit exercises," said Shields. "In addition, we held destination runs where the teams would run to a specific location and be treated with coffee or sno-cones; we found those runs to be quite motivational for the kids."

In addition to working with high school students, Shields recruited new cross country members from the middle school. "I stood up on a table at the middle school at lunch and asked the students if they were interested in joining the high school cross country team," explained Shields. "So many middle school students joined that we had a solid team of 11 seventh and eighth graders making this year the first time we've ever had a complete middle school team."

Shields couldn't be happier with the performance of the Cross Country team. "I'm elated and thrilled for the program," she said. "Going to state is great, but the effect making state has on the program increases the expectations of both the students and the community for the program for the future, too, which is fantastic!"

Shields works closely with her assistant coach, Natosha Buruse. "Natosha has been an integral part of the program's growth and success," she said. "It has been an honor to be able to coach this amazing team with so much support from my student athletes and their parents." Shields was selected as Cross Country Coach of the Year for the Greater St. Helens League (GSHL).

FOOTBALL

RHS Football finished with a winning season of 5-4 after a final game against Hudson's Bay. Dan Andersen, the head coach for RHS football attributes tough play performed by our team's offensive line and running backs along with strong defense leading the team to their victories this season.

GIRLS SOCCER

The Ridgefield High School Girls Soccer team finished 11-1 in the GSHL league as the League Champions and received the #1 seed. The team ranked as high as #2 in the state in 2A Classification. Coach Robby Trimbo was selected as Girls Soccer Coach of the Year for the Greater St. Helens League (GSHL).

VOLLEYBALL

Girls Volleyball Spudders were GSHL Champions finishing the season undefeated with a 12-0 record and receiving the #1 seed in the District Tournament. Ridgefield placed 2nd at District and in the top-12 at State. Team leaders for the Spuds included Madi Harter with 45 aces, Ali Serface with 54 stuff blocks, Sam Rice with Bella Gama combining for over 500 assists, and Syanne Chandler with Maddy Campbell combining for more than 300 digs on defense. Throughout the season, both Bella Gama and Shyanne Chandler were selected as WIAA 2A Athletes of the Week. Sabrina Dobbs, RHS Volleyball Coach, was selected as Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Greater St. Helens League (GSHL)

BOYS GOLF

Boys Golf had two golfers finish in the top 20 at District - Logan Moses and Andy Besel. Both players may qualify as alternates at state.

WIAA ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

In addition to being exemplary athletes, our student athletes also demonstrate their ability to be excellent students. The following teams received WIAA recognition for their academic performance:

Girls Cross Country - 3.79 GPA
Girls Soccer - 3.49 GPA
Boys Golf - 3.33 GPA
Boys Cross Country - 3.24 GPA
Volleyball - 3.16 GPA

A WORD FROM OUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, DEBBIE BENTLER

The entire fall season went incredibly smoothly. Four of our five programs qualified for post-season competition. The Spudders hold two league championships in volleyball and soccer. We were one runner away from champions in cross country. Football finished with a winning season and truly improved over the course of the season.

Regarding Cross County, Angela's done a fabulous job building the program from 17 students to 30 in just three seasons. This incredible growth is due in large part to her close connection to the kids and focus on continuous training.

In addition, our soccer and volleyball teams ranked in the top five of the 2A classification. Ridgefield was well-represented in All League selections with 3 Coaches of the Year, 3 League MVP's, eleven 1st Team, seven 2nd Team and six Honorable Mentions. The overall performance of our fall athletic program is one that our community can and should be incredibly proud of.

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW - INTRODUCING GYMNASTICS

In addition to our annual sports of Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Wrestling, Ridgefield School District has officially added a new sport to the Winter line-up: Gymnastics.

GYMNASTICS

Previously, student athletes in gymnastics performed through a district cooperative with another school, but this year, Ridgefield High School has brought the team in-house. In order to make gymnastics an official Ridgefield School District sport, Torri Tjensvold and other parents approached the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors to present the high level of interest in the sport.

Richard Samuels, coach of the RHS Gymnastics Team, has coached the team for seven years in as part of the cooperative. "I feel very good that we're now an official Ridgefield High School team," said Samuels. "These young ladies put in the effort and deserve to have an equal standing to the other sports in the Ridgefield roster."

Samuels discovered his love for gymnastics at a young age when asthma prevented him from participating in track, but he found that he could participate in gymnastics, "The sustained energy in gymnastics is different." After participating for years, he developed a love for teaching and enjoyed helping other learn which motivated him to pursue coaching.

The Gymnastics Team has set its sights high on making the inaugural season for the team an excellent one. "We are really appreciative of the support of the high school and superintendent for our program," said Samuels. "We hope to see our Ridgefield fans watch our Spudders perform and compete at the Naydenov and Northpointe Gymnastics Centers."

Throughout the gymnastic program's participation in the cooperative over the years, Ridgefield student athletes have been incredibly successful in the sport. Just last year, Kylee Tjensvold, daughter of Torri, went to the state competition and was the district bar champion. "Having the sport officially recognized is a huge deal for the girls," said Torri. "Kylee has always wanted to be able to wear a Ridgefield letter shirt."

Torri expressed her gratitude for all the support she and the other parents received in making gymnastics an official team. "We want to thank the Board, Debbie Bentler, and Dr. McCann for all the time and effort they put into this for us," she said. "The girls really appreciate it and so do the parents."

COMMENT FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

"Our student athletes are outstanding examples of what it means to be both an excellent student and to excel as an athlete through hard work, too," said McCann. "Ridgefield School District looks forward to an exciting winter sports season following up our outstanding fall program's performance."

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Attached Media Files: RHS Girls Volleyball finished the season undefeated and placed in the top-12 at State , The Gymnastics Team has their hopes set high for the Winter Season , Richard Samuels (left) discovered his love for gymnastics when asthma prevented him from pursuing cross country , This year, Ridgefield adds the Gymnastics team as an official Winter sport , RHS Boys Golf had two golfers finish in the Top 20 at District , The Girls Soccer team were League Champions and ranked #2 in 2A Classification , RHS Football finished with a winning season of 5-4 , Angela Shields was selected as Cross Country Coach of the Year for the Greater St. Helens League (GSHL) , The RHS Cross Country's Girls Team went to State , After a successful Fall Sports Program, Ridgefield School District sets its sights on Winter Sports
Traffic Advisory: Water main work will close northbound lane of SW Terwilliger Blvd., north of SW Capitol Hwy. this weekend
Portland Water Bureau - 11/19/14
Portland, OR - A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will work this weekend on the traffic island at SW Terwilliger Boulevard and SW Capitol Highway. The work will begin on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. and run through the weekend, during both daylight and nighttime hours until it is completed.

The northbound lane will be closed for approximately 200 feet and flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone. The night work is necessary in order to maintain two lane access to Oregon Health Science University hospital during weekdays as required by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency to Test Emergency Notification System 11/19/2014
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 11/19/14
MEDIA RELEASE: 11/19/2014
Emergency Management to be testing Emergency Notification System

Residents in the Lewis River Drainage and areas of Woodland WA will receive a test call from CRESA Emergency Management as part of the Southwest Washington Region IV Emergency Notification System on November 20th between 10:00 AM and 2:00 P.M. The test will call all landlines, registered cellular and VoIP (Voice over Internet Phones) from Merwin Dam into Woodland.

CRESA Emergency Management in partnership with Skamania, Wahkiakum and Cowlitz Counties have been working with Hyper-Reach, the emergency notification system provider, to ensure residents are provided warning and could be notified in the case of an emergency.

Residents in the four county region are encouraged to visit http://cresa911.org/alerts-by-phone to register their cellular or VoIP phones to receive these notifications. Notifcations may also be received via text message, email, and or TDD depending on preferences selected during registration.

Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Eric Frank at 360-992-6289 or 360-601-8962
Red Cross Responds to Marion County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/19/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this morning responded to a disaster in the 1000 of Princess Lane in Salem, OR. This single-family fire affected four adults and three children. Red Cross provided comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
City of Beaverton Receives EPA Green Power Leadership Award
City of Beaverton - 11/19/14
The City of Beaverton received a 2014 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual award recognizes the country's leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation's voluntary green power market. The award will be presented at an event held in conjunction with the 2014 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Sacramento, California on Dec. 3, 2014.

"It's such an honor to receive this prestigious award," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Purchasing green power sends a message to others that we support clean sources of electricity and are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint."

Beaverton was one of nine organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.

Currently, Beaverton is purchasing more than 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the city's electricity use. The city is buying a utility green power product from Portland General Electric and also generating electricity from an on-site solar energy system.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

Earlier this year, the city was also recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy in its Better Buildings Challenge.

About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations collectively purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500(R) companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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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Year Long Investigation Into Construction Site Burglaries and Thefts Culminates With Arrest (Photo)
Tigard Police - 11/19/14
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After nearly a year-long investigation involving multiple metro area police agencies, a prolific theft suspect was taken into custody. The investigation began when a series of burglaries and thefts started occurring at numerous new home construction sites in the metro area affecting a host of well-established home builders such as Stonebridge Homes, Timberland Homes, Renaissance Homes, D.R. Horton and others. The first indication revealing a pattern likely involving the same suspect occurred when Tigard Police and the Happy Valley Police Departments compared reports revealing similarities. The investigation took additional turns when other agencies joined-in which continued to draw-in even more likenesses including suspect vehicles and other investigative material. Surveillance, search warrants, interviews and multiple visits to storage facilities where the stolen property was held, furthered just how complex and extensive the dollar losses totaled. Several witnesses also provided reports of suspicious vehicles and trailers arriving and departing from new home sites and model home locations at odd hours.

In addition to Tigard Police, officers and investigators from the Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and West Linn Police Departments as well the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office; worked together piecing details from a list of home site related burglary and theft reports. In addition, the Portland Home Builders Association and the Construction Industry Crime Prevention (CICP) provided assistance to investigators which helped bridge information integral to the success of the investigation.

The thefts of new appliances from home sites coupled with home furnishings taken from staged model homes soared quickly in excess of six figures. The suspect, 42 year-old Darcy Roy Frisby was charged with 3 counts of Burglary I and 6 counts of Theft I as a result of the Tigard investigation. Additional charges from Clackamas County Circuit Court are pending as well from Washington County.


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Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society's annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/19/14
M.J. Cody - Standing on the Beach
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Portland, OR - Skip the Black Friday crowds and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 7 for a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at Noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4 PM. Admission is free.

In its 47th year, Holiday Cheer is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon, and marks the start to the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from cookbooks to children's books, and of course, history books. All featured authors have published a book in 2014, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include mystery writer Phillip Margolin, comical children's author Bart King, historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick, Portland food author Liz Crain, debut fiction writer David Shafer, and the one and only Gerry Frank. A full list of featured authors can be found at on our website at http://ohs.org/shop/holiday-cheer.cfm.

To add to the holiday cheer, local favorite "The Dickens Carolers" will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 - 2 PM. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and pick up a cookie as you chat with some of Oregon's best and brightest writers!

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon - 5 PM. Currently on display is Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape, an original exhibition featuring the stirring photographs of ten local artists, complimented by artifacts from the Oregon Historical Society collections. Visit WWW.OHS.ORG for a full list of current exhibits.

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


Attached Media Files: M.J. Cody - Standing on the Beach , Susan Blackaby - The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon , Erik Spellmeyer - Brew It Yourself , David Shafer - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , Crain - Food Lover's Guide to Portland 2nd Ed.
Camas represented at White House ConnectED to the Future Event
Camas Sch. Dist. - 11/19/14
WASHINGTON, DC-- Today, President Obama hosted "ConnectED to the Future," a convening with superintendents, including Camas School District Deputy Superintendent Jeff Snell, who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. The event builds on the momentum of the ConnectED Initiative, a plan the President announced in 2013, to connect 99% of students to high-speed internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. An important part of this initiative is ensuring that digital connectivity supports innovation in America's classrooms. That is why, this fall, the Administration launched the Future Ready Pledge to help school districts develop a culture where teachers harness the power of technology to personalize learning and provide quality digital content that fosters student inquiry and creativity. Through this pledge, superintendents from across the country are committing to lead a transition in their districts to innovative teaching using technology. Participants will also work in partnership to share best practices with other school districts. During the event, President Obama will host a digital pledge signing ceremony with over one hundred superintendents to be joined virtually by hundreds more across the country.
Since the President's call to action in support of the ConnectED Initiative, more than $4 billion in public and private funding has been committed toward expanding high-speed Internet connectivity for America's schools and libraries. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.

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Tigard Police Planning Extra DUII Enforcement During Thanksgiving Holiday Period (Photo)
Tigard Police - 11/19/14
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This year throughout the entire Thanksgiving holiday period beginning on November 21 and continuing until December 1, Tigard Police plan to continue high visibility enforcement (HVE) as part of a nationwide effort to reduce impaired drivers. Here in Tigard, grant funded overtime for officers will allow extra patrol to locate and focus efforts on drivers who are operating a vehicle under the influence. The program is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and locally, Oregon Impact. This partnership is an important component in efforts to make our roadways safer.

Remember: drive sober or get pulled over.

* Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem; alcohol misuse and abuse
* Last year more than 10,000 people nationwide died as a result of alcohol-impaired
crashes; one every 51 minutes
* Alcohol impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion
annually
* Crashes involving alcohol account for nearly half of the fatal and serious
injury crashes occurring in Oregon each year.

Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol. If you become impaired; don't drive - call for a sober driver, taxi or use mass transit to get home safely. If you notice an impaired driver on the road; call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

Together we can all make our roads safer. You can learn more about the HVE campaigns at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober Have a safe holiday. And be sure to stay connected with Tigard Police throughout the holidays and always. Follow us on Twitter @tigardpolice or on Facebook.


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Donations to Children's Center will be Doubled (Photo)
Children's Center - 11/19/14
Children's Center is a place where healing begins for families in Clackamas County who are struggling with issues of child abuse.
Children's Center is a place where healing begins for families in Clackamas County who are struggling with issues of child abuse.
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Twenty-five years of pain and destruction could have been prevented, according to one Oregon family, if only a child abuse intervention center like Children's Center existed when they needed it.

Now the family is working to make sure Children's Center remains ready to help families now. Carl Sandeen and his daughter, Karen, are sharing their story on behalf of Children's Center so other families know they have this valuable resource in Clackamas County.

Their work has helped them gain perspective on Karen's abuse at a day-care center, followed by her daughter's own traumatic experiences - years later - with similar abuse at another day-care.

Father and daughter collaborated on a presentation for Children's Center's Healing Garden Gala in September, where an anonymous donor challenged the community to raise $100,000 to help abused children and their families. Now Carl and Karen are encouraging people to support Children's Center's effort to fully meet the challenge.

Carl is a father of four who believes strongly in family and faith. He received free childcare for Karen, then his preschool-age daughter, as part of his compensation while working at a local church.

As a four-year-old, Karen was joyful and fun-loving, according to Carl. But by the time she turned seven, Carl would go on to describe his daughter as having a dark side to her that he couldn't understand.

By age eleven, Karen had been sexually abused by two separate offenders who worked for the church.

Karen would go on to be raped in high school, become a victim of domestic violence, and ultimately homeless with two babies. Carl struggled to understand how to help his child. For the next 25 years, Karen and Carl spun out of control.

This story, and many others like it, occurred nearly three decades ago, prior to the existence of safe and warm child abuse intervention centers like Children's Center. "If my mom and dad would have walked through Children's Center's doors, we would not have all this pain - 25 years of pain," Karen said at the Gala. "I know my parents still have regrets for all this pain we had to go through."

An anonymous donor has challenged the community to raise $200,000 for Children's Center by committing to double every donation made until December 31st, up to $100,000.

"Reaching our $200,000 goal will be a testament to the strength and commitment of our community, said Children's Center Executive Director Barbara Peschiera. "Clackamas County believes in our children, their ability to heal, and parents' resolve to repair their families."

These funds will ensure that families who experience abuse have a place where their children can receive child abuse medical evaluations, including recorded interviews that reduce multiple interviews. Caregivers receive services from a family support specialist who is trained about the complex issues of child abuse and how they affect families.

Family support is offered to caregivers of children receiving evaluations at Children's Center, as well as members of the community. During a child's evaluation, family support specialists meet with caregivers to provide referrals, education, and case management.

Children's Center has raised $60,000 towards the challenge and with just a few weeks left, must raise an additional $40,000.

"This challenge presents community members with a special opportunity to double the power of their year-end gifts," said Peschiera. "Most importantly, your donation will give families the tools they need to begin the road to healing in the aftermath of abuse."

As the sole agency in Clackamas County providing medical evaluations and forensic interviews to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect, Children's Center plays a vital role in ending the trauma of abuse for local children. Children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds are referred to Children's Center for suspicion of abuse or neglect.

"With Children's Center, we can start changing these statistics, one child and one family at a time," Karen said.

Anyone in Clackamas County struggling with issues of child abuse or neglect can contact the Center's family support team with questions or concerns, free of charge, by calling
503-655-7725.

To make a donation to Children's Center, and learn more about services provided, visit www.childrenscenter.cc.

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Founded in 2002, Children's Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is Clackamas County's sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected to be victims of child abuse and neglect.
Learn more at www.childrenscenter.cc.


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Missing 70-Year-Old Man Found Deceased in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/19/14
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On Wednesday November 19, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers located the body of 70-year-old John Lloyd Scott in the area of Southeast Flavel and Knapp Streets, East of I-205 near Johnson Creek.

John was reported missing by family late Monday night after he failed to return from a trip to Clackamas Town Center. John was last seen at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday, when relatives dropped him off at the Holgate MAX platform to go to Clackamas Town Center (a normal routine).

At approximately 11:00 p.m., John called his nephew to say that he was lost "near the bike trail" and that he was going to sit down on the grass to rest. Based on John's description of where he was, family believed he was still near the mall. John has had no further contact with his family.

Police worked with John's cellular provider and learned that his phone was within a mile radius of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Ramona Street so officers began an extensive neighborhood search from the ground and the air, using officers and the Portland Police Air Support Unit.

On Tuesday, MCSO SAR was activated and searched for several hours but did not locate John. This morning they began searching again and shortly after they started, searchers using a dog located John's body in an area not clearly visible to the public.

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit would like to thank the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and volunteers for their efforts to locate John over the past few days.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with any additional information in this case may contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Sheriff's Office Recommends Adding Extra Time to Your Drive to Account for Road Closure (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/19/14
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Brooklake Road NE will be closed on November 24, 25, and 26 for railroad crossing repairs at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing located west of State Hwy 99E in Brooks. No traffic will be allowed across the tracks during the closure. Detours via State Highway 99E, Chemawa Road NE, and I-5 will be in place during the construction. A routing diagram is attached.

All questions or comments should be directed to the Marion County Department of Public Works at 503-588-5036.


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NW Natural Reaches Milestone of 700,000 Customers
NW Natural - 11/19/14
Local natural gas distribution company also celebrates 155th anniversary

PORTLAND, Ore. - Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), announced today that it's now serving 700,000 customers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

NW Natural first brought gas to this region 155 years ago to light gas lamps on Portland city streets and in homes and businesses. Today, natural gas is an abundant and efficient energy source for residential and commercial space heating, water heating and cooking. And it plays an important role in manufacturing and transportation.

"We thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to serve their energy needs with safe, reliable and affordable natural gas," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural President and CEO. "We grew up here, and we look forward to continuing to grow with the region."

Here's a look back at customer milestones leading up to 700,000:


* In 1961, just five years after natural gas arrived in the Pacific Northwest, we reached 100,000 customers.

* In 1973, we reached 200,000 customers as we headed toward completing our new headquarters in 1979.

* In 1989, a Vancouver, Wash., family became our 300,000th customer.

* In 2000, NW Natural helped Portland Public Schools convert its first school to natural gas and celebrated 500,000 customers with a party in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

* In 2005, we brought natural gas to Coos Bay with our 600,000th customer.


Visit https://www.nwnatural.com/uploadedFiles/We_Grew_Up_Here.pdf for a more complete look at NW Natural's company history.

Over the next seven days, NW Natural will celebrate reaching 700,000 customers by tweeting a daily customer milestone using the hashtag #Celebrating700KCustomers. Twitter users who retweet the milestones will be entered into a daily drawing for a gift card.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash Highway 103 at MP 6.5 - Names Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.

On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as DAVID WEISS, 68, of Forest Grove, and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant, identified as EDWARD VAUGHN, 59, of Portland, died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Investigators indicated Vaughn was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.

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City seeks applicants for downtown and city center redevelopment authority boards
City of Vancouver - 11/19/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for a single volunteer position to serve on both the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and City Center Redevelopment Authority boards.

The Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the City Center Redevelopment Authority are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The scope of work and responsibilities of the two boards are interdependent and best served through a single board member. Board members work in a voluntary capacity under the scope and purview of the charter and bylaws of each board. Copies of the charters for both boards are available upon request.

There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. The vacancy is for a four-year term. Regular board meetings are held quarterly on the third Thursday of March, June, September and December at 11:30 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall. Special meetings of the boards are advertised and held as needed.

Applications for the open position must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. 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 Downtown Redevelopment Authority is the owner of the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and its board oversees the operational, financial and promotional aspects of the hotel and convention center. For more information about the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

The City Center Redevelopment Authority is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision plan, and advises City Council on the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements within the plan area. Its board advises the City Council on matters related to public/private partnerships and public assistance to private developments in downtown Vancouver. For more information about City Center Redevelopment Authority, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

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Evergreen School Board elects officers
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 11/19/14
Vancouver, WA: Julie Bocanegra was elected President, and Victoria Bradford moves to Vice-President of the Evergreen Board of Directors for the 2014-15 school year.

Bocanegra, first appointed to the District 1 School Board position in February 2012, and elected in November of 2013, moves from Vice-President to the President role.

Bradford, the longest serving member of the current board members, just completed a term as the President of the Board. She joined the Board in 1999.

District 4 Board member Todd Yuzuriha will take on the role of Legislative representative. School Board members Michael Parsons and Rob Perkins will serve as liaisons to other boards and committees.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fourth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.
CORRECTED LINK: Sheriff's Office deputies participate in 'No Shave November,' raise money to fight cancer (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/19/14
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[UPDATE: Corrected link for "No Shave November" ( http://www.no-shave.org/ ) below.]

November is Men's Health Awareness Month ( http://us.movember.com/ ). People across the country are recognizing this important effort is by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" ( http://www.no-shave.org/ ) campaign.

At the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, this hasn't been an option -- because CCSO grooming standards do not allow deputies to wear beards...

... until now.

STRICTLY for the month of November, and as part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues -- including the kinds of cancer that only affect men -- Sheriff Craig Roberts decided to relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.

"Of course, the public still expects us to maintain our professional appearance," said Sheriff Roberts in an Oct. 29 email to all Sheriff's Office personnel, "so if you choose to participate, make sure to keep your beard trimmed and neat.... Don't look to ZZ Top or 'Duck Dynasty' for inspiration."

The goal of "No-Shave November" is to raise cancer awareness by growing facial hair. During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

"Use your new look of facial hair to help start a conversation about cancer -- and mention that early detection is key," wrote Undersheriff Matt Ellington in a follow-up email.

The Sheriff's Office has a No-Shave November Team at http://www.no-shave.org As of Tuesday, Nov. 18, the team ranked 19th in team fundraising overall, with 103 members and $3,370 raised -- well over its $3,000 goal -- with funds going to the American Cancer Society. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.

Here is the Sheriff's Office TEMPORARY relaxed grooming policy for the month of November 2014. The policy will return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2014.
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FACIAL HAIR

Personnel may elect to have a beard or goatee. Beards and goatees will be neatly trimmed and at no time be longer than one inch when extended straight out from the skin surface.
A beard is defined as hair grown covering the face line in a continuous pattern from sideburns, along the cheek line, covering the chin and connecting with a mustache.
A goatee is hair that is grown in a continuous pattern including the chin and mustache but does not extend along the cheek line and does not connect to sideburns.

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Identity Update on Involved Person in Parker Moore Death
Yamhill Co. District Attorney's Office - 11/19/14
Investigators into the November 15, 2014 incident where Parker Moore was stabbed to death and the suspect shot by police, have now confirmed the identity of the suspect.

The suspect in the stabbing and subsequently shot by police has been positively identified as Juventino Bermudez-Arenas, date of birth 1-24-81.

Not much is yet known about his background. It is known that at the time of his death he was employed, for the second consecutive year, at a Christmas tree farm in the Dallas, OR, area. He has little in the way of known prior law enforcement contact but was arrested on a minor charge in July of 2000 in McMinnville. At that time he provided the name of "Jonventino Bermudes" and with a date of birth of 12-24-81.

Multiple inquiries have been made to law enforcement and this office about his status. It is not believed that he was in the United States lawfully based on inconsistent social security numbers given to his employer, lack of official U.S. paperwork, and from information provided by his family. Investigators continue to gather further background information on him.

Persons with information about this man or on this case should contact the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Further inquiries may be directed to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office.

Official Press release is attached


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Exit 17 on I-84 will remain closed until 6:30 am
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 11/19/14
Westbound Interstate 84 will remain closed at exit 17 until no later than 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as crews complete overnight work on the Marine Drive renovation project. Cold weather has delayed completion of the work. Westbound traffic will continue to leave the highway at exit 17 and may take the North Frontage Road to the exit 17 on-ramp back onto westbound I-84.
11/18/14
Man Arrested in Beaverton Motel Making Counterfeit Credit & Gift Cards (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/18/14
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***UPDATE***
Photos of the vehicle that was located in the motel parking lot


***UPDATE***
The suspect was making fake credit cards and using those credit cards to purchase gift cards. He was not making fake gift cards.


On Sunday, November 16, 2014 at about 11:15am, Beaverton Patrol Officers inquired about a suspicious vehicle with California license plates parked at a local motel. The officers found out that the male associated with the vehicle was using a fake driver's license to rent the room. Beaverton Detectives were called and were able to determine someone stole a California person's personal information back in July of 2014 and was able to obtain a $40,000.00 loan for the vehicle which was a 2007 Mercedes CL 550. The victim was notified of the identity theft and had filed a police report about a week ago.

The investigation led to the arrest of Thomas Geter 40 years old from California and uncovered a sophisticated counterfeit credit card operation being run out of his hotel room. Detectives seized several counterfeit credit cards, credit card making devices, approximately $1,800.00 in cash, over $13,000.00 in new prepaid gift cards, receipts, shredded gift cards, credit cards, and other documents.

Geter appeared to be working alone in Beaverton but could be working with other suspects in California. It appears Geter was targeting Home Depot, Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens, and Rite Aid stores to purchase the gift cards.

Geter was lodged on aggravated identity theft and Unlawful use of a motor vehicle. Geter's bail has been set at $250,000.00.
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Health advisory lifted November 18 for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 11/18/14
November 18, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued October 10 for Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. 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 the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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 about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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First Ever $500 Shop Local Contest Hosted Within 45+ Area Small Businesses, Now Until Nov 29th (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 11/18/14
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Columbia Credit Union have coordinated the first ever "Shop Local" Customer Appreciation contest. Right now, until November 29th (Small Business Saturday) you can shop at any one of 45+ local small businesses to become entered to win a $500 gift card. This "Shop Local" Customer Appreciation Contest must be used at the location in which the customer entered. A list of all 45+ locations is online at vancouverusa.com.

This "Shop Local" Customer Appreciation Contest is designed to reward customers of current, local small businesses, but also provide incentive for a first-time visitors. In addition to retail, many service oriented businesses are part of this campaign. "We want to draw attention to local businesses during the holiday shopping months; as well as provide a November long customer appreciation program for small businesses who may not have the resources to host one," explained Chandra Chase, the GVCC program coordinator of Get Out On... Small Business Saturday.

Columbia Credit Union, the "Get Out On... Small Business Saturday" program sponsor has played an instrumental role in developing this program. Last year, as the inaugural sponsor they were out in the community on Small Business Saturday (always the Saturday after Thanksgiving) at two locations with their "Making Life Better Moments." They provided $5 vouchers at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar in the morning, then hosted a free community viewing of ELF at the Kiggins Theater. This year they are planning on choosing a retail member to surprise, on location. More details to come.

Please visit vancouverusa.com -> Small Business Saturday page for more info on participating businesses and their November special promotions taking place.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Gresham's Eric Schmidt named Oregon Building Official of the Year (Photo)
City of Gresham - 11/18/14
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GRESHAM, OR - Eric Schmidt, the building official and community development director for the City of Gresham, is this year's winner of the Building Official of the Year award given by the Oregon Building Officials Association.

The award is the highest honor given by the association, which supports Oregon's building officials, who protect public safety by enforcing state and municipal building codes, issuing construction permits, and conducting commercial and residential inspections.

The Gresham City Council recognized the award today with a brief presentation by Melanie Adams, building director for the City of Hillsboro and past president of the Oregon Building Officials Association.

Schmidt's strong and steady leadership earned him the 2014 top award, according to Terry Whitehill, vice president of the Oregon Building Officials Association and plan review section manager for Portland's Bureau of Development Services. Whitehill said Schmidt, co-chair of the association's legislative committee, was particularly effective representing the association before the Oregon Legislature this spring and helping the association hire a new management company.

"Eric steps up to any challenge that gets thrown at him," Whitehill said. "He is creative, a skilled listener, and always gets to a good solution."

A member of Gresham's senior leadership team, Schmidt has worked for the City since 1998. He oversees a diverse portfolio, including the Building Department, the Permit Services Center, Neighborhood Enforcement, Rental Housing Inspections, Community Revitalization and the Small Business Center. A long-time private sector engineer, Schmidt played a leading role in Gresham's successful Garage-to-Storefront small business incentive program and its award-winning rental housing inspection program.

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City Council Updates Specialty Codes, Public Works Standards, "Call-up" Time for Development Decisions and Public Safety Laws
City of Wilsonville - 11/18/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the November 17, 2014, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council conducted public hearings on five building and fire code related ordinances and approved all five on first reading. Ordinance Nos. 754 through 758 performed "housekeeping" updates to the State of Oregon building and fire codes, which are incorporated into Chapter 9 of the Wilsonville City Code. The code amendments relate to structural, mechanical, plumbing and residential specialty codes and the fire-prevention code.

