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Mon. 11/20/17
New Gift Items and Giving Tree Hosts Needed for Share Holiday Cheer Program; Family Holiday Party Now Referral Only
Share - 11/20/17 1:02 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Share is seeking new gift items and giving tree hosts for our Holiday Cheer Program, which will benefit clients in shelter, as well as local low-income families. New this year, Share's family holiday party will be referral only.

"Our goal is to use our resources wisely to provide support for those Clark County families who are most in need," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "We are working with Family Community Resource Coordinators at local schools to identify families who will then be invited to attend our holiday party with fun holiday games and crafts the children, snacks and beverages for all guests, plus a photo booth and pictures with Santa."

Some of the new gift items needed include: clothing for men, women, teens and children (all sizes), housewares (dishes, pots and pans, towels, linens, etc.), sleeping bags, age appropriate gifts and toys for teens, children and infants, as well as board games for all ages. Gift cards from any grocery store, clothing store, music store, movie theater, etc. as well as gas cards are also welcome. Donations can be delivered to the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Businesses, clubs, churches or offices can host a giving tree, which is a simple, creative and tangible way to help families in our community. Share provides hang-able gift tags and suggested items for different age groups. To establish a giving tree, contact Meaghann Ande at 360-952-8229 or devcoor@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, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, including a Day Center, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,850+ children at 90 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.


Local non-profit awards 19 grants benefitting students with special needs in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington county school districts
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 11/20/17 12:54 PM
The Northwest Regional Education Service District Foundation, under the direction of President Dr. Joseph Christy, awarded $21,970 in grants to local school districts for projects in special education and at-risk programs. The grants support the Foundation's mission of enhancing teaching and learning for underserved children and those with disabilities, birth to age 21.

Since 2006, the Foundation has awarded 413 grants totaling $347,725, making a difference in the lives of 47,161 young children and students. The grants are focused on four funding priorities:

1. Birth to 5 Special Education
2. Early Learning/Kindergarten Readiness
3. School?age Special including alternative, at-risk, and behavioral programs through age 21
4. English Language Learners and Migrant Education

The award list is available at www.nwresdfoundation.org.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/108/109787/NWRESD_Grant_Press_Release_11_20_17.pdf

Officers Deescalate Man Threatening Suicide - Taken to Hospital for Treatment
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/17 12:27 PM
On Monday November 20, 2017, at 10:22 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a man threatening to jump from a tree at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Officers arrived in the area and attempted to speak with the man. As officers tried to communicate with the man in the tree, additional officers worked to contact the man's family to gain a better understanding of the crisis.

Portland Fire and Rescue and emergency medical personnel were also requested to the scene.

Officers talked with the man for approximately one hour and 15 minutes until he agreed to come out of the tree and go to the hospital for treatment.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Portland Police Bureau created a video in 2013 titled, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" It is available for viewing at https://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu


Central Officers Investigate Robbery of Store (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/17 11:49 AM
Robbery Suspect
Robbery Suspect
On Monday November 20, 2017, at 10:17 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the T and K Grocery located at 332 Southwest 3rd Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted an employee who told police that the suspect entered the store, assaulted the employee, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store and was last seen leaving to the north on Southwest 3rd Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black female in her 30s, 5'10" tall, wearing sunglasses, a dark colored beanie, blue jacket, and blue jeans (photograph attached).

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405.


Attached Media Files: Robbery Suspect

PPB Sunshine Division and Self Enhancement Partner to Provide Thanksgiving Meals (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/17 9:36 AM
On Monday, November 20, 2017, at 2:00PM, Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division will deliver 2000 lbs. of donated turkeys to Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), located at 3920 N Kerby Avenue. Media are invited to attend. The turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families. In addition, SEI received generous food donations from local community partners, including Birch Community Services, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Pacific Foods, New Seasons and United Salad.

"Sunshine Division's ability to provide food assistance to those who need it most in our community is reliant on the strength of our community partnerships", said Officer Matt Tobey, Sunshine Division's assigned officer. "We are proud to support the great work SEI does with turkeys for the families they serve."

SEI volunteers will begin packing food boxes at noon that contain everything needed for a Thanksgiving Day traditional meal such as vegetables, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, rolls and more. The Thanksgiving food boxes will be distributed the next day to over 200 families.
"Due to economic hardships, many of our families are unable to purchase a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Choice of foods is not always balanced when households are financially strained and our families have to settle with buying unhealthy food options because meats and vegetables are so expensive," said Pat Bates-Sherman, manager of SEI's Parent Involvement Program. "This is our opportunity to provide a quality meal with nutritional value for Thanksgiving. We care that our families have a really nice holiday meal to share with their families."

About Self Enhancement, Inc.
For over 35 years, SEI has been a change agent in the City of Portland, striving to meet the complex needs of youth and their families by helping them to overcome cultural, educational and economic barriers. SEI is the second, largest minority-owned organization in the state of Oregon and serves over 14,000 youth and families. SEI's mission is to guide youth from historically under-served backgrounds to realize their full potential. SEI works with schools, families, and other community organizations to provide support, guidance, and opportunities that helps us bring hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.

About the Sunshine Division:
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 95-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week through two food pantries and clothing room locations, as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau that store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched on demand. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently-used clothing to those in need.



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/3056/109783/Sunshine_officer.jpg

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/16/2017-11/19/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/20/17 8:38 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/16/2017-11/19/2017



ON 11/17/2017 at about 1356 hrs., police recieved a report about a runaway juvenile from the 400 block of Juniper Road. A report was taken, and the runaway was entered into appropriate databases. The juvenile was located on 11/18/2017 at 1500 hrs.


On 11/17/2017 at about 2214 hrs, police conducted a traffic stop near SW Lake Shore Drive and S Beech Road. The driver, Andrew T. Phelps (34, of Estacada), had a warrant for his arrest out of Wheeler County. Police transported Mr. Phelps to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $40,000 bail.


On 11/18/2017 at about 1615 hrs., a 15 year old juvenile ran away from a home in the 400 block of SW Juniper Road. The juvenile was entered into the appropriate databases, and several residences were checked, without success.


ON 11/17/2017 at about 1356 hrs., police recieved a report about a runaway juvenile from the 400 block of Juniper Road. A report was taken, and the runaway was entered into appropriate databases.


On 11/19/2017 at about 1619 hrs., officers checked a travel trailer that had been parked at the Estacada Portal park since the night before. Matthew R. Britt, (30, of Estacada), was contacted and arrested on a Deschutes County warrant for DUII and Reckless driving. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $10,000 bail.


On 11/19/2017 at about 1910 hrs., officers stopped a vehicle near the intersection of NW 10th Avenue and N Broadway Street. They determined that the driver had a suspended license and no insurance. The driver was cited and the vehicle impounded.


On 11/19/2017 at 2141 hrs., police received a report about a vehicle striking a pole in the 300 block of SE Highway 224. A report is pending (CAD).



On 11/14/2017 between 1200 hrs. and 1400 hrs., an unknown suspect applied graffiti to the restroom wall in the Sandy Transit Center. The graffiti was photographed and abated. The cost of the abatement was $50.


On 11/16/2017 at about 1216 hrs., police responded to the regarding a reported harassment. The case is being forwarded to the juvenile department for consideration.


On 11/16/2017 at about 1540 hrs., police received a report about a fraud. A report is pending (CAD).


On 11/17/2017 at 1008 hrs., two Sandy resident had their vehicle broken into near the 37000 block of Hwy 26. A report was taken and the case is open, pending additional information.


Between 11/16/2017 and 11/17/2017, an unknown suspect damaged the group mail box located near 38000 Burgs Lane. The reporting person took pictures of the damage. The cost of the damage is estimated at about $150.


On 11/17/2017 at about 1356 hrs., police recieved a report about a runaway juvenile from the 400 block of Juniper Road. A report was taken, and the runaway was re-entered into appropriate databases.


On 11/17/2017 at about 1508 hrs., police responded to the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard regarding a hit & run crash. A report is pending (CAD).


On 11-17-17 at 1516 hrs., police stopped a vehicle that had license plates belonging to another vehicle on it. The driver was suspended and driving without insurance. He was cited for the violations and the plates were seized.


On 11/18/2017 at 2053 hrs., a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26 reported that a man took at least two items from the business without paying for them. The suspect is a white male approximately 18 years old, and he was wearing a lime green backpack. Video will be reviewed to help identify him.


On 11/19/2017 at 1155 hrs., police responded to a violation of restraining order that occurred in the area of Highway 26 and Bluff Road. The incident was investigated, and a report will be submitted to the DA's Office for review.


On 11/19/2017 at about 1535 hrs., police received a reprot about harassment in the 19000 block of SE Arletha Court. A report is pending (CAD).


On 11/19/2017 at about 2244 hrs., police received a report about theft from the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. A report is pending (CAD).

Salem Health responds to opioid epidemic (Photo)
Salem Health - 11/20/17 8:30 AM
Dr Coelho
Dr Coelho
Salem, OR -- Nov. 20, 2017 -- The use of opioids--including prescription pain medication--was labeled an epidemic long before the president declared a "public health emergency," last month.

Everywhere you turn, this trend has been in the news. But this news isn't fake. Statistics in Oregon alone back up the claim:
"In 2014, enough opioids were prescribed in Oregon for nearly every person in the state to have a bottle." -- Oregon Assistant Attorney General David Hart.
U.S. News and World Report found that in Oregon, more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug.
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project reports that Oregonians age 65 and older are landing in the hospital for opioid overdoses, abuse, dependence and adverse effects at a greater rate than any other state.
Salem Health is fighting back.

Salem Health hosted the 2017 Pain Summit in September, sponsored by the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRUM), which attracted 200 specialists from the medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health and addiction fields.

They are creating a regional action plan to reduce prescription drug abuse, misuse and overdose in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Health's Pain Clinic has embraced four goals: Reducing pills in circulation, improving the disposal of unused meds, expanding access to treatment and educating the public about the opioid crisis. It has become a major partner in OrCRUM.

"We saw renewed commitment at the Summit to tackle this crisis locally," said Josh Steenstra, Pain Clinic manager. "We're creating a 'to do' list and working with hospitals and clinics to identify local leaders to step up."

A patient's road back from addiction

The best view of this crises is through a patient's eyes--a patient like Ron Cox from our own community.

"I wasn't living, I was just fighting the pain," Ron said. "I literally thought I was going to die. Opioids are a one-way ticket to a place you don't want to go." Learn more about how Ron conquered his addiction in this short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OS5pVcRRxE&t=).

The clinic follows a two-pronged approach: Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, combined with a holistic approach to reduce dependency through all aspects of health -- physical, social and mental.

"The biggest hurdle we help patients overcome is accepting they have a problem with pain medication," Dr. Coelho said. "After all, nobody wants to be labeled a drug addict, especially if they're using prescribed drugs."

The truth about opioids

Opioids -- such as hydrocodone and oxycodone -- are beneficial when taken for fewer than three months, Coelho noted. Studies show that long-term use doesn't improve function.

"It's a vicious cycle because the brain likes the drug, so the body tells the brain it wants more, just to feel normal," Coelho said. "Our approach is to change the brain signals to change the pain cycle, similar to the classic 12-step recovery process."

The clinic aims to help patients understand their pain, not feel stigmatized and reduce dependency by prescribing other medications and teaching other options.

Pictured: Tessie and Ron Cox

About Salem Health: Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Attached Media Files: Dr Coelho , Infographic , Patient Pic

Oregon Employers Will See Lower Unemployment Tax Rates in 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/20/17 8:27 AM
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will be lower in 2018. Tax rates will drop to schedule three for employers that pay into the unemployment insurance system.

Tax schedule three includes an average rate of 1.97% for the first $39,300 paid to each employee. In 2017 Oregon operated on schedule four which had an average rate of 2.26%. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

Oregon annually adjusts employer tax rates using eight tax schedules based on the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates represents part of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund law. Each September a formula contained in state law 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.

The last time Oregon was on tax schedule three was in 2009. A healthy economy and strong job growth helped to contribute to the reduction.

As a result of this approach, Oregon has one of the strongest trust funds in the nation. The trust fund provides support for temporarily unemployed workers, their families, and communities while minimizing the impact on employers. This approach allows this support without having to reduce benefits to workers, increase employer taxes, or borrow from the federal government as most other states had to do for the Great Recession.

The Oregon Employment Department mailed notifications to businesses last week regarding their individual tax rates and encourages employers to wait until they receive their individual notice before attempting to contact the department with questions. Any employer who has not received their notice within the next couple of weeks should contact the Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Insurance Tax Section. Contact information may be found online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov.

Tualatin Valley Water District Lead Results Well Below EPA Action Levels
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 11/20/17 8:20 AM
BEAVERTON -- Lead in drinking water is a local and national health concern. Tualatin Valley Water District's (TVWD's) October 2017 round of testing showed that customers receive water with lead test results below the federal standard. This follows TVWD's testing in May, which also showed results well below the federal standard.

TVWD tested for lead from 112 samples collected from high-risk homes, which includes those built between 1983 and 1985 when lead solder and copper pipes were commonly used. The federal standard for this monitoring is based on having 90% of the homes tested with a lead level of no greater than 15 parts per billion. Based on TVWD's latest monitoring, 90% of the homes tested had a lead level of nine parts per billion or less, which is about 60% of the standard. Forty percent (40%) of the homes had no detectable lead at all.

Lead is rarely found in TVWD's water sources, and there are no known lead service lines in the distribution system. The main sources of lead in water are from plumbing fixtures, which may contain lead-based solder and brass or chrome-plated plumbing fixtures and components. For more information about lead and TVWD's drinking water, visit www.tvwd.org/lead.

Lead can cause serious health problems, especially to pregnant women and young children. For more information on reducing lead exposure and the health effects of lead, contact the Leadline at 503-988-4000 or www.leadline.org; visit the EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/lead; call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD (800-424-5323); or contact a health care provider.

TVWD provides high quality drinking water and excellent customer service to 222,000 people in Washington County, Oregon. The service area covers more than 44 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard. More information about TVWD can be found at www.tvwd.org.

Rip City Race for the Roses Announces Presenting Sponsor UHC Benefiting Albertina Kerr
Albertina Kerr - 11/20/17 8:14 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (November 20, 2017) -- UnitedHealthcare will serve as presenting sponsor of the 20th annual Rip City Race for the Roses, benefiting Albertina Kerr. In addition to its new presenting sponsor, the popular Portland race is introducing a new experience in 2018 thanks to the community-based partnership between Albertina Kerr and the Rose Quarter. The event is scheduled for April 29, 2018, and includes a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and new 1K kid-family run, all beginning at the Rose Quarter.

"It is an honor to be partnering with UnitedHealthcare on Rip City Race for the Roses," said Jeff Carr, CEO of Albertina Kerr."The synergy between both organizations enhances the purpose of this great race, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the people we serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. The community-based support of the Rose Quarter will make the event even more exciting and meaningful for Portland."

"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Albertina Kerr and the Rose Quarter to attract runners from across the country to participate in the Rip City Race for the Roses," said Claire Verity, CEO of UnitedHealthcare -- Pacific Northwest States.

Online registration for runners and walkers is open at www.RipCityRaceForTheRoses.org. Each participant will receive an official race T-shirt and medal for finishing the race. People who register before Dec. 22, 2017, will receive a ticket to an upcoming Trail Blazers home game.

About Albertina Kerr
For over 110 years, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. For more information about Albertina Kerr, visit www.albertinakerr.org¬¬¬ or follow us on Twitter @Albertina_Kerr or @RipCityRace.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.

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Attached Media Files: Rip City Race UHC Sponsorship Benefiting Albertina Kerr

Sun. 11/19/17
shots fired call
Woodland Police - 11/19/17 5:29 PM
On 11/19/17 at 2:53 PM Woodland Police Officers were dispatch to the 500 block of Windflower Drive within the City limits of Woodland for a shots fired call. Once on scene police learned a single gunshot had been fired striking the front of a house. The bullet went through the exterior wall of the house and continuing inside the house where it stuck an interior wall. The two occupants inside the home at the time of the shooting were not injured. Officers located a nearby neighbor, described as a 54 year old male who admitted to accidentally firing the weapon inside his own residence that had struck the neighbor's house. The male subject who had been drinking was arrested and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on two counts of Reckless Endangerment.

McMinnville Community Hit with Two Structure Fires within 90 Minutes
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 11/19/17 6:10 AM
McMinnville Fire Department received reports of two structure fires within 90 minutes on Saturday.
The first was a residential structure fire at 1045 SE Ford ST at 1351. Responding units arrived to heavy smoke from the front of a boarded up fraternity house near Lindfield College. Someone has forced entry into the building. The fire was located and contained to the basement in a pile of carpet and a couch.
Cause of the Fire is under investigation.
Units from Amity and West Valley were dispatched to assist in coverage of McMinnville during the fire.
The second fire was reported at 1517 while McMinnville units were still working on the original fire. The fire was located at 1925 NE McDonald Lane. Truck 8 from West Valley was the first unit to arrive on scene. Units from Amity, Lafayette and Carlton also responded to the scene to assist.
First arriving units saw smoke coming from the vents of the house. Firefighters conducted search of the home and located the sole occupant inside the residence. The 71 year old female was deceased when the firefighters located her. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team is currently investigating the cause. The Name of the deceased is being withheld until her next of kin can be notified.

Missing Adult
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/19/17 12:53 AM
Courtnie Roll, has been located and is safe. Thank you for everyone's help.