The Council also conducted first readings and public hearings on three additional proposed ordinances, all of which were approved. Ordinance No. 759 vacates a portion of Vlahos Drive that is no longer needed due to re-routing of the street as part of the Canyon Creek Road extension project. Ordinance No. 760 adds stormwater management-related definitions to the City's Public Works Standards in order to ensure that the City's infrastructure is designed and built according to industry and regulatory standards. Ordinance No. 761 modifies the timeframe to 14 days for which the City Council may "call up" a decision rendered by the Development Review Board for review by the Council based on the date of posting of the notice of decision, thereby providing the Council with the same timeframe as members of the public who might appeal a DRB decision.

The Council held second reading and approved two ordinances pertaining to public safety. Ordinance No. 750 modifies the City's current law by more narrowly defining living in a vehicle and removing the prohibition against sleeping in a vehicle to allow rest times of up to two hours; the Ninth Circuit Court recently upheld a constitutional challenge to a city ordinance as being overly broad in prohibiting using a vehicle as living quarters. Ordinance No. 751 provides the Wilsonville Police Department authority to exclude individuals from public property if they have violated any law or regulation while on public property. The exclusions are subject to a due-process hearing and include appeal rights and replicate current law enforcement powers for trespassers on private property. Proposed Ordinance No. 752, which would prohibit swimming, fishing and diving from the Memorial Park boat dock, was continued to the Dec. 1 Council meeting to allow staff additional time to research state Marine Board requirements.

Under New Business, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2498 by a vote of 3 to 1, which adopts the Urban Renewal Strategic Plan as recommended to the Council by the Urban Renewal Task Force to develop a strategic plan to guide the City's use of urban renewal financing for public projects. Mayor Tim Knapp recused himself from the vote citing a desire to remove any perception of a conflict of interest as he is a property owner who might benefit from one of the projects listed in the plan.

As part of the Consent Agenda, the Council approved Resolution No. 2497, authorizing the purchase of wetland mitigation credits for the pending extension of Kinsman Road north from Barber Street to Boeckman Road.

During the work session prior to the meeting, Council members discussed the potential composition of a tourism promotion committee as part of the City's "Visit Wilsonville" tourism development strategy. The Council provided direction to South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) staff for commencing implementation of modified bus service as part of the transit integration project that seeks improved efficiencies of fixed-route and dial-a-ride services.

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FREE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION EXPO & WALK, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes. (Photo)
American Diabetes Association - 11/18/14
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PORTLAND, OR (November 18, 2014) - On Saturday, November 22, the American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This FREE event is for people of all ages and includes healthy and fun activities for the whole family. The EXPO also provides the community with a unique opportunity to get free health screenings and flu shots, participate in healthy cooking and exercising demonstrations, talk to exhibitors and listen to leading experts about diabetes prevention and management.

"If you or a loved one has diabetes - or is at high risk of developing the disease - EXPO provides a fun, relaxed environment to learn a great deal about the important aspects of prevention and management of diabetes and its serious complications," said Andrew Ahmann, MD, President, American Diabetes Association's Community Leadership Board. "The EXPO is for all people affected by diabetes, as well as anyone interested in living healthy and helping to change the future of diabetes."

Nearly 30 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes- including over 350,000 in Oregon and Southwest Washington - and an additional 86 million, 675,000 locally, have pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, one-third of people living with diabetes do not know they have it. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. People with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the risk of its deadly complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical.

Prior to the start of EXPO, the American Diabetes Association will hold its annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center. The public is invited to join and walk to Stop Diabetes inside the warm exhibit hall from 9:00 - 10:00am and then attend EXPO. To learn more and register to walk, visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

The American Diabetes Association's EXPO is proud to feature Kendall Simmons, former pro-football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chef Chris Aikens, TV personality from The Food Network. Simmons will share his journey of living actively with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years. Chef Aikens will host a healthy cooking demonstration.

November is American Diabetes Month and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and EXPO will be a time to come together as a community to focus on issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association.

For more information about diabetes or the American Diabetes Association EXPO call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383), or visit diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.


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Car Fire Next to Residence Extinguished (Photo)
Fire Dist. 3, Clark County - 11/18/14
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Vancouver and Fire District 3 Firefighters responded to a passenger vehicle fire today at approximately 1:39 p.m. The vehicle was parked next to a residence in the 15000 Block of NE 119th St. The fire was quickly extinguished and the residence was not damaged. The vehicle sustained major damage. There were no injuries.


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Sheriff's Office SAR Activated for Second Straight Day and Another Snowy Rescue (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/14
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Today at about 130 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams were activated to search for and rescue four people lost and stuck in the snow.

The driver, Robert Record, 44, of Washougal and his three passengers, Eddie Nix, 53, of Vancouver, Shane Lambert, 23, of Washougal and Paul Barry, 26, of Vancouver were driving their rented, 2015, Chevrolet Tahoe trying to reach Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record was following a GPS unit which took him 45 miles in the wrong direction and up an unmaintained roadway that did not lead to Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record continued driving on the roadway until he became stuck in over a foot of snow near Elk Lake.

After spending the night in their vehicle the four men activated the OnStar button. With the assistance of OnStar, deputies were able to locate the vehicle and its occupants. All four men were safe and uninjured when deputies reached their vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the snow by SAR vehicles and the four men were led back down to the city of Detroit.

Search and Rescue Deputies recommend double checking your route when using a GPS unit to ensure proper driving directions have been received. Always check for winter road closures as these are not usually posted on GPS systems. Finally when traveling into the higher elevations, drivers should carry enough supplies to spend a few nights if you become stuck or lost.


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Chamber Announces Nominees for Business Excellence Awards
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center - 11/18/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2014

Contact: Shelley Wright
503.665.1131
shelleyw@greshamchamber.org


CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center announces nominees for the annual Business Excellence Awards. Winners will be revealed at the December 4th Awards Luncheon.

"The Gresham area is rich with organizations large and small that provide and reflect a diverse range of products and services from manufacturing to retail. This event will recognize the contributions that businesses, non-profits and volunteers make to our community" said Matt Miller, Chamber Board President. "It is time to celebrate the success of the great businesses in the region."

Excellence in Business - Large Company Excellence in Business - Non-Profit
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Birch Community Services, Inc.
Weston Buick GMC Gresham Breakfast Lions Club My Father's House
Excellence in Business - Small Company Soroptimist International of Gresham
Accent on Attitude
Brainjar Media Volunteer of the Year
Golden Montessori School Christy Brewster
Jared Koga, CPA Connie Fort
Nancy's Floral Jennifer Caputo
Origin's Coffee House Karen Johnston
Riegelmann's Appliance Lori Stegmann
Skyland Pub Marilyn Shephard
Paul Lother
Sue O'Halloran
Warner Allen
Wendell Cook

Business Excellence Awards Luncheon
Thursday, December 4, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Greater Gresham Baptist Church
$40 for individual tickets, $350 for a corporate table.
Visit greshamchamber.org for tickets.

About the Chamber: The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(6) business association that promotes the prosperity of the business community. The Chamber is committed to creating a strong local economy, representing business to government, providing networking opportunities and promoting the East Metro community. Visit greshamchamber.org or facebook.com/GreshamAreaChamberofCommerce.
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Former long-time smoker says lung cancer screening saved her life
Salem Health - 11/18/14
ATTENTION EDITORS: Video link youtu.be/9wGLgEh-iyk; NAT SOT mov file, AUDIO wav file, transcripts in broadcast and AP style attached to news release.

A routine mammogram revealed Kathrine Reed of Salem had stage one breast cancer. "I was lucky we caught it so early," she said. After successful surgery at Salem Hospital, Reed made a follow-up appointment with her surgeon to check for other possible cancers. The surgeon referred her to the low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer through Salem Cancer Institute, but explained the test would not be covered by insurance.

Reed decided to go ahead with it anyway. Turns out, this may have saved her life.

"I smoked for 50 years and I quit about four years ago," said Reed. "I knew the risks and sure enough, it happened." The scan revealed Reed had stage one lung cancer. "Thank God for my surgeon--and the one good thing I got out of breast cancer saved my life. Best 99 dollars I have ever spent."

Salem Health produced a video about Reed's story. It can be viewed at: youtu.be/9wGLgEh-iyk.

The science behind the story:

* Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. (160,000 last year alone).
* 75 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at stage three or four, when the chance of survival is less than 15 percent.
* At stage one or two, there is a better chance the patient can be cured.
* When high-risk patients are screened annually with LDCT scans, the number of cases caught at stage one increased from 20 percent to 40 percent.

With these incredible results in mind, Salem Cancer Institute launched the LDCT scanning program. The $99 includes a LDCT scan, education and follow-up. Scholarships are available to those who qualify thanks to the Salem Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit salemhealth.org/ldct or call Salem Cancer Institute at 503-561-7226 (SCAN).

Salem Health is a proud supporter of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20 and tobacco quitters everywhere. Visit the American Cancer Society's web page: cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout.

Salem Hospital and Salem Cancer Institute are a part of Salem Health, which is also comprised of 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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Oregon Lions Charter New Club in Portland - the Portland Legacy Lions!
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 11/18/14
The Portland Legacy Lions officially create their own club on November 20, 2014 at 6:00PM in NW Portland when members celebrate their charter night at the Friendly House (1737 NW 26th Avenue).

During the ceremonies, District O Governor Brad King and Past District Governor Sharon Rollins will present the new club members with their official charter. Members of the Oaks Bottom Lions Club, who sponsored the formation of the Portland Legacy Lions Club, will share in the celebration and congratulate the new club.

District O Governor Brad King shared his enthusiasm: "I am proud to welcome the new Portland Legacy Lions to the happy Lions family known as District 36-O. With these new, energetic and energized Legacy Lions, we can all increase the work that really feels like fun to do more for our communities and make people's lives better!".

The Portland Legacy Lions Club already partners with the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for their annual sock drive to benefit homeless families served by four shelters in the Portland metro area. The Lions welcome donations for the sock drive at their charter night event.

To kick off fundraising efforts, the Portland Legacy Lions Club will raffle 4 hand-made wreaths at the charter night as well as 4 hand-made wreaths that will be auctioned off online. If you or anyone you know is interested in bidding on these one of a kind wreaths, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/legacylionsclub. With the support of Oaks Bottom Lions, the Legacy Lions will organize a Christmas Tree Recycling Program after the holidays to raise money for sight and hearing assistance to people in need in the northwest community.

The Legacy Lions Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at noon on the Legacy Good Samaritan campus at 1010 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland. For more information or to get involved with the Legacy Lions Club, please contact Katie at (503) 413-7399 or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/legacylionsclub

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.


Attached Media Files: 2014-11/1832/79706/Announcement_for_Legacy_Lions.pdf
Sex Offender Arrested for Two Sexually Related Criminal Incidents in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/14
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On Monday November 17, 2014 at 1:45 p.m., on the second floor of Lincoln Hall, Portland State University Campus Public Safety Officers arrested 33-year-old James Ray McNeil after receiving a report that McNeil was publicly masturbating, while in close proximity to a female student.

After a brief struggle with Campus Public Safety Officers, McNeil was taken into custody.
McNeil has no affiliation with Portland State University and is not a student.

McNeil was identified by Portland Police as a suspect in a sex crime that had been reported earlier that morning at the Estate Hotel, located at 225 Northwest Couch Street. A 33-year-old female reported to police that she woke up in her hotel room at 8:30 a.m. to see a man (later identified as McNeil) naked and masturbating in her room as he touched her sexually.

CPSO Officers transported McNeil to the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division for further investigation by Sex Crimes Unit detectives.

McNeil was charged with Public Indecency (Felony), Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, and a Parole Violation, all in connection with his arrest at Portland State. McNeil also faces charges of Burglary in the First Degree and Sex Abuse in the First Degree, in connection with the incident in Old Town.

McNeil was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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 WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength 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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UPDATE - SAR ACTIVATED: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing Male with Alzheimer's (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/14
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team is beginning to search for missing 70-year-old John Lloyd Scott.

The Missing Persons Unit is asking the public who lives and works in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood to keep an eye out for John and to immediately report any sightings to 9-1-1.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate missing 70-year-old John Lloyd Scott.

John was last seen at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday November 17, 2014, when relatives dropped him off at the Holgate MAX platform to go to Clackamas Town Center (a normal routine). John lives in the 11000 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., John called his nephew to say that he was lost "near the bike trail" and that he was going to sit down on the grass to rest. Based on John's description of where he was, family believed he was still near the mall. John has had no further contact with his family.

Police worked with John's cellular provider and learned that his phone was within a mile radius of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Ramona Street so officers began an extensive neighborhood search from the ground and the air, using officers and the Portland Police Air Support Unit.

John was not located in the area and officers have no better information at this point. There is not a large-scale search effort ongoing at this point as officers do not have a good starting point to locate John, based on available information.

John is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, thin build, gray hair, wearing a blue windbreaker with white stripes on the sleeves, black pants, and a hat. John is not dressed for the extreme cold and due to his Alzheimer's, he commonly gets confused or turned around.

Anyone seeing John is asked to 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 #14-47 Southwest Portland Burglaries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/14
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving multiple residential burglaries in Southwest Portland.

On Saturday October 25, 2014, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the report of a residential burglary at 5054 Southwest Hilltop Lane.

Deputies spoke with the victim who told police that the burglary occurred while they were away for dinner, between 7:30 and 9:00 p.m.

The suspect or suspects broke into the residence by throwing a large concrete plant pot through a bay window.

The victim estimates the total loss to be nearly $100,000 worth of jewelry and causing approximately $5,000 in damage.

The following Saturday, November 1, 2014, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to another burglary at 5044 Southwest Hilltop Lane, a few houses down from the first victim.

Entry was made by breaking out the window on a rear French door.

The victim estimates the total loss to be nearly $15,000 worth of jewelry and prescription medications and causing approximately $5,000 in damage.

At this point there is no suspect information in either of these cases. However, investigators believe the same suspect(s) is responsible for both burglaries

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to make people aware that thieves often will sell stolen property at a greatly reduced price through online ads.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation, including anyone in the neighborhood who saw or heard anything, should contact the investigator.

Witnesses may contact the investigator directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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

Investigator:
Detective Rian Hakala
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
rian.hakala@mcso.us

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon October 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/18/14
Oregon adds 9,900 jobs in October

Payroll employment shot up by 9,900 in October. Most major industries added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, with three showing solid strength: professional and business services (+2,700 jobs); manufacturing (+2,200); and health care and social assistance (+2,000).

The gain of 9,900 was the largest monthly increase in nearly 20 years. The last time Oregon's economy added at least this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added.

Payroll employment rose by 800 in September. This was a revision from the originally reported decline of 300 jobs.

Professional and business services accelerated its hiring trend in recent months. Its 2,700-job gain in October was the largest of the major industries. Over the past 12 months it added 12,600 jobs, which is more than one-quarter of all of Oregon's over-the-year payroll employment gains.

The companies in this broad industry include services firms such as legal, engineering, computer systems design, corporate offices, employment services, business support, and building services.

Two industries within professional and business services grew at especially fast rates over the past year. Employment services, which includes employee leasing and temporary help supply, added 3,700 jobs or 9.9 percent. Services to buildings and dwellings added 1,300 jobs or 6.4 percent.

Manufacturing also performed better than expected in October. Normally, manufacturing would shed 3,600 jobs at this time of year as food manufacturing firms scale back their workforce following the heavy summer harvest season. But in October, manufacturing only shed 1,400 jobs. This translated into a seasonally adjusted gain of 2,200.

Food manufacturing employed 27,700 in October, a drop of 1,200 from September, but a gain of 200 from October 2013. Many other manufacturing industries were relatively flat, when each would typically see a modest October job decline.

Over the longer term, a few manufacturing industries have grown at a faster rate than the overall economy. In the past 12 months transportation equipment manufacturing added 700 jobs, or 6.5 percent, while wood
product manufacturing also added 700 jobs, or 3.3 percent.

Private-sector health care and social assistance added 2,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Its social assistance component has been growing the fastest over the course of the year, adding 1,800 jobs or 5.3 percent since October 2013.

Oregon's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.0 percent in October. Despite October's strong job growth, the unemployment rate didn't fall because more and more Oregonians are entering the labor force and looking for work.

The September unemployment rate was also 7.0 percent, revised from the originally reported 7.1 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has remained in a tight range between 6.8 percent and 7.1 percent since December 2013.

Another sign of an improving labor market is declining long-term unemployment. The number of Oregonians unemployed for more than 27 weeks declined steadily over the past four years. In October, approximately 33,000 Oregonians had been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. This is down from more than 100,000 during much of 2010.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, November 24th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 16th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact person shown at the top of this press release.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: 2014-11/930/79702/Oregon_unemployment_rate_press_release_11-18-2014.pdf
City of Battle Ground Receives Award for Financial Reporting
City of Battle Ground - 11/18/14
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Battle Ground by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award recognizes the City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2013 and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the 14th consecutive year the City has received the award.

Mayor Shane Bowman recognized Finance Director Maggie Smith and Accounting Manager Brian Wolf for their work in preparing the document.

"Our Finance Department staff is diligent in clearly communicating the City's financial story," said City Manager John Williams, "The award reflects their exceptional skill and effort."

The 2013 CAFR is available on the City's website at www.cityofbg.org/cafr.
Residents Encouraged to Connect with City of Salem via New Facebook Page
City of Salem - 11/18/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CONTACT PERSON: Mike Gotterba, Public Information Officer
City of Salem
503-588-6347, mgotterba@cityofsalem.net



Residents Encouraged to Connect with City of Salem via New Facebook Page

As part of the City of Salem's effort to improve increase resident engagement and broaden community awareness of City events, programs, and services, the City of Salem recently launched a Facebook account, www.facebook.com/CityOfSalemOR.

The City aims to provide a central location for Salem resident information on the new Facebook page. Page contents include events, projects, services, programs, and happenings throughout the City.

Regular features on the Facebook page include:
* Mondays: "MAKING SALEM (safer, cleaner, more fun, etc.) post to highlight an aspect of City's services.
* Thursdays: THANK YOU Thursdays recognize and appreciate Salem.

Take a look and 'like' CityofSalemOR on Facebook.

In addition to Facebook, the City's website www.cityofsalem.net hosts a Salem News page, found in the upper left corner of the home page. The Salem News web page features links to all of the City's social media outlets, recent Salem Connection news show segments, and an opportunity to sign up for emergency notifications, neighborhood news, and Salem Library event information..

The City encourages residents to stay connected through social media, our monthly Salem Connection video, and the Salem Community Connections e-newsletter.

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Marine Board Employee Recognized with Prestigious Regional Award (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/18/14
Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
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The NW Marine Trade Association recently recognized the efforts of the Marine Board's Janine Belleque, with the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award during their annual meeting in Seattle on November 12, 2014. This regional award is given to a person or group from Oregon in the boating industry who has made a significant contribution during the past year.

For nearly two decades, Belleque has worked tirelessly for Oregon boaters, helping provide grant funding to waterway managers for boating access, parking, land-side and floating restrooms, and other amenities that serve recreational boating. Belleque has become fluent in speaking engineering and contracting language and is well-versed in the issues relating to shrinking access in many other parts of the country. Belleque is currently serving in her second term as the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) President and filling the role of Interim Boating Facilities Section Manager until a replacement has been found, in addition to her primary role as the Marine Board's Grants/Contracts Coordinator. Belleque also serves on a multitude of Marine Board advisory committees to help with future agency initiatives that integrate all boating user groups.

Background: Robert F. Rittenhouse was appointed Marine Director to the Oregon State Marine Board when the board was first formed in 1959. Rittenhouse served for 27 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, which gave him a knowledge of boating matters that appealed to the state as it began interviewing candidates. The Oregon State Marine Board was founded and is to this day supported by Oregon State recreational boaters for the purpose of overseeing boating safety programs and developing boating access. Rittenhouse served as Director from August, 1959 until he died on September 2, 1973.

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Attached Media Files: Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
FREE PUBLIC SCREENING OF 'THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE' Award-winning documentary about the stigma of addiction
Woloshin Communications - 11/18/14
A special screening and public discussion of the groundbreaking film "The Anonymous People" will take place on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Portland Bible Church (2374 SW Vermont St. in Portland). The event will be preceded by a social hour at 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy and Hazelden in Springbrook's Alumni Chapter, this moving documentary tells the story of the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

It features the diverse faces and voices of recovering people who are fighting against the stigma of addiction that has kept them silent and hidden for decades.

"We encourage members of the recovery community, their friends and family and those facing the challenges of substance abuse to attend," said Jan Vondrachek, Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Region for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. "There is much to be learned about how we can change the conversation about addiction from problems to solutions."

"Betty Ford was our nation's first public advocate for recovery from addiction, opening up about her own story of addiction and recovery in a powerful and historically significant way," Vondrachek continued. "The Anonymous People extends her legacy for a new generation, so it is especially exciting for us to screen the film at our communities throughout the country, including here in Oregon."

Following the screening, a discussion with the audience will be moderated by William Moyers, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations. It will also feature panelists Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life; Dr. Andy Mendenhall, Medical Director at Hazelden in Beaverton; James O'Rourke, Attorney at Law; Dr. Jeffery Young, Psychologist at Hazelden in Springbrook, and Patty Katz, Cofounder of Hands Across the Bridge.
Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by visiting www.hazelden.orgpeople. The film trailer may also be viewed at the same page.

About The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 11/18/14: Installation of Traffic Signal Pole at SE 100th Ave. & SE Powell Blvd. Scheduled for November 20-21; No Lane Closures
Portland Water Bureau - 11/18/14
Portland Water Bureau contractor Hoffman Construction Company will shut down power to a temporary traffic signal pole at SE 100th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 and ending at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, November 21.

The closure will allow crews to install a permanent traffic signal pole to replace the existing temporary pole.

For the overnight project, there will be no traffic lane closures. Flaggers will direct both east- and west-bound lanes of traffic safely around the work site.

The Water Bureau advises motorists and bicyclists to use caution on SE Powell Boulevard in this area. Motorists and bicyclists should watch for construction workers, be ready for sudden stops, and obey all traffic controls and flaggers. To avoid traffic delays, motorists should use alternate routes.

In February 2014, crews relocated an existing traffic signal pole at the entrance if the Central Church of the Nazarene in the 9700 block of SE Powell Boulevard. This temporary relocation allowed crews the room to construct a 30-foot wide by 60-foot long vault housed under the westbound lane of SE Powell Boulevard. The vault now houses complex piping connected to the city's new 25?million gallon underground reservoir atop Kelly Butte.

The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve Portland's east side and be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.

For additional information on the Kelly Butte Reservoir project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/kellybutte.


Attached Media Files: Official Traffic Advisory
Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 103 at Milepost 6.5
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.

On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Preliminary investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.

The names of those involved are being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification and will be released once that has occurred. OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.

No Photographs are available at this time.

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PF&R Responds to a House Fire (422 NE Dekum)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/18/14
This morning at 5:52 AM Portland Firefighters were called to a house fire at 422 NE Dekum. On arrival firefighters found a 2 story house on fire. The majority of the fire was burning on the front porch, but it was also burning within the houses walls.

Firefighters searched for victims and worked to extinguish the fire. No victims were located and no injuries were associated with this fire. Firefighters determined that the house was vacant. The fire was brought under control and firefighters worked to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished.

A fire investigator has determined that the fire's cause was electrical. Damages associated with this fire are estimated at $26,500.
Northwest Portland Package Thief Arrested by Portland Police (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/14
On November 8, 2014, 39-year-old Aaron James Barnett was arrested by Central Precinct officers after detectives linked him to some package thefts in Northwest Portland.

Detectives believe Barnett stole packages off of porches in Northwest Portland as he walked around the neighborhood.

During this time of year, police often see a spike in theft of packages delivered to area homes.

In 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released a video to encourage online shoppers to re-think their delivery options, such as having the packages delivered to a workplace or secure location. Community members can view the video by visiting http://youtu.be/Doqz6sqZSNk

For a complete list of crime prevention tips, visit the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

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Media Advisory : Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/18/14
The Oregon statewide unemployment rate will be released today at 10:00 a.m.

There will be a pre-recorded video presentation by state employment economist Nick Beleiciks available at that time on the Employment Department's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ORGovEmployment, and on the official website of the department's Research Section, www.qualityinfo.org.

In addition, downloadable audio clips will be available on the department's website: http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/audio_production.aspx.
11/17/14
Follow up Press Release to Saturday, November 15, 2014 Stabbing and Shooting Incident
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
Please read the attached release regarding the Officer Involved shooting investigation. From this point forward, all release of information will be done by the District Attorney and members of the media seeking further information should contact their office.


Attached Media Files: Radio Traffic , 9-1-1 Call , DA Release
Public Meeting Announcement - Oregon Business Development Commission
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 11/17/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting Friday, November 21, 2014.

Details:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Department of State Lands, Land Board Room
775 Summer Street NE, First Floor
Salem, OR 97301

Agenda can be located here:
http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php

Unanticipated agenda items may or may not be included. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to: Suzy Miller at (503) 986-0106.
Crime Alert: Sexual Assault in Southeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/14
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On Saturday November 15, 2015, at 11:37 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 13100 block of Southeast Stark Street on the report of a burglary and assault that occurred approximately 7 hours earlier.

Officers arrived and, through a translator, learned that the victim was sexually and physically assaulted by two unknown men who forced their way into her residence, sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m.

The victim, a 45-year-old female, told police that she was asleep when she heard someone knock at the door so she went to check and see who was outside. The victim told police that she could see two men outside, an African American male and a Hispanic male, and that they forced open her door and entered the residence.

Once inside, the suspects sexually and physically assaulted the victim then left the apartment. The victim was too fearful to call police until 7 hours later. The victim went to a Portland hospital to receive treatment to her injuries, none of which are life-threatening.

There is no better suspect information at this point and detectives are asking for help from the public.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at (503) 823-0595, jeff.myers@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

* 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 WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength 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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The City of Beaverton Holds Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 5 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/17/14
The public is invited to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves at the annual Holiday Open House on December 5 located inside the Beaverton City Library.
The public is invited to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves at the annual Holiday Open House on December 5 located inside the Beaverton City Library.
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The City of Beaverton invites the public to attend the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House on Friday evening, Dec. 5. The Holiday Open House will begin at 5 p.m. inside the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street). Outdoor activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. across the street in the Beaverton City Park followed by the tree lighting at 7 p.m. To ensure the safety of pedestrians, SW 5th Street between SW Hall Boulevard and SW Watson Avenue will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

"This is one of the city's most cherished holiday traditions," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I invite everyone to join our holiday festivities as we bring our community together through great music and family fun!"

During the Holiday Open House, attendees can visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and helper elves, while listening to sounds of the holiday season from the Beaverton Community Band and the city's staff choir. Special guests Disney Princesses Elsa, Anna, and Belle will also attend the festivities. Children and their families can participate in activities, games and a holiday craft workshop. In addition, residents can learn more about city programs and upcoming events at several city displays. Refreshments will also be provided.

Beginning at 6:20 p.m., visitors can stroll down Candy Cane Lane to the tree lighting program, during which the Beaverton High School Rhythm B's and Arts and Communication Magnet Academy choir, will perform before Mayor Doyle and Santa Claus light the tree at 7 p.m. This year, the library will remain open until 8 p.m. so the public can use the restrooms, access public computers, or checkout materials after the tree lighting.

At 7:30 p.m., the Beaverton Civic Theatre will present "Little Women" in the Beaverton City Library Auditorium. Tickets are $5 with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Otherwise, general admission is $15, $12 for students, seniors and groups, and $5 for children ten and younger. Beneficiaries of the toy and gift card donations include Beaverton's low-income youth as well as foster children in Washington County.

The City of Beaverton's 11th annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House is supported by community partners Orchard Supply Hardware, Starbucks, Umpqua Bank, VillaSport, Beaverton Toyota, Mt. Hood Railways, Costco, and New Seasons Market.

Visit downtown Beaverton businesses for the Downtown Holiday Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, seasonal discounts, and entertainment presented by the Beaverton Downtown Association. Visit www.DowntownBeaverton.org for details.

For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TreeLighting or call the Community Events Hotline at (503) 526-2559. In case of inclement weather, check the city's website or call (503) 526-2559 after 2 p.m. on the day of the tree lighting for updated information.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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: The public is invited to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves at the annual Holiday Open House on December 5 located inside the Beaverton City Library.
Red Cross Responds to Tualatin Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon responded to a disaster in the 10000 block of SW Tualatin Rd. in Tualatin, OR. This single-family fire affected one adult and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, food,comfort kits,and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet by phone November 20
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/14
Contact: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)
Milena Malone, 971-673-3392 (meeting information or accommodations)

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet by phone November 20

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet by phone this Thursday, November 20. The primary focus of the meeting will be to select a benchmark for the 2015 incentive measure "Effective contraceptive use among women at risk of unintended pregnancy" and to select 2015 challenge pool measures. Public testimony will be heard at 11:40 a.m.

When: Thursday, November 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: This meeting will be held by conference call only. Interested persons can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-810-9415, participant code 1773452. Lines will be unmuted no earlier than 11:40 for public testimony.

Agenda:
* Select benchmark for effective contraceptive use
* Select 2015 challenge pool measures
* Committee meeting schedule
* Public testimony

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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.
Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem Nov. 20
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/17/14
Salem, OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on Nov. 20, 2014 starting at 11 a.m. with an Executive Committee meeting that is open to the public.

The full council meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and the agenda includes delegating council authority to Chief Executive Officer Michael Paluszak, who begins Dec. 1. A strategic planning session will follow at 2 p.m. to review goals and next steps.

Council members voted to hire Paluszak on Oct. 8 as part of their charge to create a new, sustainable business model for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center. Council members have the authority to execute a business strategy.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact Brenda Schorr at 503-986-0788 at least three days in advance.

The full agenda is online at http://oregonstatefaircouncil.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/state-fair-council-agenda-11-20-14.pdf.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Thursday, November 20 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/17/14
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The Committee for Family Forestlands is meeting from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm this Thursday, November 20 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The committee will invest its morning previewing legislative concepts, including those stemming from the 2014 fire season.

Agenda
Members will also learn more about the Department's communication internally and externally, including with other state agencies. The Committee will round out the day receiving updates from these sub-committees:

* Eastside Private Forest Collaborative
* Forestland Tax Symposium
* Nominations

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

About the Committee for Family Forestlands
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public invited
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location 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 additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Forested property in West Lane County, Oregon
Oregon's rate of unneeded antibiotics use remains nation's lowest
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/14
November 17, 2014

Oregon's rate of unneeded antibiotics use remains nation's lowest

Dangerous resistance still a problem due to continued misuse

Oregon public health officials are seeing less resistance in bacteria most responsible for serious respiratory infections such as pneumococcus, thanks to the state's low antibiotic prescribing rates, they say.

But people continue to misuse antibiotics, and that can lead to dangerous and potentially deadly drug resistance, says Ann Thomas, M.D., a public health physician in the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, and medical director of its Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) program.

"While Oregon is doing well compared with other states, we're still seeing antibiotics being used to treat bronchitis and the cold, which is not appropriate," Thomas says. "Such misuse promotes the development of antibiotic resistance to common respiratory infections, which can turn them into difficult-to-treat infections."

In a 2013 report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year in the U.S., resistant pneumococcus causes 1.2 million infections, about 19,000 hospitalizations and 7,000 deaths.

Oregon health care providers are doing their part to reduce excessive antibiotic prescriptions and keep levels of resistance low in Oregon. In 2012, only 1 percent of serious pneumococcal infections in the Portland area were resistant to penicillin, Thomas says. Clinicians can continue to help keep Oregon's rates low by taking time to educate patients about antibiotic resistance and the possibility of serious side effects, including allergic reactions that result in a rash and anaphylaxis, that send thousands of patients to the emergency room every year.

However, Thomas is concerned about continued misuse of antibiotics for certain common infections. Oregon's medical and pharmacy claims database shows that broad-spectrum antibiotics - drugs that can be used to treat a wide variety of different bacterial infections - were used on 55 percent of upper respiratory infections in 2011. They also were used in a majority of cases of bronchitis and the common cold - 90 percent and 66 percent, respectively - although those conditions rarely require treatment.

And the older you get, the more likely you are to be inappropriately prescribed these types of antibiotics. Only 34 percent of children 5 and younger in Oregon received broad-spectrum antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections, compared to 40 percent of kids ages 5 to 17, and 72 percent of people aged 18 to 64.

As part of its ongoing effort to urge consumers to help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics, AWARE, with CDC funding, is taking part in "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" this week - November 17-21. AWARE is partnering with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy to offer educational information and activities promoting appropriate antibiotic use and hand hygiene during a free public event called "AWARE on the Square," set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue in downtown Portland. They also are providing free flu vaccinations for uninsured adults from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antibiotics are ineffective for treating viruses such as colds and the flu. Taking them when they're not needed or not as prescribed increases a person's risk for later antibiotic-resistant infections, which are more difficult to treat. These infections also require stronger antibiotics that may cause serious side effects.

Consumers also should avoid pressuring their providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu. Those who are appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others; someone who takes antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE and Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, call 971-673-1111 or visit the AWARE website at www.healthoregon.org/antibiotics. The CDC website at www.cdc.gov/getsmart has more information about the national "Get Smart" campaign.

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Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Saves Two Stranded Hikers (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
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Yesterday at about 5:00 p.m., two hikers were rescued by the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue ground crews after becoming lost on a day trip. Alex Solomon, age 20 and Tyde Kaneshiro, age 21, both of Eugene were hiking near Mount Jefferson when they became lost. The men reported they were wearing inadequate clothing for the conditions and carrying no supplies.

Luckily, Solomon and Kaneshiro were able to call 911 using their cell phone allowing searchers to obtain their GPS coordinates. At about 1:00 a.m., both men were found uninjured and next to a warming fire on the Triangulation Peak trail head. Both Kaneshiro and Solomon used the trail head sign as firewood to stay warm.

Because of the hiker's lack of supplies and the overnight temperature of 20 degrees, rescuers were forced into action. To rescue the hikers, SAR members had to hike 13 miles round trip, in the dark, over uneven and icy terrain. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind hikers to dress for the conditions and always be prepared for at least one over night stay when hiking in the wilderness. Numerous hiking tips for beginners can be found at http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-beginners.html


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Quick response from Squad 65 saves aircraft hanger (Photo)
Canby Fire Dist. - 11/17/14
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Canby Fire has made some change to is rural stations responses. We recently took a small brush truck and converted it to a Squad to increase the response from Station 65 this allows the students and a volunteer to respond as a single person. On Sunday Canby Fire were dispatched to a reported air craft hanger fire about a mile from Station 65.
Squad 65 with FF Nichols responded and arrived first. FF Nichols was able to size up the fire, pull a line put on his breathing apparatus and hold the fire to a forklift inside the building until the fire engine from the main station and more firefighters arrived on scene to help put the remainder of the fire out. The was fire contained to the burned out fork lift. Quick action by FF Kieth Nichols and Squad 65 saved over 250,000 of building and contents.


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Sex Crimes Detectives Investigating the Filming of Sexual Activity Involving Grant High School Students
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Unit is conducting an investigation into reports of sexual activity between students occurring at Grant High School and the activity being filmed by students.

Last week, a School Resource Officer was alerted to the activity occurring on and off campus and immediately worked with Grant High School administrators to address the issue. Sex Crimes Unit detectives were contacted and began a thorough investigation.

No arrests have been made and at this point there is no reason to believe the public is at risk.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Nathan Sheppard at (503) 823-3886, nathan.sheppard@portlandoregon.gov.

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Linn County Jail Inmate Dies
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that detectives are investigating the death of an inmate at the Linn County Jail.

Samantha Jeanne Robinson, 42-years old from Lebanon died from what appears to be a medical condition in the early morning hours on November 17.

Robinson was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department on November 9 and was lodged in the Linn County Jail on a warrant for Failure to Appear on Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin. She was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Robinson was sharing a double occupancy cell with another female inmate in the female wing of the jail.

Jail staff treated Robinson for flu like symptoms on November 14. On November 17, while conducting routine hourly checks, staff observed Robinson resting comfortably at 2:15 a.m. Upon the next hourly check at 3:14 a.m., staff found Robinson unresponsive and immediately called medics from the Albany Fire Department. CPR was administered by staff and medics but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

At Sheriff Riley's request, The Marion County Sheriff's Office is conducting this investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and is scheduled for later today.

Fisher Funeral Home was called for removal of the body.

This investigation is continuing pending autopsy and toxicology results.
Deputies Searching for Suspicious Male in NE Salem (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
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This morning at about 8:30 a.m., two 4th grade students walking to school at nearby Auburn Elementary, were approached by a male in a vehicle. This occurred at the intersection of Greencrest St NE and Auburn Road NE, in Salem.

As the girls prepared to cross the street at a cross walk, the male pulled up next to the girls and rolled down his window. The suspect asked the girls, "Can you girls help me with something?" According to the victims the male had his hands on his unexposed genitals when talking to the girls. The girls told the male, "No," and ran straight to school where they reported the incident to school officials.

The male is described as white, in his thirties, wearing dark glasses, a green bandanna over his face, a plain green shirt and dark pants. His truck is described as a loud, green, full size, extra cab truck with large wheels and tires. The vehicle was last seen speeding away on Greencrest Street NE. Anyone with information regarding this suspect or the vehicle can call the Sheriff's Office dispatch at 503-588-5032.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and students to:
Never talk to a stranger.
Never let a stranger get too close, whether he or she is in a car
or walking.
Never accept candy, a present, a ride, or anything else from a
stranger.
Never tell a stranger your name or address.
Always try to walk with a friend or a grown-up.
Always stick to the same safe route in traveling to and from
school or a friend's house.
Always tell an adult if a stranger has tried to contact you


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*** Update *** Officer involved shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/17/14
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Below is a news release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN FRONTIER MARKET ROBBERY

                                                                                              

On Sunday, November 17, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.  

 

Officers pursued suspect Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77) and gunfire was exchanged. Miles was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center on Sunday, November 17, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.  No officers were injured from the gunfire.

 

Two additional suspects have been arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail in relation to the Frontier Market Robbery.  Garrett Michael Petersen (4/11/1987) and Samantha Darlene Robertson (10/20/1988) on charges of Robbery I and Criminal Conspiracy II.  The suspects will appear in Klamath County Circuit Court at 1:30pm on Monday, November 17, 2014.

 

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

 

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

 

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying
Oregon Military Department - 11/17/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will be conducting routine F-15 night flying training November 17-20.

The missions allow the wing to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for night time maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

Since September 11, 2001 the 142nd Fighter Wing has flown more than 47,000 hours in support of the Aerospace Control Alert mission to ensure the Pacific Northwestern skies remain safe.
Lincoln Elementary receives $1,150 from Altrusa International for Family Literacy (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 11/17/14
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Vancouver, WA (November 13, 2014) - Lincoln Elementary Family-Community Resource Center recently received a grant in the amount of $1,150 from Altrusa International of Clark County to encourage and engage parents to become more involved in reading with their children. The award, part of a competitive family literacy initiative, is one of two issued this year in Clark County.

The grant funded the family engagement program, Lincoln Loves Reading: Family Literacy Night. On November 6, 2014, Lincoln's doors opened from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and more than 150 families were encouraged to dress in their pajamas, enjoy milk and cookies and engage in hands-on reading activities. The event highlighted a professional storyteller and gave each student in attendance a new book. At Lincoln Elementary 69% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunch and 15% are from homes where English is spoken as a second language.

Family literacy events are critical in advancing student's learning and success in the classroom. According to Debbie Jennerjohn, vice president of Altrusa International of Clark County, "Reading is critically important. The placement of the Family-Community Resource Centers has helped the schools organize and mobilize to obtain support and funding for their important work."

About Vancouver Public School's Family Community Resource Centers
Coordinators assigned to the school-based FCRCs work with partners to provide basic needs assistance, parent academies, early childhood education, before- and after-school programs, connections to community-based services, outreach to chronically absent students and other support.
www.vansd.org/fcrc


About Altrusa International of Clark County, Washington
The mission of Altrusa International is to promote community service, with an emphasis on literacy and implement fund raising opportunities to provide resources for designated projects. http://www.altrusa.org.


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Screening of New Mark Hatfield Documentary at Oregon Historical Society this Thursday, November 20 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/17/14
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Portland, OR - A 90-minute documentary film highlighting the life and legacy of the late Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield will be shown Thursday, November 20 at 7 PM at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue). The film, "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield" features extensive interviews with former staff and Senate colleagues of Hatfield's to tell the story of his remarkable public service career. Kevin Curry, one of the documentary's executive producers, will be present and will participate in a question and answer session following the screening.

The film was produced by The Hatfield Project, a 501(c)(3) organization created to chronicle Senator Hatfield's career and legacy. The film premiered on September 7 at Portland State University, and has also been shown at Willamette University in Salem, Hatfield's alma mater.

Tickets to the screening are $10 and can be purchased through the Oregon Historical Society in advance online (https://orhs.ejoinme.org/hatfield) or at the door.

"The Oregon Historical Society was honored to provide photographs and video from our collection to this documentary," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "Senator Hatfield was truly one of the most influential and iconic Oregonians of the 20th century, and the positive impact he had on our state will continue for many generations to come."

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


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Light up the holiday season at Gresham's Spirit of Christmas: Annual tree lighting returns to downtown Arts Plaza on Nov. 29 (Photo)
City of Gresham - 11/17/14
Santa will make a special appearance to greet the crowd, take photos, and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Free hot cocoa, cider, candy canes and popcorn will be served.
Santa will make a special appearance to greet the crowd, take photos, and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Free hot cocoa, cider, candy canes and popcorn will be served.
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GRESHAM, Ore. - Santa Claus is headed to historic downtown Gresham, and will light up the City's 60-foot ponderosa pine during the 23rd annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting event on Saturday, Nov. 29. The free festivities start at 5 p.m. with music and treats on the Arts Plaza, located at 401 N.E. Second St. The tree is lit promptly at 6 p.m.

"The Spirit of Christmas is one of my favorite family events in Gresham," Mayor Shane Bemis said. "I invite everyone to bundle up, bring the kids and join us as we light Gresham's Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season."

The program includes live music performances by groups that include the Salvation Army Gresham Corps Youth Band and Gresham Arthur Academy public charter school. Santa will make a special appearance to greet the crowd, take photos, and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Free hot cocoa, cider, candy canes and popcorn will be served.

Spreading some warmth this season, the City's Youth Advisory Committee will collect donations of new and gently-used blankets, coats and socks for SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food, clothing, advocacy and other services to local needy families.

This annual event is made possible by local businesses, including Gold Sponsor Riverview Community Bank. Hot drinks are provided by Silver Sponsor Servpro of Gresham, plus an evening of fun thanks to Silver Sponsors U.S. World Class Taekwondo, Gresham Ford, Schedeen's and MetroEast Community Media.

The Spirit of Christmas also features downtown activities before and after the tree lighting, which are hosted by local businesses with support from the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Photos with Santa, crafts at the Gresham History Museum
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Refreshments at US Bank
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Gingerbread decorating for children at iCandy
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Biodegradable bird feeder building at Kohler Meyers O'Halloran
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Phone calls to the North Pole at Café Delirium
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Holiday music at Café Delirium
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Christmas jazz with the Tim Paxton Quartet at the Hoppy Brewer

Visit http://www.greshamoregon.gov/SpiritofChristmas for more information.

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Attached Media Files: Santa will make a special appearance to greet the crowd, take photos, and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Free hot cocoa, cider, candy canes and popcorn will be served. , Bring the children to help light the 60-foot ponderosa pine during from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, on the City of Gresham's Arts Plaza, 401 NE Second St.
MESD Board Executive Session 11-18-2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 11/17/14
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(e): To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions. Directly following the Executive Session, the Board will meet in Regular Session.
Oregon Lottery to Present Shooters Pub & Grill in Eugene with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 11/17/14
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Shooters Pub & Grill, 2650 River Road, Eugene

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a selling bonus check in the amount of $10,000 to Shooters Pub & Grill for selling a $1 million Powerball ticket.

BACKGROUND: Terry Stanger, 65, of Eugene purchased a winning $1 million Powerball ticket from Shooters Pub & Grill. He became the third Oregonian to win a $1 million Powerball prize this year. (Mr. Stanger has been invited to the event)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Shooters Pub & Grill and will also distribute Lottery gifts to attendees.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Red Cross helps five people after Bend fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a single-family fire at 1:10 a.m. Monday on the 61000 block of South Queens Drive in Bend.

The fire affected three adults and two children. Red Cross provided translation services, comfort kits, lodging, food, and clothing.
Man's Tent doused with Gasoline and Set on Fire
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
Summary:
On Saturday, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a man who was set on fire by unknown suspects. They discovered that it was the tent and not the man that was lit on fire. He was uninjured and no suspects are in custody.

Details:
On Saturday, November 16, 2014 at 11:46 p.m., Sheriff's deputies along with police officers from the City of Forest Grove, responded to the 2200 Block of SW Highway 47 near Forest Grove. A man called and reported that he had been set on fire and the unknown suspect or suspects had fled the scene. After deputies arrived they determined that the man had not been set on fire, but his tent had been.

The 47-year-old-homeless man was asleep in his tent with his dog when he heard someone outside. He called out to them, but the next he thing he knew he heard a liquid being poured on his tent and then it was set on fire. He and the dog were able to escape before they were injured. Unfortunately the victim lost all of his possessions in the fire.

Deputies used police K9's to attempt to locate the suspect but were unsuccessful. They believe an accelerant was used to start the fire.

The victim is temporarily staying with friends during the cold weather. Detectives are asking that anyone who has any information regarding this case to call 503-846-2500.


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Red Cross assists one person affected by Beaverton fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multifamily fire at 11:45 p.m. Sunday on the 15300 block of Northwest Norwich Street in Beaverton.

The fire affected six units. Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about health and mental health services to one adult client.
11/16/14
Officer Involved Shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/16/14
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The following is a Press Release from the Klamath County District Attorney:
Klamath County District Attorney's Office
Rob Patridge
District Attorney

November 16, 2014 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Patridge, 541-840-1600
(PHOTO OF LENNY MILES ATTACHED)

ROBBERY LEADS TO OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police, pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.

Officers pursued the Robbery suspect and gunfire was exchanged. The suspect, Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77), was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center at 9:41 p.m. No officers were injured from the gunfire.

Miles had warrants out for his arrest that involved four separate cases in Klamath County including: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Escape in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


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Drive-By Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Parkrose Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 11/16/14
On Sunday November 16, 2014, at 10:03 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a drive-by shooting outside the Be Van Sports Bar, located at 10834 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Several officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and damage to the side of the bar. Several bullets penetrated the wall and entered the bar but nobody inside was injured.

Limited suspect information indicates a newer light-colored sedan may be related to the shooting.

There is no known motive for the shooting.

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

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Red Cross helps five people, four dogs affected by Irrigon fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/16/14
Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a single-family fire at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Southeast Greenwood Street in Irrigon, Ore.

The fire affected two adults, three children and four dogs. Red Cross provided comfort kits, food, and information about health and mental health services.
Stabbing Suspect Arrested In Wilsonville After Boonetown Bistro Fight (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/14
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On 11-15-14 at about 2130 hours deputies and a police canine unit with the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at the Boonetown Bistro and Bar in Wilsonville. The Boonetown Bistro is located in the Holiday Inn located at 25425 SW 95th Avenue.

The investigation indicated that the dispute between the men arose over a pool game and relationship advice that Mr. Wilborn was dispensing to the victim's girlfriend. The dispute escalated to a phyisical altercation in the bar and during that fight Mr. Christopher Wilborn introduced a knife and stabbed the victim.

The victim has injuries which do not threaten his life.

Mr. Wilborn, age 54 and of Woodburn, was arrested for Assault in the Second Degree and lodged.


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*** Update***Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team investigates Officer Involved Shooting
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2014

**** Update **** Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team investigates Officer Involved Shooting

The victim in this incident has been identified as Parker Archie Moore, DOB 05-23-94. Parker is a sophomore at Linfield University and is from Woodinville Washington.

The suspect in this incident has been tentatively identified as Joventino Bermudez Arenas, DOB 01-26-81. He is a resident of McMinnville.

Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office. No other information is available for release at this time.




***Original***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2014

Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team investigates Officer Involved Shooting

On November 15, 2014 at around 11:08 pm, the City of McMinnville Police responded to a reported stabbing at the 7-Eleven located across from the Linfield Campus. When they arrived, they located a 20 yr old Linfield student who had been stabbed multiple times by an unknown suspect, who had already fled the scene. While McMinnville Officers were on scene, the suspect came back and confronted the officers, which resulted in the McMinnville Officers shooting the suspect.

The stabbing victim was transported via Life Flight to Oregon Health & Science University where he later died of his injuries. The suspect was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team (MCRT) is investigating the incident, with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office taking lead. Assisting in the investigation is the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, the Crime Victims' Advocates, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, the City of Yamhill Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the City of McMinnville Police Department. The Oregon State Police Crime Lab has also been requested to assist with processing the scene.

Names of the victims and the officers involved will not be released at this time. The Sheriff's Office is working closely with Linfield officials to ensure proper notification to students and staff. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit at 503-434-7506.

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Red Cross helps two adults affected by Corvallis fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/16/14
American Red Cross disaster assistance team members responded to a single-family fire at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the 7800 block of Northwest Arboretum Road in Corvallis.

The fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about health and mental health services.
11/15/14
Missing endangered person (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/14
Agnes Moses
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UPDATE:

Agnes has been located by a family member. She was found a few miles away from her home. She was cold and hungry, but otherwise in good health.




The Clark County Sheriff's Office is seeking the publis's help in locating a missing at risk adult.

We are looking for:

MOSES,AGNES M DOB/10-15-1950 FEMALE
EYE/BRN;HGT/5-00;WGT/160

Agnes is mentally challenged and is described as having the mental capacity of a 9 year old.

She was last seen today at around 1pm at her home in Hazel Dell near NW 99th Street and NW 21st Avenue. At that time she was wearing brown shoes, jeans and an orange t-shirt. She may also be wearing a very dark borwn winter jacket.

A recent photo of Agnes is attached.

Anyone who sees Agnes is asked to call 9-1-1.



Sgt. C. Rothenberger


Attached Media Files: Agnes Moses
Officers Save Stabbing Victim's Life by Applying a Tourniquet in Northeast Portland's Sumner Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/14
On Saturday November 15, 2014, at 5:06 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 4400 block of Northeast 91st Avenue on the report of a stabbing.

Officers arrived and located a male adult severely bleeding from a stab wound to one of his legs. Officers immediately applied a tourniquet to the injury and awaited medical personnel to respond to the scene.

The victim was transported to a Portland hospital where doctors told the officers that the application of the tourniquet saved the man's life.

There is no suspect information in this case and Assault detectives will continue the investigation.

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Red Cross assists four affected by Otis fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/15/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multifamily fire Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on North Durette Drive in Otis, Ore.

This fire affected two adults and two children. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about health and mental health services.
Red Cross provides assistance following multi-family fire in Veneta
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/15/14
Red Cross disaster action team members assisted two adults and several pets affected by a multifamily fire at 2 p.m. Saturday on the 2600 block of Vista Drive in Veneta.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, comfort kits and information about mental health services.
MCFD#1 Responds to 3-Alarm RV Park Storage Fire on Silverton Rd. (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 11/15/14
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Marion County Fire District #1 personnel responded to Salem RV Park just after 5:00 pm tonight on a report of a fire in the multi-unit storage complex at the park. First on scene engines noticed heavy smoke and fire upon arrival and called for additional resources. At least twenty units were destroyed by fire, however all of the approximately forty units suffered smoke damage.

As of the time of this release the fire has been controlled and fire personnel are completing salvage and overhaul at the scene. The three-alarm fire required resources from Salem Fire, Woodburn Fire, and Keizer Fire. Overall, more than fifty firefighters were on scene. Silverton Fire assisted by providing Engine 405 to cover any additional calls in the fire district.

No injuries have been reported. Cause and dollar loss have not yet been determined.


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a house fire in Southeast (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/15/14
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Portland Firefighters were called to a residential fire (8036 SE Martins st.) at 12:06 this afternoon. Fire crews arrived to flames coming from the back of the house. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire, which was primarily on the exterior of the home, while simultaneously checking the house to make sure all occupants were out. They were able to knock down the main body of the fire, but full containment took longer as the fire was actively burning inside the walls and in the attic space.Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of the house to release toxic and flammable fire gases.

There were no injuries during this incident and a fire investigator is determining a cause and damage assessment.

Photo courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R)


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Red Cross provides assistance following Battleground fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/15/14
Disaster action team volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to a single-family fire at 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 300 block of Ninth Street in Battleground.

The fire affected two adults, two children and two dogs. The Red Cross provided clothing, shoes, food, comfort kits, and information about health and mental health services.
Melanoma experts to share latest in prevention, treatment, research
OHSU (Hospital) - 11/15/14
MEDIA ALERT

WHAT: Melanoma Care Update and Patient Dialog co-sponsored by the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University's Community Melanoma Registry and AIM at Melanoma

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15, 2014

WHERE: OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 11th floor, Vey Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon 97239-3098

DETAILS: The Melanoma Care Update and Patient Dialog, which is open to the public, is the first significant gathering of the Community Melanoma Registry, established in the spring. The registry, which has attracted more than 3,100 participants, provides melanoma survivors, their relatives and advocates with an opportunity to engage in community and educational events as well as possibly participate in future melanoma research.

The keynote speaker for the event is Gerald Linette, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Linette will discuss the future of melanoma treatments that harness the immune system.

Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Melanoma Program, will share how she's planning to reduce skin cancer rates and advance research through the newly established registry.

Other speakers will discuss surgical options, including procedures to address cosmetic issues related to melanoma surgery, as well as clinical trials.

Finally, a panel of patients will share their experiences with the disease.

SCHEDULE:

8:10 Welcome
8:15 Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D.
Launching a "War on Melanoma" in Oregon: What does it mean for you?
8:30 Micheal Kim, M.D.
So you have been diagnosed with melanoma: What are the surgical options?
8:50 Matthew Taylor M.D.
Therapies for metastatic melanoma
9:10 Jackilen Shannon
What can be done to prevent melanoma? An Oregon strategy for stopping melanoma before it strikes
9:30 Break- exhibits
10:00 Gerald Linette, M.D., Ph.D.
Exploring future possibilities for novel immunotherapies for melanoma
10:45 Speaker Q&A
11:00 Patient panel and Q&A
Noon Conference closes
1:00 Exhibits close

For more information visit: www.ohsu.eduWarOnMelanoma.

ABOUT THE KNIGHT CANCER INSTITUTE
The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is a pioneer in the field of personalized cancer medicine. The institute's director, Brian Druker, M.D., helped prove it was possible to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy cells. This breakthrough has made once-fatal forms of the disease manageable and ushered in a new generation of targeted cancer therapies. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle -- an honor earned only by the nation's top cancer centers. It offers the latest treatments and technologies as well as hundreds of research studies and clinical trials.
11/14/14
Red Cross assists three affected by fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a disaster at about 18:00 on Nov. 14 in the 3000 block of Northeast Cleveland Avenue in Portland.

The single family fire affected one adult and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, crib linens, infant supplies, transportation and comfort kits. The organization also distributed information about health services and mental health services.
Red Cross helps three fire victims
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/14
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers met with clients who had a disaster at about 19:00 on Nov. 14 in the 2000 block of N. Middleshore Road in Portland.

This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 dogs. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and disaster mental health services.
Deputies recover Stolen Car Containing Kittens (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/14
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Summary:
Today, Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a stolen vehicle from an animal shelter in Aloha. The vehicle contained eight six-week-old kittens. The car and the kittens were recovered safely about an hour and a half later.

Details:
On Friday, November 14, 2014, at about 1:25 pm, Sheriff's Deputies responded to take a stolen vehicle report at the Oregon Friends of Sheltered Animals, animal shelter, located at 4240 SW 185th Avenue in the community of Aloha.

The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor was stolen from the location within a few minutes of the victims calling dispatch. The victims were in the process of loading the vehicle with kittens contained in small kennels to be transported to another location. When they went back inside the shelter to retrieve more kittens, someone stole the vehicle with eight kittens inside.

Deputies determined that one of the victims left her cell phone in the car and they were able to use the phone to track the vehicle. Within an hour and a half they located the vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of the Lowes store located at 1951 SE 24th Ave. in Hillsboro. The kittens were unharmed and were returned to shelter workers. The vehicle was also undamaged.

Deputies do not have any suspects at this time and would like to hear from anyone who may have information in this case.


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*** Update *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash I-5 southbound at MP 96 - Names Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/14/14
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November 14, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on I-5 southbound at milepost 96 involving a car and semi-truck, which resulted in the death of a woman driving the wrong way on the freeway.

** Additional information to the original release ** On Nov. 14, prior to 10 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) began to receive multiple calls about a 2011 white Mazda 3, driving erratically in the Grants Pass area. Troopers in Grants Pass attempted to overtake the vehicle from behind but were unable to. Additional callers advised the vehicle was now northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 88, near Canyonville. Several vehicles avoided the wrong-way Mazda, including one that was forced off the roadway, as troopers scrambled to locate it. At milepost 96, the Mazda hit a semi-truck head-on. The collision occurred near the centerline of the freeway as the operator of the semi-truck was unable to avoid the car. The semi-truck caught fire and burned at the scene, blocking the freeway for several hours.

The Mazda's driver, identified as KATHLEEN F. PETERSEN, 64, of Brookings, died as a result of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck, JOSE GARCIA, 41, of Compton Calif., was transported to Mercy Medical Center and treated for a broken arm and unknown other injuries. The reason for PETERSEN's erratic driving is still under investigation as troopers follow-up with multiple callers on this incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Canyonville South Umpqua Fire Department, Riddle Fire Protection District, Azalea Rural Fire District, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Myrtle Creek Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, which was first to arrive on-scene.

The Brookings Police Department has been assisting OSP in attempting to locate next of kin for the deceased.


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Stabbing Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/14/14
On Friday November 14, 2014, at 5:18 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a stabbing at the Gateway Transit Station, located at 1101 Northeast 99th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 16-year-old female victim who was suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound. She has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Initial information indicates that the stabbing may have occurred on the MAX at around 162nd Avenue.

Limited suspect information at this point is a large African American male in his late teens and that he may have exited the MAX at 162nd Avenue, accompanied by a Hispanic female.

Transit Police and Assault detectives are investigating.

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*UPDATE WITH PHOTOS and DAMAGE ESTIMATES* Portland Firefighters Work To Extinguish NE Portland House Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/14/14
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Investigators determined that the fire was caused by improperly discarded burning materials. The occupant had discarded spent candles and incense embers and ashes out of the second story window. It appeared that an ember had become lodged under the wood siding, smoldering overnight before igniting.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to always discard burned material into a proper metal receptacle and to soak in water. Here is a video along with detailed instructions: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/387766

Initial damage estimates are $300,000. ($275,000 Structure / $25,000 Contents)

Photos Courtesy Off-Duty Firefighter/PIO Chris Schimmer

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Portland Fire & Rescue is fighting a residential fire at 3722 NE Cleveland Avenue.

Police officers in the area reported smoke and flames coming from the roof of the structure. Upon arrival, the District 2 Battalion Chief confirmed this and assigned crews to support searching the home for potential victims while simultaneously extinguishing the fire.

The fire was primarily located in the knee walls in the upper level. Fire in void spaces such as knee walls are difficult to locate because they are often concealed behind false walls. Interior crews must remove sections of wall to locate any hidden fire to prevent rekindling.

Red Cross is responding to assist three occupants who were displaced by this fire. One adult female, a 16-year-old female, and a one-year-old male are receiving assistance.

No cause or damage estimates are available. Updates will be posted as they are received.


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MEDIA ALERT: March of Dimes hands out cookies on World Prematurity Day
March of Dimes - 11/14/14
--WHAT--
March of Dimes staff and volunteers will be handing out cookies decorated with purple messages raising awareness for World Prematurity Day. The messages include Oregon's preterm birth rate (9.3%) and grade on the Prematurity Report Card (one of only 5 states to get an "A") and "hugs heal" to emphasize the value of skin-to-skin contact for a struggling infant.

--WHEN--
Monday, November 17 - World Prematurity Day
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

--WHERE--
Legacy Emanuel, Atrium, Portland, OR
Randal Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Lobby, Portland, OR
Legacy Salmon Creek, Terrace Café on the 3rd floor, Vancouver, WA

--WHY--
Worldwide, premature birth touches 15 million babies and their families every year.
It's the leading cause of death for newborns, and the number two killer for children under five, after pneumonia. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
BGPS Aspire Program Benefits Highly Capable Students (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/14/14
Students in BGPS' Aspire Program practice a Reader's Theater project
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aspire verb ?(TM)-?^sp?(-?(TM))r
: to want to have or achieve something

Three third grade boys focused on the monitor of the Chromebook computer in front of them. One boy placed his hands on the keyboard and deftly typed a few words. Together, the third graders worked to revise "The Animal Defense Convention," a script jointly written by third and fourth graders in Captain Strong Primary's Aspire magnet program for highly capable students. Upon the script's completion, the students would present it as part of a Readers Theater project to their parents and other students.