Sat. 11/18/17
Suspicious Death Investigation in Troutdale (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/17 3:52 PM
On Friday November 17th, 2017 at approximately 4:00pm, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputies responded to westbound I-84 near exit 17 (257th Avenue) to investigate a report of a found body. Deputies located a deceased adult male near the interstate.

The East County Major Crimes Team, which is comprised of detectives from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Gresham Police Department, responded along with detectives from the Oregon State Police.

The decedent is described as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties with brown hair and a beard. He has a medium build and was wearing blue jeans and a two-toned gray and black sweatshirt.

The East County Major Crimes Team is seeking information related to this death investigation. Anyone with information related to sightings of a person matching this description near exit 17 on westbound I-84 between November 10th and November 17th is asked to call MCSO Detective Brad Robertson at 503-988-0358.

This case is on-going in conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: I-84

Missing Woman Located - Deceased
Lincoln City Police - 11/18/17 12:35 PM
On November 17, 2017, at approximately 12:57PM, Jeanene Beck was reported missing from the Rodeway Inn located at 1070 SE 1st Street in Lincoln City. A resident of Gresham, Oregon, her and her twenty-three year old autistic son was visiting Lincoln City.

It was reported by her son that Ms. Beck had been out for dinner, returning to the motel room Wednesday evening on November 16th. At about 9:00PM on November 16th, Ms. Beck left the motel room to have a cigarette. Ms. Beck's son indicated that his mother had not returned to the motel room.

Family members and friends came to Lincoln City to assist in searching for Ms. Beck.
Later in the evening of November 17th at approximately 9:40PM, a female body was located in the canal that runs behind the Rodeway Inn. Members of the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team were called to assist in the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the female body was that of Jeanene Beck who was reported missing earlier in the day. Upon initial examination, there were no visible signs of injury. Ms. Beck's body was recovered.

Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, there is no danger to the public. An autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for some time Sunday by the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office.

The Lincoln County Major Crimes Team consists of detectives from Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police Department, and members of the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office in addition to the Lincoln City Police Department.

No further information will be available until Monday, November 20th.

Prepared by: Chief Keith Kilian


Single Vehicle Crash Kills Two (Woodburn) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/17 11:43 AM
This morning around 9:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 2500 block of East Lincoln Street near Woodburn, after a resident found a badly damaged vehicle in their farm field. When deputies arrived they began to investigate and discovered two adult men deceased inside the cab of the truck.

Deputies believe the men were traveling east on East Lincoln when they failed to negotiate a curve launching them over an estimated 80 foot embankment, causing the vehicle to roll onto its top and killing both occupants instantly. Deputies believe the crash occurred sometime over night and speed is being investigated as a factor. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any names associated with the crash until next of kin notification can be made.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1294/109769/IMG_20171118_101132274_1511032928447.jpg

Two Suspects Arrested After Robbery with a Knife in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/17 11:30 AM
Ju Wine
Ju Wine
On Saturday November 18, 2017, at 4:20 a.m., East Precinct officers respond to the 7-11, located at 10136 Southeast Washington Street, regarding a robbery.

Officers arrived and contacted a 7-11 employee. During the investigation, officers learned that two men entered the store and took two containers of beer. The clerk attempted to stop the men from taking the beer at which time one of the men threatened the clerk with what was believed to be a knife.

After leaving the store with the stolen beer, the suspects entered and drove away in a green 1998 Acura Integra. An officer located a vehicle matching the suspects' vehicle description near the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. Officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officers located evidence of the robbery in the vehicle, as well as two occupants that matched the suspects' descriptions.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail assisted in this investigation.

The suspects were identified as 23-year-old Sha Lun and 26-year-old Ju Wine. Lun and Wine were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.


Attached Media Files: Ju Wine , Sha Lun

Officers Respond and Arrest Suspect After Overnight Shooting in Old Town/ Chinatown - One Person Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/17 11:00 AM
Alejandro R Vance
Alejandro R Vance
On Saturday November 18, 2017, at 1:26 a.m., Central Precinct officers assigned to the Entertainment Detail were in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Couch Street when they heard multiple gunshots.

Officers contacted multiple witnesses who confirmed there was a shooting. The witnesses provided officers with critical information about what had occurred, the shooter's description, and his last known location. This information was broadcast to responding officers. Officers located a subject matching the suspect's description near the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Ankeny Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

As officers continued to investigate the shooting, they canvassed the area near the original shooting location and where the suspect was taken into custody. Officers located and seized evidence of gunfire at the original crime scene. Officers also located a firearm near Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Ankeny Street.

While officers continued to investigate the shooting, an adult male arrived at a nearby hospital with what was believed to be a serious but non-life-threatening gunshot injury. Based on information learned at the hospital by responding officers, the victim at the hospital was believed to be injured while in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Couch Street.

Officers worked with the hospital security department and learned the victim had been transported to the hospital by a private vehicle. Officers and hospital security personnel located the vehicle believed to have transported the victim to the hospital in a nearby parking lot. The vehicle had multiple bullet strikes.

Based on information learned during the investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the location and assisted with the investigation.

Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division also responded and processed the original crime scene at Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Couch Street, the location where the gun was located, the vehicle that was used to transport the victim to the hospital, and documented the victim's injuries.

Based on information learned at this point in the investigation, it is believed the suspect shot at the victim, while the victim was in a vehicle near Northwest Couch Street and Northwest 4th Avenue.

The suspect, 24-year-old Alejandro R. Vance, was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt Aggravated Murder, Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, and a post prison violation for a previous conviction of Attempt Assault in the Second Degree.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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

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

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)


Attached Media Files: Alejandro R Vance

Police Pursuit Ends In Crash
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/17 3:01 AM
Sheriff's Sergeant attempted to stop a reckless vehicle/possible DUI driver in west Hockinson area early Saturday Morning. The suspect vehicle was traveling northbound on NE 172nd Avenue in excess of 85 miles per hour and crossing over the center-line of the road when a traffic stop was attempted. The vehicle continued to speed away northbound on NE 172nd Avenue, running a stop sign and reaching speeds around 120 miles per hour. The short pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle failed to negotiate a T-intersection and ran into a gate and detached garage at a residence on NE 159th Street and 172nd Avenue. The suspect, 21 year-ol Miguel A. Gomez, was arrested for Attempt to Elude and is being processed for DUI. The suspect and two passengers were uninjured during the collision.

Fri. 11/17/17
Red Cross Responds To Residential Fire Affecting Family Of Three In Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/17 9:10 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster
Friday evening November 17 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m.  in the 4000 block of Thorman Ave. NE In Salem, OR. This single  family fire affected two adults, one child and two pets.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average
of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates
emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community.
Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at
www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Wilsonville Police Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/17 7:34 PM
Please reference CCSO case # 17-30446.

At about 5 PM on Friday, November 17, 2017, Wilsonville Police Officers responded to a crash involving an automobile and pedestrian on SW Wilsonville Rd near the intersection of SW Willamette Way West. Police and medical personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on scene just minutes after the crash was reported.

An adult male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The driver stayed on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Clackamas County Interagency Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to assist in the investigation.

Wilsonville Road will be shut down for several hours while the crash is investigated.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

Detectives Seeking Public's Assistance in Arson Investigation (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/17 6:01 PM
Arson Photo
Arson Photo
11/17/17 -- Detectives are investigating a suspicious house fire and are requesting assistance from anyone who may have information.

On Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:51 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of SW Nora Rd in Beaverton to assist Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) with investigating a suspicious fire at an abandoned house. Fire investigators and detectives have determined that the fire was set by an unknown person (s) but are still working to determine if it was intentionally caused.

The sheriff's office investigated a fire at this house in June of this year, but the incidents are not believed to be related. Investigators believe that there were witnesses in the area who may have seen the individuals responsible for setting the fire.

The sheriff's office is requesting anyone with information about the fire to contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Arson Photo

Update #2 ** OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Ten Vehicle Crash on I-5 Southbound Two Miles North of Woodburn (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 4:39 PM
Update #2
Attached is a photo of what the mobile sawmill would have looked like before the crash. A witness also reported the pick-up possibly having a black or black two tone paint on the bed of the truck. Please call OSP at (800) 452-7888 if you have any information on the crash or can help identify the driver of the pick-up.


On November 14, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Northern Command Center (NCC) was notified of a large metal object that had fallen off of a pick-up truck. The pick-up was pulling a flat bed trailer and the object fell off of the trailer. A minute later NCC started to receive calls of vehicles hitting the object. The driver of the pick-up initially stopped and started to run to the object. Once vehicles started to hit it he turned around, got back into the pick-up, and fled the scene. The driver was only described as a male adult.

In total ten vehicles hit the object. Most of the vehicles received minor damage except for one which flipped several times and the occupant from that vehicle was transported to the hospital with injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

The object was found to be a large band saw and was described as being approximately five feet long by two feet tall and was red and black in color. The pick-up was described as a larger style personal vehicle such as a Ford F250 type vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information, who has not already spoken to police, please call the Oregon State Police at 1(800) 452-7888.


The Oregon State Police and Emergency workers are on scene of a ten vehicle crash on I-5 North of Woodburn. The preliminary information is a large metal object fell off of a pick-up truck onto the interstate. Shortly after OSP was notified vehicles began to hit the object. One patient has been transported for injuries and the scene is still under investigation.

Please check www.tripcheck.com for traveling information.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109663/output.jpg , 2017-11/1002/109663/output-4.jpg , 2017-11/1002/109663/output-2.jpg , 2017-11/1002/109663/Saw.png

Southeast Portland Homicide Suspect Booked for Murder (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/17 4:00 PM
On Friday November 17, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives booked 54-year-old Shawn Kevin McGinnis into jail in connection with the November 10 shooting death of 52-year-old Robert Lee Kaiser.

McGinnis was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He'll be arraigned on Monday.

This investigation started on Friday November 10, 2017, at approximately 11:07 p.m., when East Precinct officers were dispatched to a residence in the 8100 block of Southeast Glenwood Street on the report of gunfire that occurred approximately 15 minutes prior to the 9-1-1 call.

Officers arrived in the area and located Kaiser deceased near a residence. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation into Kaiser's death. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Kaiser died of homicidal violence as a result of a gunshot.

During the investigation, detectives developed probable cause to arrest McGinnis in connection with the death and secured a warrant for his arrest.

In the morning hours of Monday November 13, the United States Marshals Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested McGinnis at a residence in the 300 block of Southeast 45th Avenue.

After his arrest, detectives learned McGinnis had a pre-existing injury that required medical attention. McGinnis was transported to an area hospital where he received medical treatment and was released on Friday morning to be booked into jail.

This remains an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/3056/109753/Shawn_Kevin_McGinnis_54.jpg

OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 3:21 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
City of Salem - 11/17/17 3:00 PM
Bundle up the family and join your friends and neighbors on Friday, December 1 as Salem celebrates the 22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! This free community event is one of Salem's most loved community traditions.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and Mayor Chuck Bennett will lead the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. One lucky child in attendance will be selected to help Mayor Bennett "flip the switch" to light the holiday tree.

Fun activities include:

Free hot cocoa and cookies provided by Roth's Fresh Market.
A family craft booth hosted by Straub Environmental Center.
Musical performances from the Grizzly Youth Choir.
A visit from Santa with special escort service provided by the Salem Fire Department.
Real live reindeer!

Riverfront Park is located at 200 Water Street NE in downtown Salem. This annual holiday event is sponsored by the City of Salem and Comcast.

Health advisory lifted November 17 for all of Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/17 2:52 PM
November 17, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae, toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Howard Bay and updated September 1 to include all of Upper Klamath Lake, located northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials recommend people continue to be cautious about allowing pets in the lake because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Federal, state and local agencies are able to monitor only a fraction of Oregon's lakes and waterways for blue-green algae, so people should be their own best advocates when it comes to keeping themselves, their families and their pets safe.

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water, avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

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, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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FBI Arrests Portland Man on Child Pornography Production Charge: Juan "Carlos" Ramon Has Reportedly Held Significant Positions of Trust with Children
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 2:46 PM
FBI Agents arrested Juan "Carlos" Ramon for production of child pornography at his Portland home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Ramon allegedly approached two young Louisiana girls via an app called "Musical.ly" The complaint further alleges that Ramon convinced the children, ages 6 and 8, to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. A musical.ly user has the ability to generate a video, generally lasting between 15 seconds and 1 minute, which the user can then share with others using the site.

The complaint further alleges that Ramon contacted many other minors for explicit material.

Investigators believe Ramon may have had the opportunity for direct contact with children over a period of years as a result of various jobs he has held. Investigators believe that Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. They also believe he previously worked for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN School program in Gresham.

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

Parents who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Ramon should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents should tell their child that if Mr. Ramon did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

This investigation began in late June 2017 when a family contacted the Ouachita Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office about what was believed to be victimization of children. A deputy sheriff with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office who also serves as a Task Force Officer with the FBI's New Orleans Office and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force there, investigated this case.

Ramon made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak today and was ordered detained.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 2:18 PM
The Bureau of Land Management continues to seek public nominations for positions on four Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM is considering nominations for 30 days, until Dec. 1, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"Restoring trust in the federal government and being a good land manager are two of my top priorities at Interior, and state and local input, particularly in communities surrounding public lands, is imperative to building trust," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Nobody knows the land better than the people who live and work it. Council members provide a valuable service to the Department and offer a variety of perspectives that assist in solving land and resource use issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Southwest Oregon RAC, Southeast Oregon RAC, and John Day/Snake RAC have different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

In addition, the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has eleven positions open for public nomination:

a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area;
two persons who are grazing permittees on Federal lands in the CMPA;
two persons who are recognized environmental representatives, one to represent the State as a whole and one from the local area;
a person who has no financial interest in the CMPA to represent statewide interests;
a person who participates in mechanized or consumptive recreation in the CMPA, such as hunting, fishing, or off-road driving;
a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;
a person to serve as the State government liaison to the Council;
a private landowner within the CMPA; and
a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Questions, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:

John Day-Snake RAC: Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

Southeast Oregon RAC: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

Southwest Oregon RAC: Christina Breslin, BLM Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504, 541-618-2371.

Steens Mountain Advisory Council: Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, 541-573-4519.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

MCSO Announces New Public Information Officer (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/17 1:58 PM
With the recent promotion of Chad Gaidos to Captain, he will assume new duties within the agency. Effective December 11th, 2017 Lieutenant Marc Shrake will become the PIO for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Shrake has 25 years of law enforcement experience in our community which will prove to be a valuable asset in this new assignment. Lt. Shrake was hired by Troutdale Police in 1991 after serving in the United States Navy. He began his supervisory role in law enforcement in 1998 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After the merger of the Troutdale Police Department with MCSO, Shrake continued his path towards leadership when he promoted to lieutenant in January of this year.

As a long time Multnomah County resident, Lt. Shrake brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience both living and working in our community. His experience in operations and leadership in law enforcement has uniquely prepared him for the role of agency spokesperson.

During the transition period leading up to Lt. Shrake's appointment to PIO on December 11th, members of the media may still use the PIO Pager or pio@mcso.us to reach an on-call PIO.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1276/109754/marc_shrake.jpg

Council Task Force to Evaluate Near-Term Solutions for Reducing Bridge Traffic Congestion
City of Salem - 11/17/17 1:00 PM
Salem, OR -- On November 13 City Council voted to create a task force to find ways to alleviate traffic congestion around the Marion and Center Street Bridges. It will consist of four City Council members who will develop a list of short to long-term recommendations.

At the council meeting, Mayor Bennett said, "We know there is an ongoing congestion problem downtown and that traffic flow is not working."

For the past 10 years, regional transportation experts, City Staff, and the community have considered options and alternatives to a new Willamette River crossing. This process will produce a Final Environmental Impact Statement for a potential new crossing, but not the bridge itself. There is no timeline for completion of a Final Environmental Impact Statement, and it could take another 10 years beyond completion to fund, design, and begin construction of a new bridge.

In light of that fact, Council recognizes that current congestion must be reduced as soon as possible. "We need to make some real progress on that now," said Ward 6 Councilor Chris Hoy.

The task force will examine the results of studies and projects from the past 20 years, as well as current and projected traffic data to inform their recommendations. Any potential solutions they develop will be independent of any decisions related to a new bridge.
"I think that this proposal really has nothing to do with any environmental impact statement," said Tom Andersen, Ward 2 Councilor. "I think what we're doing here is a separate project that needs to happen right now because the goal here is to improve the traffic flow and to decrease congestion on both sides of the river."

The task force will hold several meetings from January 2018 through June 2018. They will primarily focus on finding better ways for motor vehicles to get around on and near the bridges while keeping in mind other forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and public transit.

Residents may attend the task force meetings and will have the opportunity to review and comment on recommendations when they are proposed for inclusion in the Capital Improvement Program. Meeting dates will be available on the City website. You can learn more about the background and scope of the task force by visiting: bit.ly/costaskforce.

Murder Conviction in Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:32 PM
On November 7, 2017, after a murder trial that lasted almost a week and a half at the Klamath County Circuit Court, James Forshee (62) was convicted for the murder of Emery Connor (42).

The murder occurred on April 17, 2014, in a local Burlington Northern Santa Fe maintenance building in Klamath Falls, OR, where both Forshee and Connor were employed.

The Klamath County Jury that heard the case, after less than two hours of deliberation, returned a unanimous verdict of "Guilty" for "Murder." on November 7, 2017, a Klamath County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Forshee to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years (Forshee will be 83 years old before he is eligible for parole).

The Oregon State Police was the lead agency working within the Klamath County Major Crimes Team. The major crime team consists of investigators from the Oregon State Police, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Parole and Probation, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 12:20 PM

Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.


The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Wanted Poster: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal

*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:10 PM
UPDATE on TIP Reward Money Available
The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

OHA TIP-$500.00
Local Rogue Valley OHA chapter-$500.00
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon-$1,000

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.


The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Central Point is asking for the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of three black tail deer that were discovered just outside of Butte Falls.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Oregon State Police investigated three black tail deer that were dumped just outside of Butte Falls. Only the heads and some meat were taken. The deer appeared to be dead only a couple of days. Currently, there is an archery deer season in this unit.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

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

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109659/butte.deer.jpg

Fatal Crash in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 11:22 AM
On Thursday November 16, 2017 at approximately 6:43pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on US-20 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2001 Acura car, operated by 39-year-old male was traveling east on US-20 when the Acura veered off the road and struck a tree. The male suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Lebanon Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109748/linn.1.jpg

Oregon State Police is asking Public Assistance in a Reckless Driving Case Involving a Firearm Near Cottage Grove
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 10:55 AM
On November 17th, 2017, at approximately 9:20 AM, a gold Mazda pickup was seen driving recklessly before a collision with a commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the pickup exited the pickup armed with a firearm and was taken into custody by law enforcement a short time later. There are no outstanding suspects at this time. The Oregon State Police is primary on the investigation.

Northbound traffic was stopped for a short time, and possible witnesses may have left the scene when traffic began moving again. Witnesses to the incident, collision, or driving behavior of a gold pickup, are asked to contacted the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888

Additional information will be released at a later time.


Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/17 10:35 AM
Booking Photos
Booking Photos
Media Release

Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking

November 17, 2017 -- During the past three months, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement partners have arrested 22 men during two missions intended to proactively combat human trafficking in Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney's Office, announces the arrest of 22 men during two separate missions the past three months.

The stated goal of these missions is to break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on those trafficking victims in Washington County.

Sheriff Pat Garrett reminds us that "human trafficking is a terrible reality in our community. Joined by our wonderful public safety partners, we are committed to continue interdiction efforts to rescue victims and hold accountable all those who perpetuate these crimes."

Those arrested during missions in September and November include:
Majid L. Abdulla, 36, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Nicholas R. Arntsen, 21, of Portland, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Roy P. Carino, 51, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Javies Chavez, 24, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Jesus Cruz-Arreguin, 33, of Gervais, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation and Theft III;
Richard Derby, 19, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Lazaro Echevarria-Martinez, 46, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Pedro Escalona-Varela, 31, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Rigoberto Figueroa-Gutierrez, 35, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Charles F. Giaquinto, 48, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Shubham Gilda, 32, of Hillsboro for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Abhishek Kumar, 31, of Hillsboro, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Galo M. Legarda, 39, of Gladstone, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Joseph T. Martinez, 24, of Aurora, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
John W. Miller, 44, of Seabec, Washington, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Domenico A. Opiela, 46, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
John M. Pearson, 73, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Daniel N. Radtke, 39, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Isagani C. Rausa, 33, of Tigard, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Rene Rodriguez-Abarca, 37, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Gaspar Silva-Zavala, 43, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
Apurva H. Thakkar, 27, of Salem, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank local hotels who have provided resources and assistance for these missions.

For the integrity of future missions, we specifically request that the media not report the locations of these missions.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Booking Photos

DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 9:41 AM
Boardman to Hemingway Project will create jobs and provide infrastructure to develop America's energy resources

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a move that will improve the nation's energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

"The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America's energy independence," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Today's decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region."

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid.

"This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to market," said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. "It is a great example of the Administration's America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production."

"It's great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done," said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "I'm pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I'm confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership."

"BLM's approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region."

"The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward," said Senator James Risch. "I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project."

"The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work."

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions' ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President's all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America's energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

The final documents and maps showing the Agency Preferred Alternative are available at: http://bit.ly/2hRuQfS.

Seven Citations, 18 Warnings Issued During Thursday Evening #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/17 9:34 AM
In the evening hours of Thursday November 16, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Highway 30 from Northwest Nicolai Street to the St. John's Bridge. Traffic officers were assisted by officers from East, North, and Central Precincts.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes.

In total, seven citations were issued as well as 18 written warnings. One driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/3056/109742/Vision_Zero.jpg

PPB Sunshine Division and Zupan's Markets Partner to Give Families a Thanksgiving (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/17 9:00 AM
On Monday, November 20, 2017, Zupan's Markets employees will pack more than 500 Thanksgiving food boxes for low-income families--an effort funded through the generosity of Zupan's Markets and their customers.

Zupan's volunteers will begin packing food boxes at 5:30am at the Sunshine Division's warehouse, located at 687 N Thompson Street. This tradition started eleven years ago when Zupan's began sponsoring the Thanksgiving food box program. This year's in-store "Share Thanksgiving" promotion funded a complete holiday meal for 6-8 people in each box.

"The long-standing local partnerships with companies such as Zupan's Markets, remind us how important working together is in addressing poverty in our community, said Portland Police Officer Matt Tobey, who is assigned to the Sunshine Division. It is also the true spirit of Thanksgiving, and the Sunshine Division is thankful for longtime friends and partners such as the Zupan's Markets family and customers."

"We give thanks to our customers and associates who have partnered with us once again to fight hunger in our local community," said Mike Zupan, president and CEO of Zupan's Markets. "Providing families the opportunity to share a meal together is one of the most important ways for us to give back to our Portland neighbors."

Thanksgiving food boxes are already reserved and will be distributed to qualifying families with children, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities on November 21, 2017 at the Sunshine Division and through support from Portland Police officers. In addition, a few nonprofit partners will receive free Sunshine Division support for their families, such as NAYA (Native American Youth Advocates) and Self Enhancement Inc.

The media is invited to attend the following events:

Thanksgiving Food Box Packing - November 20th, 2017, 5:30am -- 6:45am at Sunshine Division's warehouse at 687 N Thompson Street, Portland, OR 97227

Food box distribution -- November 21st, 2016, 9:00a -- 11:00am -- at Sunshine Division's warehouse at 687 N Thompson Street, Portland, Or 97227

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 42 years. Zupan's Markets, with three 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.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/3056/109651/Officer_Matt_Tobey_Thanksgiving.jpg , 2017-11/3056/109651/Thanksgiving_boxes.JPG

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds community of ongoing phone scams
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/17 8:59 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has continued to receive reports from members of our community being targeted by ongoing phone scams attempting to elicit money from victims.

Previously, MCSO has released information about these phone scams and the various tactics being used to victimize individuals. The scammer calls to explain that you have a warrant due to missed jury duty, or other unpaid fines, and need to wire money or send pre-paid gift cards immediately to resolve the issue.

These scammers identify themselves as a member of MCSO; most recently, the scammers have used names of current MCSO command-level staff members. The voicemail greeting on the call-back number provided also identifies the scammers as MCSO employees.

MCSO does not request payment of any fines via phone and will not initiate any request involving a wire-transfer or pre-paid card.

These scams are not only being targeted to individuals within our immediate community; they have reached statewide locations.

We urge the community to be aware of this ongoing scam. If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with this scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.

Do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.


The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/17/17 8:50 AM
With Thanksgiving just a few days 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, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2012 through 2016, there were more than 3,600 cooking-related fires reported in Oregon causing seven deaths, 200 injuries, and more than $33 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 them off and keep the doors 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, 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, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

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/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1062/109740/gty_cooking_turkey_ll_121121_wmain.jpg

Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Saturday November 18 at 8:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/17 8:00 AM
Sergeant Pete Simpson will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Saturday November 18, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.

Sergeant Simpson will respond to media requests for information via email or media-only pager for emergent events.


Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Branch in Christmas Valley (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/17/17 7:13 AM
The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley on November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4992/109737/Christmas_Valley_Grand_Opening.docx , Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch in Christmas Valley, Oregon, becoming the only financial services provider locally serving residents.

Thu. 11/16/17
Missing person (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 5:08 PM
Clark County Sheriff's Office
Major Crimes Unit
Missing Person
The Clark County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of Britney Goodwin. Britney is an 18 year old Clark County resident who last had contact with family was in late October of 2017. Britney had been in contact with friends up until about two weeks ago and since then no one has heard from her. The Sheriff's Office is interested in locating Britney and making sure she is safe. Britney is described as 5'06 feet tall and 150 pounds with dark hair and glasses. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Lindsay Schultz at lindsay.schultz@clark.wa.gov or leave a message on the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 360-397-2120.

Sgt. Duncan Hoss

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1172/109736/btri1.jpg , Britney

CCC Workforce hosts sessions for NW Behavioral Healthcare employees
Clackamas Comm. College - 11/16/17 4:52 PM
OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College Workforce Development Services, which is funded by Clackamas Workforce Partnership, will hold an information session for employees affected by recent layoffs at Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services.

The sessions will be Nov. 20, 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. and again Nov. 22, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, in the Family Resource Center, Room F117.

Attending this information session will help employees:
Understand what might affect unemployment benefits and other unemployment requirements/processes.
Hear about health insurance options.
Learn about resources available through your local WorkSource Center and community.
Find out about job search assistance and techniques.

RSVP by calling Peggie Charter at 503-594-3091 or emailing peggiec@clackamas.edu. For more information about Workforce Development Services, visit www.clackamas.edu/CBI.


Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:47 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Online/Social Media Awareness
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:35 PM
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in calls involving persons sending Facebook friend requests then using messenger to converse leading to the citizen sending nude photos. Immediately after the new Facebook friend sends the citizen a video of the act or photos and demands payment to keep it off the internet. The persons are using various Facebook accounts and names. This is a reminder, if you do not know the person, be cautious when accepting them as a friend or engaging in conversations with them, you do not know their intentions.

Respectfully submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Phone Scam in Lincoln County
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:31 PM
On 11/5/17, The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who received a phone call from "Dish Network". The gentleman representing "Dish" called stating they were checking signals and knew the citizens name and that she was a Dish customer. The scammers called from two different numbers. The keen citizen contacted the true Dish fraud department who told her they possibly had a data breach on their website, ultimately they created her a new account and changed her passwords. REMEMBER do not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal information. Be alert and protect yourself.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:10 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.


Lebanon Man Hospitalized Following House Fire; Dog Perishes In Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 11/16/17 4:03 PM
Heavily damaged kitchen.
Heavily damaged kitchen.
Fire investigators have determined that the refrigerator inside of a home at 1206 Cascade Drive in Lebanon was the cause of a fire which destroyed most of the home, killed the family dog, and sent one male occupant to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation on Monday afternoon. Ronald Fields, 55, was asleep in his bedroom with the door closed at the time of the fire. He awoke to a strange smell and when he opened his bedroom door the entire hallway was charged with thick black smoke. Fields attempted to exit the home but was forced back into the bedroom by the intense smoke and heat. A second attempt proved successful and he was able to escape the flames building within the fully involved kitchen, however the family's pet dog succumbed to the smoke and was discovered by firefighters during the suppression effort.

Fields' daughter Stacy Heyne, 31 of Lebanon, was also in the home with her infant son at the time of the fire and called 911 to report a fire in the kitchen. The Lebanon Fire District was notified at 1:58 p.m. and the first unit arrived just 3 minutes later. Heavy fire was reported from the rear of the structure and firefighters deployed hose lines to the rear of the house to attack the blaze. Mr. Fields was cared for by LFD firefighter/paramedics until a medic unit arrived and transported him to Lebanon Community Hospital. 21 firefighters were on scene for 2 hours and 24 minutes.

On Tuesday six members of the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team spent roughly 4 hours investigating the fire and were assisted by a Deputy State Fire Marshal from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and two members of the Oregon State Police. Evidence showed that the fire started in the back of the refrigerator near the motor and compressor and spread up the wall to the kitchen cabinetry and a nearby table used as a printer stand. Once it became well established, the fire quickly consumed more room contents and caused the nearby sliding glass door to fail, introducing more oxygen to the fire and intensifying the blaze.

The Lebanon Fire District credits the closed door of the bedroom with saving Mr. Fields' life and reminds citizens to always sleep with their doors closed to prevent deadly smoke and toxic gasses from entering their sleeping areas. House fire fatalities rarely occur from burns but are almost always a result of asphyxiation and smoke inhalation. Just one breath of super-heated smoke and gasses can lead to unconsciousness and ultimately death. It is also recommended to periodically clean the dust and grease build up from kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and ranges. For more information on how to protect yourself from fire in the home or for a free home fire and life safety evaluation contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

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

Attached Media Files: Heavily damaged kitchen. , Refrigerator compressor and motor.

Donations now being accepted for annual police toy drive (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/16/17 3:50 PM
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986.

"We've already received toy donations," said Support Division Lieutenant Ben Bales who supervises the department's Volunteer Services Section. "The volunteer office is starting to look like Santa Central."

With donations from the public, the toy drive is able to gift toys to approximately 250 families each year. "It's fantastic that after three decades the community joins us in helping to make the holidays brighter for Salem children in need," shared Bales.

Toys should be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Toys will be accepted through December 13.

Each year, the Salem Police Department enlists the assistance of community collaborators, such as Family Building Blocks, Oak Park Community Church, Salem-Keizer School District's Community Outreach Coordinators, and the Community & Partners of East Salem. These organizations generously give of their time to help identify families, sort the toys by age, and wrap all the presents.

Residents can stop by the Salem Police Department at their convenience to make their donation as the lobby is open to public around the clock. However, to make dropping off donations more convenient, the department also connects with local businesses who kindly open their locations as donation collection sites and include:
Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate Square S, #110
Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S

For more information about donations, please call the Salem Police Volunteer Services Section at 503-588-6499, option 1.

Attached Media Files: 2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster

Tip of the Week November 20, 2017 - - HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 3:14 PM
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926


Date: November 20, 2017

Contact: Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
(541) 265-0652


Your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office offers the following shopping safety tips as the holiday season is fast approaching. We have also included some tips for sales personnel who are likely to see more counterfeit money during this time of year.

Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
Don't carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you don't attract attention.
Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
Allow for darkness. It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.
Instruct children on holiday safety measures. Know where your children are at all times. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.
Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.). Place them in the trunk or take them with you. This includes portable GPS units.
Never hide spare keys in or on your car. These hiding places are easily discovered. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances. Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready.
Do not drive across parking stalls. Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
Drive defensively and courteously.
Report all suspicious activity.
And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience.

And now, here are some tips for sales personnel concerning counterfeit money.
Do not return suspected money to the passer.
Stall the suspect as long as possible.
Get a good description of the suspect, anyone with the suspect, and of the suspect vehicle as well as the license number.
Call 911 as soon as possible.
Try not to handle the bill; put it in a protective covering such as an envelope.
Release the suspected bill only to police or to the United States Secret Service.
Inform the police if there is video footage available of the suspect.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109728/112017-Holiday_Shopping_Tips.pdf

***Name Released*** Two Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Santiam Pass - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:49 PM
Update on 2nd deceased driver name
The driver of the Ford was identified as Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon).


On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van towing a trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck a westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Linda A DAVIS, age 70, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon), was also pronounced deceased. His identity is still being withheld at this time as his family has not yet been located.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck an westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available and next of kin for the deceased have been notified.

Wendy Smith is newest member of Vancouver Public Schools board of directors
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 11/16/17 2:45 PM
Vancouver Public Schools welcomes Wendy Smith to the board of directors. Smith, who was elected in the Nov. 7 general election, will be formerly sworn in at the Dec. 12 school board meeting. A lifelong Vancouver resident, she teaches social studies at Heritage High School in Evergreen Public Schools.

"I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve the students and families of Vancouver Public Schools," said Smith. "As a teacher, I see the work of the school board as a natural extension of the commitment I made to public education 14 years ago. And as a parent and lifelong resident of the Vancouver community, I have a personal investment in the district's success as well. I'm proud of the work VPS has done to increase equity for students; provide choices for families; and create innovative, community-oriented schools. I'm looking forward to continuing this legacy of excellence."

Smith and her husband have two young children: George, a preschooler, and Eleanor, a third-grader at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School. Smith herself is a product of VPS. She attended Felida Elementary School, Jason Lee Middle School and Columbia River High School. She has bachelor's degrees in history and anthropology from University of Washington and a master's degree in education from Washington State University Vancouver.

"Wendy's commitment to student learning will align well with the board's work to increase opportunity and improve outcomes for VPS students. We look forward to Wendy joining the team," said Vancouver School Board President Michelle Giovannozzi.

Spirit of Christmas tree lighting kicks off holidays
City of Gresham - 11/16/17 2:30 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the start of the holiday season in historic downtown Gresham, where a variety of fun, family friendly festivities all lead up to the grand finale--the lighting of the City's 60-foot ponderosa pine at the 26th annual Spirit of Christmas event, Saturday, Nov. 25. The free festivities include arts and crafts in Historic Downtown Gresham for Small Business Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with live music, photos with Santa and free treats at the Arts Plaza starting at 5 p.m. The tree is lit promptly at 6 p.m.

"Gresham may be the fourth largest city in Oregon, but we still celebrate that small-town feel at our annual tree lighting ceremony, the Spirit of Christmas," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "We'll bring the beautiful tree, sparkling lights and Santa. But, it's this great community coming together to celebrate with our neighbors that is the heart of this special event."

At the Arts Plaza, located at 401 NE Second St., Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the crowd, listen to the children's wish lists, pose for photos and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Live music performances include Gresham Arthur Academy, SALT Pac, and the Gresham High School Overtones. Free cocoa, hot cider, hot dogs, candy canes, popcorn and more will be served, thanks to our generous sponsors.