The BGPS Aspire Program provides accelerated learning opportunities in an intellectually stimulating environment that strives to explore academic subjects at an advanced level to meet students' learning needs. Highly capable students are identified as the top 3 to 5 percent of the student population based on testing that looks for kids who intuitively jump to the correct answer with very little instruction.

Battle Ground Public Schools offers Aspire Program testing to students once each year. For the first time, the testing will be available to all grades (K-12). This year's deadline to nominate students for the testing is approaching: Nov. 18 for kindergartners and Dec. 5 for first through 12th graders. The testing takes place in December for kindergartners and January and February for other grades. Parents can nominate their children for testing, and teachers can recommend students for testing; however, parents must give their permission to have their children tested.

The BGPS Aspire Program is critical to the well-being of highly capable students. "The myth is that the gifted students can take care of themselves because they are smart," said Jill Smith, Battle Ground Public Schools' executive director of federal programs and instructional support services. "They have needs. They can get bored and frustrated. Most of them come into class already knowing 40 percent of the content at their grade level." Some students can be gifted and still have learning or other disabilities. Many have alternative learning styles that are not met in a regular classroom experience.

State law requires districts to provide highly capable services, and BGPS receives state funding to provide some of these services to the top 2.78 percent of students. Other funds that pay for highly capable services come from levy dollars, grants, and state-provided basic education funds. BGPS currently has 617 students enrolled in its Aspire Program.

BGPS has two Aspire Program options. The magnet option for third through eighth graders brings Aspire students from all over the district to Captain Strong Primary and Chief Umtuch Middle schools, where the students are in classes comprised of highly capable students at the same grade level and with teachers who specialize in the education of gifted students. The cluster option is available for kindergarten through 12th grade at every school, where groups of highly capable students are placed in regular classrooms, also with trained teachers.

About half of the students who test into Aspire choose the magnet option, and the other half stay in the cluster option at their home school. It's also possible for a student to be gifted in one area of learning, such as math, but not another. These students usually choose the cluster option where it is easier for the teacher to provide learning opportunities specific to students' needs in one subject area.

The benefits of the Aspire Program are many. Not only are students grouped with like-minded peers, but their learning is accelerated and individualized. The acceleration often occurs because teachers can eliminate concepts the students already know and avoid unnecessary repetition, providing more time to introduce other concepts and add levels of complexity to what students are taught.

More information, including the Aspire assessment process, program options, and nomination materials, are on the district website at http://www.battlegroundps.org/district/aspire-advanced-placement.

Aspire Testing Nomination Deadline Approaches
Parents must nominate students to be tested for the Aspire Program in Battle Ground Public Schools. A nomination packet is available online or from school offices. Parents must turn in nomination packets by Nov. 18 for kindergartners and by Dec. 5 for first through 12th graders. All nominated students are tested, and students can be tested the next year if they don't initially test into the program. Testing begins Dec. 1 for kindergartners, in January for first and second graders, and in February for third through 12th graders. Testing is administered over two mornings. The CogAT cognitive abilities test assesses verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills. The IOWA Assessment evaluates students' reading and math skills.


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-UPDATE-Thieving Friend Arrested (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/14
ARRESTED
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UPDATE: Vicheka Ly was captured in Los Angeles on November 12, 2014. It was reported that a female friend of Ms. Ly in Los Angeles became suspicious when she discovered she was missing money. The friend made an internet search on Vicheka Ly and saw the Sheriff's Office press release (below) and local media coverage concerning Ms. Ly. She called the Sheriff's Office who then contacted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The LAPD promptly located and arrested Ms. Ly on the Washington County warrant.

It is unknown when Ms. Ly will be extradited back to Oregon to face the current charges. The Sheriff's Office appreciates the friend coming forward, the local media and the LAPD for their assistance capturing Vicheka Ly.

Original Release Below

October 29, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Property Crime Unit Detectives are
searching for additional theft victims following the indictment of a Salem woman. There
are several victims identified in multiple jurisdictions. Detectives fear there may be
additional victims as the suspect befriends people then apparently steals from them.

Last August, Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by a woman who was claiming that
Vicheka Ly, 23, from Salem had stolen her credit cards and cash. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint and the
Sheriff's Property Crimes Unit Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.

Preliminary information was that Ms. Ly had befriended the victim earlier this year then
moved in to the victim's residence. The victim began noticing suspicious behavior by Ms.
Ly who apparently was unemployed but would routinely go on shopping sprees purchasing
expensive items. Prior to calling the Sheriff's Office on August 28, 2014, the victim found
her credit card was used on an apparent shopping spree. The victim also found several
thousand dollars in cash was stolen.

Property Crime Unit Detectives began processing evidence and interviewed anyone who
may have knowledge of the case. There was surveillance video obtained that detectives
confirmed was Ms. Ly using a stolen credit. During a search warrant, detectives
discovered several credit cards in Ms. Ly's possession that belonged to other victims.
Detectives discovered there were similar cases in Hillsboro, Portland and Clackamas
County where Ms. Ly is suspected of similar criminal behavior. The Hillsboro case
reported Ms. Ly as using a stolen friend's credit card and charging over $7,500 in one day.
The details are not available on the Portland and Clackamas County cases.

On October 24, 2014, the case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Vicheka Ly was indicted and charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Theft, 1st degree Theft
and three counts of Identity Theft. There is also a Clackamas County warrant for Forgery
charges.

Vicheka Ly's location is unknown, she could be anywhere in the metropolitan area.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional
unreported crimes committed by Ms Ly. If you have any information, please call the
Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (503) 846-2500.


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PIO Forum is November 20
Salem Police Dept. - 11/14/14
The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Red Cross Health and Safety Classes Offered in November
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/14
Openings are available for upcoming Red Cross health and safety classes in the Portland- metro area.

A web-based CPR/AED course for professional rescuers and health care professionals will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24.

Babysitter training will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29. The seven-hour session (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with breaks) takes place at the Oregon Trail Chapter, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., in Portland.

For more information or to register, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call 800-RED-CROSS.
Red Cross CPR/AED Class for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/14
An American Red Cross CPR/AED class for professional rescuers and health care providers are being held in Vancouver on Nov. 22. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Washington Chapter office at 3114 E. 4th Plain Blvd., in Vancouver.

For more information or to register, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call 800-RED-CROSS.
Red Cross CPR/AED Classes
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/14
American Red Cross CPR/AED classes for professional rescuers and health care providers are being held in Salem on Nov. 21. Two classes are scheduled.

An onsite session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Salem chapter office at 862 Orchard Heights Road NW. An online, web-based session will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call 800-RED-CROSS.
Additional Warming Shelter Open in Salem Tonight
City of Salem - 11/14/14
An additional warming location will be available in Salem for the next two nights:

Community Action
2475 Center St. NE
Doorbell to the left of the front door

Hours:
11/14/14 - 7:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.
11/15/14 - 7:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

* Check in between 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
* Will accept folks after 10 p.m.
* Visitors are asked not leave location after check in.

Other warming locations are:
* Simonka Place (for women), 5119 River Road N, 503-362-7487
* Union Gospel Mission (for men) 345 Commercial Street NE, 503-362-3983
Both locations have announced that they will not turn away anyone who is seeking shelter.

Most Salem area malls can be used as warming locations.
Insurance Division: Insurers must pay for treatment of autism, mental health conditions
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/14
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division today issued two bulletins that require insurers to cover treatment of autism and other mental health conditions, just as insurers cover treatment for physical health conditions.

The bulletins take effect retroactively to Aug. 8, 2014, the same day the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that Providence must pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism. Many Oregon families seeking autism treatment have had challenges getting coverage for ABA in recent years.

"Recent court decisions have made it clear that ABA should be a covered service when it's appropriate for the patient," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "We expect insurers to stop applying blanket exclusions in their policies and claims practices that effectively deny access to medically necessary treatment for mental health conditions."

For any health condition, insurers can make coverage decisions based on whether the treatment is deemed medically necessary for an individual patient. The bulletins clarify that insurers' policies cannot include categorical exclusions that result in broad denials of mental health treatments. And, specifically, they cannot deny treatment for ABA therapy on the basis that it is experimental or investigational.

Consumers can appeal medical necessity denials to the company - and ultimately through the Insurance Division - via an independent review organization.

The Insurance Division has the authority to issue bulletins to clarify requirements of insurance companies under the Oregon Insurance Code and other state and federal laws. The division developed the bulletins through a public process and received feedback from consumers, advocates, insurers, and other interested parties.

Consumers with outstanding claims should contact their insurance company. They also can call the Insurance Division Consumer Advocacy Unit at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email cp.ins@state.or.us.

You can find the bulletins and more information on the Insurance Division's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/bulletins/Pages/proposed-bulletin-review.aspx.

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.
Unemployment Tax Rates for Oregon Employers to Decrease in 2015
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/14
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will decline January 1, 2015. Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually.

Tax Schedule 5 includes an average rate of 2.53% for the first $35,700 paid to each employee. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

During the recession, 36 states depleted their trust funds to the point of needing to borrow money to cover unemployment insurance benefit payments. Businesses in many of those states face tax surcharges or reductions in federal tax credits. Due to Oregon's self-balancing formula, the state's trust fund has maintained an adequate level despite record unemployment insurance payments.

Oregon law requires the Employment Department to use a statutory formula to determine employer payroll tax rates for the upcoming year. These taxes go into the unemployment insurance trust fund used to pay unemployment benefits. At its lowest point, the trust fund had a balance of $700 million, but as of November 1, 2014, the balance stood at just over $2.2 billion.

Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each September a formula contained in statute determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous unemployment insurance experience. Employers with more unemployment insurance claims have a higher tax rate than those with fewer claims.
The City of Beaverton Named as One of America's Best Export Cities by Global Trade Magazine (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/14/14
Beaverton uses the Port of Portland for all of its exporting and importing needs.
Beaverton uses the Port of Portland for all of its exporting and importing needs.
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Global Trade Magazine named the City of Beaverton one of America's Best Cities for Global Trade in 2014. The city will be featured in Global Trade's November issue, which will be available nationwide Nov. 10.

"We're thrilled to receive this recognition," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Exporting is important to the economic growth of our community--and our economic development team does a great job maintaining relationships with local and regional export professionals."

Each year, Global Trade magazine creates a list of companies that help global minded businesses locate, grow, and expand their operations. The city was selected for its export-import work and for the export workshops it holds for businesses that are new to exporting.

In 2011, the city became a partner of Export-Import Bank. This partnership helps businesses with growth, expansion, and with relocation to Beaverton. In April 2014, the city and Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, received the City/State Partner of the Year by the independent, federal agency, Export Import Bank of the U.S.

Global Trade magazine is a publication for U.S.-based companies that do business globally. The magazine is known for its creative business journalism and for covering the impact and opportunities global trade has on businesses from Wall Street to Main Street. For more information, please visit www.globaltrademag.com/export-assistance.

For more information about the city's export program, please contact Alma Flores, at 503-526-2456 or aflores@BeavertonOregon.gov.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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: Beaverton uses the Port of Portland for all of its exporting and importing needs.
Two 15 year-old Females Elude Tigard Police In a Stolen Vehicle
Tigard Police - 11/14/14
On November 13th at approximately 2:50 a.m., Tigard Police were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle from a convenience store parking lot located in the 15900 block of SW Hall Blvd. The victim told police the vehicle was taken while delivering newspapers inside a business. A Tigard Police officer quickly on scene spotted the stolen minivan with two occupants as it traveled along Durham Rd. in Tigard. The stolen minivan continued along Upper Boones Ferry attempting to elude the Tigard officer who was pursuing with emergency lights and sirens activated in efforts to bring the vehicle to a halt. A short time later the minivan turned-off the roadway into a business parking lot and stopped. The Tigard officer took the driver and passenger, both 15 year-old females into custody without further incident.

The arrested pair advised police they were runaways from the Medford area. They also shared information that while hitchhiking along I-5 near Tigard they were picked up by a man driving a pickup towing a trailer. The two girls spent many hours with the suspect as he went from jobsite to jobsite making lighting repairs in the Wilsonville, Tualatin and Tigard areas. The investigating officer obtained information alleging during this time, the suspect had consumed methamphetamine which was offered to one of the runaways. The suspect also allegedly assisted the runaways in locating a viable vehicle to steal and use to return the pair back home to the Medford area.

A Tigard Police officer was ultimately able to locate the suspect while he was working at a job-site located at a shopping center along Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. in Tualatin. Kelly Ferguson, 44, was taken into custody and lodged in the Washington County Jail. Ferguson is charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Conspiracy); Possession of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor (methamphetamine).

Both juveniles were lodged at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility in Portland on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Stolen Vehicle. In addition to both being held as runaways, the driver of the stolen minivan was also charged with Attempt to Elude Police. The parents of both girls were notified of their arrest.
'Deployed Vet Drive' care-package event (New Photos) (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/14
Sheriff Craig Roberts was on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe. The training allo
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Update:

Through generous donations the Sheriff's Office was able to fill over 80 boxes with goods to send to our troops serving overseas. Over half a ton of items were boxed up, labeled and sent out by volunteers. We took video of the event and are happy to share it with members of the media. A link to the location of the video has already been emailed out.


On Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will host the "Deployed Vet Drive" -- a media event in which volunteers assemble care packages for deployed soldiers.

Among these deployed soldiers: four of our Sheriff's Office deputies serving in the Guard and Reserve.

There will be numerous planned interview opportunities -- including members of the deployed deputies' families, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, and Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas). (Attendee list subject to change.)

The event is set for Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015). It will also showcase two important new initiatives:

1. The Sheriff's Office's new Military Employee Support Program (MESP); and

2. LC 1068, the "Veterans' Pay Bill" drafted by Rep. Shemia Fagan and endorsed by Sheriff Roberts for the 2015 legislative session. LC 1068 will limit the financial hit that public safety officers have to take when they are called up for active military duty.

CARE-PACKAGE, CHECK DONATIONS WELCOMED FROM PUBLIC:

CARE-PACKAGE DONATIONS:

The Nov. 14 event will feature volunteers assembling care packages to send to deployed members of the Guard and Reserve. From now through Nov. 14, the Sheriff's Office is accepting donations from the public in a donation box at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015).

A list of requested donation items is at the end of this release.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:

Members of the public can also mail checks supporting this effort to a separate address:

CCPOBF
attn: Deployed Vet Drive
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015

Safeway, Bill Call, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Three Rivers Post # 1324 have also partnered with the Sheriff's Office to contribute to the donation effort.

For more information about attending this special event and setting up interviews, contact PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson.

ABOUT THE MILITARY EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAM:

On July 29, 2014, the Sheriff's Office launched the Military Employee Support Program (MESP). It helps establish a support mechanism for Clackamas County Sheriff's Office employees who serve as citizen soldiers in the nation's Guard and Reserve Units.

This includes financial and logistical support of families of CCSO employees deployed overseas by the Guard and Reserve. This support can include:

- Financial help to make up for income shortfalls during training/deployment
- Errands/chores
- Care packages
- Family care
- Gift certificates
- Child/youth programs
- Assistance in adjusting to civilian law-enforcement environment when returning to duty

A Military Employee Support Program fund was also established through the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF). This fund will create a pool the Foundation can draw from to provide support for deployed CCSO employees and their families. Donations to the fund can be made by mailing a check to:

CCPOBF
attn: Military Employee Support Program
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015

Please make the check payable to CCPOBF and put "Military Employee Support Program " in the memo line. Donors will receive a donation receipt using this method. The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation. To learn more about the CCPOBF, visit www.ccpobf.org

ABOUT LC 1068, THE 'VETERANS' PAY BILL'

The Military Employee Support Program is one way to help. Sheriff Roberts is also working with State Rep. Shemia Fagan to introduce LC 1068 -- a bill for the 2015 Oregon legislative session that allow sheriffs' offices and other public-safety offices to supplement their employees' pay when the employees are on active duty with the Guard and Reserve.

"This adds no additional cost to my payroll," said Roberts. "I've already budgeted for my deputies' full salaries."

As reported by KOIN 6 in October (http://koin.com/2014/10/17/fagan-public-employees-should-get-reservist-pay/ ):
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In some cases, Fagan said state employees' pay can be cut in half [by deployment], and for that reason, she is introducing legislation that would repeal the current law keeping employers from offering differential pay.

"I'm excited for how this is going to affect firefighters, police officers, sheriffs all over the state to be able to actually continue to support their families at a level that's sustainable while they're out serving our country and the military," said Fagan.

Fagan said she thinks her bill is a win-win for all and has promised to fast track it for early next year [2015] in Salem.

"I expect it to pass unanimously through the Capitol," she said.
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DONATION ITEMS REQUESTED:

The public is welcome to drop off the following care-package items at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015):

- Any type of sweet item that is well-packaged
- Cashews, almonds, other nuts
- Red Bull or other energy drinks
- Powdered sports drink mix/small liquid water flavors
- Protein powder
- Red Vines licorice
- Gum
- Hard candy
- Mints
- Jerky (prefer jerky over other meat items, because pepperoni and other cured meats can go bad)
- Dried and packaged smoked salmon
- Granola and other types of bars
- Dried Fruit
- Keurig coffee/tea/cocoa supplies
- Chips
- Crackers
- Pretzels
- Popcorn
- Twin sheets, pillowcases, pillows
- Shampoo
- Conditioner for females
- Face wipes / baby wipes
- Deodorant (men/women)
- Soap
- Shaving cream (avoid aerosol if possible)
- Lotion
- Lip balm
- Eye drops
- Foot powder
- Razors (men/women)
- Toothpaste/toothbrushes/Dental floss
- DVDs
- Books
- Magazines (surfing magazines were specifically requested by one soldier)
- Socks (cotton)
- Snack baggies
- Games (including foam footballs/basketballs, crossword puzzles, word searches)
- Air fresheners
- Foot- and hand-warmers


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The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Police Department Host Toy and Gift Card Drive (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/14/14
The City of Beaverton collected more than 500 toys during the 2013 toy drive.
The City of Beaverton collected more than 500 toys during the 2013 toy drive.
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The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Police Department are teaming up to help local families and children in-need this holiday season and are seeking donations of toys, gift cards, and winter coats beginning now through Dec. 15.

"The holidays can be a tough time for many families," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's so important that as a community we help those facing financial challenges. Your donations can really make a difference--bringing hope, comfort and joy at a time when families need it most."

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way), the Griffith Drive Building (4755 SW Griffith Dr.), both Beaverton City Library locations, and various partnering businesses. A full list of businesses can be found at www.beavertonoregon.gov/toydrive. The library, the Beaverton Building, and the Griffith Drive Building are also accepting gently used children's coats, which will be donated to local non-profit organizations.

Struggling students will be given gift cards, which will allow them to choose what they need most--whether it is a warm meal, toiletries, or essential school supplies. Donations of gift cards will be accepted in the city's Neighborhood Program Office, located on the fifth floor of The Beaverton Building. Gift cards will be distributed through the Beaverton School District's McKinney-Vento Homeless Program.

Toys will also be accepted during the city of Beaverton's Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library.

For more information or for a tax-deductible receipt for your donations, please contact Megan Cohen (503-526-5284 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov) or Consuelo Star (503-526-2553 or cstar@BeavertonOregon.gov).

ABOUT BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT'S MCKINNEY VENTO HOMELESS PROGRAM
The Beaverton School District's McKinney Vento Homeless Program works to identify homeless children and youth, address their educational needs, and is the primary contact for the state office and other districts regarding homeless children and youth. The program can help with enrollment in school, transportation to and from school, receiving free or reduced cost school meals, social referrals, and more. For more information, visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/community/homeless-program.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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 the City of Beaverton and Beaverton Police on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, www.facebook.com/BeavertonPoliceDepartment or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton, www.twitter.com/BeavertonPolice.

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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton collected more than 500 toys during the 2013 toy drive.
Walmart Foundation awards $50,000 to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Photo)
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - 11/14/14
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The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic) has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for the Free Clinic's adult dental program. To celebrate the impact of this grant, Friday, Nov. 14 was Walmart Day at the Free Clinic. Associates from local Walmart stores volunteered on-site, helping patients and providers during the morning medical and dental clinics.

"This grant allows us to continue providing dental care to the low-income, uninsured and under-insured people in our community," said Free Clinic Dental Program Manager, Carolyn Noack. "We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation."

The Free Clinic is a primary source for the uninsured and under-insured in Clark County to access urgent dental care. Individuals with broken teeth and infection often miss days of work or school, and many are unable to seek employment due to dental issues. For many people, the Free Clinic dental program is an alternative to self-treatment, or expensive emergency room visits. In 2013, the Free Clinic dental program provided for 1,375 adult patient visits.

Funding from the Walmart Foundation will allow the Free Clinic to address this need, through a cost-effective approach that includes assessment and x-rays done by an on-site dental hygienist, with referral to one of 30+ volunteer dentists who see patients either in the Free Clinic dental van, or in their own offices. Treatment and medications are provided free of charge to the qualifying uninsured patient.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington," said Madeleine Havener, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. "The Free Clinic makes a tremendous difference in the long-term health of thousands of our neighbors across Southwest Washington each year. We are happy to support them in helping bring smiles back to our community."

This volunteer effort is part of a statewide Day of Action for Walmart Associates. In communities around the state, from Seattle to Spokane, Yakima and Vancouver, Associates are working hand-in-hand with recipients of the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Council. Through volunteering, Associates are leveraging additional support for these organizations--both cash and in-kind--as Walmart's Volunteering Always Pays program makes contributions to eligible organizations where associates volunteer. In 2013, 89,416 associates volunteered more than 1.8 million hours through this program.

About the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic) provides and facilitates access to free, compassionate, quality health care for children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic relies on grants and donations from the local community. Care and services at the Free Clinic are provided by 600 volunteer medical, dental, and administrative professionals. In 2013, there were 11,190 patient visits to our medical and dental programs and 11,195 prescriptions filled at our dispensary - all at no cost to the patient. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit www.freeclinics.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.


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Portland Residents in Need to Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 11/14/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Advisory

Portland Residents in Need to Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) Partners with VSP Mobile Eyes
and Lions Clubs International Foundation for a Day of Service

What: Up to 42 eligible and pre-screened Portland residents will receive free comprehensive eye exams and new glasses through a local event and partnership between OLSHF, VSP Mobile Eyes(R) and Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). Appointments have been scheduled.

When: Wednesday, November 19th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Town Center (north end of parking lot, near movie theater)
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR

Why: Everyday, the Lions in Service Hotline (971-270-0203 or lionsclubsreferrals@olshf.org) serves every day from Oregonians who are struggling to see, but can't afford the eye care they need. Most have no access to vision insurance. With an eye exam and a simple pair of glasses, we can restore their sight and bring them hope. Seeing well offers new opportunities to feel productive again, and a renewed ability to work, drive, care for their families or go back to school.

To date, through Eyes of Hope outreach programs, such as VSP Mobile Eyes, VSP Global(R) companies have invested $168 million in free eye care and eye wear for more than 920,000 adults and children in need. Learn more at www.globaleyesofhope.com.

Visuals: Patients receiving free eye exams and new glasses
A state-of-the-art mobile eye care clinic stocked with popular eye wear brands

Media Contacts:

Katie Warren, tel: (503) 413-7399, email: katie@olshf.org
Lori Fanning, email: LoriFa@VSP.com

About VSP:
VSP(R) Vision Care is the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 66 million members and a network of 30,000 doctors. To date, through Eyes of Hope outreach programs, such as VSP Mobile Eyes(R) and Sight for Students(R), and partnering organizations that include the American Red Cross and Optometry Giving Sight, VSP Global companies have invested more than $168 million in free eye care and eye wear for close to 920,000 adults and children in need. For more information visit us at www.vsp.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vspvisioncare.

About OLSHF:
Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need. This year, over 140,000 students in elementary schools will have their vision checked through our screening program. In addition, we have distributed over 3,200 gift vouchers for free eye exams and eyeglasses in partnership with Vision Service Plan. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through mission work. In the last 12 months, we have also given over $1 million in brand new hearing aids to those in need, through a partnership with All-American Hearing Centers. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

About Lions Clubs International and LCIF:
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest voluntary service club organization with 1.35 million men and women members in 200+ countries around the globe. Started in 1917, Lions Clubs aim to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. LCIF, the official charity and 501c3 of Lions Clubs International, aims to support the efforts of Lions Clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects. Since 1968, LCIF has awarding more than 11,300 grants to support Lions Clubs' large scale local service projects in the four key areas of blindness prevention and protecting sight, overcoming disabilities, empowering youth, providing disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts. Learn more at www.lcif.org or www.facebook.com/lionsclubs.

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Wells Fargo bank branches in Central Oregon to close early today
Wells Fargo - 11/14/14
Wells Fargo's bank branches in Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond will close at 4 p.m. today due to the snow conditions in Central Oregon.

Wells Fargo customers can bank online 24/7 at wellsfargo.com.
Hug Point Fire final update - Nov. 14, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/14/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Astoria District
Neal Bond, incident commander

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will continue to visually inspect mop-up activities
until all final suppression objectives are met and completed.

ODF extends its gratitude to the local fire departments for their assistance with fire suppression efforts and protecting the local neighborhoods.

Astoria District Forester Dan Goody appreciates the community's patience as ODF works with forest landowners to improve procedures to prevent similar occurrences from happening in the future.

At this time no evacuations are in place.

There were no injuries incurred on this incident.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 100 acres

Cause: under investigation

Location: Hug Point area, east of Highway 101 between mileposts 34-35.

Evacuations: NONE

Containment: 75%

Expected Containment: Unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Dozers/Excavators: 2 (on standby)
Crews: 3
Helicopters: 0
Engines: 3
Water tenders: 1

Total personnel: 33

Road closures: none

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442, Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov
Guide to 2015 health insurance coverage for Oregonians: Understanding what you will pay for care
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/14
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on your cost of health care.

When comparing health plans during open enrollment, it is important to find the plan that best meets your financial and health needs. That means taking a close look at what services you expect you will need during 2015 and how much they will cost.

Although you pay the insurance company a monthly premium for coverage, you will also pay a portion of the costs for many of the health care services you receive. Generally, if you pay a lower monthly premium, your share of the costs for services may be higher. If you choose a plan with a higher monthly premium, you may pay less when you visit a doctor, fill a prescription, or use other medical services. Here are the key terms to look for when comparing plans:

Deductible: The annual amount you pay for care before your plan begins to pay. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, your plan will not pay anything until you have paid $1,000 worth of care. Keep in mind that not all payments apply toward your deductible. For example, your costs for out-of-network services or a flat dollar co-payment may not count toward your deductible.

Out-of-pocket maximum: The most you pay during a policy period (usually one year) before your plan begins to pay 100 percent for covered benefits. This maximum never includes your premium, and some plans do not count all of your co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance payments, out-of-network payments, or other expenses toward this limit.

Co-insurance: Your share of the costs for care that is covered. It is a percent (for example, 20 percent) of the "allowed amount," which is the amount the insurance company has negotiated to pay for a service. For example, if the health insurance or plan's allowed amount for an office visit is $100 and you have met your deductible, your co-insurance payment of 20 percent would be $20. The health insurance or plan pays the rest of the allowed amount, or $80.

Co-payment: A fixed amount (for example, $15) you pay for covered care, usually when you receive the service. The amount can vary. For example, it might be $15 for a regular doctor visit and $30 for a specialist visit. Your prescription drug co-payment could vary depending on the type of prescription drugs.

If you qualify, you may be able to get tax credits to help pay for your premium as well as cost-sharing reductions. This financial help is available only through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent. Agents and community partners can help you sort through the many cost-sharing and premium options to decide which plans might be the best fit for you. To find an agent or community partner to help you enroll in a Marketplace plan, visit CoverOregon.com.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Traditional Thanksgiving for 1,300 at Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/14/14
Mark, a guest at UGM's 2013 Thanksgiving event
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Traditional Thanksgiving for 1,300 at Union Gospel Mission

Portland, Ore., - With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, Union Gospel Mission is gearing up to serve 1,300 meals on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Union Gospel Mission will be closing off the street on NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Street and serving the meals in a 120-foot long tent donated for use by Northwest Natural.

What does it take to make a Thanksgiving feast for 1,300? Here is a list:
* 100- turkeys
* 300 lbs each of dressing, mashed potatoes, yams & Ambrosia salad
* 60- gallons of gravy
* 108 lbs of cranberry sauce
* 1200-1500 dinner rolls with butter
* 225- Pumpkin pies with whipped cream
* 100 gallons of coffee
* 50 gallons of juice

With the help from 150 volunteers and many donors, 1,248 meals were served last Thanksgiving. New this year, Union Gospel Mission will provide guests a warmer winter with the gift of the cold weather kits, scarves are needed for the kits. Scarves can be dropped off at Union Gospel Mission at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland or can also be given via the Amazon Wish List at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=cm_wl_search_1?ie=UTF8&cid=A3M06K2QIIFITW.
Items purchased from Amazon will be shipped directly to the Mission.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Attached Media Files: Mark, a guest at UGM's 2013 Thanksgiving event
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet November 20 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 11/14/14
November 14, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, November 20, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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.

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Vote for the 2015 Clackamas County Fair Theme Contest Finalists
Clackamas Co. Event Center - 11/14/14
After receiving over 40 entries, we have narrowed it down to five finalists for the 2015 Clackamas County Fair Theme. Now we need your help to select a winner!

You can vote online via a link on our website and the Clackamas County Fair Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ClackamasCountyFair) through November 30th. There is no limit to the number of times you can vote (online only). You can also call the Fair Office at 503-266-1136 to vote if you are unable to do so online.

Voting stops on November 30th at 11:59pm, and the winning Fair theme will be announced on December 12th via our website, Twitter, and Facebook.

For additional information or to vote for a finalist, contact the Fair Office at 503-266-1136 or visit www.clackamascountyeventcenter.com or the Clackamas County Fair on Facebook or Twitter.
Name the Beach Trail: Your Votes Wanted
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the City of Gearhart want your vote -- on the name of a trail, that is. The newly-designed trail is adjacent to Gearhart Ocean State Recreation Area at Little Beach. Over the past two years, park officials have worked with City of Gearhart to create a new, single trail that accesses the beach to the north of the shorebird conservation area. It was designed to encourage shorebird nesting near the Necanicum Estuary.

The list of possible names comes from entries dreamed up by children in grades 2-5 at Gearhart Elementary School. OPRD and Gearhart city officials thought that local schoolchildren would be the perfect trail "owners," so they reached out to the principal and teachers at Gearhart Elementary School, and turned the whole thing into a contest. The kids came up with more than 30 names, which were narrowed down to 10.