At the event, the City will collect canned goods to support Fill-a-Bag food drive. Last year, Fill-a-Bag raised the equivalent of 875,000 pounds of food for local families. A $20 donation can buy a whopping 400 pounds of food for the hungry, so bring your donations as well.

This annual event is made possible by local businesses. Special thanks to our Gold sponsors, Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, Gresham Station, MetroEast Community Media, and Weston KIA, and our Silver sponsors, Nicholas Restaurant, Clackamas County Bank, East County Little League, Grocery Outlet, ServPro of Gresham, The Outlook/Pamplin Media Group, Pathway Church, Pediatric Therapy Services, Office Depot, US World Class Taekwondo, and State Farm/Rob Hendrickson.

The Historic Downtown Business Association (ExploreGresham.com) is hosting a variety of family-friendly activities downtown activities before and after the tree lighting:

10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. -- Photos with Santa at the Gresham History Museum

2:30 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. -- Multiple business open houses, as follows
- Amiton Furniture: Open House with cookies and cider
- Accent on Attitude: Open House with treats
- Anderson Martial Arts: Board breaking, face painting
- Blondies Pizza: Pizza dough activity
- Café Delirium: Phone calls to the North Pole
- Feather Your Nest: Ornament making
- Frenzi: Decorate tree ornaments
- Gresham Library: Craft activity
- iCandy: Gingerbread cookie decorating
- KMO: Children's craft
- Pediatric Therapy: Cookie decorating
- SALT Academy: Holiday bazaar, letters to Santa, and more!
- St. Henry's Church: Advent paper chain making
- SugarCubed Cakes: Decorate your own mini cupcake
- Tsuru Island: Games, slide show and garden tour at Main City Resource Center
- USWC Taekwondo: Kid's wonderland with crafts, bounce house, obstacle course and more!

6 p.m. -- Countdown to the tree lighting at the Arts Plaza

Visit http://www.GreshamOregon.gov/Spirit-of-Christmas for more information.

Ridgefield School District Announces Name and Mascot for New Grade 5-6 Intermediate School (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/16/17 2:22 PM
Newly-designed logo for Ridgefield School District's new 5-6 school, Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, scheduled to open in Fall 2018.
Newly-designed logo for Ridgefield School District's new 5-6 school, Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, scheduled to open in Fall 2018.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- The Ridgefield School District announced today that Sunset Ridge Intermediate School has been selected as the name for its new Grade 5-6 school currently under construction. The new school mascot? The coyote.

The district announced the news at its regular Board of Directors meeting on November 14.

The school name was selected from 222 nominations received from the Ridgefield community and submitted to the school board for consideration. In keeping with the names of the existing district schools, "Ridge" was a requirement in the name, along with "Intermediate School". Patrons submitted nominations during the month of October.

In its discussions, the Board sought to name the school after a feature unique to the school site and paid special attention not to duplicate other school names within the region.

Student input was key in selecting the school mascot. Student entries for mascot nominations were required to have connections to regional history, a potato heritage, local wildlife, geographic features and Success Bound attributes (being respectful, responsible and resilient). Students were also required to provide explanations to support their nominations.

A total of 105 mascot nominations were received. School administrators collaborated with student leaders from the district's two elementary schools--South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary, and the top two choices were presented to the Board for final consideration.

The district is grateful to all participants who took the time to submit nominations and comments to help inform the district in the selection process.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School will occupy the new Grade 5-8 schools complex, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.


Attached Media Files: Newly-designed logo for Ridgefield School District's new 5-6 school, Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatal in Josephine County (Photo)** Update on Juvenile Name**
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:11 PM
The juvenile's name is listed below.

Update on Juvenile age and make of vehicle

On November 14, 2017, at approximately 7:00 P.M., OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash at the intersection of Elk Lane and Majestic Drive.

The preliminary investigation revealed Joseph "Joey" Jones (age 14 from Grants Pass) was on a long board skateboard, traveling downhill on Majestic Drive when he entered onto Elk Lane. When he entered Elk Lane he was struck by a southbound Mercury SUV. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Mercedes was occupied by the driver Mallory Perez (age 32 from Grants Pass) and her nine year old daughter. Perez is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

Elk Lane was closed for approximately two hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109664/20171114_201636.jpg

Astoria Teen Killed in Vehicle Crash Near Gearhart (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:01 PM
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at approximately 2:07 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a head-on two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway near milepost 14.

The preliminary investigation revealed a black Honda Civic, operated by Broderick Danielson, age 18, Astoria, was traveling northbound and lost control rotating sideways into southbound lane. A southbound silver Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Melany Bloom, age 38, Rosburg, WA was unable to stop, hitting the passenger side of the Honda. Danielson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane of travel for 1 hour and completely closed for an additional hour. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor for the crash. OSP was assited by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109723/Hwy_101_mp_14_sp17417054.jpg

Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/17 1:25 PM
Emily and Justice Prosise
Emily and Justice Prosise
Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: Emily and Justice Prosise

Union Gospel Mission Cooking Turkeys and Need a Few More to Serve Over 800 on Thanksgiving Day (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/16/17 11:46 AM
Thanksgiving Plate
Thanksgiving Plate
Union Gospel Mission Cooking Turkeys and Need a Few More to Serve Over 800 on Thanksgiving Day

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission is starting to cook turkeys now and could use a few more turkeys in order to be prepared to serve over 800 meals on Thanksgiving Day. Another need for the event is coffee.

"We could use a few more turkeys and we always need coffee," said Lori Quinney, food service coordinator at Union Gospel Mission.

Union Gospel Mission's Thanksgiving Day event takes place on Thursday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. at Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue. This year's event will take place inside the Mission, rather than a large tent outside as the event has been in previous years.

In addition to turkey, the menu includes 350 lbs. each of mashed potatoes, stuffing and fresh candied yams, 75 gallons of turkey gravy, 72 lbs. of cranberry sauce, 240 pumpkin pies with whipped cream, 1200 dinner rolls with butter and 100 gallons of coffee.

Turkeys and coffee can be dropped off at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland. Union Gospel Mission is also seeking financial support for Thanksgiving events. Donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or mailed to 3 NW Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209.

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: Thanksgiving Plate , Volunteers Dish Up Thanksgiving Meals in 2016

CORRECTION: Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/16/17 11:44 AM
Policy Manual
Policy Manual
The previous release incorrectly stated comments would be collected through Friday, December 16, 2017. The release has been corrected to accurately reflect that December 16, 2017 is a Saturday.



The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

These directives in 1st Universal Review will remain posted with comments collected from Wednesday, November 15, 2017 through Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Directive 210.20 Milk Expression
Directive 210.21 Leaves from Service
Directive 410.00 Injuries/Occupational Illness/Disabilities/LOS
Directive 414.00 Pregnancy
Directive 630.25 Cadet Program

Community members are encouraged to read this Directive at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


Attached Media Files: Policy Manual

Man Arrested After Making Threats on Local College Campus
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:20 AM
Today at 10:00 a.m., an employee at the Brooks Campus of Chemeketa Community College was approached by a male who made verbal threats to harm her. At the time of the incident approximately 40 deputy Sheriff's with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were on campus training and she reported the activity directly to them.

The campus and surrounding area was asked to lockdown while deputies searched the area. At 10:49 a.m., Jose Lara-Anaya, age 39, of Woodburn was located near the campus and arrested for the crimes of disorderly conduct and menacing. Mr. Lara-Anaya is a transient who was intoxicated and suffering from what appeared to be mental health issues.

Currently Mr. Lara-Anaya is being taken to the Marion County Jail where he will be lodged and given a mental health evaluation. Deputies would like to thank Chemeketa Community College, Salem Police Mobile Crisis Response Team and local businesses who provided information that aided in locating Mr. Lara-Anaya.

Mr. Lara-Anaya booking image will be available once he has been processed at the Marion County Jail. Please watch our web page for updates.

Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Millersburg Theft
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:17 AM
Sheriff Bruce Riley reports this morning at 1:59 a.m., deputies responded to a reported theft in progress of a Kubota Backhoe. The incident occurred at NE Clearwater Dr., near the intersection of Nestucca Avenue in Millersburg. This is the location of several new construction homes.

The caller told Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch that someone was at one of the vacant homes and attempting to hook up a pickup to a trailer with a backhoe that was left on site. Multiple patrol deputies converged on the area and were able to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

The operator and sole occupant was identified as Everado Torres, 25, of Salem. The investigation revealed Torres was in possession of and operating a red 1998 GMC pickup stolen out of Silverton Oregon. The vehicle had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Junction City. Torres had moved the backhoe to gain access to a flatbed trailer, which he was towing away from the area when contacted by deputies. Torres also had in his possession numerous tools and car keys, some of which were identified as stolen by the owner of the pickup.

A large tool box was also in the rear of the stolen vehicle. Deputies were able to locate the owner of the tool box in Corvallis, who was unaware it had been stolen. Torres had outstanding warrants from the Albany Police Department and was driving while suspended.

After confirming the property was stolen, Torres was taken into custody and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Theft I, Giving False Information to Police, Failure to Carry or Present a License and Driving While Suspended.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Sherwood Police Department as they contacted related business and property owners to determine ownership of the various property and vehicles.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets November 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:59 AM
November 16, 2017

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

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; hear concept for how benchmarks will be set.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

International climate change conference puts PCC's sustainability efforts on global stage (Photo)
PCC - 11/16/17 10:35 AM
BONN, Germany -- Portland Community College showcased its sustainability accomplishments on the world stage.

PCC President Mark Mitsui and Sustainability Manager Briar Schoon attended the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, as part of 'We Are Still In' (WASI), a non-federal, subnational group committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. COP 23, which took place Nov. 9-16, served as the conference for the next round of United Nations climate negotiations and attracted nearly 20,000 attendees from around the world. WASI, meanwhile, represents a collective of 2,550 mayors, governors, tribal leaders, CEOs, investors, university and college presidents and religious establishments from around the country -- more than 130 million Americans across 50 states and over $6 trillion of the American economy.

"The degree of international cooperation and innovation in this space is both impressive and necessary," said Mitsui. "There is much that we all can do locally and globally to address this challenge. It is clear that PCC and the other colleges and universities here in Bonn are leading the way in demonstrating the important role higher education plays in being part of the solution."

At COP 23, it was a chance for agencies to showcase their efforts and progress. WASI hosted the U.S. Climate Action Center, a first-ever pavilion and forum for American leaders to convene throughout the negotiations and share their contributions to address climate change. WASI also presented the "America's Pledge" report, which provides analysis on the scope and scale of actions taken by states, cities, businesses and higher education in the United States, to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions.

It was at the Climate Action Center that Mitsui served as one of three panelists in a session, "U.S. Higher Education Institutions: Forces for Global Climate Action." He was joined by panelists Dianne Harrison (president of Cal State-Northridge) and David Finegold (president of Chatham University). PCC's leader highlighted the key role that higher education institutions can play to nurture the next generation of leaders in climate action and sustainability. A shared commitment to carbon neutrality and specific strengths two-year and four-year colleges can bring to the effort also were highlighted.

"It was powerful to discuss with my peer presidents how community colleges and universities can work together to combat climate change," said Mitsui. "Engaging our campuses in best practices, educating the clean tech workforce, raising awareness of sustainable practices across sectors, and developing the next generation of leaders are ways we can demonstrate that we are still in."

Mitsui serves on the steering committee of Second Nature, which coordinates the higher education portion of the WASI campaign of approximately 320-plus colleges. PCC was one of the first signatories of this coalition.

The college also is a founding member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development. And just last month PCC was chosen as the winner of the annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for two-year colleges -- a prestigious, national honor. Collectively, these efforts and honors contributed to PCC being tapped to attend COP 23 as part of WASI.

"The conference offered us the opportunity to share the good work PCC is doing with our peers, fellow WASI members, and the global community," said Schoon, who added that many of the signatories were able to demonstrate that the U.S. continues to make strides on climate action despite the absence of U.S. federal leadership.

"What is special about PCC's sustainability program is our holistic approach," said Schoon. "We've been very thoughtful to integrate sustainability throughout all of our systems -- academics, operations and administration -- and we're fortunate to have had President Mitsui speak to this as part of his panel session."

Schoon noted that being part of the WASI contingent at COP 23 enabled PCC to make connections with WASI members and international peer institutions. Their discussions focused on partnerships to support local climate action, best practices in resiliency planning, and inspiration for hands-on learning opportunities in sustainability/climate action.

And she confirmed that PCC is developing its sustainability plan and will be updating its climate action plan in the next few years.

"My goal is to incorporate what we've learned here, as part of this conference, into our programming at PCC, to ensure that our efforts continue to align with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement," said Schoon.

"This kind of commitment is central to PCC's sense of community -- locally, regionally, nationally and globally -- and to our values as an institution. Our behavior and action is crucial and makes a measurable difference to address climate change."

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/40/109713/MarkMitsuiWOSI.jpeg , 2017-11/40/109713/MarkMitsuiPanel.jpeg , 2017-11/40/109713/MarkMitsuiKateBrownBriarSchoon.jpeg

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:34 AM
November 16, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who represent coordinated care organizations. This position serves a four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2018. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:
1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor's Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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UPDATE: Man Killed as a Result of Sunday Traffic Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 11/16/17 10:22 AM
The man who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle on Sunday evening near the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 146th Avenue has been identified as 40-year-old Enrico Reyes of Portland.

Based on information learned during the investigation, officers believe Reyes was lying on the roadway immediately before being struck by a 2014 Honda Accord that was traveling eastbound on Southeast Stark Street.

Reyes is the 45th traffic related fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team in 2017.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Phil Maynard at 503-823-3809 or Phillip.Maynard@portlandoregon.gov



On Sunday November 12, 2017, at 7:59 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 146th Avenue.

Officers and emergency medical responders arrived at the crash and found a 40-year-old male on the roadway. Emergency medical personnel determined the man was deceased.

Based on the information learned during the preliminary investigation, officers believe the pedestrian was on Southeast Stark Street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling on Southeast Stark Street.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the crash location and is cooperating with investigators.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to continue this investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also responding to assist with the investigation.

Southeast Stark Street will be closed between Southeast 143rd Ave and Southeast 148th Avenue for the next three to four hours.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency-line at 503-823-3333.

No additional information is expected to be released this evening regarding this crash.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390


Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/16/17 10:06 AM
Every 33 seconds, one child under 13 is involved in a crash. That's a terrifying statistic and one that demands our immediate attention. To help combat this serious issue, we must work
together to spread the word about child passenger safety and the life-saving importance of
correct car seat selection, installation, and use. Is your child's car seat correctly installed? Don't think you know--know you know.

The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition Washington County
and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information on how a seat belt properly fits a child, please visit

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. Please note that the last car will be accepted at
11:30 a.m.

Attached Media Files: Press Release

Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 8:59 AM
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Media Release

Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner

November 16, 2017 -- Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit recovered property stolen from a vehicle over the weekend and have returned it to the rightful owner.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 5:11 p.m., a man living in the 8800 block of SW Cashmur Drive in West Slope reported that someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen his work tools. The man provided a detailed list of the stolen tools to a patrol deputy and told the deputy that some of the tools had been marked with his initials.

The man later located one of his stolen items on OfferUp, an app-based sales platform. Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit followed up and made arrangements to meet with the seller. After confirming the seller had stolen items belonging to the victim, detectives recovered tools valued at $1,000.

Detectives cited Raymond A. Chavez, 30, of Portland, for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft in the first degree. [A prior booking photo is included with this release.] This morning, detectives were able to return the stolen items to the grateful victim.