"It was great fun to meet with the kids and teachers at Gearhart Elementary," said OPRD Visitor Services Coordinator Brian Fowler, who presented information about shorebird habitat in the classrooms, and led a nature walk along the new trail. "We challenged them to come up with names and they came through in a big way," he said. "I have my favorite, but I'm not going to say what it is," he added. "I'm just going to vote like everybody else."

The winner will receive a special memento from OPRD and the City, along with the fame that a new trail marker will bring. To vote on a name, go to http://oprdstewardship.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/name-the-trail. The survey will be open at least until December 1.
Enjoy free Firstenburg family fun day, 'The Lego Movie' Nov. 22 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 11/14/14
A crowd watches a free movie inside the Firstenburg Community Center gym at the 2013 family fun day event
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Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver invites you to a free family fun day and movie night at the Firstenburg Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, featuring "The Lego Movie" (rated PG). All areas of the center, including the swimming pool and climbing wall, will be open to the public and free of charge from noon to close.

Check in for the pool will begin at 11 a.m. Check in for the climbing wall will begin at 11:30 a.m. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

"The Lego Movie" will be shown on the big screen in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Please note that a limited number of chairs will be available for the movie. Other seating will be on the gym floor, so please bring something soft to sit on (outside chairs are not allowed to protect the gym floor). Seating for the movie will begin at 6 p.m.

The Firstenburg Café will be open to sell food and snacks, and free popcorn will be provided.

The Firstenburg Community Center is located at 700 N.E. 136th Ave. in east Vancouver. For more information about this event, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/familyfunday, call 360-487-7001 ext. 8, or email parksrec@cityofvancouver.us.

The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department operates 1,577 acres of parkland, 90 parks, 20 natural areas, 19.7 miles of trail and three recreation centers (Firstenburg Community Center, Marshall/Luepke Community Centers and Vancouver Tennis Center). The three recreation centers combined receive approximately 1.2 million visits annually and provide recreation programs, classes and services for people of all ages and abilities.

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Attached Media Files: A crowd watches a free movie inside the Firstenburg Community Center gym at the 2013 family fun day event , A boy climbs the rock wall inside the Firstenburg Community Center at the 2013 family fun day
Klamath County Major Crime Team investigating suspicious death
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/14/14
The following is a press release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Klamath County District Attorney's Office

Rob Patridge

District Attorney         

November 14,
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated related to a homicide that occurred on the Oregon California and Eastern State Trail (OC&E) east of Altamont Drive in Klamath Falls, Oregon.   Shots were fired resulting in the death of Tyler Devore Nelson (DOB 11-25-74).   No one has been arrested related to this shooting.

 

The Major Crimes Team is actively seeking information from the public about this investigation.   The Oregon State Police are leading the investigation and if people have information they can call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-883-5711.  Individuals may also leave anonymous information on the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

 

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


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Small commercial fire extinguished quickly, no one injured (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 11/13/14
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Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to reports of smoke coming from a commercial building on the 2000 block of Parrot Way just before 5pm. Firefighters reported smoke visible from the back of the building. Workers at the site were modifying the company's work space with tools that produces heat and sparks which ignited material in a circulation system, according to fire officials. Firefighters used gas powered saws to access the source of the fire and extinguish it.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental. The fire was contained to the circulation system. No injuries were reported.


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Salem Police Canine Missing in West Salem-UPDATE-Canine found safe (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/13/14
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Canine Rex has been found safe. He was found by a Good Samaritan along Titan Dr NW this afternoon and ultimately taken to a residence in the Four Corners area. They then contacted the Police Department and Rex was reunited with his handler.

The Salem Police Department wishes to thank everyone who helped look for Rex, all of the well-wishers and especially the citizens who found him and kept him safe.

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A Salem Police Department Narcotics Detection Canine is missing in West Salem. The canine, Rex, escaped from his handler's residence and was last seen near West Salem High School at about 1:30 pm this afternoon. Rex is a 4-year old German Shepard, about 85 lbs and his right ear does not stand up fully. Rex is very friendly to people and other animals and is approachable.

Anyone with information as to Rex's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department and we will send an officer to retrieve him.


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Dangerous Men Arrested Following Extensive Manhunt (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and additional agencies assisted the US Marshals capture two wanted men. The men fled to avoid arrest but were pursued until they were captured. One man had a warrant for bank robbery and the other is a person of knowledge or possible involvement in numerous crimes.

On November 13, 2014 at about 12:36 p.m., US Marshals were at the Bethany Meadows apartments in the community of Bethany attempting to locate two dangerous and possibly armed men. Marshals spotted the men in a silver Chevrolet Malibu. When the Marshals and Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop the Malibu, they sped away to avoid capture.

Multiple Sheriff's Deputies and Marshals pursued the men. Both men were considered to be armed and dangerous. Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro Police, Portland Police Bureau, the FBI and Beaverton Police. While fleeing, the men drove the Malibu into a curb at NW 158th Avenue and NW Walker Road, rendering it inoperable. Both men exited the vehicle and ran south into a wooded area close to an apartment complex.

Multiple Sheriff's Deputies and Marshals converged upon the area in an attempt to capture the men. The area was contained with law enforcement from multiple agencies. Sheriff's K9 Gunny, and deputies, tracked and captured Shawn Michael Stock, 32, from Beaverton, north of the crashed Malibu without further incident.

The other man was identified as Cory Nathaniel Johnston, 33, from Hillsboro. There was a warrant for bank robbery out of Portland issued for Mr. Johnston. A citizen called the police and reported that a man came to his apartment with a gun and demanded his keys to his Toyota Camry. The citizen provided a description of the man that robbed him which matched the description of Mr. Johnston.

The Camry was spotted shortly after it was stolen and Mr. Johnston again refused to stop for law enforcement. Cory Johnston drove around the Aloha area at high speeds winding through neighborhoods in an attempt to avoid capture. He drove north on SW 197th Avenue and failed to negotiate the turn westbound onto NW Baseline Road. Mr. Johnston crashed the Camry into the concrete barrier on the north side of the roadway causing extensive damage to the vehicle. He exited the vehicle and failed to comply with Sheriff's Deputies commands. A Taser was successfully deployed and Mr. Johnston was taken into custody without further incident.

Due to the traffic crash, Mr. Johnston was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with three existing warrants for Bank Robbery, ID Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was also charged with Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving. He is held without the possibility of release.

Shawn Stock was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Hit and Run and a detainer for violating his parole concerning previous Theft and Forgery crimes. He is also held without the possibility of release.

The investigation on both men is ongoing and additional charges are likely to follow.


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Local Firefighters Come Together for the Community
Sublimity Fire Dist. - 11/13/14
SECOND ANNUAL FREE CANDY CANE DAY BREAKFAST
Sublimity Volunteer Firefighters will be hosting a free Candy Cane Day Breakfast on Sunday, December 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Sublimity Fire Station. Volunteers will be serving an all you can eat homemade biscuits and gravy breakfast, and Santa will be arriving in the REACH helicopter (pending weather and any emergency calls) in the park across from the fire station. Santa is scheduled to land at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will be handing out candy canes and visiting during the breakfast.
Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate three cans of non-perishable food or to make a monetary donation toward holiday food baskets. All food and money collected will go to local families in need this holiday season. This breakfast is a new event and will take the place of firefighters going through Sublimity to gather food and distribute candy canes. Firefighters will still be collecting food at the station and any donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested items: stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes, mini marshmallows and canned items (yams/sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, fruit cocktail and peaches).
For more information about the Candy Cane Day Breakfast, contact Sublimity Fire District at 503-769-3282.
Cold Case Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect in 1988 Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/13/14
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On Thursday November 13, 2014, Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit detectives arrested 59-year-old Walter Wayne Howard for the 1988 homicide of Renee Harvey in Portland, Oregon.

Howard was arrested in San Diego, California, with the assistance of the San Diego Police Department and the California Department of Corrections.

Howard will be booked into the San Diego County Jail and will await extradition to Oregon.

This investigation began on January 15, 1988, when 25-year-old Renee Harvey was found deceased in her residence at 611 Southeast 27th Avenue in the East Buckman Neighborhood.

A friend of Renee Harvey's went to Ms. Harvey's residence because Ms. Harvey had not answered her phone. This friend was concerned because Ms. Harvey was supposed to be home and always answered her phone. Upon arriving at the residence, the friend noticed that the front door was closed but unlocked. She opened the door, called out for Ms. Harvey and upon receiving no answer, entered the residence. She found Ms. Harvey's body in the residence and knew immediately that Ms. Harvey was dead. She then called the police.

Homicide Detectives responded and learned that Ms. Harvey had been the victim of a burglary earlier in the week. She had been very upset by that crime and was in the process of moving to a new residence when her body was found. Friends told Detectives that Ms. Harvey was a single woman who worked as a receptionist and secretary for the Oregon Special Olympics. She had recently moved to Portland from Montana and attended church at the Unitarian Church where she was a member of the choir. She was a singer and had recently appeared in a local theater company's production of Oklahoma.

Through investigative means, Cold Case Homicide Unit detectives developed leads and were able to identify Walter Howard as the suspect in the homicide.

A Multnomah County Grand Jury is currently hearing evidence in the case and no additional details can be released at this time.

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with additional information about this case should contact Det. Meredith Hopper at (503) 823-0266, meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Jim Lawrence at (503) 823-0867, james.lawrence@portlandoregon.gov.

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PF&R Responds to a House Fire (2030 N Middle Shore)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/13/14
This afternoon at 4:14 PM Portland Firefighters were called to 2030 N Middle Shore. On arrival fire crews found thick black smoke and fire from the kitchen area of a single story mobile home. Firefighters began fighting the fire and searching for occupants.

The main body of fire was extinguished and firefighters began removing burned material. Firefighters used fans to remove the smoke. The house is vacant and no injuries were associated with this fire.

An investigator has been called to determine the cause of the fire. Damage estimates aren't yet available.
Vehicle stolen at gun point **** UPDATE(2) ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/13/14
Last night after 8 pm, Elieser Villa contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office to turn himself in. The female, who was unknown at the time of this report, also accompanied Elieser. She was identified as 23 year old Yvette Espinoza.

Both Elieser and Yvette were interviewed by Senior Deputy Hickam regarding this alleged incident. At the conclusion of the interview, they both were released at this time as the investigation continues.
Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 26 - 6 Miles east of Prineville in Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-1261

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 at milepost 25, east of Prineville in Crook County.

On November 13, at approximately 12:44 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle crash down a steep embankment on Highway 26 near milepost 25. Upon arrival, troopers located a tan, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, off the roadway down a steep embankment. The pickup struck a Juniper tree in the drivers' side door causing significant damage. The pickups operator, identified as ROBERT L. AKINS, 91, of Bend, was deceased at the scene. No other passengers were riding with him.

Witnesses at the scene told OSP AKINS was travelling with two other vehicles in a caravan; the said AKINS and another vehicle began to lose traction on the packed snow and ice at the location. The second slipping vehicle was able to recover safely.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue, the Crook County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Senior Trooper Andrea Vaughn is the lead investigator on this crash. Next of kin notification has been made.



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3 Homeless Women to Receive Makeovers At Inner Beauty Motivational Event at Local Shelter
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 11/13/14
Who: Women experiencing homelessness, The Salvation Army SAFES at Fairbridge, Bonnie Milletto (International Motivational Speaker), Blow Out, Hands of Favor

What: SAFES at Fairbridge, a women's shelter in Portland, is hosting Bonnie Milletto, an International motivational speaker to talk about "Connecting Inner Beauty and Outer Beauty." Following her presentation, 3 current clients at SAFES will be receiving a makeover by Blow Out-A Blow Dry Bar, and Hands of Favor.

When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 10am-1pm

Where:
SAFES at Fairbridge
30 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Why: Because everyone struggles to understand their inner and, oftentimes, their outer beauty. "This event means so much to the women. For many, they are struggling with their own inner and outer beauty, and we want them to know that every single one of them is beautiful and they can be the woman they've always wanted to be," says Bernadette Basilio, Director at SAFES at Fairbridge. During such a cold time of the year, this event will add a little extra warmth to their lives as they transition from homelessness to housing. For the 3 women receiving the makeovers, it will provide them extra confidence as they look for employment. The shelter currently has 95 beds or mats for women experiencing homelessness with a wait list of 200 people.

Contact:
Teresa Steinmetz
Director of Communications and Marketing
The Salvation Army
503-794-3283
971-219-3226 (cell)
Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org

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3 Homeless Women to Receive Makeovers At Inner Beauty Motivational Event at Local Shelter

(Portland, OR) November 13, 2014 - With freezing temperatures, The Salvation Army SAFES at Fairbridge female emergency shelter is seeing a massive increase in women looking for shelter from the cold, wind, and rain. This Friday, November 14, 2014, the women in the shelter as well as the public will find an additional inner warmth as they welcome Bonnie Milletto, an International Motivational Speaker, for a transformational session called "Connecting Inner Beauty and Outer Beauty," including a speaker and 3 makeovers of current clients. The event will be from 10am-1pm at SAFES at Fairbridge, located at 30 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204.

During her presentation, Bonnie will be telling her story about "Finding Beauty, Strength, and Empowerment From The Inside Out," inspiring women everywhere to know how beautiful they are. Following her presentation, 3 very special women who have demonstrated great motivation and success in the program at SAFES will be receiving a makeover transformation, provided by Blow Out, A Blow Dry Bar and Hands of Favor staff.

"This event means so much to the women. For many, they are struggling with their own inner and outer beauty, and we want them to know that every single one of them is beautiful and they can be the woman they've always wanted to be," says Bernadette Basilio, Director at SAFES at Fairbridge. "We are especially looking forward to providing three of our women with the opportunity to be pampered. We are so thankful for Bonnie and for the team from Blow Out and Hands of Favor to help spread some extra warmth to our clients."

SAFES at Fairbridge is a shelter for women experiencing homelessness with services that include case management which targets housing and income stabilization. SAFES recently opened 45 extra mats in their shelter for the Winter, just in time for the current frigid weather. This is on top of the already 50 beds they provide year-round, with a waitlist of 200 women looking for shelter. SAFES is the largest low-barrier shelter for women in Portland and is expanding its services in the upcoming months as an additional 42 supportive housing units are under construction. Staff at SAFES is working tirelessly to get women off the streets and into housing, and by providing opportunities like this motivational speaker session, they are truly taking it to the next level to support these women.

Please join The Salvation Army for an afternoon of warming people from the inside out at a time when more and more women need some warming up!

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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.

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Update (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/13/14
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The Vancouver Police Department is no longer requesting the public's assistance in locating Cory Ross. Information has been obtained leading police to believe he is safe.


The Vancouver Police Department requests the help of the public in locating a missing man.

Cory Michael Ross was last seen on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, at his place of residence located in the 400 block of E 13th St, Vancouver.

Cory has serious medical issues requiring medication, which he is believed to be without.

Cory is new to the Vancouver/Portland area within the last couple of months. He is known to travel by foot or public transportation.

Cory is a 37 year-old white male, 6'2", 350 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. His last clothing description is unknown at this time.

Cory may be in Vancouver or Portland.

Please call 911 with information.


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OSP Fish and Wildlife Asking for Help in Newport - Waste of Game Animal (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are asking for your help in Newport.

On November 3, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) located two deer carcasses which had been dumped near a Hancock Timber gate off of Hayes Creek Road. Hayes Creek Road is located off Highway 20, at milepost 21, in Lincoln County. Rib and neck meat had been left on both carcasses along with a bag of meat scraps. By the time troopers found the carcasses, the meat was spoiled; troopers estimate between 35-40 pounds of meat was wasted.

The Oregon Hunter's Association, in cooperation with Leupold and Stevens, are offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

If anyone has information regarding these deer, please contact Trooper Heather Van Meter with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-9637.

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CRT's Children's Theater Series Presents Holiday-Themed Show (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 11/13/14
Aislin Courtis, Heather Ovalle, Travis Nodurft, Jennifer Whitten and James Sharinghousen. Photographer: Bud Nodurft
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its series of interactive shows for children with a holiday-themed performance on Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College.
The show is loosely based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." One of the characters is acting a little "Scroogey" and is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future, Marley, and three spirits. As always, there will be singing, a dance lesson, and a chance for the kids to come up to the stage for their moment in the spotlight. Word is Santa will be in the audience!
"Wing It" is created for children from 2 to 8 years old. It was developed and directed by Travis Nodurft, Clackamas Rep company member, professional clown and Oregon City sixth-grade teacher.
Additional shows are scheduled for Feb. 14, April 11 and June 13. All performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place in the Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center on the campus of CCC. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door.
For more information, visit clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.


Attached Media Files: Aislin Courtis, Heather Ovalle, Travis Nodurft, Jennifer Whitten and James Sharinghousen. Photographer: Bud Nodurft , Wing It 1: Jennifer Whitten and Travis Nodurft;
CCC Student Named Coca Cola Leader of Promise Scholar
Clackamas Community College - 11/13/14
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College student Kira Hein has been selected as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. The awards are given to new students in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for students at two-year colleges, to help defray educational expenses.
Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. This year's recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 900 applicants.
Recipients of the award received a $1,000 scholarship.
Hein is a sophomore at CCC, who is on the women's softball team. She is a 2013 graduate of Forest Grove High School earning an associate's degree at CCC. Future plans include transferring to Oregon State University and majoring in education.
The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was launched in 2001 to benefit Phi Theta Kappa members, providing assistance in obtaining an associate degree, while encouraging participation in the honor society's programs. The scholarship program is especially beneficial at a time when increasing importance is given to completion of a college credential, associate degree or certificate, among community college students.
For additional information, please contact Michelle Baker, Phi Theta Kappa adviser at CCC, 503-594-3041 or email mbaker@clackamas.edu.
Share Hosts Third Annual 'Hungry & Homeless in Clark County: Gets the Facts' on Nov. 20
Share - 11/13/14
Vancouver, WA - In recognition of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW), Nov. 16-22, Share will host their third annual 'Hungry & Homeless in Clark County: Get the Facts' on Thurs. Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room. Event is free to attend and open to the public; register on-line at sharevancouver.org.

"On an average night in Clark County, 695 people are homeless and a segment of those individuals are chronically homeless," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "Clark County is moving to help those individuals with Lincoln Place and the Housing First model, a holistic solution where chronically homeless individuals are placed in safe and stable housing in conjunction with supportive services that foster long-term stability."
The brown-bag lecture event features: Rachel Duke, supportive housing program director at Home Forward, to speak about the Housing First model and their work with Bud Clark Commons; and Andy Silver, executive director of the Council for the Homeless, to talk about the chronically homeless in Clark County and the future Lincoln Place.

The Prairie High School Key Club, a student-led volunteer service organization, is also hosting a Homeless Awareness Night event, Tues., Nov. 18, 5 to 8 p.m., at Prairie High School, 11500 NE 117th Ave. The focus of the event is to raise awareness about homelessness in our area and learn about ways to help those in need. Students will be making fleece-tie blankets as part of the event to be donated to Share.

Share encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to get involved in NHHAW by organizing a drive to collect non-perishable items such as food, toiletries, clothing, blankets, books and toys; or sponsoring a bake sale or car wash and donate collected money to a local shelter; or volunteering for a local non-profit organization. Additional ways to help are available at sharevancouver.org.

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 1,900+ children at 87 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-meal 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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Judy Ervin Retires from CCC Board of Education (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 11/13/14
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OREGON CITY - Longtime member Judy Ervin announced her retirement from the Clackamas Community College Board of Education on Wednesday. Ervin, who represents the Gladstone area, has served on the board since 2005.
"After many years of volunteer service at Clackamas and elsewhere, Judy will be greatly missed, but she will remain a valued member of the CCC family," said President Joanne Truesdell. "Her leadership has been integral to our success as an institution, most recently with our successful bond campaign."
A longtime advocate for higher education, Ervin served as the Oregon Community College Association board president in 2011-12. She served as a Gladstone city councilor for 20 years and as a member of the Gladstone Library Board for 10 years.
CCC is governed by an elected board of directors representing zones within the college district. Ervin represents zone 3, which includes the city of Gladstone.
The board will begin the process to appoint a successor at its December meeting. The appointment to represent zone 3 on the board will continue through June 30, 2015, following the board election. At that time, the appointed board member may run for election for the position to fulfill the remainder of Ervin's unexpired term, which ends in 2017.
For more information, contact Sean Pollack, board secretary, at 503-594-3002 or email seanp@clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: Judy Ervin
College Night at CCC Postponed Due to Weather
Clackamas Community College - 11/13/14
OREGON CITY - College Night at CCC, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.
College Night provides information on choosing the right college, the financial aid process, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and scholarship searches and scams.
For more information, please contact CCC Financial Aid director Chippi Bello at chippi@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3099, or Student Support & Enrollment coordinator Tawnya Stauffer-Dexter at tawnyas@clackamas.edu 503-594-6136.
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MRSD Board of Directors Meeting as Planned
Molalla River Sch. Dist. - 11/13/14
The Molalla River School District regular meeting of the Board of Directors will proceed this evening as planned. The notice and agenda can both be found here: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000164
Portland Parks & Recreation Delays and Closures for Thursday, Nov 13
Portland Parks & Recreation - 11/13/14
Due to current and anticipated weather conditions, these changes affect the following Portland Parks & Recreation facilities. We will continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates as needed

Buckman Pool:
CLOSED

(NEW) Columbia Pool
Closes at 1pm

(NEW) Community Music Center:
Closing by 4:30pm; no classes

Charles Jordan Community Center:
Preschool cancelled today

East Portland Community Center:
All scheduled classes are cancelled. Center is open for drop-in use

Hillside Community Center:
CLOSED

Laurelhurst Dance Studio:
Closed today; no classes or activities

Matt Dishman Community Center:
Preschool cancelled today

Montavilla Community Center:
Opens at noon; all classes cancelled today

Mt Scott Community Center:
Center open for drop-in visits; all classes and activities cancelled

(NEW) Multnomah Arts Center:
Closed all day

Peninsula Park Community Center:
Open 12pm-6pm for drop-in activities only; all classes and activities cancelled

Sellwood Community Center:
Open today 12pm-6pm for drop-in visits; all classes cancelled

Senior Recreation:
Programs in community centers follow the centers' schedules; Senior Center Project cancelled today; all senior rec trips off -site are cancelled today

Southwest Community Center:
Morning classes cancelled; center is open now for drop-in activities

St. John's Community Center:
Opens at 10am, all morning classes are cancelled

SUN Community Schools
All school classes and activities CANCELLED today

(NEW) Washington Park:
Gate into the park off SW Kingston is now closed to cars; other entrances and park roads open as usual
Tigard Police investigate neighborhood robbery (Photo)
Tigard Police - 11/13/14
Tigard Atempted Robbery Suspect Composite
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**UPDATE**
Composite sketch of attempted robbery suspect released by Tigard Police. The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20's, 5'6" to 5'8" tall with a thin build and unshaven.



On November 10, 2014 at about 11:33 am, Tigard Police Officers responded to the area SW Riverwood Lane and SW Greenland Drive on an attempted robbery report. The report was that a white male adult had approached two different people who were walking along the Cook Park trail system. The suspect displayed a handgun and asked for their wallets. The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20's, 5'6" to 5'8" tall with a thin build and unshaven. He was described as wearing a gray hoody and unknown color or style of pants. It was reported that the suspect may have left the area in a dark blue 4 door older model Hyundai. The Tigard Police Department is seeking any information related to this incident. If you have information, please contact the Tigard Police Department Tip Line 503-718-2677


Attached Media Files: Tigard Atempted Robbery Suspect Composite
Tigard Police Investigating Bicyclist Hit and Run (Photo)
Tigard Police - 11/13/14
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On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tigard Police were called to a scene of a hit and run involving a bicyclist. Officers arriving learned the suspect driver had departed. Emergency medical help was also arriving on scene to treat the injured bicyclist.

According to a witness, the bicyclist, identified as 37 year-old Brian Bledsoe of Beaverton had stopped at the intersection of SW 115th at North Dakota in Tigard and was proceeding with a left turn onto westbound North Dakota when he was allegedly struck by a pickup also heading the same direction. After the bicyclist was struck and thrown to the ground, the suspect stopped, exited his truck and walked towards the victim. The suspect however then abruptly returned to his vehicle and departed. A witness was able to capture a photo of the suspect vehicle as it left the area. The same witness called for help and rendered assistance to the bicyclist.

Tigard Police is asking the public's assistance to help identify the suspect. The suspect vehicle appears to be a late model quad cab Dodge pickup black or dark blue in color. The suspect driver is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, average height with slender build. At the time, the suspect was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. Anyone with information can call 503-718-2473 or 503-718-COPS. A photo of the suspect vehicle is available.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Attached Media Files: Bicyclist Hit and Run Tigard 111214
Signature Chefs Auction Raises over $220,000 for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 11/13/14
Six distinguished Oregon chefs cooked a signature dish and auctioned off unique packages on Wednesday evening, November 12th, at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront, all in the name of babies. With their help, the 25th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction raised over $220,000 to support the mission of March of Dimes.

The chefs included local favorites like Aaron Bedard of the Stephanie Inn, Marissa Burback of Porto Terra, Kevin Kennedy of Swank & Swine, John Newman of Newmans at 988, Deb Serkoian of Wilfs, and Shayne Unea of Portland Prime.

The top selling packages were a two-night stay with enticing extras at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach and a four-course dinner with wine pairings prepared in-home by Executive Chef Kevin Kennedy of Swank & Swine. All proceeds from the Signature Chefs Auction benefit March of Dimes to support lifesaving research and programs that offer hope for prevention of infant health threats of premature birth and birth defects.

Damon and Samantha Simmons shared their life-changing story about the premature birth of their son, Theo; helping to raise $69,779 during the Fund the Mission paddle raise. Tara Dublin, former local radio personality and permanent extra (as Detective Dublin) on GRIMM was a hit as emcee.

The 25th annual Signature Chefs Auction was sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, KeyBank, Black & Veatch, Cambia Health Solutions, Environments, Iberdrola Renewables, JLL, Swinerton Builders, The Zidell Companies, Tripwire, and Unico Properties.


March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Marine Board Honors Hood River Marine Patrol Officers with Lifesaving Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/13/14
Pictured: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (Left), Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda, Deputy John Harvey, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (Right).
Pictured: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (Left), Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda, Deputy John Harvey, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (Right).
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The Oregon State Marine Board honored Hood River County marine law enforcement deputies John Harvey and Sergeant Ricardo Casteneda for their life-saving efforts during the 2014 boating season. With their skills, expertise, timing, and teamwork, a life was saved on the Columbia River.

Kite boarders like wind, but it certainly adds complexity to a rescue, especially when the river is running high, there's three-foot chop and the water temperature is only 55 degrees. These were the conditions on the Columbia River when Deputy John Harvey and Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda were called out to rescue a kite boarder in distress. The call came in at 5 pm on May 16, stating that a 53 year old female was wrapped around a navigation buoy near the White Salmon River. Upon arriving, another kite boarder was attempting to cut the victim free. The victim's kite lines wrapped around her back and a large branch was pinning her against the buoy. Each passing wave pulled her further down, her head was barely out of the water and she was cold and exhausted. Deputy Harvey maneuvered the boat in to cut the lines but the strong current, chop and wind prevented them from getting all the lines cut. On the second attempt, Sgt. Castaneda was able to finish cutting lines and pull the victim from the water. An ambulance was waiting at the shore and the victim was transported and treated for severe hypothermia. The victim stated later that she was ready to give up when Sgt. Casteneda and Dep. Harvey arrived - without their quick and skillful response, the outcome would have been very different.

Marine Board staff and Board Member Jen Tonneson were honored to present Life Saving Awards to Deputy Harvey and Sgt. Castaneda for their quick response, fast action on scene and boat handling skills that saved a life that day.


Attached Media Files: Pictured: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (Left), Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda, Deputy John Harvey, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (Right).
OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-1261

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board

Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Heather Van Meter, 41, was honored recently during the Annual Post Season Law Enforcement Conference in Bend by the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). Van Meter, a 7-year-veteran of the Oregon State Police, has served in the agencies Fish and Wildlife Division since the date of her hire.

Van Meter was honored for her contributions to the revision of Oregon's Outfitter and Guide laws. Her attention to detail help OSMB staff resolve rule inconsistencies for fishing guides and charter boats operating in Oregon. Several of the rules that went into effect in January are as a result of her efforts.

Sergeant Todd Thompson supervises the Newport Fish and Wildlife Team where Van Meter works. "Heather is a big contributor to the team; she's tenacious and always follows through," Thompson said. When asked why Van Meter was selected to receive the award Thompson added, "She recognized shortcomings in the existing rules and reached out to area guides and charter vessels, then followed up with the Marine Board to help resolve the matter."

More details on the ceremony can be found by visiting the OSMB page at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/news/2014/2014LESigContributionAwdsRel.pdf


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Robbery Detectives Investigating a Credit Union Robbery in Northwest Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/13/14
On Thursday November 13, 2014, at 11:19 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Selco Community Credit Union, located at 2465 Northwest Thurman Street, on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted credit union employees who told police that the suspect entered the credit union and implied he had a gun as he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the credit union. Employees told police that the did not see where the suspect went after leaving the credit union.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5'9" tall, 160 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a dark jacket and pants.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Marine Board Honors Benton County Marine Patrol with Lifesaving Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/13/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen, Deputy Eric Konzelman, Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson, and Deputy Jessica Jones.
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen, Deputy Eric Konzelman, Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson, and Deputy Jessica Jones.
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The Oregon State Marine Board honored Benton County marine law enforcement deputies Eric Konzelman, Jessica Jones and Noah Lochner for their life-saving efforts during the 2014 boating season. With their skills, expertise, timing, and teamwork, nine lives were saved.

The North Santiam River in Benton County was deadly this year, thanks to new found popularity among rafters and tubers, an abundance of hot summer days, and numerous fallen trees and root wads in precarious locations. The convergence of people, hot days and obstructions became apparent on June 7 when Deputy Eric Konzelman, Deputy Jessica Jones and Deputy Noah Lochner of the Benton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to assist a stranded kayaker upstream from the Jefferson boat ramp. A pregnant woman had been swept into debris and hit hear head and face when her craft capsized. The deputies were able to rescue her and get her to a medical transport, when they were contacted again to help another stranded kayaker. Upon arrival, they found a mother and her two children on a raft, snagged in the same debris pile. The raft dislodged, was pulled into another log and began capsizing just as the deputies arrived in their patrol boat. The children were rescued first, after Deputy Konzelman's skillfully maneuvered around the obstruction in the swift current, to maintain a safe position. Their mother was being pulled under the log, and deputies were able to free her in time and get her aboard moments later.

The deputies returned the family to shore, but the story doesn't end there. After returning to the scene to retrieve the submerged kayak, the deputies encountered another raft with a family of four, heading into the same debris pile. Despite trying to warn them, they witnessed the raft going straight into the debris. Deputy Konzelman and Deputy Lochner climbed out of their patrol boat onto a log to assist. Deputy Konzelman lifted a 6-year old girl from the raft just before it capsized. The child's father grabbed and clung to a log and the mother and a 4-year old son were pulled under the debris. Deputy Lochner jumped into the water and grabbed the child as he floated downstream. The father and mother were helped out of the water to safety. The deputies returned the following day to remove debris and improve safety in the area. Later in the summer, the deputies teamed up with Linn County Marine Patrol and the Marine Board to remove the larger log jam that was continuing to claim more watercraft as water levels dropped. A similar logjam upriver claimed the life of a canoeist in July, underscoring the need for all waterway users to know their waterway, scout ahead and walk around debris when they see it.

Marine Board staff and Board Member Jen Tonneson were honored to present Life Saving Awards to Deputy Konzelman, Deputy Jones and Deputy Lochner for their quick response and vigilance to keeping this stretch of the North Santiam River safe for others this summer.
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Attached Media Files: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen, Deputy Eric Konzelman, Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson, and Deputy Jessica Jones.
UPDATE #2 - SERT RESPONDING: Officers Talking with Suicidal Man Armed with Knives outside Brentwood-Darlington Home in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/13/14
The 53-year-old man threatening himself with knives has surrendered to members of SERT and will be going to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation. He suffered minor, self-inflicted cuts during this incident.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are responding to assist Crisis Negotiators to safely resolve the situation on Southeast 81st Avenue. Crisis Negotiators, along with mental health professionals assigned to the team, are continuing to attempt to de-escalate the situation.

Due to the environmental conditions and the man continuing to threaten to hurt himself, additional equipment and personnel are needed to safely address and resolve this incident.

PIO is not responding at this time but is available by email. Interested media should remain outside the secure area, following directions of police personnel at the scene.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Thursday November 13, 2014, at 6:12 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 7100 block of Southeast 81st Avenue on the report of someone trying to break into a home. As officers arrived in the area, additional information was received that a male was outside a home yelling.

The first officer at the scene observed an adult male outside a home, standing on a vehicle, threatening to stab himself. The male is armed with two large knives.

Officers have learned that the man is outside his own residence.

Multiple officers are in the area and residents of the homes immediately surrounding the man have been evacuated.

Officers have been talking with the man, who is experiencing a mental health crisis, and Crisis Negotiators are responding to assist in resolving the situation peacefully.

There is very little traffic impact as a result of this situation and there does not appear to be any risk to the community.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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OSP Traffic Stop Uncovers 3.3 Pounds of Heroin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer



www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice



A Utah man and woman were arrested earlier this week during an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop along Interstate 5 near Portland after approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin was found concealed inside their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On Monday, November 10, an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Mercury Marquis, displaying Utah license plates, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290 for a traffic violation. The car's occupants were identified as driver, ADRIANA GISELA ARVIZU, age 30, from West Valley, Utah, and passenger, FRANCISCO TREJO GUERREO, age 21, also from West Valley, Utah.

Subsequent investigation during the stop aided by a drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin, valued at nearly $10,200, concealed in the trunk area.

Both were taken into custody and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Heroin.


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**Updated with Pictures and Cause**PF&R Responds to a Commercial Fire (16721 SE Division) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/13/14
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This morning at 4:29 AM firefighters from Portland and Gresham were called to 16721 Division (China Hut Restaurant). Arriving fire crews found fire on the exterior of the one story building. Firefighters knocked down the fire on the outside and began searching the interior of the building for fire.

The majority of this fire was contained to the exterior and no injuries were associated with this fire. An investigator has been called to determine the cause of the fire. Damage estimates are not yet available.

**Update-

This fire was caused by an improperly dicarded cigarette and created $3300.00 in damage.

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal:

- One out of ten fires on Oregon Home properties is started by cigarettes.

- Cigarettes are the #1 cause of home fire deaths in Oregon. Forty six percent of fatal fire victims died in fires started by cigarettes.

- One out of every six home fire injuries in Oregon were sustained in fires started by cigarettes.




Smoking is the leading cause of preventable home fire deaths. About one out of four fire deaths are caused by smoking materials.

- Put out all cigarettes, cigars, or pipes before you leave the room.

- Never smoke in bed.

- Use deep ashtrays. Don't put ashtrays on the arms of sofas or chairs.

- Keep matches and lighters locked up, away from children. Teach children to tell you if they find a lighter or matches.

- If smokers have visited, check floors and seat cushions for butts and ashes that may have dropped.


Attached Media Files: Distant , Close up
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting November 18, 2014 at 5:30p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 11/13/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. A presentation of the supplemental budget will be included.
The Sideline Kit protects youth athletics from ravages of traumatic brain injuries (Photo)
Law Enforcement for Youth - 11/13/14
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Law Enforcement for Youth's YESS program is proud to share that our The Sideline Kit concussion management system has been reviewed and supported for use in all youth athletics by The Oregon Athletic Trainers Society and Mr. David Kracke the co-author of Oregon's Max's law and primary author of Oregon's Jenna's law.

Mr. Kracke says ""from a legal and practical standpoint, it is my opinion that every coach involved in youth athletics should utilize The Sideline Kit". "It is an effective tool that does and will continue to protect our young athletes from the ravages of traumatic brain injuries"

We would encourage organizations with youth athletic programs to consider using The Sideline Kit concussion management system and begin protecting their athletes today. For more information or to set up a meeting/presentation contact Steve@lawenforcementforyouth.com or call 503-363-KIDS. To order The Sideline Kit concussion management system go to www.thesidelinekit.org

You can read the full review of The Sideline Kit by Mr. Kracke on the Law Enforcement for Youth Facebook page. A copy of this review has been included in this release for our media friends.


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Salem Police officers and staff recognized at the 45th Annual Oregon Peace Officers Association Banquet (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/13/14
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On Friday, November 7, 14 members of the Salem Police Department received myriad honors at the Oregon Peace Officers Association's 45th annual awards banquet.

The OPOA honored more than 90 criminal justice professionals from all over the state for their outstanding service to their communities.

The following award categories were bestowed to these Salem Police Department employees:
* Amanda Branlund, Calltaker - Public Service Award
* Barrett Byers, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Omar DeMarco, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Scott Emmons, Detective - Lifesaving Award, Medal of Honor
* Andrew McFerron, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Joe Miller, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Robert Owings, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* David Smith, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Steve Smith, Sergeant - Distinguished Service Award
* John Stackhouse, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Oscar Zambrano, Officer - Lifesaving Award

Staff were recognized in various categories from demonstrating exceptional accomplishments in their field to officers who successfully save the life of another human being.

Below is a summary of each award and the staff involved.

Branlund, DeMarco, D. Smith, and Owings award summary: In November of 2013, Calltaker Branlund answered a suicidal male's 911 call in which she took immediate action to gain the necessary information to assist responding officers to the location of the caller by using mobile phone tracking technology. Given the location coordinates, Officers DeMarco, Owings, and Smith located the jumper at the Capitol Center Building where the distraught male was making his way over the roof parapet. Immediately, Officer Smith grabbed the male's leg and ankle as Officer DeMarco leaned over the parapet to grab the falling male's torso. The officers worked as a team to successfully pull the male back onto the safety of the roof avoiding the possible tragic loss of life.

Byers award summary: Officer Byers was nominated for his quick action in providing life-saving first aid to a multiple gunshot wound victim when he responded to assist the Keizer Police Department on a residential intruder call in March 2014.

Emmons award summary: In December 2013, Detective Emmons encountered an aggressive and reckless driver which led to a traffic stop during which the male driver exited the vehicle with a raised pistol and charged toward the detective. Emmons responded by firing his pistol and striking the suspect. Seeing the suspect had sustained an injury, Emmons provided life-saving first aid with the assistance of an Oregon State trooper that had responded to the scene to provide cover.

McFerron, Miller, and Stackhouse award summary: In response to a report of an out of control naked male subject in March of this year, Officers McFerron, Miler and Stackhouse successfully provided lifesaving CPR to him as he experienced a state of excited delirium due to his consumption of illegal drugs.

S. Smith award summary: Sergeant Smith received recognition for distinguished service for his 16-year career as a police service dog handler during which he had two canine partners, Benny and Jett. Together with his partners, Smith recorded nearly 2,000 deployments resulting in 808 captures. Smith and Benny also served on the department SWAT team assisting with 55 missions. Also during his tenure, Smith contributed to the K9 unit program's continued service by collaborating with community partners to assist with funding and veterinary assistance for the canines, as well as keeping the unit on the forefront of technology and equipment needs.

Zambrano award summary: Officer Zambrano was nominated for providing lifesaving CPR as the first responder to medical call of a 64-year old male in cardiac arrest. Even before medics could arrive Zambrano successfully had the victim revived and breathing on his own.

"We are proud of each of Salem Police employees recognized here tonight," said Deputy Chief Jim Ferraris of the Patrol Division, "Each acted with honor, integrity, and compassion in the course of their service to their community."

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The historic McKenzie Pass Highway closes for the season
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 11/13/14
McKENZIE BRIDGE - With 6 inches of snow already accumulated on McKenzie Pass Highway and another 8-10 inches expected through Friday, the Oregon Department of Transportation will close Oregon 242 for the season as of 9 a.m. today.

Built in the mid-1930s, the highway became a seasonal scenic highway in the 1960s with the completion of the Clear Lake-Belknap Springs section of OR 126.

Even during its tenure as the main route between the southern Willamette Valley and central Oregon, the narrow, twisting roadway and high elevation made the highway too difficult and expensive to maintain and keep clear during the winter months.

ODOT's records indicate that the earliest closure of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway occurred on October 18, 1996. The latest closure happened on January 10, 1939.

The highway is currently scheduled to reopen the third Monday in June (June 15, 2015), weather permitting. During the summer, about 300 cars a day travel the highway.
Hug Point Fire Daily Update - Nov. 13, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/13/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry- Astoria District
Neal Bond, Incident Commander

Crews continued to work hard through the night on keeping the fire from spreading. Although the east winds were strong through most of the night, rain started falling on the fire early this morning aiding firefighters' efforts. Night Operations Chief Dave Horning said "that within an hour, the rain knocked the flames down and now the firefighters are focused on digging around the stumps and piles to extinguish remaining hot spots."

Firefighters intend to take advantage of the rain while it lasts. The change in weather is predicted to only last a short time before the dry, cold, east wind weather pattern returns this weekend.

The fire managers appreciate all the assistance provided by the county's structure firefighters for their efforts protecting local residences.

At this time no evacuations are in place.

Residents and motorists may experience smoky conditions in the Hug Point State Park (Hwy 101 MP 34 area) area.

FIRE AT A GLANCE (11/13/14)
Size: 100 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: Hug Point area, east of Hwy 101 between MP 34-35.
Evacuations: NONE
Containment: 25%
Expected Containment:
Unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Dozers/Excavators: 2
Crews: 5
Helicopters: 0
Engines: 3
Water Tenders: 2
Fallers: 2
Total personnel: 68
Closures: none

Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
PF&R Responds to a Commercial Fire at 1710 SE Tacoma (Mio Sushi)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/13/14
This morning at 8:36 AM Portland Firefighters were called to 1710 SE Tacoma (Mio Sushi). Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke in the restaurant. Firefighters located the fire in a food warming unit. The unit was extinguished and firefighters began working to remove smoke from the building.

No injuries were associated with this fire and fire damage was contained to the food warming unit itself.
REACH CDC Receives Nearly $18 Million to Build and Preserve 108 Homes (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 11/13/14
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Two projects to address critical shortage of affordable housing in the region

PORTLAND, Ore. - November 13, 2014 - Today REACH CDC announced an award of nearly $18 million of investment in a combination of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credits (OAHTC) and grants from Oregon's Housing and Community Services, allowing construction and rehabilitation of a combined 108 units of affordable housing including the Orchards at Orenco-Phase II in Hillsboro, Oregon and the Bronaugh Apartments located in downtown Portland.

The Orchards at Orenco is the first affordable housing development serving low-income working households at Orenco, supporting Hillsboro's growing economic progress. Designed as a three phase project, Phase II is a 58-unit development with rents affordable to residents earning approximately 30-50% of area Median Family Income (MFI), or $15,000-$30,000 for a single-person household. The Orchards at Orenco-Phase II is being built using Passive House construction techniques, widely used throughout Europe. These standards reduce heating and cooling requirements, while simultaneously creating excellent indoor air quality. Total project costs are estimated to be approximately $13.6 million. Phase II will break ground in June 2015 with an estimated twelve month construction period. Phase I, currently under development by REACH, is expected to complete in June 2015.

The Bronaugh Apartments is a three story 50-unit historic apartment building located in downtown Portland. Built in 1905, the Bronaugh is listed on the historic registry and was last renovated in 1982. Home to elderly and disabled citizens living on fixed incomes, the Bronaugh had been in danger of losing its Section 8 rents and was the last building identified by City Commissioner Fish in his 11x13 Campaign, at-risk of losing its Section 8 Housing and Urban Development rental subsidies. Residents earn 30% or less of MFI or $15,000 for a single-person household. In order to preserve and maintain much-needed affordable homes for downtown seniors, REACH purchased the building in 2013 and began offering property management and resident services. The investments will fund a complete building renovation, including a full code seismic upgrade; new unit interiors (walls, flooring, heating units, etc.); new community facilities; and upgrades to the community courtyard. Total project costs are estimated to be approximately $13.6 million. The project will break ground in May 2015 with an expected twelve month construction period.

"REACH is taking a regional approach to addressing the critical shortage of affordable housing in our state," says CEO Dan Valliere. "This important award of federal tax credits and grants will create opportunities for low-income individuals and families to thrive and will improve lives for many years to come."

About REACH CDC
For 32 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 1,892 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across the region. 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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Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee Organizes Second Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Day (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/13/14
Nearly 200 volunteers and 16 organizations came together for the 2013 neighborhood clean-up day.
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On Saturday, Nov. 15, the City of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee (VAC) and a team of volunteers will come together for the second annual visioning clean-up day event. Volunteers will rake leaves and clean yards in the Vose neighborhood area from 9 a.m. to noon.

"I'm thrilled we're able to host another clean-up day this year," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's heartwarming to see so many residents, businesses, and organizations come together to support our neighborhoods."

Clean-up days are one of the ideas the community called for in the city's award-winning visioning process. Visioning clean-up day is made possible through the help of the city's Public Works department and donations from various local businesses and organizations. Last year's event pulled together 16 organizations with nearly 200 volunteers.

"We're excited to be able to follow through on our commitment to the community," said Jaann Hoisington, VAC chair. "Last year's clean-up day was a big hit, and we look forward to continuing the tradition."

The City of Beaverton's nationally recognized Community Vision program is a citywide project to determine what kind of community Beaverton residents want in the future. Thousands of citizens shared their ideas for Beaverton. From those ideas, the city developed an action plan to guide the community's future decisions for decades to come. More than 60 community partners have adopted 118 actions from the Beaverton Community Vision action plan. For more information on Visioning or the VAC, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Visioning.

For more information on the clean-up day, please contact Erin Gordenier at 503-526-2232 or egordenier@BeavertonOregon.gov.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. 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: Nearly 200 volunteers and 16 organizations came together for the 2013 neighborhood clean-up day. , Volunteers will rake leaves and clean yards in the central Beaverton area from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.
Portland Rescue Mission Offers Shelter from the Storm for Homeless
Portland Rescue Mission - 11/13/14
Portland Rescue Mission is operating under a severe weather alert and expanding capacity of their emergency overnight shelter by adding more beds in preparation for the arctic blast.

"The recent cold weather brought us to our winter capacity of 162 overnight shelters for men," said Eric Bauer, the Mission's executive director. "In anticipation of the winter storm, we provided 10 additional mats in our main lobby for a total of 172 overnight stays for men," continued Bauer, "and our community room is open all day and offers movies, snacks, and warm shelter to keep people out of the cold."

Portland Rescue Mission is the largest overnight shelter provider in Portland, offering 58 beds year-round, and up to 114 additional beds during the winter months of November through March.

Portland Rescue Mission offers a variety of integrated services, including free breakfast and dinner daily, with lunch served on the weekends. To donate, call 503-MISSION (647-7466) or visit www.portlandrescuemission.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Launches the My.Future Technology Initiative with $100,000 Grant From Comcast NBCuniversal
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 11/13/14
My.Future Will Provide Hands-On Technology Training to Equip Youth with the Skills Needed to Succeed in the Digital Age

PORTLAND, OR - November 13, 2014 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) and Comcast NBCUniversal are excited to announce the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs, including the members served at the BGCP. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design.

To support the technology needs of My.Future, the Comcast Foundation provided BGCP with $100,000 to fund program software, robotics kits, iPads, laptops and other needed materials and supplies, funded through a multi-year grant beginning in 2014. The grant positions Comcast as a lead partner in funding the technology needs for BGCP's Rockwood Club, its seventh and newest facility set to open in the fall of 2016.

"Today's young people are digital natives, born into a world where technology is ever-present and constantly changing. In order to ensure great futures for all our youth, it is our job to keep up to date with technology," said Erin Hubert, CEO, BGCP. "With the support of Comcast NBCUniversal and launch of My.Future, our Club members will develop the technology skills needed to pursue promising careers and thrive in today's digital world."

"Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro makes a meaningful difference in the lives of kids every day by inspiring them to become productive, caring and responsible citizens," said Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Vice President for Comcast Oregon and SW Washington. "Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to partner with them to launch My.Future ??- helping to bridge the digital divide and develop the computer scientists, engineers, software developers and programmers of tomorrow."

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBCUniversal also announced today that they have entered into a five-year national partnership valued at tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind to support the development and launch of My.Future. Additionally, through the new partnership, Comcast will provide in-kind support that will include national airtime for Boys & Girls Clubs of America's public service announcements to communicate the benefits Boys & Girls Clubs provide to youth most in need during out-of-school-time. My.Future is part of BGCA's Great Futures Campaign, launched in July to call attention to the crisis facing kids and elevate the role of out-of-school time in reversing negative trends and empowering more youth toward success through enriching after-school and summer programs.

By partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Comcast NBCUniversal is harnessing the power of technology and the Internet to expand digital literacy and help conquer the digital divide. Since 2011, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation have dedicated more than $200 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital readiness initiatives nationwide, reaching more than 1.75 million people through non-profit, digital literacy partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

According to STEMConnector.org, STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. There will be more than 8 million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018, but 3 million of them may go unfilled because of a lack of people with required skills. The project-based learning experiences that are a part of My.Future will expose more young people to STEM-related activities to help address this large, unmet need.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro has been serving youth since 1946. The Clubs provide affordable, quality after-school and summer programs designed to help kids develop the qualities needed to achieve academic success, become responsible citizens and leaders, and live healthy lives. Today, the Clubs have grown to operate six facilities located throughout the Metropolitan area, along with seven school-based programs in partnership with the Parkrose and Reynolds School Districts. Visit: facebook.com/BGCPortland for more information.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities--promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $153 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
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North Clackamas Christian - 11/13/14
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11/12/14
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 11-18-14
Multnomah ESD - 11/12/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Salem Police Detectives Conducting Homicide Investigation
Salem Police Dept. - 11/12/14
***** UPDATE *****

The victim in this morning's incident has now been identified as 66-year old Michael Hampshire from Salem. His next of kin has been notified. An autopsy was completed this afternoon at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland, and the manner of death has been ruled as Homicidal Violence.

Salem Police Detectives have interviewed and arrested 22-year old Beau W Smith on the charge of Murder. Smith is currently a Willamette University student with a home address in California.

The investigation is ongoing as a cooperative effort between the Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

All further media releases on this case will come from the Marion County District Attorney's Office, attention Deputy District Attorney Doug Hanson, 503-588-5222.

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D St NE and Summer St NE are now open for traffic. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released s it becomes available.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a death investigation centered in northeast Salem.

At approximately 3:42 am on November 12, a citizen reported what appeared to be a body laying near the intersection of D St NE and Winter St NE. Responding officers confirmed a deceased male located on property near the intersection, the scene was secured and an investigation is continuing. A person of interest was located a short distance away and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

As a result of the investigation, D St NE will remain closed between Capitol St NE and Cottage St NE, and Summer St NE will be closed between E St NE and Union St NE. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we urge the public to avoid the area if at all possible.

The Salem-Keizer School District has been notified due to the close proximity to schools, and the Oregon State Police have been notified to assist with issues affecting State offices in the area. State employees displaced and/or unable to get to their work stations due to the investigation are being asked to respond to the State Lands Building located at the intersection of Summer St NE and D St NE.
Warming Locations in the Salem Area
City of Salem - 11/12/14
The City of Salem reminds residents that most Salem area malls can be utilized as warming locations.

Additional locations are:
* Simonka Place (for women), 5119 River Road N, 503-362-7487
* Union Gospel Mission (for men) 345 Commercial Street NE, 503-362-3983

Both locations have announced that they will not turn away anyone who is seeking shelter.
After high-wind havoc, Vancouver Public Works crews prepare for possible snow, freezing rain
City of Vancouver - 11/12/14
Vancouver, Wash. - A day after wind-wreaked havoc of downed trees and outages affecting everything from traffic signals to water stations, Vancouver Public Works crews are now mobilizing for as much as 4 to 6 inches of snow that could last into the weekend, based on the latest weather forecasts.

Operations crews will be deicing tonight as a preemptive strike and equipment is being fully geared up in the event of accumulated snowfall.

There are more than 1,800 lane miles of street in the City of Vancouver. In emergencies and severe weather, Vancouver Public Works prioritizes its response to provide the greatest support for the critical core streets that connect police, fire and emergency medical services. Next in priority are remaining arterials, selected collectors, snow bus routes and key streets around schools and hills. Crews also work closely with Vancouver Fire and Police to clear the way when emergency access is needed to specific sites. Neighborhood streets, which pose access issues due to numerous driveways and parked cars, do not get plowed due to demands of keeping major streets open.

Residents are encouraged to be prepared for wintry weather conditions with traction devices, snow shovels and emergency preparedness kits. Water pipes and outside hose bibs should be insulated to guard against freezing. Property owners are responsible for keeping adjacent sidewalks passable. Those who can are urged to lend a helping hand to elderly or disabled neighbors. Drivers are urged to go slowly, and watch out for pedestrians and others. Please allow ample time to travel if driving is necessary.

IMPACTS OF VETERANS DAY WINDS FELT CITYWIDE

Vancouver Public Works Street crews Tuesday responded to nearly 90 calls from citizens reporting downed trees and limbs blocking streets, landing on parked vehicles and falling into the public rights of way. With power outages and surges hitting Vancouver hard, Public Works Signal crews were called out to 102 intersections to reset traffic signal functions when power returned. In some cases, more than once. As of today, nearly all of the signals had been restored and the few remaining were in the process of being reset.

Vancouver's Utility facilities were also impacted by the power outages, though customers did not experience any change or interruptions in their services.

Water Utility crews spent Tuesday and into the early hours today working on several of Vancouver's water stations as a result of power outages. Crews restored Water Station 3 in the Northwest Neighborhood to service this morning. Outages also briefly shut down two booster pump stations Tuesday, one on West 45th Street in the Northwest area and the other on Northeast 49th Street near Leverich Park. Water Station 4 at Blandford took a harder hit, and was out of service until crews could restore it mid-morning today. At the Ellsworth Springs Water Station, power outages took down the treatment facilities, all booster pumps and well pumps on Tuesday. Crews had the boosters restored by this morning and the well pumps restored fully by about noon. Water storage facilities and the City's connected water systems prevented any impacts to service to Vancouver's more than 69,000 water customer connections.

Five sanitary sewer lift stations also lost power Tuesday, and crews brought in back-up generators to restore their functions until power returned.

Continued high winds today resulted in more citizens' calls about downed trees or limbs in public rights of way throughout Vancouver. To report a service request such as tree down in public rights of way, localized street flooding or street light outage within the City of Vancouver, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 360-693-9302 for after-hours emergencies. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1. Remember that downed power lines are dangerous. To report a downed power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000 immediately.

The Urban Forestry webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry offers tips and resources to help Vancouver residents manage trees before and after a storm event. The site also provides a list of certified arborists who can help identify and manage defects and potential hazards, as well as facts about regulations and permit requirements.

For more information and tips on severe weather, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Updates are also available through Vancouver Public Works' social media channels, such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicWorks) and Twitter (@VanPubWorksUS). For more City of Vancouver social media offerings, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.

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Emergency Management to be testing Emergency Notification System
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 11/12/14
Residents in the Lewis River Drainage and areas of Woodland WA will receive a test call from CRESA Emergency Management as part of the Southwest Washington Region IV Emergency Notification System on November 20th between 10:00 AM and 2:00 P.M. The test will call all landlines, registered cellular and VoIP (Voice over Internet Phones) from Merwin Dam to Woodland.

CRESA Emergency Management in partnership with Skamania, Wahkiakum and Cowlitz Counties have been working with Hyper-Reach, the emergency notification system provider, to ensure residents are provided warning and could be notified in the case of an emergency.

The Regional Emergency Notification System allows Emergency Management to send a targeted message to a geographic location in times of emergency. These alerts can be used for anything from Missing Persons, Criminal Threats, and Evacuation notices. Traditional land-line phone numbers are automatically included in the system. Mobile numbers, e-mail addresses and VoIP need to be registered to be part of the system.

There is a misconception about what is a "Traditional Land-line." Just because you have a phone that plugs into the wall does not mean you still have a traditional land-line. If you have bundled your phone with your cable television and Internet, you no longer have a traditional landline. To be sure you are in the system, residents are encouraged to visit http://cresa911.org/alerts-by-phone to register their cellular or VoIP phones to receive these notifications. Notifications may also be received via text message, email, and or TDD depending on preferences selected during registration.

By preforming these test drills, the system can be evaluated to ensure the data is correct, identifies any problems which allows them to be corrected prior to an actual emergency.

Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Eric Frank at 360-992-6289 or 360-601-8962


Attached Media Files: Media Release
Winter Weather Alert Means Drivers Must Prepare
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/12/14
Oregon State Police troopers in northern Oregon are asking motorists to remember to slow down and think ahead when driving in winter conditions.

Sergeant Brad Hessel of the McMinnville Area Command wants to remind drivers that a winter storm watch is in effect and winter driving conditions in northern Oregon demand drivers slow down, reduce distractions and arrive safely. "Typically what we see are folks who haven't left early enough to allow extra time," Sgt. Hessel said; "consequently, they are driving too fast for conditions and off the road they go." Sgt. Hessel reminds all drivers to allow extra travel time during winter conditions and to remember that slippery conditions cause stopping distances to increase.

Everyday tips for Safe Driving from Oregon State Police and ODOT include:
* Adjust your driving for the conditions if there is ice of snow on the road.
* Be ready to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking ahead.
* Look for signs indicating when chains or traction tires are required, and chain up early when you are required to do so.
*If you lose traction, slow down gradually - don't slam on your brakes.
*Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways; ice forms first on these surfaces.
* Don't use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.

Always - know before you go. Check current road conditions on ODOT's web site www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Contributing: Sgt. Brad Hessel
McMinnville Area Command
Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet November 18 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/12/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
November 12, 2018

Contact: Tony Andersen
503-945-7427
tony.andersen@oregon.gov


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet November 18 in Salem to work on implementing actions in the subcommittee's federal forests work plan. The Federal Forests Subcommittee Work Plan was recently approved by the full Board on July 25, 2014.

The meeting will be held from 1:30- 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Gov. John Kitzhaber and other public policy leaders.

About the board
The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Media Advisory: PCC to host ring, banner ceremony for title-winning basketball team
PCC - 11/12/14
NORTH PORTLAND, Ore. - Last season, the Portland Community College men's basketball team (the Panthers) won its first-ever Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) championship. Now it's time to honor the team.

PCC is hosting a ring and banner-raising ceremony just before its home scrimmage versus Centralia Community College at the Cascade Campus gymnasium, 705 N. Killingsworth St. The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. with tip-off at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17.

Players and coaches will be presented NWAACC championship rings and a special title banner will be raised to the gym's rafters. On hand to celebrate this achievement with the players and coaching staff will be NWAACC Executive Commissioner Marco Azurdia, PCC President Jeremy Brown and Cascade Campus President Karin Edwards. The NWACC is the Northwest's athletic conference for community colleges and PCC has never won a title in the conference until last season.

The journey to the championship was a special one. The team won just one game between 2010-12 until the college hired Tony Broadous as head coach. Last year, the Panthers went 23-9 and 10-4 in their league before storming through the league tournament playoffs to capture the NWAACC title.

For more about this turnaround: http://news.pcc.edu/2014/03/tonys-turnaround/

And for a complete schedule of the 2014-2015 season: http://www.pcc.edu/about/athletics/documents/schedule-14-15.pdf


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five 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/
Make Up Board Meeting Scheduled
Jefferson Sch. Dist. - 11/12/14
Due to the absence of a quorum at their regularly scheduled meeting, Jefferson School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting Monday, November 17, 6:30 PM in the District Board Room. The meeting agenda is posted under "SCHOOL BOARD & DISTRICT" at www.jefferson14j.com. Audience time will be provided for those who sign in and request to address the Board. No executive session is planned at this time.


Attached Media Files: 11/17 Board Meeting Agenda
*** Update *** Sauvie Island Death Investigation (#2)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/12/14
Oregon State Police detectives are continuing the death investigation of a man reported missing from the Portland Area found on Sauvie Island.

On November 11, at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP detectives were called to Willow Bark State Park on Sauvie Island in Columbia County to investigate a report of a deceased, white, male adult found there.

Detectives have identified the man as a missing person out of the Portland area. Preliminary information indicates the circumstances of the death are not suspicious; however, the man's name is being withheld pending next of kin notification and the completion of an autopsy. Portland Police Bureau detectives are following up on the missing person report and available details are limited.

Anyone with information on this event may contact Detective Sergeant Patti Rhodes at (503) 731-3030.

### Oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 75-Year-Old Woman
Portland Police Bureau - 11/12/14
75-year-old Margaret Richardson has been found safe and is no longer considered a missing person.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate missing 75-year-old Margaret Richardson.

Margaret left her Sunnyside Neighborhood residence this morning at approximately 11:30 a.m. and was last spotted at approximately 2:00 p.m. walking near Southeast 33rd Avenue and Belmont Street.

Margaret has severe dementia and gets easily confused and disoriented. Margaret is not familiar with the neighborhood and is not dressed for the bitterly cold weather.

Margaret is described as a white female, 5'5" tall, 140 pounds, brown and gray hair, blue eyes, and glasses. Margaret was last seen wearing black pants, black loafers, a black sweater with a white geometric design. Margaret does not have a purse or money but should be wearing an ID bracelet.

Anyone seeing Margaret is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797.

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Port begins final phase of West Vancouver Freight Access rail projects
Port of Vancouver - 11/12/14
VANCOUVER, Wash.--The final elements in a decade-long, $275 million effort to improve rail movement at the Port of Vancouver USA are moving toward construction.

The port's Board of Commissioners in October authorized a $1.6 million construction contract with Railworks Track Systems of Chehalis, Washington. The contract ties together several parts of the port's West Vancouver Freight Access Project (WVFA) and is the last piece necessary to make the port's new rail entrance fully operational. It includes:

* Realigning a 500-foot-long section of track between Esther and Grant streets.
* Constructing a double track from Esther Street to the port's new rail entrance (also known as "the trench").
* Installing the port's new main track between companies Albina Fuel and Lafarge at the eastern end of the trench.

"This may be a relatively small contract, but it's the cap on a very large effort with national importance as far as railways are concerned," said port commissioner Brian Wolfe. "We're very close to completion of a project that will reduce rail congestion by 40 percent and help ensure our region's businesses can compete in the global market."

Project background
The WVFA began in the early 2000s as a $57 million project to address rail congestion by creating a new rail entrance for the Port of Vancouver. As the port improved its rail system, port tenants began investing in their facilities to take advantage of added capacity. Since its inception, 20 projects have been added to the original WVFA, taking the overall improvements to an estimated $275 million with a completion date of 2017.

Thanks to careful planning and competitive bids during the recent recession, the port now expects to deliver this critical infrastructure as early as 2015 and several million dollars under the estimated cost.

"It took a lot of hard work to deliver this project efficiently, and I'm very proud," said port CEO Todd Coleman. "A decade ago, pinch points were squeezing our customers and they struggled to keep their cargoes moving, keep their businesses competitive. Now we have more than triple the rail capacity, giving our tenants and customers room to grow."

The port expects to start work on this phase of construction in December 2014. The entire WVFA is anticipated to be complete well ahead of the 2017 deadline.

WVFA spurs private investment
Port tenants and neighbors, including United Grain Corp., Great Western Malting and Farwest Steel, have already invested more than $200 million in private funds to upgrade facilities and equipment and take advantage of increased capacity.

The port's expanding rail facilities are also attracting the promise of new private investments. Mega projects and new commodities are betting on the Port of Vancouver's superb access to river, road and rail, as well as its prime location on the very active trade route between the Midcontinent and the Pacific Rim.

"We expect to see more than $500 million in private investments resulting from the WVFA over the next five years," said Coleman, "so we aren't done improving rail infrastructure at the Port of Vancouver. We'll continue building and improving to support our current tenants' needs as they grow and find capacity for those who want to bring their business to Vancouver."

Funding
WVFA was funded as dollars became available from a number of sources, including state and federal grants, tenant investments and funds from BNSF Railway.

The project's benefits stretch far beyond the Port of Vancouver's boundaries, which helped the port compete for and earn highly competitive grants, including:

* $15 million federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program
* $10 million federal Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery
* $13 million state Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

This influx of federal and state dollars reflects WVFA's ability to improve efficiency for national freight and passenger rail, and the project's ability to create jobs and generate revenue for local communities.

By the time it's complete, the WVFA will create an estimated 4,000 construction jobs and between 1,000 and 2,000 permanent new jobs.

- 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: 2014-11/1489/79551/111214_WVFA_final_contract.pdf
Salem City Club Presents: Climate Change and National Security: People not Polar Bears (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 11/12/14
Dr. David W. Titley
Dr. David W. Titley
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On Friday, November 21, Salem City Club welcomes Dr. David Titley an internationally recognized authority on climate change. Dr. Titley will provide an overview on this issue and how it threatens our national security. A recent Department of Defense report concluded that "Climate change will affect the DOD's ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security." (2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap).

Per Dr. Titley, climate change is about people, about water, and about change itself. Understanding the rate of climate change, relative to the abilities of both humans and ecosystems to adapt, is critical. Dr. Titley will briefly describe the multiple, independent lines of evidence that the climate is changing, and that the primary cause of this is a change in atmospheric composition caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

His presentation will highlight: *The history of climate change as seen within the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Navy and how this challenge is being addressed.
*The greatest challenges to national security that arise from climate change and, in particular, from the associated changes in the Arctic.
*An assessment of future challenges and opportunities regarding climate change, and why we know enough to take significant action now, even if we don't know every detail about the future.
In addition, Dr. Titley will address how to effectively talk about climate change through the use of analogies, plain, non-jargon English, and even a little humor.

Dr. Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. He served as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and as Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. He also initiated and led the US Navy's Task Force on Climate Change.

After retirement, he served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer, at NOAA.

Dr. Titley earned a Master of Science in meteorology and physical oceanography, and a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He has been a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society since 2009 and currently co-chairs the National Research Committee's Decadal Survey on Ocean Sciences study. He is a member of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and of the Advisory Boards of the Center for Climate and Security and of Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory.

As is our tradition we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill. For lunch reservations please visit our web site at www.salemcityclub.com and register on line. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 AM.


Attached Media Files: Dr. David W. Titley
Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Involved Children's Waiver (0565)
OR Department of Human Services - 11/12/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of the Medically Involved Children's Waiver (0565).

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The following is a summary of substantive changes to being proposed for the three Children's Model Waivers-
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Specialized Medical Supplies, Individual Directed Goods and Services and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Translation, Counseling as a component of Family Training
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

The proposed waiver application can be reviewed here:
http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than December 15, 2014.
Free Boating Certification Course (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/12/14
Boater Education Card
Boater Education Card
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The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be hosting another free Adventures in Boating certification course Dec 13th, 2014 from 8am-4:00pm. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. Classes will be held at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 360-577-3092 or by email spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us Registration deadline is Dec 10th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, click on www.boatered.org.


Attached Media Files: Boater Education Card
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/12/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County and Kuni Collision Center will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Kuni Collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents find this overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.
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Basic Corrections Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/12/14
Basic Corrections Local #BCL016 Graduation

Date: November 14, 2014

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Reception following ceremony

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Members of Graduating Class

Deputy Roland Anaya
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Yvonne Arroyo
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Blair Barkhurst
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zachary Bartel
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ashley Beebe
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Cody Billman
Union County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Bond
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Nicole Buscher
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Timothy Conger
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jon Dragoon
Warm Springs Police Department

Deputy Kelly Dwight
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Colby Finnerty
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Gray
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Haylee Harding
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Brandon Hardt
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Michael Hart
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Jason Helbig
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Kathleen Herboth
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zachary Keirsey
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zackery Kelsey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ashton Kent
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Matthew Leininger
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Marshall Looney
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy William McClure
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Stephen Naber
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Casey Nelson
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sumeet Patil
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Larissa Pierce
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Brian Popp
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Marissa Rankin
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Benjamin Sanchez
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Matthew Savage
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Barrinder Singh
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy John Slyter
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Katherine Spalinger
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Stark
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Daniel Thompson
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Nicholas Tyree
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Taylor Vian
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. DPSST, recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Columbia County Marine Deputy and OSP Trooper Honored with Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/12/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Trooper Heather VanMeter, Deputy Dustin King, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Trooper Heather VanMeter, Deputy Dustin King, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
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Columbia County Deputy Dustin King and Oregon State Police Trooper Heather VanMeter were both recognized for their significant contributions during the Marine Board's post season law enforcement conference during the week of October 27, in Bend.

Deputy Dustin King from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, was honored for his efforts to coordinate this year's "Operation Make Way" on the Columbia River. Deputy King's efforts resulted in hundreds of boater contacts and numerous citations and warnings, educating boaters about not anchoring in the navigation channel when large commercial vessels are transiting through. His actions likely saved lives and will reduce the risk of a maritime disaster in the Columbia River.

Trooper Heather VanMeter from the Oregon State Police, stationed in Newport (Lincoln County), was honored for her efforts in helping refine elements of the Marine Board's Outfitter & Guide program. Her tenacious attention to detail helped staff resolve rule inconsistencies for fishing guides and charter boats operating in Oregon. Many of the new clarifying rule changes that went into effect in January 2014 are due to her outstanding work.

The Oregon State Marine Board's Law Enforcement Advisory Group, comprised of marine law enforcement, agency staff and Board members recommended the, "Most Significant Contribution Award," to a law enforcement individual for their contributions to a major project or issue of importance to Marine Board staff. The group itself was gridlocked on two individuals, so they called a tie.

The Oregon State Marine Board contracts with 32 counties and the Oregon State Police for on-the-water marine patrol services and provides equipment, training, and patrol boats to contracted agencies to enforce the boating laws and help provide safety for Oregon's boaters.

For more information about the Marine Board's Law Enforcement Program, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Trooper Heather VanMeter, Deputy Dustin King, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
Marine Board Honors Washington County Deputy with Officer of the Year Award (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/12/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Deputy Jerry Roley (Center) and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Deputy Jerry Roley (Center) and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
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Washington County Marine Patrol Deputy Jerry Roley was recognized for his outstanding efforts as the Marine Board's 2014 "Officer of the Year" during the agency's post-season law enforcement conference held on October 28, in Bend.

Deputy Roley has been a seasonal marine deputy for Washington County for eight years. His passion and leadership have been instrumental in the successes of the county's Marine Law Enforcement Program. During 2014, Deputy Roley showed his multi-faceted skills by filling the role of program supervisor while continuing a jam-packed seasonal patrol schedule on Hagg Lake. Roley also conducted classroom boater education classes, coordinated a vessel maintenance program, facilitated the county's boater compliance program and worked with the Washington County Parks Director to assess the future needs and expectations of the boating public on Hagg Lake.

Additionally, Roley served as a lead instructor for the Marine Board's Law Enforcement Academy in Oregon City, Drift School in White City, and Jet School in Gold Beach. Roley is excellent at fostering relationships with neighboring counties to improve inter-agency enforcement activities and investigations, and participated in joint training and regional patrol effort such as Operation Dry Water and Make Way Campaigns. In concert with his ability to foster relationships, Roley also participates in a county initiative to improve access, safety and use of the Tualatin River for canoers, kayakers and other boaters..

Roley's can-do attitude, willingness to help other agencies, and his ability to inspire others helped him rise to the top in the eyes of the Oregon State Marine Board's Law Enforcement Advisory Group who selected him as the 2014 Officer of the Year.

The Oregon State Marine Board contracts with 32 counties and the Oregon State Police for on-the-water marine patrol services and provides equipment, training, and patrol boats to contracted agencies to enforce the boating laws and help provide safety for Oregon's boaters.

For more information about the Marine Board's Law Enforcement Program, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Deputy Jerry Roley (Center) and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
Propane canister exploded near Community Corrections Facility in McMinnville (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 11/12/14
Explosion location
Explosion location
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At about 0430 on November 12th, 2014, someone placed a propane canister along an exterior wall of Community Corrections near 7th and Ford Streets. The canister was exploded and caused minor property damage to equipment near the building. No one was injured by the explosion and the building is undamaged and open for business.

McMinnville Police Officers are investigating the incident and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307.


Attached Media Files: Explosion location
*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash Highway 99W at MP 59 - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/12/14
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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday morning's head-on crash on Highway 99W in Polk County near Orrs Corner Road.
On Monday, November 10, 2014, at approximately 7:40 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle, head-on crash near milepost 59 on Highway 99W in Polk County, near Orrs Corner Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates AGUILAR D. DOMINGUEZ, 18, of Cornelius, was operating a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon southbound on HWY 99 in heavy fog when he attempted to pass in the oncoming lane. He collided head-on with a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by EMILY R. BEATLEY, 36, of Monmouth, that was northbound. DOMINGUEZ had minimal injuries and was transported from the scene via private vehicle. BEATLEY, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash, was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital; the unborn fetus did not survive the crash.

The crash blocked one lane of traffic for about one hour during the investigation. No citations have been issued to date and the crash is still under investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Fire District #1, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Polk County District Attorney's Office.


### www.oregon.gov/OS
Twitter: @ORStatePolice ###


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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 13-Year-Old Boy
Portland Police Bureau - 11/12/14
13-year-old Justus Allen Cochran was found safe and is no longer missing.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 13-year-old Justus Allen Cochran, missing since Monday November 10, 2014.

Justus ran away from his school just before noon on Monday in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood and family is concerned that he may be suffering from a mental health crisis.

Justus is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, 100 pounds, last seen wearing blue jeans, a light blue dress shirt, a white baseball cap, and white shoes.

Justus is familiar with TriMet and lives in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood.

Anyone seeing Justus is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081.

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Calea Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Corvallis Police - 11/12/14
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive December 1, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Corvallis Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Jon Sassaman announced today.

Verification by the team that the Corvallis Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Sassaman said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The session will be conducted in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they are encouraged to do so by calling (541) 766-6109 on December 2, 2014 between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Corvallis Police Department. Local contact is Lieutenant Jim Zessin at (541) 766-6735.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Corvallis Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Corvallis Police Department has to comply with 483 standards in order to retain accredited status, Chief Sassaman said. By maintaining our accredited status, the Corvallis Police Department continues its commitment to providing the citizens of Corvallis with highly professional law enforcement personnel dedicated to maintaining service excellence.

The Accreditation Manager for the Corvallis Police Department is Lieutenant Jim Zessin. He said the assessment team is comprised of law enforcement professionals from CALEA accredited agencies. The assessors are Deputy Chief Cynthia Aaron, Burleson Police Department, Burleson, Texas, and Deputy Chief Jacqueline Daumont, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency maintains accreditation status, Lieutenant Zessin stated.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The Corvallis Police Department first became nationally accredited in 1995, and then re-accredited in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. It is currently one of only three law enforcement agencies in Oregon currently accredited by CALEA.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.
Reward raised to $35,000 in 1991 cold case involving missing Boring woman; father willing to speak to media (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/12/14
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Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 91-18141

The father of a woman who disappeared in 1991 is raising the reward to $35,000 for information leading to an arrest in this 1991 cold case. The father is also willing to speak to the media.

On January 16, 1991, Jennifer Lynn Delap, then 39 years old, was reported missing from her home in Boring, Oregon. Her body has never been found. Authorities believe she was murdered.

Jennifer Lynn Delap was born on Nov. 23, 1951, and had gone by the names Jennifer Storgard and Jennifer Walling in the past before her disappearance.

Jennifer Delap's father James Walling has raised the reward to $35,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Photos of Delap and a new bulletin are attached to this release. Her case is also listed on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cold Case webpage at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/coldcases.html

Mr. Walling is also willing to speak to the media. Interested media outlets can contact our PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for Mr. Walling's contact info.

To report any information, contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 91-18141


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"The Promise of Oregon" schools campaign debuts Friday
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/12/14
A public education support campaign celebrating the achievements and aspirations of Oregon students will debut Friday, Nov. 14, with a new website, videos, photographs, social media channels and more.

The campaign, called "The Promise of Oregon," is based on two defining principles: Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. Accordingly, we as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

The new website can be found at www.promiseoregon.org. An abbreviated version of the website, with a short video, is live now, with the full website going live on Nov. 14.

Already, 20 local boards have passed resolutions supporting the campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates. As the campaign moves into the 2015 legislative session, it will advocate for funding levels necessary for all of Oregon's students to compete in the 21st century world economy.

"This is the beginning of a movement that will restore the energy and investment needed to ensure that this generation will reach its maximum potential," said Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Hug Point Complex fires - update Nov. 12, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/12/14
Early Tuesday afternoon a fire was reported east of Highway 101 between Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, Oregon, on lands owned by Stimson Lumber Company. Overnight extreme east winds in excess of 40 mph with gusts over 70 mph continued to fan the fire consuming slash piles in four post-harvest units.

Stimson Lumber Company and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel were on scene monitoring fire activity throughout the night. Today more firefighting resources will arrive from ODF Tillamook and Forest Grove district offices.

The focus for today will be to minimize fire growth by holding the fire inside the unit boundaries and start fire suppression and mop-up efforts.

Incident Commander Neal Bond said, "Once the east winds die down this afternoon, we should be able to make quick progress in mop-up."

At this time no evacuations are in place.

Residents and motorists can expect smoky conditions in the Arcadia Beach State Park (Hwy 101 MP 33 area) today as east winds persist.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: unknown
Cause: under investigation
Location: Hug Point area, east of Hwy 101 between MP 34-35.
Evacuations: NONE
Containment: 0%
Expected Containment:
Unknown

Crews and Equipment: Dozers/Excavator: 3
Crews: 5
Helicopters: 0
Engines: 5
Tenders: 2

Total personnel: 70
Closures: none

Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov
**Updated with Pictures**PF&R Responds When Two Separate Houses Catch Fire Within Minutes. (2234 SE 30th) (6333 NE Hassalo) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/12/14
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This morning at 2:48 AM Portland Firefighters were called to 2234 SE 30th Ave. When they arrived fire crews found fire in the basement of a house. Firefighters began attacking the fire and working to ensure that the occupants were out. Basement fires can be difficult to fight because firefighters often have to access the fire through stairwells that can funnel escaping heat and smoke. Firefighters were also hindered by excessively cluttered conditions.

The homes occupants were located outside and no injuries were associated with this fire. The fire was knocked down and firefighters remained on scene to investigate and to search for any any additional hot spots.

Firefighters were sent to the second fire at 2:56 AM. Firefighters responded to 6333 NE Hassalo and found the front of a house engulfed in flames. A power line was also exposed to the fire and was in danger of falling. Firefighters knocked down the fire in front and made access to the interior.

Once inside fire crews searched for occupants and began fighting fire that was still actively burning in the attic. The homes occupant was found safe outside and no injuries were associated with this fire. Heavy winds were a factor for crews fighting this fire. The fire was knocked down and fire crews remained on scene to investigate and to search for hidden fire.

Investigators will be working both fires. Cause and damage estimates aren't available for either fire. The Red Cross will be assisting fire victims with food, shelter and clothing.

Follow the link below for cold weather fire safety tips from Portland Fire & Rescue.

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/221646


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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue escorts lost hikers off Oneonta Trail
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
This evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead after three hikers called in and said they were not positive where they were on the trail and needed assistance to get down. The three hikers Angela Mendoza, Age 25; Juan Mendoza, Age 25 and Martha Rodriguez, Age 45, all of Vancouver, WA had headed out earlier in the day on a planned day hike from the Horsetail Falls Trailhead. After hiking around the trails, they thought they were on the "Rock of Ages" loop and had come across a washout on the trail and stopped. They backtracked down the trail a little ways but stopped and called as it had gotten dark and they weren't sure which way to go to return down the trail. The hikers were all in good spirits and had cold weather gear on and food and water with them. Deputies contacted the MCSO SAR Coordinator after talking with the hikers and telling them to remain where they were at on the trail. Deputies were able to obtain a good location ping from one of the hiker's cell phones and MCSO SAR units were activated to respond and assist the hikers back down the trail.

MCSO SAR members were deployed onto the trail at approximately 9:30 p.m. and located the hikers on the Oneonta Trail near Triple Falls where the initial cell phone ping had placed them at approximately 10:30 p.m. and escorted the hikers back down to the Trailhead. All three hikers were in good spirits, just a little cold and happy to be off the trail. They had not planned on being out after dark, but had dressed for the cold weather and had some emergency supplies with them.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research your route before you go. Make sure to plan your route and allow enough time if you are heading out on a day hike to ensure you are off the trail prior to sunset. Hike with a friend or a group and let someone know your route and when you are planning to return. Ensure you have the equipment you need with you when you embark on a hike including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, firestarter, extra clothing, a knife, first aid kit, GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do get lost and call for help, stay where you are at. Remaining in one place and staying on the trail will assist searchers as they work to locate where you are at and help bring you down from the trail.
Legacy Health provided free vaccinations to 1,689 people today
Legacy Health - 11/11/14
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Legacy Health provided free flu and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccinations to 1,689 people across all five hospital campuses.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
349 people

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
265 people

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
371 people

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
288 people

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
416 people

The clinics were sponsored in part by Legacy Health Foundations and in partnership with Immunize Oregon.
Red Cross volunteers assist with single-family house fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/11/14
Disaster action team volunteers of the American Red Cross responded to a disaster at 17:30 on Tuesday in the 5000 block of Latour Lane in Eugene, Ore. The single-family house fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on State Route 3 in Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a single vehicle crash down a steep embankment off State Route 3 north in Wallowa County.

At approximately 3:54 p.m. on Nov. 10, OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on State Route 3 near milepost .7. Preliminary investigation indicates that, at approximately 3:30 p.m., SONJA LOUISE JOHNSON, 23, of Asotin, Wash., was traveling northbound when her vehicle, a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, crossed the southbound lane and continued off the shoulder and down into the canyon. The vehicle rolled approximately 500 feet before coming to rest near the bottom. First-responders on-scene discovered Ms. Johnson deceased in the vehicle. She was wearing her safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Wallowa County Search and Rescue, Enterprise Fire Department and Joseph Fire Department. Next of kin notification was made by Asotin County Sheriff's Office in Washington. Senior Trooper Jed Stone is the lead investigator in this crash.


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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Sergeant Kyle Hove
LaGrande Area Command
Oregon State Police
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PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard celebrates Veterans Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/11/14
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141111-Z-PL993-045: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard, speaks to an audience of more than 100 fellow Veterans from all eras, family members and guests at an event hosted by the Beaverton American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton, Ore., Nov. 11. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, perform a Howitzer Salute during the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at Timber Linn Memorial Park, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A member of the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team, wearing a chemical protective suit, greets children along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, and their sleeping passenger, cruise along the parade route in a tactical vehicle during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, shakes hands to thank World War II Veterans during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The WWII Veterans were grand marshals of the parade this year to honor their service as the "Greatest Generation." (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
The vehicle in question has been recovered. A K9 track was attempted, but the suspect was not found.
Falling Tree Strikes Bicycle Rider & Vehicle in Downtown Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/11/14
On Tuesday November 11, 2014, at 4:12 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway and Morrison Street on the report that a large tree fell onto the roadway and struck a passing cyclist and landed on an occupied vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the bicycle rider who was suffering from traumatic but not life-threatening injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. Occupants of the vehicle were not injured by the falling tree.

Presently, both northbound lanes of Naito Parkway are blocked and only one southbound lane is open. No time estimate is available to have the road re-opened due to several reports of trees down in Portland.

Drivers should use alternate routes, such as Southwest 2nd Avenue for northbound and Southwest 3rd Avenue for southbound.

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UPDATE #2 - NAME RELEASE: Update on Homicide Investigation and SERT Activation
Portland Police Bureau - 11/11/14
Today the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on both Nicolette Elias and Ian Elias.

Nicolette Elias suffered multiple gunshot wounds as well as two wounds from arrows.

Ian Elias died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Homicide detectives are continuing the investigation but do not believe there are any outstanding suspects or risk to the community.

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Homicide detectives have been able to confirm the identities and notify family of both people involved in today's homicide and suicide.

46-year-old Nicolette Naomi Elias was the woman killed on Southwest Brugger Street.

47-year-old Ian Martin Elias was the man who took his own life on Northeast 25th Avenue.

Both of their families are asking for privacy during this very difficult time.

No additional updates on this case are expected today.

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At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) located two missing girls at a home in the 6700 block of Northeast 25th Avenue. The girls and an adult female were found safe inside the home after a 47-year-old man took his own life in the backyard of the home. The deceased male is believed to be the father of the 8 and 9-year-old girls who were taken from a home in Southwest Portland early this morning.

This investigation began at 7:20 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to a home in the 4100 block of Southwest Brugger Street after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots and seeing an unknown person leaving the home with two small children.

Officers entered the home and confirmed the woman was deceased and that there were no other victims inside the residence. The victim has tentatively been identified as a 46-year-old female resident of the home and the former wife of the man who killed himself in Northeast Portland.

Witness information and investigative leads led officers to check the address on Northeast 25th Avenue for the children and their father. Due to the nature of the investigation and the concern for further violence, SERT was activated along with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) to respond to Northeast 25th Avenue. While SERT was at the scene, the man exited the rear of the home and shot himself in what appears to be an intentional act.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division remain at both locations as they continue to investigate the circumstances of today's homicide and suicide. Detectives are working with the Oregon Department of Human Services to place the girls into a safe and secure home as the investigation continues to develop.

Investigators and the Medical Examiner are working to obtain positive identifications and to notify family members. Once that has been accomplished, the Bureau will officially release the names of the adults involved in these incidents.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

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Vancouver Public Works responding to downed trees, signal outages throughout the city
City of Vancouver - 11/11/14
Vancouver Public Works is responding to reports of downed trees and or limbs in the street or blocking public rights of way throughout the city, and the calls keep coming.

With high gusts causing outages and downed trees, Vancouver Public Works' Operations Center has crews from Streets and Signals out on this Veterans Day, responding to calls as quickly as possible.

Two Streets Operations crews are at work, with one full crew on the east side and one on the west side of Vancouver. At 2 p.m., these Street crews were working through a list of 30 reports of fallen trees and limbs in streets and other public rights of way.

Major streets affected included Northeast Chkalov Drive, just north of Mill Plain Boulevard, and Northeast St. James near Northeast 49th Street. In addition, Lieser Road's northbound lanes are currently blocked north of St. Helens Avenue due to a downed tree and power lines. Lieser's southbound lanes remain open as of about 3 p.m.

Operations Signal crew also were responding to calls as a result of high winds whipping through the community and causing power outages. Once power is restored, signalized intersections return to a four-way flashing red for traffic safety. Crews then respond to each signalized intersection to restore the regular signal functions.

Approximately 30 traffic signals have been turned back on after power failures and surges today. Many more are still dark or in flash mode as of about 2:30 p.m., and multiple crews are responding as quickly as they can.

With the high winds forecast to continue through the night into Wednesday, the public is encouraged to be alert to potential debris in the roadway and be prepared for four-way stops where signals are not functioning due to power outages.

To report a service request such as tree down in public rights of way, localized street flooding or street light outage within the City of Vancouver, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 360-693-9302 for after-hours emergencies. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1. Remember that downed power lines are dangerous. To report a downed power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000 immediately.

The Urban Forestry webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry offers tips and resources to help Vancouver residents manage trees before and after a storm event. The site also provides a list of certified arborists who can help identify and manage defects and potential hazards, as well as facts about regulations and permit requirements.
Investigative update regarding October 31 officer involved shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On October 31, 2014 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Clark County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the area of NE 63rd Avenue / NE Andresen Rd. John Kendall was identified as the suspect in a shooting involving Abigail Mounce and law enforcement were notified that he had fled the area in a vehicle. The SW Regional SWAT team was called in to assist in the search. Responding law enforcement personnel were aware that Kendall, a 59 year old Caucasian, was wanted in conjunction with the October 31 attack on Abigail Mounce and knew Kendall to be armed with a rifle.

Kendall and his vehicle were eventually located in a wooded area in the 700 block of NE Blandford Dr. Information regarding the location of Kendall's vehicle was broadcast to responding law enforcement personnel. Law enforcement also confirmed that Kendall was in the area by pinging his cell phone and tracing it to the same area.

Arriving on scene however, and from a considerable distance, responding law enforcement personnel encountered not Kendall, but a citizen (who, like Kendall, was Caucasian and in his mid-50's) parked nearby. Law enforcement personnel watched as the citizen (believed to be Kendall) exited his vehicle and circled behind his trunk. Fearing that he armed himself, law enforcement fired multiple shots at the individual in order to stop the perceived threat before the citizen could enter the woods. One round hit the citizen in the leg. After being shot, the citizen took cover behind a gravel pile and fired a single shot. The direction of this shot is unknown but it did not strike anyone. The citizen made a 911 call to report he had been shot. He was contacted by a responding officer shortly thereafter, and it was confirmed that he was not Kendall. Officers on scene provided him first aid and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was released from the hospital within one day of his admission.

The investigation has since revealed that at 9:35 a.m., the citizen had contacted authorities to report a suspicious vehicle. The suspicious vehicle was parked on the edge of a wooded area off of Blandford Dr. next to a gravel turn-out. That vehicle was determined to belong to Kendall, the suspect in the earlier shooting. Unbeknownst to responding law enforcement personnel, the reporting citizen parked his vehicle in the gravel turn-out nearby Kendall's vehicle and remained on scene after hanging up. Due to the wooded and rocky terrain, Kendall (who was possibly already deceased) and his vehicle were obscured from the view of law enforcement at the time they encountered the citizen.

The citizen has requested that his identity not be released in the interests of privacy and the City is honoring that request to the extent it can. To date, the investigation has revealed no information indicating a connection between the citizen and Kendall other than their proximity to one another. John Kendall's body was located a short distance away from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is continuing by the Regional Major Crimes Team and no additional information is available for release at this time.



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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
On Tuesday November 10, 2014 at approximately 1:35 p.m. U.S. Guard contacted MCSO River Patrol after a tugboat operator spotted a body floating in the Willamette River north of the Fremont Bridge and contacted them via marine radio. U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area and located the body on the east side of the Willamette River channel near Terminal 2. A Portland Fire Bureau boat already in the area transported the body to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave.

MCSO detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner have responded. 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.
Be prepared: Winds may trigger power outages
Pacific Power - 11/11/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 11, 2014

Be prepared: Winds may trigger power outages
Avoid downed lines, charge mobile devices, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

PORTLAND, Ore. - With cold windy weather blowing into parts of the Northwest, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"We work hard to avoid outages, but when bad weather strikes -- outages happen, and we work just as hard to get your power back on quickly and safely," said Doug Butler, vice president, operations. "Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared, and we're ready to assist customers should major outages occur. Just as our crews are prepared to respond, we ask our customers to be prepared as well so we can work together to keep safety the No. 1 priority."

Every home should have an emergency kit that includes the following:

* Flashlight
* Battery-operated radio and clock
* Extra batteries
* Non-perishable foods
* Manual can opener
* Bottled water
* Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, the customer should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

* Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.
* Call and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source.
* Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
* Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.
* Generators should be outside or in a well ventilated unoccupied space.
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous back feed hazard for line crews.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for being patient during power outages, confident that crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

This season, customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers will be posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available. Go to: pacificpower.net/outage
and then select the state where the outage is located.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
The man killed in last nights crash, at Silverton Rd NE & 48th Ave NE, has been identified as 57 year old Earl Barnes of Salem.

Barnes was crossing Silverton Road from the north to the south, after leaving the plaid pantry when he was hit by a vehicle driving east on Silverton Road in the number two lane. The vehicle struck Barnes with the passenger side of their vehicle. Speed does not appear to be a factor in this case. As mentioned last night, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and fully cooperated with the investigation.

We encourage all motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant of each other. As a reminder, please be aware of the following pedestrian safety tips:

Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks.

Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.

Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections when a vehicle wants to turn.

Make sure you are seen:

1. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
2. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night.
3. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
4. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.
5. Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what's going on around you and don't allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats, or items that you are carrying.
6. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the "WALK/DON'T WALK" lights (they're set up to help you cross safely). Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections.
7. Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.
8. Avoid alcohol and drugs as they can impair your ability to walk safely.
9. When crossing, use all of your senses and don't use your cell phone for calls and texting.
10. Use particular caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Driver's may not expect you to be there or see you.
City of Portland Part I Crime Stats through October 25 - Car Prowls Up 20% (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/11/14
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City of Portland Part I Crime Stats through October 25, 2014, indicate that Part I crimes are up 2% over the same time period in 2013.

Of particular interest is the rise in larceny from autos (car prowls), which are up 20% citywide.

The attached document is Part I Crimes only, as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Part I crimes include: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Auto Theft, and Arson.

Neighborhood crime statistics are regularly available by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com and using the CrimeStats tool.

The Portland Police Bureau wants to remind community members to never leave valuables in their car to attract opportunistic thieves. This includes bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.

If you must store anything in your vehicle, keep it out of sight and secure. When possible, park in busy, well-lit areas and keep the interior of the vehicle "showroom" clean.

Also, if you are the victim of a car prowl, the Police Bureau encourages victims to file a police report online by visiting http://www.PortlandPolice.com

Additional crime prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page regarding car prowls, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau released a video in 2009 titled "Confessions of a Car Prowler," which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/De5IHBoGz6A

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Local Businesses Organize Community Food, Clothing, Toy & Book Drives to Benefit Share
Share - 11/11/14
Vancouver, WA - Local businesses, including Barnes & Noble, Burgerville, Walmart and the Original Taco House, have partnered with Share to host 'Care for Share' events requesting donations of food, clothing, toys and books from the community to benefit low-income and homeless individuals and families in Clark County.

"The need of individuals and families during the holidays is expected to increase once again this year and we are grateful to all the local businesses and organizations who so generously organize drives each year to benefit our clients," said Diane McWithey, Executive Director of Share. "All donations are truly appreciated and will sincerely brighten the lives of men, women and children in our community."

Below is a list of current 'Care for Share' events:

Barnes & Noble Vancouver hosts a book drive Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 for children (ages 0-18) on behalf of Share. Recommended titles are at the cash registers for purchase, but any appropriate children's book, sale and bargain titles throughout the store are all greatly appreciated. Barnes & Noble membership discounts also honored for book drive titles. Donated books will be delivered from Barnes & Noble to Share and used to establish libraries at our family shelters, plus books will be given to children through our ASPIRE and Backpack programs. Ask any bookseller for more details. If you would like to donate gently-used books, please deliver those to the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Burgerville Toy, Clothing & Food Drive: Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. At participating Burgerville locations (Vancouver stores only), a toy, clothing and food drive will be held to collect gifts for our Holiday Cheer Program and annual Holiday Party. A Giving Tree will also be placed at each location with gift tags listing needed and 'wish list' items for clients. Donated items can be placed in marked barrels at each location. New and gently-used items are welcome.

Walmart in Hazel Dell, 9000 Ne Highway 99, will host a 'Fill the Truck' drive on the weekends of Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14. Donations of toys, food, housewares and clothing will be accepted in the store to benefit Share clients. Walmart will have discounted toys and other items from which to choose.

The Original Taco House in Vancouver, 10820 NE Coxley Dr., will host a Home Goods Drive for families in need Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. Donations that are greatly in need are: Toiletries, Diapers, Bath Towels & Washcloths, Sheets & Bedding, Shoes for Men, Women, & Kids, Socks for Men, Women, & Kids, Jeans for Men & Boys, Hats & Gloves

Throughout the year, local organizations and businesses host community events and donation drives to benefit Share called 'Care for Share' events. View upcoming events at sharevancouver.org.

If you would like more information on organizing a community fundraising event to support Share, please contact Lauren Morrison, Development Coordinator at devcoor@sharevancouver.org or 360-952-8229.

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 1,900+ children at 87 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-meal 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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Cold Blast Cause for Red Cross to Open Emergency Warming Shelter
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/11/14
The Red Cross, in conjunction with the Portland Housing Bureau and 2-1-1 info, tonight will open an emergency warming shelter at Imago Dei Community at 1302 SE Ankeny St. in Portland. The center, which operates from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., provides a warm place for residents to get out of the cold.

Blankets, sleeping mats and warm beverages are provided. The Red Cross warming center is open to all individuals who need a warm, safe place to sleep. It is the only overnight emergency shelter that allows pets.

It takes 30 Red Cross volunteers and staff members to operate a shelter per night. Volunteers are needed for the emergency warming center. To register, contact Amanda Barnes at (503) 217-4023.

"The operation of the warming center is critical to the mission of the Red Cross," says Amy Shlossman, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "For people who sleep outside, these temperatures pose a life-threatening emergency and the Red Cross is there to help."

Last year, the center provided respite for 22 nights, served more than 2,600 people and 130 pets.
Red Cross Supports Home Fire Response in Clackamas County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/11/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross ths morning provided assistance at t house fire in the 800 block of Gloucester St. in Gladstone, OR. This single-family fire affected one adult and one child. Red Cross provided comfort kits, food, clothing, linens and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
First Freeze a Good Reminder to Think About Efficiency at Home
NW Natural - 11/11/14
NW Natural offers five steps to help keep your energy costs down this season


PORTLAND, Ore. - As temperatures dip below freezing for the first time this season, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) reminds customers of ways they can save even more on their home heating bills.

"Our customers already save more than 60 percent on their energy bills by choosing to heat their homes with natural gas instead of using an oil or electric furnace," said Dawn Johnson, NW Natural public information officer. "They can shrink energy costs even further with energy-efficiency improvements."

Here are five steps customers can take towards big savings:

1. Have natural gas appliances and vents inspected by a qualified, licensed contractor annually

2. Clean furnace filters at least four times during the heating season

3. Turn down the thermostat when away from home to trim heating costs 3 percent for every degree drop

4. Seal air leaks and add insulation to save up to 20 percent on heating costs

5. Consider upgrading to high-efficiency windows to reduce heating costs up to 15 percent


For help customizing and managing home energy-saving efforts, customers can log into NW Natural's online Energy Analyzer at https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/SaveEnergyAndMoney/EnergyAnalyzerTool. The tool makes it possible to plan efficiency projects based on how much time and money they want to invest and to track actual savings online. NW Natural also connects customers with programs to offset the cost of energy-saving improvements. For details, visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/SaveEnergyAndMoney.

Smell. Go. Let us know.

Remember, if you smell rotten eggs, it may be a gas leak. Leave the area on foot then call the NW Natural emergency number at 800.882.3377.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
REACH Announces Gift of $100,000 from Rick and Erika Miller
REACH Community Development - 11/11/14
Largest individual gift in history to support affordable housing programs

PORTLAND, OR - November 11, 2014 - Today, REACH CDC announced a gift of $100,000 from Rick and Erika Miller to support their affordable housing and supportive programs. This is the largest individual gift in REACH's history. It will be used to provide emergency rental assistance, enhance summer programs for children, and plan future service options for the growing number of senior citizens living throughout REACH's 1,892 homes located in the Portland metropolitan region.

Erika Miller has been a long-time volunteer and supporter of REACH. Her husband, Rick Miller, is a sixth-generation Oregonian and founder of the Avamere health-care companies and co-founder of equity firm Rogue Venture Partners. Their blended family resides in Lake Oswego Oregon. In 2013, they received the prestigious Simon Benson Award on behalf of Portland State University recognizing their philanthropic work.

"The positive impact of the REACH communities and services are immeasurable, not only for those served by REACH programs, but equally for those who have the opportunity to serve," said Erika. "We are pleased to be a part of the REACH community and to support the mission to provide quality affordable housing and opportunities for individuals, families and communities to thrive."

"We are so grateful to the Miller's for their generous support of REACH," said CEO Dan Valliere. "Their support of our work says volumes about their belief that everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home. Oregon is lucky to count the Miller's among key supporters of affordable housing in our state."

About REACH CDC
For 32 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. In 2013, REACH acquired Affordable Community Environments as a subsidiary corporation. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 1,892 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. 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.
MEDIA ALERT: Chefs Cooking for a Cause in Portland
March of Dimes - 11/11/14
PHOTO OP: Six chefs cooking up culinary delights before your eyes.

**MEDIA**
Members of the media are invited to attend. Chef interviews and photo ops available from 6:00pm -7:00 pm. Live remotes welcome. Arrangements can be made by calling Michele Larsen at 503.724.7442.


--WHAT--
Six acclaimed local chefs will offer their signature dishes to 300 guests, accompanied by an array of unique auction items, including: a beach weekend getaway at Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, Civil War tickets and invitation to the Reser's exclusive tailgating party, seven nights in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with airfare, Montage Laguna Beach getaway with airfare, social hour party with hors d'oeuvre and wine for 20 by No Ka Oi Catering Co. and more. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes to help all babies be born healthy.

--WHEN--
Wednesday, November 12
6:00 PM

--WHERE--
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront.
1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR

--WHO--
The chefs cooking for a cause are: Kevin Kennedy of Swank & Swine and Shayne Unea of Portland Prime, Aaron Bedard of The Stephanie Inn, John Newman of Newmans at 988, Marissa Burback of Porto Terra Tuscan Grill & Bar, and Deb Serkoian of Wilf's.

--WHY--
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year, including 1 in
11 babies in Oregon. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. March of Dimes is there for all babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
11/12-14: Race, beauty topics of free local symposium (Photo)
Lewis & Clark - 11/11/14
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The first fashion director at Vibe, an expert on global skin color politics, and the bloggers behind ThreadBared and Afrobella will be speakers at the upcoming Ray Warren Symposium at Lewis & Clark. The symposium will take place on November 12-14; all events are free and open to the public.

The 11th annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies will explore questions of race, beauty, and desire from a range of angles--the politics of black hair, hierarchies of skin color, cosmetic surgery practices to reduce characteristics associated with racial or ethnic groups, appropriation in the name of fashion, the interplay of racism and fatphobia, and the connections among race, beauty, and disability.

"This year's symposium invites us to consider both how we look at others and how they see us," said Kim Brodkin, assistant professor and symposium coordinator. "How we wear our hair, how we adorn our bodies, how we style ourselves, what we consider to be beautiful or desirable in ourselves and others--these are not only questions of personal taste and self-expression but also issues of power and politics."

Scholars, students, community leaders, activists, and artists will speak to the theme of "How Do I Look?: Race, Beauty, and Desire."

Speakers include:

* Michaela Angela Davis, an image activist recognized for her efforts to expand media narratives about beauty, image, and power. She has served as executive editor for fashion, beauty, and culture at Essence, was the first fashion director at Vibe, and currently serves as editorial brand manager for BET. (11/12, 7 p.m.)

* Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today's leading voices on global skin color politics and colorism. (11/12, 7 p.m.)

* Patrice Grell Yursik, who created the blog Afrobella to fill a void in print and online media in celebrating natural hair and women of all shades. (11/12, 7 p.m.)

* Mimi Thi Nguyen, associate professor at the University of Illinois and blogger at ThreadBared who speaks widely on queer subcultures, punk feminism, and the politics of fashion. (11/13, 7 p.m.)

Additional panels will focus on topics including racism in the Pacific Northwest and American Indian fashion designers. For a complete schedule of events and speakers, visit http://go.lclark.edu/warrensymp.

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Located in Portland, Ore., Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience and international reach, enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 students in graduate professional programs. Our alumni, faculty, and students are recognized as global thinkers and leaders. Our three schools offer undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and graduate professional programs in education, counseling, and law. For more information, visit http://www.lclark.edu.


Attached Media Files: Mimi Thi Nguyen , Patrice Grell Yursik , Dr. Yaba Blay , Michaela Angela Davis
PF&R Responds to a Natural Gas Leak (404 SW Washington)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/11/14
This morning at 6:35 AM crews from Portland Fire & Rescue were called to 404 SW Washington Street. When they arrived firefighters found a six story building under renovation. The gas leak was located in the basement of the building and gas monitors indicated that the basement was unsafe because the gas had reached a flammable concentration. NW Natural was called to address the leak

The building at 404 SW Washington was evacuated while firefighters worked to shut off the gas. Firefighters tried the shutoff at the buildings gas meter, but that was ineffective. Firefighters then evacuated the building at 423 SW Washington. Other nearby buildings were constantly monitored and occupants were advised on how best to stay safe.

Firefighters located a gas valve at the street and the gas was shut off. NW Natural arrived to monitor the situation and to ensure that the leak was properly addressed.

The public is reminded that the smell of rotten eggs could indicate a gas leak. Get everyone out and call NW Natural.

If you believe a gas line has been punctured get to safety and call 911 immediately.

Always remember to call 811 before you dig.
92-Year Old Veteran To Receive Retired American Flag
Bishop Marketing and Public Relations - 11/11/14
PORTLAND, OR, November 10, 2014
A 92-year old Veteran will receive a retired American flag on Veterans Day. The Beaverton Post of the Veterans of Foreign War will make a special presentation at Regency Park Assisted Living in Portland.

Dan Spraker and other volunteers from the VFW's Beaverton Post will retire a US Flag and present it to 92 year old Veteran, Mary 'Greg' Phanauf, who served as a Naval Nurse during World War II. She is the oldest veteran living at Regency Park.

Retiring an American flag on Veterans Day has become a tradition at Regency Park. Activities Director Jenn Kilgore says "Greg has lived at Regency Park almost six years and it's an honor just to have her live here and be part of our Regency Park family. This is an important day and this special presentation is our way of recognizing this treasured group of hero's. They deserve special tribute for their service."

A Veterans social scheduled to begin at Regency Park on November 11, 2014 at 3:00 with the VFW flag presentation at 4:00.


Regency Park Assisted Living and Memory Care is a vibrant senior community providing independent & assisted living, memory care, respite and adult day stay services. Nationally recognized for its exclusive Illuminations memory care transition program and Personal Preferences Program. Privately built and owned by BPM Senior Living since 1980. Managed by Blue Harbor Senior Living.


Attached Media Files: 92 year old WW2 Veteran
11/10/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/10/14
A male was hit and killed by a vehicle as he walked into the lane of traffic. This happened tonight at about 9:05 p.m. in the 4800 block of Silverton Rd NE.

Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, CRASH Team, are on scene investigating. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Update: Victim transported to O.H.S.U. // Cowlitz Sheriff Investigate case where man shoots himself at Hall of Justice after his mis-trial
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/10/14
Update: 11-10-14 7:00 p.m. The victim in this shooting was initially transported to St. John Hospital for his injuries (to his face/head) but he has since been transported to O.H.S.U for treatment. The injuries to his face/head are very serious. We will not be commenting further about his medical condition.

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Longview, Wash - A 72 year old Longview man shot himself while he stood in the parking lot of the Hall of Justice shortly before 5:00 p.m. today. The man, Cleon O Moen, had been a defendant of a Misdemeanor Assault Domestic Violence trial that had concluded with a mis-trial (hung jury) just moments before Moen shot himself with a 12 ga shotgun he had removed from his truck that was in the parking lot of the Hall of Justice. No one else was injured or involved, however there were witnesses to the shooting. Deputies who were in the Hall at the time, rushed outside and rendered first aid until am ambulance arrived. Detectives working the case found a note that Moen had written where he talked about his marital problems and his intentions to shoot himself.

The trial was a result of an incident in which Moen was arrested for assaulting his wife in June of this year.

Mrs. Moen was advised of the incident.

The Sheriff's Office wants to advise the public that this event was specific to this man's troubles and there is any reason to have any new or additional concerns for the safety of the people who are in the Hall of Justice.
K-9 "Bravo" Captures 100th Suspect - Burglar Arrested in Southeast Portland's Eastmoreland Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/10/14
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On Monday November 10, 2014, at 1:05 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 6500 block of Southeast 31st Avenue on the report of a burglary to a vacant home being remodeled.

Officers arrived in the area and set up containment around the home, awaiting a Police K-9 Unit to respond to the scene.

Several officers, including the K-9, entered the home and found the suspect hiding in an upstairs room, under some torn-up carpeting.

The suspect, 32-year-old David Ray Newell, was taken into custody without incident.

Newell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine.

This was the 100th capture for Officer Ben Davidson and his K-9 partner "Bravo."

To learn more about the Canine Unit, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420232

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Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/10/14
Elieser Villa
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A 46 year old man was robbed for money and had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint. The suspect has been identified as 24 year old Elieser Villa (photo attached)from Salem. Mr Villa pointed a small caliber handgun at the victim and demanded his money.

Once the victim gave Mr Villa his money he was told to get out of the vehicle. Mr Villa and an unknown female adult drove off in the victim's truck. The stolen vehicle is a 2014 blue GMC Sierra pick-up with aluminum rims. The stolen vehicle has Oregon license 516GTS.

If you see this vehicle or Mr Villa, do not approach but call 911. He is considered to be armed and potentially dangerous. We are not sure what the females involvement is at this point.

At approximately 11:00 A.M. this morning Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call in the 7800 Block of State St, which is east of Salem. The initial information we received was there was a male reporting somebody had a gun and stole his vehicle.

Deputies responded immediately to check the area for the stolen vehicle as well as contact the victim. Detectives from our Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation and have identified the suspect. This is an on-going investigation and the victim will not be identified at this time as we are concerned about retribution.

The victim was not injured during the robbery. Further details will follow as the investigation continues.

At this time the victim does not want to give a statement.


Attached Media Files: Elieser Villa , Similar to Stolen vehicle
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 11/10/14
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors October 17, 2014,
Wilsonville Projects Receive Awards and Recognition
City of Wilsonville - 11/10/14
WILSONVILLE, OR--The Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Works Agencies (APWA) recently recognized two projects by the City of Wilsonville with "2014 Project of the Year Award" honors. The award-winning projects include the Morey's Landing Stormwater Outfall Mitigation and Retrofit project winning in the category of Environmental, Less than $5 Million; and the Memorial Park Improvements project taking top honors in the category of Transportation, Less than $5 Million.

The Oregon Chapter APWA Project of the Year Awards are presented for public works projects that represent excellence, innovation and cooperation in management and administration through collaboration with the managing agency, consultant and contractor.

Nancy Kraushaar, Community Development Director, said, "City staff members are proud to see that Wilsonville public works projects are receiving recognition from other professionals on a statewide level. In addition to benefiting our community, these projects also benefit the environment by reducing and improving stormwater run-off that flows into the Willamette River."

The Memorial Park Improvements Project completely rebuilt the park's main parking lot, which showed severe signs of wear with cracked pavement due to water penetration and missing curbs. The heavily-used parking lot is now completely redesigned, repaved and restriped. A new pavement structure was constructed, new curbs installed and the parking spaces rearranged to improve traffic flow and safety. The updates also include stormwater related retrofits to improve the quality of water that runs off the site and into a nearby tributary of Boeckman Creek and the Willamette River. The retrofits include on-site bioswales between portions of the lot and extensive new landscaping that is attractive and helps filter pollutants from the stormwater run-off as well.

The other award-winner, Morey's Landing Stormwater Outfall project, constructed improvements to an existing stormwater outfall located at the Morey's Landing subdivision along the Willamette River. The combination of surface runoff from the surrounding neighborhood, groundwater seepage and fluctuating river levels was causing significant erosion of the river bank in the neighborhood. The improvements provide a more natural channel to moderate water flow by utilizing 'check dams' reinforced with rock that slow the erosive power of fast-moving water. The project also includes riverbank and channel stabilization treatments (bioengineering) to repair areas already significantly impacted by erosion and to prevent further damage to the channel and river bank.
11/8/14 Crash on HWY 6 at MP 19.5 leaves woman hospitalized and vehicle destroyed. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/10/14
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On Saturday, November 8, 2014, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Tillamook and North Plains worksites responded to a report of a single vehicle crash near milepost 19.5 on Highway 6 outside of Tillamook. Upon arrival, troopers discovered the vehicle was off the roadway and had caught fire. Attempts to extinguish the fire by first responders were unsuccessful and the vehicle was destroyed.

Investigation revealed that DEBORAH MAE CLAYTON, age 62, out of Portland was driving eastbound in a red 1993 Jeep Wrangler on State Route 6 when for an unknown reason her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a culvert ditch near the eastbound shoulder. Passerby's Scott (43) and April (40) Buckmeier stopped to render aid when they noticed the vehicle had caught fire in the engine compartment. Moments before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flame they were able to get Ms. Clayton out of the vehicle. A dog, which had been riding in the vehicle, was not injured and escaped the fire also.

Ms. Clayton was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of her injuries. The cause of the crash is pending investigation however, initial investigation indicates the driver may have fallen asleep and was not wearing a seat belt.

OSP was assisted on scene by Tillamook Fire & Rescue and Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Trooper Sarah Reding - Tillamook Worksite, 5995 Long Prairie Road, Tillamook, OR 97141, @ Office: (503)842-2899 ext. 3354
Fax: (503)842-5250.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics for Oregon and Washington
FBI - Oregon - 11/10/14
Today, the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities.

Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for property crime offenses declined.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and specific property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.) Nationally in 2013, every crime category saw decreases. More than 18,400 city, county, state, federal, college/university, and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to this annual report.

*Northwest Highlights*
Some highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in the Pacific Northwest include:

?---? In Portland, the number of violent and property crimes declined in almost every category, except for the number of rapes, which was virtually unchanged.
?---? In Eugene, there were decreases in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, and larceny-thefts. There were increases in the numbers of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. There were no murders/non-negligent manslaughters in either 2012 or 2013. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.
?---? In Gresham, the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters increased from four (in 2012) to five (in 2013). Other categories -- including rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, and burglaries -- saw increases as well. There were decreases in the numbers of larceny-thefts and motor vehicle thefts.
?---? In Salem, the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (seven) and robberies (138) were unchanged from 2012 to 2013. There were decreases in the number of aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. The only category with an increase was larceny-theft. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.
?---? In Vancouver, there were decreases in the numbers of murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases (from five in 2012 to two in 2013), robberies, burglaries, larceny-thefts and motor vehicle thefts. There was an increase in the number of aggravated assaults. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.

The breakdown for these cities of populations of 100,000 and more is:

Portland
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 20 14
Forcible Rape 231 234
Robbery 950 917
Aggravated assault 1,892 1,776
Burglary 4,471 4,128
Larceny-theft 22,398 22,216
Motor vehicle theft 3,585 3,289
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Eugene
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 0 0
Rape 72 68 (not comparable)*
Robbery 196 195
Aggravated assault 162 139
Burglary 1,515 1,539
Larceny-theft 6,054 5,773
Motor vehicle theft 435 608
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Gresham
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 4 5
Forcible rape 33 52
Robbery 207 275
Aggravated assault 243 279
Burglary 886 920
Larceny-theft 3,230 3,123
Motor vehicle theft 742 510
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Salem
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 7 7
Rape 40 47 (not comparable)*
Robbery 138 138
Aggravated assault 379 328
Burglary 1,043 983
Larceny-theft 4,958 5,143
Motor vehicle theft 730 656

?Vancouver
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 5 2
Rape 72 74 (not comparable)*
Robbery 172 146
Aggravated assault 343 371
Burglary 1,044 1,007
Larceny-theft 4,343 3,950
Motor vehicle theft 1,091 976

*Analysis*
The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. Media should contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and how the cities report it.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930.

View the entire report: Crime in the United States, 2013 (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013)

*NOTE: In many cases, the reader should not compare the number of rapes in 2012 to those in 2013. The FBI changed the definition of rape and, thus, the reporting from one year to the next is not comparable for cities that used the legacy definition for 2012 and the new definition for 2013.


Attached Media Files: Stats for WA Cities 2013 , Crime Stats for OR Cities 2013 , Crime Stats by State in 2013
Rosemary Anderson High School presents annual awards to Cary Jackson and Wells Fargo (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/10/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) presented its Special Advocate Awards to Cary Jackson and Wells Fargo at its annual fundraising gala on Nov. 6 in Portland, attended by more than 300.

"These awards recognize the honorees' individual and professional ongoing commitment to provide educational opportunities and inspiration to the community, as well as their support of our students," said Joe McFerrin II, the school's president & CEO.

The private, nonprofit school serves about 300 at-risk children in Grades 9-12 at its two locations in North Portland and Gresham. The fully accredited, alternative high school was established 32 years ago. Besides education, it also provides mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement. RAHS has an 86 percent graduation rate.

Jackson is a long-time supporter of the school. He currently serves on its Advisory Council.

Wells Fargo has also provided volunteers and funding to RAHS for many years. Education is one of the focus areas of its corporate philanthropy in Oregon.

The dinner event included a silent auction. Attendees donated a total of $150,000 to support the school's efforts.

At the dinner, alumnus Nicole Crain from the first graduating class in 1993 shared her passion for the work of RAHS. The first high school graduate from her family, Crain overcame numerous obstacles to become an outstanding member of her community. In her desire to give back and make a difference in the lives of today's youth, she recently joined the RAHS staff as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the New Columbia/St. Johns area where RAHS is planning to open a third campus this fall.

Valedictorian sponsors of the gala included Cary Jackson, Heather Killough, and Richard and Tric Rogers. Additional support came from Nike, Wells Fargo, Joe Nunn & Associates, Ernst & Young LLP, the Portland Development Commission, InFocus, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Christensen Electric, Premier Mortgage Resources, Key Laser Institute, Shields Films, William F. Bitar & Associates, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

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Forestry Stakeholders Gather in Lacey
Society of American Foresters - 11/10/14
Lacey, WA- Stakeholders in Washington's forests will gather in Lacey on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, to address the topic of "Working Forests for the 21st Century." The meeting will be held at the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Washington State Society of American Foresters, the conference will focus on balancing social, ecological, and economic products and values from Working Forests.

Eleven speakers will examine topics on forest science for the future, climate change adaptation, forest infrastructure and markets, innovations in wood architecture, early successional habitat, carbon sequestration, and examples of managing Tribal, community, and family working forests.
Speakers include Tom DeLuca, director of the University of Washington School Environmental and Forest Sciences; Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark; Brad St. Clair, a research geneticist with the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Ore.; and more. To view the full program, visit http://www.forestry.org/washington/workingforests/.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world. Members of the Washington State SAF include over 500 field foresters, forest managers and engineers, administrators, researchers, and educators who manage and study the 22.9 million acres of public, private, and Tribal forests throughout Washington.
4th Annual Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Women Build Tea! (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 11/10/14
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What: Fourth annual "Women Build Tea" benefiting Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program
When: December 6, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Artillery Barracks in Historic Fort Vancouver at 600 East Hathaway, Vancouver, WA.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is holding the fourth annual Women Build Tea on Saturday, December 6th, 2013 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm.

This year the festivities will be held in the beautifully restored Artillery Barracks in Historic Fort Vancouver at 600 East Hathaway, Vancouver, WA. From the elegant tin ceiling to the historic white-oak hardwood floors, this unique venue is the perfect setting to kick off the holiday season and give back at the same time! Delicious Dishes will be catering and serving a wonderful assortment of festive holiday treats and teas and we'll be raffling off some great items. You won't want to miss it!

This year our special guest speaker will be Rekah Strong. Rekah is the Vice President of Equity and Engagement at United Way of the Columbia Willamette. Prior to United Way Rekah was the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Clark County. Rekah has earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in social work (administration) from Portland State University. She is currently continuing her studies at Portland State, pursuing a Ph.D. in social work.

The mission of the Women Build program is to empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions by nurturing, recruitment and the training of women to build simple, decent, affordable homes. Women from all walks of life are brought together to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing families in our community. This is done by supporting the mission with our time, energy and financial support.

This special event has limited seating, so please RSVP by November 28th, to 360.737.1759, or email leanna@ehfh.org. Tickets are $30.00.

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.


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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in McMinnville (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 11/10/14
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On 11/9/2014 at approximately 8:00 pm, McMinnville Officers responded to a crash on SE Millwright Ave south of SE Naomi Way, involving a motorcycle that had driven into the rear of a parked pickup. When officers arrived, they learned that the motorcycle, a 2015 KTM350, crashed into a legally parked 1988 GMC pickup. EMS personnel attempted to resuscitate the crash victim, Reshelle Kair, age 25, unknown address, but were unable to revive her. The motorcycle was reported to belong to her boyfriend, James Nash, age 33, of McMinnville.

According to witnesses, the motorcycle was being operated by Reshelle Kair with James Nash riding behind her. They reported that it was traveling north when the front wheel came off the ground and appeared to be out of control. It crashed into the rear of the pickup while the front wheel was still in the air.

Neither rider was wearing any safety gear at the time of the crash. There were indications that alcohol had been consumed by both riders prior to the crash. The incident is still being investigated by the Yamhill County MATT team.

Anyone with questions or information regarding this crash is asked to contact YCSO Deputy Wilkinson at 503-434-7506.


Attached Media Files: Crash scene
Students at Ridgefield High School take Teaching Academy to help them become teachers after they graduate college (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/10/14
Perla Mendez (12), Rolena Crandell-Bash (12), and Thomas Young (12) give their presentation on different types of learners
Perla Mendez (12), Rolena Crandell-Bash (12), and Thomas Young (12) give their presentation on different types of learners
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Monday, November 10, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Ridgefield students interested in becoming teachers can receive college credit and actual in-class teaching experience by taking an innovative new course called Teaching Academy at Ridgefield High School.

Stefanie Foster teaches Family and Consumer Science classes at Ridgefield High School including Independent Living; Fashion and Clothing; Food and Cooking; and now, offered for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year, Teaching Academy. Offering a course like Teaching Academy at a smaller school district like Ridgefield doesn't happen without significant planning. "Typically, bigger districts like Evergreen, Vancouver, and Battle Ground offer this course to students interested in becoming teachers because they have the necessary resources," said Foster. "Personally, I loved the idea behind it - giving students an up-close and personal experience of teaching - s