Detectives received valuable assistance from OfferUp during this investigation.
The victim is willing to speak with the media.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit recommend that owners record serial numbers for their property and/or apply distinct markings to make identification of items easier.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Raymond Chavez booking photo

PPS on opening Harriet Tubman Middle School: "We're all in"
Portland Public Schools - 11/16/17 8:57 AM
News Release
Media contacts
David Northfield | dnorthfield@pps.net | 503-916-3066
Amber Shoebridge | ashoebridge@pps.net | 503-916-5091

November 14, 2017

PPS Board moves ahead with opening two middle schools
Portland Public Schools will move forward with plans to open two middle schools in 2018-19.
The PPS Board of Education on Tuesday passed Resolution 5534, by a 7-0 vote, directing Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero to establish Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as middle schools, with students in grades 6-8. The board also directed that eight schools be converted into elementary schools with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.
The resolution established attendance boundaries for the middle and elementary schools, and established the high schools the middle schools will send their students to.
The vote came after extensive discussions by the board and nearly a dozen community meetings in multiple languages. Former Superintendent Carole Smith initially called for opening the middle schools in time for this school year, but the plan was delayed because of leadership changes and other issues.
At its Oct. 24 meeting, the Board voted to move ahead with the plan to open the schools, but with contingencies, including a comprehensive health and safety screening at Harriet Tubman. The resolution passed Tuesday calls for the community and Board to receive results of those tests "on an expedited basis," but adds that PPS staff has assessed that there are "no insurmountable health and safety impediments to opening Harriet Tubman."
The campus had been set to be tested for lead, radon, asbestos, diesel particulates, visible mold and carcinogens. Board member Paul Anthony on Tuesday added an amendment, which was passed 7-0, that the school also be tested for heavy metals cadmium, zinc, copper and iron oxide.
PPS Chief Operating Officer Jerry Vincent reported that the district is ramping up efforts on Harriet Tubman, with a meeting with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Quality set for Friday, with the aim of creating an action play by Dec. 1. Vincent also reported that the district has budgeted work to stabilize a hillside on campus that had caused concern about it potentially shifting.
The resolution will convert Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Sabin, Irvington and Martin Luther King Jr. from K-8 schools into K-5 elementary schools that send students to Harriet Tubman. The middle school will be put into the feeder pattern to the dual assignment zone of Grant and Jefferson High Schools.
The plan also calls for Vestal, Scott, Jason Lee and Rose City Park to be made into K-5 schools that feed Roseway Heights, which would become a feeder school for Madison High School.
The Board also directed that ACCESS Academy, a Talented and Gifted Education program that is currently housed at Rose City Park, be placed in a "bridge or permanent" facility that can hold about 350 students for the 2018-19 school year. The district also was directed to develop a complementary district-wide TAG program to serve students in neighborhood schools.
The changes are part of an overall plan to correct enrollment imbalances in the district that officials hope to rectify by converting more K-8 schools to K-5s, and with the projected 2021 opening of a rebuilt Kellogg Middle School. The resolution also calls for the district to develop options to boost the enrollment at Martin Luther King Jr. by Dec. 31, 2018.
The moves will be undertaken to give families in North and Northeast Portland appropriately-sized schools while also ensuring that students from marginalized and historically underrepresented communities have equitable access to a quality education that prepares them for success in high school and beyond.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/69/109708/middleschoolrelase.11-14-17.docx

Narcan (Naloxone) Administered to Inmate Suffering Overdose in Lincoln County Jail
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 8:49 AM
On Monday, November 13, 2017 Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies responded to a medical emergency in the E Pod housing unit of the Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 6:00pm a deputy assigned to the E Pod housing unit was alerted to one of the cells by an inmate who pressed their emergency call box button. When the deputy responded, the inmate appeared to be in distress and told the deputy he had ingested Heroin. The deputy recognized signs of possible overdose and requested the response of jail medical staff and an ambulance to assist.

While waiting the arrival of Pacific West Ambulance, deputies and medical staff administered Narcan to the inmate. Narcan (Naloxone) is an opiate antidote. Opiates include Heroin and many prescription pain medications such as Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, and Methadone.

The inmate was monitored by jail staff until Pacific West Ambulance arrived on scene and transported him to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for further treatment.

"We are very appreciative of the quick actions of our corrections staff to render the appropriate aid to one of our inmates suffering a medical emergency," stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. "They relied on their training and available resources, in this case Naloxone, which we obtained for this very situation," Landers said.

The Sheriff's Office obtained 35 units of Naloxone in July of this year through a donation from Samaritan Health Services. The Sheriff's Office maintains Naloxone in all of the housing units of the jail as well as all of their patrol cars for administration in the field.

Following the incident, the jail was locked down for a full search of the facility. Newport Police Department's Canine Team, trained in drug detection, assisted with the search. No additional controlled substances were detected during the full scale search of the facility.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109707/Media_Release_-_Naloxone_Admin_11.16.2017.pdf

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/15/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/16/17 8:09 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/15/2017



On 11/13/2017, an Estacada city employee reported that a vehicle had been abandoned next to the city shops located at 777 NW Tulip Road. An investigation was conducted by code enforcement, and the vehicle was towed as abandoned on 11/15/2017.


On 11/15/2017 at 1742 hrs., police were contacted regarding a hit and run crash in the 300 block of S. Broadway. A report was taken.


On 11/15/2017 at 2201 hrs., police received a report of a stolen camouflage eight foot recumbent bike from the 1000 block of SW Lake Shore Drive.



On 11/15/2017 at 1312 hrs., police received a report of a stolen vehicle from the 40000 block of SE Highway 26. The vehicle in question was recovered by Gresham Police Department at the same time the report was being made. The vehicle was returned to the owner.


On 11/15/2017 at 1934 hrs., police responded to a Criminal Mischief call in the 39000 block of Evans Street. An unknown suspect threw a pumpkin at a vehicle and caused damage to the hood and fender.

Wed. 11/15/17
Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Shooting in Argay Terrace Neighborhood -- No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/17 8:51 PM
On Wednesday November 15, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 13200 block of Northeast Shaver Street.

Officers arrived at the scene, canvassed the area, and discovered evidence of gunfire. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Witnesses told police that a dark colored vehicle left the area after the gunshots were heard but it is not known if the occupants of the vehicle are involved in the shooting. No suspects have been located at this time.

Based on information learned during the investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the location and assisted with the investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also responding to the crime scene.

This is the 100th major crime incident investigated by the Gang Enforcement Team in 2017.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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

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

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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Call 503-823-HELP (4357)


Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Crashes While Being Pursued
Salem Police Dept. - 11/15/17 5:04 PM
A Gresham man is in custody on multiple charges after crashing a stolen vehicle twice while being pursued by police.

The incident began at approximately 12:44 pm this afternoon when a Salem Police Officer was contacted by a citizen and advised of a stolen vehicle in the area of Wayside Terrace NE and 24th Place NE. The officer found the vehicle, a gold colored 1999 Toyota Corolla, that had been reported stolen to the Portland Police Bureau. The stolen vehicle was leaving the area and drove through the neighborhood towards Portland Rd.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver fled northbound on Portland Rd. As the stolen vehicle was turning onto Portland Rd, it struck a 2015 Toyota RAV 4 that was traveling southbound on Portland Rd. The driver of that vehicle was not injured. The stolen vehicle then continued northbound on Portland Rd, over Interstate 5 and struck a black 2007 Honda Accord that was turning southbound onto Portland Rd from Hayesville Dr NE. The driver of that vehicle, 41-year old Everado Quirino-Morales, was transported to Salem Health with minor injuries.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, 25-year old Cameron Alex Stiles of Gresham, also sustained minor injuries and was transported to Salem Health. He will be arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Assault in the Second Degree, and Attempting to Elude an Officer. Located in the stolen vehicle were firearms as well as drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending


Hundreds honor Larry Smith as Clark County's 2017 First Citizen (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 11/15/17 4:46 PM
Clark County's 2017 First Citizen, Larry J. Smith. Photo courtesy of Anthony Scales Photography.
Clark County's 2017 First Citizen, Larry J. Smith. Photo courtesy of Anthony Scales Photography.
Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 9, 2017 -- A crowd of more than 200 people gathered at Warehouse '23 last Thursday evening to celebrate Clark County's 2017 First Citizen, Larry J. Smith. The event marked the 78th year that a volunteer committee of community leaders and past First Citizens has selected a recipient for the county's highest distinction of citizenship.

Celebrating the honor a day before Veteran's Day, Smith--a veteran himself--couldn't have been fêted on a more fitting evening. His extensive list of service includes more than 25 years in the military and a second career as a public servant to the City of Vancouver. Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, acknowledged this honorable service and also pointed out that the First Citizen award is about "recognition of what you do in your spare time, after work, in the evenings and on the weekends." In Smith's case, his nomination included a long list of organizations that he has supported with his time, talent and treasure. Many of these were featured during a surprise community parade that rolled down the center aisle to kick off the award reception.

Smith's most notable volunteer accomplishments include co-founding the Community Military Appreciation Committee and the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Today, he continues to serve local residents from all walks of life, including the seniors he helps to feed every week as a delivery driver for the Meals on Wheels People. A few other organizations that were featured during the pop-up parade include the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, Council for the Homeless, Riverview Elementary Lunch Buddies and The Historic Trust.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor-elect for the City of Vancouver, was a city councilmember alongside Larry and introduced him with a few remarks that highlighted his time as Mayor Pro Tem. She said that he brought joy and excitement to every city-related event and made them truly special celebrations.

"Larry wasn't just there for the mayor, he was there for all of us. All of us on the council, and all of us here in the City of Vancouver," she said. "He had our backs."

Stepping to the podium, Larry Smith said that he was only able to accept the award because of the many people in Clark County who had made him effective in some of the things he does. He then rattled off a number ways that communities sustain and enrich our lives as individuals before narrowing in on his own list of the top ten reasons he loves Clark County. Included on his list were medical facilities, nonprofit organizations, history, philanthropic citizens, strong educational systems, honor and support for our first responders and veterans, our welcoming nature, great community events and volunteers.

On the last point, he also included a piece of wisdom for those who are approaching retirement.

"Stay active and involved. It's good for your health; it's good for your own psyche; and it's good for your family," he said.

He recounted a time when someone asked him why he was so involved in the community. He jokingly answered that his wife Patti runs him out of the house every now and then. Then he shared the real reason that he's done so much for Clark County over the years.

"It charges my batteries," Smith said. "I get a sense of satisfaction from working with others and listening to the differences of others. It's very rewarding for me, so I want to thank you."

Regents Bank is the presenting sponsor for the First Citizen Award and sent Senior Vice President Devin Jackson to award Smith with a commemorative framed print and a contribution of $1,000 to the nonprofit of his choice. Smith and his grandchildren chose to support Share's backpack program with the gift. Biggs Insurance and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation were supporting sponsors for the event, which is hosted jointly by The Columbian and the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. A video of the event is available for viewing online at www.cvtv.org. For more information about the award or nomination requirements, please visit www.cfsww.org/our-community/first-citizen/.

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large.

Attached Media Files: Clark County's 2017 First Citizen, Larry J. Smith. Photo courtesy of Anthony Scales Photography. , Clark County's 2017 First Citizen, Larry Smith, looks on as his personal, community parade passes by. , Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor-elect for the City of Vancouver, presents Clark County's 2017 First Citizen Award to former city councilmember Larry J. Smith.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies + SWAT catch burglar in house who was stealing firearms from a Castle Rock Residence.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/17 4:24 PM
Castle Rock, Wa -(11-14-17) Shortly after 8:00 a.m. a Castle Rock resident was alerted on his smart phone by his alarm system that an intruder was at his back door. The resident check the video surveillance system and saw a man trying to break in to his house. He took a screen shot of the suspect and called 911. He was able to text the photo of the suspect to deputies who were on scene.

Cowlitz Deputies and Castle Rock Police arrived on scene in about 7 minutes. They surrounded the house and saw that a window had been forced open and they heard movement inside the house.

The home owner, Austin Kohler who lives in the 200 block of Buland Drive, was able to view the camera system on his smart phone in real time and noticed that several firearms that were in the house had been moved. The deputies called for a K9 and the Lower Columbia SWAT to respond.

The SWAT members gave commands by voice and by PA system demanding the suspect to give up. There was no reply by the suspect. A robot was sent in to the house to aid in searching the residence.

The SWAT team entered the house and found the suspect hiding in a closet in a spare bedroom right at 11: 00 a.m. The suspect, ROBERT J DEPRIEST, 31 years of age had picked up a rifle and a loaded .357 revolver, several knives and 2 cell phones and took them with him as he hid in the closet. The rifle was found in the bedroom, near where he was hiding; the pistol was found in the closet and the knives and cell phones were in his pockets.

DePriest told deputies he was just looking for food.

DePriest, who also lives in Castle Rock, was book for Burglary 1st degree as well as on an outstanding DWLS warrant out of Castle Rock. DePriest was not known to the home owner.

(Answers to commonly asked questions by the media): We are not releasing any photos of the case. We are also not going to contact the victim and ask him if he is willing to contact the various media sources. We do not know DePriests criminal history.

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet November 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 3:08 PM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954 and call the conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee debrief; health aspects of kindergarten readiness; 2019 work plan; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Portland Fire & Rescue to Reopen Station 23 with Existing Resources (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/15/17 3:06 PM
Station 23
Station 23
To respond to Lower Southeast Portland's increase in population and businesses, Portland Fire & Rescue will reopen Station 23, located at 2915 SE 13th Place, on November 16th. Station 23 will operate using a pre-existing two-person crew and rescue vehicle. The Type 2 rescue vehicle is primarily designed to provide emergency medical services The vehicle and two-person crew is being transferred from Station 19 (7301 East Burnside), which will continue to respond with a four-person crew and its assigned engine.

"Portland Fire & Rescue responds to incidents from tactically located stations across the city. As Chief, I must constantly reevaluate our approach, especially when it comes to our goal of zero fire deaths a year. Based on its increased density, Southeast Portland requires the sort of response Station 23 can offer," says Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers. "I am pleased that we are able to provide this important coverage by using existing resources and a strategic re-mapping of our assets."

Station 23 was closed in July 2010 due to budget cuts. However, in the last year 1,333 incidents have occurred in Station 23's zone (called a Fire Management Area), including 105 confirmed fires, 16 of which were structure fires.

"Reopening Station 23 with existing resources is a great example of the innovation and efficiency Portland Fire & Rescue is using to better serve Portlanders," says Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "This two-person rescue will support surrounding stations during peak hours and decrease response times in order to provide a higher level of service for our communities."

Attached Media Files: Station 23

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposed adoption of master plans for Tryon Creek State Natural Area and parks in the Columbia Gorge
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/17 3:00 PM
Portland OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is in the final stage of approving two planning documents, one for state parks in the Columbia Gorge and one for Portland's Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The department is accepting comments through Dec. 29 on a proposal to adopt the two master plans, which guide recreation use and resource management for the next 20 years. This culminates an extensive public process that began in 2013 and included public meetings and a land use review by city and county officials.

The plans detail current natural and cultural resource conditions, outdoor recreation trends and how to balance recreation and resource protection. They set priorities for the next two decades, such as adding or improving trails, parking, facilities and signs. Both plans are available at oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre day-use park with more than 14 miles of trails, is situated in both southeast Portland and Lake Oswego. As part of the process of drafting the plan, OPRD planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between February and July 2013. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan in July 2013.

Officials from both Portland and Lake Oswego reviewed the draft for compatibility with zoning codes. OPRD planners made minor changes as a result.

The draft master plan for the Columbia Gorge Management Unit covers 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic viewpoints, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads connecting visitors with more than 150 miles of spectacular trails located in Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco Counties. The document replaces the previous plan, adopted in 1994.

As part of the process of drafting the plan, planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2013 and October 2014. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan at their meeting on February 11, 2015. The draft plan was then reviewed by Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties for compatibility with their comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

The full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045 is available online at oregon.gov/oprd. Click on Rules and Regulations on the right side of the page. (oregon.gov/oprd/RULES ) Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017 and can be made online; in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov.

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

First Responders and Principals face off in Thanksgiving Shopping Challenge (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 11/15/17 2:44 PM
For the second year, the City of Happy Valley and event sponsor, Fred Meyer, will kick off the holiday season with a friendly shopping challenge. With the help of Clackamas Fire, Happy Valley Police, and North Clackamas School District (NCSD), the stage is set for a mad dash that will benefit two local service organizations.

On Nov. 16, a team of first responders and a team of Happy Valley school principals will have just five minutes to race through the Happy Valley Crossroads Fred Meyer, filling a cart with holiday dinner supplies like turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie. If it's served for Thanksgiving dinner, it's on the shopping list.

Once their time is up, the public will have 24 hours to bid on the contents of each cart on the City of Happy Valley's Facebook page.

This year, the team of first responders will donate the proceeds they raise to Operation Santa, a division of Clackamas Fire that works with the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation during the holiday season to assist those in need in Clackamas County. Last year, Operation Santa collected 36,000 pounds of food, over 8,000 toys, helping over 500 families during the holidays.

The funds raised from the sale of the principals' cart will be donated to North Clackamas School District's Wichita Center, which brings together health and social services for the benefit of NCSD students and families. Throughout the year, the center provides a food pantry, clothes closet, hygiene products, backpacks and school supplies to families in need. The removal of these barriers helps to create an environment of equity and inclusiveness for each child in their formal education.

"Last year the event was a lot of fun, but more importantly, it brought attention to a great community organization. We look forward to this challenge benefiting two programs this year, reaching even more community members in need," said Steve Campbell, Happy Valley's Director of Community Services and Public Safety.

The only question that remains is whether the first responders will save the day, or if the principals will school the opposition.

About Happy Valley:
Happy Valley is a community of nearly 20,000 residents, located 15 miles southeast of Portland, OR. The city was founded in 1965 and continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/2996/109692/Chiefs.jpg , Happy Valley Principals grab turkeys

Preservation in Progress: Five Historic Barracks Buildings Get New Paint at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 11/15/17 2:29 PM
The National Park Service continues to maintain and preserve multiple buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, your urban national park. In the last few years, twenty-six buildings have been painted--buildings painted have included those in the East and South Vancouver Barracks, the reconstructed fur trade post, Pearson Air Museum Complex, the Visitor Center Complex, and the Barclay House in Oregon City, Oregon. The National Park Service is now funding the repainting of five buildings in the East Vancouver Barracks, including the Quartermaster Warehouse, Motor Repair Shop, and Post Exchange Restaurant.

"This national park had an annual visitation of over 1 million people last year, and we are anticipating further growth in our visitation this year. We serve as a national gateway to the Pacific Northwest and certainly are a key location that visitors choose to spend time. We feel very fortunate to have successfully competed, within the National Park Service, for this critical funding, which enables us to move the East and South Vancouver Barracks Rehabilitation Project forward," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. She further noted, "We have accomplished so much since the transfer of the East and South Vancouver Barracks to the National Park System as part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This latest project is another important, highly visible milestone for us."

Facility Manager Alex Patterson added, "It's important to note that 100% of the work in this project is on historic buildings which have original wood siding and windows dating back to 1905. This is more than just a paint project--we will be addressing lead paint abatement, selective siding replacement , and other necessary treatment to these significant structures. Ultimately, this project is about preserving our heritage." The total cost of the contract is $485,820.

During this project, the immediate work areas including adjacent roadways will be closed off to allow the painting contractor a safe and secure work area, however, the grounds and all of the buildings which have a public access will remain open for visitors to enjoy. The national park has contracted to WM Welch from Post Falls, Idaho, and local NW Pro Paint, from Vancouver, Washington. The contract is expected to last approximatively six months, given the potential for inclement weather.

Hockinson School District Board of Directors Special Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 11/15/17 1:45 PM
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. Special Board Meeting
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel -- WSSDA Conference
Address: 900 Bellevue Way NE; Bellevue, WA
Grand Ballroom -- 2nd Floor Olympic Tower

Antibiotics still frequently--and inappropriately--used for viruses
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 1:38 PM
November 15, 2017

But OHA physician says their unnecessary use has been on decline since '08

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses, which can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, is on the decline. Work still needs to be done in Oregon to discourage inappropriate prescribing of these drugs for non-bacterial illnesses, state officials say.

Overall, antibiotic prescriptions for oral medications used in outpatient settings have been steadily dropping in Oregon since 2008, when OHA first recruited Oregon health insurers to voluntarily provide data on their annual numbers of prescriptions. Between 2008 and 2016, annual rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics fell 32 percent, and a 5 percent drop was seen between 2015 and 2016, said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

But Oregon clinicians are still over-prescribing for some conditions such as bronchitis, which is due to a virus in a majority of cases and rarely requires antibiotics, said Thomas, medical director of OHA's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE). In 55 percent of bronchitis cases in Oregon in 2014, patients filled a prescription that likely was unnecessary. Worse still, 90 percent of the patients who filled an antibiotic prescription for bronchitis got a broad-spectrum drug, meaning that it attacks a wide range of different bacteria, increasing the risk of developing resistance among several types of bacteria.

"Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place, so it's always perplexing to see them prescribed for conditions like bronchitis and the common cold," Thomas said.

Nov. 13-19 is "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," an annual national observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. During the observance, AWARE reminds consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people annually acquire serious infections--and 23,000 of them die--from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic-resistant expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses leading to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Oregon AWARE is providing educational materials and technical assistance to HealthInsight, Oregon's Medicare quality improvement organization, as part of its Get Smart initiative to reduce inappropriate prescribing in clinics and other outpatient facilities in four states (the others are Utah, New Mexico and Nevada). In Oregon, about 200 facilities are participating and will use multiple quality improvement strategies to reduce prescribing.

"This is a critical time for providers and stakeholders to join together to preserve the power of antibiotics," says Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, HealthInsight's clinical director.

An information sheet with provider resources is available from HealthInsight at http://healthinsight.org/files/Outpatient%20Antibiotic%20Stewardship/Abx-Awareness-Week-2017-info-508.pdf.

When antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and they can be deadly if someone experiences an allergic reaction.

Consumers should avoiding asking their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive 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, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE, visit the AWARE website at http://healthoregon.org/aware. For information about the CDC's "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html. The 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Hillsboro Firefighters Toy & Joy Drive is Underway
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 11/15/17 1:20 PM
Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts coordinates Hillsboro's annual Toy and Joy program. The Toy and Joy program is built upon over 50 years of tradition; originally starting with Hillsboro Firefighter's L2210 Union. Each year, Hillsboro Firefighters work together with local groups including the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, ABATE Washington County Chapter, Hillsboro Police, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence and others to collect toys and raise money to provide needed food and toys to hundreds of families during the holiday season.

Here is a listing of the upcoming Toy & Joy activities.

Saturday, November 18 - WaCo A.B.A.T.E Stan Johnston Memorial Toy Run and Raffle
The Washington County A.B.A.T.E chapter hosted toy run and raffle for Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts Toy & Joy. Will take place at 12:00pm, Saturday, November 18 at the Hillsboro Ronler Acres Fire Station. Members arrive at the Ronler Acres Fire Station with hundreds of toys to donate. They also participate in a raffle from which the proceeds are used to buy more toys for local children in need at the annual Toy Buy. Members then ride on a predetermined route through the city and end up at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where the toys are delivered and a check is presented to Toy & Joy.

Beginning Sunday, November 19 there will be a toy barrel at each Hillsboro Fire Station where community members can donate new and used toys.

Sunday, November 19 - Cornell Estates Bake Sale
Each year, Cornell Estates Retirement and Assisted Living Center hosts Bake Sale to fundraise for Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts Toy & Toy. The bake sale will take place from 10:00 am -- 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 19. Members of the Hillsboro Fire Department, Cornell Estates staff and some local citizens make delicious homemade baked goods for sale to the public.

Sunday, December 10 - Firefighter Toy Buy
Money raised for Toy & Joy throughout the year is used to purchase toys still needed for local children in need. Fred Meyer graciously provides deep discounts on items. The Hillsboro Elks Lodge provides the specific number of toys and items that are still needed based on gender and age. Each year Toy & Joy spends between 10 and 15 thousand dollars purchasing toys.

Saturday, December 16 - Toy and Food Delivery
In the week prior to delivery, all of the toys from Toy & Joy are delivered to the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where they are organized for specific families. The Elks Lodge receives referrals of local families in need throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. They also collect large amounts of non-perishable food throughout the year. On the day of delivery, Saturday, December 16, members from all over the community show up to delivery large boxes of food and toys to over 650 families with over 1300 children. This is a special day for everyone and their hard work pays off to help those in need.

Donations to Toy & Joy can be made online or by mail at https://hfra.us/donate or at PO Box 895 Hillsboro, OR 97123

For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire


Trauma Intervention Program Awarded Spirit of Portland Award (Photo)
Trauma Intervention Program - 11/15/17 1:06 PM
The Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver was presented the Spirit of Portland Award on Tuesday November 14th, 2017. TIP was recognized as Portland's Outstanding Community Group/Organization. The award was presented by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz to TIP's Executive Director, June Vining.
TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provided emotional first aid, practical support and resources to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. In 2016 TIP responded to 2,838 scenes of tragedy in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/6136/109687/TIP_Logo.jpg , Spirit of Portland Award

Zimmerman House: Special Holiday Tours (Photo)
East (Mult.) Co. Historical Org. (ECHO) - 11/15/17 12:29 PM
Volunteers are working on decorating the 1874 Historic Zimmerman House to celebrate the holiday season, and we'll have every room decorated for you!

The house was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with ten rooms open to the public.

This year there will be a mix of holiday decorations brought in to add sparkle to the house and blended with a variety of Zimmerman family memorabilia from china to postcards to fashions.

These special tours will be the first three Fridays/Saturdays in December:

December 1st - 2nd ~ December 8th - 9th ~ December 15th - 16th

The special tour hours are Noon to 5pm, and the admission is $8 for adults/teens and free for children under 13. The Zimmerman House is located at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd. in Gresham, Oregon. The parking is free, but please carpool as we have limited space, or take TriMet Bus Line 21-Sandy Blvd/223rd.

For more information please email info@echohistory.org, call 503-618-0946 or visit echohistory.org.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4979/109685/20161210_203735_1.jpg , 2017-11/4979/109685/20161210_205120_1.jpg , Zimmerman House

Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage early Nov. 18 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 12:09 PM
Nov. 15, 2017
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage early Nov. 18 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Approximately 3,100 Pacific Power customers in the Warrenton and Hammond areas area will be without electricity during the early morning hours of Nov. 18 as crews upgrade essential equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability in the area.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 and could last until 4 a.m. on Saturday, Nov.18 although power will be restored at the first opportunity.

The outage will affect the entire cities of Warrenton and Hammond. Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"The temporary power interruption is necessary in order for us to safely upgrade the equipment in the Warrenton substation The work will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in the area," said Alisa Dunlap, regional business manager for Pacific Power.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

Increase in package thefts in Forest Grove
Forest Grove Police - 11/15/17 11:44 AM
Recently the Forest Grove Police Department has experienced an increase in reported package thefts. Video surveillance was captured in a package theft from earlier in the week. The footage is available through our department Facebook page. The police department is asking anyone with information regarding the subjects in the footage to contact police dispatch at 503-629-0111.

As always, the police department encourages people to take precautions when having packages delivered to their residence.


Clackamas Fire Community Paramedic Presents Inaugural Resource Fair
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/15/17 11:21 AM
Clackamas Fire District #1 is hosting its inaugural Resource Fair, designed to bring community resources to citizens who need them the most. The Resource Fair will be Thursday, November 16, 2017, Barclay Park (next to Father's Heart Street Ministry), 711 12th St., Oregon City, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.

The Resource Fair aims to connect residents in need with a variety of local resources within Clackamas County. The services that will be provided at the fair include free flu shots and assistance with medical insurance enrollment, housing programs, addiction services, mental health, physical health, and employment resources.

Attached Media Files: Resource Fair Flyer

Matthew Bell Joins PacificSource Health Plans as Vice President, Idaho Regional Director (Photo)
PacificSource Health Plans - 11/15/17 11:11 AM
(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Nov. 15, 2017--PacificSource Health Plans has recently hired Matthew Bell as the insurer's new Vice President, Idaho Regional Director. In his role, Bell will serve as a member of the organization's executive management group with responsibilities for all health plan activities in the state of Idaho, as well as an executive leader for issues related to media, legislative, regulatory, business, key provider interactions, and community activities. Bell will formally begin his duties with the organization in late December 2017.

Bell most recently served as Regional Account Executive focused on outreach and network development for University of Utah Health Care. In that role he was based in Boise, Idaho, and served a multi-state region. Prior to holding that position, he was a Senior Partner with White Cloud Analytics in Boise. He also has 12 years of experience with St. Luke's Health System in Boise, serving in progressively responsible roles, culminating as System Vice President for Strategic Planning.

"As we conclude our first decade serving our members in Idaho, we are excited to bring Matt's deep healthcare and management experience to the PacficSource leadership team," said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans. "He brings to this position a keen understanding of the Idaho market that will greatly help us serve our members in the years ahead."

Bell earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in political science at the University of Utah. Outside of work, when he isn't coaching or attending his son's games, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing golf.

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933 in Springfield Ore., PacificSource has local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/2392/109677/Bell_Matt_#10.jpg

Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet November 16 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 11:03 AM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, eighth floor (Mary Conference Room), 421 SW Oak St., Portland

The public also can attend remotely through a webinar and conference call. Join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 and call in to listen at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; electronic health record-sourced measures; review 2017 smoking cessation survey; TAG input on coordinated care organization metric guidance documents; 2018 TAG work plan; wrap up and adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

SAIF releases relaxation videos for the most stressful time of year
SAIF - 11/15/17 10:32 AM
Summary: Short, calming videos help workers combat stress.

While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to financial concerns, it seems everyone has something causing stress. But regardless of whether your stress is due to your personal or professional life, it can be a workplace safety hazard.

According to a Colorado study, employees who reported high stress were 22 percent more likely to suffer a work-related injury.

"If your mind is on your stressor, you may miss a safety precaution or a danger signal," said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. "This could lead to an injury to yourself or a co-worker."

In addition, long-term stress contributes to poor health, which is why SAIF is urging everyone to take a relaxation break.

"Just taking a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on something calming can help reduce stress," said Freewynn. "We hope these videos help workers take a moment to breathe so they can then be a bit more mindful on the job."

Videos featuring scenes from around Oregon--including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Silver Falls, and Bruce Starker Arts Park--are now available at www.saif.com/relax and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JI5mrI9efXP35kEJv2D47c. SAIF will continue to add videos over time.

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Freewynn offers additional suggestions on how to manage stress:

Take a walk or get other physical activity
Eat good nutrition
Improve your sleep habits
Talk to a friend or professional
Practice deep breathing techniques
Make a gratitude list
Drink a cup of tea

"When you take time to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing, it helps you manage your stress and improves your safety," Freewynn added.

Check out saif.com/relax for more information on managing stress, including tips for employers who want to support their employees.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Domestic Distrubance/Resisting Arrest/Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 11/15/17 10:28 AM
On November 13th, 2017 at approximately 12:20am, Newport Police Department responded to a Domestic Disturbance at the 400 block of NW Brook. The victim and neighbors reported that Trevor J. Hull, 24 of Newport, was intoxicated and had physically assaulted and verbally threatened the victim while holding their 5- month-old infant.

Hull resisted being taken into custody and began physically fighting with the officers. After a lengthy struggle, Officer detained Hull in handcuffs, where he continued to be combative by yelling, kicking the inside of the vehicle, and head-butting the interior window.

Hull was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

?NLG~ Assault 4th Degree (Felony)
?NLG~ Resisting Arrest
?NLG~ Disorderly Conduct
?NLG~ Menacing
?NLG~ Harassment
?NLG~ Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
?NLG~ Assault on Public Safety Officer

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348 or text-a-tip at 541-270-1856

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5016/109673/Hull.jpg

Roseburg Resident arrested for numerous sex Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/17 10:03 AM
On November 2, 2017, Oregon State Police detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with serving a search warrant at a residence in Roseburg, Oregon on the basis that child pornographic images were uploaded (electronically sent) from that address.

During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence by Kelly Shane Rice (29) of Roseburg, Oregon with his stepdaughter (1 year of age) as the victim displayed in the image.

On November 9, 2017, Kelly Rice was arrested without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for 163.670 - Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 163.427 - Sex Abuse I, 163.411 - Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, 163.684 - Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.

Attached Media Files: Rice

Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/15/17 9:16 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Mill Plain Elementary School (400 SE 164th Avenue)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.


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

Salmonberry Trail meeting set Dec. 1, 2017
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/17 8:56 AM
Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks Dec. 1 to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 1 -- 4 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, valley segment planning and a benefit analysis study.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 8:41 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2017

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's a law of physics. The colder it gets outside, the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

Another step is to switch to Equal Pay. Under Equal Pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer."

Here are low-cost tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


Help prevent Veteran suicide by sharing this PSA narrated by Tom Hanks (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 11/15/17 8:16 AM
As an update to this release, here is a link to video and audio files that may be better suited for broadcast.

An average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day. Did you know that only six of those 20 were recent users of VA health services?

We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Our actions can help save lives.

We hope you will raise awareness of suicide prevention within our community by running these PSAs frequently.

You can visit www.BeThereForVeterans.com for additional information and resources about the #BeThere campaign.

Thank you!

VA continues to emphasize #BeThere as a way to spread the message that suicide is preventable and YOU can help stop suicide.

Through a partnership involving Veterans Affairs and Johnson & Johnson, actor Tom Hanks has voiced a Veteran suicide prevention public service announcement video. This PSA is available in both 30 and 70 second formats.

70 second version: https://youtu.be/xCDMHaYrbk4
30 second version: https://youtu.be/OrCCrT2IyeY

Please consider sharing/running these videos on your social media channels or via other communication tools over the next year.

Thank you.

Attached Media Files: #BeThere

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/14/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/15/17 8:10 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/14/2017



On 11/14/2017 at about 1409 hrs., officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of NE Main Street. Upon investigation, they determined that one of the residents of the home was a danger to themselves or others due to their mental status, and they were taken into custody on a Peace Officer Hold. The patient was transported to a hospital for evaluation.


On 11/14/2017 at about 1621 hrs., police responded to the 100 block of SE Currin Street regarding a disturbance. It was determined that two juveniles had engaged in mutual combat. The juveniles were left in the custody of their parents and a report was taken.



On 11/14/2017 at about 1351 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash that had occured previously. A report is pending (CAD).


On 11/14/2017 at about 1639 hrs., police received a report about theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/17 7:47 AM
Policy Manual
Policy Manual
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

These directives in 1st Universal Review will remain posted with comments collected from Wednesday, November 15, 2017 through Friday, December 15, 2017.

Directive 850.21, Police Officer Custody (Civil)
Directive 850.22, Police Response to Mental Health Director's Holds and Elopement
Directive 850.25, Police Response to Mental Health Facilities

Community members are encouraged to read this Directive at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


Attached Media Files: Policy Manual

Friends of the Children Receives $40,000 Grant from Verizon to Benefit Children of Portland (Photo)
Friends of the Children - Portland - 11/15/17 7:30 AM
Professional mentor and her youth work on their Spanish vocabulary using an app on the iPad (photo Studio Mcdermott)
Professional mentor and her youth work on their Spanish vocabulary using an app on the iPad (photo Studio Mcdermott)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Friends of the Children -- Portland, a nonprofit agency serving Portland children through its high-impact mentoring program that leverages the power of relationships to enact meaningful change, recently received a $40,000 grant from Verizon to expand its work. Verizon is committed to improving educational outcomes for children facing the greatest barriers, which led to its partnership with Friends of the Children -- Portland.

Friends of the Children identifies youth living with the greatest challenges beginning in kindergarten and then provides a professional, salaried mentor who spends the next 12 ?1/2 years ensuring their youth have every opportunity to succeed in their education and in life. Through our highly-effective model, our youth overwhelmingly succeed at breaking destructive generational cycles with 83 percent graduating high school, 93 percent avoiding the juvenile justice system and 98 percent avoiding teen parenting.

"Friends of the Children provides a unique model that has significant positive impact, not just on the lives of the kids they mentor, but also on the broader community. Schools, families, neighborhoods and the greater region benefit from children graduating and becoming productive adults realizing their full potential," said Milt Doumit, Vice President of NW State Government Affairs at Verizon.

For every dollar spent on the Friends of the Children -- Portland mentorship program, seven dollars is returned to the community, according to Harvard Alumni Association of Oregon research. Verizon recognizes this as a great opportunity to invest in the children in the Portland community.

About Friends of the Children -- Portland
Founded in 1993, Friends of the Children -- Portland works to identify children facing the hardest challenges and relentlessly dedicates resources to them for their entire childhood to create real generational change. For more information, visit friendspdx.org.

About Verizon Foundation
Verizon Foundation believes that every kid deserves a chance to bring his or her ideas to life. Their goal is to inspire tomorrow's creators to use technology to build brighter futures for themselves, their families and the world. For more information about grants given by Verizon, please visit http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/giving-and-grants.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/6146/109657/Friends_of_the_Children_Grant_Press_Release_v2.pdf , Professional mentor and her youth work on their Spanish vocabulary using an app on the iPad (photo Studio Mcdermott)

Tue. 11/14/17
UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After Stabbing in Portland's Kenton Neighborhood Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/14/17 8:51 PM
James A Luckey
James A Luckey
The suspect arrested in connection with a stabbing on North Interstate Avenue earlier today has been identified as 30-year-old James A. Luckey.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail continue this investigation. Based on information learned at this time, detectives believe Luckey approached and assaulted the 19-year-old victim while both were riding a TriMet MAX Train.

Luckey was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0889 or Christopher.Traynor@portlandoregon.gov



On Tuesday November 14, 2017, at 3:39 p.m., North Precinct and Transit Division officers responded to the Denver Avenue Transit Station, located at 8399 North Interstate Avenue, regarding the report of a stabbing.

As officers responded to the area they learned there was a fight on the TriMet MAX train and the victim was stabbed during the fight. Officers arrived on scene and provided emergency first aid to the adult male victim. Emergency medical responders arrived and provided additional medical aid and transported the victim to an area hospital by ambulance with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury.

Based on information learned during the preliminary investigation, officers located, contacted and detained an adult male suspect on a TriMet MAX train at the Rosa Parks Transit Station, located at 6598 North Interstate Avenue.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail and Forensic Evidence Division will assist with this investigation.

TriMet MAX Yellow Line service is currently disrupted. Please go to TriMet.org/alerts for updates.

Officers continue to investigate this incident and ask anyone with information to contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Based on information learned in the investigation, there is not believed to be a danger to the community.

Additional information will be provided as the investigation continues.


Attached Media Files: James A Luckey

Ridgefield School District Honors November Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/14/17 7:58 PM
Gregg Ford
Gregg Ford
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On November 14, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the November Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Gregg Ford, social studies teacher at Ridgefield High School. A dedicated teacher for the past 39 years, Gregg is well-respected among RHS students, staff and community members. He teaches all levels of social studies, including AP classes, and always with a positive attitude and with a passion for the subjects he teaches. Students appreciate his availability before school and even during lunch.

Outside the classroom, Gregg coaches the boys track team year-round. Last spring, the team brought home the state championship under his leadership.

Gregg Ford exemplifies the qualities of many of the outstanding employees at Ridgefield High School and is deserving of the honor as Employee of the Month for November. We congratulate Gregg for the many contributions he brings to RHS and to the school district.

Students of the Month

Katelyn Crouch, a fourth grader, is November's Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School because of the way she exemplifies the 3R's on a daily basis. She is responsible in class, in school and in the community. She is respectful by including others in activities. Finally, by completing her class work, staying focused and working through challenges, she is resilient and encourages others to do the same. By bringing her personal best and encouraging others around her by example, Katelyn Crouch is South Ridge Elementary's choice for November Student of the Month.

Ashlynn Bredemeyer, a fifth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Ashlynn has been a Tater Tot since kindergarten. She is a good student, showing perseverance and thoughtfulness in her school work. She is known for her kindness and is helpful in class and in other settings. A quiet leader and a helpful friend, Ashlynn leads by example in modeling the expectations of the classroom. Union Ridge Elementary is proud to name Ashlynn Bredemeyer as its November Student of the Month.

Adaya Stewart, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School. Not only is Adaya an excellent student with a quick wit; she has a generous and kind heart. Eager to lend a hand, Adaya frequently reaches out to new students to help them catch up on work and offers to help teachers with daily tasks. She is respectful and expertly mitigates conflicts among her peers. Adaya pushes herself academically, and her creativity shines through in her school work. She is a joy to have in class and is a role model for teachers and students alike. View Ridge Middle School is proud to select Adaya Stewart as its Student of the Month for November.

Ian Abrams, a junior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. Ian is an exceptional student . He carries a GPA of 4.0 and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is currently taking three AP classes, along with physics and third-year Spanish. He is also involved in cross country and track. Ian was instrumental in starting the peer-to-peer lunch time tutoring program at RHS, volunteering his time to help students needing academic assistance.

Many staff members describe Ian as an "awesome kid." Teachers describe him as diligent, kind, respectful, responsible, and resilient. One teacher saw him defend another student who was being bullied, and another commended him on his work ethic and gentle personality. It is without question that Ian Abrams is worthy of recognition as Ridgefield High School's Student of the Month for November.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman's Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd. This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district's recognition program.


Attached Media Files: Gregg Ford , Katelyn Crouch , Ashlynn Bredemeyer , Adaya Stewart , Ian Abrams

Bank Robbery - Chase Bank - Salmon Creek - Clark County (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 7:11 PM
Chase 02
Chase 02
On November 13th, 2017 at approximately 4:16 PM a lone individual walked into the Chase Bank branch, located inside the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer's, and produced a note demanding money. There were no weapons seen or implied. There were no threats made. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store heading northbound on foot. There was no vehicle seen or associated with this suspect. Once deputies arrived a K9 track was attempted, but proved unsuccessful due to the high amount of person traffic at the store and parking lot.

The suspect is described as:
white male
approximately in his 20s
slender build
scruffy beard
grey hoody sweatshirt with lettering
dark pants
dark ball cap with white lettering

See attached photos.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Release prepared by Sgt. Schanaker

Attached Media Files: Chase 02 , Chase 01

Evergreen School Board to place facility bond measure on February 13, 2018 ballot
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 11/14/17 6:30 PM
After a year of study, outreach and planning, the Evergreen School Board, tonight, voted to place a bond measure on the February 13, 2018 ballot. The proposed bond would include the replacement of eight aging schools and construction of a new elementary school. It would also add needed capital renewal and expansion for other schools throughout the district.

For the last year, the district has been working with community stakeholders, parents, staff and students as well as financial experts, and facility and construction professionals, to gain a well-rounded look at the infrastructure needs of the buildings currently housing over 26,000 students. In addition to endorsing replacement of older schools, the district found safety, security, reducing the reliance on portable classrooms and taking advantage of low interest rates along with no local property tax increases, were important to constituents.

"We have not passed a bond measure since 2002, and we need to bring our schools, some of which are nearly 60 years old, up to modern standards. We have virtually paid off all of the previous bonds, so even with this bond, the total local school property taxes in the district will actually decrease over the course of the next several years for property owners," said School Board President Victoria Bradford.

On the replacement list is Sifton, Ellsworth, Marrion, Burton and Image elementary schools; Wy'east Middle School; and Legacy and Mountain View High schools. A new addition at Heritage High School will replace 39 portable classrooms since the school was designed as a three year high school, but by the time it opened, the district had moved to a four year high school model. With the addition of a new elementary at NE 162nd Avenue and 39th Street, crowding and use of portables in elementary schools across the district will also decrease.

The remainder of the district's 37 schools will also see safety and security upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements, improvement to athletic fields and upgrades for the fine arts programs.

If the $695 million dollar bond passes, the district will also be eligible for $95 million in state matching funds and $12 million in local development impact fees. More information about the bond proposal is available at www.evergreenps.org/envision.

linn county deputies arrest man in possession of stolen gun
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 5:11 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that early this morning his deputies arrested 28-year old Ryan Kenneth Garman from Lebanon, Oregon.

Deputies had responded to a report of a car break-in the day before on Santiam Hwy in Lebanon. Items including a Glock 9mm handgun, were stolen from victim's vehicle. The theft was reported to have occurred sometime the night before.

At 2:16 a.m. this morning, a Patrol Lieutenant stopped a man riding a bicycle on Gore Dr. for not having a bicycle light. The Lieutenant also knew of several property crimes that had recently occurred in the area.

When the Lieutenant contacted the man, the man initially gave him a fake name and was acting very nervous. After further investigation, the Lieutenant learned the man's real name was Ryan Garman and he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

As the Lieutenant was detaining Mr. Garman, he began to reach in his waistband. The Lieutenant was able to get control of the man and get him into handcuffs. He discovered Mr. Garman was concealing the stolen 9mm handgun in his waistband where he was reaching.
After he was detained, Mr. Garman cooperated and took deputies back to his residence where more stolen property was found.

Further investigation revealed Mr. Garman was also responsible for a burglary on Gore Dr. reported on November 9th where a competition bow was stolen. The bow was recovered today in Noti, Oregon.

Ryan Garman was arrested and charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Theft I of a Firearm, Unlawful Carrying a Concealed Weapon and his outstanding warrants for Contempt of Court, Theft II and Fail to Comply. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Deputies are continuing to investigate and more charges are pending.

Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/17 4:11 PM
Honor people who have demonstrated heroic actions or made outstanding contributions in our local community. Nominate them for a Red Cross Hero Award.

PORTLAND, Ore., November 14, 2017 -- The American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on our community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. Each year, for more than two decades, the Red Cross in the Cascades Region has recognized individuals who have lived the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.

Nominating a Hero is easy. Complete the simple online form at redcross.org/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227.

All forms must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017. The heroic actions of nominees should have taken place between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017 in the state of Oregon or SW Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties).

Award winners will be recognized at our Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 9, 2018. View the stories of past Hero Award winners here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.

Nominate heroes in the following categories:
1. COMMUNITY HERO is presented to an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.

2. GOOD SAMARITAN HERO is presented to an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering unusual, significant or unexpected circumstances.

3. FIRST RESPONDER HERO is presented to an individual or group of the public service community (i.e. EMS, firefighter, or law enforcement) who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.

4. GIVE LIFE HERO is presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local communities and throughout the country.

5. MILITARY HERO is presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community.

6. YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO (under 21) is presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

7. VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO is presented to an individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant and positive impact in his or her community.

About the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is the region's premiere fundraising event and a celebration of ordinary people who have taken extraordinary and lifesaving action. Last year's Heroes Breakfast had nearly 600 attendees and honored eight award winners, including the Portland Fire & Rescue team that evacuated people from and responded to a building explosion; a Vancouver youth who resuscitated his grandfather after he suffered cardiac arrest while driving; and a Camas man who pulled a stranger from a car completely submerged in floodwaters.

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

Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open

Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners approves 2018 budget
Port of Vancouver - 11/14/17 3:32 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the port's tax levy and 2018 budget during today's regularly scheduled board meeting.

The commission voted to hold the port levy steady for the sixth year in a row, meaning annual taxes on a $324,000 home -- the median price in Clark County -- will be approximately $98 in 2018.

At $68.5 million, the port's 2018 budget is $16.7 million less than its 2017 budget. The decrease is primarily due to the completion of major components of the port's West Vancouver Freight Access (WVFA) project and Centennial Industrial Building.

Budget highlights include:

$38.22 million in operating revenues, an increase of three percent from the estimated 2017 operating revenues.
Seventy percent of the 2018 operating revenue is from marine, terminal and rail operations, and the remaining thirty percent from industrial property leases, rail and facilities.
Twenty-two percent of the port's capital budget is allocated for the completion of the WVFA project. Thirty-six percent is allocated for maintaining port infrastructure and IT systems. The remainder is allocated to various waterfront, facility and terminal improvements.

Visit www.portvanusa.com/about/budget/ for more about the 2018 budget, the budgeting process, how tax dollars are invested in the community and more.

-- 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.

MESD Board Regular Session meeting 11/21 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 11/14/17 3:00 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on November 21, 2017, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board room.

Update: Runaway 15-Year-Old Girl Returned Home Safe
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 2:26 PM
November 14, 2017 - 15-year-old runaway Ashley returned home on her own this afternoon upon seeing the media coverage. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and media for their assistance. The original media released is below.

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Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl

November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

Closures planned for westbound SR 14 Evergreen off-ramp Nov. 15-17
City of Vancouver - 11/14/17 2:24 PM
The westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - November 15-17 - for work on a City of Vancouver water improvement project.

Drivers should watch for signs indicating traffic changes and be alert to construction activity. Outside of ramp closure times, motorcycles should exercise caution in presence of steel plates over portions of the roadway. Work in this SR 14 ramp is scheduled for off-peak periods to reduce impacts to commuters who use Evergreen Boulevard to travel home in the evenings.

The city's project will renew and extend the life of an existing water main that crosses beneath SR 14, from East Evergreen Boulevard to Southeast Evergreen Highway, east of Chelsea Avenue. Rehabilitating the water main is also expected to require daily ramp closures of the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting late in November or early December.

OMSI to Host Media Preview of Latest Featured Exhibition - ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems
OMSI - 11/14/17 2:03 PM
On Friday, November 17, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting a media preview for the opening of its latest featured exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems.

After viewing the exhibition, media guests will have the opportunity to speak with Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI, and Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin and one of the original curators of the exhibition.

Friday's Timeline:
8:50 -- 9:00: Media arrival
9:00 -- 9:45: Exhibition preview
9:45 -- 10:00: Opening remarks with Nancy Stueber and Ian Brunswick
10:00 -- 10:30: Follow-up interview opportunities:
- Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI
- Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin
- Anthony Murphy, artist and creator of Counter
- Karina Smigla-Bobinski, artist and creator of Simulacra
- Rox Vasquez, artist and creator of Synesthesia

RSVP to John Farmer via email jfarmer@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4517.

About Science Gallery
Pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery is a new kind of space where art and science collide--a porous membrane between the university and the city. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing program of exhibitions, events and experiences on broad themes linking science, technology and the arts.

Since opening in 2008, Science Gallery Dublin has attracted over 3 million visitors and become one of Ireland's top 5 free cultural attractions. To date, exhibitions have ranged from light to love and from contagion to the future of the human species, and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

The diverse and provocative exhibitions encourage people to discover, express and pursue their interests in a friendly, sociable environment. Having received significant international recognition for its approach, Science Gallery is currently developing a Global Science Gallery Network. The Global Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the support of Google and the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first planned to open at King's College London in 2018. For more information visit www.sciencegallery.com

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

WomenStrength/GirlStrength Opens Applications for Instructors (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/14/17 2:02 PM
WomenStrength is looking for volunteers who want the opportunity to teach women and girls holistic self-defense.

WomenStrength and GirlStrength have a 38-year history of success and have trained more than 120,000 women and girls in the Portland area.

The program's volunteer instructor training is trauma-informed, engaging, comprehensive and taught by professionals in the field of violence prevention. Upon completion, instructors have the skills and knowledge they need to help women and girls be leaders in non-violence.

No experience is necessary and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (over 18) are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Strength Instructor Training starts March 31, 2018.

For more information contact:

WomenStrength and GirlStrength

Telephone: (503) 823-0262
Email: ws@portlandoregon.gov
Family services Division, Bureau of Police
10225 E Burnside
Portland, OR 97211

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/3056/109647/girl_strength.jpg

Wells Fargo sells Portland tower and operations building to Starwood Capital Group (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 2:00 PM
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
Wells Fargo signs lease for call center in Hillsboro

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo has sold its 40-story Wells Fargo Center building at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave. in downtown Portland to a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The sale includes a five-story operations building across the street from the center at 350 S.W. Jefferson St.

Wells Fargo plans to lease back space and continue to be the anchor tenant in the Wells Fargo Center building, which will retain its name.

The sale will not result in any Wells Fargo employee reductions. Wells Fargo will continue to keep its bank branch and history museum in the building.

Wells Fargo first announced on June 14 that it was putting the property up for sale. The decision to sell is part of a long-term strategic real estate realignment in the Portland market that will enable the company to better serve its team members and manage future growth as customer and business needs change.

Establishing A Call Center in Hillsboro
Wells Fargo has also signed an agreement to lease a building at 23175 N.W. Bennett St. in Hillsboro, starting Jan. 1, 2018, that the company plans to use as a retail banking customer call center.

The building can accommodate up to 900 employees. Wells Fargo plans to relocate some existing team members there as well as new hires.

Wells Fargo will make extensive renovations to the new site and start moving in its first team members next summer. The company plans to start hiring the additional workers late next year.

Job Fair At Beaverton Call Center
In the meantime, Wells Fargo also plans to hire 45 fulltime phone bankers at its Barnhart call center, 18700 N.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. The company will host a job fair there 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers.

If a prospective team member's application is accepted, they will be invited to schedule an on-site interview prior to the career fair. The position pays $14.15-$14.40 an hour with benefits and the opportunity for a quarterly bonus.

Walk-ins are welcome but will only be able to participate in an informational interview at the event.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo Center and ops building , Wells Fargo Center

Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/17 1:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

Learn dangers of drug interactions at FREE educational workshop; Offered in: Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, English (Photo)
Woloshin Communications Inc. - 11/14/17 1:39 PM
FREE educational workshop offered in: Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, English, Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for more information: 503-310-4504.
FREE educational workshop offered in: Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, English, Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for more information: 503-310-4504.
Your doctor prescribes a medication. But to make sure you get well, you decide to add an over-the-counter dietary supplement or an herbal remedy. You may be in danger of a drug interaction.

Interactions with prescription medications can cause hives, dizziness, comas, severe illnesses and even death. Learn the dangers of drug interactions at a free educational workshop 11.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at 7901, SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206. The workshop is free and open to the public. Leading the workshop will be Jasmine Nguyen, Ph.D., an independent compounding pharmacist (compounding pharmacists practice the science of personally preparing complex and specialized medications).

Nguyen is committed to serving Portland's rapidly growing diversity. Currently, more than half-a-million (500,000) Oregonians don't speak English as their first language. Nguyen staff will present this life-saving information in

Spanish and

"Many cultures combine prescribed medications with traditional folk remedies, a very real danger," Nguyen says.

She also points to the widespread public perception that herbs and botanical products in dietary supplements are safe.
"Research shows these products carry the same risk as other pharmacologically active compounds," she emphasizes.

Interactions may occur between prescription drugs and

Over-the-counter drugs
Dietary supplements or
Even small molecules in food

It's a daunting challenge to identify all interactions that may cause harm, notes Nguyen. Moreover, concerns about herb-drug interactions frequently are not based on rigorous research.
Nguyen believes it's vital ALL Oregonians have accurate information about prescription medications.
If you are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer or using warfarin or digoxin, Nguyen cautions you to be particularly careful to avoid drug interactions.

Attached Media Files: FREE educational workshop offered in: Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, English, Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for more information: 503-310-4504.

Volunteers to Assemble 600 Thanksgiving Food Baskets at Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/14/17 1:36 PM
2016 Thanksgiving Food Basket Volunteers
2016 Thanksgiving Food Basket Volunteers
Volunteers to Assemble 600 Thanksgiving Food Baskets at Union Gospel Mission

Portland, Ore., -- Volunteers will be assembling 600 Thanksgiving food baskets on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Union Gospel Mission. The Thanksgiving food baskets will be distributed later that day to families and individuals in need through a network of other nonprofits and churches, as well as at Union Gospel Mission.

The Thanksgiving food basket contains everything needed for a traditional meal such as vegetables, boxed stuffing, gravy mix, yams, dinner rolls and more. Each Thanksgiving basket includes a voucher for a turkey. In 2016, Anthony was one of the volunteers that packed Thanksgiving Food Baskets and shared his experience in this video: https://vimeo.com/241536874

The food and the turkey vouchers for the Thanksgiving baskets are provided by donors as part of Union Gospel Mission's annual "Paper Turkey" online fundraising campaign. Union Gospel Mission is raising funds for the Paper Turkey campaign through Friday, November 17. Donations can be made at ugmportland.org.

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: 2016 Thanksgiving Food Basket Volunteers , 2016 Thanksgiving Food Basket Assembly , 2016 Thanksgiving Food Baskets Loaded for Delivery

FBI Arrests North Bend Man for Distribution of Child Pornography
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 1:09 PM
FBI agents, with the assistance of the North Bend Police Department, arrested Kirk Douglas McAmis, age 53, based on a criminal complaint charging him with distribution of child pornography. The arrest, made on November 9, 2017, was without incident.

North Bend Police Investigators are making contact with persons and organizations in the community where McAmis is known to have had contact. Anyone with concerns about interactions between McAmis and other persons known to them should contact the North Bend Police Department at (541) 756-3161.

McAmis is currently lodged in the Lane County Jail. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy Potter is prosecuting this case.


Salem Police Conducting Death Investigation-UPDATE-Arrest Made
Salem Police Dept. - 11/14/17 12:37 PM
UPDATE: November 14, 2017/12:20 pm

Salem Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police SWAT, arrested a subject on multiple outstanding warrants on the evening of November 13, then later charged him in the murder of Kenny Kalugin.

21-year old Jose Ricardo Barboza-Manzo was located at a residence in unincorporated Tillamook County on Monday afternoon. When he refused to obey commands to exit the residence, Oregon State Police SWAT was activated to assist in the arrest. Barbanzo-Manzo later surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. In addition to warrants for his arrest on charges of Felony Attempting to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving and Harassment, Detectives later charged him with Aggravated Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in the murder of Kenny Kalugin that occurred on November 10.

This investigation is continuing and no further information is being released at this time.


UPDATE: November 13, 2017/5:10 pm

The victim in this incident has been identified as 37-year old Kenny Kalugin of Gervais. Autopsy results indicate that Kalugin died as a result of gunshot wounds.

This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.


Salem Police Detectives are investigating a death in northeast Salem.

Officers responded to an alley west of the 1800 block of Liberty St NE shortly after 7:00 am this morning on a report of an unconscious subject in a vehicle. Officers and medics located an adult male victim in a vehicle and confirmed that he was deceased.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow on the victim. His identity is not being released at this time.

This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.


Be a Part of Salem's Downtown Streetscape Design Plan
City of Salem - 11/14/17 12:00 PM
Attend the Kickoff Open House November 30 or Participate Online

Do you have ideas about how to make Downtown Salem's sidewalks more inviting, exciting, or fun? We want to hear from you! Salem residents are invited to attend the Salem Streetscape Plan Kickoff Open House on Thurs., Nov. 30, 6 -- 7:30 p.m. at the Senator Hearing Room/Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. NE. Those who cannot attend the open house are invited to participate virtually Nov. 30 -- Dec. 22 at www.cityofsalem.net/downtown. The link will be live on Nov. 30.

Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top urban renewal funding priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings in 2016. Walker Macy was selected to lead community visioning and design efforts. Their experience in streetscape projects have been shown to enhance downtowns and their project team consists of experienced professionals in the fields of landscape architecture/planning, civil engineering, transportation, public involvement, and economics.

For more information on the Downtown Streetscape Plan, visit www.cityofsalem.net/downtown or contact Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager, at 503-540-2495 or swahrgren@cityofsalem.net.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

Peacock Lane Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/17 11:06 AM
Peacock Lane Historic District
Peacock Lane Historic District
Peacock Lane, a small, distinctive neighborhood comprising 32 residences located between SE Stark and SE Belmont Streets, in place of SE 40th Avenue in the east Portland grid. It was developed as a small, planned community between 1923 and 1930 by Richard Fleming Wassell, real estate developer and designer of most of the houses in the district. The district is well-known throughout the City of Portland for its collection of uniquely unified residential architecture, all of which reflect Tudor Revival and English Cottage styles based on medieval European precedents. The Peacock Lane Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unified architectural design language, and for its early accommodation of the automobile, most notably demonstrated by the inclusion of attached and detached garages on every property. In addition to these features, for which the district was listed through the Multiple Property Submission, "Historic Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960," the district is widely recognized for its highly-anticipated annual Christmas Lights display, which draws thousands of visitors to the district during the holiday season.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting, and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Peacock Lane Historic District is now one of 18 historic districts in the City of Portland that are listed in the National Register. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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

Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Peacock Lane Historic District

Bend company earns safety, health recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/17 10:54 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA has announced that Suterra LLC in Bend has graduated from the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program encourages employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 157 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

With 70 employees at the Bend facility, Suterra LLC is a leading provider of bio-rational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. Through international product sales, the company works to help growers reduce their use of traditional insecticides.

The SHARP program helped the company take a fresh look at its policies and processes, and reinforced the company's ongoing efforts to improve safety, according to Aman Khapoya, vice president of global operations for Suterra.

The recognition that comes with being a SHARP company also serves as a valuable tool to recruit new employees, Khapoya said.

"As our business grows and we compete for new talent, we hope candidates see our achievements under the SHARP program and realize that we are truly committed to the health and safety of our team," he said. "The candidates for whom that safety commitment is important are precisely the ones we want -- and the ones we will need to make Suterra even better."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP, regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

For information about SHARP, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services, which help employers develop worker safety and health programs, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Business Email Compromise
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against new version of the Business Email Compromise Scam.

We've talked about this kind of scheme before. The traditional scam starts with Company A, Company B and the fraudster who jumps in between the two. The scammer uses an email address almost identical to the one used by a business executive at Company A as he communicates with a vendor or customer at Company B. The scammer is trying to convince that vendor at Company B to route a payment into the scammer's personal bank account instead of the Company A account. Usually the businesses have a long-standing relationship, and a request to have a big dollar invoice paid by wire transfer doesn't raise any flags.

The newer version of the scam that we are talking about today goes one step further. The scammer isn't just pretending to be the CEO or CFO of Company A -- he actually takes over that persona. He has hacked that executive's email account, and he can get in to read, receive or send emails at will. As an added twist, he can set rules within the email account to automatically forward to himself any email that includes a particular keyword or is from a particular sender. The emails pass through the legitimate executive's account in a virtual sense -- but that executive may never even see them as they get deleted from his inbox immediately.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Avoid free web-based email accounts. Establish a company domain name and use it to create formal email addresses for your employees.

Check the "rules" setting on your account periodically to ensure that no one has set up auto-forwarding for your emails.

Be careful what you post to social media and your company website,
especially information about who has which specific job duties. Also be cautious about using out-of-office replies that give too much detail about when your executives are out of the mix.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.
When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

Require your employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate email accounts. They would need two pieces of information to log-in... something they know (such as a password) and something they have (such as a dynamic PIN that changes constantly).

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as a change in a vendor's payment location.

Train your employees to avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown senders. Doing so could download malware onto your company's computers, making you vulnerable to a hack.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, contact the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Written , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Audio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which added 3,800. Both of these industries rebounded from job losses within the prior two months. Three other industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in October: other services (+1,400 jobs); manufacturing (+1,000); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,000). Retail trade cut 900 jobs, posting the biggest monthly job decline.

The big job gain in October, coupled with the upward revision to September, considerably boosted Oregon's over-the-year growth rate. Since October 2016, Oregon has added 45,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, which equals an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. Construction continues to lead the way with 9,400 jobs added, equaling 10.3 percent growth. The second fastest growing industry was transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,400 jobs, or 5.6%). Over the past 12 months, five service-providing industries each expanded faster than the overall economy: information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%), professional and business services (+6,800 jobs, or 2.8%), health care and social assistance (+6,200 jobs, or 2.7%), financial activities (+2,500 jobs, or 2.6%), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000 jobs, or 2.5%). Meanwhile, only two industries posted declines during that time: other services ( 900 jobs, or -1.4%) and mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3 percent in October from 4.2 percent in September, remaining near the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 19th.??NLG

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

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 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. 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. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the 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. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Employment in oregpno October 2017

Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 9:55 AM
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November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Ashley's father is willing to speak to the media, and news outlets are asked to contact the Public Information Officer to obtain his contact information.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2

Wells Fargo's Overdraft Rewind to help customers stretch paychecks, avoid fees
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 9:11 AM
San Francisco -- Wells Fargo & Company has introduced a new feature that will automatically "rewind" overdrafts that are assessed on customers' accounts at a vulnerable time -- specifically the day before their payday direct deposit is received, when their account balances might be low.

With the new "Overdraft Rewind" feature, the bank will not charge overdraft or insufficient funds fees if a covering direct deposit is received the morning after their account is overdrawn. Customers do not need to take any action to receive the new benefit, automatically providing a better banking experience for millions of customers nationwide.

"We're always looking for new and better ways to help our customers manage their accounts, and many customers have told us that they are frustrated by unexpected overdrafts the day before their next paycheck is direct deposited into their account," said Ed Kadletz, head of Wells Fargo's Deposit Products Group.

"By looking back at a customer's prior-day transactions when a direct deposit is received by 9 a.m. local time, we're now able to effectively 'rewind' any overdrafts from the previous business day that are covered by that deposit, helping our customers to avoid overdraft fees and bridge the occasional gap between paychecks," said Kadletz.

Wells Fargo also announced today it will no longer charge overdraft fees for any transaction of $5 or less, further helping customers avoid unexpected fees when their account balances are low.

This new per-transaction threshold complements the bank's existing policy of not charging an overdraft fee if a customer's available balance and ending account balance is overdrawn by $5 or less and no items are returned for non-sufficient funds at the end of nightly processing. It is intended to help customers avoid additional overdraft fees for small transactions conducted after an account is initially overdrawn.

In June, Wells Fargo also introduced an alert that will automatically notify its Online Banking customers by email if their account balances drop to zero or less. The automatic alert, which customers can choose not to receive, expands on the wide variety of optional text and email alerts Wells Fargo has offered for a number of years.

On average, Wells Fargo sends out more than 1 million zero and low-balance alerts during the day, giving its 21 million Online Banking customers a chance to avoid an overdraft fee by making a deposit or transferring funds from another account.

The recently introduced overdraft improvements support Wells Fargo's commitment to help customers improve their financial health -- a challenge for many Americans today. Research shows that 57 percent of Americans are struggling financially, and 44 percent say they would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money.

To help more Americans feel more stable and prepared for life's opportunities and challenges, Wells Fargo is providing a growing set of services that make it easier for customers to know where they stand, and make the right financial decisions based on their specific needs and goals.

How Wells Fargo Supports Financial Health
Wells Fargo seeks to provide its customers the personalized, proactive guidance and convenient financial resources they need to support their financial health. These include providing 68 million customers free access to their FICO Credit Score, and a Financial Health Conversations program that has provided personalized plans for more than 23,000 customers since the start of 2015. For Wells Fargo's easy-to-follow financial health guidelines and online tools, see One Little Thing, a financial health resource.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

UPDATE: Woman who died in early morning fire identified
Oregon City Police Dept. - 11/14/17 9:00 AM
Just after 2:00 am, on November 8, 2017, one of our officers was on patrol when he saw a fire near the Abernethy Bridge, Washington St. and 16th St. The fire was from a homeless camp on the hillside. When our officer found the fire, it had already engulfed the camp and nearby trees. Clackamas Fire responded and extinguished the fire. After the fire was extinguished, fire personnel found a deceased female inside a shelter. The female has been identified as 45-year-old Rachael Renee Edwards. Clackamas Fire investigators, our detectives, and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Officer are investigating the death and cause of the fire. Ms. Edwards' family are mourning their loss in this tragedy and have requested privacy.

Reference OCPD case # 17-4009

Free SAIF farm safety seminar Nov 28. in Salem
SAIF - 11/14/17 8:57 AM
What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health.

Who should attend: The seminar is designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but is open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included. SAIF will offer another seminar in Salem on Wednesday, February 21, and a Spanish-language seminar on Thursday, February 22.

Where: Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, located at 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from last year's seminars are available by request.
SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

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

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

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

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

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/13/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/14/17 8:22 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/13/2017



On 11/13/2017 at about 1348 hrs., police responded to the 300 block of SW Zobrist Street regarding young children being unattended in the street. A report is pending (CAD).


On 11/13/2017 at about 1558 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile in the 200 block of NW Second Avenue. The juvenile returned home later in the day.


On 11/13/2017 at about 1711 hrs., a man flagged down an officer to report a woman causing a disturbance near city hall. Penni B. Nichols (52, of Estacada), was arrested when it was discovered that she had been previously excluded from Estacada city-owned property and facilities. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on a charge of Criminal Trespass II, on $1,500 bail.


On 11-13-17, at about 2311 hrs., officers observed an illegally parked vehicle, that then attempted to drive away. During the following traffic stop at the intersection of NE Ginseng Drive and NE Carol Street Citations were issued for failing to wear a seat belt, driving unisured and driving without a valid license. The vehicle was impounded.

New Traffic Signal at Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE
City of Salem - 11/14/17 8:00 AM
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the City will activate a new traffic signal at the intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. The new signal increases safety for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between the Union Street Railroad Bridge and downtown Salem. The City also improved lighting, added crosswalks, built curb extensions and a median island to further improve safety at the crossing.

Vehicles eastbound on Union Street NE will now be directed southbound-only onto Commercial Street NE. A blue light indicator for bicycles traveling across the intersection from west to east was also added.

The completion of this project delivers on a priority Salem residents identified in the 2013 Central Salem Mobility Study. According to project engineer Julie Titchbourne, the signal is the first step in connecting the Union Street Bridge with 12th ST as part of the Family-Friendly Bikeway. The $1.13-million intersection improvement began in June and is jointly funded by the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the Salem-Keizer Area Study Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Residents can learn more about the Central Salem Mobility Study and other projects it recommends by visiting: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/central-salem-mobility-study.aspx.

Police Seek Help Finding Missing 12-Year-Old Boy (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/14/17 6:44 AM
Gresham, Ore. -- Police are looking for a missing 12-year-old boy who ran away from his parents shortly after 1:00 this morning. Maliki Isreal Skutley left the hotel he was staying at in the 17700 block of NE Sacramento St., Gresham, without notifying his parents. He briefly spoke with a man outside the hotel, reportedly saying he was headed to a store (unspecified).

Skutley's family says he suffers from autism and a number of social ailments. He is described as a white male with curly brown hair and blue eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Skutley was last known to be wearing a black shirt and blue pajama pants.

Anyone who has information about Skutley's whereabouts is encouraged to call 911.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1278/109627/Maliki_Skutley.jpg

Gaston Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Leg During Argument (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 12:38 AM
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November 14, 2017 -- A Gaston woman was arrested for attempted homicide after she shot her boyfriend during an argument. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On November 13, 2017, at 8:24 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon in the 1200 block of SW Tanner Creek Road outside of Gaston. A male reported that his girlfriend had shot him in the leg.

Sheriff's Office deputies, assisted by City of Cornelius deputies, Forest Grove Police, and the Oregon State Police, responded and apprehended the suspect. A deputy serving the City of Cornelius applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg until medical personnel arrived.

The victim, a 57-year-old male, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a single gunshot wound to his left leg and a laceration to his head. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The suspect, 57-year-old Shannon Main, was arrested for attempted homicide, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. She is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's Office detectives responded and assisted in the investigation. Law enforcement were assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire & Rescue, and Metro West Ambulance.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo