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12/20/14
Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland Open (Update #1)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland is now open.

A multi-agency law enforcement response was on-going in regards to a search for two suspects that fled on foot from a vehicle that attempted to elude officers. Two suspects are still unaccounted for and law enforcement remains in the area searching. Motorists and residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center.

No further information for release. Updated information will be released when it becomes available.

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Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing on MAX Platform
Gresham Police Dept - 12/20/14
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 20, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan - Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-713831

Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing on MAX Platform.


Gresham, Ore. - On Dec. 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm, Gresham Police responded to the report of a fight on the TriMet MAX platform at SE 188th Ave. and E Burnside St.

Police arrived on scene and located a subject with multiple stab wounds. The suspect fled the scene prior to Police arrival but was located minutes later.

The victim, a male in his 20's, was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The victim and suspect names are not being released at this time.

The incident does not appear to be gang related and the investigation is on-going. No other information is available at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.
12/19/14
ECFR Fire Chief Receives CFO Credentials
East (Clark) County Fire & Rescue - 12/19/14
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Scott Koehler, Fire Chief of East County Fire & Rescue (ECFR), has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing--a part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The CFO designation is awarded after a review of a Chief Officer's education, leadership and management skills. Koehler is one of barely 1,000 Chief Officers, nationwide, who have received this designation.

Earlier this year, Koehler was certified by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) as a Type-1 Planning Section Chief for service on nationally-rated Incident Management Teams (IMTs). Type-1 IMTs respond to the largest and most complex incidents handled by Emergency Responders. These Teams manage all types of hazards--not just wildfires. The Planning Section is vital to obtaining and organizing information about each event and preparing short term and longer-term work plans and other materials to support incidents that can last up to several weeks and involve more than 1,000 responders at any one time.

At the time of his certification, Koehler was listed as one of just 117 Type-1 Plans Chiefs in the ROSS database--the national tracking system for IMT qualifications. He currently serves as the Planning Section Chief for Pacific Northwest Team #2--a nationally-rated Type-1 IMT.

George Hoober, Chairman of East County Fire & Rescue's Board of Fire Commissioners, said that these two accomplishments speak highly of Koehler's personal integrity and professional capability. "Scott's knowledge, skills and abilities are exceptional, and his service and dedication are unparalleled. These certifications attest to his professionalism--and better prepare him for service at all levels, even large-scale emergencies and disasters. This better prepares ECFR to serve the residents of our Fire District. We are lucky to have such talent in our Community".


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QUESTIONS:

Rick Knapp, Public Information Officer

East County Fire & Rescue
600 NE 267th Avenue
Camas, WA 98607

Cell: 360.609.0555
Phone: 360.834.4908
Fax: 360.834.5454

www.ECFR.us

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Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland Closed for Police Operation
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) has Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland closed due to a police operation.

A multi-agency law enforcement response is on-going in regards to a search for two suspects that fled on foot from a vehicle that attempted to elude officers. Residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center.

No further information for release. Updated information will be released when it becomes available.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes and can check the status of the highway closure at www.tripcheck.com.
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Redmond, Oregon.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/19/14
A single-family fire occurred on Forest Avenue in Redmond, Oregon,
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The fire displaced one adult.
Lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services was provided.
Attempt to Elude in Salem Area
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested an Astoria man after a multi-agency vehicle pursuit on Friday morning in the Salem area.

According to Sergeant Mark Davie, on December 19, 2014 at 11:03 am (OSP) Northern Command Center dispatched a driving complaint to troopers in the Salem area on Interstate 5. The vehicle associated with the driving complaint was a white Volkswagen Station Wagon and was reported stolen.

OSP troopers along with deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office set up in the area of Interstate 5 and Market Street in an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle. Within a few minutes a Marion County Sheriff's Office Motor Officer located the stolen vehicle on the Southbound Market Street off ramp. Law enforcement units attempted to stop the stolen vehicle but the operator identified as BRANDYN FRANCIS, age 31, from Astoria, attempted to elude officers. FRANCIS attempted to elude on various streets in the area of Market Street and Lancaster Drive and ended when FRANCIS abandoned the vehicle in the parking area of an apartment complex on Anita Court and fled on foot.

OSP troopers and Marion County Sheriff's deputies requested a Salem Police Department Patrol K-9 to assist with the search for FRANCIS. With the assistance of the patrol K9, officers were able to track FRANCIS and found him hiding in a crawl space within the apartment complex. FRANCIS would not come out of the crawl space and after multiple warnings the K9 was deployed into the crawl space. Shortly after FRANCIS was taken into custody and sustained multiple dog bites from the patrol K9. Medics from Salem Fire Department assessed FRANCIS and he was taken to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment.

FRANCIS faces charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer (Vehicle), Attempt to Elude a Police Officer (Foot), and Reckless Driving. The listed charges will be referred to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

OSP was assisted during the incident by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department.

Questions regarding the Salem Police Department Patrol K9 should be directed to the Salem Police Department.

No photographs for release

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday December 22
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through Monday December 22, 2014.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns. Examples include: shootings, stabbings, robberies, endangered missing/abductions, major incidents, and traffic crashes with a substantial traffic impact (Major Crash Team Activation).

All other research-type requests should be routed to Sgt. Simpson via email for follow-up.

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Cry For Justice: Prayer Vigil and March for Victims of Police Violence And Children's March
Urban League of Portland - 12/19/14
Sent on behalf of the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform
NEWS ITEM: For Immediate Release on December 19, 2014
Contact: Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr (503) 287-0261 Dr. T. Allen Bethel (503)288-7241

Cry For Justice: Prayer Vigil and March for Victims of Police Violence
When: Saturday, December 20, 4 PM
Where: Allen Temple Church 4236 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

On Saturday, December 20 at 4 PM, the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Reform will lead a Prayer Vigil and March through Northeast Portland in memory of Michael Brown, killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner, killed by a police chokehold in Staten Island, New York. In both cases, grand juries failed to bring indictment for their deaths. The Prayer Vigil and Rally will also honor Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, a 12 year old shot by police in Cleveland, as well as Portland victims of police shootings and deadly force, including Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, James Chasse, Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis, Jose Mejia Poot and others. The theme of the Vigil and March is a Cry for Justice.

The Prayer Vigil will be preceded by a children's event starting at 2 PM at Allen Temple, including sign-making, an indoor rally, and a short march ending back at the church for the 4 PM event. This event is organized by concerned parents and children.

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The Prayer Vigil and March will bring together clergy and members of the community to build momentum for the movement for police reform, nationally and in Portland. An inter-faith coalition of clergy will lead prayers and a March along the route of MLK Boulevard, ending at the overpass where Kendra James was killed by police in 2003. All participants are asked to wear black as a symbol of mourning and respect. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights or electric candles for the march.

The AMA Coalition will highlight its five goals for justice and police reform (see below). It will also update the community on the US Department of Justice lawsuit against the City of Portland for its use of excessive force. Recent events have made this an important time for local involvement and the AMA Coalition will provide information and ways to support change.

People wishing to volunteer for the event should contact AMA Coalition Chair Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. at 503-287-0261. A flyer for the Prayer Vigil is posted at .


For more information see albinaministerialcoalition.org/actions.html.

The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform ( albinaministerialcoalition.org ) is working toward these five goals:
1. A federal investigation by the Justice Department to include criminal and civil rights violations, as well as a federal audit of patterns and practices of the Portland Police Bureau.
2. Strengthening the Independent Police Review Division and the Citizen Review Committee with the goal of adding power to compel testimony.
3. A full review of the Bureau's excessive force and deadly force policies and training with diverse citizen participation for the purpose of making recommendations to change policies and training.
4. The Oregon State Legislature narrowing the language of the State statute for deadly force used by police officers.
5. Establishing a special prosecutor for police excessive force and deadly force cases.
Community-based Grants Open for Local Nonprofits
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 12/19/14
Vancouver, Wash., Dec. 19, 2014 -- The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington discretionary grants committee has opened the organization's 2015 community grant programs. Applications will be accepted online from municipalities or organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status until January 31, 2015. Organizations fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) are also welcome to apply.

This year, the grant programs have been updated to more accurately reflect the types of funding the Community Foundation provides to nonprofits serving residents in Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania Counties. This approach allows nonprofits to submit specific applications for capacity building needs, program support or for funding related to the Foundation's strategic focus: interrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The improved structure will award grants twice per year and increase the Community Foundation's efficiency by introducing an online application process. As always, the Community Foundation's grant programs will continue to support charitable organizations addressing current and emerging needs in southwest Washington to create a more vibrant and engaged community.

Applications and guidelines, which include criteria and suggestions, can be accessed through the Community Foundation website at www.cfsww.org/nonprofits/grant-programs/. Final grant recipients will be announced in May 2015, followed by a second grant cycle opening in June 2015. For specific answers to questions about the process, grant seekers are encouraged to email grants@cfsww.org.

Impact of 2014 Grant Programs
In 2014, the Foundation's grant programs distributed $854,551 among 59 nonprofits serving our region. These grants ranged from $977 to $50,000 and helped support programs in the areas of arts and culture, children's issues, civic and community building, conservation, education and health and human services.

One grant ($9,5000) awarded to Washougal Community Education furnished teachers, curriculum and supplies for a Summer Kindergarten Readiness program at Hathaway Elementary School (Title 1) that wouldn't have otherwise existed. This 6-week program provided 32 low-income students with full-day pre-K and scheduled progress assessments, but the program also brought new hope to parents according to Lisa Young, an early learning technician for Washougal Community Education and Recreation.

"This grant transformed our school into a community center for summer learning and allowed parents to marvel at the growth and success that summer learning provides for children," Young said. "The kids left with a newfound love for learning and were better prepared for their big transition to Kindergarten."

Another grant ($5,000) helped create a more welcoming space for victims of domestic violence in Cowlitz County by providing funds that allowed the Emergency Support Shelter to grow. In a county where the domestic violence arrest rate was 37 percent higher than that of the overall state in 2010, this resource has become more vital than ever. Now, victims fleeing violence can find a sanctuary with private rooms, not an overcrowded communal living space. Sherrie Tinoco, executive director of the shelter, said this privacy encourages longer stays, which foster healthy relationships and a renewed sense of independence.

"Before moving clients into our new building, we offered a tour to the women and children we were sheltering at the time," Tinoco said. "There were so many reactions, but one woman in particular was overcome with tears and captured what we were striving for when she said, 'The other building feels like a shelter. This one feels like a home.'"

With every grant cycle, the Community Foundation has funded projects and programs such as these. Going forward, the newly implemented bi-annual grant programs promise to create even more impact across the region. This is the result of a significant increase in the amount of discretionary grant dollars available, as well as the adoption of a more proactive grantmaking approach.

"We are very excited to be opening up our grants programs to offer greater and more flexible funding options to nonprofits serving southwest Washington," Rhoads said. "We feel it will allow us to better address local needs and create a better funding environment for the regional nonprofit sector as a whole."

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 290 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.


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Red Cross Lends Assistance to Family Affected by Washougal Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/19/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon responded to a disaster in the 400 block of 34th street in Washougal, WA. This single-family fire affected six adults and several pets. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Crime Stoppers Seeking Public's Help to Locate a Wanted 36-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate 36-year-old Carl Todd Jenkins Jr.

Jenkins has a felony parole violation warrant, related to a drug conviction, and is known to frequent North and Northeast Portland.

Jenkins is an African American male, 5'8" tall, 170 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, with multiple tattoos on his arms, back, chest, neck, and face.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Camas Police partner with Wal-Mart to allow local children to "Shop-with-a-Cop" (Photo)
Camas Police Dept. - 12/19/14
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The Camas Police Department partnered with Wal-Mart to offer local children the opportunity to go on a Christmas shopping spree today at the Vancouver Wal-Mart located at 430 SE 192nd Avenue.

The 'Shop with a Cop' program was funded by a grant from Wal-Mart and allowed police officers and children to go shopping together for Christmas presents. Each child was nominated by local schools and given a budget of $100 to purchase gifts that might not otherwise be under the tree on Christmas morning. The children were then paired with uniformed officers who accompanied them throughout the store.

The program is used to promote positive relations with local police officers and children in the community.


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Camas Police Arrest High School Employee for Sexual Misconduct
Camas Police Dept. - 12/19/14
On December 17, 2014 members of the Camas Police Department began an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a male school staff member and juvenile female students. The subsequent investigation identified the suspect as 58 year-old Camas resident, Robbyn D. Mattson, a custodian and softball coach at Camas High School.

The investigation revealed that during the past month Mattson had inappropriately touched 17 different female students during school hours. The victims range in age from 14-18 years old.
Investigators were able to speak with Mattson, victims, witnesses and school staff members. In addition, they were able to watch surveillance video that assisted in developing probable cause for Mattson's arrest.

On 12-19-14, Mattson was arrested by members of the Camas Police Department and booked into the Clark County Jail on the following charges;

8 counts of Child Molestation 3rd Degree
5 counts of Sexual Misconduct 2nd Degree
4 counts of Assault 4th Degree with Sexual Motivation.

If anyone has information about the case they are asked to contact the Camas Police Department at (360)834-4151.

The investigation into this crime is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
Local 4th Grade Students Donate Supplies to Clackamas County Dog Shelter for the Holiday Season (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 12/19/14
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Mrs. Farrell, a fourth grade teacher at Sunnyside Elementary school in Clackamas started out the year teaching her students the value of giving back to the community. As a result, several students have begun their own organically implemented fundraising programs within their school and the local Happy Valley community.

Jake Brady, a student in her class recently adopted a dog from the Clackamas County Dog Services shelter and he decided he wanted to volunteer. Unfortunately, according to his mom, Anna, "The commitment is for two hours per week for six months and our family just couldn't dedicate our schedule to that right now."

So Jake and his classmate Jaiden came up with their own way of helping the shelter. For the month of December, with a donation of supplies from Mrs. Farrell and utilizing their lunch breaks, the boys made posters and flyers, decorated a collection bin and arranged a meeting with the principal, Mrs. Kiltow who approved them to spread the news.

For the next several days, the boys made short visits to each classroom telling students about their program and asking kids to bring in gently used or new dog leashes, collars, beds and toys for the shelter.

"This is a teacher's dream, really," said Farrell. "To see a class respond to a lesson idea and then to collaborate and carry out something so special is just wonderful. I've never seen anything quite like this in all my years of teaching," she added.

The school's response was amazing and the donations will be delivered on December 20th to Clackamas County Dog Services on Hwy 224 in Clackamas.

Contact: Cindy Fetty, 503-349-6988 for more information


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Red Cross Offers Flood Safety Tips; Encourages Download of Mobile Phone Flood App
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/19/14
The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Watch for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. This watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon. The Red Cross urges residents to be prepared for activities that may affect them due to floods. Flood safety tips include:
- Check "go" kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby.
- Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking
- Fill car's gas tank in case of evacuation notice
- Move furniture and valuables to higher floors of the home
- Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage
- Consider precautionary evacuation of animals, especially large or numerous ones
- Avoid contact with floodwater as it may be contaminated
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your departure route/destination

Safety tips and preparedness information is also available on the Red Cross Flood App. Applicable for iPhone and Android devices, the app is designed to help users learn about what to do before, during and after a flood. The app features a flashlight, alarm and "I'm safe" function. It also includes sections on what to do if the power goes out or if you are ordered to evacuate, what may/may not be covered by flood insurance and information for people with disabilities or special needs such as reliance on electricity for essential medical equipment. For more information about the Red Cross Flood App, visit www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.
Federal Charges Filed Stemming From Tigard Hash Oil Explosion
Tigard Police - 12/19/14
Two Tigard men injured last month while allegedly manufacturing hash oil inside a Tigard 76 Station restroom have been charged with a federal offense. Both suspects, Jose Rios-Soto and Dennis Tapia-Garcia face charges of Endangering Human Life While Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (21 U.S.C. § 858). The indictment was issued by the U.S. District Court earlier in the week. The investigation into the incident was conducted by the Tigard Police Department Investigations Unit. TVF&R assisted Tigard Police with the investigation connected to the explosion and resulting fire. The November 23, 2014 hash oil explosion caused a fire and considerable damage to the structure.

The suspects will await pending court actions while recovering from their extensive injuries sustained in the incident. Endangering human life while manufacturing controlled substances is punishable by up to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release, and manufacturing hash oil is punishable by up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.
NW Natural Announces Executive Leadership Promotions (Photo)
NW Natural - 12/19/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The board of directors for Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has approved several executive promotions including MardiLyn Saathoff to senior vice president and general counsel; Shawn Filippi to vice president and corporate secretary; and Kim Heiting to vice president of communications and chief marketing officer. All three promotions are part of the company's long-term succession planning efforts and will take effect January 1, 2015.

Saathoff will assume the general counsel functions currently performed by Margaret Kirkpatrick who will move into the role of senior vice president of environmental policy until her planned retirement at the end of 2015. Saathoff will report to Gregg Kantor, President and CEO.

Saathoff is currently vice president of legal, risk and compliance and also serves as chief governance officer and corporate secretary. Prior to NW Natural, Saathoff worked for Danaher Corporation, Tektronix, Inc., the Oregon Governor's office, the Oregon Department of Justice, and Stoel Rives, LLP. Saathoff serves on the board of directors for Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Center Stage and the Northwest Gas Association. She holds a master's degree from Lewis & Clark and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.

"Margaret Kirkpatrick has made outstanding contributions in her capacity as general counsel since joining the company 10 years ago, and her leadership in this position will be greatly missed. However, her strategic oversight on environmental matters in the year ahead will help us navigate the important work to come on the Portland Harbor site, as well as other ongoing environmental policy efforts," said Kantor. "At the same time, we are excited to move Mardi into the general counsel role. With Mardi, Shawn and Kim we continue to have a talented and seasoned officer team, prepared to lead the company forward."

Shawn Filippi is being promoted to vice president and corporate secretary, reporting to Saathoff. Filippi has been with NW Natural for nearly 10 years, with her most current position as the company's senior legal counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Previously, Filippi was an attorney at Stoel Rives, LLP, where she practiced in the areas of corporate law, securities, finance and mergers and acquisitions. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Filippi served as a trustee and chair of the alumni board of directors for the Northwestern School of Law. She has also served as a trustee for the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kim Heiting is being promoted to vice president of communications and chief marketing officer, reporting to David Anderson, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Heiting joined the company in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles during that time, including corporate communications director and chief communications officer. Prior, Heiting held management positions at Bank of America Corporation and Alltel Corporation in Chicago, IL. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University, and currently serves on the board of LifeWorks Northwest and the Northwest Gas Association.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
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Bias Crime Suspect Arrested on Wednesday in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
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On Wednesday December 17, 2014, Central Precinct officers arrested 51-year-old Carl Harris at Southwest 4th Avenue and Morrison Street after he spit on a 23-year-old woman after yelling at her and using racially offensive language.

The arresting officers were on foot patrol when they saw Harris screaming profanities at the victim, who was trying to walk away from Harris. Harris continued to scream at her using obscenities and racially offensive language then spit on the victim as she tried to get away from him.

Two officers arrested Harris while another officer contacted the victim, who was very upset and shaken up by the experience. Officers learned that the victim and suspect do not know each other.

Due to the nature of the incident and the racially offensive language, a Bias Crime detective was notified and continued the investigation. Detectives learned of a similar incident involving Harris in Downtown Portland.

Harris was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Intimidation in the Second Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment, and Offensive Physical Contact.

Anyone who may have been victimized by Harris is encouraged to contact Bias Crime Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau investigates all allegations of bias or hate crimes and assigns them to the Detective Division.

Anyone who is the victim of a bias or hate crime is encouraged to make a police report.

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Portland Police, Z-Man Scholars Partner with City Bible Church for Live. Love. Christmas Event on Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
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On Saturday December 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., City Bible Church campuses will be hosting their third annual Live. Love. Christmas event, in partnership with 20 different public schools, three Department of Human Services offices across the Portland/Vancouver area, the Portland Police Bureau, and the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation.

Portland Police officers and Z-Man Foundation scholars will be at the Rocky Butte Campus, located at 9200 Northeast Fremont Street, to help give gifts to participating families and children.

To learn more about the event, locations and how to donate, please visit http://www.citybiblechurch.org/llc/

Sergeant John Clinton will be at the Rocky Butte Campus and available for interviews with interested media.

To learn more about the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation, please visit http://zmanscholarship.org/

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Oregon State Police Opens Online Application for Recruit Trooper Hiring Accepted December 20 - January 2, 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper, now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 and recruitment has begun. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted starting 12:01 a.m., December 20, 2014, through 11:59 p.m., January 2, 2015.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Thursday, January 8, and Friday, January 9, 2015
* Session #2 - Saturday, January 10, and Sunday, January 11, 2015

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175.


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Be alert for landslides and debris flows in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - With heavy rain and flooding projected for the weekend, Oregonians are encouraged to know landslide warning signs. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for many areas of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

Specific flood watch areas include:

- Cascade Foothills in Lane County
- Cascades in Lane County
- Central Coast Range of Western Oregon
- Central Columbia River Gorge
- Central Oregon Coast
- Central Willamette Valley
- Coast Range of Northwest Oregon
- Greater Portland Metro Area
- Lower Columbia
- North Oregon Coast
- Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills
- Northern Oregon Cascades
- South Willamette Valley
- Upper Hood River Valley
- Western Columbia River Gorge

Track this Flood Watch here: http://1.usa.gov/13kPitw

"Be aware of flood watches, warnings and advisories for your area, and know what to look out for," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Watch for signs like trickles of falling debris or mud, listen for sounds like trees cracking that might indicate land movement. If you think there's danger, leave immediately."

Areas like bases of steep hillsides, canyon bottoms, road cuts, and places where landslides have previously occurred are particularly hazardous and should be avoided.

Historic weather events offer a look at the often-destructive landslides that come along with floods. From mid-December 1964 to early January 1965, the Pacific Northwest was ravaged by floods that devastated many Oregon communities. Those floods were accompanied by landslides that damaged homes, blocked roads and highways, and cut off water supplies.

The exact number of landslides following the 1964 Christmas Flood wasn't well documented. But geologists say they would have numbered in the thousands, given the more than 9,500 landslides that followed the similar flood devastation of 1996-1997.

"Landslides will be a reality in future major flood events," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "And because Oregon's population is growing, more people, places and property may be at risk."

Land that has slid before tends to slide again - so knowing where past landslides have occurred is critical in helping Oregon communities understand their risks. DOGAMI's inventory maps, which identify locations of previous landslides, are a critical starting place. The Statewide Landslide Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is a collection of all known landslide locations. The SLIDO interactive map at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.

Learn more about landslide hazards and preparedness at http://bit.ly/landslidehazards.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting extra DUII patrols throughout the holidays
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/19/14
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies are participating in the nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers December 12 through January 5, 2015. DUII enforcement patrols will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is participating in High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) patrols supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact. Sheriff's Deputies will be actively seeking out and arresting impaired drivers during these missions

If you are hosting a Christmas party or a holiday get together plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party - and provide plenty of food.

Impaired driving is not an accident; it is a deliberate action that places the driver and others at substantial risk of serious injury or death. The overall goal of these HVE patrols is to reduce the number of motor vehicle deaths and injuries through educating the public and concentrating enforcement efforts on DUII driving.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office asks the public if you see dangerous driving, report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Red Kettle Campaign Needs $300,000 By Christmas to Reach Program Goals
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/19/14
(Portland, OR) December 19, 2014 - Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a Salvation Army red kettle this season. With Christmas less than a week away, The Salvation Army Red Kettles are at only about $450,000. That's $300,000 away from the goal of $750,000 with just a few days left of bell ringing! It is crucial that the Red Kettle Campaign is a success so that The Salvation Army can keep needed programs running smoothly. Kettles are located all across the Portland Metro area making it easy for the community to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors in need this giving season.

"As the cost of living and the number of people in need increase, so does our bottom line," says Major Nancy Dihle. "It is absolutely critical that we meet our kettle goal as it will become more and more challenging to meet the growing need in our community. Your spare change can literally change someone's life when you donate to The Salvation Army."

Last year, The Salvation Army served 80,000 individuals. If the donations don't meet the growing need and costs, The Salvation Army will be forced to make the tough decision of what to cut back on.

Here are a few of many reasons to give to a red kettle this Christmas:

"This is the most humble way to provide support to those families in need that I don't know." #RedKettleReason

"I support Salvation Army because of the diverse groups it helps to support in Portland. They help enough people to fill up Moda Center 4x over!" #RedKettleReason

"Peace on Earth, Good will to men" #RedKettleReason

For more #RedKettleReasons, visit www.redkettlereason.org.



The Red Kettle Campaign raises money for The Salvation Army's local community programs, providing after-school programs, feeding programs, food box and utility assistance, and so much more.

Kettles can be found at Fred Meyer, Safeway, JcPenney, Macy's, Walmart, BigLots, Bi-Mart, Fry's Electronics, Hobby Lobby, Shopko, and Walgreen's locations across the Portland Metro area.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Sunshine Division to Deliver 3,500 Food Boxes on Saturday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
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On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Portland Police officers and hundreds of volunteers will deliver 3,500 holiday food boxes weighing more than 45 pounds each to community members in need. The boxes are delivered from North Precinct, East Precinct, Southeast Substation and the Sunshine Division Warehouse, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

This is the Sunshine Division's 91st anniversary of delivering holiday meals to those in need; the tradition began in 1923 by Portland's first Police Reserves and Portland Police Officers.

This year, demand is up once again, said Officer Phil Kent, Sunshine Division Development Director. "These boxes are already spoken for, but we continue to provide emergency food to people every day at the warehouse and any police officer can take food to a person in need 24 hours a day."

Officer Kent said the Sunshine Division has seen a 60% increase in the number households the Sunshine Division is directly serving since 2012 and the need for food an cash donations is greater than ever before.

About Portland Police Bureau 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 91-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

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 http://www.sunshinedivision.org/ or contact Executive Director, Kyle Camberg, at (503) 577-6852.

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Union Gospel Mission Provides Christmas Meals for the Homeless (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 12/19/14
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Union Gospel Mission Provides Christmas Meals for the Homeless

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission prepares to feed 700 - 800 meals for its annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. located at 3 NW Third Ave. The menu for the holiday meal includes roasted pork, mashed potatoes and gravy; green beans with bacon and onion; fruit-salad with whipped topping; pumpkin pie with whipped topping; dinner rolls with real butter; coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and water. Food Service Coordinator, Lori Quinney, said, "Now, if that isn't a Christmas dinner, I don't know what is? " This meal is free and open to anyone in need.

In addition to the plethora of food, the guests will receive a snack pack and gift bag. The snack pack includes a soda, chips, cookies, and a candy-cane. The mission plans to give out about 500 gift bags that will have a hat, hygiene kit, T-shirt, and gloves. Sam Woldenmichael, a resident in the LifeChange program, said, "It's going to be fun; it's going to be great. "

Union Gospel Mission seeks donation items such as socks, sleeping bags, and hoodies for the winter season. These items can be donated via http://amzn.com/w/2RVAPKU3YPC9J. Financial 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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Burglary suspects drive into building
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/19/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On December 19, 2014, at approximately 4:03 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Walgreen's located at 2521 Main Street, for an alarm and possible burglary. Information received was that a vehicle had been used to crash through the front doors and into the building. The business was not open and there were no injuries. The suspects exited the vehicle, once inside the store, and attempted unsuccessfully to access the ATM before fleeing on foot. A K9 track was attempted but no suspects were located. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Gresham.

Suspects were described as 2 black males, 20's, 5'10 to 6'00, and one white male late 30s to early 40s, heavy build, 6'0".

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit are continuing the investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Michael Olson Homicide Remains Unsolved - Crime Stoppers Reward Offered (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/19/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

A forensic sketch of the suspect is being released to the public to aid in the investigation.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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

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Smoke Alarms and Cruising Vessels -Early Detection can Save Lives (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 12/19/14
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When winter weather sets in, live-aboard boaters on cruising vessels and sailboats (boats with cabins) crank up the heat and spend more time inside. But many of these types of boats are not equipped with smoke alarms, and early detection has proven to save lives in homes and RV's. So why are smoke alarms rarely found on boats that have cabin spaces? You guessed it. They're not required. However, the Oregon State Marine Board wants to appeal to owners of cruising vessels that the risk of fire on board your boat can happen, and it's worth it to invest in the most reliable and affordable life saving device out on the market -a smoke alarm.

While not required for recreational vessels, the Coast Guard Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 46 guidelines requires that smoke alarms be installed in the sleeping compartments of small inspected passenger vessels. An RV rated smoke alarm (label reads UL 217 RV) is approved for use on cruising vessels. Unlike the smoke alarms used in homes, the RV rated alarms must withstand higher temperature variations, vibrations, humidity and mild saltwater exposure. The RV rated smoke alarm is similarly recommended for use on recreational boats by the National Fire Protection Association. However, due to the extreme environments in some areas, experts recommend regular inspections and a replacement cycle roughly every five years.

Cruising vessels have a variety of potential fire dangers, more than a typical home. Pleasure boats have a high fire load in the form of combustible fuel storage that supplies multiple on-board devices, an AC and DC electrical system (which are subject to regular moisture that causes corrosion, vibration and jarring as part of the normal use). A boat's construction materials are extremely combustible as are interior furnishings. According to Boat U.S., 55% of boat fires are electrical in nature and will start in a smoldering state. Propulsion, fuel, engine and exhaust problems, as well as unattended cooking, careless smoking, heating devices and other appliances are also among the causes. In all of these cases, early detection of smoke can be the key to preventing a fire or stopping it in the early stages.

Many people have smoke alarms in their homes and RV's, so why not the boat? This simple device can save lives, protect neighboring boats, docks or structures if the boat is kept at a moorage. A smoke alarm is the cheapest insurance you can buy for your on-the-water home or pleasure craft.

For more information about the Marine Board and other required equipment, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/Pages/Regulations.aspx.

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Linn Deputies Receive Award
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/19/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is proud to announce that several of his deputies were recently recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for outstanding accomplishments at the annual conference in Bend Oregon.

Sergeant Dave Lawler, Deputy Chris Titus, volunteer Deputy Bill Ellison and Albany Police Officer Jim Estes were presented with a Life Saving Award. This award was in recognition of their actions during a S.W.A.T. call that involved an armed standoff in Scio on Christmas night 2013.

The standoff involved an individual armed with a rifle, who later started his mother's residence on fire. Sergeant Lawler showed great restraint when confronted by the armed suspect. Sergeant Lawler's decision not to shoot the male, ultimately aided in saving this person's life. Deputies Titus, Ellison and Officer Estes were able to enter the burning residence and pull the male from harm, saving his life.

Deputies frequently face situations where deadly force is justified. Deputies are required to make split second decisions based on the totality of each circumstance.

In addition, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association presented Staff Sergeant Micah Smith with the Deputy of the Year award. Smith worked as a detective for eight years and started the sheriff's office Digital Forensics and Cyber Crimes unit. Smith is a nationally recognized trainer and expert witness in Technology-Facilitated Child Sex Crimes.

Smith was promoted to Staff Sergeant within the Support Division and supervises Dispatch, Records, Evidence and Information Technologies. Smith continues to maintain a high reputation within our agency and community.

Sheriff Riley feels it is important to recognize the outstanding job deputies do on a day-to-day basis in Linn County. Riley said "serving our citizens with dignity, honesty, and compassion, is something we continuingly strive for. " Sheriff Riley added, "I am very proud of my staff and in particular, these deputies for their sound judgment and professionalism."
MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting 1-5-15
Multnomah ESD - 12/19/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Glass Conference Room. The Committee will receive the November 2014 financial report, discuss other financial matters and approve the Board and Superintendent expenses.
Volunteer Cheer Coach Arrested For Sexting (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 12/19/14
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A coach at Invasion Athletix, a cheer gym at 3023 Industrial Way NE, was taken into custody yesterday by Salem Police detectives, accused of sexting with a 14 year old girl who attended the gym. Robert Parks, 25 years of age, was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with five counts of Luring a Minor. Parks had sent nude photos of himself to the girl.

Parks has been a cheer coach at various gyms in the Salem area. The police are concerned there may be additional victims. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Jeff Staples at (503)540-2351.
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Elevated Stream Levels Anticipated in Salem
City of Salem - 12/19/14
Heavy rains and rising streams are expected in the Salem area this weekend. Public Works staff will be monitoring conditions throughout the weekend and are prepared to respond as needed.

Here are some actions Salem residents can take:

* Concerned about stream levels in your area? Go to www.cityofsalem.net and click on EMERGENCIES in the upper right. Select the Stream and Rainfall Monitoring button to get real-time reporting on current streams and weather.

* Free sand and sandbags are available at eleven locations. Go to www.cityofsalem.net and click on EMERGENCIES in the upper right. Sandbag locations are identified on the map and are also available on the Sandbags tab.

* Ensure storm drains in your area are clear of leaves and other debris.

* Report local flooding or other water, sewer, tree, and traffic issues to Public Works Dispatch at 503 588 6333.

The EMERGENCIES page also includes information on Salem road closure as well as links to Polk County and Marion County road closures, Willamette River level/projections, Salem weather, ODOT conditions, and Salem area traffic cameras.
Oregon State Police Acting Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Lt. Steve Mitchell will be the acting Public Information Officer for Dec 19, Dec 20 and Dec 21. Media may contact him at the OSPPIO@STATE.OR.US email address.
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Gladstone Police to Crack Down on Drunk Driving to Save Lives
Gladstone Police - 12/18/14
The Gladstone Police Department announces it will be stepping up enforcement efforts against drunk and drugged driving this holiday season. Additional enforcement patrols are scheduled from 9pm on December 19, 2014 through 11:59pm on December 21, 2014.

"The goal is simple, to save lives," said Lt. Jeff Jolley. "Whatever you drive, if you're drunk, you will be arrested."

Additional high visibility enforcement activities will also take place between the Christmas and New Year holidays. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and make smart decisions about how they will stay safe during their party-going activities throughout this festive season.
Sheriff Encourages Designated Drivers for the Holidays
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/18/14
Sheriff Jack Crabtree wants to remind motorists the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols out during this holiday season to keep motorists safe. Sheriff Crabtree reports "with zero fatalities as a goal he hopes motorists remember to use designated drivers or public transportation rather than choosing to get behind the wheel while impaired."

Please follow the attached link to the Sheriff's Office for a Regional Sheriff's PSA for the upcoming holiday season.

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MCSO brings holiday cheer to students from Community Transitional School (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/18/14
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For the 26th year in a row, the Sheriff's Office hosted a holiday party for the school children from the Community Transitional School on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. Over 80 children from the Transitional School were treated to a fun, festive holiday party with entertainment provided by BJ the Clown, pizza provided by Gateway Izzy's Pizza and drinks and snacks provided by Aramark and the Keizer Elks Lodge.

The party started with the MCSO Honor Guard bringing the colors in led by MCSO's own MCSO bagpiper. The Wilson High School Leadership Group presented a $1,000 check to the Community Transitional School from a grant they received and were joined by MCSO staff as they led the children in a holiday carol. Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton cheerfully swore the children in as junior deputies to get the party underway. The children enjoyed a clown show and pizza lunch as they eagerly awaited a very special guest appearance by Santa. After Santa arrived he talked with each child and they received a photo with him as they went on to open their presents. Along with their gifts this year, each child was also given a brand new pair of shoes.

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury was unable to attend due to a conflict but sent along her and other County Commissioners support for the Community Transitional School holiday party and the message of hope and giving it sends this season as it brightens a child's holiday.

The Community Transitional School's mission is to provide Kindergarten through 8th grade education to the children of families who are homeless, in transition and experiencing poverty related crises. The holiday mission of the Sheriff's Office for the past 25 years has been to provide the schoolchildren of the Community Transitional School a place where Santa can come with clothing and toys for these at-risk youth and the children can enjoy a fun and positive experience during the holidays. This is an event, and an opportunity, to give much needed love and support to these children, and a boost toward breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness that is their norm. For more information, contact the Community Transitional School at 503-249-8582.


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Camas School District employee being investigated for inappropriately touching female students
Camas Police Dept. - 12/18/14
On 12-17-14 the Camas Police Department responded to the Camas High School after a complaint was made about a male school district staff member that inappropriately touched several female students.

Immediately after receiving the complaint the Camas School District placed the employee on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation of the Camas Police Department.

The Camas Police Department would like to remind all parents to speak with their children about inappropriate touching as well as who they can talk to if they are victims of inappropriate touching.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Camas Police Department at (360)834-4151.
City Seeks Community Feedback to Plan Park's Future
City of Wilsonville - 12/18/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to complete a brief survey regarding the future needs and community aspirations for Memorial Park-- the City's oldest and largest park. The survey is currently available online at www.WilsonvilleParksandRec.com/projects through January 16, 2015.

Public feedback from the survey and two previous open houses will help guide the Memorial Park Master Plan update being developed by Portland-based consulting firm Walker Macy, which specializes in park planning, urban design and landscape architecture.

Community members are encouraged to share the link to the survey with local friends, family and neighbors in order to gather feedback from as many community members as possible.

"Memorial Park is a great community resource, and public feedback and an updated plan ensure that this regional park becomes an even more special place to enjoy and participate in a variety of recreational activities," explained Parks and Recreation Director Stan Sherer.

The first phase of the park planning project is currently underway and includes analysis of the park's physical characteristics and recreational uses. The second phase of the project is the development of a series of alternative concept plans for potential park improvements. The third phase refines the alternatives into a preferred master plan for the park, and the final phase documents the steps for implementation.

Memorial Park, located at 8100 SW Wilsonville Road in Wilsonville, was acquired by the City in 1969, one year after incorporation. The 126-acre park contains athletic fields, a skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a sand volleyball court, off-leash enclosed dog area, a community garden, reservable and non-reservable picnic tables/shelters, significant natural areas, an extensive trail system and a half mile of Willamette River frontage.
Hillsboro Students, Community Donate Over 300,000 Items to Elks Food Drive (Photo)
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 12/18/14
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Volunteers needed for deliveries on Saturday, December 20

December 18, 2014, Hillsboro, OR - Huge thanks are in order to Hillsboro School District students, staff, parents and community members for their overwhelming support of Hillsboro Elks Lodge's annual Food Drive. More than 300,000 canned items alone--not including any boxed, bagged or otherwise packaged items--were collected over the past few weeks for people in need in our community.

The high school competition drove a significant portion of the collection, with Hilhi emerging victorious for the first time since 2010 after collecting 20,421 cans. They barely edged out their closest competitor, Glencoe, whose students collected 20,219 cans. Next up was Century with 16,429 cans, and coming in fourth was Liberty with 11,311 cans.

Middle and elementary schools rounded out the collection, with some very impressive individual efforts like the one at Indian Hills where 3,670 cans of food--including lots of much-needed baby food--were assembled.

On Thursday, December 18, students from Century and Hilhi went to the Elks Lodge to help pack boxes of food that had been collected through the various school drives to prepare them for delivery to more than 670 local families this Saturday, December 20.

Volunteers are needed to help with the deliveries! Those interested should plan to arrive at the Elks Lodge at 21865 NW Quatama Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124, on Saturday, December 20, between 7:30 and 8:30am for a delicious (and free!) pancake breakfast, or between 8:30am and noon to simply help deliver. Volunteers can take as few or as many deliveries as they would like.

Hillsboro School District is deeply appreciative of the Hillsboro Elks' efforts to support our community during the holiday season.

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Indian Hills food drive results 2014: Indian Hills Elementary School students collected 3,670 food items during their drive, including several jars of much-needed baby food.

CHS and HHS students box food at Elks 121814: Students from Century and Hilhi prepare boxes of food for delivery to families in need on Saturday, December 20.


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Health Republic Insurance Extends Open Enrollment Window Until December 31 For January 1 Coverage
Health Republic Insurance - 12/18/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Dec. 18, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, recently announced that the company extended its open enrollment window until midnight December 31, 2014 for those looking to secure coverage by January 1, 2015.

To secure coverage, interested parties must call Health Republic at 503-673-3577 or go directly to the company's website at www.healthrepublicinsurance.org. The extension deadline for coverage is not available through the federal exchange (www.healthcare.gov).

The open enrollment period ends Feb. 15, 2015, but to avoid a lapse in coverage an application and payment must be submitted to Health Republic by December 31, 2014.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Battle Ground Police Officers participate in shop with a cop (PHOTO) (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 12/18/14
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On December 13th, 15 local children participated in the Battle Ground Police Department's first Shop with a Cop event. Battle Ground Officers also shopped for gifts for 5 additional children that were nominated to participate but were unable to attend the event.

The children, along with their parent/guardian, met at the Battle Ground Police Department where they were treated to refreshments donated by Old Town Battle Grounds and Battle Ground Safeway. The children were then partnered with their assigned officer who transported them to the Battle Ground Walmart store to shop using the $2,500 in funds received through a Walmart Community Grant. Chief Bob Richardson said "the City of Battle Ground and the police officers are grateful for this opportunity and appreciate the donations to make this event possible".

The "Shop with a Cop" program allows children the opportunity to partner with a local police officer and shop for presents for their families and themselves. The program teaches respect, builds trust, and instills values in hopes of foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Staff from Battle Ground School District nominated children who were in good academic standing and have been positive examples for their peers to participate in the program.


Additional information may be found at http://www.shopwithcops.com.


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UPDATE River Road South Closed in Salem (Photo)
City of Salem - 12/18/14
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River Road South in Salem is open.

UPDATE 1102 12/18/14
Crews are working to reopen River Road South prior to the evening rush hour.

UPDATE 1519 Wednesday 12/17/14
River Road South will remain closed through Wednesday evening and Thursday morning to allow workers to complete additional repairs to the protective screening at that location.
Next update Thursday before noon.

UPDATE 1050 Wednesday, 12/17/14
River Road remains closed. Contractor and crews still working to repair damage at landslide location. Next update at 1530 or sooner.


UPDATE 1442 Tuesday, 12/16/14
River Road South will remain closed overnight and for most of Wednesday.


River Road South in Salem remains closed, northbound at Schurman Drive S and southbound at Owens Street S and Fir Street S due to a morning mudslide. This closure will remain in effect while cleanup and geotechnical assessment activities are taking place. Detour route is Croisan Creek Road S.


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HiiH Lights Opens Barn Studio and Showroom in Astoria (Photo)
Amber Lindsey PR - 12/18/14
HiiH Lights' Lam Quang, Kestrel Gates and their family outside their new barn studio in Astoria
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dec. 18, 2014 -- They've illuminated Alberta Street for 17 years with their handmade paper lights, and now HiiH Lights will call Astoria home. HiiH (pronounced "Hi Hi") is opening a new barn studio and showroom in the countryside near Astoria, where they will host workshops, studio sales, art openings and demonstrations.

"Alberta has been a wonderful and nurturing place to grow artistically," said Lâm Quang, who was inspired by childhood memories of moon festivals from his home in Vietnam when he turned his papermaking skills toward the creation of sculptural lamp forms. "Our new country home by the ocean is already providing so much inspiration for our work."

Together with his wife Kestrel Gates, Qu?ng specializes in artisanal papermaking and original lights, including handmade paper sconces, ceiling fixtures, table lamps, standing lamps, pendants, chandeliers and large lighting installation pieces. The duo creates custom pieces for residential and commercial settings, and their handmade paper light sculptures are featured in homes, restaurants and galleries in Portland, Seattle, Berkeley, Reno and Astoria.

The move has spurred two special events for HiiH:

Holiday Sale
December 19 and 20 at HiiH Gallery on Alberta in Portland

Barn Studio Grand Opening
February 21, 2015 at HiiH Barn Studio at RoseMint Ranch just outside of Astoria

HiiH will continue to have a strong presence in Portland. Their Alberta Gallery will house a small collection of lights, and they will still be available to meet with Portland clients to discuss custom work and make deliveries. HiiH's new barn showroom in Astoria will be open by appointment. Lights are also available online through HiiH's website: www.hiihlights.com.


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The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Residents are advised to get vaccinated, wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick.
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 12/18/14
[McMinnville, OREGON] - Health officials recommend getting the flu vaccine to prevent the spread of illness in Yamhill County. Flu is not just a major headache; it can be deadly for vulnerable populations. While a healthy person could experience flu as a mild annoyance, that same person can pass the virus on to an unhealthy person, resulting in hospitalizations for numerous people with perilous results.

"Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent the spread of flu," said Dr. Koenig, Health Officer for Yamhill County Public Health. "Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually to prevent illness in themselves and others."

Although the best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated, there are other effective actions to fight the flu:
* Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
* Cover coughs and sneezes
* Stay home when sick.

When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.

For more information call Yamhill County Public Health at 503-434-7525 or 503-554-7842 or contact your primary care provider. To locate a flu vaccine near you, visit www.flu.oregon.gov or call 211.

Additional resources
Flu In Oregon webpage
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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/18/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 22, 2015 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the October 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training

C. *OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0060, and 259-008-0078 - Proposed Rule Changes
Limited Duration, Administrative Positions

D. *OAR 259-061-0190 - Repeal
Code of Ethical Conduct

E. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0130, 259-060-0145 and 259-060-0450
Civil Penalties

F. *OAR 259-060-0060 and 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Changes
Tamper-proof Bags

G. *OAR 259-060-0300 and 259-061-0300
Criminal Justice Commission Crimes

H. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0060, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0130 and 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Changes
Private Security Professional Basic Classroom/Renewal Hours
Academic Proficiency Standard Exception

I. *OAR 259-008-0005 and 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule
CPR/First Aid Requirements, Leave Clarifications, and Housekeeping

J. *Jason Terkelson - Medical Waiver

K. *Telecommunications Field Training Manual - Revisions and Update

L. *Matthew Stallings - PSID#60747 - NOT to Revoke

M. *Raymond McNeely - DPSST#46177 - Coquille PD - Not Revoke

N. *David Fuller - DPSST#16332 - Columbia County SO - Revocation

O. *Matthew Tiller - DPSST#53939 - Union County SO - Not Deny Application for Training

P. *Bryan Turk - DPSST#54377 - DOC - Not Deny Application for Training

Q. *Policy Committee Appointments
Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee
. Randall Scott - Hospitality Representative - New appointment
. Michael Snyder - Unarmed Representative - New appointment
. Jimmie Edmonds - Alarm Monitor Representative - New appointment

Corrections Policy Committee
. Kristen Hanthorn - Oregon Assn Community Corrections Directors - New appointment

Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee (PLAC)
. Derry York - Reappointment

Telecommunications Policy Committee
. Randy Wood - OFCA Representative - New appointment

2. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

3. Policy Committee Update
. Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
. Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
. Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
. Private Security Policy Committee - Bill Geiger, Chair
. Telecommunications Policy Committee - Toni Sexton, Chair

5. Next meeting date: April 23, 2015


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Whale Watching Week kicks off Dec. 27 on Oregon coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/18/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) again is hosting Whale Watch Week Dec. 27-31 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading south.

Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of winter storms and high waves--respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Cape Horn-Skye students give gift of hope (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 12/18/14
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Washougal, WA - Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School students in Darcy Hickey's third grade class decided to give the gift of hope as a holiday project this year.

"After reading the book The Giving Tree, students discussed how they could give this season," Hickey explained. "They decided to write inspirational quotes on paper ornaments and decorate Christmas a tree with them." The quotes are intended to encourage those who are hurting and need some words of encouragement. The tree was delivered to Prestige Care in Camas on Friday, December 19. Residents and patients are able to visit the Giving Tree and choose an ornament that will help them if they are having a difficult time.

"The tree will make people happy," said student Leila Tienhaara. "If they are sad or if they have no one to visit them they can go to the tree and read something to make them happy."

"I have been in tears reading some of the thoughtful words on our tree," Hickey said. "I have no doubt these words will make a huge difference in a lot of people's lives."

Student Jack Ringo agrees that the tree will help brighten the day of those who may need it. "This is nice because they might be suffering and sick. If they have someone help them get to the tree and read something on it they will cry because they are happy."

The students researched inspirational quotes from famous people online. They also came up with their own words to share. "I like the one that says 'You are a shooting star," said Nikko Speer. "It's written on a star. And it is on top of the tree, because it is a star."

Delivery of the tree became a class field trip when the kids expressed that they would like to go along too. "I thought it was too late to arrange, but it all came together," Hickey said. "The kids also had the idea of singing their concert songs and caroling around the building. Students have the best ideas. This has been a wonderful project."

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'Cape One's Fantastic Disaster' Opens in Alexander Gallery (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 12/18/14
"The Valley of Death" by Cape One
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OREGON CITY - "Cape One's Fantastic Disaster," an exhibition of recent works by independent artist Cape One, opens Jan. 5 in the Alexander Gallery at CCC. The exhibition runs through Feb. 5.
Cape One is a CCC student who practices a prolific art-making regimen. He has gained national exposure for his work by participating in Art Basel of Miami and numerous alternative exhibition spaces.
"Cape One's Fantastic Disaster" features paintings and sculpture that are informed by techniques used in the creation of contemporary street art.
Cape One will speak about his work at an artists' reception on Jan. 15 in the Alexander Gallery. The reception runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. with an artist's talk at 1 p.m. followed by a guided tour of his permanent, site-specific installation located in the recording studio corridor in the Niemeyer Center.
The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City Campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of campus holidays. Exhibitions are open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. For additional information, please contact Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or kates@clackamas.edu.


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Works by Artist Jean Thomas on Display at CCC Wilsonville (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 12/18/14
"Heading Home" by Jean Thomas
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Campus presents the work of artist Jean Thomas during winter term. The show opens Monday, Jan. 12, and runs through March 20 in the gallery area of the main lobby.
Thomas uses a variety of artistic media, incorporating bold colors and unexpected textures to convey emotion and energy.
CCC's Wilsonville campus is located at 29353 SW Town Center Loop East. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
For further details, please call Joyce Gabriel at 503-594-0950 or email joyceg@clackamas.edu.


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Financial Aid and Scholarship Kickoff Night is Jan. 7 at CCC
Clackamas Community College - 12/18/14
OREGON CITY - Finances are a growing barrier for students seeking higher education. Students and parents will receive information on navigating college finances at the free Financial Aid and Scholarship Kickoff Night on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gregory Forum at CCC's Oregon City campus.
During Financial Aid and Scholarship Kickoff Night, college staff will provide information about financial aid and scholarships, including advice on the CCC scholarship process, tips on writing a winning scholarship essay, and information how to search for external scholarships.
The CCC Foundation provides more than $500,000 in scholarship assistance to students each year. Scholarship open enrollment begins Jan. 30 and runs through March 30 for the 2015-16 academic year at Clackamas Community College. Scholarships are available for students taking six or more credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Scholarship applications will be available online at www.clackamas.edu/Scholarhips/.
For additional information, call 503-594-3421 or email scholarhips@clackamas.edu.
Chuck Sams and Gayle Yamasaki appointed to Oregon Cultural Trust board; Carole Morse succeeds Bob Speltz as chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 12/18/14
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Salem, Ore. - Chuck Sams of Pendleton and Gayle Yamasaki of Klamath Falls are the newest members of the Oregon Cultural Trust board. The appointments were announced at the Dec. 11 Cultural Trust board meeting; Sams and Yamasaki were nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

At the same meeting, board member Carole Morse, the former longtime president of the PGE Foundation, was unanimously approved to succeed Bob Speltz as chair of the Cultural Trust board.

"We are excited by these appointments," said Kendall Clawson, Gov. Kitzhaber's deputy chief of staff and arts and culture policy adviser. "Chuck is a recognized leader in Native American conservancy efforts and Gayle has tremendous experience, passion and influence in the state's education field.

"We also are extremely proud and grateful to have Carole Morse agree to serve as the Trust's next board chair. Her track record as a cultural advocate and fundraiser is unparalleled. For her to make the Trust one of her priorities is a tremendous gift. We thank Bob Speltz for his leadership and service and are fortunate to have the mantle passed between two such steady hands."

Sams, the director of communications for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, grew up on the reservation where he is enrolled Walla Walla and Cayuse, with family ties to the Yanktonia Sioux and Cocopah Tribes. After graduating from Pendleton High School he joined the U.S. Navy, graduating with honors from the United States Navy Intelligence Training Center A School. He spent several years in Naval intelligence, then returned home in 1992 to begin a dedicated conservancy career. In 2000 he received a U.S. President's Service Medal from the White House and the Points of Light Foundation for his work on salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin. He also was honored as a 2011 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his dedication to the repatriation of conservation and cultural lands to tribes.

"Oregon's diverse culture is to be celebrated and the Cultural Trust supports visionary Oregonians and cultural organizations that keep our heritage alive," said Sams. "Being able to serve as a member of the board is an honor and privilege and I look forward to sustaining the great work happening across our state."

Yamasaki is an education and cultural leader in Klamath Falls and southern Oregon. She is currently the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program coordinator for the Klamath Falls City School District and an advocate for the arts, culture and heritage through her role as a "story catcher." Most recently, she has led two projects focused on intergenerational and cross-cultural education programs. In 2007, Gayle worked with the Oregon Institute of Technology on "Voices: A Legacy of Hopefulness" to connect students and tribal elders through a photography project. In 2013, she led "Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice," an interpretive student visual art project using Japanese American experiences/stories from the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

"My goal is to increase access for rural and at-'promise' youth to the arts," said Yamasaki, "to have them take part in the richness of culture, art and heritage that is not only reflective of who they are but what they can be."

Morse retired as president of the Portland General Electric Foundation in May after almost 19 years of service. Her work with PGE's Foundation and as its community investments manager received national and regional attention, including a Business for Culture and the Arts Top Ten award -- recognizing the top 10 companies in the country that support the arts -- and a 2001 Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Carole serves as immediate past chair on the board of All Hands Raised and currently chairs the 50th Anniversary Gala for Portland Opera (scheduled for June of 2015). She has been honored for her arts advocacy by Oregon Children's Theatre, Young Audiences of Oregon/SW Washington, the National Association of Counties and Multnomah County. In 2013, she received the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the John Hampton arts leadership award from BCA.

"Having been a Trust advocate since its inception, I am thrilled to be working with an incredible staff and board to encourage many more Oregonians to take advantage of the tax credit so that we can achieve our goals of robustly supporting arts, culture, humanities and heritage in our beautiful state," said Carole.

Sams and Yamasaki begin their four-year terms immediately. Morse assumes her role as chair of the Trust board on Jan. 1.
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Suspect Arrested After Subway Restaurant Robbery In Tigard
Tigard Police - 12/18/14
A 9-1-1 call at approximately 3:10 a.m. on December 17, 2014 alerted Tigard Police to an armed robbery that just occurred at a Subway restaurant located at 11634 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard. An employee reported that a black male adult had displayed a gun while demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money which had been placed in a plastic bag, the suspect left the store on foot and headed south on Pacific Highway. The employee was not injured. Tigard Police quickly set up containment and a Beaverton Police K-9 team assisted with a search for the suspect.

A short time later, a Tigard officer spotted a person walking along Pfaffle St. who appeared to match the description of the robbery suspect. The suspect, now identified as 24 year-old Alexander Shambry of Tigard, was taken into custody without incident. Tigard Police recovered the gun and stolen cash. Shambry was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with Robbery II.
Fraud suspect found in clothes dryer during search. Mother Daughter arrested for ID Theft.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/18/14
On 10-270-14 Joshua Most of Longview reported his wallet missing or stolen. He is not exactly sure where he lost it, or if it was stolen out of his vehicle while parked in various locations in Longview. Mr. Most reported his credit cards as missing/stolen on 10-23-14 and learned it had already been used by two women at several stores in the Centralia area, and they had attempted to ship some of the merchandise purchased with the card to 509 Hall Road, Silver Lake (in Cowlitz County). Detective Stumph obtained her driver's license photo of Emery Kaylene McCoy-Scott and her daughter Linzi Jordan Scott, who lived at the Hall Road Address and compared these against the store video and learned both Linzi Scott and her mother Emery McCoy-Scott were the women who used the stolen card in several locations in Centralia.
On 12-17-15 Detective Rob Stumph served a search warrant at 509 Hall road, Silver Lake and took both Linzi and Emery McCoy-Scott in to custody. During the search Linzi was found hiding in the clothe dryer. She had hid there because she knew she was wanted by DOC on a forgery warrant.

Emery McCoy Scott was booked for Identity Theft 2nd degree (felony) and V.U.C.S.A (a glass pipe with white residence that tested positive was found in her bedroom).

Linzi Scott was booked for Identity Theft 2nd degree (felony).
We do not know the total value of the theft.

We do not have photo or video that we are releasing at this time.

Questions about the thefts in Centralia should be referred to Centralia PD.
Tillamook Children's Garden awarded $5K grant
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 12/18/14
The Northwest Regional Education Service District (ESD) Foundation Board announced a $5,000 grant in support of a project at the agency's Early Childhood Special Education program at Wilson School in Tillamook Tuesday.

The ESD program serves children ages 3-5 with varying degrees of disabilities, as well as their typical peers.

The $5,000 grant will fund the installation of a concrete walkway, materials to build a climbing structure, raised garden beds, and story garden. Program staff will collaborate with local student groups and community volunteer labor to complete the playground.

Many of the children in the program don't have the mobility or the opportunity to be outside exploring their environment in their daily life. The new ADA accessible outdoor learning space will allow them to continue their education in an environment conducive to their special learning needs.
Body Found in Kelso
Kelso Police Dept. - 12/18/14
On December 17th, at approximately 2:00 PM, the body of an adult white male was located in the 100 block of Minor Road in Kelso behind a business. The victim has been identified as 54 year old Greg Richard Wilson of Cowlitz County. The death is being investigated by the Kelso Police Department and an autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death. No further details will be released pending an autopsy coordinated by the Cowlitz County Coroners Office.
Burglary with pictures of suspects added to Can You ID me CCSO site (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/18/14
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Case S14-14153 - The morning of Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 a family residence in the Fairgrounds neighborhood of Clark County was burglarized by the two suspects pictured here. While the homeowners were away, the suspects forced entry through a rear door, ransacked the home taking jewelry and some collectible coins along with a black valise. The suspects were photographed on surveillance video. Anyone with information that may lead to the apprehension of the two burglars is asked to call Deputy Eric Swenson at 360 397-2211 X5464.

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G.R.E.A.T. Graduation Today at Floyd Light Middle School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/18/14
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On Thursday December 18, 2014, at 11:44 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Floyd Light Middle School, located at 10800 Southeast Washington Street.

Officers Walker Berg, Chris Kulp, Steve Morinville, Angel Ocasio, Mike Paresa, and Onest Robert will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

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

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, visit http://www.greatpdx.org or contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186; Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Central Precinct Holiday Patrols to Prevent Car Prowls and Bike Theft (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/18/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct has added holiday patrols that will run through the end of the year to help reduce car prowl and bicycle theft activity.

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

Today, there are two opportunities for media to walk along with the holiday patrols.

10:00 a.m. at Southwest 4th Avenue and Yamhill Street.

11:00 a.m. at Southeast 34th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.

For planning purposes, media is asked to notify the Public Information Officer (PIO) by email if crews will be meeting police.

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

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

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

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

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

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12/17/14
Gresham Police Department Increases DUII Enforcement During Holiday Season
Gresham Police Dept - 12/17/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers Dec. 12 through Jan. 5.

Police officers are performing enhanced DUII focused patrols looking for impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

Drunk driving, impaired driving, or "buzzed" driving all have the potential of claiming lives and often result in the offender being arrested and serving time in jail. Impaired driving is not an accident; it is a deliberate action that places the driver and others at substantial risk of serious injury or death.

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

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

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

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Impact Oregon support these extra High Visibility Event DUII patrols.
Marion county Detectives on Scene of Residential Fire **Booking Photo Added*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/17/14
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Attached is a copy of John Duran's booking photograph.

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At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a duplex. The fire consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Inside of the residence firefighters found, 81 year old, Candido Duran of Jefferson a resident of the duplex. It has been determined through the investigation that Candido Duran died of injuries sustained during the fire.

As a result of the investigation conducted by the Marion Polk Fire Investigation team, John Duran, age 36, a resident of the duplex and son of Mr. Duran, has been arrested for Manslaughter 2, Reckless Burning and Recklessly Endangering Another. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to make any further statements regarding this investigation. Any additional information requested must be obtained from the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Finally the Duran family has expressed that they have no interest in being contacted by or conducting interviews with the media. A collection has been created to benefit the displaced family located on the opposite side of the duplex. A list of items needed by the displaced family may be obtained at the Jefferson Fire District or the Jefferson City Hall.

If you witnessed or have information regarding the investigation please call our tip line at 503-540-8079. A booking photograph will be made available as soon as possible.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene and will continue working through the day on the house fire located in the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway. Detectives have confirmed that the body of a male has been located inside of the residence. Again it is very early into the investigation and detectives are still working diligently to determine a cause for the fire.

Media is asked that if they are responding to the scene to park at the Jefferson Baptist Church parking lot. Parking on the side of Jefferson Highway will not be permitted.


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At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a residence. The fire has consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Detectives with specialized training have been called to the scene to attempt to determine exactly what happened. Jefferson Highway is currently closed but is expected to reopen within the hour. This is obviously very early into this investigation and the Sheriff's Office will release additional details as soon as they are available.


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Driver in Happy Valley crash charged with Manslaughter (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/17/14
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Update (December 17, 2014):

The driver of a SUV that hit two motorcycles, killing one of the riders, on Hwy 212 and SE 142nd on May 13, 2014 was indicted for several crimes. After an investigation by the Happy Valley Police Department Adam Lee Schuler, 43, of Milwaukie was indicted by the Clackamas County Grand Jury for Manslaughter II, Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Endangering. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was arrested on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Adam Lee Schuler is currently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail with a bail of $250.000.00 dollars. His booking photo is attached and prior releases involving this incident are below.


Earlier (May 15, 2014): Names released in fatal crash

The Sheriff's Office can now release the names of those involved in the Happy Valley crash.

The motorcycle rider who was killed in the crash is Michael Anthony Palmeri, 59, from Clackamas.

The other motorcycle rider, who was hit but not injured, is William Lester Billingsley, 44, of Portland.

The driver of the SUV that hit both motorcycles is Adam Lee Schuler, 42, of Milwaukie.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is forwarding charges of Reckless Driving to the District Attorney's Office.

Earlier (May 13, 2014): Happy Valley Police investigating fatal traffic crash on Hwy 212 near SE 142nd Ave.


At about 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Happy Valley Police responded to a fatal traffic crash between a motor vehicle and two motorcycles. The crash occurred on Hwy. 212 near SE 142nd Ave, in Happy Valley. The crash is still under investigation.

At about 6:25 p.m. on May 13, members of the Happy Valley Police Department responded to a report of a traffic accident in the area of Hwy 212 and SE 142nd Ave. in Happy Valley.

The involved vehicles included a 2010 Mazda Tribute, which is a compact sport utility vehicle, and two motorcycles.

Preliminary statements indicate all three vehicles were traveling on Hwy 212. The crash reportedly occurred while the SUV was passing the motorcycles. The SUV struck the motorcycles -- causing one of the riders to be thrown from the motorcycle, onto the roadway and into the path of the SUV. This rider died at the scene.

The deceased rider's name is not being released at this time, pending family notification.

The other drivers reported no other injuries and are not being identified at this time.

The drivers of the SUV and second motorcycle remained on scene, and are cooperating with investigators. It is unknown at this writing whether drugs or alcohol played a part in this incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the new online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-12988.

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

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Ridgefield School District recognizes star pupils, athletes and employee at Tuesday board meeting (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/17/14
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Ridgefield School District recognized its Students of the Month, Employee of the Month, Holiday Greeting Card Design Winner, and the success of the high school's Girls Soccer team in a regular board meeting on Tuesday night, December 16, 2014.

Holiday Greeting Card Design Competition

Students throughout the district were invited to submit designs for a holiday greeting card sent from the district. The winning entry received a $50 cash award and the two semi-finalists each won $25 cash awards, sponsored by the Ridgefield Arts Association.

Olivia Fenton, an elementary student from Union Ridge Elementary School, won the contest with Madison Syring, a student at View Ridge Middle School, and Danica Allen, another student at Union Ridge, winning the runner-up positions.

Ridgefield High School Girls Soccer

The Girls Soccer Spudders had an amazing season, coming in third place at the Washington State Tournament. Robby Trimbo, head coach for the team, pointed to excellent teamwork and dedication to hard work and practice as the reasons for the players' success this season. During the board meeting. The players showed photos from throughout the season and talked about their experience at state.

Don Stose, a city council member for Ridgefield, presented a proclamation from Mayor Ron Onslow declaring December 16 Ridgefield High School Girls Soccer Spudder Day.

Employee and Students of the Month

Superintendent Nathan McCann presented the awards for Employee and Students of the Month:

Employee of the Month - Geoff Varney, Manager of Technology Services
Varney was described by his coworkers as:

* Having leadership instrumental in enhancing the level of customer-service delivered by the technology department.
* Varney successfully oversaw a massive roll-out of approximately 1400 Chromebooks district-wide.
* Additionally, Varney embraced his new role on the Leadership Team, taking an active role in improving department communications with the school sites.
* Finally, Varney's enthusiasm to explore ways to improve technology processes, procedures, and programs is very much appreciated.

South Ridge Elementary School - AJ Bullinger
Teachers described Bullinger as:
* AJ is a responsible, dedicated student. He works hard to do his very best on every lesson, assignment, and test.
* AJ turns in each homework assignment. He is very deliberate and careful, always pushing himself to the next level.
* He is focused, attentive, cooperative, respectful, cheerful, polite, kind.....the list goes on and on! AJ knows why he comes to school and seeks to get the most out of the experience that he possibly can.

Union Ridge Elementary School - Liam Rapp
* Liam is a thoughtful, kind student. Not only is he dedicated to doing his absolute best on his schoolwork, he also cares about the well-being of this classmates. He takes pride in his success and his classmates' successes.
* He helps others without being asked, encouraging and cheering on as he helps.
* Liam has a positive attitude ALL THE TIME and is always smiling!

View Ridge Middle School - Callie Stenersen
* Callie is Student of the Month because of her hard work and positive attitude, which helps her be successful in the classroom.
* Callie's curiosity for learning and natural talent show in her passions outside the classroom like Art Club.
* Callie is a role model for other students: she is always willing to lend a helping hand or share a kind smile.

Ridgefield High School - Stephanie Valdivia
* Stephanie consistently works at learning by asking questions until she has mastered a concept.
* Additionally, Stephanie values education and works diligently to improve her skills.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor...

The Historic Sportsman's Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd, sponsored the Employee of the Month and Student of the Month programs by contributing funds to pay for the awards and other supplies.

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Attached Media Files: Danica Allen, Union Ridge Student, was a runner up in the Holiday Greeting Card Design contest , Madison Syring, View Ridge student, was a runner up in the Holiday Greeting Card Design contest , Robby Trimbo, Girls Soccer coach, acknowledges the hard work and dedication of his team , Stephanie Valdivia, Ridgefield High School Student of the Month, with the board of directors , Olivia Fenton, Holiday Greeting Card Design Winner, with Superintendent Nathan McCann , Liam Rapp, Union Ridge Student of the Month, with the board of directors , Geoff Varney, Employee of the Month, with the board of directors , Callie Stenersen, View Ridge Student of the Month, with the board of directors , AJ Bullinger, South Ridge Student of the Month, with the board of directors , Don Stose, Ridgefield City Council Member, presented a proclamation declaring December 16 as RHS Girls Soccer Spudders Day
Public Warned About Suspicious Person
Salem Police Dept. - 12/17/14
A residence in the 2000 block of Tanager Av. NW was burglarized sometime during the day on December 8th. As part of a routine investigation, neighbors have been contacted to see if anyone saw anything suspicious. Two different neighbors reported seeing a Hispanic male in the vicinity at about 11:00 AM. He is described as 28 to 29 years of age, 5'10"tall, and 180 to 190 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a bright orange OSHA type vest that had no lettering on the back. The male was operating a white pickup truck with blue or green writing on the side of it.

One witness actually saw the male knocking on the victim's front door before the male walked around to the side of the house. The other witness thought he was a meter reader. The Salem Police Department has determined there were no meter readers working in the area at the time. Salem Electric advises their meter readers have the words "METER READER" on the back of their vests.

The victim has told police they were not expecting any contractor or other person who would be wearing an OSHA vest to stop by the residence. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Curt Abel at (503)540-2461.
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2nd Alarm House Fire (Photo)
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On December 17, 2014 at 2:55 a.m. Jefferson Fire District was dispatched to a duplex house fire at 15102 & 15104 Jefferson Hwy 99 E in Jefferson, Oregon. Upon arrival Fire Chief Jon Zeilman could see the duplex was fully engulfed in flames and called for a second alarm at 3:03 a.m. It appears that the fire began on the owner's side of the house at 15104 and then moved towards the entire duplex. The duplex is a complete loss.

The owner and his grandson lived at 15104. The owner (whose name is not being released at this time) did not escape from the duplex and was a confirmed fatality. Johanna Velek and her two grandchildren Gracie, age 7, and Christian, age 6, Moreno-Velek was renting the other side of the duplex. Johanna who had fallen asleep on the couch, woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm. She went down the hall to the bathroom and then to Gracie's room where there is a door that cannot be opened that separates the two duplexes. She saw smoke pouring out around the door into Gracie's room. She banged on the door knowing that on the other side was the grandson's room. She didn't hear any response. She then heard several loud popping sounds and was fearful for her and the children's safety. She gathered her grandchildren and exited out the back door. The kids each had a 4 month old Siamese kitten. Johanna left the door open hoping the kittens got out safely. The kittens haven't been accounted for at this time. Johanna tried to call 911 when a neighbor saw her and told her that they had called 911 and help was on the way. Johanna saw the grandson standing outside the house and learned that his grandfather was still in the house.

The renter Johanna does not have renter's insurance. She and her two grandchildren will be staying with her son at this time. They all left the house in such a hurry none of them had shoes on.

If you are interested in helping the family you may contribute monetary donations or drop off items at either the Jefferson Fire Station at 189 N Main Street, Jefferson Baptist Church, or the Jefferson Methodist church.

The fire is under investigation. The estimated damages are undetermined at this time.

Albany Fire, Aumsville, Scio, Stayton, and Turner Fire Districts were dispatched to assist on the call. A section of Jefferson Hwy 99 E was closed from Talbot Road to Robison Road for approximately one hour and currently one lane is opened at this time. At 4:15 a.m., the fire was deemed under control. There was one fatality and no injuries to report.


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Mary Von to lead Pacific University's School of Physician Assistant Studies (Photo)
Pacific University - 12/17/14
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HILLSBORO -- Pacific University has selected Mary Von, DHEd, MS, PA-C, as the director of its School of Physician Assistant Studies. Von has served as interim director since June following the departure of her predecessor, Judy Ortiz.

She has held several positions within the school since 2003, including clinical coordinator, director of academic education and associate director.

As interim director, Von stepped into the role with enthusiasm and distinguished herself in a very short time, said vice provost and College of Health Professions executive dean Ann Barr-Gillespie.

"Mary has shown herself not only to be a strong and committed leader to the school, but to be a thoughtful and innovative member of the College of Health Professions leadership team," Barr-Gillespie said. "She had many opportunities from which to choose from to be an academic leader, and we are very fortunate that she chose to remain here at Pacific."

Von is a senior member on the Faculty Development Council with the Physician Assistant Education Association and is an alumna of The Institute of Engaged Leadership in Online Learning with the Sloan Consortium and Penn State World Campus.

She earned a doctor of health education (DHEd) from AT Still University of Health Sciences, a master's degree in advanced PA studies from Arizona School of Health Sciences and a PA certificate from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a certified physician's assistant who specializes in migraine and headache management and lifestyle counseling.

"I am fortunate to have such a dynamic and talented team here at the School of Physician Assistant Studies and look forward to building on the strong foundation developed by our three previous directors," Von said.

Pacific University's School of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 27-month master of science degree program. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks physician assistants as the seventh fastest growing profession, with an additional 29,000 expected to be needed by 2018.

The school is part of Pacific's College of Health Professions located in downtown Hillsboro. Founded in 1849, Pacific University consists of colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business.


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Two Vehicle Crash near Siletz results in citation to driver
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
On December 16th, 2014 at about 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision that occurred on SR-229 around milepost 25.
The investigation showed a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Joanne Greene, 62, of Logsden, was northbound on SR 229 when it stopped due to a road struck deer in the roadway. A 2004 Subaru Impreza, being operated by Miranda Garrett, 19, of Siletz, was also northbound on SR 229 and drove into the back of the Chevrolet. After the impact, the Subaru came to rest partially blocking the northbound lane before catching fire. Garrett and her passengers escaped from the Subaru with only minor injuries. The Chevrolet continued north to Camp 12 Loop where Greene stopped and awaited EMS personnel. The occupants in all the vehicles were wearing seat-belts and the airbags deployed in the Subaru. SR-229 was completely blocked for approximately 1 hour as police and rescue personnel worked to clear the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Siletz Fire and PACWEST Ambulance. At the conclusion of the investigation, Garrett was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
Death Investigation continuing at Snake River Correctional Institution
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
The Malheur County Major Crimes Team is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County.

On Thursday, December 11th, 2014, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was found deceased at the facility. His body was transported to the State Police Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The Malheur County Major Crimes Team, consisting of the Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Department, Ontario Police Department, and the OSP Forensic Laboratory, was activated to investigate the death.

The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed at this time. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any criminal charges at that time.
Chase in stolen car leads to three apprehended after shooting at a pursuing officer. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
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On December 15, 2014, at about 9:20 AM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office located a black 2005 Honda Civic traveling on US Hwy 26 near NW Gumwood, northwest of Madras. The car had been reported as stolen earlier that morning to the Warm Springs Police Department. When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it accelerated, fleeing from the officer. Officers from Warm Springs Police, Madras Police Department, and the Oregon State Police responded to the area to assist in apprehending the fleeing vehicle.

During the pursuit an OSP Trooper became the lead vehicle in a rural area just outside the rural community of Gateway within Jefferson County. The pursuit continued on several county roadways at speeds exceeding 70 mph, during which time a passenger fired a rifle at the pursuing OSP Trooper. The pursuit eventually entered the community of Gateway where the fleeing car lost control on icy roads and crashed into a fence in front of a private residence. The three occupants of the stolen car fled on foot into nearby farm fields.

Jefferson County Deputies with the assistance of Warm Springs Police located the three occupants and placed them into custody a short time later without incident at a nearby property. The OSP Trooper and other involved Officers were uninjured during the incident. A Winchester .270 caliber rifle was located within the stolen car.

The subjects were identified as the driver Colleen Kalama, age 23, a passenger Stuart Smith, age 39, both of Warm Springs, and Stefan Sutterlee, age 24, of Madras.

All three were lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on several outstanding charges.
OSP worked in cooperation with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.


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Vancouver Police drug investigation results in two arrests (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/17/14
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Vancouver, Wash. - Over the past several weeks, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team East have been conducting an investigation into suspected manufacturing and distribution of marijuana from a residence located a 13326 NE 39th Street. Information was developed that the residents were selling marijuana, through a slot in front door, to anyone that inquired, regardless of age. Detectives observed multiple teenagers approach the residence, go to the front door and leave shortly thereafter. Vancouver Police Detectives working in an undercover capacity were also able to purchase marijuana at the residence on two occasions as part of the investigation.

A search warrant was served at the residence on December 11, 2014, that resulted in the location of a marijuana grow (with a medical marijuana card), over $8000 in cash, and jewelry, which was seized from the residence during the search warrant. On December 16, 2014, Detectives from the Clark/Skamania Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation and served search warrants on several safety deposit boxes that contained additional jewelry and cash.

The total amount of cash seized during the investigation was over $64,000 with an unknown value to all of the jewelry.

Julie M Nguyen, DOB 11/11/1960, and Mao V Nguyen, DOB 06/10/1957, were both arrested and booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance - Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Delivery Marijuana.

Additional photos are posted on the Vancouver Police Department website: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/vancouver-police-drug-investigation-results-two-arrests.

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


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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/17/14
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 92nd Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

What: Basic Telecommunications #92 Graduation

Date: December 19, 2014

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy / 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

Time: 11:00 a.m. - Reception following ceremony

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Members of Graduating Class

Dispatcher Holly Booras
North Bend Police Department

Dispatcher Jonathan Burton
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Talia Dehart
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Cammie Denton
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Angela Drorbaugh
Portland Community College DPS

Dispatcher Amber Garrick
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Belynda Griffin
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Raymond Henschel
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Kimberly Hoffman
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Sara Jury
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Raelee Kinley
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Theresa McFadden
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Michelle Mertins
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Travis Morse
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jennifer Pedrola
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jessica Powers
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Christy Reeder
Tillamook County 911

Dispatcher Mackenzie Ryan
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Kathryn Sampson
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jordan Smith
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Deborah Storns
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Amanda Therien
Albany Police Department

Supervisor John Thompson
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Meghan Whitlock
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 230 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of more than 40,000 constituents that includes city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
CORRECTION: Third Suspect Arrested in Rosemary Anderson High School Shooting Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/17/14
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Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives have arrested all three suspects in the December 12, 2014 shooting that occurred outside Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood.

Marquise Murphy is Lonzo Murphy's brother, not Marquel as originally released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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16-year-old Marquise D'Angelo Murphy was arrested in Keizer, Oregon late Tuesday night after the car he was riding in led police on a chase in Marion County. Portland Police officers responded to Keizer to take custody of Murphy and transport him back to Portland. Murphy was eventually lodged at the Multnomah County Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.

The other two suspects, 18-year-old Marquel Diamond Dugas and 22-year-old Lonzo Murphy (Marquise's brother), were previously arrested on Saturday December 13 as part of this investigation and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

All three suspects have been lodged on probation violation warrants as detectives continue to investigate the shooting. Formal charges related to the shooting are expected within the next few days.

As part of this investigation, investigators have served search warrants at the Murphy residence, located in the 200 block of North Killingsworth Street, and the Dugas residence, located in the 1600 block of Southeast Night Heron Way in Gresham. During Lonzo Murphy's arrest, a handgun was located and seized by police.

Detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this investigation.

Friday's shooting victim, 16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers, remains in fair condition at a Portland hospital.

20-year-old David Jackson-Liday and 17-year-old Labraye Franklin have been discharged from the hospital.

This investigation started on Friday December 12, 2014, at 12:13 p.m., when Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers responded to Rosemary Anderson High School, located at 717 North Killingsworth Court, on the report of a shooting.

As multiple officers were responding to the scene, additional information was broadcast that the suspect was running eastbound on Killingsworth Street, accompanied by two other people.

The caller from the school reported that there were three students shot outside the school that ran into the school for help.

Several officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived at the scene and officers immediately entered the school to protect the students and make the area safe for medical personnel to access the victims. Three victims were located inside and officers confirmed that no suspects were inside the school.

All three victims were conscious and talking at the scene, then transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment to traumatic gunshot injuries.

These victims were identified as:

20-year-old David Joshua Jackson-Liday

17-year-old Labraye Quavon Franklin

16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers

Officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and the Gun Task Force (GTF) arrived and began assisting North Precinct officers with securing the area and interviewing witnesses.

Witnesses described the shooting suspect to police as an African American male in his late teens or early 20s, accompanied by two other African American males in their late teens or early 20s. Witnesses told police that the suspect and associates ran northbound on Borthwick Avenue, and then turned eastbound on Killingsworth Street.

Investigators learned that there may have been a dispute outside the school, just prior to the shooting.

Evidence located at the crime scene indicated that the shooting occurred outside the school.

Area schools, including Jefferson High School and Portland Community College, were placed into precautionary lock down as the call developed. Once the scene was secure, schools resumed regular activities.

Parents of Rosemary Anderson High School students were reunited with their kids on North Kerby Avenue, just East of the high school.

After the initial three victims were transported to the hospital, officers learned that there was a fourth victim who remained at the scene.

17-year-old Olyvia Lynn Batson suffered a bullet graze to one of her feet and was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Rosemary Anderson High School is a community-based alternative high school, affiliated with Portland Public Schools. To learn more about RAHS, visit http://www.portlandoic.org/rahs/ or http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/education-options/697.htm

All four gunshot victims are affiliated with the school.

Based on the investigation thus far, the shooting appears to be gang-related and it has been assigned to Gang Enforcement Team detectives.

Police officers from a variety of assignments responded to assist in the investigation, including:

North Precinct
Central Precinct
East Precinct
Gang Enforcement Team
Gun Task Force
Youth Services Division
Transit Police Division
Traffic Division
Homicide Detail
Forensic Evidence Division
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT)
Multnomah County Department of Community Justice

Additionally, Mayor Charlie Hales and staff, and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill and additional attorneys responded to the scene to meet with police officials.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Detective Brad Clifton at (503) 823-2087, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Community members seeking information on how to communicate with friends and children about this tragedy are encouraged to visit the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) at http://www.tipnational.org/

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

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

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

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

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Gladstone's Police Chief Invited to National Summit on Policing (Photo)
Gladstone Police - 12/17/14
James Pryde, Gladstone Police Chief
James Pryde, Gladstone Police Chief
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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has invited Jim Pryde, Chief of the Gladstone, OR Police Department, to participate in a smaller law enforcement agency subject matter expert focus group at IACP headquarters in Alexandria, VA next month. All expenses are paid by the IACP. Chief Pryde will join 14 other police chiefs from across the United States to discuss current policing trends, issues, and concerns of smaller law enforcement agencies serving populations of 50,000 or less. This focus group will identify what resources can be developed, promoted, or updated to meet those needs. The meeting is particularly timely in light of some of the challenges facing law enforcement agencies today. The IACP is a recognized leader in law enforcement innovation, advancing the art and science of policing over its 121 year history. Small law enforcement agencies comprise the largest portion of IACP's membership. Chief Pryde was selected by the IACP for his presentation at IACP's conference in October regarding Gladstone's unique public policy on policing, his experience as a chief of a smaller law enforcement agency, an article he co-authored with consultant Rod Brown on the public policy on policing that was published in IACP's "Police Chief" magazine and his work on IACP's Police Administration Committee.


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Free First Day Hike at Champoeg State Heritage Area on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Newberg OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Two hikes: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting location: Visitor Center
Length of trail: Easy, mostly flat 4-mile hike
Contact information: Ranger Dan Klug, 503-678-1251 ext. 222 or daniel.klug@state.or.us
Additional details: Ranger-led hike for all ages. Go back in time by hiking through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike on Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Mosier OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Starting location: Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead on Rock Creek Road in Mosier
Terrain and length of trail: Paved, flat surface with 500-foot elevation change--3 miles
Contact information: 541-374-8811
Additional details: Take in views of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about its history and geology on a hike to the Twin Tunnels. Look for eagles, osprey, hawks and deer. Be prepared for possible icy conditions. Trail is suitable for strollers.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram's or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Independence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at
Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go tobit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: North Luckiamute trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: 3-mile easy trail
Contact information: 971-239-8331
Additional details: Explore a low and riparian forest and enjoy bird and wildlife viewing.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Milo McIver State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Estacada OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Milo McIver State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: Lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-Use Area
Trail: Well-maintained 1.8-mile loop with slight elevation gain
Contact information: 503-887-3160
Additional details: Join Ranger Shaw for a hike to look for wildlife and identify wild edibles found within the park.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or by tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at North Santiam State Recreation Area on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at North Santiam State Recreation Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 11:30 a.m.
Starting location: North Santiam Picnic Shelter
Terrain and length of trail: Easy to moderate, 1.5 miles
Contact information: 503-854-3406
Additional details: Ranger-led nature hike through the forest and along the Santiam River. Hot cocoa and dog lunch after the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Rooster Rock State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Bridal Veil OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Rooster Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Starting location: Far east end of parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: 2 miles with slight elevation gain and some uneven surfaces
Contact information: 503-695-2261
Additional details: Ranger-led nature hike on loop trail. Be prepared for cold and wind.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Silverton OR - For the third year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Porch of the South Falls Lodge
Terrain and length of trail: 3/4 of a mile--gains 177 feet on paved and gravel surfaces
Contact information: 503-874-0201
Additional details: Ranger-led "Layers of History" hike. Trek behind the South Falls and discover the powerful geologic processes that formed the waterfall and the many intriguing people who shaped the park's history.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Buxton OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m.; meet at 8:30 a.m. for snacks and refreshments
Starting location: Hilltop Day-Use Area picnic shelter
Terrain and length of trail: 3 miles on a gravel and dirt trail with 2-8 percent elevation gains
Contact information: Ranger Allie Westfall, 503-724-8429
Additional details: Ranger-led hike on the Unfit Settlement View Trail to the highest point in the park. For a self-guided option, visit the Discovery Depot at the Welcome Center. Learn a secret phrase at the viewpoint that can be passed on for a memento.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Portland OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go tobit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m. Starting location: Nature Center
Length of trail: Moderately difficult 3-mile trail with 300-foot elevation change and diverse topography
Contact information: 503-636-9886, Ext. 223
Additional details: Identify wildlife on this invigorating hike through the forest and along a stream. Enjoy snacks donated by Clif Bars and a commemorative pin provided by OPRD.
Restrictions: Program is appropriate for all ages, but children must be accompanied

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Willamette Mission State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Salem OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Willamette Mission State Park will host a special hike and youth scavenger hunt. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Two hikes: 10-11 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Starting location: Main entrance flagpole loop
Terrain and length of trail: Easy 2-mile hike with one short hill
Contact information: Bonny Shepard, 503-393-1172, ext. 26
Additional details: Hike on the Bark Trail and see the nation's largest Black Cottonwood tree. Learn about native plants and see leaf artwork. Youth are encouraged to participate in a Wildlife and Plant Scavenger Hunt.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Local attractions offer reciprocal admission to members in 2015 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/17/14
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Portland, OR - As a special gift this holiday season, local attractions are collaborating to offer expanded benefits to members. Members of the Historic Deepwood Estate, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Washington County Museum, and World Forestry Center can use their membership cards to access free admission to a different attraction each month in 2015 for up to four people, regardless of their level of membership.

Organized by the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance, this promotion was created as a way to show appreciation for all of our loyal members, as well as to highlight the important work that local attractions do in our community.

Join one of these organizations for special access to nine local attractions:

January: Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
japanesegarden.com

February: World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

March: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

April: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

May & June

Washington County Museum
120 E Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97124
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

September: Portland Children's Museum*
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
portlandcm.org
*Note: All visits to Portland Children's Museum must include a child. Adults may not visit the Museum by themselves.

November: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

December: Historic Deepwood Estate
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
historicdeepwoodestate.org



About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance
The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from all major attractions in Greater Portland. The group meets on a quarterly basis, and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.


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Red Cross Responds to Marion County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/17/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this morning responded to a disaster on Jefferson Highway SE in Jefferson, Oregon.

The Red Cross assisted one adult and two children as a result of this duplex fire, providing lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
The Beaverton Police Department invites applications for Victim Advocate Volunteers
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/17/14
Beaverton Police Department Victim Advocate volunteers provide services for victims of crime in the city of Beaverton. Victim Advocates will take on-call shifts and during those shifts will be available to respond along with Beaverton Police Officers and/or Detectives to incidents of domestic violence, as well as other crimes where victims are present (excluding sexual assault).

Essential Functions:

Advocates are available to take up to 3 shifts per month to provide team coverage 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (including holidays) to be called out to the scene of an incident and provide supportive advocacy, information, and resource referrals for victims of crime

Advocates answer questions and provide explanations of the criminal justice system and arrest procedures

Advocates engage in safety planning and problem solving assistance with victims

Advocates offer emotional support and crisis intervention

Advocates provide information on community referrals and resources available to victims of crime

Advocates offer information on trauma, domestic violence, stalking, and self-care

Advocates provide information on obtaining protective orders

Advocates encourage and empower victims to make their own decisions and choices

Advocates work closely with Beaverton Police Department Officers and/or Detectives, and Beaverton Police Department Victim Services Coordinator

If selected, Victim Advocates will receive 40 hours of training in victim advocacy, trauma, crisis response, domestic violence, working with law enforcement during an investigation, the criminal justice system, Victim Advocate program policies and procedures, and other topics. Advocates must successfully complete all training dates, a police ride along, and a drug screen before final acceptance to the Victim Advocate volunteer team. The 2015 Training Academy will be held in April and May 2015, dates and times to be determined.

Completed applications can be either dropped off or mailed to City of Beaverton Department, 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97076. Applications are due by January 30, 2015.

Please contact Katrina Rodriguez, Beaverton Police Department Victim Services Coordinator at (503)526-2205 or krodriguez@beavertonoregon.gov with any questions or for an application. Applications can also be picked up in the lobby of the Beaverton Police Department.
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Free First Day Hike at Fort Stevens State Park State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Hammond OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Fort Stevens State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only
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These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m.
Starting location: Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Approximately 2 miles on unimproved natural and improved paved trails with some elevation gains¬--appropriate for children 10 years and older.
Contact information: (503) 861-3170, ext. 21
Additional details: Theme of the hike is "Fort Stevens: Natural Gem and Coastal Defensive Shield." Please leave pets at home.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Ecola State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Cannon Beach OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Ecola State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Starting location: Ecola Point park lot near Indian Beach trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Mix of steep grades, uneven terrain and trail sections that border steep areas--three miles round trip
Contact information: (503) 368-5943
Additional details: Breathtaking views of the Oregon Coast along Tillamook Head. Hikers may break for lunch on the beach and return on their own.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at D River State Recreation Site on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Lincoln City OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at D River State Recreation Site is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 11-1 p.m.
Starting location: Wayside parking area near beach entrance
Terrain and length of trail: Level depending on sand conditions--about 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 994-7341
Additional details: Ranger-led hike from D River south to Olivia Beach. Learn about invasive species containment, treasure hunting and birding. We'll provide bags for those wanting to pick up debris. Bring gloves.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Moro OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cottonwood Canyon State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Starting location: Day-use visitor center
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, 2-mile hike with some uneven ground
Contact information: (541) 394-0002
Additional details: Learn about the development of the park from cattle ranch to the present, and find out about future plans.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Portland Rescue Mission Hosts Christmas Eve Dinner For Homeless (Photo)
Portland Rescue Mission - 12/17/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Rescue Mission will host its annual Christmas Eve dinner for hundreds of people in need from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mission's Burnside Shelter, located at 111 W. Burnside St. The special holiday meal includes a prime rib dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and pumpkin pie. The Mission expects to serve 600 meals.

"Christmas is a time of celebration with family and friends. But for many people in Portland, the holidays are often painful and lonely," said Eric Bauer, Portland Rescue Mission's executive director. "We offer warmth and care for people in need who have no other place to go. Thanks to the compassionate partnership with the community, we are able to give hope and restore life, this holiday season."


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

About Portland Rescue Mission
Since 1949, Portland Rescue Mission has provided hope to homeless men, women and children throughout our community. The Mission provides for the most basic needs of homeless people and also addresses the root causes of homelessness through highly relational ministry. We serve up to 950 meals a day, 365 days a year, shelter, mail services and 24/7 safe, clean restrooms. Our New Life Programs provide total life recovery, including addictions recovery, spiritual renewal, and life skills for men and women. Up to 42 women and their children live together and journey through recovery at Shepherd's Door, and up to 42 men live in The Harbor throughout the 12-month residential program.
Portland Rescue Mission is completely supported by the goodwill of the community and has more than 3,000 volunteers through which operations are possible. To learn more, visit www.PortlandRescueMission.org.

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Free First Day Hike at Cape Lookout State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Netarts OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cape Lookout State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-3 p.m.
Starting location: Cape Lookout trailhead parking lot (2?3/4 miles south of the campground)
Terrain and length of trail: Dirt and gravel with rolling elevation (400 feet up and down)
5 miles (3 hours)
Contact information: (503) 842-3182, ext. 226
Additional details: Hike the Cape Trail with great views of the coastline for gray whale and bird watching.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Life Reimagined Survey Indicates Money Can Buy Happiness
AARP Oregon - 12/17/14
Life Reimagined Survey Indicates Money Can Buy Happiness
Practicality plays a lead role in achieving life's goals and New Year's resolutions;
Life Reimagined launches tools to help

WASHINGTON, D.C.--According to a survey conducted by Life Reimagined, in association with Luntz Global, financial security tops the list of changes that would increase one's happiness. With the New Year in sight, Life Reimagined conducted an online survey to determine the priorities of Americans, ages 40-59. Though the majority of the 1,000 respondents defined their self-worth by their family and relationships, the results emphasized the importance of money and a successful career to a person's overall happiness.

* Financial security tops the list of changes that would most increase happiness (39%), and is the most commonly cited obstacle to prioritizing things that would make people happier (33%).

* When given a choice, 71% of respondents prefer extra money to extra time in the day.

* In reflecting on their choices to date, the one thing 21% of respondents wish they had done differently is make smarter financial decisions. Furthermore 12% wish they had pursued a career path with more financial security.

What is a Life Budget?
The primary goal of the Life Reimagined study was to understand people's current and ideal "Life Budgets" - how they allocate their time, energy and passion across various areas of their lives. People were able to identify one "budget" that was their reality and another that was their preference, bringing to light the differences between what we want and what we do. Unsurprisingly, one's aspirations do not always match reality, and this is primarily a result of the pursuit of financial security.

"This is often the time of year when we start to reflect on our lives and see that what we are doing and what we want to be doing are two different things," says Emilio Pardo, Executive Vice President at AARP and President of Life Reimagined. "Our goal is to give practical and useful advice to help make changes - one small step at a time. The holidays and a new year can be overwhelming, and we are here to help."

The study showed several examples of the differences between current priorities and ideal ones:
* Out of nine designated categories, the average person aged 40-59, budgets 21% of their time, energy, and passion to their job or career.
* However, the preference is only 12%, ranking below significant other (23%) and children (18%), and tying with health and wellness (12%).
* In contrast, when asked how one derives self-worth, 71% responded family and close friends, while only 29% indicated that their job defined their self-worth.

Life Reimagined Takes Action
Just in time for the New Year, Life Reimagined offers new, free tools and content, developed by Life Reimagined Institute's thought leaders, focused on making and keeping resolutions. According to Dr. Christine Whelan, professor of sociology, author and Life Reimagined expert, the reason so many people fail to keep their resolutions is because they are making the wrong ones. With the platform's two newest programs, Whelan takes a two-step approach, first with "Resolutions in Focus," which invites users to ask why they want to make a change and ensures that goals are based on one's values and priorities, not outside influences. Whelan's second program tackles the next step - now that users know the right resolutions to make, "Complete Your Goal With Self Control," shares best methods for harnessing the self-control necessary to commit to those resolutions and bring about positive change.

Knowing that financial woes are top-of-mind as the Life Reimagined community reassesses its "life budgets," leading financial expert Jean Chatzky offers advice on the best ways to successfully transition their careers after having already established themselves in a specific field. As the keynote speaker at multiple Reimagine Work events across the country, Jean shared insights into how to be fiscally responsible when changing jobs or launching a business. For those who were not able to see her presentation in-person, she shares her best tips on how to budget for your next big career move on LifeReimagined.org in a signature article, "Money is the Answer. What's the Question?"

While 69% of survey participants responded saying they were satisfied with what they had accomplished in life, the discrepancies between respondents' actual and ideal "life budgets" indicate that the Life Reimagined community overall would like to make changes to improve their happiness. The central idea of Life Reimagined is the belief that small steps are necessary to bring about change - no matter how easy or difficult, big or small they may seem. With targeted programs and content developed, based on the knowledge gleaned from this survey and years of research and experience coming from the Institute, Life Reimagined continues to uphold its commitment to delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities.

Full survey results are available on LifeReimagined.aarp.org/media-kit.
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About Life Reimagined
Life Reimagined was launched by AARP in 2013 to provide a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions and live their lives to the fullest. By offering online and offline experiences made up of tools, experts and community, Life Reimagined helps people reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to navigate transitions and new life phases. Learn more at http://lifereimagined.aarp.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/17/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County and Kuni Collision Center will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Kuni Collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents find this overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.
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Free First Day Hike at Beverly Beach State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Newport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Beverly Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat--2 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-9127
Additional details: Interpretive nature hike along Spencer Creek with a chance to see wildlife. Coffee or tea available after the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
12/16/14
Yamhill County Law Enforcment Agencies Team Up To Keep Local Roadways Safe This Holiday Season
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 12/16/14
During this Christmas season, law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County are again teaming up with law enforcement from around the state in our commitment to safe holiday travels. Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs and / or Alcohol continues to be a problem year round, but it is especially so during the holiday season. That is why local law enforcement agencies will be working together to seek out and arrest impaired drivers.

Officers and troopers from the Newberg-Dundee, McMinnville, Yamhill, Carlton and Amity Police Departments are partnering with the McMinnville office of the Oregon State Police to increase holiday patrols in a concerted effort to minimize and reduce the negative impacts of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols can be expected now through January 02, 2015.

Some of these agencies have extra funds for enforcement from Oregon Impact. However, most agencies are increasing their enforcement with on duty and officers on overtime. Our collective goal is simple; to save lives of motorists and pedestrians in Yamhill County.

The local law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County urge motorists to be cautious and think ahead so that this joyful time of year is not ruined with bad memories for years to come. The decision you make today can have long-lasting and painful effects on you, family, friends, and on people you don't even know.

Driving while impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs and even prescribed medication is a crime. You will be arrested. The fines are extensive. You will lose your license. Your vehicle insurance rates can become unmanageable and you may even spend time in jail.

Have a plan in place to get home safely. Always have a designated driver or an alternate safe means to get home.

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Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Vancouver, Washington.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/16/14
A single-family fire occurred on E 14th Street in Vancouver, WA.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team consisting of David Sasseen and Chris Lane responded.
The fire impacted 3 adults.
Comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services were provided.
Pedestrian hit by car, Vancouver Police investigate
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/16/14
On December 16, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a collision involving a pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle in the area of NE Vancouver Mall Drive/NE 94th Avenue. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and has been transported to an area hospital. The driver stayed on scene and is cooperating with police. Impairment is not believed to be a factor.

No further information will be available tonight. The identity of the driver is not being released at this time and the identity of the pedestrian has not been determined yet.
UPDATE - SUSPECT INFO: Bomb Squad Responding to Report of Explosive Device in Roadway in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/16/14
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Bomb Techs searched the street and surrounding yards and located a total of four (4) pipe bombs that were tossed from the vehicle. None of the devices detonated. All four have been recovered by police.

Although police searched the area, residents are asked to be vigilant and if any suspicious items are found to call 9-1-1.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver 2002 Honda Civic 2-door, Oregon license plate 064CPJ.

The suspected driver of the vehicle is 43-year-old Neal Allen Panschow, a white male, 5'10" tall, 170 pounds. Panschow has an active warrant from Tillamook County and investigators believe he has been driving the vehicle for the past few days and has led police on three pursuits in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

Based on today's pursuit, Panschow should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone seeing Panschow or the vehicle should immediately call 9-1-1.

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On Tuesday December 16, 2014, at 4:41 p.m., East Precinct officers attempted to stop a silver Honda Civic 2-door on Southeast Flavel Drive but the driver sped away from police.

As the driver began to elude officers, an item that appears to be an explosive device was tossed from the vehicle and was left in the roadway, on Flavel Drive at 45th Avenue.

The eluding vehicle was last seen southbound on 45th Avenue from Flavel Drive.

Officers discontinued their pursuit and have blocked all traffic in the area as they await the arrival of the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit to safely examine the device, which did not detonate.

Some neighborhood evacuations are being conducted by officers at the scene.

Southeast Flavel Drive is blocked to all traffic, from 45th to 52nd Avenue.

Interested media should stage at Southeast 52nd Avenue and Flavel Street.

PIO is enroute, ETA 30 minutes.

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Forest Grove Man faces charges for injuries to 3 y/o child (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 12/16/14
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On 12/15/14 at 3:05pm, Forest Grove Police and Forest Grove Fire & Medical personnel responded to the 2700 block of 22nd Avenue on a report of child that was unconscious and having difficulty breathing. Officers arrived to find a 3 y/o boy in distress along with a male adult on scene that identified himself as Wesley Allen Steggall. Steggall identified himself as the boyfriend of the child's mother and stated the boy had been left in his care. Medical personnel on scene treated the child and transported him to a Portland area trauma hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. He is listed in Serious condition.

Officers meanwhile determined that Steggall had a felony warrant out for his arrest and placed him in custody.

Detectives were called in to investigate and found the explanation given on how the child was injured to be inconsistent with the child's medical condition. Scene investigation continued overnight which included a search warrant that was executed at the residence.

On the afternoon of 12/16/14 Detectives charged 30 y/o Wesley Allen Steggall of Forest Grove with Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree in connection with injuries sustained to the child. Steggall will be arraigned tomorrow in Washington County.

The investigation is continuing.


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Interruption in 911 lines
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 12/16/14
911 services have been interrupted in the area of Fox Farm and Sunny Crest road in Newberg. A construction company cut the lines earlier today. Frontier Communications cannot tell us how many customers are affected however it is important to remember If you have an emergency please use your cell phone to report it. Officials from Frontier estimate the repairs should be completed by 8pm tonight.
Oregon Fire Service Museum Needs YOUR help!
Oregon Fire Service Museum - 12/16/14
The Oregon Fire Service Museum and Learning Center is asking for your help in raising the funding to complete the Phase 1 construction of a new museum and learning center in Salem, OR. A GO FUND ME site has been established where donations can be made. Please visit:

http://www.gofundme.com/gp0gxo

For more information on the Museum and or to obtain membership, please visit the Oregon Fire Service Museum's website at oregonfireservicemuseum.org. If you want to become involved in the museum, have fire memorabilia to donate, or apparatus to donate, please email us directly at oregonfiremuseum@gmail.com

OFSM is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a statewide fire museum in order to share the story of structural and wildland fire service, past, present, and future, honor those in fire service, and provide and promote public fire safety education. By preserving, restoring, and displaying fire service artifacts, we will tell the story of evolving firefighting and fire prevention technology.
Council Accepts Recreation and Aquatic Center Feasibility Study and Thanks Councilor Goddard for Service
City of Wilsonville - 12/16/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the Dec. 15, 2014, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council accepted the Recreation and Aquatic Center feasibility study as recommended by the Wilsonville Recreation and Aquatic Task Force. The feasibility study was prepared by consultants from Sports Facilities Advisory and Councilman-Hunsaker, experienced, national companies with expertise in both financial feasibility studies and management of multipurpose recreation and aquatic facilities across the U.S. The study concludes that a recreation and aquatic center in Wilsonville is financially feasible. The feasibility study also concludes that a facility of this nature requires approximately $1.5 M in financial support from the City's general fund for approximately five years to underwrite start-up costs. After the fifth year, the study projects that the facility will become self-supporting operationally through fees and memberships. Next steps for the project include: initiate discussions with the City's bond counsel; develop criteria and identify appropriate site; determine an operations management model; prepare ballot title language and present to Council; and present question to voters possibly in Nov. 2015.

Under Mayor's Business, Mayor Tim Knapp and the other members of Council expressed appreciation to retiring Councilor Richard Goddard, whose term expires at the end of the year, for his four-a-half years of service on City Council.

The City Council held a second reading and approved Ordinance No. 762 to allow the City Manager or his/her designee to establish and post park closure hours.

The City Council held a first reading and approved Ordinance No. 765, which provides the City with authority to exempt or modify the payment of fees by other governmental entities when using the City's right-of-way.

During the Communications portion of the meeting, Council members heard an end-of-the-year report from the City's auditors that concludes the City's financial statements and accounting practices are in alignment with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) without any qualifications or issues of concern.

The City Council continued to Jan. 5, 2015, Ordinance Nos. 763 and 764 that would annex into the City limits and amend the zoning respectively for approximately 9.8 acres located at 11650 SW Tooze Road and a small property located across from 28333 SW Grahams Ferry Road.

During the work session prior to the meeting, City Council held a joint meeting with the West-Linn Wilsonville School Board covering a wide variety of topics of mutual interests, including the City's recently approved Urban Renewal Strategic Plan, various transportation initiatives, facility master-planning projects and the Frog Pond/Advance Road area planning effort under way.
Upcoming tax symposium aims to help families with forested property
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/16/14
Does your family own forested land? Are you sometimes in need of accurate tax information and help related to forestland ownership?

There's little in the way of up-to-date, comprehensive information in one place regarding all aspects of forestland taxes affecting Oregon families, but an upcoming symposium may help.

"Understanding Oregon's Family Forest Tax Landscape," a symposium to help landowners, foresters and others learn about the myriad of taxes related to forest ownership, is being held Monday, January 26, at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The symposium is sponsored by the Committee for Family Forestlands, which advises the Oregon Board of Forestry about matters affecting family forest owners, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, which represents small forest owners statewide.

More than a year in the making, the symposium is intended to illuminate the breadth of taxes related to Oregon's family-owned forests and to provide a forum to discuss options about best practices. The symposium will also be a chance to mingle with attorneys and accountants familiar with forest tax issues.

Keynote speaker and planned topics
Keynote speaker Clint Bentz (Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, Certified Public Accountants) opens the symposium with his talk about the risks and rewards of family forestland ownership.
Concurrent session topics include income taxes and the reforestation tax deferral, Oregon's forest property and harvest tax programs, how to minimize estate taxes and optimize income tax basis, how conservation easements can protect forestland and general tax benefit potential, top ten ways to minimize the tax bite from activities on your forest land, and, how to find a professional tax advisor who is a good fit for your situation.

Organizations supporting this event include the Oregon Forest Resources Institute; OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension; the Oregon Department of Forestry; the Oregon Tree Farm System and the Society of American Foresters.

Continuing education credits are available for attorneys, accountants, and professional foresters. You can support the event by attending as a participant, sponsoring a booth or making a donation.

Cost: General online registration is $45 for landowners and Society of American Forester members; continuing online education registration is $105 for attorneys and CPA's. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, beverages and snacks provided. Space is limited so register early.

About the Committee for Family Forestlands
The Committee for Family Forestlands provides information and counsel to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester in matters relating to family forestlands, including maintenance of a viable family forestland base, protection of resources and positive contributions to Oregon's vitality.

For more information about the Symposium and to register, please contact OSWA at 503-588-1813 or taxsymposium@gmail.com
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-49 Federal Property Stolen in Car Prowl (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/16/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in the theft of Federal property from the vehicle of a United States Marshal in Northeast Portland.

On Tuesday December 16, 2014, at 3:15 a.m., a US Marshals Service unmarked government vehicle was parked in the area of Northeast 31st Avenue and Brazee Street, where it was broken into by an unknown subject or subjects.

Items stolen from the vehicle include a tactical vest, radio, ammunition, Taser, and a knife. No firearms were stolen from the vehicle.

Marshals were working an investigation in the neighborhood at the time of the car prowl and observed the suspect vehicle as it sped away.

Video surveillance from a neighborhood residence caught the vehicle on camera driving through the area.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early 1990s Toyota 4Runner 4-door, gray in color with heavily faded paint around the doors and windows and a loud muffler. The vehicle appears to have slightly lifted suspension with aftermarket wheels and tires. Additionally, the vehicle may have chrome striping around the bottom and appears to have a drop-down trailer hitch on the rear.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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

Crime Stoppers Coordinator:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0830
peter.simpson@portlandoregon.gov

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Wanted subject stumbles across K9 training session, is arrested (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/16/14
Training collage: Sgt. Bradley O'Neil and K9 Nero
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At about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Milwaukie Police K9 teams were conducting weekly narcotics training in Milwaukie.

While a couple of the dogs were actively searching for training aids inside the building, a woman -- later identified as Nancy Pauline Kelly, 33 -- reportedly walked into the parking lot where the patrol cars were parked. She was then observed rummaging around in some bushes before walking over to one of the marked patrol cars and looking inside the window.

Because of this unusual behavior, deputies made contact -- and found out Ms. Kelly had an active warrant for her arrest out of Clackamas County for failing to appear on a Criminal Trespass II charge.

Ms. Kelly was arrested and transported to Clackamas County Jail on the warrant.

"Usually our police dogs are the ones who find the 'bad guys,'" said Sgt. Bradley O'Neil, who was on-scene training with his K9 deputy Nero (photos attached). "It's not every day I see the 'bad guys' seeking out the police dogs."

To learn more about our K9 teams, click here:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/k9.html

To read a grant-funded comic-book series costarring Sgt. O'Neil's K9, Nero, click here:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/kids/

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Sheriff's Office Investigating a Student Death at Chemawa Indian School***Update 3*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/16/14
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Today at about 12:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified by the State Medical Examiner that Melissa Abell, age 18 died of natural causes. The Sheriff's Office's thoughts continue to be with the family, school mates and staff who were all impacted by the tragic death of Ms. Abell.

Additionally we would like to thank the media for their respectful coverage of this matter and their continued observance of the family's wishes to be left in peace during their time of grieving. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this matter.

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The Sheriff's Office has obtained permission from Sugar Shot Photography for the use of the copyrighted image contained within this release. Any further questions regarding the photograph or its usage can be directed to Sharolynn Hammond at sugarshotphotography@gmail.com

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The decedent in yesterdays tragic death at Chemawa Indian School has been identified as Melissa Abell, age 18 of Nampa, Idaho. The Sheriff's Office is still working closely with family and the Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death. As of the time of this release the autopsy of Ms. Abell has not yet been completed.

The family of Ms. Abell has stated that several media outlets have reached out to them via social media. The family has asked the Sheriff's Office to communicate with media that they have no intention of making a statement or conducting interviews with media. The Sheriff's Office respectfully requests that all media please refrain from contacting the family during their time of grieving.

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Today at about 7:30 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the Chemawa Indian School, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem after an eighteen year old female collapsed in her room. Chemawa is a Native American boarding school that contracts with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.

When emergency personnel arrived they attempted to resuscitate the student but were unable to do so. The Sheriff's Office is working in conjunction with the child's family, the US Attorney's Office, State Medical Examiner and Chemawa Indian School to determine what may have caused this tragic death. Currently there is nothing to suggest any foul play.

Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and students at Chemawa Indian School." As a precautionary measure the US Attorney has ordered an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the child's name, photograph or any further details regarding the investigation until Monday.


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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office hosts Community Transitional School holiday party for students
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/16/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Community Transitional School, is pleased to announce this year's 26th annual holiday party for their students, taking place Thursday December 18th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail located at 11540 NE Inverness Dr. Portland, OR 97230.

The Community Transitional School's mission is to provide Kindergarten through 8th grade education to the children of families who are homeless, in transition and experiencing poverty related crises. The holiday mission of the Sheriff's Office for the past 26 years has been to provide the schoolchildren of the Community Transitional School a place where Santa can come with clothing and toys for these at-risk youth and the children can enjoy a fun and positive experience during the holidays. Although the Sheriff's Office does not have a chimney, Santa will be able to access the building and make an appearance during the party. This is an event, and an opportunity, to give much needed love and support to these children, and a boost toward breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness that is their norm. For more information, contact the Community Transitional School at 503-249-8582.

This event is supported by many contributing organizations and individuals who have made donations and/or volunteer for the event. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following for their support of this year's Community Transitional School party: IZZY's Pizza Gateway restaurant, Aramark, Keizer Elks Lodge, Jack Dellert/Portland Trail Blazers, Wilson High School Leadership Group, Multnomah County Corrections Deputy Association, Local 88, Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judges, Crowd Management Services, the Washburn family and BJ the Clown.

Media are cordially invited to attend this event. It is a wonderful way to share and boost the holiday spirit! We are expecting over 80 children this year!

Contact Info:

Lt. Steve Alexander
Public Information Officer
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Pager #503-271-0226
Ofc. #503-251-2427

Juli Osa
Community Transitional School
6601 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 249-8582 phone
Three Men Indicted for 1995 Cold Case Homicide in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/16/14
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On Friday December 12, 2014, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted three men for their role in the 1995 homicide of 24-year-old Darrin Ezell.

45-year-old Adrian Cavett Stafford, 43-year-old Selwyn Terris Stafford and 51-year-old Vinson Louis White were indicted for Aggravated Murder and Murder. All three suspects are in custody on various unrelated charges.

Adrian Stafford is currently in Federal custody at Sheridan Federal Correctional Institute in Sheridan, Oregon. Adrian Stafford was indicted on 12 counts of Aggravated Murder and four counts of Murder.

Selwyn Stafford is currently in Federal custody at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institute in Long Beach, California. Selwyn Stafford was indicted on eight counts Aggravated Murder and four counts of Murder.

Vinson White is currently in State of Washington custody at Stafford Creek Correctional Facility in Aberdeen, Washington. Vinson White was indicted on eight counts of counts of Aggravated Murder and four counts of Murder.

All three will eventually be extradited to Oregon to be arraigned on these new charges.

Danny Conner was previously indicted on two counts of Murder and was arraigned on those charges on April 23, 2014.

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

Very few details about the homicide investigation can be released at this time as the case is still an active investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503) 823-0266; meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Jim Lawrence at (503) 823-0867, james.lawrence@portlandoregon.gov.

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DOGAMI names new Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program leader
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/16/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Thomas Ferrero will join the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) as the Assistant Director responsible for leading the Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation Program.

Mr. Ferrero comes to DOGAMI from six years with the California Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR), where he managed the Compliance and Engineering Geology Units. Before joining OMR, he spent 25 years as a consulting engineering, mining and groundwater geologist based in Ashland, Ore. He brings deep knowledge of Oregon's mineral resources, experience in consensus-building regulation and reclamation activities, and proven leadership of science-oriented programs.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in geology and is a certified engineering geologist in Oregon and California.

DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) program oversees the operating permitting and reclamation plans for mining, oil and gas, and geothermal activities in Oregon. Program offices are located in Albany, Ore.

Mr. Ferrero will begin his work with DOGAMI on Jan. 20, 2015.
UPDATED: City seeks applicants for Parking Advisory Committee
City of Vancouver - 12/16/14
--UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.--

Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on its Parking Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To have an application mailed to you, or for further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall by phone at 360-487-8607, by email at alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us, or by mail at PO Box 1995 Vancouver, WA 98668.

The Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body appointed by the Vancouver City Council. It is responsible for advising the Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Qualified applicants must be downtown residents, property owners or business owners; or an officer or partner in a business in the downtown area.

The vacancy is for a partial term position, expiring January 2018, with the opportunity to be reappointed at that time for a full term. The Parking Advisory Committee meets once a month at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday at Vancouver City Hall, or as scheduled, January through October. From November through December, the committee meets at 7:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall.

For more information about the Parking Advisory Committee, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pac.

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UPDATED: City seeks applicants for two Salary Review Commission vacancies
City of Vancouver - 12/16/14
--UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.--

Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Salary Review Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

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

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

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

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

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To have an application mailed to you, or for further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall by phone at 360-487-8607, by email at alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us, or by mail at PO Box 1995 Vancouver, WA 98668.

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

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Crime Alert: Several Residences Burglarized in South Portland Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/16/14
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During the weekend of December 13 and 14, 2014, Central Precinct officers responded to several reports of residential burglaries in the 7400 block of Southwest Virginia Avenue.

Six separate residences reported burglaries where entry was forced and personal items of value were taken from the homes.

A witness saw a person in the area knocking on doors that may or may not be a suspect. The person was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, 6' tall, 220 pounds, brown hair, wearing dark-colored clothing.

Anyone with information about these burglaries should contact Burglary detectives by email, burglary@portlandoregon.gov.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Fort Vancouver National Trust Announces Acquisition of Historic Academy in Vancouver, Washington (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 12/16/14
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(December 16, 2014 - Vancouver, WA) - Fort Vancouver National Trust's Academy Campaign Chair, Ed Lynch, announced today that the Trust is purchasing the historic Academy building in downtown Vancouver from the Hidden family. "Acquiring and preserving the Academy is critically important as one of the most significant historic buildings in the region. The Academy embodies the work of its most iconic resident, Mother Joseph, which means it also has national stature."

Following a two-year fundraising campaign, acquisition of the Academy and surrounding property is the first of a three-phase initiative to acquire, renovate and preserve the building, and develop the surrounding property.

Opened in 1873, the Academy served as a school and orphanage, and as the permanent home of the Sisters of Providence. It was designed and built by Mother Joseph, who went on to establish twenty-nine hospitals, schools, and orphanages throughout the Northwest. Because of her remarkable achievements, Mother Joseph represents the State of Washington in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.

Over the past several decades the Academy has been under the stewardship of Bill, Oliver and Monte Hidden, who noted: "The Hidden family is so pleased to pass ownership to Fort Vancouver National Trust. We preserved this historic building for 46 years, and with such widespread community support its preservation for generations to come is ensured. This fulfills our dream to have the Academy protected in perpetuity."

The brothers' great-grandfather, Lowell Hidden, supplied the bricks to Mother Joseph to construct the Academy, and when the Sisters of Providence closed the school and offered it for sale, the Hidden brothers and their father, Robert Hidden, acquired the Academy in 1969 to prevent it from being torn down.

The Academy site in downtown Vancouver will be deeded to the Trust as two separate and roughly equal-sized parcels totaling nearly seven acres. The first parcel including the Academy structure, as well as two additional buildings: the El Presidente restaurant and another that recently served as a preschool -- along with adjacent property for tenant parking. The second parcel includes property currently being leased for parking, as well as the former laundry and boiler buildings and a smokestack. The sale agreement enables the Trust to hold the deed for the second parcel and to compensate the Hiddens as this property is sold for development. The Trust board and staff continue to work on development alternatives and will announce commitments as they are approved.

Trust CEO Elson Strahan has worked closely with Lynch to secure funding and negotiate the Academy purchase. "Acquiring the Academy to ensure its preservation has been my primary objective over the past thirty months. Accomplishing this goal is tremendously gratifying as I conclude more than twelve years leading Trust." Strahan recently announced that he will leave the Trust in March 2015. During his remaining time with the Trust he will continue to identify and secure capital support for renovation and restoration of the building.

Approximately $2 million is needed to address immediate preservation projects including repointing the brick and replacing porches and the roof of the Academy. Fundraising for these projects, as well as the planning and development of the second parcel, will begin immediately and occur simultaneously over the next three years.

Mike True, Trust president, will lead the property renovation and development efforts for the Academy property. True led similar efforts on Officers Row and for the West Barracks. In considering the work ahead, True explains: "Managing and developing historic properties presents unique challenges and opportunities. The Trust welcomes the prospect of renovating and restoring this iconic building, as well as developing its seven acres to honor its history and contribute to the economic vitality of downtown Vancouver."

Additional Announcements Made

Two other major announcements were made in conjunction with the Academy acquisition:

1. Michael White, chief operating officer for Providence Health Plan, acknowledged all the people of Providence who personally contributed to the Academy Campaign effort. "The Academy is our historic home. Providence grew out of the vision and efforts of Mother Joseph, who was a pioneer in establishing health care, education, and social services in the Northwest, as well as the Academy building itself. Hundreds of our employees have visited the Academy under the guidance of Sister Susanne Hartung, SP, who has played an instrumental role in the Trust's campaign."

The Trust values this association and will continue to welcome Providence employee visitation. Moreover, in recognition of this historical connection and the generosity of Providence staff, the Trust will return to the building's original identity and it will once again be known as "Providence Academy."

"We could not be more pleased," said White. "We look forward to partnering with the Trust in establishing interpretive components at Providence Academy that will give tribute to Mother Joseph and continue to tell the story of the origins of Providence Health & Services."

2. To recognize the leadership and generosity of Ed Lynch in support of the Providence Academy Campaign, Board Chair, Steve Horenstein revealed that a landscaping plan is being developed and will be named Lynch Square at the Providence Academy. The square is a fitting tribute to Lynch for his work and financial contribution to secure Providence Academy, and also will honor both Ed and the late Dollie Lynch for their generous support benefiting our entire community. As Horenstein noted: "Ed and Dollie have given so much to so many worthy causes and they both shared a tremendous love of history. The board and staff of the Trust felt it is fitting that a public space be designated on these historic grounds to pay tribute to all they have done for us."

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


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Seniors invited to swing in the New Year at Luepke Center Dec. 31
City of Vancouver - 12/16/14
Vancouver, Wash. - People age 50 and better are invited to ring in the New Year with the sounds of yesteryear at Vancouver Parks and Recreation's sixth annual Swinging in the New Year's Eve Dance Dec. 31 at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Enjoy 1940s Big Band-era standards performed by the Beacock Swing Band, as well as light refreshments and party favors. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for City of Vancouver residents and $18 for non-residents. Advance registration is required.

To register, call or visit the Marshall Community Center (360-487-7100, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.) or the Firstenburg Community Center (360-487-7001, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.).

The Swinging in the New Year's Eve Dance is one of two dances hosted by Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program each year. The Senior Prom is held every spring. The Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program offers a variety of fun activities, clubs and events for boomers and seniors.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/fifty-and-better or www.vanmessenger.org for more information about the 50 and Better Program.

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Video: Employment In Oregon November 2014 News Conference
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Video of today's news conference covering the November 2014 employment situation in Oregon may be found at the following link:

http://youtu.be/d87OL1tRogw
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon November 2014 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Oregon's Payroll Employment Reaches All-Time High in November

After seven years, Oregon's payroll employment rose above its pre-recession peak in November. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment jumped to a record level of 1,740,800, which was 3,000 above the prior peak reached in December 2007.

November marked the largest one-month gain for Oregon since comparable records began in 1990. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,200. This followed a revised gain of 7,400 in October, with growth not as strong as the originally estimated gain of 9,900. These monthly job totals are produced each month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gains across the major industries in November were broad-based. Six of the major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs. It is rare for so many industries to gain that many jobs in one month. Retail trade (+2,200 jobs), professional and business services (+1,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,700), construction (+1,400), wholesale trade (+1,100), and government (+1,100) were the industries adding the most jobs.

Oregon's unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent in November, the same as the prior two months. The state's rate has been close to 7.0 percent throughout the past 12 months. Oregon's unemployment rate has changed little in part because the state's employment gains have been matched by rapid labor force growth.

The labor force grew rapidly again in November, expanding for the seventh consecutive month. Since November 2013, the number of Oregonians employed has expanded by nearly 41,000, while the labor force has also grown by nearly 41,000. Meanwhile the number of unemployed remained unchanged at nearly 132,000.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the November county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, December 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for December on Wednesday, January 21st.??NLG

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


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UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/16/14
In the afternoon of Monday December 15, 2014, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue on the report of a disturbance involving a man acting erratically inside his apartment.

Officers arrived and spoke with the man's wife and learned that her husband, 41-year-old Korielle Romone Hampton, was inside the apartment alone and was acting strangely and damaging their property. Officers were not made aware of any threats by Hampton to harm himself or anyone and no information about any crime was relayed to police.

Based on a low governmental interest in entering the apartment, officers suggested that Hampton's wife wait at a neighboring apartment until he calmed down. Officers left the scene and within minutes were called back after Hampton's wife entered the apartment and found him deceased on the floor.

Officers and medical personnel responded and confirmed that Hampton was deceased and that it appeared he's suffered a fatal knife wound.

Homicide detectives and the Medical Examiner responded and preliminary determined that Hampton committed suicide.

Detectives learned that Hampton may have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of this incident.

An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the exact cause of death and blood will be sent for toxicology testing.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Chris Traynor at (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the 900 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue to assist East Precinct officers with a suspicious death investigation after a 41-year-old male was found deceased inside a residence.

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PIO will head to the scene, ETA 4:30 p.m.

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Cattle and Sage-Grouse can Live in Harmony
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 12/16/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SALEM,Ore., (12/16/2014) - In recent years it seems the sage-grouse has become a popular topic in Oregon and it is only natural that some may question: "Is it possible for cattle and sage-grouse to live in harmony?" The answer to the above question might surprise you.

One of the main concerns related to this issue involves cheatgrass and how it negatively affects the sage-grouse habitat. Some have claimed that cattle's hooves breaking into the bio crusts is a main cause of cheatgrass growth. Tony Svejcar, the lead researcher for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, said it was pretty hard to say that is the main cause. He reported that Oregon "has areas that have been un-grazed since the 1930's that do not have a lot of crust cover and still grow cheatgrass." "There is really no evidence that cheatgrass would go away even if we had a high surface crust," said Svejcar.

Another concern regarding the well-being of sage-grouse is the possibility of them flying into rancher's fences and hurting themselves. Svejcar said the risk of a sage grouse colliding with a fence greatly depends on whether or not the land is flat or hilly. Regardless, he said that "in places where fences have an impact, efforts are being made to reduce that risk, such as adding reflectors to fences."

Svejcar believes the sage-grouse and cattle can live in harmony and that many steps have already been taken to create that kind of an environment. "There has been a lot of work to rotate grazing around so that cattle aren't on riparian areas during the whole growing season," he said.
Mike Greggs from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, "The main things threatening the sage-grouse are fire and cheatgrass." This is a problem that cattle can help with.

Svejcar explained that cattle eat the grasses that are the fuel for wildfires. Fish and Wildlife support this statement and have declared in regard to the sage-grouse habitat, "The primary threat to this rich and diverse ecosystem is the encroachment of invasive annual grasses (primarily cheatgrass) that leads to an increased frequency of wildfire when compared to historical averages."

A research article on livestock grazing entitled, Effects of Long-Term Livestock Grazing on Fuel Characteristics in Rangelands:An Example From the Sagebrush Steppe, also attributes cattle grazing as a significant way to decrease devastating wildfires.

By controlling wildfire fuel, cattle are helping an environment that is important to the sage-grouse, showing that these two creatures may indeed share the land in peace.

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

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AARP Announces the top 10 Movies for Grownups(R) of 2014
AARP Oregon - 12/16/14
AARP ANNOUNCES THE TOP 10 MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS(R) OF 2014
List Narrows the Field of Contenders for the Movies for Grownups Award Winners to be Announced in January

WASHINGTON, DC--The Theory of Everything, Imitation Game and Birdman are among this year's Top 10 Movies for Grownups, according to AARP The Magazine, whose annual Movies for Grownups(R) Awards franchise honors outstanding writing, acting, and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience. The top 10 list features iconic films that pay homage to historical periods, life experiences, and contemporary topics that appeal to grownup audiences. The editors of AARP The Magazine, the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35 million readers and the definitive voice of the 50+ population, selected the films, which are also featured in an online slideshow at www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-2014/best-movies-2014-photo.html.

"As the 50+ moviegoer continues to be a critical audience for today's major motion pictures, AARP The Magazine reveals the most appealing and fascinating Movies for Grownups of 2014," said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. "This year's list of films encompasses some of the strongest stories we've seen to date that directly reflect the never-ending energy of the 50+ demographic and revisits some of the most inspirational adventures that truly resonate with this audience."

AARP The Magazine's editors selected the following Top 10 Movies for Grownups in 2014, taking into account 50+ filmmakers who exemplify brilliance and originality in their work, 50+ actors and actresses who've given performances of a lifetime, and compelling issues and storylines that connect specifically with the 50+ audience.

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Cold In July
Get On Up
Imitation Game
Love Is Strange
St. Vincent
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

This year's Top 10 Movies for Grownups offers a preview of AARP's upcoming annual Movies for Grownups Awards, recognized as a bellwether for the Academy Awards, with standard categories including Best Actor, Actress and Director, in addition to a few unique offerings like "Best Grownup Love Story," "Best Intergenerational Film," and "Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up." The winners in all categories will be announced in early January, and will be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available February 1st, and online at www.aarp.org/entertainment. The winners will also be celebrated at AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire on the evening of February 2, 2015.

Movies for Grownups(R), which now includes weekly reviews, an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine. Additional information can be found online at www.aarp.org/movies.
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About AARP The Magazine
With more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarpmagazine.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Free guided First Day Hikes return to state parks on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/16/14
Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to ring in 2015 by participating in one of 31 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year's Day. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.

OPRD will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year:

Portland Metro area:

* L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Hilltop Day-use Area picnic shelter
* Milo McIver State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-use Area
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Nature Center

Columbia River Gorge:

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--meet at Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in Mosier
* Rooster Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. --meet at far east end of parking lot

Willamette Valley/Cascades:

* Champoeg State Heritage Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.--meet at visitor center
* Elijah Bristow State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--bring your horse and meet at equestrian staging area
* Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m.--meet at north trailhead
* North Santiam State Recreation Area, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at North Santiam picnic shelter
* Silver Falls State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet on porch of South Falls Lodge
* Willamette Mission State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.--meet at main entrance flagpole loop

Southern Oregon:

* Tou Velle State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-noon--meet at picnic area A
* Valley of the Rogue State Park, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.--meet at program area

Coast:

* Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at day-use parking area
* Bullards Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at the campground amphitheater
* Cape Lookout State Park, noon-3 p.m.--meet at Cape Trail trailhead parking lot 2.75 miles south of campground
* Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, 1-2 p.m.--meet in front of campground host site and wood bin
* D River State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet in wayside parking area near beach entrance
* Ecola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.¬--meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead.
* Fort Stevens State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
* Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. --bring your bike and meet at booth parking lot.
* Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, noon -2 p.m.--meet at West Woahink Meeting Hall
* South Beach State Park, 9-10:30 a.m.--meet at day-use parking area
* Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet at Lake Marie day-use parking lot

Central/Eastern Oregon:

* OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Switchbacks near summit of Bliss Road south of Sprague River
* Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.--meet at day-use visitor center
* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, noon-1 p.m.--meet at community building
* Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, 10-11 a.m.--meet at parking area next to Highway 82
* Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at welcome center yurt

Many of the First Day Hikes will be interpretive presentations focusing on local wildlife, plant species, geology, or history. Unique hikes this year include a "bring-your-own-horse" hike/ride that will be led by a ranger on a mule, a beach debris pickup hike, and a bike hike. Some parks will be offering light refreshments or warm drinks to participants at the completion of the event. To get more details about specific hikes, including directions to the park and a description of the length and terrain, visit bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.

OPRD reminds those planning to join a hike on the 1st to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring along water as well as a camera and/or binoculars. In case of inclement weather, each park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation--phone numbers are available online.

More information about Oregon state parks is available at www.oregonstateparks.org.
Meriwether Group Guides Voodoo Doughnut Brand Expansion (Photo)
Amber Lindsey PR - 12/16/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dec. 16, 2014 -- On the heels of their bacon maple bar claiming Urbanspoon's Best Dessert in America title, Portland's Voodoo Doughnut plans to open between 12 and 20 new stores in 2015, including a new domestic location and shops in Japan and Taiwan. The growth comes as a result of the quirky bakery's work with the Meriwether Group, a business acceleration firm and trusted advisor who also forged collaborations between Voodoo and iconic Oregon brands Rogue Ales and Pendleton Woolen Mills.

A new bacon maple doughnut-flavored vodka is the latest product developed by the Voodoo-Rogue team, enhancing a collection of four ales that are nationally distributed. The Meriwether Group, which specializes in working with authentic, disruptive brands redefining their categories, also united Voodoo with Pendleton, a lifestyle brand known as a symbol of American heritage and craftsmanship for more than 150 years. The resulting limited edition Voodoo Doughnut Pendleton Woolen Blankets are crafted from wool harvested from sheep born and raised in eastern Oregon on a family ranch that has supplied Pendleton since the 1920s.

"Like Rogue and Pendleton, Voodoo Doughnuts is an experiential brand. It's more than just a shop selling doughnuts. You can buy a doughnut anywhere. But there's only one Voodoo, only one brand that sells doughnuts, has its own record label, facilitates more than 100 weddings per year, collaborates with iconic Oregon brands and still maintains its own blend of quirky irreverence," said Tim Haney, Managing Director at the Meriwether Group.

Added David Howitt, Meriwether Group Founder and CEO, "uniting a timeless rustic décor brand and an authentic handcrafted ale maker with a disruptive doughnut crafter is an example of the creativity being embraced by some of the most innovative brands - and entrepreneurs who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible and birthing a whole new generation of heart-centered brands."

With a client roster that includes ABC Carpet & Home, Little Big Burger, Kure, Bishops Barbershop, Stumptown Coffee, Dave's Killer Bread, Alma Chocolates, Voodoo Doughnut and Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Meriwether Group provides financial, strategic and brand counsel to early stage and Fortune 100 companies. Based on its approach centered on the guiding principals that exits in every culture and identified as The Hero's Journey by anthropologist Joseph Campbell, the firm has a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs hone their passion and use it to create successful enterprise.

About Meriwether Group
Meriwether Group, Inc. is a trusted advisor and business acceleration firm lead by seasoned senior executives and entrepreneurs with decades of operational experience with some of the world's most iconic brands, including Nike and adidas. Meriwether partners have the unique capability of accelerating strategy and outcomes for extension, licensing, distribution, and mergers and acquisitions in a brand-centric and relevant way. Motivated by its mission to help founders fulfill their journeys, Meriwether guides business leaders to achieve their destiny, defining optimal strategy for progressive growth through brand management, market research, competitive landscape analysis, brand and business valuation and acquisition strategy. For more information visit www.meriwethergroup.com


Attached Media Files: Voodoo Doughnuts logo , Pendleton logo , Meriwether Group logo
Interested candidates may apply for school board vacancy
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 12/16/14
The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors invites interested community members to apply for the unexpired position of board member Mari Greves who will retire Jan. 13, 2015. An applicant will be appointed by the Board of Directors to fill Position No. 5 until the next general election in November 2015.

Applicants must live within Vancouver School District boundaries. Application materials are available on the district website at www.vansd.org or at the administrative offices at 2901 Falk Road, Vancouver WA.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 12, 2015, at 5 p.m. For more information about the application process or materials, please call 360-313-1200.
Missing Milwaukie man located (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 12/16/14
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Missing Milwaukie man, John Joseph McKeon, was located late last night, 12-15-16, at a sons house in the Milwaukie area. Mr. McKeon is safe and in good condition. It is unclear where Mr. McKeon was during the hours he was listed missing. Police left Mr. McKeon in the care of his family.


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1oz Gold Canadian Coin Donated to Kettle ($1,200+ value) / Celebrities Ringing Today
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/16/14
(Portland, OR) December 16, 2014 - Spot local celebrities today from 11am-1pm bell ringing for The Salvation Army in Downtown Portland! They're helping to raise money for critical programs for Portland's most vulnerable citizens. The community continues to support The Salvation Army through events like this, and today, The Salvation Army is excited to announce that a 1oz gold Canadian Maple Leaf coin, valued at over $1,200, was donated into a kettle in front of the Downtown Macy's on Friday, December 12, 2014! This coin was donated at one of the very locations the celebrities will be ringing at today.

"We are so grateful to the community and individual who continues to bless us year after year with such significant donations," says Major Kenneth Perine, Corps Officer at the Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle. "This will feed around 40 hungry families for a week, and we are so humbled to be the ones to serve those in need through the communities support and with this donation."

The coin will be with The Salvation Army today during the Celebrity Bell Ringing event. Interviews will be available. Please call Teresa Steinmetz at 971-219-3226 to arrange an interview.


***Celebrity Sightings and Locations***

Pioneer Place Mall - 5th & Morrison:
Portland Trailblazer Alumni (Jerome Kersey, Brian Grant, and Lloyd Neal)

Macy's - 5th & Morrison:
B-dub (KUPL)
Jake & Monica (KUPL)
Brett Reckamp (KXL)

Macy's - 6th & Morrison:
Mike Donahue & Shirley Hancock (longtime anchors on KOIN)

Nordstom - Morrison & Broadway:
Shauna Parsons (KPTV)
Michael Allen Harrison
Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson
Joe Vithayathil (KPTV)

Nordstrom - Yamhill & Broadway:
Bruce, John, & Janine (K103)
With greater resources and support, The Salvation Army and the community will be able to change more and more lives. Be a part of the change.




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
12/15/14
Make a New Year's resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic's "Happy Neuter Year" campaign (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 12/15/14
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December 15, 2014 (Salem, OR) - Willamette Humane Society wants you to ring in the New Year by making a resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during their "Happy Neuter Year" campaign.

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, the "Happy Neuter Year," campaign will provide $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"Neutering male pets is a simple surgery that reduces unwanted behaviors, like roaming, fighting, and urine marking territories," says Dr. Amanda Luell, Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic's Veterinarian. "It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens."

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization's normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Marion or Polk Counties, Oregon. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Happy Neuter Year" campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.

Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic will provide 100 "Happy Neuter Year" sterilizations for male cats, and 27 for male dogs, for only $20 per surgery in January. Please visit whs4pets.org/clinic or call 503-480-SPAY for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities' "Happy Neuter Year" campaign provides more than $713,624 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 16,585 male dogs and cats across the nation during the month of January.

"Our community is very fortunate to benefit from Petsmart Charities' generosity in this campaign, exclusively available to spay & neuter clinics Petsmart Charities helped create" said Susan Carey, Development Director of Willamette Humane Society. "Petsmart Charities was instrumental in building our Spay & Neuter Clinic in 2010. Their $66,000 grant purchased all of the original medical equipment."

About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


About PetSmart Charities:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart(R) stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.


Attached Media Files: Happy Neuter Year Ad , Petsmart Charities Logo , Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Logo
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Springfield, OR.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/15/14
A single-family fire occurred on 12/14 in the 5000 block of E Street.
The fire affected 1 adult.
Lodging, food, comfort kits and information about disaster mental and disaster health services were provided.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team consisting of Karen Johnson and Kim Phelps met with the client on 12/15.
Celebrity & CEO Sightings This Week at Salvation Army Kettles in Downtown Portland
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/15/14
(Portland, OR) December 15, 2014 - Celebrity and high level executive sightings this week in Downtown Portland - all wearing red aprons and ringing a bell for The Salvation Army! This Tuesday and Wednesday, The Salvation Army has invited local celebrities and top level CEO's to help them raise money for critical programs for Portland's most vulnerable citizens. On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, local celebrities will be bell ringers, and the CEO's will be ringing on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Last year, the CEO Bell Ringing raised over $30,000! Both bell ringing events will be from 11am-1pm.


***Celebrity Bell Ringing - Tuesday, December 16, 2014***

Pioneer Place Mall - 5th & Morrison:
Portland Trailblazer Alumni (Jerome Kersey, Brian Grant, and Lloyd Neal)

Macy's - 5th & Morrison:
B-dub (KUPL)
Jake & Monica (KUPL)
Brett Reckamp (KXL)

Macy's - 6th & Morrison:
Mike Donahue & Shirley Hancock (longtime anchors on KOIN)

Nordstom - Morrison & Broadway:
Shauna Parsons (KPTV)
Michael Allen Harrison
Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson
Joe Vithayathil (KPTV)

Nordstrom - Yamhill & Broadway:
Bruce, John, & Janine (K103)

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***CEO Bell Ringing - Wednesday, December 17, 2014***

Pioneer Place Mall - 4th & Morrison:
Safeway - Jeff Buchanan (Operations Manager)

Pioneer Place Mall - 5th & Morrison:
Alpha Broadcasting - Milt McConnell (VP/ Market Manager)

Macy's - 5th & Morrison:
Portland Police - Chief Mike Reese, Chief Larry O'Dea

Macy's - 6th & Morrison:
OnPoint - Tory McVay (Senior VP Retail)

Wells Fargo - 6th & Morrison:
Wells Fargo - Tom Taylor (Business Banking Manager)

Nordstom - Morrison & Broadway:
US Bank - JP Perfili (Portland/Vancouver Metro Banking Regional Manager)

Nordstrom - Yamhill & Broadway:
KeyBank - Dave Lofland (President, KeyBank Oregon & SW Washington)


These events are key to raising needed funds and awareness for the essential services The Salvation Army provides the community. Please join The Salvation Army, local celebrities, and CEO's as we continue to "Do The Most Good" in our community. With greater resources and support, The Salvation Army and the community will be able to change more and more lives. Be a part of the change.




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Fort Vancouver National Trust to Hold Press Conference to Make Important Announcement Concerning the Historic Academy in Vancouver, Washington (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 12/15/14
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust will be holding a press conference concerning the Academy in Vancouver, Washington.

In May 2012, the Trust launched a campaign to acquire the historic Academy and its nearly seven acres of grounds in downtown Vancouver from the Hidden family, who have owned the property for 46 years. The Academy was designed and completed in 1873 by its most iconic resident, Mother Joseph, who went on to establish twenty-nine hospitals, schools, and orphanages throughout the Northwest. Because of her remarkable achievements, Mother Joseph represents the State of Washington in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.

The Trust will be reporting on the status of its campaign and the future of the Academy site.

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 9:30 am
Location: The Academy Chapel, Second Floor, 400 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA


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


Attached Media Files: The Academy
Troutdale Police/Multnomah County Sheriff's 2014 Holiday Toy Drive a Huge Success (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/15/14
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Troutdale Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Annual Holiday Toy Drive has a record year. Through the kindness and genuine holiday spirit of Walmart, Walmart patrons, Troutdale City Councilors, Wood Village City Councilors, other local businesses and our citizens this toy drive collected an unprecedented amount of toys, and clothes for toddlers, boys, girls and teens in need of support this year. Over 250 large bags of toys were collected during the toy drive and thirty bikes! In addition, we were able to support thirteen families covering 35 children through $2500.00 in community member cash donations and a $2500.00 grant from Walmart.

Each year, the Troutdale Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Toy Drive is organized and supported by the Troutdale Public Safety Advisory Committee, in partnership with Wood Village Walmart. Although we have enjoyed great success in years past, this year was exceptional. The toys and items collected in this drive are distributed to children of families with less fortunate means in East Multnomah County. Through SnowCap and Human Solutions an estimated 1500 children will receive toys this year.

Every year during this toy drive we, both law enforcement personnel and citizen volunteers, very much appreciate the positive interaction we have with the communities we serve. It fills our hearts and is proof positive what a great society we live in.


Attached Media Files: Toy Drive Banner , Toy Drive , Toy Drive bikes
Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 97 near Milepost 163 - La Pine (Update) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/15/14
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This update is to provide driver identification and information on a third vehicle involved.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash that occurred at around 5:23 a.m., this morning on highway 97 (milepost 163) near La Pine.

Preliminary information indicates that a silver, 2004 Nissan Sentra, being driven by LARRY RUSSELL GARDNER, 67, of Lake Oswego, was traveling southbound on HWY 97 when it lost control and slid into the northbound lane of travel, colliding with a silver, 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gardner was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, CASSY M. GRANT, 26, of Bend, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with reportedly minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Following the preliminary investigation, it was learned that a third vehicle was involved in this collision after the driver contacted the Oregon State Police. Follow-up investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by ALEXANDER SLAVEN,28, of La Pine, made contact with the Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately after the initial collision between the Jeep and the Nissan. SLAVEN initially thought his vehicle had not made contact and continued on to his work where he noticed some very slight damage and called OSP. Both SLAVEN and GRANT are cooperating with the investigation and no citations have been issued.

The highway surface was covered with packed snow and ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.

The Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this collision and OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.

Photo's of the crash will be released when next of kin notification has been made.


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Two Local Companies Receive Beaverton 4 Business Awards (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 12/15/14
Mayor Doyle present’s Lanphere Enterprise with the Beaverton 4 Business award.
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The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented Lanphere Enterprises and David H. Sutherland & Co Inc. (DHSCO) with Beaverton 4 Business Awards. Each quarter, the city partners with the chamber to recognize local companies that have recently grown, made new local investments or provided strong community support.

"The city is proud to recognize both of these two Beaverton-based companies," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We're so fortunate to have these dynamic, growing businesses in our community."

The December 2014 award winners include:

Lanphere Enterprises is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and the City of Beaverton wanted to recognize this milestone. Lanphere started with Beaverton Honda Motorcycle in 1964. Today, the family-owned business has many established automotive dealerships throughout the Beaverton area. The franchise employs more than 600 people, with its corporate headquarters on Southwest Broadway Street. Lanphere is actively involved with the Beaverton community--helping with the Beaverton Community Parade, Beaverton's Hullabaloo, as well as other events with the Beaverton Downtown Association. They offer support by participating in food drives, the HomePlate Kick ball tournament, and the Mayor's Ball.

David H. Sutherland & Co Inc.(DHSCO) is being recognized for their growing involvement in exports. Our regional goal for export activity is to double in size by 2020. DHSCO is a family-owned global supplier of composite and specialty products for the aerospace and high performance industries. Founded in 1951 and located in Beaverton since 2000, the company employs 27 people. DHSCO is a recognized leader in the transportation of time and temperature sensitive products, and carbon composite materials. Originally a 100 percent export company, DHSCO's customer base is now 50 percent international and 50 percent domestic.

For more information, please contact Lorraine Clarno at 503-350-2006 or Lorraine@Beaverton.org.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

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

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Battle Ground Jazz Bands Win High Honors at Skyview Jazz Festival (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/15/14
Chief Umtuch Middle School Jazz Band
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Jazz bands from Chief Umtuch and Battle Ground High School won trophies for top place finishes at the Skyview Jazz Festival held Dec. 6. Pictured is Chief Umtuch Middle School's Jazz Band, which is directed by Greg McKelvey, and the trophies it won at the festival, including third place overall in its division, and first place in its division for sight reading. BGHS Intermediate Jazz Band directed by Evan Irwin also won second place overall in its division. The BGHS Advanced Jazz Band directed by Greg McKelvey won second place overall and first place for sight reading in its division.


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REACH CDC Names Jessica Woodruff as Director of Housing Development (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 12/15/14
Jessica Woodruff
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PORTLAND, OR - December 15, 2014 - Today, REACH CDC announced the appointment of Jessica Woodruff as the new Director of Housing Development. Since 2008, Jessica served as a Housing Project Manager at REACH. She secured over $44 million in grants, loans and equity for 10 properties, negotiating project financing and coordinating closings from multiple funding sources including HUD, HOME, LIHTC, GHAP, Portland Housing Bureau, and construction, acquisition and permanent financing sources. As REACH's new Director of Housing Development, Jessica is responsible for continuing to lead REACH's developments in Multnomah, Washington and Clark Counties and expanding the portfolio of affordable rental housing available to the region's low-income households.

Prior to joining REACH, Jessica served as a Senior Originations Associate at PNC Multifamily Capital where she evaluated the financial feasibility of new affordable housing development opportunities. She was responsible for supporting the Vice Presidents of the NW and California markets to expand business relationships by structuring equity and debt terms and creating financing proposals. Prior to PNC, Jessica served as the Assistant Manager, Market Development at NAMM International Music Products Association where she developed marketing and promotional plans to increase association awareness and sales. There, she assisted NAMM net 7.3 billion media impressions annually and reach more than 50,000 industry professionals at promotional events and trade shows.

Jessica currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Washington County Coalition of Housing Advocates; as a member of Membership Committee of CREW (Women in Commercial Real-Estate); and as a member of the Meyer Memorial Trust Cost Containment Work Group. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon in Political Science.

"We are thrilled to name Jessica to this vital role at REACH," says CEO Dan Valliere. "REACH will continue to grow since the need for affordable housing in our region continues to expand. Jessica possesses the ideal mix of experience and acumen to lead our expanding development efforts."

About REACH CDC
For 32 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. In 2013, REACH acquired Affordable Community Environments as a subsidiary corporation. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 1,892 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information at http://reachcdc.org.


Attached Media Files: Jessica Woodruff
Bronze Plaques Stolen from The Grotto in Northeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/15/14
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On Monday December 15, 2014, at 8:19 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to The Grotto on the report that three bronze plaques were stolen from the property. The Grotto is located at 8840 Northeast Skidmore Street.

Officers arrived contacted employees and learned that they plaques were stolen overnight. The plaques are located near the monastery on the upper part of the property. The three plaques are 18" x 18" and are similar in design to others on the property. The photo attached is of plaques similar in size and style.

Each of the plaques is valued at $15,000 and holds significant sentimental value to Grotto employees and visitors.

Anyone with information about the theft and/or the location of these plaques should call the Police Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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NE 192nd Avenue closure at NE Ninth Street set for this Saturday
City of Vancouver - 12/15/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Northeast 192nd Avenue will be closed to traffic directly north and south of its intersection with Northeast Ninth Street from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, for installation of a water line. This is a City of Vancouver Public Works project to increase fire suppression flows.

During the closure, traffic will be directed to follow a detour route using Northeast 18th Street, Northeast 172nd Avenue and Southeast First Street. Message boards have been placed on north and south of the project area to provide drivers with advance notice of the coming closure.

Please note: Due to the location of the water line installation, the work will also temporarily close access to the Clark County English Pit Shooting Range.

No interruptions to area water service are anticipated during the water line installation.

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Lidar Explored calendar shows off Oregon geology (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/15/14
The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - See Oregon in a new light with incredible images created using lidar technology.

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar features twelve stunning images of Oregon, from the Powder River floodplain of Baker County to the sea stacks, arches and coves of Boardman State Park in Curry County.

"Each image interprets an Oregon landscape in a way that's both artistic and scientific," says State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "They're visually intriguing, but also tell a precise story about the landscape."

Lidar, which provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, has revolutionized mapping. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) uses lidar to create new-generation geologic and natural hazard maps that are more accurate and comprehensive than ever before.

The calendar's striking images also highlight the practical applications of lidar data. Moonlight shadows are simulated over a detailed lidar image of downtown Portland - an example that nods to lidar's usefulness in analyzing daytime sun and shade to determine which rooftops are most suitable for solar panels.

Lidar Explored is the fifth calendar published as part of DOGAMI's Lidar Landscapes series, which also features posters and postcards. Preview the calendar here: http://bit.ly/2015lidarcalendar

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar by Daniel E. Coe is available for $12 from Nature of the Northwest Information Center, www.naturenw.org, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965, Portland, 971-673-2331.


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Oregon Historical Society Hires Helen B Louise as Museum Director (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/15/14
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) announced today that Helen B Louise has been selected for the position of Museum Director. Louise is currently serving as the Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, where she has been since August of 2011. She previously spent four years as the Museum Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Louise will assume her new responsibilities at OHS on February 23, 2015.

A Pacific Northwest native, Louise earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MA in Museum Studies from the State University of New York-Oneonta. As Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, Louise has led a redesign and modernization of the entire museum, and has been credited with bringing the institution into the 21st century.

Louise will work closely with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk in determining the museum's exhibition schedule. "I am delighted that Helen has agreed to bring her tremendous enthusiasm, experience, and record of success to the Oregon Historical Society," said Tymchuk. "The museum and collections of OHS are priceless assets, and they will be in very capable hands."

"I look forward to working with an organization that is so well respected by the staff, the board, and the community," said Louise. "Being a part of the Oregon Historical Society and its talented, enthusiastic, and highly professional staff will be a real pleasure."


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


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Shop with a Cop a huge succes thanks to community response (Photo)
Law Enforcement for Youth - 12/15/14
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Law Enforcement for Youth is pleased to announce that our 2014 Shop with a Cop was a huge success. In the weeks leading up to our 2014 program we were concerned that low fund raising levels would cause us to have to reduce the number of children served. For the first time it looked like we would have to cut participate levels from 400 to near 250 kids. After a last second request for help and fantastic support from the media community in spreading the word our community showed an overwhelming response and reconfirmed the generosity of our community to help kids in need.

The wonderful people of our community allowed us to not only retain the 400 children but add another 100 children who had been placed on stand bye. This years Shop with a cop ended up partnering 500 children with over 100 law enforcement officers who made new friends, shared smiles as they shopped together for a holiday gift.

As usually these children always amaze us with what they shop for. This year was no different with several choosing clothes, two children only wanted to choose something to give to their parents and others who chose school supplies. The officers also continue to amaze us with their compassion for these young kids. In many cases when the children chose gifts for others or basic necessities the officers themselves dipped into their wallets, bought the necessities or gift for others and told the kids to go back and choose something for them to enjoys.

We want to thank all of the media groups who assisted in our efforts and extend a sincere thank you to those who sent in donations that made this years Shop with a cop from a struggle to meet our goal to being able to include an additional 100 kids from the stand bye lists.


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Oregon State Police (OSP) Acting Public Information Officer for Monday December 15- Thursday 18
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/15/14
Senior Trooper Dan Swift will be the Acting Public Information Officer from now until Thursday the 18th. You can contact him at OSPPIO@state.or.us.
Hudson's Bay teacher named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow state winner (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 12/15/14
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After becoming one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, Hudson's Bay High School horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz recently was named the Washington state winner. The 30-year teaching veteran receives a technology package valued at $20,000 to create a video showcasing his solution.

Lorenz and his students in the school's Architecture, Construction and Environmental Sciences program and Future Farmers of America are working to reclaim paper and cardboard waste by inoculating it with mushroom mycelia. The mycelia will decompose the waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

From the state winners, 15 national finalists will be selected and will have their videos placed online for public voting. All national finalists receive a minimum of $35,000 in technology for their schools.

Finally, the 15 national finalists will be narrowed down to five national winners, who each will receive a $120,000 technology grant.

The Solve for Tomorrow contest honors teachers who inspire students; improve their communities; and foster science, technology, engineering and math education in their schools.


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Condition Update: 2nd Arrest in Shooting Investigation at Rosemary Anderson HS #RosemaryAHS (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/15/14
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Friday's shooting victim, 16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers, has been upgraded to fair condition from serious. 20-year-old David Jackson-Liday has been upgraded to good condition from fair condition and 17-year-old Labraye Franklin was released from the hospital on Saturday.

No further updates on the investigation are available.

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On Saturday December 13, 2014, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives lodged 18-year-old Marquel Dugas into the Multnomah County Jail on a probation violation. Dugas is believed to be the second of three young men involved in the shooting Friday outside Rosemary Anderson High School.

Multnomah County Community Corrections assisted detectives in locating Dugas.

Detectives are continuing the investigation into the shooting and working to identify the third suspect.

Friday's shooting victim, 16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers, has been upgraded to serious condition from critical. 20-year-old David Jackson-Liday remains in fair condition and 17-year-old Labraye Franklin was released from the hospital on Saturday.

On Monday, officers from North Precinct, the Gang Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Division will be providing extra patrols in the area of Rosemary Anderson High School, Jefferson High School and Portland Community College to provide a safe environment for students returning to school.

Media interested in a brief interview with the Public Information Officer should meet outside Central Precinct at 3:30 p.m. today.

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Friday's shooting victim, 16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers, has been upgraded to serious condition from critical. 20-year-old David Jackson-Liday and 17-year-old Labraye Franklin remain in fair condition.

All three remain in the hospital recovering from their injuries.

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Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives booked 22-year-old Lonzo Murphy into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning on a Parole Violation. Additional charges are pending.

This is an ongoing and active investigation and detectives still need help from the public.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Detective Brad Clifton at (503) 823-2087, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

For interested media, the Public Information Officer will make a brief statement and be available for questions at 12:00 p.m. on the 2nd Avenue side of Central Precinct, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

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On Saturday December 13, 2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Portland Police Gang Enforcement Team officers stopped a vehicle at North Interstate Avenue and Going Street and arrested a 22-year-old male occupant in connection with Friday afternoon's shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School. A handgun was located and seized in the vehicle.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant at an apartment located in the 200 block of North Killingsworth Street as part of this investigation and arrest. This apartment is approximately 5 blocks to the East of the shooting scene.

Gang Enforcement Team detective are continuing their investigation and the arrested person's name and charges will be released after he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

No additional updates are available at this time.

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On Friday December 12, 2014, at 12:13 p.m., Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers responded to Rosemary Anderson High School, located at 717 North Killingsworth Court, on the report of a shooting.

As multiple officers were responding to the scene, additional information was broadcast that the suspect was running eastbound on Killingsworth Street, accompanied by two other people.

The caller from the school reported that there were three students shot outside the school that ran into the school for help.

Several officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived at the scene and officers immediately entered the school to protect the students and make the area safe for medical personnel to access the victims. Three victims were located inside and officers confirmed that no suspects were inside the school.

All three victims were conscious and talking at the scene, then transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment to traumatic gunshot injuries.

These victims have been identified as:

20-year-old David Joshua Jackson-Liday

17-year-old Labraye Quavon Franklin

16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers

David Jackson-Liday and Labraye Franklin are both in fair condition after receiving medical treatment.

Taylor Zimmers remains in critical condition.

Officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and the Gun Task Force (GTF) arrived and began assisting North Precinct officers with securing the area and interviewing witnesses.

Witnesses described the shooting suspect to police as an African American male in his late teens or early 20s, accompanied by two other African American males in their late teens or early 20s. Witnesses told police that the suspect and associates ran northbound on Borthwick Avenue, then turned eastbound on Killingsworth Street.

Investigators learned that there may have been a dispute outside the school, just prior to the shooting.

Evidence located at the crime scene indicated that the shooting occurred outside the school.

Area schools, including Jefferson High School and Portland Community College, were placed into precautionary lock down as the call developed. Once the scene was secure, schools resumed regular activities.

Parents of Rosemary Anderson High School students were reunited with their kids on North Kerby Avenue, just East of the high school.

After the initial three victims were transported to the hospital, officers learned that there was a fourth victim who remained at the scene.

17-year-old Olyvia Lynn Batson suffered a bullet graze to one of her feet and was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Rosemary Anderson High School is a community-based alternative high school, affiliated with Portland Public Schools. To learn more about RAHS, visit http://www.portlandoic.org/rahs/ or http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/education-options/697.htm

All four gunshot victims are affiliated with the school.

Based on the investigation thus far, the shooting appears to be gang-related and it has been assigned to Gang Enforcement Team detectives.

No arrests have been made thus far in this investigation.

Police officers from a variety of assignments responded to assist in today's investigation, including:

North Precinct
Central Precinct
East Precinct
Gang Enforcement Team
Gun Task Force
Youth Services Division
Transit Police Division
Traffic Division
Homicide Detail
Forensic Evidence Division
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Additionally, Mayor Charlie Hales and staff, and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill and additional attorneys responded to the scene to meet with police officials.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Detective Brad Clifton at (503) 823-2087, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Community members seeking information on how to communicate with friends and children about this tragedy are encouraged to visit the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) at http://www.tipnational.org/

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

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

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

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

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Children's Art Featured in Oregon's First Plant Something(TM) Calendar
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 12/15/14
WILSONVILLE, Oregon (December 15, 2014) -- To celebrate the great things plants and gardening bring to our lives, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) worked with elementary school kids and Great Plant Picks to create its first Plant Something(TM) calendar. The colorful calendar artwork, created by children ages 6 to 11, centers around the theme "Plants Make Our Lives Better! "

"Our industry wants to encourage young people to fall in love with plants and gardening," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "As the calendar art conveys, the kids clearly see a connection between happy people, clean air, thriving wildlife and plants. The artwork is a fantastic expression of color and joy, something everyone can appreciate."

One such drawing was featured in November on the cover of the OAN's Digger magazine. More of the children's artwork can be found at OAN's website for home gardeners: www.PlantSomethingOregon.com. The artwork contest was rolled out to Portland-area elementary schools earlier in the year to encourage discussion about the role plants play in our lives. More than 70 drawings were submitted.

"We anticipate participation will grow in the coming years, and look forward to sharing the inspired art with the industry," Stone said.

The calendar highlights fun facts about the benefits of plants. It also features two to three plant recommendations each month from Great Plant Picks (www.GreatPlantPicks.org), an educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. The plants are chosen for their ability to thrive in the maritime Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon. All are featured in the calendar month in which they are at their seasonal peak.

Plant Something(TM) is a national program encouraging home gardeners to get their hands dirty and plant something so they can experience the health and well-being, environmental and financial benefits of gardening and beautiful landscapes. Calendars can be downloaded from www.PlantSomethingOregon.com, or the national Plant Something Facebook page.

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville, represents more than 900 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is the state's largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of $745 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.
Share Launches We Share Major Gift Society; Join by Jan. 31, 2015 to Be Part of the We Share Founder's Society
Share - 12/15/14
Vancouver, WA - Share is launching an important effort to build its capacity to serve the community called the We Share Major Gift Society. Membership can be completed on-line at sharevancouver.org; join before January 31, 2015 to become a part of the We Share Founder's Society.

"Share has a 35+ year track record of solid and managed growth and the need for services to the hungry and homeless in Clark County is at historically high levels," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "By establishing the We Share Major Gift Society, our goal is to establish reliable, annual funding to bolster and sustain Share's ability to provide the programs and services that positively impact the lives of the hungry and the homeless."

Community members can join the We Share Major Gift Society at one of eight levels, each of which carries a name reflective of how that level will help clients: $500 Hopefulness; $1,000 Encouragement; $1,500 Compassion; $2,500 Dignity; $5,000 Inspiration; $10,000 Confidence; $25,000 Empowerment; and $50,000 Sustainability. Membership levels are based on gifts from January 1 to December 31 of each year.

Membership benefits vary by level and include items such as a society pin with name of level designation, invitation and recognition at major gift society annual meeting, tickets to Share's annual fundraising events, dinner cruise on the Portland Spirit with Share board president and executive director and more. The complete matrix of benefits by level can be viewed at sharevancouver.org.

For more information, contact Kim Hash, Director of Development & Communications, at
devdir@sharevancouver.org or (360) 952-8227

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,900+ children at 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.

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UPDATE: Jordan Creek, Archers Roads on Tillamook SF close starting Dec. 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/15/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that two roads on the Tillamook State Forest will be closed temporarily due to timber harvest activities starting Dec. 15, rather than later as earlier reported. The lower portion of Jordan Creek Road and Archers Road will be closed to public traffic Monday through Friday, from daylight to 4 p.m., while the Jolly Roger timber sale is processed. The closure to ensure public safety is expected to last for approximately three months.

For more information, contact ODF's Tillamook District office, 5005 3rd St., in Tillamook, phone: 503-842-2545.
PPB Sunshine Diviison to Pack Holiday Food Boxes Tonight (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/15/14
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***This message is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division***

91st Anniversary of Portland Police Sunshine Division
Building Holiday Food Boxes

What: The Sunshine Division is building 3,500 holiday food boxes (more than 175,000lbs of food)
When: Monday December 15, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: The Sunshine Division Warehouse at 687 N. Thompson St. Portland, OR 97227 (near N. Interstate and Thompson 7 blocks north of the Rose Quarter)

Monday night, over a hundred volunteers, staff, and Portland Police Officer will gather at the Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson, Portland, OR 97227-1820) to build and package 3,500 holiday food boxes for local area families. Packing will begin at 6 p.m. and finish around 8:30 p.m. Pack night is an annual tradition for many local families, church groups, police officers and other volunteers.

On Saturday, December 20th, police officers and nearly 500 volunteers will home-deliver the boxes to community members in need throughout the city. The boxes are delivered from North Precinct, East Precinct, Southeast Sub-precinct and the Sunshine Warehouse, beginning at 9 a.m. to homes of 3,500 families.

This is the Sunshine Division's 91st anniversary of gathering and delivering holiday meals to those in need; the tradition began in 1923 by Portland's first Police Reserves and Portland Police Officers. "This year, demand is up once again as we've seen a 60% increase in the number families accessing our emergency food and clothing services over the past two years alone," says Officer Phil Kent. "These boxes are already spoken for, but we continue to provide emergency food to those in need six days a week year round at the warehouse and any Portland Police Officer can take food to a person in crisis 24 hours a day."


About Portland Police Bureau 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 91-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. 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.
To donate or volunteer with the Sunshine Division visit: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/

For more information, contact Executive Director, Kyle Camberg, at 503-577-6852 kyle@sunshinedivsion.org

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Red Cross helps seven people affected by Pendleton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/15/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multifamily fire at 5:20 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Southwest 7th Street in Pendleton.
The fire affected seven adults. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and recovery services.
2015 Clackamas County Fair Theme Announced
Clackamas Co. Event Center - 12/15/14
After a month of accepting entries, and three weeks of voting, the 2015 Clackamas County Fair Theme has been selected. We received over 40 entries during the month of October and narrowed it down to five finalists, which the public voted on during the month of November.

We received over 1,100 votes, and one theme in particular stood out from the crowd. With almost 60% of the votes, and winning by a margin of over 500 votes, the 2015 Clackamas County Fair Theme is "Fair Fever!" This theme was submitted by Holly Gribble Westfall of Portland. She will receive a Family Season Admission Pass (good for 2 adults and up to 4 children twelve and under) and a Season Parking Pass to the 2015 Clackamas County Fair. Last year the winning theme was submitted by a resident of Milwaukie.


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Horse from Oregon's history is one of three choices in voting for Wells Fargo's 2015 Plush Pony (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 12/15/14
Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo is using social media to enable customers and fans to vote for which horse from its past will be immortalized as the company's next plush pony for 2015. The three choices include a horse named "Fargo", which worked at Wells Fargo in Portland, Ore., in 1917.

Members of the public can cast their ballot online at: http://bit.ly/1vSc9mR The voting ends 5 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 19.

The horse Fargo pulled a money wagon in Portland in 1917, making deliveries to banks and other financial institutions. Portland managers kept Fargo on the job even as automobiles became common, reasoning that if the wagon were held up, "Robbers could not get very far with a horse."

"The horses that have worked for Wells Fargo over the past 162 years are as much a treasured piece of our history as the iconic stagecoaches and wagons they pulled," said Tracy Curtis of Portland, Wells Fargo's Regional President for Oregon and S.W. Washington.

"The plush pony celebrates their role in helping Wells Fargo come through for our customers, in the past and today. In voting for the 2015 pony, we hope our customers find it a fun way to connect to a part of Wells Fargo's history. Join me in voting for our hometown favorite, Fargo."

Since 2003, the plush pony program has honored the thousands of horses that have worked in the Wells Fargo's express business or pulled the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. As part of the annual promotion, the popular ponies are displayed prominently each holiday season at Wells Fargo stores.

The other two choices for the 2015 plush pony are:

Blitz: In February 1865, Wells Fargo wagon horses became sled horses as drivers switched out wheels for snow runners when a blizzard descended on Virginia City, Nev. Blitz "handled the reins handsomely" despite the difficult terrain, leading the local newspaper to declare, "We should like to take a sleigh-ride every day with Blitz."

Nellie: Every day at 7 a.m., Nellie and her Wells Fargo driver, Rush Blodget, ordinarily picked up packages to deliver to customers in Bakersfield, Calif. But in 1898, they picked up a sick soldier returning from war -- who also happened to be Blodget's brother - and rushed to get him help. Sgt. Claude Blodget eventually recovered and the driver never forgot his "working pal" Nellie.

This Year: "El Toro"
This week's voting coincides with the 2014 plush pony promotion, which features El Toro, Wells Fargo's 15th plush pony. El Toro was selected a year ago through a similar social media voting process.

More than 100 years ago, Wells Fargo drivers and agents in Mexico City loved the horse El Toro, whose name means "The Bull" in Spanish. At 27, El Toro was the oldest horse in the stables and only worked a few hours a week. He pulled the Wells Fargo express wagon through the streets of Mexico City, delivering packages and picking up important express deliveries from Wells Fargo customers.

About Wells Fargo & Company
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 stores; 12,000 ATMs; and the Internet. More information about Wells Fargo's history is online at wellsfargo.com.


Attached Media Files: Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
Car Jacking leads to Multi-Agency Pursuit and Capture of Suspect
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/15/14
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Summary:
A car jacking suspect was taken into custody today after he stole a car and injured the owner as he drove away. Police were able to locate the car and the suspect led them on a pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing.

Details:
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, at about 10:00 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies serving the City of Cornelius, responded to a reported stolen car at 366 N. 1st. Place, Cornelius. The 46-year-old victim reported that he had left his car running in front of his house this morning. He said he saw a man get in his car and he ran out to confront him.

The victim said he yelled at the suspect (58-year-old Raymond Osborne of Portland) and opened the door of the car. He said Mr. Osborne shoved the door into him and then sped off, knocking him to the ground. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Deputies broadcast a "Be On the Look Out" (BOLO) which alerts all the police in the area of the stolen car. A Trooper with the Oregon State Police spotted the car in the City of Banks and attempted to stop it. Mr. Osborne lead the trooper on a pursuit that eventually concluded with him crashing on Highway 26 and Lower Nehalem Road in Tillamook County. Two Washington County Sheriff's deputies were close behind and assisted in taking Mr. Osborne into custody.

Mr. Osborne was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Robbery I, Assault II, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Theft I. His bail is set at $250,000.


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Red Cross helps family of four impacted by Coos Bay fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a single-family fire at 3:35 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Lawnridge Loop in Coos Bay.
The fire affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and information about disaster mental health services and recovery services.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Respond to Injured Hiker Near Wahkeena Falls (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/14
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On 12-14-14 at 1436 hours the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received notification of a 59 year old injured hiker on the Angel's Rest Trail near Wahkeena Falls. Corbett Fire and AMR Reach and Treat Team located the injured subject at 1638 hours and they are in the process of the medical assessment. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will be assisting with the extraction point from Angels Rest Trail, one mile east of Wahkeena Falls. I will attempt to provide more details and photos as they come available.

At 1710 hours the injured subject began being transported down by rescue personnel in a wheeled stoke. The subject sustained an injury to his right leg rendering him unable walk on his own.

The subject was hiking with 3 other friends and they were located right on Angels Rest Trail by rescue personnel. The group did everything according to hikers protocol when it comes to being prepared and having communication capabilities.

Rescued Subject:

Craig, Randy
Portland, Or

Mr. Craig reached the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead parking lot with rescue personnel at 1936 hours and has been transported to a local hospital for treatment.


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Single Vehicle Double Fatal Crash Highway 101 North of Bandon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/14/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 north of Bandon.

On December 14, 2014 at 7:48am (OSP) troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command responded to a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 near milepost 255. Preliminary information indicates that a 1991 Honda Accord, driven by CHRISTOPHER CONEY, age 20, from Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 101 and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck several trees.

CONEY and a passenger identified as RACHEL RAGLE, age 23, from Coos Bay, both died at the scene of the crash.

OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed and alcohol use are contributing factors in the crash. Seatbelt use is still being determined by investigators.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office and Bandon Fire Department.

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Vancouver Police Arrest Driver of Stolen Car After Collision
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/14/14
On December 14, 2014 at approximately 10:05am Vancouver Police Officer Mike Day attempted to stop a Honda Civic for failing to display a front license plate on NE 72nd Avenue. The driver of the Honda, Joshua Roland a 26 year old male resident of Clark County, immediately fled from the attempted traffic stop. Mr. Roland sped north on NE 72nd Avenue, passed vehicles on the right and through a red light at NE Vancouver Mall Drive. Mr. Roland was not being pursued by the initial stopping officer. Mr. Roland continued north on NE 72nd Avenue where he began to try to pass a vehicle turning left into a driveway, on the left. Mr. Roland struck the turning vehicle which caused the car he was driving to slide into two unoccupied parked vehicles. Mr. Roland immediately exited the Honda which a registration check found to be a stolen vehicle out of Portland Oregon and fled on foot into an apartment complex. Uninvolved witnesses aided the Vancouver Police in the arrest of Mr. Roland by following and providing updated information to 9-1-1. Mr. Roland was arrested for Attempt to Elude Law Enforcement, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and multiple counts of Hit and Run. Mr. Roland was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment from injuries sustained in his collision with the parked vehicles. Occupants of the first vehicle struck were not injured during the incident. NE 72nd Avenue from Vancouver Mall Drive to the 5100 block was shut down by law enforcement for approximately 45 minutes for investigation and removal of damaged vehicles.
Deputies capture Juvenile after Citizen finds him ransacking his Car
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/14
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Summary:
Today, Sheriff's deputies arrested a juvenile for rummaging through and stealing items from unlocked cars. Six victims have been identified and their belongings have been returned.

Details:
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, at about 5:00 a.m., deputies were called to the community of Aloha regarding a man who was chasing a juvenile suspect he had caught rummaging through his car. The man's wife reported that her husband was pursuing the suspect from their house in the 7000 block of SW 181st Pl.

Numerous deputies responded to the scene and were assisted by a K9 unit from the Hillsboro Police Department. A dog was used to track the suspect, and eventually a deputy found him sleeping under a tree in nearby Granada Park (18100 SW Bany Rd.) Seventeen-year-old Zachariah T. Cordova, transient, had a back pack with him full of belongings from numerous car break-in's over night.

Deputies were able to find four victims by searching the neighborhood for cars that looked like they had had been ransacked, two additional victims called in later in the morning. None of the cars Mr. Cordova ransacked had their doors locked.

Some of the recovered items were a GPS unit, a wireless speaker, sunglasses, digital cameras, and phone charging cables along with small amounts of cash.

Mr. Cordova was arrested and turned over to the Washington County Juvenile Department.

Deputies returned as many items as they could to the victims they identified today.

If someone went through your car overnight and you have not reported it, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: 2014-12/1128/80405/PR_141214_Car_Clouter_Caught.pdf
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Highway 126E East of Springfield (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126E East of Springfield.

On December 13th, 2014 at 7:53pm (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a single vehicle crash on 126E near milepost 17. Preliminary information indicates that a 1993 Chevy Cavalier, driven by RICHARD CORGAIN, age 67, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126E and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck a tree.

CORGAIN was extracted from the vehicle by local emergency responders and was transported by ground ambulance to Riverbend Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

CORGAIN was wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed may have been a contributing factor in the cause of the crash.

ODOT, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, the Lane County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office assisted.

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Protester Ticketed After Being Injured by a Passing Car in Downtown Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/14
On Saturday December 13, 2014, at approximately 3:12 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report that a protester standing in the street was injured by a passing motorist on West Burnside Street at 10th Avenue.

Officers contacted the injured man, 19-year-old Julian Rist, who was suffering from a foot and ankle injury. Officers called for medical personnel to respond to the scene but medical personnel were delayed due to all traffic in the area being blocked by the protest march.

Medical personnel finally arrived and transported Rist to a Portland hospital for treatment to the non-life-threatening injury.

Witnesses told police that the involved vehicle was driving eastbound on Burnside at the time of the crash and continued driving out of the area.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the Milwaukie Police Department received a call from 37-year-old Thomas Munsey, who told police that he was involved in the crash but was too afraid to stop as the protesters surrounded his car and he was concerned for his safety and the safety of his family.

Traffic Division officers conducted the investigation and learned that Munsey was driving his 2015 Audi SUV eastbound on Burnside Street. The protest crowd of 30 or more people was in the street blocking traffic.

Rist was part of the group and was not in a crosswalk, standing in the eastbound lanes of Burnside Street when one of Munsey's tires came into contact with one of Rist's feet. Munsey drove slowly through the crowd and out of the area before calling 9-1-1.

After the completion of the investigation, officers issued the pedestrian, Rist, was given a citation for Improper Position on a Highway (ORS 814.070).

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Red Cross assists three people after Eugene fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multi-family fire at 4:00 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Willamette Street in Eugene.
Three adults and one pet were affected. Red Cross provided food, clothing, seasonal garments and information about disaster mental health services and recovery services.
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Serious Injury Crash Highway 20 in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's serious injury crash on Highway 20 in the Jefferson County area.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 9:06am OSP troopers were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 86 in Jefferson County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the driver, DONALD TALBOT, age 75, from Prineville, lost control on the icy roadway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The pickup was struck head on by an eastbound Ford Focus driven by, KEATS CONLEY (Female), age 22, from Boise ID.

DONALD TALBOT and his right front passenger identified as JEANIE TALBOT, age 69, from Prineville were flown by Lifeflight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.

KEATS CONLEY was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

The crash blocked Highway 20 for 1.5 hours as first responders freed the occupants from their vehicles.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Camp Sherman Fire Dept, Black Butte Ranch Fire and Police, and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Other motorists as well as an off duty ER nurse from St. Charles Redmond assisted with patient care on scene before medics arrived.

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Hillsboro Police Search For Suspected Impaired Driver
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/13/14
On 12/13/14 at 8:40 AM Hillsboro police patrol officers were alerted to a possible DUI driver by a motorist in the area of NE Arrington Rd and Cornell. The witness reported that a man driving a Buick 4-dr was driving very erratically in the area. A Hillsboro police patrol officer observed the vehicle in that area driving all over the road and disregarding traffic control devices.

The officer followed the Buick and observed the driver failing to stop at traffic lights, stop signs and driving recklessly with no regard for safety. The driver failed to yield to the officer and stop. As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver drove at the patrol car and clipped the front right corner of the patrol causing minor damage. The officer continued to attempt to stop the car as it drove approx three miles through SE Hillsboro where it eventually came to a dead end residential street near SE Tamango St and SE Wenlock St. The suspect drove into a field in the area and then fled on foot.

Officers initiated a K-9 track, searching for the suspect with negative results.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, mid 30's, 5' 8" tall, 160 lbs, dark hair, wearing dark jeans and a dark jacket. The suspect remains at large and faces numerous driving charges, reckless endangering, hit and run, escape and elude.

No persons were injured during this incident.


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Red Cross assists four people following Vancouver fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/13/14
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a single-family fire at 5:55 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of X Street in Vancouver. The fire affected three adults and one child. Red Cross provided lodging, food, seasonal clothing, shoes, blankets, toys, comfort kits and information about health and mental health services.
McMinnville Fire Department Rescues Unconscious Maintenance Worker from Basin
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 12/13/14
Yamhill County Communications Center received a 911 call about a contract maintenance worker passed out in an enclosed basin at 3500 NE Clearwater DR at 2100 hours . The McMinnville Fire Department responded to the Water Reclamation Facility to find an unconscious male inside a large basin. A second alarm was sounded to supply personnel and equipment due to the complexity of the rescue. Crews worked to extricate the patient from the basin. The patient was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center at 2140.


5 Fire units from McMinnville responded to the scene with 14 firefighters. Amity Fire Department assisted covering McMinnville responses. The Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Confined Space Rescue Team was dispatched but canceled en-route when the McMinnville Fire Department extricated the patient from the basin prior to their arrival. McMinnville units cleared the scene at 2312.
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PF&R responds to a residential fire in SE Portland.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/12/14
This afternoon at 2:18, Portland firefighters responded to a house fire at 9720 SE Holgate. On arrival the firefighters found a home that had boarded up windows with smoke coming from the eaves. Callers stated that three transients used a propane tank to lite the house on fire. Fire crews searched the house for occupants as the boarded up windows were opened by crews from exterior. No one was found inside the house and no injuries were associated with the fire. The fire was extinguished 2:37.

Also Police and arson investigators were able to track down the transients and question them. The cause of the fire was a propane lantern used for lighting.
UPDATE: Man Injured at Parkrose Transit Station - Struck by MAX Train
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/14
Transit Police Division officers learned that the young man struck by the MAX train is actually 14-years-old, not 18 as initially thought. His injuries are not life-threatening and MAX lines should be moving as scheduled shortly.

Investigators learned that the young man was jumping to touch the top of a moving train car and fell in-between two cars where he was struck.

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On Friday December 12, 2014, at 6:25 p.m., North Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a man struck by a northbound MAX train at the Parkrose Transit Station, located at 9525 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 14-year-old victim, who was conscious and alert but injured. He has been transported to a Portland hospital as a trauma entry.

Transit Police Division officers are investigating and updates will be provided when they become available.

Northbound MAX service will be affected for a short time. Riders should check http://www.trimet.org/alerts for updates on service.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland to Open Tech Center with Support from Samsung
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 12/12/14
Renovated Education Room Outfitted with State-of-the-Art Samsung Technology; Space Designed by Celebrity Designer, Carter Oosterhouse

About the Event:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro will open a state-of-the-art "Tween Tech Center," designed by celebrity craftsman Carter Oosterhouse, to spark kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare young people for 21st century success. Funded by Samsung, the Tween Tech Center will be a modernized technology classroom for Club members with the latest mobile devices for learning.

Along with other Clubs across the nation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro will receive custom STEM curriculum and eBooks on Samsung devices, including:
* 20 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets, 10 laptops and one Samsung SMART TV to Jack, Will & Rob Club
* 20 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets to Wattles Club

Developed by education leader Scholastic, the custom STEM curriculum, "Building Blocks," will assist kids' education and literacy goals and encourage Club tweens to work together and invent creative, engineering-based solutions for community needs.

Each Samsung Galaxy tablet will also include 30 eBooks through Scholastic's Reading Explorer app along with a challenge program to track and incentivize reading.

Interviews:
* Elected officials including Camas Mayor Scott Higgins
* Erin Hubert, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
* Jack, Will & Rob Club members
* Samsung representatives

When: December 16, 2014
4-5 p.m.

Where:
Jack, Will & Rob Boys & Girls Club
2033 NE Ione St.
Camas, WA 98607

Why: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro serves approximately 10,000 youth each
year between the ages of six and 18. After a tragic accident in 2002, in memory of Jack, Will and Rob Warren, the facility, known today as Jack, Will & Rob Club, was constructed in Camas, Wash. to support the development, health and well-being of all children within the surrounding community.

Jack, Will & Rob Club is the only community-based, out-of-school program for youth serving Washington's remote areas of Camas and its neighboring community of Washougal. The Club serves nearly 4,800 youth.

About the Partnership: Through a national partnership with Samsung and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 10 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation received a modernized technology classroom in 2014. In addition to the Tween Tech Centers, Samsung donated 1,200 Galaxy tablets with custom STEM curriculum and eBooks to 40 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

The Tween Tech Center opening at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro marks the tenth technology classroom makeover as part of this partnership. Club makeovers at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Boys & Girls Club of the Missouri River Area, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, Ohkay Owingeh Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Albany and Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County occurred earlier this year.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland currently operates six Clubs & four extension sites in the following counties: Multnomah, Washington, and Clark (WA). Annual membership fees for youth are $5.00/year per child; keeping membership costs low ensures that no child is restricted from participation in the Clubs proven life?saving programs. The Clubs provide thousands of young people with affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs designed to help them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Our Clubs offer kids what they want most: safe, clean, fun places to go when they're not in school; caring adults who respect and guide them; and challenging programs that teach them life skills and keep them engaged in productive activities. Visit www.bgcportland.org for more information.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
Albertina Kerr's 2015 Race for the Roses Kickoff Event on Monday, December 15, at the Portland Waterfront
Albertina Kerr - 12/12/14
What:
Albertina Kerr and Regence BlueCross BlueShield are excited to announce that the Albertina Kerr's 2015 Race for the Roses will take place on Sunday, April 19. To kick-off next year's race, Albertina Kerr and Regence will be handing out roses to runners on the Portland waterfront, and offering chances to win free registration (if you wear a t-shirt from a past race) and other prizes.

When: Monday, December 15, 2014; 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park (near Kerr Bikes and the Salmon Springs Fountain)

Who: Albertina Kerr and Regence employees/volunteers, past Albertina Kerr Race for the Roses participants, lunchtime runners and walkers on the Portland waterfront

Why: Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses half marathon, 10K and 5k races supports Albertina Kerr, a Portland nonprofit that provides programs and services to children and adults who face developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Regence is returning for the ninth year as presenting sponsor of the race. In 2015, more than 3,500 runners and walkers raised more than $210,000.

Visuals: Runners and walkers in Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses apparel. Albertina Kerr and Regence volunteers handing out roses and water. Sun!* (*according to the preliminary forecast)

Register to race at Race4theRoses.org.

About Albertina Kerr

Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has been strengthening Oregon families and communities. Today, Kerr provides a wide range of services to children, adults and families with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Professional expertise includes child psychiatry, pediatric, adult and psychiatric nursing, clinical social work, professional counseling, skill training, behavior management, foster care recruiting and training, employment development and residential support for adults with developmental disabilities.

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, headquartered in Portland, has been serving Oregonians since 1941 and now provides more than 750,000 members with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit regence.com, facebook.com/regencebluecrossblueshield, or twitter.com/regenceoregon.
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Wells Fargo issues warning: beware of text scammers
Wells Fargo - 12/12/14
PORTLAND -- Wells Fargo is warning its customers in certain Oregon cities to beware of crooks who are trying to obtain Social Security and debit card numbers by sending out phony text messages.

Customers in Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Lebanon, Philomath and Roseburg have told Wells Fargo today they received the texts, which claim their account has been compromised. The texts instruct customers to call a phone number where they are instructed to leave their personal information on a recording.

"Wells Fargo already has this type of information and would not send a text message to a customer asking them to reveal it," said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Unger in Portland.

Anyone receiving the text message should ignore it, Wells Fargo advises. If anyone has fallen for the scam, they should contact their nearest Wells Fargo branch or call the phone number on the back of their debit card as soon as possible.

This type of scam is known as "phishing" and is quite common. Typically the crooks do not even know if the person they are contacting is actually a customer of the bank they supposedly represent.

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West Linn PD Participates in DUII Enforcement Grants
West Linn Police Dept. - 12/12/14
Officers from West Linn PD will be participating with regional law enforcement agencies in stepped up patrols to look for impaired drivers this holiday season. Additional officers will be on the road, funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, targeting drivers who choose to drive under the influence of intoxicants, endangering themselves and others on Oregon's highways. West Linn officers already actively look for impaired drivers, but grant funding allows extra officers to work overtime to exclusively target this dangerous offense.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.

Additionally, during the Thanksgiving weekend, West Linn officers working grant overtime arrested three individuals for DUII, and arrested one individual who had an outstanding warrant for DUII.
Six Men Arrested in Human Trafficking Prostitution Operation (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/14
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December 12, 2014--Sheriff's Detectives, assisted by the FBI, arrested six men involved in prostitution. Detectives attempt to eliminate human trafficking of people of all ages and reduce the ancillary crimes associated.

On December 11, 2014, Washington County Child Abuse Detectives organized an operation that focused on the "demand" side of prostitution. Detectives were also searching for information on juveniles involved in human trafficking, individuals trafficking juveniles and locations within Washington County where the crimes are occurring.

Detectives used a website to locate the potential prostitution customers. The customers then responded to a local hotel where they were subsequently arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute.

Sheriff's Detectives arrested: (SEE PHOTO ATTACHMENTS)

All six men were lodged in the Washington County Jail. They were each charged with Patronizing a Prostitute. They will have court dates scheduled at a later time.


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Sweet Home Man Arrested for Several Arrest Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/12/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on Thursday December 11, 2014, deputies arrested David Clinton Fox, 45 years old, at a residence in the Sweet Home area. Fox had numerous outstanding state and federal arrest warrants.

The outstanding state arrest warrants include four counts of Failure to Appear for Attempting to Elude Police, three counts of Failure to Appear for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, and one count of Reckless Driving. The outstanding federal arrest warrant was for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

As a result of Fox's arrest, deputies seized a firearm that was reported stolen to the Albany Police Department, a motorcycle that was reported stolen to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, methamphetamine, and paraphernalia used to distribute methamphetamine.

Fox was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Linn County Regional SWAT Team and the United Sates Marshal's Office.


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Update #3: Shooting Investigation Underway at Rosemary Anderson HS #RosemaryAHS
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/14
Update #3

There were three victims in today's shooting that occurred outside Rosemary Anderson High School on Killingsworth Court and Borthwick. The three teenage victims, two males and one female, ran to the high school following the shooting. The shooter ran from the scene. The high school immediately went into lockdown. Officers responded and ensured everyone was safe.

Medical transported the victims to an area hospital; they were concious and awake at that time.

This is not an active shooter situation. The area is considered secure and police are now conducting an investigation.

Parent reunifcation with students is being held at Killingsworth Court and Kerby, near the Jefferson High School football field.

Traffic is still impacted in this area.

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Update #1

Parents of Rosemary Anderson High School students should respond to Killingsworth Ct/Kerby Avenue.

Jefferson High School and Portland Community College are currently in lockdown due to this ongoing critical incident.

Traffic will remain impacted in this area.

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North Precinct officers have responded to the report of a shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School, located at 717 North Killingsworth Court.

Prelminary information indicates there are at least two victims and the suspect or suspects have left the area.

Area traffic will be affected as the investigation develops.

Initial media staging will be on North Killingsworth Street and Kerby Avenue.

PIO is enroute to the scene.

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Jordan Creek, Archers Roads on Tillamook SF close temporarily starting Dec. 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/12/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that two roads on the Tillamook State Forest will be closed temporarily due to timber harvest activities. The lower portion of Jordan Creek Road and Archers Road will be closed to public traffic starting Dec. 22, Monday through Friday, from daylight to 4 p.m., while the Jolly Roger timber sale is processed. The closure to ensure public safety is expected to last for approximately three months.

For more information, contact ODF's Tillamook District office, 5005 3rd St., in Tillamook, phone: 503-842-2545.
Washington County 9-1-1 Experiences a 466% Increase in Call Volume During the December 11th Wind Storm
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 12/12/14
Yesterday's windstorm was pretty impressive and so was our call volume and call answering statistics! We answered a total of 907 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls in a 4-hour period from 2PM to 6PM. Typically we answer 244 calls during that timeframe. Here's the numbers broken down by hour:

2PM to 3 PM - 192 calls answered. Our 30 day average is 60. That's a 320% increase in call volume.

3PM to 4 PM - 303 calls answered. Our 30-day average is 65. That's a 466% increase in call volume.

4PM to 5 PM - 258 calls answered. Our 30-day average is 61. That's a 423% increase in call volume.

4PM to 5 PM - 154 calls answered. Our 30-day average is 58. That's a 372% increase in call volume.

Totals for the 4-hour period:

2PM to 6 PM - 907 calls answered. Our 30-day average is 244. That's a 372% increase in call volume.

WCCCA dispatchers did an amazing job stepping-up as always! We increased our staffing, which was filled voluntarily, others held-over to work past their regular shifts and one dispatcher cancelled part of her vacation to help out. That resulted in very impressive answer times - in fact our average-speed-of-answer during the peak call load (2PM to 6PM) was a mere 10 seconds; on a typical day it's 7-seconds. 28% of our landline 9-1-1 calls were answered in 5 seconds or less, and 76% of them were answered in 10 seconds or less!
Kalama Man Missing Overnight
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/14
Kalama, WA-38 year old Daryl Spreadborough of Kalama spent the night in the woods during one of the areas strongest storms. Mr. Spreadborough left his house on Mtn. View Road, Kalama, yesterday afternoon. When he didn't return, his family began looking for him, eventually locating some articles of clothing in the woods.

The family called the Sheriff's Office, and deputies and volunteers from Cowlitz Search and Rescue responded. After searching through the night, Mr. Spreadborough was located late this morning.

He is being transported to St. John hospital in Longview for a medical evaluation, but is believed to be in good condition at this time.

"Mr. Spreadborough is fortunate to have survived last nights storm." Sheriff Mark Nelson said. "Our thanks to the deputies and SAR volunteers who responded in that weather to search; they kept at it until they located him. That's the way we roll." Sheriff Nelson said.
Battle Ground Police Officer assaulted during arrest
City of Battle Ground - 12/12/14
On December 10th a Battle Ground Police Officer located a suspect that was involved in a hit and run incident in the 1200 block of NW 12th Street. During the incident the suspect ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The suspect then proceeded to flee the scene. The occupants of the vehicle that was struck were not injured.

The suspect was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the patrol car. While conducting the investigation the Officer returned to the patrol car to talk with the suspect, the suspect placed his feet outside of the car and attempted to escape custody. The suspect had slipped his handcuffs and proceeded to assault the Officer. The Officer was able detain the suspect, until another Officer arrived. The suspect was again handcuffed and transported to the Battle Ground Police Department for holding. Neither the suspect nor the Officer were seriously injured during the struggle.

The suspect arrested was:

Juan Pablo Montiel-Reyes, 20 of Gresham, OR. Mr. Montiel-Reyes was booked into Clark County Jail on the following charges:

one count of Assaulting a Police Officer
one count of Escape 3rd degree
one count of DUI
one count of Hit and Run Property Damage
one count of Driving While Suspended 2nd degree

He is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant from Vancouver for failure to appear on DUI and Driving While Suspended charges.
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/12/14
A Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. Visiting at SRCI is canceled until further notice.

At approximately 8:04 p.m. (MST) on December 11, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was taken to SRCI Health Services. He was pronounced deceased at 8:48 p.m.

Goodman entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 11, 2014, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of delivery of Oxycontin, and two counts of first degree child neglect out of Marion County. His earliest release date was July 23, 2019.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Management, Infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an Administrative Segregation Unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a call center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Hillsboro Firefighters Annual Toy and Joy Toy Buy set for Sunday, Dec.14, 2014 (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 12/12/14
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This coming Sunday (12/14) is the annual Toy Buy hosted by Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy.

At 9:00am members and families from the Hillsboro Fire Department along with Hillsboro Elks members will meet at the Fred Meyer at 22075 Northwest Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Toys for over 700 families will be purchased and then delivered to the Elks Lodge where they will be organized for specific families and children.

Toys and food packages will be delivered on Dec. 20th.

Photo caption: Firefighter Ryan Phillips loads shopping cart during annual toy buy.

News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager


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Red Kettle Weekly Update: Kettles at 39.5% of Goal, 100+ Rotarians to Bell Ring Today
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/12/14
(Portland, OR) December 12, 2014 - Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a Salvation Army red kettle this season. After a few weeks of bell ringing, The Salvation Army Red Kettles are at just over $296,000, just 39.5% of the total amount needed to meet the goal of $750,000. Today, the Rotary Club of Downtown Portland will be helping increase that number substantially, with a goal of $23,000! What's their #RedKettleReason? Because it's tradition and because it's important to be a part of the community.

This Rotary Club has been ringing bells for The Salvation Army in Portland for 79 years! Over 100 rotarians will be on the streets of Portland surrounding the Hilton and Pioneer Courthouse Square from 11am-1pm today.

"We are asking that you join us Friday to help make a difference with The Salvation Army and the Rotary Club of Downtown Portland," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army. "Without their help and without the community's support this Christmas, we will not reach our fundraising goal, impacting our ability to serve the most vulnerable in the Portland Metro area."

Last year, The Salvation Army served 80,000 individuals. If the donations don't meet the growing need and costs, The Salvation Army will be forced to make the tough decision of what to cut back on.

Here's one of many reasons to give to a red kettle this Christmas:

"Because your change changed my life" #RedKettleReason

For more #RedKettleReasons, visit www.redkettlereason.org.



The Red Kettle Campaign raises money for The Salvation Army's local community programs, providing after-school programs, feeding programs, food box and utility assistance, and so much more.

Kettles can be found at Fred Meyer, Safeway, JcPenney, Macy's, Walmart, BigLots, Bi-Mart, Fry's Electronics, Hobby Lobby, Shopko, and Walgreen's locations across the Portland Metro area.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to 131 Weather Related Emergencies Yesterday
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/12/14
Portland was hit by a significant wind storm yesterday afternoon. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 322 emergencies during an 18 hour period starting at noon yesterday. 131 of those emergencies were weather related with 91 being specific to power line issues. The number of calls kept crews going from one call to the next with little to no time between calls. This wind storm not only caused issues with trees falling and a brick parapet collapse in downtown Portland but PF&R also responded to three separate elevator rescues with people trapped due to power outages. The weather also possibly played a role in last night's fatal motor vehicle accident. Some response times were delayed due to tree or power lines down.

Due to the number of calls and on scene times for PF&R, the NET Team was activated to assist in blocking unsafe streets and sidewalks. Thanks to their efforts, PF&R crews were better able to respond to other emergencies. To learn more or become a NET Team member visit their website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/31667.

This is a good reminder that Portlanders should have a 72 hour emergency kit ready for events such as this. Please visit our website to build your 72 hour kit at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/3930.
Changes to our WCCCA/911 CAD Map (Photo)
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 12/12/14
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WCCCA Joint Incident Tracking Map updates.

We've made some changes to our incident tracking map (http://www.wccca.com/PITSv2/)

Medical calls - We added almost all of our medical calls back; we are excluding assaults and mental health related calls.

Police calls - We now have 3 police call types that will display - Non-injury accidents (TAN), road hazards (HAZ) and firework complaints (FWK)

Police/Fire/Medical Calls - Specific addresses have been removed. The map will list the location in cross streets instead of an actual physical address.

For calls at actual intersections, the locations will display with address numbers (technology issue). So a call that is listed at NW 185th Ave and NW Holly St will display as: 509 185th/18500 Holly - That means the call is at 509blk of NW 185th or the 18500blk of NW Holly St.


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Holidays need to include fire prevention awareness (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/12/14
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With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2009 through 2013, there were 3,888 residential fires in Oregon during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires resulted in six deaths, 175 injuries, and more than $25.6 million in property losses.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight - not a candle - for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

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


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Monday, December 15, 2014 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 12/12/14
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Executive Session & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will watch a Middle School AVID video. They will receive department updates from the Superintendent's office, School Improvement, Human Resources and the Business office. The Board will be taking action on Consent Agenda items. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Hazel Dell Seven-11 store robbery
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/14
03:00 am 12/12/2014 the Seven-11 convenience store 6212 NE Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell was held up. A lone male entered the store approached the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect had his face covered and implied he had a weapon. The clerk handed over an undisclosed (small) amount of cash from the til and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was described as male 5'-09" thin build wearing dark clothing. A K-9 track was unsuccessful.
No video available.
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 86-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/14
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Maxine Hale has returned home safe after being lost in the storm last night.

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Detectives have learned that missing 86-year-old Maxine Hale was spotted last night at 60th Avenue and East Burnside at approximately 8:00 p.m., asking for directions. She was last seen driving southbound on 60th Avenue, wearing the described clothing.

Maxine was initially listed as being 87 years old, but is really 86.

Anyone seeing Maxine should immediately call 9-1-1.

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The Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 86-year-old Maxine Irma Hale, missing since Thursday afternoon.

Maxine was last seen at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday December 11, 2014, when she left her home in the area of 136th Avenue and East Burnside Street. Maxine was driving her car and was intending to get Chinese food somewhere in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Stark Street. Maxine never made it to the restaurant and has not been seen or heard from since.

Maxine is described as a white female, 5'3" tall, 110 pounds, red hair, blue eyes, wearing a blue jacket with an orange tropical fish pattern, dark-colored pants, and tan shoes.

Maxine is described as having a heart condition and short-term memory loss.

Maxine's vehicle is described as a white 2000 Toyota Camry 4-door, Oregon license plate XSD368.

Anyone seeing Maxine or the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Maxine should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Fatal Crash on Terwilliger Boulevard - Falling Tree Landed on Vehicle (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/14
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The driver injured in last night's crash on Terwilliger Boulevard has been identified as 50-year-old Susan Graham of Southwest Portland. She remains at Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital recovering from her injuries and is expected to survive.

Killed in the crash was her son, 11-year-old Thomas William Graham.

Investigators have not yet determined if the falling tree caused the death of Thomas or if the secondary collision caused his death.

Investigators will work with the Oregon State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

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On Thursday December 11, 2014, at 5:27 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard near Castleridge Lane. The caller reported that two people were trapped inside the vehicle.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located the crashed vehicle. The female adult driver was transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries. Medical personnel attended to the teen-aged male passenger but determined that he was deceased at the scene.

Preliminary information indicates that a very large tree fell onto the vehicle, causing the vehicle to swerve and hit another tree.

Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard is closed from Iron Mountain Road to Highway 43 as the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team begins a crash investigation.

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The Residents of Canby Village get an early Christmas present... A safer Home
Canby Fire Dist. - 12/12/14
Media Event
The Residents of Canby Village get an early Christmas present
A Safer Home
Did you know that 67% of all fires in multi-family residences are caused by cooking fires and that the holiday season is the time when you are at most risk for these types of fires? Well not at Canby Village anymore. Come see what Guardian Management, Canby Village, and the Canby Fire District, have done to end these fires forever.
When: December 16th
Time: 12:00 Noon-1:30
Where: Canby Village Apartments.
488 NW 6th Ave. Canby, OR
Come join us for lunch, talk to the representatives, and see a live demonstration of the technology that is eliminating the number one cause of home fires.
WSU Vancouver students tell a digital story of Mount St. Helens' renewal
WSU Vancouver - 12/12/14
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Students of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program have created a transmedia education environment for the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center. "Life Renewed" can be previewed at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Nouspace Gallery co-located with Angst Gallery at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

"Life Renewed" includes an interactive installation, two augmented reality banners, a mobile app and an educational activity book with augmented reality capability, all aimed at teaching visitors about the renewal of animal and plant life at Mount St. Helens since its eruption on May 18, 1980.

Twenty-three students in a senior seminar course used the latest new media platforms--augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D animation--to complete the project.

"Life Renewed" will be on permanent exhibit at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater Station beginning in April. It will travel to various locations until its permanent installation at the center. The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing understanding and stewardship of the earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes.

About the CMDC program
The CMDC program integrates research and teaching in an intellectually diverse, technologically innovative experience, applying inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches that foster civic engagement from local to global contexts in the areas of digital humanities, media art, media communication, media studies and information systems.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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'Shop With A Cop' community event set for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014; hosted by Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (Photo)
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The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation co-hosts its annual "Shop with a Cop" charitable event on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, with the first volunteers arriving by 7:30 a.m. at the Clackamas Wal-Mart (10000 SE 82nd Ave. Happy Valley, OR. 97086).

During "Shop with a Cop," local law-enforcement officers locate children whose families have had some enforcement contact with police, present those children with gift cards, and then shop with them at the Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart provides a separate check-out area for the event -- wrapping all the gifts for the kids and supplying gift wrap, ribbon and tags. It's an opportunity for police and kids to get to know one another; any concerns the kids may have had about police are often changed for the better.

Last year, 117 children from communities throughout Clackamas County were at the event -- paired with 53 law-enforcement personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Community Corrections, and the Molalla, Canby, West Linn, Milwaukie, Sandy, and Lake Oswego Police Departments. "Interestingly, almost all the kids shopped for their family members first, then themselves!" reports the CCPOBF in its blog post promoting this year's event ( http://ccpobf.org/christmas-shop-with-a-cop/ ).

This year, the CCPOBF is working to raise enough money so that 135 kids can Shop with a Cop.

Kids are selected by school counselors or school resource officers and come from Sandy, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla, Colton and the North Clackamas School District.

This year, children will once again receive $100 Wal-Mart gift certificates and will be "assigned" their very own law-enforcement officers to accompany them during their shopping sprees.

For more information on this year's event, click here: http://ccpobf.org/christmas-shop-with-a-cop/ Photos from previous 'Shop With A Cop' events are attached to this release.

ABOUT 'SHOP WITH A COP'

"Shop with a Cop" helps bridge relationships between children and the police. These children are specifically chosen because their families may have experienced prior law-enforcement activity with police -- creating a significant impact on the child. Witnessing the arrest of a loved one can cause many youngsters to harbor strong negative feelings towards law-enforcement. "Shop with a Cop" presents an opportunity to identify with those children and pair them together with a law-enforcement officer in a positive situation -- shopping for Christmas presents.

Once again, Wal-Mart has graciously donated funds to the event -- in addition to providing Wal-Mart staff and all necessary wrapping paper. Santa will also be there for a photo op.

Along with Wal-Mart's generosity, the event would not be possible without the Clackamas County Benevolent Foundation's support -- provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Molalla Police Department, West Linn Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department and public generosity. All had a major hand in contributing financially and physically to this event.

DONATIONS WELCOME

All members of the community are more than welcome to participate in this event by donating any amount of money in the form of check or money order made out to CCPOBF, P.O. Box 426, Oregon City, OR 97045. A receipt for your taxes will be mailed to you promptly.

More info on CCPOBF donations here: http://ccpobf.org/make-a-donation/

If you prefer, for your convenience, your donations will be accepted at the event.

ABOUT THE CCPOBF

The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that assists police officers and their families in Clackamas County when an officer is injured or killed. The Foundation also works closely with programs dedicated to helping at-risk children. For more information visit http://ccpobf.org

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12/11/14
Red Cross helps Salem family affected by wind damage
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/11/14
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a wind damaged residence at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the 3500 block of Turner Road in Salem. Two adults and two children were affected. Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about health and mental health services.
Public Works crews clearing downed trees, restoring traffic signals after windstorm
City of Vancouver - 12/11/14
Vancouver Public Works crews are continuing to work into the night to clear more than 50 reported fallen trees and limbs in streets throughout Vancouver as a result of today's strong windstorm.

Strong wind gusts whipped into Vancouver starting late this afternoon and downed trees that fell into travel lanes and sometimes blocked entire streets, including portions of Columbia Street, East Mill Plain Boulevard, MacArthur Boulevard, Southeast Evergreen Highway, Thurston Way and Southeast 34th Street. Hours later, the Operations' streets crews were still at work, clearing trees and debris, as quickly as possible. Total number of reported downed trees and limbs was not yet known, and Operations Center dispatchers were continuing to receive service request calls late into the evening.

Meanwhile, Operations Signal crews were busy throughout the city restoring traffic signals that were entirely out of service or operating in flashing red due to windstorm power outages and surges.

Today's windstorm came one month after Veterans Day winds, which prompted nearly 90 calls from citizens reporting downed trees and limbs and interrupted traffic signal functions at 102 intersections. Vancouver's Utility facilities were also impacted by the power outages, though customers did not experience and change or interruptions in their services.

While the wind gusts have diminished, Vancouver Public Works encourages the public to continue to be alert to potential debris in streets and be prepared for four-way stops where signals are not yet fully functioning due to power outages. Where traffic signals are completely dark or in flashing red, drivers are reminded to treat the intersections as a four-way stop.

To report a tree blocking the street or a life-threatening emergency after regular hours, please call 9-1-1. To make a service request during regular business hours, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177. For all other after-hours Operations emergencies, please call 360-693-9302. To report a downed power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000 immediately.

The City's Urban Forestry webpage (www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry) offers tips and resources to help Vancouver residents manage trees before and after a storm event. The site also provides a list of certified arborists who can help identify and manage defects and potential hazards, as well as facts about regulations and permit requirements.

Information on how to dispose of tree-related debris is available on the City's Solid Waste website (www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste). Solid Waste Services and Urban Forestry are part of the City of Vancouver's Department of Public Works.
Vancouver Police apprehend armed robber (UPDATE 1 Suspect ID)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/11/14
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Booked for Robbery I, Josue Javier Martinez-Carbeno, DOB 8/14/95.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On December 11, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to an armed robbery at the Chevron located at 16406 SE 26th Street. The male suspect entered the store, displayed a knife, robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled on foot. No one was injured in the robbery.

Vancouver Police located an individual matching the suspect description several blocks away that was positively identified by numerous witnesses as the robbery suspect. There is no one else outstanding.

The identification of the suspect will be released once he is booked into jail.




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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
YWCA Clark County Announces Strategic Programmatic Changes
YWCA Clark County - 12/11/14
WORTH Program Moves to Second Step Housing

YWCA Clark County is proud to announce that Second Step Housing, a longtime supporter and once a part of YWCA Clark County, will be responsible for the operations and growth of the Women Offenders Rehabilitation, Training, and Help (WORTH) program beginning January 1st, 2015.

Second Step Housing currently provides empowerment based services to women, men, and families who have been affected by incarceration as well as homelessness. The pairing of the WORTH program with Second Step Housing ensures these at-risk populations continue to receive positive and long-lasting services.

Greater Emphasis on Social Change Work

Effective social change starts with one voice but requires the efforts of many. Through the years, YWCA Clark County has expanded and refined its social change efforts with the assistance of its Directors of Social Change. As of January 1st, 2015, the Director of Social Change's position responsibilities will be shared by the dedicated directors, staff, and volunteers of each program.

In addition to increasing the positive impact of our organization on the broader community, this strategic decision helps us move towards the sustainable growth of all current and future programs and initiatives.

Contact:
Kate Sacamano, Director of Philanthropy ksacamano@ywcaclarkcounty.org or
Natalie Wood, Director of Programs nwood@ywcaclarkcounty.org or
main office 360-696-0167
PF&R Responds to a Fatal Traffic Accident with Patients Trapped (Terwilliger/Castleridge)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/11/14
Tonight at 5:28 PM firefighters were called to SW Terwilliger Blvd and Castleridge Ln. Firefighters responded but their response was hampered by a tree down in the road blocking access. Firefighters cleared the road and continued to the scene where they found a car crashed into a different tree.

Two people were trapped in the car (an adult female and a male minor). The male patient died before he could be removed from the vehicle. The female patient was extricated and transported to OHSU. She was entered into the trauma system and may have life threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau will be investigating the cause of this accident.
PF&R Responds to Weather Related Incidents.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/11/14
This afternoon at 2:52 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment building at NW 20th & Irving. On arrival, firefighters found a collapsed section of the buildings parapet (the portion of the building's exterior wall that extends above the roof line). Bricks from the collapsed parapet landed on the sidewalk and damaged several cars, fortunately no one was hit or injured.

Firefighters evacuated the entire building while the structure was evaluated. Structural engineers were called in to complete the evaluation. Engineers have ruled out the danger of the entire building collapsing. There is still a danger of portions of the parapet and brick veneer collapsing further.

One wing of the U shaped apartment building is still dangerous. Nine of the buildings 23 units are affected and can't be reoccupied until repairs are made.

Also this afternoon at 3:50 p.m., Portland Firefighters responded to a large piece of sheet metal that fell from the exterior of the Pacwest Building at 1211 SW 5th Ave. The piece hit the Standard Plaza Building at 1100 SW 5th Ave. and blew out windows on the 14th and 15th floors. The large piece of metal and glass from the windows then fell to the sidewalk below and fortunately, no one was injured.

Fire crews evacuated both buildings in the area's where the damage occurred. Pedestrian traffic around both buildings is still restricted at this time. Vehicular traffic on SW Madison St. between SW 5th and SW 6th was closed for a couple hours as building engineers from both buildings assessed the damage. SW Madison St. is now open for vehicular traffic.

The cause of the sheet metal coming off the Pacwest Building is under investigation. The extent of the building damage is unknown at this time.

In addition to these calls PF&R has responded to numerous fallen trees and down power lines.

Residents are advised to stay indoors and to avoid downed lines and also trees that could hide downed power lines.
Red Cross Offers Tips for Wind/Power Outage Safety
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/11/14
Red Cross volunteer disaster action team members are currently responding to storm-related incidents in progress in which trees fell on houses in Cornelius, OR, and Ridgefield, WA; and in Salem where wind tore roofing from a home. Other wind-related responses are in the works in Portland.

During these severe weather conditions, the Red Cross urges community members to have their emergency preparedness kits ready with flashlights, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, blankets, food, water and other necessary supplies in the event of a power outage. Power outage safety tips are available at rdcrss.org/12yXExk.

Also:
- Bring items inside that can be picked up by the wind (e.g., lawn furniture, bicycles)
- Stay away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company
- Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics
- Do not drive unless necessary; traffic lights may be out and roads may be congested
-Let Your Family Know You're Safe by registering on the American
Red Cross Safe and Well at www.RedCross.org/safeandwell to inform family and friends
know about your welfare.
Pacific Power working to restore electric service as powerful wind storm batters Northwest Pacific Power deploys extra crews to restore power, urges customers to stay safely away from trees and wires
Pacific Power - 12/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers as a strong wind storm continues to cause outages from Crescent City to Corvallis to Walla Walla, hitting the Willamette Valley especially hard. Soggy ground from a previous storm and winds gusts close to 100 miles per hour in some areas combined to bring down trees and power lines.

At one point today, approximately 38,000 Pacific Power customers were without power. More than 10,000 were restored in the Redmond area about 3 p.m. As of 4:45 p.m. Dec. 11, approximately 10,400 customers were without power. Exact numbers are fluctuating as more damage occurs and restorations are made. However, the currently hardest hit communities are:

* Portland 3350
* Walla Walla, 2,805
* Roseburg 1682
* Medford 923
* Albany 759
* Dallas 664

"People still need to be looking at safety as their top priority," said Doug Butler, Pacific Power's vice president of operations. "It looks as if some residents will be hit with more damaging weather so the potential for additional outages is strong. If you see any power line down, you have to treat it as a threat. Call 911 and then call us."

If your lights go out, first check your own breaker or fuse box to make sure the outage is not restricted to your residence. Customers should report a power outage toll free at 1-877-508-5088.

In a storm like this one with high winds and heavy rain, assessing damage and assigning the proper restoration methods and crews for repair are especially challenging, particularly when a new wave of bad weather hits.

Important outage safety information on topics such as downed power lines, heater and generator safety and more is available online at www.pacificpower.net/outage. The website also provides information about current power outages affecting 500 or more customers.

Pacific Power advises customers to keep these pointers in mind:

* Particularly in a storm like this, we encourage you to stay warm, dry and safely inside.
* Always assume any downed line is energized and dangerous. Stay far away.
* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source. Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area to confirm lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Generators should be outside or in a well-ventilated unoccupied space
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous backfeed hazard for line crews.

For other electrical safety information, visit www.pacificpower.net/safety or call toll free at 1-800-375-7085.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Dec. 16
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/14
The Committee for Family Forestlands will review progress by the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative. It's an effort to encourage forest management among private landowners to help prevent wildfires from spreading and increase forest health. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday, December 16 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

AGENDA
Members will also learn more about the ongoing streamside buffer rule analysis. They will review methods and considerations for determining streamside buffers and which areas potential changes should apply to. The Committee will round out the day receiving updates about the recent legislative hearings and these sub-committees:

* Forestland Tax Symposium
* Industrial Fire Rules Review
* Seedling availability

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

COMMITTEE
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbery after Domestic Assault
Corvallis Police - 12/11/14
On December 10, 2014, Investigators from the Corvallis Police Department arrested fifty-three year old Byron Pledger of Corvallis for three felony crimes stemming from an incident on November 26, 2014. On November 26, 2014, Pledger and his girlfriend more than twenty years, were involved in argument in a vehicle on NW 9th Street in Corvallis. During the argument, the victim exited the vehicle and walked across NW 9th Street to the Subway located at 2350 NW 9th Street to separate herself from Mr. Pledger.

The victim sat down at a table inside the restaurant and Pledger came in and out of the restaurant several times demanding she leave with him. According to the victim, Pledger threatened her, and demanded she leave with him, but when she refused, Pledger grabbed onto her purse. Pledger and the victim engaged in a tug-o-war for possession of her purse. Pledger pulled with enough force to cause the left side of the victim's stomach to be forced into the edge of the table. Pledger then left the Subway store with the victim's purse.

On December 4, 2014, the victim was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center where she was admitted for treatment of injuries sustained as a result of the assault and robbery.

On December 10, 2014, Byron Pledger was located and taken into custody for one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Coercion, and one count of Assault in the Forth Degree (Domestic/Felony). He was transported and lodged at the Benton County Jail on $187,500 bail.

A mug-shot photo is available at:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004696
Jefferson School District's evening activities cancelled
Jefferson Sch. Dist. - 12/11/14
Due to the high wind conditions and ongoing threat of repeated power outage, all evening activities for Jefferson School District have been cancelled.
Cry For Justice: Prayer Vigil and March for Victims of Police Violence
Urban League of Portland - 12/11/14
Sent on behalf of the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform

For Immediate Release on December 11, 2014
Contact: Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr (503) 287-0261 Dr. T. Allen Bethel (503)288-7241

Cry For Justice: Prayer Vigil and March for Victims of Police Violence
When: Saturday, December 20, 4 PM
Where: Allen Temple Church 4236 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

On Saturday, December 20 at 4 PM, the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform will lead a Prayer Vigil and March through Northeast Portland in memory of Michael Brown, killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner, killed by a police chokehold in Staten Island, New York. In both cases, grand juries failed to bring indictment for their deaths. The Prayer Vigil and Rally will also honor Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, a 12 year old shot by police in Cleveland, as well as Portland victims of police shootings and deadly force, including Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, James Chasse, Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis, Jose Mejia Poot and others. The theme of the Vigil and March is a Cry for Justice.

The Prayer Vigil and March will bring together clergy and members of the community to build momentum for the movement for police reform, nationally and in Portland. An inter-faith coalition of clergy will lead prayers and a March along the route of MLK Boulevard, ending at the overpass where Kendra James was killed by police in 2003. All participants are asked to wear black as a symbol of mourning and respect.

The AMA Coalition will highlight its five goals for justice and police reform (see below). It will also update the community on the US Department of Justice lawsuit against the City of Portland for its use of excessive force. Recent events have made this an important time for local involvement and the AMA Coalition will provide information and ways to support change.

People wishing to volunteer for the event should contact AMA Coalition Chair Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. at 503-287-0261.

For more information see albinaministerialcoalition.org/actions.html.

The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform ( albinaministerialcoalition.org ) is working toward these five goals:
1. A federal investigation by the Justice Department to include criminal and civil rights violations, as well as a federal audit of patterns and practices of the Portland Police Bureau.
2. Strengthening the Independent Police Review Division and the Citizen Review Committee with the goal of adding power to compel testimony.
3. A full review of the Bureau's excessive force and deadly force policies and training with diverse citizen participation for the purpose of making recommendations to change policies and training.
4. The Oregon State Legislature narrowing the language of the State statute for deadly force used by police officers.
5. Establishing a special prosecutor for police excessive force and deadly force cases.

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Police looking for link between reported shootings
Gresham Police Dept - 12/11/14
Gresham, Ore -Gresham Police detectives are looking for a possible link between a reported shooting that occurred last night in Gresham and a man found with gunshot wounds in S.E. Portland around the same time.

On Thursday Dec. 11, 2014, at 1:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of S.E. 179th on a report of a homeowner holding a man at gunpoint. By the time officers were able to speak to the original caller, they learned that the person who had been held at gunpoint had fled after shots were fired. A search for that person was unsuccessful.

A short time later, at 1:47 a.m. officers from Portland Police Bureau East Precinct were dispatched to S.E. 148th Avenue and Division Street on a report of a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for his injuries. He is expected to recover from his wounds, but remains in the hospital at this time.

Detectives are investigating as to whether the two incidents are related, as they occurred around the same time and in generally the same area. The call in Gresham is a little more than 2 miles from the location where the man was found in Portland.

There is no further information at this time, as this investigation is ongoing.
Athletic Hall of Fame Honors Athletes and Coaches (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 12/11/14
2004 Women's soccer team
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OREGON CITY - Former Clackamas Community College athletes, teams and coaches were honored at the fifth annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Alumni Reunion on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Athletics are an important part of student life at CCC. The college offers 11 competitive sports that have won more than 50 championships over the college's 48-year history. The college has produced a number of exceptional student athletes and coaches. Athletic success at CCC has been fostered by many donors, sponsors, citizens, and athletic supporters.
Hall of Fame honorees are selected by a committee based on a number of criteria including both their stint at CCC and successes that may have followed. The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes:
* Jim Jackson. CCC head wrestling coach and former director of Athletics at CCC. Under Jackson's leadership, 40 teams won National Athletic Association of Community College (NWAACC) championships. Jackson established high academic standards for athletes and started the CCC women's soccer program.
* Kelly Sullivan. Track and field athlete and coach. Sullivan is in the top 10 of 3000 meter steeplechase competition at CCC and an All-American in steeplechase and cross country at Willamette University. He has won numerous titles as a coach and is currently head cross country and track coach at Oregon State University. He coached Olympian Brian Abshire.
* Norm Berney. Head wrestling coach, assistant track and field coach, 1975-1988. Berney coached wrestling at CCC for 17 years, coaching 30 All-American athletes.
* Becky Holiday. Track and field, 1999-2001. Two-time NWAACC women's pole vault champion. Holds pole vault record for CCC, NWAACC, NJCAA and University of Oregon. Second-place finish U.S. Olympic trials 2012.
* Tim Williams. Wrestling, 1970-72. Member of the 1971 national championship team. Two-time NJCAA national champion, 142-pound weight class.
* 2004 Women's Soccer Team. 20-0-2. The Cougar team won the NWAACC championship in its third season at CCC. The team compiled 17 shutouts in 22 total games. The team won the title game 6-0 setting the record for the most goals scored in an NWAACC championship game.
For more information, please contact Kayla Steen, assistant athletic director, at 503-594-6394 or kaylas@clackamas.edu or visit www.clackamascougars.com/hof.asp.
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Attached Media Files: 2004 Women's soccer team , Jim Martineau, Norm Berney and Jim Jackson
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY20 near Sisters Associated with Hit & Run Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Hwy. 20 near Cloverdale Road just east of Sisters in Deschutes County.

On Thursday, Dec. 11, at approximately 8:42 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle down an embankment on Hwy. 20 at milepost 5, near Cloverdale Road. According to troopers at the scene, a Yamhill County Sheriff's captain was returning to Yamhill County from Bend and noticed the vehicle, described as a black 2000 Nissan Maxima, 100 feet or more down a steep embankment and on its side. The captain walked down to the vehicle and discovered its driver, identified as CHRIS P. DAHL, 52, of Camp Sherman, deceased beneath the vehicle. DAHL was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected.

Additional investigation into this crash indicates DAHL's vehicle may have been involved in two hit-and-run incidents the day prior. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), on Dec. 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., DCSO deputies responded to a complaint of a rear-end hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 20 in Sisters. A red, 2003 Chrysler van driven by DANIEL SHOWEN, 26, of Bend, was hit from behind by the Nissan Maxima. SHOWEN stopped to exchange information when the Maxima pulled away at high speed. SHOWEN was able to obtain the Maxima's license plate number and called 911 to report the incident. Deputies responded to the area to search for the vehicle but were unable to locate it and are following up on an additional report of a second vehicle hit by the Maxima just east of Sisters. No further details are available at this time.

Speed is being investigated as a possible factor in this incident. However, the reasons why the vehicle left the roadway are still unclear. Troopers believe the Maxima was obscured by steep terrain and trees that made it difficult to see from the roadway at night. Additionally, foggy conditions and a lack of lighting on the vehicle added to its concealment and the delay in its discovery.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP in conducting follow-up interviews with the other drivers involved in this incident. Additionally, anyone who witnessed either crash in Sisters or who may have seen the vehicle thereafter is asked to contact Senior Trooper Terry Miller at the Bend Patrol Office, (541) 388-6213

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Cloverdale Fire District, Black Butte Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's offiice.


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100+ Rotarians Ringing the Bell from 11am-1pm Tomorrow in Downtown PDX
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/11/14
Who: Rotary Club of Downtown Portland, The Salvation Army

What: The Rotary Club of Downtown Portland continues its tradition of ringing bells for The Salvation Army tomorrow. Over 100 rotarians and family members are expected to be out ringing in Downtown Portland. Last year, the Club raised $22,772!

When: Tomorrow, December 12, 2014, 11am-1pm

Where: Blocks surrounding the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and around Pioneer Courthouse Square. Rotarians are meeting at the Hilton: 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Why: It's tradition! Bell ringing has only been around for 123 years, and the Downtown Portland Rotary has been bell ringing for 79 of those years! This year, they will continue the tradition of bell ringing for The Salvation Army. Rotarians will be all over Downtown giving you the chance to help break their record, $22,772, which was set last year. All money donated to The Salvation Army is used to provide food boxes, after-school programs, shelters, and other essential services to people in need in the community.

"We have seen tremendous support from the Portland community throughout the years, and this year, we hope to carry on the success! We are asking that you join us Friday to help make a difference with The Salvation Army and the Rotary Club of Downtown Portland," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Contact: Teresa Steinmetz
Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org
503-794-3283 (work)
971-219-3226 (cell)

***Media interviews available with Scott Burns, other Rotarians, and Salvation Army officers. ***

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100+ Rotarians Ringing the Bell Tomorrow in Downtown Portland


(Portland, OR) December 11, 2014 - Bell ringing has only been around for 123 years, and the Downtown Portland Rotary has been bell ringing for 79 of those years! This year, they will continue the tradition of bell ringing for The Salvation Army. On Friday, December 12, 2014, over 100 Rotarians will be out in full force with family, friends, and their fur-babies on the streets of Portland for 2 hours from 11am-1pm. Rotarians will be all over Downtown giving you the chance to help break their record, $22,772, which was set last year.

Scott Burns, a Downtown Portland Rotarian, leads the charge for the Rotarians and helps facilitate this amazing event. He is also carrying on a family tradition which has been passed down from generation to generation.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to carry out our mission of serving the community, and I am so happy that we can continue this tradition with the Rotary Club of Portland," says Scott. "We are looking forward to another record-breaking year of raising funds for people in need in our community!"

The best part of this event is that everyone is joining together for the cause of helping people in their own community. All money donated to The Salvation Army is used to provide food boxes, after-school programs, shelters, and other essential services to people in need in the community.

"We have seen tremendous support from the Portland community throughout the years, and this year, we hope to carry on the success! We are asking that you join us Friday to help make a difference with The Salvation Army and the Rotary Club of Downtown Portland," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Rotarians will start at the Downtown Hilton and spread out for several blocks, so don't be surprised to hear "Merry Christmas!" and hear bells ringing in the area this Friday!


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Oregon Employment Department Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/11/14
Salem - The Oregon Employment Department has received a grant for almost $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will be used to enhance the Work Share program.

Recently the Oregon Employment Department worked with the governor and legislature to improve the current Work Share program. This collaborative process gave the department the opportunity to apply for and receive this grant.

Work Share is a program that offers an alternative to laying off employees for employers facing economic difficulty. Through Work Share, an employer can reduce the number of hours an employee works and that employee can receive a partial unemployment benefit payment to supplement for lost wages. This helps the employer retain skilled employees during a slowdown, and it allows workers keep their jobs while supplementing their income. In addition, the program eases the strain on local economies, which suffer when layoffs occur.

So far in 2014, 115 employers have participated in the Work Share program involving more than 2,000 workers. The Oregon Employment Department has paid out more than $1.3 million in unemployment benefits to these workers.

The grant will be used to enhance the current program, streamlining the process for employers. A portion of the grant will also be used to reach out to employers, making them aware of the benefits of the Work Share program.

More information about the Work Share program can be found on the department's website at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or by calling the department toll free at (800) 237-3710 ext. 7164.
High winds cause 9-1-1 and power outages in Yamhill County
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
Frontier is reporting a 9-1-1 outage in the area of North Valley Road affecting a little over 200 customers. This outage effects landline/hardwire phones only - if you need emergency assistance for police, fire or medical please dial 9-1-1 on a cell phone.

For additional information or to contact Frontier repair please call 800-921-8101. They are experiencing a high number of calls due to the storm so expect a delay.

There are also numerous reports of power outages throughout Yamhill County due to high winds. For further information on those outages, please contact your service provider.
PGE: 800-743-5000 McMinnville Water and Light: 503-472-6158.

Only contact 9-1-1 for emergencies requiring a police, fire or medical response to deal with health or safety.
Corvallis Police Request Assistance in Identification of Public Indecency Suspect (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 12/11/14
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The Corvallis Police Department is asking for the assistance of the community in identifying the pictured individual. Between 11:00pm on December 9, and 2:00am on December 10, the pictured subject entered a number of local hotels. On two occasions, in different hotels, the subject exposed himself to female employees. He is a white male, in his twenties, with blond hair. If you recognize this individual, or have additional information, please call Officer John Stenger at 541-766-6911.


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Heslin House Museum and Historic City Jail: Dec. 20th Tours (Photo)
East County Historical Org. (E.C.H.O.) - 12/11/14
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The historic Heslin House was built in circa 1890. The current exhibit is on the first floor and combines photographs, maps, and artifacts to tell the stories of the early settlers, Fairview through the years, Dairy Row, and the Heslin Family.

The downstairs bedroom is completely furnished and we have historic dolls on exhibit. The Fairview City Jail, circa 1915, is also included in the tour.

We are open Saturday, December 20th from noon-4pm at 60 Main Street, Fairview. The suggested donation is $2 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: City Jail , West Room , Heslin House
Zimmerman Heritage Farm: Tour Day Dec.20th (Photo)
East County Historical Org. (E.C.H.O.) - 12/11/14
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The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public.

We have the house decorated using Zimmerman family treasures, holiday postcards, holiday sheet music, Christmas cards, and two trees!

We are open Saturday, December 20th from noon-4pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: Parlor with Tree , House with Lights
Incoming Chief O'Dea Announces Organizational and Command Changes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/14
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Incoming Chief Larry O'Dea announced today organizational changes and personnel assignments for the Portland Police Bureau. Assistant Chief O'Dea will be appointed Chief of Police on January 2, 2015; these changes will be effective, January 8, 2015.

The Bureau currently has three branches: Operations, Investigations and Services. Under Chief O'Dea, the Bureau will add a fourth branch called Community Services. This branch will be responsible for: the Traffic Division; Transit Police Division; Youth Services Division; and Tactical Operations Division. Emergency Management will also be in this branch, under the direction of the Traffic Division. These divisions were previously part of the Operations Branch.

The Operations Branch will contain: the three precincts; Rapid Response Team; Critical Incident Command; and Crowd Control Incident Command.

"The most important reason for this change is to provide the senior leadership team the opportunity to oversee increased community engagement," said Chief O'Dea. "I discussed this priority when I was named Chief in October; it is vital that we increase our efforts in regard to community engagement. We must continue to build community relationships and trust. The value of these relationships is unmeasurable and critical as we move forward."

Adding a fourth branch will not cost any additional money and is fully supported by the staffing study that will be forthcoming in the first part of the year.

"Just as we moved ahead with Department of Justice (DOJ) recommendations prior to the settlement agreement being finalized, it's important that we adopt this reorganization that the staffing study will be recommending," said Chief O'Dea. "I can tell you from firsthand knowledge the workload in both the Operations Branch and the Services Branch is very heavy and doesn't allow for the necessary time to tackle additional initiatives such as community engagement."

Other changes include: The Department of Justice (DOJ) responsibilities and the new Equity/Diversity Manager will be direct reports to Chief O'Dea. The Information Technology Division will move from the Services Branch to the Investigations Branch.

Chief O'Dea also announced personnel assignments for the senior leadership team.

"I made these decisions after thoughtful consideration, and they were based on these individuals' ability to engage the community," Chief O'Dea said.

Commander Kevin Modica, currently assigned to the Transit Division, will be promoted to Assistant Chief, Community Services Branch.

Commander Bob Day, currently assigned to Central Precinct, will be promoted to Assistant Chief, Operations Branch.

Assistant Chief Donna Henderson will remain as Investigations Branch Assistant Chief.

Assistant Chief Mike Crebs will remain as Services Branch Assistant Chief.

Commander Mike Leloff, currently assigned to North Precinct, will move to the Transit Police Division.

Commander Sara Westbrook, currently assigned to East Precinct, will move to Central Precinct.

Captain Dave Hendrie, currently assigned to the Tactical Operations Division, will be promoted to Commander of East Precinct.

Captain Chris Uehara, currently assigned to Youth Services Division, will be promoted to Commander of North Precinct.

Lt. Tom Hunt, currently assigned to North Precinct, will be promoted to Captain and assigned to Central Precinct.

Lt. Robert King, currently assigned to East Precinct, will be promoted to Captain and remain at East Precinct.

Lt. Matt Wagenknecht, currently assigned to Central Precinct, will be promoted to Captain, and assigned to the Tactical Operations Division.

Lt. John Scruggs, currently assigned to the Chief's Office, will be promoted to Captain and assigned to the Youth Services Division.

Lt. Vince Elmore, currently assigned to the Records Division, will be promoted to Captain and remain in the Records Division.


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Attached Media Files: Cmdr Day , Cmdr Modica
Silverton Emergency Management Recognizes Retiring Police Captain (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 12/11/14
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The Silverton area Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC) presented retiring Silverton Police Captain Roger "Buck" Pilmore with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service to the community. Silverton Fire Captain Ed Grambusch, who serves as the Council Chairman, presented Captain Pilmore with the award during the last EMAC meeting on December 4th.

During his time with the Silverton Police Department, Captain Pilmore was a member of the EMAC and made significant contributions to the overall emergency preparedness of the Silverton area. "He made a special effort in keeping our communities safe during the event of a disaster. His steadfast dedication to his job will forever be felt in our area." Captain Ed Grambusch

In addition to being a full time Police Officer, Captain Pilmore is also a Volunteer with the Silverton Fire District. Showing his continued dedication, he will continue his volunteer fire duties after his retirement from the Police Force.

The attached picture is of Captain Pilmore (on the left) receiving the award from Captain Grambusch.

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Detective shoots attacking Pit Bull Dog
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
Dec 10th 2014 about 9AM Detectives with the Child Justice Center investigating a child sexual assault case, contacted the suspect at his residence in Vancouver. As detectives were attempting to arrest the suspect, a Pit Bull dog attacked and bit one of the detectives on the arm. The bitten detective drew and fired their handgun at the attacking animal. The dog was killed by the detective's gunshot. The detective sought medical attention for the bite at an area hospital emergency room. The bite injury was not permanently disabling but did require medical attention and a temporary modified work assignment, a full recovery is expected. The detective IS NOT available for media interviews. The address of occurrence is not being released.

The suspect was arrested and booked into CCSO jail on charges of Child Molestation 1st degree (2 cts)
Arrested: PARIS, Paul E. 60 yoa of Vancouver, Wa.

No further information is available on this incident.
Free Clinic Holiday Ball a fundraising success
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - 12/11/14
The sixth annual Friends of the Free Clinic Holiday Ball raised $209,855 for the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington on Saturday, December 6 at the Heathman Lodge.

Over 250 people attended the gala. Funds were raised throughout the evening, with wine wall and jewelry auction, raffle, and a paddle raise. Master of Ceremonies, Mark Matthias, facilitated the program.

The event honored Free Clinic co-founder, Dr. Sam Beall. Several members of the Beall family were in attendance.

"Dr. Beall could be called the Free Clinic's first physician. He and Father Edward Rankin opened the first free clinic in 1990," said Todd Horenstein, Board President. "Having the Beall family there made it a very special evening."

The presenting sponsor for this event was PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Other sponsorship support came from Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Providence Health & Services, The Vancouver Clinic, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, James & Randi Holland, Miller Nash, Riverview Community Bank, Southwest Washington Society of Optometric Physicians, Pacific Continental Bank, Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery, Molina Healthcare Washington, Inc. Wine collections were donated by Greg Kubicek, Jim Martin, David Nierenberg and Dan Wyatt. The raffle item was created and donated by Rand Jewelers.

"We are so very grateful to the community members, sponsors, and volunteers who help make this event a much-anticipated gala of the Holiday Season. We couldn't do it without the Friends of the Free Clinic, who oversee every detail, ensuring it will be a magical night," said Free Clinic Executive Director, Barbe West.

The 2015 Holiday Ball will be on Saturday, December 5. Call 360.313.1388 for sponsorship information.
Gresham woman injured, child uninjured in hit-and-run crash; suspect arrested.
Gresham Police Dept - 12/11/14
Case #14-713496
Release Date: December 11, 2014

Gresham, Ore.-Today at 11:12 AM a 39-year-old Gresham woman and her 2-year-old child were driving in the area of NW Eastman Parkway/SE 223rd Avenue when they were struck by a full-sized white truck that made an illegal U-turn. The driver of the victim vehicle, a 39-year-old Gresham woman, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries; her 2-year-old child was uninjured. The suspect vehicle continued northbound on SE 223rd Avenue following the crash. Witnesses were only able to get a description of the truck and a partial license plate.

A few minutes later, family members of a student contacted the school resource officer at Gresham High School about damage to their truck that had possibly happened on school property. The license plate on the damaged truck was similar to the suspect car, the damage was consistent with the previous hit-and-run crash and surveillance footage from the school showed that the damage didn't happen on school property. The school resource officer contacted traffic investigators and provided information that led to the arrest of 18-year-old Vanessa Medina of Gresham. Medina was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Felony Hit-and-Run with a bail of $5000.00.
Christmas Ships canceled due to NOAA wind warning
Christmas Ships - 12/11/14
The Leaders of the Christmas Ships have determined that unsafe conditions will exist during the start time of the Willamette and Columbia River Parades tonight and will not run this evening. This is only for Thursday, Dec. 11th. Both parades will resume regular schedule on the 12th.
Coastal storm prompts beach safety alert
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/11/14
A winter storm promising strong winds and high waves along the coast this afternoon has prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to issue a safety alert for coast visitors.

"The mix of high winds and heavy rains will bring storm watchers and beachcombers to the coast," said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. "We want to remind them of a few tips to stay safe."

He asks beachgoers to respect closures, stay off the sand, and watch the storm from an elevated location well above the action.

"The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms," Smith said. "When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings."

Beach access closures are posted at the bottom of Oregon State Parks Advisories page: http://bit.ly/parkadvisories. Beach safety tips, videos and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents are at www.oregonbeachsafety.org.
Former Oregon Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Congressional Gold Medal (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/11/14
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By Major Scott Maguire, CAP

Former Oregon CAP Lt Col. Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker was presented a long-delayed thank you from the United States Congress on Dec. 10 when she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal for her service with the CAP during WWII as a cadet member in the newly created organization

Congress this summer passed a bill honoring those CAP members who assisted the United States during the war with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Oregon Wing Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol is based in Eugene at the Mahlon Sweet Airport with individual squadrons established throughout the state.

Mrs. Walker, who was a teen-aged cadet during WWII, rejoined CAP as an adult and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Wing of CAP.

When she was 16, she joined as a cadet in the Portland squadron. Her maiden name was Fiatte and she served in 1942, 1943 and 1944. Today youth can join CAP at age 12 to 18. She was 16. When asked why she joined, she paused and thought and couldn't recall the reason or motivation.

"Honestly, I do not remember why I joined CAP."

That is no surprise since it was more than 72 years ago.

She had to buy her own uniform. The only supplier in Portland was Nudelman Brothers. She doesn't remember the cost of the uniform, but the price to tailor it to her stuck in her mind.

"We had to pay Nudelman to alter it," she recalls. "I am a person who sewed her own dresses from age 10. And I had to pay them $25 to have my uniform tailored." It still steams her today.

She bought the smallest they had, but stood 5' tall and the smallest was too big for her. "I was a peewee."

She remembers clearly the day the United States joined WWII. She remembers what she was doing on Dec. 7, 1941.

"My mother and I had gone downtown," said Lt Col Walker. "I do not remember why. We got home to find an S.P. (security police) on the front porch. We lived above American Brake Shoe in Linnton (a Portland, Ore., neighborhood on US Highway 30 north of the St. John's Bridge). We had to get federal ID to come and go from our own place because the brake yard was doing work for the government. The guard was there from then on."

Her CAP squadron had 30-40 cadets. It met at the Shattuck Grade School, which is now part of the Portland State University campus in Portland. She remembers a lot of marching. Her squadron leader was Sgt Barbara Brown. They marched on the tennis court.

"I was not good at airplane identification," Lt Col Walker confesses. They also trained in navigation skills and use of the radio. She admits that listening to Morse Code is a bit boring.

When she was a cadet, things were vastly different from today.

"Let's put it this way, there was no flying in Portland."

All non-military flights were grounded due to the war. Civil Air Patrol was the only non-military organization authorized by the federal government to fly. And they did missions to assist the war effort. On the East Coast, pilots from CAP flew coastal patrols up to 100 miles out looking for German submarines. CAP is credited with sinking or damaging several submarines. They also reported many ships in distress and were credited with saving many lives.

In northwest Oregon, any flying, which only the men could do, was done out of The Dalles at the airport on the island, she recalls. The Army Air Corps had four B-25s and eight P-38s. It was thought that famous pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was stationed there with the P-38s, although Lt Col Walker never got to meet him. Boyington was in the United States between South Pacific assignments from April to September 1942. He went on to become an Ace as a Marine pilot in the Pacific Theater earning the nickname "Pappy" because he was 10 years older than his other pilots.

As a CAP cadet, it was difficult for Lt Col Walker to get to The Dalles to participate. During the war gasoline was rationed. Not everyone had a car. And not everyone could afford gasoline. Another cadet, Rick Lowry, had a car, and a third youth, Johnny Schrick, had a job so he could afford to buy the gas. She was one of the first 12 women in Oregon trained to work at gas stations. She worked at a Shell gas station, so she was given "the overage" of the station's portion of gas stamps because she was in Civil Air Patrol. So the three cadets would meet up, pool their resources and drive from Portland to The Dalles every weekend. You had to ride a ferry across to the island airport in those days.

Cadets did guard duty at the airport. They carried .22 and .3006 caliber rifles. She was assigned to guard duty by Col Zeller, who was Region Commander. There were four female cadets assigned to the B-25s. Part of their training was to follow orders - immediately. They took their orders very seriously.

"We were doing a lot of guard duty. I was assigned to one of the B-25s. My commander told me that no one goes over the rope (which surrounded the airplane)," Lt Col Walker recalled. "One of the B-25's crew members came back from town after having some beers. He was 'oiled' up. He had brought a couple and he wanted to show them through the airplane. I told him no. He didn't like that. I told him to go find his commander. He did and his commander came back with him. I told him the same thing. Oh, he was mad. To be told 'no' by this snot-nosed girl who was no bigger than her gun."

In town, CAP cadets helped enforce the blackout orders. There was a possibility of Portland being bombed since they were at war, so there were orders to show no lights at your house after dark.

"I learned quickly that the dark wasn't scary - it was the people who were in it," she said. "We did Block Patrol, walking neighborhoods to check to see if people where honoring the Blackout. People would just forget."

Lt Col Walker left CAP in 1944 when she got married. Her life was full of seven children and work. She trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and an occupational therapy assistant. She also worked in real estate, property management and was an office manager. In 1979, her husband died. She was not sure what to do with all the kids out of the house. Her youngest, Karliene, suggested she get involved in CAP again.

She served in many ways. One great memory was chaperoning a group of 29 cadets to the Abbotsford Air Show in Canada.

"We parked 1,000 airplanes a day," she said speaking of the CAP activity of directing traffic at air shows. "There was only one accident, a pilot decided not to let young kids tell him where to park and he drove over a pothole and broke his landing gear."

She served as medical officer for encampments. She participated in many search and rescue exercises. She was often administrative support, and recalls again asserting herself when a rather senior pilot wasn't qualified to fly that day, she told him so and stuck to her guns.

She went on to create the national regulations for the Historians within Civil Air Patrol. She also wrote a history book or two on CAP. She served on the National Historical Committee for the organization.

Taking a leave of absence in 1989 to join the Peace Corps, they didn't take her because "they didn't want a grandmother in tennis shoes running around Africa telling people what to do," she said. Instead, she joined VISTA another method of volunteering and ended up in Pennsylvania. After a number of years she moved back to Hermiston, Oregon, as family members needed her.

Lt Col Walker, who now resides in Lewiston, ID, will not be traveling to Washington DC for the ceremony awarding the Gold Medal. At age 89, that's too big of a trip for Walker, who currently gets out only to church meetings and those of her Red Hat Society. Instead, her 62-year-old daughter, Karliene "Korki" Zack, who lives in Jim Thorpe, Penn., will attend with Lt Col Walker's great-grandson Brandon Zack, 20, as her escort.

It is fitting that daughter Korki receive the award on behalf of her mother, as she was also a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol starting in 1960. She also joined a squadron in Portland while she was in high school. Upon graduations, she went into the U.S. Air Force.

Today Civil Air Patrol has three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. CAP offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

Facts about CAP:
* Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
* Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
* Flies more than 100,000 hours annually.
* Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.

For more information about CAP, please see www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


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Protect trees from the harsh winter conditions ahead
City of Vancouver - 12/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - With winter weather conditions arriving in the Pacific Northwest, now is a good time to have your trees professionally inspected and serviced if needed to protect against future storm damage.

Storm events can evoke hasty reactions and cause people to want to remove trees. Being prepared and taking necessary steps can alleviate concerns and future problems. Vancouver Urban Forestry recommends contacting a professional certified arborist/tree risk assessor to help. This professional can make recommendations so that healthy trees are not unnecessarily removed.

Research suggests twice as many trees are actually removed after a storm event because of perceived fear, not because the trees are actually dangerous. Trees are biologically engineered to adjust to wind loading. Healthy trees develop trunk wood and stabilizing roots to provide strength in response to wind events to withstand future events. With proper care, trees can live a very long time. Planting trees can add significant value to property; removing trees can be expensive.

Proper care includes careful pruning to improve the health and vigor of trees. "Proper pruning and maintenance is the best defense against storm-related tree damage," Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray said.

Proper pruning removes dead or diseased branches, improves tree structure, carefully thins the tree crown, corrects hazards, and enhances tree shape and size. On the other hand, improper pruning may cause more damage to the tree during a storm. Topping, the practice of indiscriminately removing large branches and tree tops, can create hazards. A topped tree is more likely to break or uproot in severe weather than a tree that has been properly pruned.

"Most of the tree damage after a storm is on trees that either have been previously topped or have not been properly pruned," Ray said. "Proper pruning establishes good branch structure and removes dead or decayed limbs."

After a storm, trees with branch damage should be evaluated by a certified arborist before any decision is made regarding removal. Importantly, do not overreact and remove a large tree that may be perfectly healthy and safe.

The City of Vancouver's Urban Forestry Web site -- www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry -- offers advice on how you can hire a professional tree care provider and a list of certified contractors. You can also learn about necessary permits required for tree removal and for major pruning of trees within the public right-of-way. In Vancouver, all trees within the right-of-way require a permit for removal and must be replaced with an approved street tree. Information is also available by calling (360) 487-8308.

Need to plant a tree? Winter is a great time to plant trees in the Pacific Northwest. The Treefund program offers a rebate on approved trees planted on residential property within the City of Vancouver. To find out more, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry or call 360-487-8308.

About Vancouver Urban Forestry: The City of Vancouver is committed to the continued protection and enhancement of the urban forest as part of our region's valuable natural resources. With the support of our citizen-member Urban Forestry Commission, Vancouver's Urban Forestry team works with residents and businesses to provide tree information, hands-on workshop, planting opportunities, heritage tree recognition, and technical expertise and assistance. This program maximizes the benefits trees provide while minimizing conflicts so we can keep Vancouver's tree canopy green and flourishing. Vancouver is proud to have been recognized as a Tree City USA since 1989.

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Local Service Agency Receives $16,000 Grant to Support Early Childhood Exams in Columbia County
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 12/11/14
Northwest Regional ESD Foundation is one of 19 organizations funded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) of the Northwest Health Foundation (http://www.northwesthealth.org/news/archive/kpcf2014).

The ESD, serving school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington counties, received $16,000 to build capacity to provide a screening process that will check the health and developmental progress of children ages 2 to 5 in Columbia County at no cost to families.

As an Early Learning Hub for the state, NWRESD is responsible for helping the Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties strengthen their capacity to provide resources and services to children and families so they have the support they need to succeed in school and life. This grant is a critical step in making that vision the reality in Columbia County.

After the capacity-building phase is complete (spring 2015) the ESD will have partnerships and community engagement in place to implement the screenings in strategic communities in Columbia County. The ESD's Foundation will be applying for additional funding to for the actual implementation.
Astoria-Megler Bridge to remain open during potential wind storm
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 12/11/14
The Oregon Department of Transportation IS NOT closing the Astoria-Megler because of the predicted wind storm on the Oregon Coast this afternoon. ODOT does not close the bridge due to weather. The only time ODOT will close the bridge is for an accident or obstruction that needs to be cleared.

As is always the case, motorists should drive carefully in all weather conditions and adjust their driving behavior based on the condition of the roadway.
Armed Man in Mental Health Crisis Enters Mill Park Home in Southeast Portland - Surrenders to Police (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/14
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On Wednesday December 10, 2014, at 2:26 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed man who broke into a home in the 11500 block of Southeast Morrison Street.

As officers were en route to the scene, they received additional information from the victim that she'd talked the man into putting down his gun and moving away from it in the home. The victim, a 61-year-old woman, convinced the man to surrender to police when they arrived.

Officers arrived at the home and the suspect exited the front door with his hands up and was taken into custody without incident.

The victim told police that she saw the suspect, 55-year-old Keith Paul Mitchell, come over her fence with a gun in his hand. The suspect broke into the woman's home through a window and the victim tried to leave and hide but the suspect found her so she started talking to him.

The victim told police that Mitchell was not making sense and it appeared to her that he was in a mental health crisis and may also be high on meth.

The victim was able to convince Mitchell to put down his handgun and surrender to police.

Mitchell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Coercion, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Pointing a Firearm at Another.

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

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

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

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

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

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Polk County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
The Polk County Marine Patrol finished up their seasonal program year at the end of September. This past summer was a busy year for the Marine Patrol Unit as the use of the Willamette River continues to increase yearly for both motorized and non-motorized activities.

This year we saw a significant increase in our floating traffic from previous years due to the new launch ramps that opened up the previous year in Keizer and Independence. These ramps also provided nice trailer parking and restroom facilities for not just our floating traffic boaters but our motorized boaters as well. With these new river entry points, boaters have found several new areas to boat as well as leisurely float on a sunny afternoon. These ramps have also helped attract boaters who may have gone elsewhere but due to the cost of fuel have chosen to stay closer to the valley. The new ramps have also helped open up areas of the river for good navigable motorized boating that was previously difficult to get to unless you had a jet type boat.

This year, the Polk County Marine Patrol has conducted nearly 1150 on the water inspections. These inspections have resulted in over 58 citations and 80 warnings. The Marine unit logged nearly 960 hours of either patrol or other marine related activities in our communities. The Marine Unit also responded to several rescue calls throughout the year including responding to the river to rescue the Willamette University Crew Team that capsized one evening resulting in several people in the water and stranded on the bank until our team arrived to safely transport them back to the ramp.

The Polk County Sheriffs' Office contracts with the Oregon State Marine Board who provide 100% of the funding by way of boater registration fees to provide this service.
Deputies Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
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Last night at about 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Cascade Highway and Golf Lane SE near Stayton to investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. It was determined that Harold McAlister, age 59 of Sublimity was attempting to cross Cascade Highway near Golf Lane from east to west.

At the time of the crash it was dark, heavily raining with very little to no street lighting in the area. The vehicle a 2002, Toyota Sequoia, driven by Susan Wells, age 48 also of Sublimity was traveling south on Cascade Highway near Golf Lane SE.

For unknown reasons Mr. McAlister stepped out in front of Ms. Wells' vehicle. Ms. Wells attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to do so. As a result of the collision Mr. McAlister was critically injured. Ms. Wells and several passersby stopped and began rending aid to Mr. McAlister.

Mr. McAlister was transported to the Stayton Hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. The Sheriff's Office has determined that no citations will be issued in this case. Both families involved in this crash have requested to not be contacted by media so that they may be allowed to grieve the loss of Mr. McAlister. There are no images of this crash immediately available for release.


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Longtime board member Mari Greves announces retirement (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 12/11/14
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Vancouver school board member Mari Greves announced her retirement at the Dec. 9 school board meeting. Greves' last board meeting as a director will be Jan. 13, 2015.

During her 20-year tenure, Greves helped steer the school district through unprecedented change. Since 1995, she has served with three superintendents, has overseen two strategic plans and has been involved with three major construction phases. She has seen classroom technology evolve from computer labs in the 1990s to one-to-one mobile technology in the 21st century and watched the district rise to national acclaim as a leader in digital innovation.

Greves' leadership contributed to the board's two-time recognition as Board of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and to its being named a Special Merit winner in 2013 after five consecutive years as a Board of Distinction. The Washington State School Directors' Association conferred those honors.

An advocate for students, families and the community, Greves has been an influential supporter of early learning and family engagement, for which VPS also has earned national recognition. Full-day kindergarten is offered in all 21 elementary schools, and the district's Jump Start kindergarten-readiness program earned a 2014 Magna Award from the National School Boards Association. For its work in family engagement across its network of 13 Family-Community Resource Centers, District Administration magazine named VPS a 2014 District of Distinction.

Greves' service to the community includes extensive involvement on the Citizens' Committee for Good Schools in support of school levy and bond campaigns. She serves as an ex-officio board member on the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and also has served on boards for the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and the YWCA Clark County. In 2007, Greves was named a YWCA Clark County Woman of Achievement.

Even prior to being elected to the board, Greves was a longtime advocate for education. Beginning in 1980, Greves volunteered tirelessly in the schools of her three children.

"Mari leaves a legacy of leadership that will carry forward. I'm confident that our students are better equipped to be successful in the 21st century today because of her leadership on the board," said Superintendent Steven Webb.

Added Board President Mark Stoker, "Mari is a tireless champion for our students, families and employees. She has selflessly given her time to make this district worthy of pride, and those who have worked with her are fortunate. She is a role model."

Said Greves, "It's been a great privilege for me to serve on the board, and I'm enormously proud of all the work that's done every day on behalf of our students. Every time I walk into a classroom, I experience the excellence that's going on, and I'm reminded of our extraordinary staff's dedication and professionalism."

A celebration honoring Mari Greves for her years of service to Vancouver Public Schools will be planned for late January or early February. Details will be announced soon.


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Robbery of Pepper Tree Inn
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/11/14
On Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:30 a.m. Beaverton Police Officers responded to the Pepper Tree Inn located at 10720 SW Allen Blvd on a report of a robbery.

The victim who was working the front desk had reported that he was working when three masked men came in the front doors and forced him to the ground and physically assaulted him. The suspects then began to tear the front desk apart attempting to get into the safe and find any other cash. The suspects fled the location with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim did sustain non life threating injuries and was not taken to a hospital.

The suspects are identified as thee late teen to adult males, possible Hispanic. The suspects all spoke English and Spanish during this incident. The suspects were all thin and between 5'6" to 5'10".

Anyone with any information that will assist in the identification of these three suspects is asked to call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111



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Three arrested in online underage sex sting (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
Booking photo: Jeremy Justin Smith, 26 years old, of Milwaukie
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team and INTERCEPT conducted a sting late last week and arrested three suspects on online child sexual corruption charges.

Detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team (CAT) and the Interagency Child Sex Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) worked together during the online sting -- posing as both male and female children on the Internet.

Within just a few hours during the sting operation, three subjects chatting with the detectives -- and believing the detectives to be children -- arranged to meet at an address for what the subjects allegedly believed would be sex with underage boys and girls.

These three suspects were arrested upon arrival at the arranged meeting place -- and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on charges of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

The suspects -- all arrested last Friday evening, Dec. 5 -- are:

- Richard Lester Biggs, 51 years old, of Oregon City
- Jeremy Justin Smith, 26 years old, of Milwaukie
- Nixon Gray Lange, 28 years old, of Tigard

Suspect booking photos are attached to this release.

Detectives are also investigating the identity of four more suspects for the crime of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree.

INTERCEPT comprises detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Department of Homeland Security Child Exploitation Section, and the Department of Justice. For more information on INTERCEPT, click here: http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/intercept.html
For more information on CCSO's Child Abuse Team, click here: http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/cat.html

Detectives urge anyone who feels they have been a victim of this type of crime to come forward. They also encourage parents to keep and eye on their children's Internet use and ensure parents know who their children are communicating with online.

If you don't know if a crime has been committed but want to report suspicious online activity, you can use the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's anonymous Cyber Tip Hotline at http://www.cybertip.org

Additional web resources for parents and kids about Internet safety:

- Net Smartz for Parents -- http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
- Net Smartz Kids -- games and info about Internet safety for children -- http://www.netsmartzkids.org/
- Net Smartz for Teens -- http://www.netsmartz.org/Teens Video on "cyber bullying"
- I Safe -- info for children and teens -- http://isafe.org/xblock/
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RELEVANT OREGON REVISED STATUTES:

163.431 Definitions for ORS 163.431 to 163.434. As used in ORS 163.431 to 163.434:
(1) "Child" means a person who the defendant reasonably believes to be under 16 years of age.
(2) "Online communication" means communication that occurs via telephone text messaging, electronic mail, personal or instant messaging, chat rooms, bulletin boards or any other transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, cellular system, electromagnetic system or other similar means.
(3) "Sexual contact" means any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person or causing such person to touch the sexual or other intimate parts of the actor for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of either party
(4) "Sexually explicit conduct" means actual or simulated:
(a) Sexual intercourse or deviant sexual intercourse;
(b) Genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital or oral-anal contact, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex or between humans and animals;
(c) Penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object other than as part of a medical diagnosis or treatment or as part of a personal hygiene practice;
(d) Masturbation;
(e) Sadistic or masochistic abuse; or
(f) Lewd exhibition of sexual or other intimate parts.
(5) "Solicit" means to invite, request, seduce, lure, entice, persuade, prevail upon, coax, coerce or attempt to do so.
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163.432 Online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree.
(1) A person commits the crime of online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree if the person is 18 years of age or older and:
(a) For the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the person or another person, knowingly uses an online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct; and
(b) Offers or agrees to physically meet with the child.
(2) Online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree is a Class C felony.
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163.433 Online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree.
(1) A person commits the crime of online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree if the person violates ORS 163.432 and intentionally takes a substantial step toward physically meeting with or encountering the child.
(2) Online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree is a Class B felony

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Cascade Park Burgerville 'Fill a Truck' on Dec. 13 to Benefit Share
Share - 12/11/14
Vancouver, WA - Cascade Park Burgerville, 11704 SE Mill Plain Blvd., will host a 'Fill a Truck' event benefitting Share on Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Burgerville has been a dedicated partner over the years, organizing numerous drives to collect food, clothing, toys and more for Share's clients," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "The goal of the event is to fill a rented U-Haul truck with toys, teen gifts, blankets, jeans, hats, gloves and jackets which will be distributed to our clients this holiday season."

The event will include hot chocolate, face painting for children, a disc jockey, a raffle, 400 gift cards for a free cheeseburger and an information booth on Share's programs and services.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,900+ children at 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.

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Holiday Season DUII Enforcement #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/14
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During the month of November, Portland Police officers arrested 35 impaired drivers utilizing additional funds supplied with a grant from Oregon Impact.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving season with family and friends; however it is important to remember that we need to all be responsible during the holiday season.

Additional DUII enforcement will occurring during the month of December to ensure community safety, and to prevent holiday tragedies.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public that drug impaired driving is certainly just as dangerous as alcohol impaired driving.

Please continue to find your designated drivers, call a taxi, drink responsibly, and remember buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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Teaching Research Institute awarded $1 million to train elementary math educational leaders
Western Oregon University - 12/11/14
The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University (WOU) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Oregon Department of Education to recruit and educate 60 teachers to become Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders, which will help meet Oregon's 40-40-20 goal and the national need for STEM professionals. Project DEMILO (Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon) is a collaboration between WOU, the Willamette Education Service District and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to address the need for increased mathematics content knowledge for elementary school teachers.

WOU is the first university in Oregon to offer an Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) approved program leading to an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader specialization According to Dr. Cheryl Beaver, the project director, "Underachievement in math in elementary school becomes a barrier for students who wish to pursue STEM jobs or a STEM college major."

Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders (EMIL) are teachers, teacher leaders or coaches who are responsible for supporting effective mathematics instruction and student learning in the classroom, school, district and/or state levels. Their specific roles will vary depending upon their school district, but all EMILs will act as a resource and provide leadership to their colleagues - a critical and timely role as the state fully implements the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

The strategies used in Project DEMILO to provide professional development for teachers in mathematics have been successfully used by the Oregon Coast STEM hub to increase elementary students' achievement in science. These strategies are an integral part of this project. "Given the time constraints of teachers and the distance challenges of living on the coast or in rural locations, using online and Web-video conferencing for professional development is necessary," said Ruth McDonald, partnerships coordinator, Oregon Coast STEM Hub.

Over the course of three years, three cohorts of 20 teachers will complete the EMIL specialization and employ their instructional leadership to help elementary students succeed and to meet Oregon's 40-40-20 goal. "For 40 percent of Oregon's students to have some post-secondary education and another 40 percent to attain a bachelor's degree, they will need to have a strong conceptual understanding of math," Beaver said. "The U.S. is predicted to need an additional 1 million STEM professionals by 2020. This project helps us contribute to closing that gap."

About TRI
The mission of TRI is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for individuals. In existence for over 50 years, TRI is guided by partnerships with consumers, families, and practitioners. TRI houses seven Centers focused conducting programs of research, developing evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increasing system capacity to effect change. TRI manages a yearly grants' expenditures budget of $7 to $7.5 million of extramural funds and houses 58 staff.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
High Winds Anticipated in Salem
City of Salem - 12/11/14
High winds are expected in the Salem area this afternoon and into the evening hours. Please be prepared for potential hazards due to the high wind or flying debris. Here are some actions Salem residents can take:

* Charge all electronics, such as cell phones and tablets

* Secure any objects outside your home, such as garbage cans or your holiday decorations

* Make sure flashlights are functioning and have fresh batteries

* Have the phone number to your power service provider to report an outage or downed power line

* Report downed trees, large limbs, and signals out to Public Works Dispatch at 503 588 6333.
Vancouver Chamber Names 2014 "Ambassador of the Year" (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 12/11/14
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - On Friday, December 5th the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced that Bryon Jacobus of Water & Air Works is the 2014 Ambassador of the Year. This honor was determined by the Ambassador team, who each voted for whom they felt was the most outstanding in terms of dedication of time, community spirit and commitment to the business community.

"Getting the vote from so many people whom I respect and have been working alongside all these years makes this one of my proudest accomplishments. I'm humbled and appreciative," said Byron Jacobus.

In 2015 the Chamber's "Ambassador of the Year" will play a large role in our promotional effort. His thoughts on the GVCC milestone: "It's a testament to the hard work and dedication under the Chamber's effective leadership. We've had some of this counties most notable leaders pass through these offices over my tenure. We stay in front of the issues facing commerce in our community and represent that audience, our first and foremost effort," said Jacobus.

The "Red Coat" Ambassador team is a vital part of the GVCC. They not only provide the fanfare and prestige at over 70 events per year, but they work to promote the business community at-large, year-round. At any ribbon cutting, evening networking or signature event you can find members of the Ambassador team front-and-center.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Shop with a Cop event this Saturday
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. The 22nd annual Vancouver Police Department Shop With A Cop event will take place on Saturday, December 13th, at the Vancouver Plaza Target Store. Shop With A Cop is a partnership between the Vancouver Police Officers Guild , Child Protective Services, and Target. Children referred by Child Protective Services are paired with a uniformed police officer and provided with an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for themselves and family members. Department employees and community service organizations also support and participate in the event.

The Vancouver Police Officers Guild funds the event, and Target makes their store available outside of normal business hours. The goal of the event is to make the holiday season a little brighter for these children and their families, and to give the kids an opportunity to interact in a positive way with the officers.

For more information on how to help, please contact Lieutenant Scott Creager at (360) 487-7501.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold meeting via conference call December 12
Oregon Health Authority - 12/11/14
December 11, 2014
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a conference call on Friday, December 12. The purpose of this meeting is to establish final board decisions on the recommendations brought forward at the December 2, 2014 meeting. The action item topics include: approval of the October meeting minutes, approval of the November meeting minutes, and decisions on recommendations related to primary care infrastructure and investment, health information technology, and the Sustainable Health Expenditure Workgroup (SHEW).


When: Friday, December 12, 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.


Where: Telephone only. Participants other than Board members will be muted.
* Call-in number: 1-877-336-1831
* Participant code: 112050#
Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.


Agenda:
* Approval of October and November meeting minutes
* Motion: Primary Care Infrastructure and Investment
* Motion: Electronic Health Information and the HITOC
* Motion: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup


For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting
Oregon OSHA awards three training grants
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is awarding three grants totaling more than $115,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education programs.

The recipients include:

NECA/IBEW - NFPA 70E: The "How To" Comply with OSHA Electrical Standards
NECA/IBEW will develop an online training to provide easily accessible information regarding electrical hazards, regulations, and protective equipment. The online training will help participants develop procedures that clearly identify their roles and responsibilities for safety in the workplace.
Grant award: $35,239.25

Oregon State University, College of Forestry - Association of Oregon Loggers: Safe Design of Mobile Anchors
OSU will develop a fact sheet on how to properly use mobile equipment anchors in logging operations. OSU will also create and record a two-hour webinar outlining safe equipment anchor design, along with the development of a mobile app for smartphones. The materials will be available on Oregon OSHA's website.
Grant award: $39,979

Northwest Forest Worker Center (NWFC): Safety and Health in Forestry Workers
NWFC will target low-literacy Latino workers in southern Oregon. Training will be developed to address preventing traumatic injuries by avoiding slips, trips, and falls. NWFC will use Promotoras (bilingual community health workers) to help with outreach and present the trainings to the workers.
Grant award: $40,000

The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. The final projects are to be completed by the end of November 2015. The materials will be housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and will be available online for use by the public.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
WSU Vancouver's CMDC students invite you to "A Radio Christmas Carol" and "Move, Touch, Feel"
WSU Vancouver - 12/11/14
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Students of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program are hosting two events beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in downtown Vancouver.

The first, "A Radio Christmas Carol," is a live radio performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" by the Willamette Radio Workshop under the direction of Sam A. Mowry. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Kiggins Theatre at 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash. Before the show, the Hough School Glee Singers, directed by Anson L. Service, and the Holly Jolly Singers will perform and lead the audience in caroling. The event is open to the public and free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Clark County Food Bank.

After the live radio performance, guests are invited next door to the Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge for "Touch, Move, Feel" an exhibit of interactive art, poetry and sound installations by students and faculty of the CMDC program. Guests will get a preview of the interactive installation that graduating CMDC students have created for the Mount St. Helens Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Creek.

The live radio performance is part of "Re-Imagined Radio," a collaboration led by John Barber, CMDC faculty member, The Willamette Radio Workshop and Kiggins Theatre. The Willamette Radio Workshop recreates radio drama from the Golden Age of radio, using only voice actors and Foley sound effects, live, in front of their audiences.

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G.R.E.A.T. Graduation Today at Whitman School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/14
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On Thursday December 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Whitman School, located at 7326 Southeast Flavel Street.

Officer Dave Thoman will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

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

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, visit http://www.greatpdx.org or contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186; Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 at MP 4 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoons fatal motor vehicle crash on highway 42 near milepost 4; 10 miles east of Coos Bay.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a black, 1996 BMW coupe, was westbound on highway 42 when for unknown reasons it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2004 Chevrolet Venture van. The driver of the BMW, identified as ROBERT WOLDT, 81, from Winston, died as a result of the crash; he was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Chevrolet Venture, identified as ROSE MIDDENDORFF, 45, from Coos Bay, was seriously injured and transported by ground ambulance to Bay Area Hospital and subsequently flown to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland for further treatment; she was wearing her seatbelt. Her passenger, Karen Patterson, 61, from Coos Bay, was transported to Bay Area hospital with serious injuries, seatbelt use information is not available at this time for Patterson.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Millington Fire, Green Acres Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, North Bend Police Department, Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County District Attorney's Office and the Coos County Medical Examiners Office.

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MESD Board Regular Session 12-16-2014 at 5:45 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/11/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 immediately following the Executive Session which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
MESD Board Executive Session 12-16-2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/11/14
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed; Directly following the Executive Session, the Board will meet in Regular Session.
Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/14
On Thursday December 11, 2014, at 1:47 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a man shot at Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a male in his 30s, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries. The victim was located just East of the intersection at 150th Avenue.

Officers are working to locate witnesses and additional information on what led up to the shooting. There is no suspect information at this time.

Southeast Division Street is currently closed as investigators collect evidence from the shooting.

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

This incident does not appear related to a shooting in Gresham, Oregon, not far from the crime scene.

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State Housing Council Meeting and Retreat
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/10/14
MEETING AGENDA

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: China Room, Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway Street Northeast #100, Salem, OR 97301
Call-In: Unavailable for this Meeting

1. Call to Order and Roll Call
2. Public Comment

3. Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar, Julie Cody, OHCS
23900 SW Lodgepole Terrace, Sherwood OR 97140
9000 SW Yearling Place, Beaverton OR 97008

Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting

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Call to Order

State Housing Council Retreat, Discussion

Working Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Adjourn State Housing Council Retreat
ECFR Acknowledged for Management Excellence (Photo)
East (Clark) County Fire & Rescue - 12/10/14
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

East County Fire & Rescue (ECFR) won First Place in the Washington Fire Commissioners Association's (WFCA) annual Management Excellence Award completion. ECFR competed against other Fire Districts in the category with annual budgets ranging from $500,000 to $2 million. The local Fire District levied $1,477,559 in property taxes during the 2013 fiscal year.

The Management Excellence Award (MEA) program judges Fire Districts on management techniques, innovative programs and accomplishments. Pam Jensen, ECFR's Accounting Assistant, completed the MEA questionnaire and developed a large notebook of supporting data, documents and pictures. The entry was judged by a panel of persons from outside the Fire Service.

East County Fire Chief Scott Koehler noted, "We are pleased that our personnel, our programs and our operation were judged to be beneficial, worthwhile and cost-efficient. Everyone here does their very best to serve our Community 24/7/365".

Winners were recently announced at the annual WFCA Conference in Spokane. ECFR did not attend the conference--as a cost-saving measure. The Fire District won second place in this same completion in 2012.

ECFR serves 60 square miles of unincorporated area north-of and east-of the cities of Camas and Washougal. The District operates 6 fire stations and has approximately 65 personnel--mostly Volunteers. The agency ran 826 calls in 2013.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact Scott Koehler, Fire Chief
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St. Mary's Academy cracks the code; introduces young women to computer coding (Photo)
St. Mary's Acad. (Downtown) - 12/10/14
St. Mary's Academy freshman Jordan Bontemps tries coding.
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Portland, Ore. - Young women are taking an interest in technology in impressive numbers at St. Mary's Academy. On December 8 and 10, students learned and experienced computer coding as part of the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global effort to expose students to the basics of computer coding through the use of games, apps and other hands-on activities. In particular, the Hour of Code aims to increase the participation of young women and minorities in technology career fields. Organized by Code.org and supported by some of the biggest names in the technology industry, the Hour of Code reaches tens of millions of students in more than 170 countries.

St. Mary's Academy faculty member and Tech Club advisor Mike Bedney led St. Mary's students in two 60-minute introductory coding sessions held at the school. Volunteers from Intel were also on-site to answer questions. Increasing the number of women in technology has been a major initiative of Intel and the Intel employee-volunteers aimed to spark an interest in technology among the young women at the Hour of Code and lower the barrier to entry into the technology field.

"We're interested in breaking down the barriers of what people think technology is. We want to change the perception of computer science. We don't just want these girls to use technology, we want them to make it," said Bedney.

Students used application-based coding programs such as Lightbot and Tynker, which were already loaded onto their school-issued iPads. Code with Anna & Elsa, a web-based tutorial based on Disney's "Frozen," allowed students to work in pairs. Prior to the Hour of Code, student volunteers tested several applications and tutorials, then provided recommendations of the most helpful programs for participants to use.

For many of the young women who participated, the Hour of Code was the first time they had written code or considered computer science to be accessible. For others, programming and computer science is seen as a future career. Participating in this event helped students explore their passion for technology and their desire to change stereotypes about women in the technology industry.

"I joined Tech Club and participated in the Hour of Code to change ideas about who can create technology and have a career in computer science," said Chloe Elliott, St. Mary's Academy senior and Tech Club leader. "When people envision who owns and creates technology it's always men. I want people to see that technology is for everyone, especially women. Anybody can learn. You don't have to fit into a certain stereotype."

In spring of 2015, St. Mary's Academy will expand its computer science and technology curriculum by piloting an "Introduction to Computer Science" course, taught by Bedney. Offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors, the class will expose students to the wide field of computer science, including robotics.

"I think that this class will serve as a place for the students to jump off into whatever technology fields they want to continue to explore. I want to give them the baseline tools to apply to wherever their interests lie in technology," said Bedney.

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.


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Beaverton City Council Adopts Creekside District Master Plan and Implementation Strategy
City of Beaverton - 12/10/14
The Beaverton City Council has adopted the Creekside District Master Plan and Implementation Strategy. The plan is the result of nearly three years of in-depth outreach, analysis and planning for a 50-acre area of Downtown Beaverton. At the Creekside District's core is The Beaverton Round and city-owned Westgate property, two catalytic development opportunities where Beaverton hopes to jump-start redevelopment.

"We're thrilled that this plan is coming together and bringing new life into our downtown," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This new addition will be the next great place for businesses and families to live and work."
The plan lays out a vision for the Creekside District, a set of overarching goals and objectives, and detailed solutions the city and its partners can take to realize the district vision. Some projects and initiatives designed to spur revitalization include:

* A roadmap for the eventual development of the Westgate property, a 3.94-acre parcel owned by the city and Metro;
* The continued study of an arts and culture facility, which may locate in the district; and
* The development of a district parking system to manage demand and supply as the district grows over time.

"It was an incredible journey of making sure we kept alignment with the Community Vision and Civic Plan--all the way through coming up with goals, objectives, and potential solutions," said Bill Berg, a community member who served on the Creekside Steering Committee.

The plan was funded, in part, by a $1 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge grant.

The plan will allow the city to begin implementing the following initial projects:

* The alignment selection and design of a creekside trail from the Beaverton Transit Center to Cedar Hills Boulevard;
* Creek clean-up and restoration programs, in partnership with property owners; and
* Code and policy amendments to support dense, transit-oriented development in the district.

For more information, please contact Laura Kelly, planning manager, at 503-526-2548 or lkelly@BeavertonOregon.gov. For more information on the Creekside District Master Plan, please visit www.BeavertonCreekside.com.

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.
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Attached Media Files: Rendering of the Creekside District Plan.
Portland's 31st Public Menorah to be joined by Lego Menorah and Toy Drive (Photo)
Legacy Health - 12/10/14
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On the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday December 16th in Director park Chabad of Oregon will light Portland's Public Menorah for the 31st year . This year the Public Menorah will be joined by a large Menorah made out of Legos and a Toy Drive benefiting children at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.

Chabad of Oregon, Jewish Family & Child Service and Randall Children's Hospital are partnering to bring this festive, family event filled with food, music and toys to Portland.

In addition to the Lego Menorah and Toy Drive this year's celebration brings added significance as Portland joins thousands of communities worldwide in marking 40 years since the first public menorah which was lit at the Liberty Bell in 1974. Today, that unprecedented public display of Chanukah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and perception of the festival.

"Randall Children's Hospital is very excited to be a part of this celebration and grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Jewish community. We have been caring for children in our community since 1960, and understand the importance of relationships, especially during the holidays. The community's generous gift of new toys helps to spread joy and light and brings smiles to the faces of our patients who cannot be at home with their families during Chanukah," says Dr. Dena Ross, medical director of Randall Children's Pediatric Care.

"The message of Chanukah is that a little light could shed much darkness. Through partnering with Randall Hospital we hope to bring light, warmth and joy to the children it serves," says Rabbi Motti Wilhelm of Chabad of Oregon.

Throughout Oregon, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings, giant menorahs made out of ice and Legos, menorah parades, latkes parties, giant dreidel houses, "Chanukah Wonderlands" and more.

To find a local event in Oregon and practically anywhere throughout the world, visit www.ChabadOregon.com/ChanukahEvents. For more on the history of the public menorah visit http://www.ChabadOregon.com/2778619.

Rabbi Motti Wilhelm is available for media interviews.

Event recap:
What: First Night at Director Park: Lego Menorah and Toy Drive
Where: Director Park, 815 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
When: Tuesday December 16, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Lego Menorah building, music and food
5:30 p.m.Menorah lighting and remarks from Rabbi Motti Wilhelm and Dr. Dena Ross
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About Chanukah
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people who defeated a ruthless enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion. During the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Syrian Greeks desecrated and defiled the oils prepared for the lighting of the Menorah, which was part of the daily service in the temple. Upon recapturing the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of undefiled oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced. In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. The Menorah is placed in highly-visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all. Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.

About Chabad of Oregon
Chabad of Oregon offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact Rabbi Motti Wilhelm at 503.977.9947 and RabbiMotti@ChabadOregon.com or visit www.ChabadOregon.com


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UPDATED -- VICTIMS WILLING TO SPEAK TO MEDIA: Sheriff's Office seeks tips in string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/14
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UPDATE (Dec. 10, 3:52 p.m.): Two victims of the serial flasher have agreed to speak to media outlets about the case. Reporters can contact PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for the victims' contact info.
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EARLIER (December 10th, 2014 2:34 PM):

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public in a string of indecent-exposure incidents reported in and around Boring and Eagle Creek.

As of this writing (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014), there have been four reported indecent-exposure incidents -- all occurring between the week before Thanksgiving and Dec. 9, 2014 and all following a similar pattern:

A white male in a black pickup (possibly a Ford Ranger) drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards, stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office now have a good suspect and vehicle description -- and are asking for the public's help as they track down the alleged serial flasher.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
- White male in his early to mid 20s
- Thin with a muscular build
- Short brown hair
- Usually only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat"
- Has also been described as having a light complexion and sharp facial features

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup. Possibly a Ford Ranger.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.

A photo of the suspect vehicle is attached.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.

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Attached Media Files: Suspect pickup
Oregon DOC receives two awards for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/10/14
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently presented with two awards for its commitment to sustainability practices: a Portland Business Journal Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award from Business Oregon.

On November 18, the Portland Business Journal presented DOC with a 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the "waste" category for its commitment to recycling. Part of DOC's efforts in this area is the development of a fully-operational recycling center that collects all recyclables from the department's 14 prisons. The center recycles everything from ballistic vests to metals to shoes.

On December 10, Secretary of State Kate Brown presented DOC with the Governor's Sustainability Award at the Northwest Environmental Conference, hosted by the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon. DOC was one of only two recipients honored with the Governor's Award, which promotes and advances the use of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. DOC was specifically recognized for:

--Completing energy audits at five of its facilities and creating site-specific plans for operational improvements, capital projects, and behavioral activities;

--Using integrated and natural pest management practices;

--Implementing green chemistry initiatives at its facilities;

--Leasing land to food banks at no charge to grow produce for food banks;

--Developing gardens at all 14 prisons (yielding more than 210,000 pounds of produce in 2013); and

--Starting significant wildlife and habitat conservation activities, including restoration work at a Savanna Haven and providing habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly and sage grouse.

"DOC is a large organization, spanning across the state, with over five million square feet of facilities," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "We take seriously our responsibility to mitigate the carbon footprint in Oregon. We are honored and humbled to receive these awards, which celebrate our commitment to achieving long-term sustainability goals."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.

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Attached Media Files: Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem , A female inmate crew plants viola in the Siuslaw National Forest as part of a habitat restoration project for the Oregon silverspot butterfly
Northwest Regional ESD Seeks to Replace Retiring Leader (Photo)
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 12/10/14
Superintendent Position Opening
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The Northwest Regional Education Service District Board of Directors posted the position opening for the agency's superintendent today as they begin their search to find a leader to replace retiring Superintendent James Sager. Sager will finish the 2014-15 school year with the service agency, capping off 32 years of service to Oregon students both as a teacher and administrator.

The Board is committed to selecting candidates whose backgrounds and experiences are consistent with the qualifications they have established, and with the profile they are developing in meetings with staff and local superintendents over the next 30 days.

The application and information about the search process and timeline can be found at http://www.nwresd.k12.or.us/suptsearch. The application deadline is February 23, 2015.


Attached Media Files: Superintendent Position Opening
Willamette Humane Society Receives $50,000 Grant from Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Campaign (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 12/10/14
Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent
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(Salem, OR) - Willamette Humane Society is thrilled to announce winning a grant of $50,000 for the story and video of Coco. Today, the Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced Willamette Humane Society as one of two second place winners of its second annual holiday grant campaign, Holiday Wishes, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare organizations succeed in their mission to save pets' lives - at the holidays and year round.

Suzanne Kogut, Executive Director of Petco Foundation, will personally present the grant check to Willamette Humane Society on Wednesday, December 17, at 10 am, during a reunion of Coco and her puppies. Media and the public are invited to attend the presentation at 4246 Turner Rd SE in Salem, OR.

Watch the award-winning video on youtube at tinyurl.com/yestococo

Abandoned with thirteen puppies, Coco the dog was in need of a second chance. With community support, Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR was able to say yes and find a foster home to care for Coco and her large litter. Once weaned, more foster families were found to help raise, train, and socialize the puppies.

Eight weeks of foster care included hard work, sibling bonding, and more than a few shenanigans. After vaccines, puppy behavior classes, and spay and neuter surgeries, all 13 puppies found forever homes. Coco was next.

After watching her raise her babies for nine weeks and change from the scared, skinny dog that she was into the amazing dog that she had become, all were devastated to find out that Coco had cancer. "Coco was given just a few months to live," said Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent. "We were so sad to think that her newfound happiness would be short lived."

After one adopter backed out it started to look like Coco might never have a true home of her own. That is, until one special couple, Dick and Jean, said yes to Coco. "When I first saw her, I knew this was the one, you know?" said Dick. "We bonded right away. She's just a big ol' mutt that's full of love. She's a great dog."

But Dick and Coco's story doesn't end there. After a few months, Coco's lumps miraculously disappeared. Dick's family strongly believes that Coco was brought into his life for a greater purpose. "Coco came into my dad's life at a time when he was having a lot of health problems," Dick's son shared. "She gave him a new lease on life." "She's sensitive to me," Dick added. "She makes me feel better right away."

Fourteen lives saved because countless people SAID YES.

The story of Coco was just one of the many heart-warming stories of people helping animals submitted by animal welfare organizations across the country. The Petco Foundation made holiday wishes come true for a total of 33 organizations that were chosen as winners, based on the impact of the organization's overall work and their success story. The Foundation's Holiday Wishes campaign celebrates the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers across the country who are committed to saving the lives of animals year round.

"Holiday Wishes is another way in which the Petco Foundation invests in incredible organizations and communities that are committed to lifesaving," said Petco Foundation executive director Susanne Kogut. "We want every animal to spend the holiday season with a family, and through Holiday Wishes, we hope to increase this possibility each year."

Each of the winning organizations will receive checks from the Petco Foundation in the next two weeks, just in time to save more animals in need this holiday season. Grant money will be used at the discretion of the winners for needs such as facility upgrades or expansions, adoption event support and animal care.

For more information on the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, and to read the winning stories, visit www.petco.com/holidaywishes. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the campaign hashtag, #HolidayWishes2014. For more information on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org.

About Petco & the Petco Foundation

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.

About Halo, Purely for Pets

For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets(R) has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet's life. When you choose Halo, we feed it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually, in partnership with Freekibble.com. Ellen DeGeneres - a long time Halo customer - became part-owner in 2008. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo now sponsors the acclaimed PBS series "Shelter Me," the Olate Dogs Rescue Tour 2014-15, LoveAnimals.org, and many more animal rescue efforts. Halo's natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Unleashed by Petco, and other fine pet specialty and natural food stores. Learn more www.halopets.com.

About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year. For more information about Willamette Humane Society and the story of Coco, visit whs4pets.org.



Holiday Wishes Check Presentation: Willamette Humane Society
December 17, 2014 at 10 am
4246 Turner, Salem, Oregon 97317

Agenda
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
* BJ Andersen, Executive Director
o Shares background on Willamette Humane Society, introduces Coco
10:10 a.m. Highlights and Testimonials
* Susanne Kogut, Petco Foundation (15 minutes)
o Introduces Petco team and provides background on the Foundation and Holiday Wishes, conducts check presentation; Halo Pet Food gift
* Dick and Jane Wadleigh, Adopters (10 minutes)
o Share stories of Coco then and now
* BJ Andersen, ED and Founder (5 minutes)
o Closing remarks

10:45 pm Photos and Networking

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP optional to events@whs4pets.org.


Attached Media Files: Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent , Coco , Petco Foundation Logo , Willamette Humane Society Logo , Halo, Purely for Pets Logo
Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/10/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Dec. 10, 2014

Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

PORTLAND, Ore. -High winds are blowing into the Northwest, so Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"We work hard to prevent outages, but when bad weather strikes -- outages can happen, and we work just as hard to get your power back on quickly and safely," said Doug Butler, vice president, operations. "Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared for this weather and the outages that could occur. Our crews are prepared to respond, and so we encourage our customers to be prepared as well. Let's work together to keep safety our No. 1 priority."

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

* Flashlight
* Battery-operated radio and clock
* Extra batteries
* Non-perishable foods
* Manual can opener
* Bottled water
* Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

* Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.
* Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source.
* Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
* Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.
* Generators should be outside or in a well ventilated unoccupied space.
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous back feed hazard for line crews.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for their patience during power outages. Our crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

This season, customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers are posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

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Sheriff's Office responds to murder-suicide, seeks additional info on victim from public (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/14
Tyson Stockton, 28
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Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-33456

Just after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on the 7500 block of SE Lake Rd. for a welfare check. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the bodies of a man and women in the residence. Evidence at the scene currently suggests a murder/suicide. Detectives running the ensuing investigation are asking for additional info from the public that can help them fill in key background details on this tragic incident.

Based on crime-scene evidence, detectives from the Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) believe at this time that Wichelle Stockton was killed by her husband Tyson Stockton, who then killed himself.

Wichelle Stockton, 29, and Tyson Stockton, 28, were married, and had lived at the Lake Road residence for the past eight months.

This investigation is still underway, and new details will be forthcoming as the case develops.

Investigators are working to unearth more information about the victim, Wichelle Stockton -- who was recently discharged from the Navy after 4 years of service, but does not have any family in the area. Detectives are also seeking information regarding her relationship with Tyson Stockton and what might have led to this possible murder/suicide.

Photos of Wichelle Stockton and Tyson Stockton are attached to this release.

TIPS, INFORMATION SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this murder/suicide -- especially background information on the victim and any details on her relationship with Tyson Stockton that can help investigators understand the events that led to this incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-33456

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Attached Media Files: Tyson Stockton, 28 , Wichelle Stockton, age 29 , Tyson Stockton, 28, and Wichelle Stockton, 29
New transportation service Ride To Care to provide free rides to health care appointments for Oregon Health Plan members beginning January 1 (Photo)
Health Share of Oregon - 12/10/14
Ride To Care logo
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(Portland, OR) - Beginning January 1, 2015, the transportation service Ride To Care will provide free rides to covered health care appointments for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties who have no other transportation options.

This service is available for members of both of the Tri-County Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), FamilyCare Inc. and Health Share of Oregon, who fit the criteria for approval.

OHP members who want to schedule their rides in advance or who have already pre-scheduled trips can contact Ride To Care beginning December 10, 2014 to schedule or re-schedule their 2015 rides. Trips can be scheduled by phone or online, including up to three months in advance.

Ride To Care, a service of Access2Care, will replace the current non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) service operated by TriMet. TriMet's NEMT service will continue to provide rides through December 31.

The only change OHP riders will see is a new phone number to call for arranging transportation services. The same local transportation organizations will continue providing the service.
Ride To Care's phone lines are open as of December 10, 2014:
* 503-416-3955 local
* 1-855-321-4899 toll-free
* 711 for Oregon Relay Service or TTY/TDD

OHP members can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule their rides. Ride To Care regular business hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Rides to appointments and back home will be provided from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Members can also visit www.ridetocare.com and set up an account which will allow them to schedule their future trips in advance online.

Depending on medical conditions, ride options could include bus tickets, TriMet passes, taxis and wheelchair lift-equipped vans. The service also uses volunteer drivers and can reimburse members for their transport mileage.

Along with routine doctor appointments, members can schedule rides to and from OHP-covered urgent care, chemotherapy and dialysis.

- About Ride To Care -
Ride To Care is a joint service of FamilyCare Health Plans and Health Share of Oregon and is managed by Access2Care, LLC, one of the nation's largest NEMT providers.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 230,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is Oregon's largest coordinate care organization. Health Share is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of 16 physical, mental and dental health plans and nearly 18,000 providers, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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

- About FamilyCare -
FamilyCare is the oldest Medicaid managed care organization in Oregon and currently serves more than 110,000 Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Marion county residents eligible for benefits through Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) and Medicare. Founded in 1984, FamilyCare, Inc. is committed to supporting the health of Oregonians through innovative systems that increase access to care, improve quality and lower costs. At the heart of these systems is a belief that the relationship between patient and primary care providers is the foundation for creating a healthcare system that promotes caring, efficiency and community well-being. More information is available at www.familycareinc.org.


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Attached Media Files: Ride To Care logo
Suspicious Package at the N. Mall Building
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/10/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Bomb technicians were called to the scene of a suspicious package this afternoon at the North Mall Building, 725 Summer St. NE, in Salem. Portions of the North Mall Building were evacuated as a precaution while technicians examined the package. Workers were allowed back into the building at approximately 2:15 P.M.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., OSP troopers were called to investigate a report of a suspicious package at the North Mall Building. Upon arrival, troopers requested additional aid from the OSP Explosives Unit who arrived to examine the package. Explosive technicians used an X-ray to examine the package, described as a satchel, then used a general disruption technique to render the item safe.

Examination following the disruption determined the satchel did not contain explosives and investigators do not believe it was intended as a hoax device.

Anyone with information on this incident may contact Senior Trooper Jim Ragon at 503-986-1122.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Salem Fire Department.
UPDATE- FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 9-Year-Old Boy
Portland Police Bureau - 12/10/14
9-hear-old Marshall Tindell has been safely located and is no longer considered missing.

The Police Bureau would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this case.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 9-year-old Marshall Tindell, who ran away from his father on Tuesday afternoon outside Lynch Wood Elementary School, located at 3615 Southeast 174th Avenue.

Marshal has runaway in the past and is usually located near his residence, Marshal does not have any immediate medical or physical issues.

Marshal is described as a white male, 4'5" tall, 70 pounds, light brown hair, hazel eyes, last seen wearing a gray or black t-shirt, light-colored blue jeans, a red jacket with a skull & camouflage pattern, and black and green Converse shoes.

Anyone seeing Marshal is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Marshal's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Free Shredding Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/10/14
The Beaverton Police Department will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday, December 13, 2014. This event will be held at Tektronix 13975 SW Karl Braun Dr. Beaverton, Oregon from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed TWO BANKER STYLE BOXES.
This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial-sized shredding trucks from Cintas. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached.

Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. We cannot accept any cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank.
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Stumptown Soul Spectacular concert and toy drive to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Portland
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 12/10/14
Featuring some of the biggest names in jazz/blues/soul in the Pacific Northwest including; Karen Lovely, Ural Thomas, Steve Kerin, Reggie Houston, Dan Berkery, , Jennifer Smieja, Kris Deelane, and Peter Dammann. Including backing band The Georgies - Katy O'Berg, Aundria Lauren, Mark Bowden, Ron Cockerham, Tim Shaunessy, and Jim Wolf.

Date/Time: Friday, December 19th - doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00p.m.
Location: Dante's - 350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209 - 21 and over
Tickets: $10 presale - http://www.danteslive.com/tickets, $12 at the door - with new unwrapped toy for donation to Shriners

Additional Information:

On Friday December 19th, 2014, an all-star cast of Portland blues, jazz and soul musicians will light up the stage at the first annual "Stumptown Soul Spectacular," a benefit and toy drive for the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland. The concert will take place at Dante's historic club; 350 W Burnside St in Portland (SW 3rd and Burnside), and begins at 8:00p.m. (Doors open at 7:00p.m. for seating and drinks).
The featured performers of the evening include some of the Northwest's most prolific blues, jazz and soul singers.
Ural Thomas, a legendary Northwest soul singer who has most notably formed "Ural Thomas and the Pain," was recently crowned Best New Band in the annual Willamette Week poll in 2014. Ural sprung onto the Seattle music scene in the 1950's and 60's, but the 73 year old icon continues to bring the house down at every show.
Karen Lovely, a Portland blues staple, was nominated in 2011 for several Blues Music Awards for best contemporary blues female artist, best contemporary blues album, and best blues song. She is a 7 time Muddy Blues Award winner, and has also been featured in numerous Portland Waterfront Blues festival performances. Karen is known for her passionate, driven performances and is a powerhouse on the stage.
Steve Kerin, the Louisiana born "piano man," is a musical tour de force. Not only has Steve been featured in a plethora of Northwest music projects; including Curtis Selgado and Miriams Well, he also created the successful Atomic Gumbo and Berthaline & the Love Brigade Cajun bands. Steve is a one man band with a big heart and New Orleans pizazz.








Reggie Houston, a legendary New Orleans saxophonist and singer, has been a musical fixture for decades. Reggie has performed with everyone from The Fats Domino Band, to Peter Gabriel, to the
amazing Dr. John. A funk and jazz pioneer, Reggie continues to blow fans away with his progressive style.

Other featured artists include; singer Dan Berkery of the famed Rose City Kings, singer Jennifer Smieja of Too Loose Cajun Band and the Jennifer Smieja Band, singer Kris Deelane of KD and the Hurt, guitarist Peter Dammann of Border Crossing, Berklee music guitarist Mark Bowden of Miriams Well, singer Katy O'Berg of Rose City Kings and The Georgies (Level 2), and singer Aundria Lauren of The Georgies (Level 2). Also featuring backing band "The Georgies "- Ron Cockerham (sax), Jim Wolf (drums), Tim Shaunessy (bass).

The performance proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Portland, whose 90 plus year mission is to provide care to children with orthopedic issues, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The Portland hospital has been instrumental in helping children defy the odds of disability, as well as pioneering education and research to improve lives for generations.
For directions and ticket information you can visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/856850774336962/
http://www.danteslive.com/tickets/
Portland Winterhawks Visit Kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 12/10/14
December 10, 2014, Portland OR- Holiday cheer spread by the Portland Winter Hawks.

The Portland Winter Hawks hockey team to visit the Shriners Hospitals for Children -Portland today at 4:00p.m. Six Players will hand delivered a donation of Toys to kids on the Inpatient unit of Shriners Hospitals for Children 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland Oregon 97239.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland is one of 22 hospitals in a health care system providing pediatric orthopaedic care at no cost to its patients for 90 years.
Heceta Head Lighthouse will be dark in December for repairs
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/10/14
The Heceta Head Lighthouse light will be out for several weeks to repair the lens. The lighthouse will be open for daytime tours 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., depending on staffing and weather conditions. The lighthouse will not be open for night tours during Heceta Head Lightstation's annual Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Oregon State Parks hired Bandon-based Reese Electric and Eugene-based Welch's Machine Works to repair the carriage wheel mechanism. Repairs are estimated to cost $5,000-$10,000, paid for by the Heceta Head Lighthouse donations account.
Local Walmarts Host "Fill the Truck" Toy Drive This Saturday to Support The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/10/14
Initiative to Help Provide a Cheerful Christmas to Local Children

Who: The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle
Happy Valley and Eastport Plaza Walmart locations

What: This Saturday, The Salvation Army will work with the Walmart stores in SE Portland and Happy Valley to host a "Fill the Truck" toy drive that will help provide new toys and coats to local children in need this Christmas. The event is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army's collection bin. Once the bin is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to their NE Portland social service center to distribute the gifts to local children in need. The collection will help provide gifts to more 3,000 families.

Why: Walmart and The Salvation Army have worked together for more than 30 years to help support people in need. This year, Walmart and Sam's Club will once again host Salvation Army red kettles in front of their stores as part of The Salvation Army's 124th Annual Red Kettle Campaign between November 28 and December 24. All donations made to the red kettles and "Fill the Truck" events will remain in the local community and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to 80,000 individuals across the Portland Metro area.

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9am-5pm. Media welcome to arrive at 9am.

Where:
Walmart - Eastport Plaza
4200 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

Walmart - Happy Valley
10000 SE 82nd Ave
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Pursuit in Lane County Results in Arrest, Charges (Photo) * Correction to Milepost *
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/10/14
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On December 9, 2014, at about11:53 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Springfield Area Command located a tan, 2003 Nissan Altima, southbound on Interstate Five near milepost 186 in Lane County. The car had been reported as stolen to the Salem Police Department (SPD) in Marion County. When the trooper activated his overhead emergency lights near milepost 185, the vehicle accelerated to speeds near 100 MPH. The Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) assisted in pursuit.

Near milepost 168, Cottage Grove PD (CGPD) attempted to deploy spike strips to stop the vehicle however the operator avoided them and continued driving recklessly, including passing on the shoulder.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) was able to successfully deploy spike strips near milepost 168 and the vehicle finally stopped at milepost 158. Traffic was blocked on I-5 for approximately 45 minutes while officers from several agencies attempted to get the female driver to exit the vehicle. She was non-responsive and not obeying repeated orders to exit the vehicle while a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy was attempting to negotiate with her. An Arrest Team of OSP Troopers using a ballistic shield approached the vehicle then broke the passenger side window using a baton. After a brief struggle, the driver was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. No passengers were in the vehicle.

The driver, identified as SABRINA A. RILEY, 32, of Salem, was arrested on a warrant out of Marion County and also charged with: Attempting to Elude Police - Felony, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. In addition to those charges she was cited and released for Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sutherlin Police Department.


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Sheriff's Office Provides Enhanced DUII Patrol
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/14
December 10, 2014-- Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the extended winter holiday travel period.

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

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving from December 12, 2014, through January 3, 2015. From December 5, 2014, through December 8, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies arrested eight impaired drivers and 23 impaired drivers the weekend prior to that. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to place themselves and others in harms way.

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

These extra patrols were funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe holiday season and designate a sober driver.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission.
Albany Police Arrest 36 Year Old in Child Pornography Investigation
Albany Police - 12/10/14
On Tuesday December 9, 2014, Albany Police Detectives, assisted by a Linn County Sheriffs Office Detective, executed a search warrant at the Albany home of 36 year old Christopher Sean Haworth. Haworth was suspected to be involved in the on-line sharing of numerous child pornography images and videos. Those suspicions were confirmed when over 80,000 files of suspected child pornography were found on Haworth's home computer.

Haworth was lodged at the Linn County Jail, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Albany Police Detectives at (541)917-7686.


Attached Media Files: Christopher Sean Haworth
Extra Patrols Planned
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/14
With Christmas just a couple of weeks away and New Year's Eve a week after, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving. Sheriff Jack Crabtree announced today that his office will continue to increase patrols through the holidays in order to keep the roadways safe in Yamhill County.

Sheriff Crabtree reports "according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the type of alcohol a person drinks does not affect their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). A drink is a drink and a typical drink equals about half an ounce of alcohol (.54 ounces, to be exact). This is the approximate amount of alcohol found in one shot of distilled spirits, or one 5-ounce glass of wine, or one 12-ounce beer."

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
* Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
* Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
* Making unusually wide turns;
* Driving with headlights off at night.

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

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

Sheriff Crabtree wishes everyone a safe holiday season.
PF&R Responds with Gresham Fire to Commercial Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/10/14
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Portland Fire & Rescue responded with Gresham Fire and Emergency Services to a fire at 19004 NE San Rafael St at 7:55 this morning. Gresham Fire crews arrived first and reported fire traveling through some of the exterior duct work. Portland Fire crews supported Gresham Fire crews by pulling hose lines into the building and assisting extinguishing the fire that was traveling throughout the enclosed spaces of the ducting. Due to the extensive length of the duct work and the long distance from the nearest fire hydrant, extra Engine and Truck companies were called to help. The fire was under control at 8:38 a.m.

No one was injured by this fire. The cause is under investigation by Gresham Fire and Emergency Services.


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PPB Youth Division Hosts Target Heroes and Helpers
Portland Police Bureau - 12/10/14
The Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division and Target(TM) will co-host "Heroes and Helpers" on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Target at Jantzen Beach 1400 N Jantzen Ave, Portland, OR 97217 from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Portland Police Officers will escort children to the store and assist the youth with selection of clothing, school supplies, or toys for Christmas. The Youth Services Division (YSD) is a group of individuals who come from various backgrounds, yet work together as a team to create an environment that serves youth and the overall community.

The School Resource Officers have chosen children they have come in contact with whose families are in need of assistance this Holiday Season. Each of the selected 25 children will receive a $50 Target Gift Card to spend on a gift that they otherwise would not have been able to give or receive.

Media are invite to attend this event to see the SRO's in action.

About the Youth Services Division:
The number one goal is to keep our children and community safe by helping to build an environment where people feel safe while also emphasizing and prioritizing the importance of education to youth.

Ensuring school safety is the Division's highest priority. Its main mission is to provide a school environment that is free of crime, the fear of crime, and intimidation and disorder, so that school staff and students can achieve their education goals without distraction. School Resource Officers work closely with school staff, students and parents and are included in every major discussion related to school safety and disorder. The primary activities of SROs are problem solving, education, mentorship and crime prevention.

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PGE employees donate more than $1.5 million to local organizations (Photo)
PGE - 12/10/14
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1,700 employees and retirees give to 1,000 charitable organizations

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland General Electric employees and retirees are helping to spread some extra holiday cheer this year. Together with a 50 percent company match, employees are contributing more than $1.5 million to their favorite charitable organizations through the 2014 Employee Giving Campaign. Since the company match program began in 1999, PGE and its employees have contributed more than $19.5 million to their communities.

"Every year we are inspired by the many PGE employees and retirees who are excited to give back to their community, whether through hours of volunteer work during the year or by pledging donations in our employee-led campaign," said Dave Robertson, vice president, public policy.

Work for Art topped the list of recipients for the second year in a row with donations totaling almost $60,000 to help support arts and culture organizations throughout the region. PGE's "internal champion" for Work for Art, Verlea Briggs, has been instrumental in her dedication to give back to the community.

"Giving to Work for Art enables the support of more than 100 arts organizations, making our community rich with arts and culture. This attracts families, companies, and tourists who will in turn create more energy and financial support for schools and vital services," said Verlea Briggs, manager, customer technical services. "PGE believes that our business is only as strong as the communities we serve."

Another top recipient was OHSU's Knight Cancer Challenge which received more than $40,000 from the Employee Giving Campaign, in addition to $100,000 granted earlier this year by the PGE Foundation.

"We are so grateful to PGE and its employees for their incredible generosity toward the OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge," said L. Keith Todd, president of the OHSU Foundation. "We have an ambitious goal - to end cancer as we know it - and we are inspired by the corporate leaders like PGE that have stepped up to make this cause their own."

Other top recipients this year include the Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University Foundation, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Oregon Burn Center, Providence Cancer Center, the Oregon Humane Society and the Dougy Center.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 843,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com. In 2014 PGE celebrated 125 years of powering Oregon.
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Portland athletes can earn World/Olympic Ranking Points at the Pan Am Open
FlashAlert - 12/10/14
Portland's very first Pan Am Open International Taekwondo Championships will take place at the Oregon Convention Center December 12-14, Oregon Convention Center.

Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) is one of the five regional Taekwondo governing bodies under the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), encompassing members from 42 Central and South American countries, as well as America, Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean nations. With the collaborative efforts of U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association, we have the honor of hosting this prestigious International event, which historically attracts over 1,500 Taekwondo Athletes from all over the world to participate and showcase their passion in the sport of Taekwondo. It is an excellent opportunity for local and national Athletes of all ages to experience international caliber competitions without the expenses and stress of traveling overseas.

In addition, the WTF has approved G-1 ranking for this reputable International event, allowing all Black Belt competitors ages 12 and above to earn ranking points toward the Olympic Games. We are excited to inform the news media that this will be the first WTF G-1 ranked event ever hosted in the Pacific Northwest. Color Belts ages 5 and above will also be welcome to participate at the Pan Am Open International Championships.

PATU's President, Grand Master Ji Ho Choi, along with PATU's executive council members, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) officials, as well as WTF and/or PATU and/or USA Taekwondo (USAT, the governing body in Taekwondo for the U.S. Olympic Committee) Certified International Referees will be coming together from the Pan American region to officiate the Pan Am Open Championships. In addition, we have the honor of the presence of National Team members from over 30 countries, who will be competing alongside Oregon athletes at this true world class event.
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Senior Services Office (SSO) in Roseburg will be moving December 15, 2014
OR Department of Human Services - 12/10/14
(Roseburg, Oregon)--In an effort to continue providing excellent customer service to the people of Douglas County, on Monday, December 15, 2014 the Roseburg APD Senior Services Office (621 Madrone St) will relocate their staff to join the APD Disability Services Office at 251 NE Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Services will be provided as follows:

Suite A - Upper level

* Adult Foster Home Administration
* Adult Protective Services
* Home Care Worker Administration
* Diversion/Transition Services

Suite N - Lower level

ALL CASE MANAGERS:
Includes Medical, SNAP (Food Stamps), In Home Services, Community Based Services, Nursing Facility; and

VOUCHER DROP OFF

The main phone number for the agency will be 541-440-3580. Direct lines will be available after the relocation. The new location on Garden Valley Blvd is still accessible by public transportation.

We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and believe this will be a more accessible location for service delivery. Benefits will NOT be affected by this move. We are deeply committed to the clients we serve in Douglas County and are asking them to note these changes and call their DHS worker if they have any questions.
Bikeweay user survey ends in two weeks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/10/14
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. As part of their information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to an online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways - offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes - and the feedback can make them even better.

Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScenicBikewaySurvey1

Anyone who has ridden a bicycle on any one of the 12 designated bikeways is requested to participate in this survey. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 10 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.


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Sheriff's Office responds to shooting death in Eagle Creek; shooting believed to be accidental
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/14
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 the Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the 27400 block of SE Hwy 224. When deputies arrived, they found the body of a 22-year-old male in an outbuilding on the property.

Family at the scene who called 911 told deputies that the deceased male had told them earlier that he was having a problem with one of his firearms. Evidence at the scene indicates the deceased was working on the malfunctioning weapon to remove a stuck cartridge at the time of the discharge.

Sheriff's Office deputies and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office are still investigating the incident. At this time, the death is believed to be an accident.

The male is identified as Alexander Keith Olenslager, 22 years old, of Eagle Creek.

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Executive director of special services hired
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 12/10/14
Brenda Martinek has been hired as executive director of special services for Vancouver Public Schools. The Board of directors approved her appointment at the December 9 school board meeting. Martinek, who has a 25-year career in special education, will begin her new role with VPS on Dec. 18. A transition period will allow Martinek to work with Sally Charuhas, current executive director of special services, until Jan. 30, 2015. At that time Charuhas will transition to a part-time leadership position until her retirement on June 30.

Martinek has been executive director of student services for Reynolds School District for the past two years. She began her career in special education as an autism assistant, working her way through college and becoming a special education teacher. She has been a special education administrator in Reynolds, Portland, and Evergreen school districts. Martinek received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah, and a master's degree in special education and an administrator's license from Portland State University.
Jesuit High School's 46th Annual Food Drive Aims to Help Hundreds of Local Families During the Holidays (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 12/10/14
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 a.m., the Jesuit High School Student Center will become a food sorting and distribution center, with canned food that reaches the ceiling, just more than 15 feet. The JHS student body will bring all of the food that has been collected over a two-week period and begin compiling food boxes for 374 families in the Portland area. Last year, enough food was pledged by first period classes for 585 families. Students have committed to the same amount this year.

The JHS food drive is in its 46th year and has seen a huge increase in participation over the years. In its first year, 1969, roughly 40 families benefited from the project and just a little more than $350 was raised. "As Jesuit High School has grown, so has its food drive. The drive not only helps families during Christmas, but also provides non-perishable foods for local food banks as well. We are seeing more multigenerational families, families pooling resources to try and make ends meet. The need is tremendous," said Scott Powers, food drive coordinator.

Students, faculty, and staff will volunteer through the night of Dec. 17 sorting and preparing the food for delivery on Thursday, Dec. 18, beginning at 12:00 p.m. "Not only are we collecting food these two weeks, we are raising awareness about hunger in Oregon. We hope students will realize hunger is not a once-a-year issue. It is year-round," said Powers.

The families are pre-selected through St. Vincent de Paul and Lifeworks Oregon. Students will deliver all of the food that has been collected at Jesuit High School over the prior two weeks.

In addition, alumni of Jesuit High School will host their own food drive the weekend of December 18-20. Alumni will deliver to over 1500 families and 30 local shelters. "The Alumni Food Drive brings our community together to continue our mission of being men and women for others," said Kathy Baarts, Alumni Director. "The need for food continues to increase and we have continued to grow in the number of boxes we are able to provide and the agencies we are able to serve." Parking begins on Thursday, Dec. 18, immediately following the conclusion of the student drive mentioned above.

If you are interested in delivering food (all are welcome to participate) on Saturday, December 20, or helping prepare food boxes on December 18 or 19, please contact the JHS alumni office at 503-291-5414 or alumni@jesuitportland.org.

Food Drive Schedule (VIDEO & PHOTO OPP.):
* Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 2:10 pm - Food collection in student center (Jesuit HS)
* Thursday, Dec. 18 @ 8 am or 12 noon - Student delivery begins
* Saturday, Dec. 20 @ 8:00 a.m. - Alumni food drive with pancake breakfast and delivery

About Jesuit High School: Founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, Jesuit High School is Oregon's only secondary school in the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education. Our 1,280 students represent a diverse mix of young men and women from the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Jesuit High School's mission is to educate "men and women for others." Our graduates are leaders who are religious, loving, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice, and open to growth. Jesuit is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts, and ten Oregonian Cup Awards for outstanding achievement in academics, school activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. More information can be found online at www.jesuitportland.org.


Attached Media Files: JHS Food Drive (photo by Harrisen Stach, Jesuit High School)
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-48 Gresham Robbery and Assault (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/10/14
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The Gresham Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects who left a man beaten and unconscious.

On November 1, 2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was assaulted and robbed after he left the Stagecoach Saloon, located at 20101 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

The victim was approached by two men in the parking lot, both of whom assaulted him and stole his wallet. The victim was left bleeding and unconscious in the parking lot where other customers eventually located him and called 9-1-1. The victim spent four days in the hospital then was released.

Suspect #1 is described as a white male, 25 - 35 years old, medium build, dark colored full beard, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and a dark colored baseball cap with a red or maroon colored brim.

Suspect #2 is described as a white male, 25 - 35 years old, medium build, dark colored short hair, no facial hair, and a lighter colored long sleeve shirt.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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SWWDC Learns about German Innovations in Workforce Development (Photo)
SW Wash Workforce Development Council - 12/10/14
(r to l) Jeanne Bennett SWWDC CEO and Amy Cell of Michigan Economic Development Corp at the GCI in Germany
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VANCOUVER, Wash. (December 10, 2014) - To learn about best practices and innovations in workforce development, vocational training and apprenticeships, Jeanne Bennett, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) CEO, participated in the third annual convening of the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) in Germany on November 18-20, 2014.

GCI is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase launched in 2012 to equip leaders with the information, policy ideas and connections they need to compete in the global economy. The Program brought together 40 business, civic and government leaders from across the United States to Munich and Nuremberg, Germany for a study tour to better understand the dual model of vocational training and public-private collaborations that contribute to the successful advanced industry sectors in these two cities and to exchange strategies around workforce development, innovation and applied research.

"The opportunity to experience the German model of vocational training was extraordinary," said Bennett. "German businesses invest significant resources in training their own qualified workforce, something we could do more of in Southwest Washington."

While in Germany, Bennett participated in roundtable discussions with experts, executives and government officials to learn about local and state best practices around human capital development and innovation. She toured leading firms, including Siemens and BMW, and institutions that embody the best of the German model for worker training and applied research. She is planning to share what she learned with local business, civic and education leaders.

"The German model of apprenticeships is being used in a few states in the U.S.," said Bennett. "It was informative to be part of a discussion about the role of companies, education, government and workforce in developing work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities for our young people in the U.S."

Other participants from the local region included Derrick Olsen, Vice President of Regional Strategy and Coordination at Greater Portland Inc. and Patrick Quinton, Executive Director of the Portland Development Commission.

For more about the German trip, visit https://storify.com/BrookingsMetro/the-global-cities-initiative-s-week-in-germany

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The Global Cities Initiative: A Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase will equip leaders from the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas with the information, policy ideas, and partners necessary to build economic partnership with their international peers and operate in today's global environment. Learn more at http://www.brookings.edu/about/projects/global-cities.

Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, is the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) for Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. SWWDC brings together funding, service providers, colleges, economic development and community organizations to provide no-cost employment and training services to businesses, job seekers and youth. Its mission is to prepare and promote and skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.swwdc.org.


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Armed Suspect Arrested by North Precinct Officers - Multiple Guns, Pipe Bomb Seized During Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/10/14
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On Monday December 8, 2014, at approximately 11:00 p.m., North Precinct officers stopped to contact a man and a woman in a gravel parking lot on Northeast Simpson Street and Portland Highway.

The male quickly turned away from the officers as he unzipped his jacket and reached inside as he walked around the front of a parked pick-up truck. The officers, recognizing this behavior as potentially threatening, quickly moved closer to keep the man in sight. The man turned quickly to face the officers and one of the officers heard a metallic "click" consistent with the gun being made ready to fire.

The officers took physical control of the man and pinned his arms against his body and took him into custody.

Officers located and seized a loaded handgun inside his jacket. A second firearm was located and seized from inside the man's vehicle.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Jorge Anastacio Tomas-Sierra of Fairview, Oregon.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Gresham Police Department SWAT served a search warrant at his residence in the 20100 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard in connection with this investigation.

Portland Police Gun Task Force and Gang Enforcement Team investigators seized three additional firearms, including a short-barreled shotgun, as well as a pipe bomb. The pipe bomb was rendered safe by Bomb Techs assigned to the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit. Four other people were arrested at the residence on a variety of outstanding warrants.

Tomas-Sierra was booked into the Multnomah County Jail late Tuesday on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Altering a Firearm ID and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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

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

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

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

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Patient Trapped in Car After High Energy Collision (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 12/10/14
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Longview, WA - Firefighters and paramedics responded to the intersection of Commerce Avenue and Douglas Street at 12:40 AM today for the report of a high-energy two-vehicle collision. Initial reports indicated that one vehicle might have rolled over. Additional 911 callers reported possible serious injuries. Longview Police arrived at the scene at 12:42 AM and reported that an adult male patient was pinned in a vehicle.

Firefighters arrived on scene and reported one vehicle was off the roadway with one occupant trapped - a second vehicle with two occupants required a second paramedic unit to assist. The crew stabilized the first vehicle, forced entry, and extricated the patient at 12:45 AM. This patient was conscious; he was transported by AMR ambulance to St. John Medical Center. The two occupants of the second involved vehicle were treated by paramedics at the scene.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by Longview Police.


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Red Cross Responds to Clark County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 3 adults and 6 children displaced by a multi-family fired on Highway 99 in Vancouver, WA. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
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PF&R Responds to a Brush Fire Along I5 (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/09/14
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12/9/14-Tonight at 5:06 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a brush fire just off of I5 near 9240 N Whitaker RD (next to the Columbia Slough). Fire crews arrived and found a 20' X 40' brush fire burning in a homeless camp. Firefighters searched the area, but didn't find anyone nearby.

The fire was difficult to access and required firefighters to stretch hoses for long distances over rough terrain. The fire was extinguished and a fire investigator was called to determine what caused it. Portions of I5 North were closed while firefighters fought the fire but are now reopened. No injuries were associated with this fire.


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Announcing new RecycleRight App, go-to recycling resource for local residents
City of Vancouver - 12/09/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Ever wish you had a personal assistant to keep track of schedules and answer your questions? When it comes to recycling and garbage issues, now you do.

Just in time to help trim holiday waste, the City of Vancouver, Clark County and Waste Connections of Washington have teamed up to provide residential garbage and recycling customers throughout the county with a new on-the-go resource that puts reminders, schedules, recycling information and contacts at your fingertips. All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone.

The RecycleRight App is free, fast and extremely functional, designed to make everyday life a little easier.

Check your garbage and recycling service schedule, sign up for reminders and even upload your schedule to your iCal, Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar. The app will even give you handy reminders in advance so you need never miss a collection day again.

Best of all, the RecycleRight App features a handy Recycling A-Z search tool. Just enter the name of the item you no longer need and hit 'Find item' to get answers to a variety of options for reusing and recycling, including locations and contact information. If the item needs special handling, such as a household hazardous waste, the application will tell you how to properly dispose of it, keeping you and the environment safe. Simply click on a drop-off site, and you will see the address and phone number, along with a map at the bottom of the screen.

Ready to get the app? Here's how to do it:
- Visit the Apple iTunes App Store, for iPhones or iPads, or visit Google Play for android devices.
- Search for RecycleRight. Hint: The app image is the familiar Big Blue Recycling Cart.
- Click and install the Recycle Right App, created for the City of Vancouver, Clark County and Waste Connections by Recollect Systems. (Please note: If you're visiting the Apple App Store, you may need to enter your iTunes Apple password, depending upon how you have configured your settings. Be sure to search for the iPhone app, not an iPad Only app.)
- Once the app has been downloaded to your smart phone or tablet, open it up and enter your address. The app will provide you with your next garbage and recycling collection days. By clicking on garbage or on recycling, you can get more information and access to the handy Recycling A-Z wizard.

Don't have a smartphone or tablet? If you have a computer and Internet access, you can still use these handy tools for garbage and recycling. The calendar and A-Z Recycling wizards will be available on the City of Vancouver Solid Waste webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste; Waste Connections of Washington website (www.wcnorthwest.com) under Collection Schedules and Reminders; and Clark County's website at www.co.clark.wa.us/recycle, as well as through other cities throughout Clark County.

For more information, contact City of Vancouver Solid Waste Services at 360-619-4120.

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SRCI "Blue Room" Named in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2014
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
The Blue Room at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has been named as one of TIME Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2014," an accomplishment of which the institution is very proud. This is due in large part to the desire of SRCI staff to see something meaningful come to life through their efforts.

The Blue Room is a groundbreaking nature imagery research project, developed through a partnership with the Utah Sustainability in Prisons Project. In 2013, SRCI began working with University of Utah Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni, who was exploring ways that nature positively impacts individuals and the effect it could have on those who are incarcerated. To incorporate Professor Nadkarni's concepts with the prison's needs, SRCI decided to place nature imagery, through video and audio, in one of the recreation areas of SRCI's Intensive Management Unit (IMU). The Blue Room, as it is known, is a fairly simple combination of modern technology, correctional practices, crisis intervention, and behavior de-escalation.

The next step is to conduct research that focuses on whether nature imagery in prisons:

* Changes behavior
* Reduces stress, agitation, and anxiety
* Reduces violence
* Reduces disciplinary segregation admits
* Reduces suicide attempts

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

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Deputies Arrest Three Following Drug Related Armed Robbery (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/14
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December 9, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a possible robbery with a firearm where three men were identified as suspects. Deputies quickly located and arrested all three.

On December 8, 2014, at 2:02 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a reported confrontation involving three men yelling at several other people in the 5300 block of SW 169th Place in the community of Aloha. It was reported that one of the three men had a handgun and they took items from the victims. Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the three men fled in a black Toyota Prius in an unknown direction.

All local law enforcement were notified of the incident and assisted in the deputies' search for the vehicle and the three occupants. Within minutes, a Beaverton Police Officer located the Prius driving on SW Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway and SW Murray Boulevard. After Sheriff's Deputies arrived, the vehicle was stopped at SW TV Highway and SW Hocken Avenue. The high risk traffic stop only interrupted the flow of traffic on SW TV Highway for about six minutes while all three men were removed safely from the vehicle and detained. The hand gun was unaccounted for and believed to have been hidden.

Sheriff's Deputies detained Joshua Dwayne Johnson, 25, Brendan Cole Schumacher, 21 and Jeremy Matthew Shinder, 18, all from Beaverton. Sheriff's Deputies interviewed the victims and witnesses and believe this was a drug related incident.

It was reported the three men used a ruse to lure the two victims to a secluded area and rob them. There was reported to be bad feelings over one of the victims previously stealing marijuana growing equipment from the men. The three men reportedly threatened the victims several times as they sped through the streets of Aloha attempting to corner their car. The victims eventually drove down a dead-end street and were cornered. The three men reportedly found them and again threatened them and a bystander with a gun and physical violence. The bystander called the Sheriff's Office to report the incident. Knowing deputies were called, the men fled in their vehicle.

Joshua Johnson, Brendan Schumacher and Jeremy Shinder were all lodged in the Washington County Jail. They were all charged with two counts of First Degree Robbery. They are held on $500,000 bail each. There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues.


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State Land Board provides direction on management of Elliott State Forest (Photo)
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Alternate public or public/private ownership to be pursued

Salem - At their public meeting today, the State Land Board directed the Department of State Lands (DSL) to work towards implementing an ownership model for the Elliott State Forest involving another public entity or a public-private partnership. The goal is to "de-couple" timber harvesting from school funding, and remove the forest from the Common School Fund's land portfolio.

The Board considered two reports - the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project Final Report, prepared by DSL staff; and Elliott State Forest - Analysis of Alternatives, prepared by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest - as part of their deliberations on the forest.

In addition, about 35 people provided comments about the forest to the Land Board.

DSL Director Mary Abrams presented the Board with four scenarios outlined in the project report - 1) Request proposals for alternative management; 2) Continued management by the Oregon Department of Forestry; 3) Request proposals for alternative ownership; and 4) Federal or tribal transfer. The Board directed DSL to focus its work on Scenario 3.

This option would seek proposals that lead to ownership by a public entity or a consortium that includes public interests and that compensates the Common School Fund for the value of the property. Discussion around Scenario 3 included options such as a trust land transfer program and a "community forest" approach as possible ways to optimize benefits from the forest.

Much of the discussion throughout the meeting and during the Board's deliberations focused on finding a better resolution to the tension between habitat conservation values and the Land Board's trust responsibility to maximize revenues for the Common School Fund. As trustees of the fund, the Board must manage Common School lands with the primary goal of maintaining the value of and maximizing revenues to the fund, as defined by Oregon's Admission Act and Constitution.

In addition to opting for Scenario 3, Board Chair Gov. John Kitzhaber said he would like DSL staff to look at Scenario 1 because there are short-term management and financial issues that require immediate attention. "We'll flesh these options out and come back and engage as many citizens as possible in our solution," he said.

Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown also indicated an interest in more involvement with Oregon tribes in seeking solutions to the forest's ownership and management.

The next steps are for the Department of State Lands to develop a procurement strategy, scope of work, evaluation criteria, and a request for alternative ownership proposals. The Land Board will review the results of this work, with the goal of having a transition agreement in place by early 2016.

To prepare the four scenarios presented to the Board, DSL coordinated seven months of research, public input and technical analysis. The options put forth in the alternatives report provide advantages and risks for each scenario, next steps, resources needed, and estimated timeframes to implement.

At the meeting, DSL Director Mary Abrams thanked the public for their hard work and comments throughout the seven-month project, and also acknowledged the Oregon Department of Forestry, technical experts, and staff for their contributions to the analysis and reports.

The Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project was led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, who both have years of experience in natural resource management and state government. Analysis and technical assistance was provided by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest, and an interagency workgroup composed of state and federal agency representatives.

Two rounds of stakeholder work sessions were held in Salem, Portland, and Coos Bay, and the Land Board held a public listening session in Coos Bay on Oct. 8 where more than 60 people provided testimony. Additional comments were received by email and written correspondence.

The 92,000-acre Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties includes about 84,000 acres of Common School fund land. The fund generates funding for K-12 public education in Oregon.

Over the past five years, the Common School Fund has disbursed more than $240 million to Oregon schools. Reduced timber harvests on the Elliott due to litigation over species protections have resulted in a net deficit of about $3 million in the forest's operating costs for fiscal year 2013. The negative returns continued in 2014 and are of concern given the Land Board's trust obligations to the fund.

Information on the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Analysis Project: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/LW/Pages/Elliott-State-Forest.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Pacific University Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll for Fourth Consecutive Year
Pacific University - 12/09/14
FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year.

The honor roll is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service's strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service, and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

It recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes for their communities.

Pacific is just one of eight colleges or universities in Oregon, and approximately 760 junior or senior colleges nationally, to be named to the honor roll.

The program places a strong emphasis on long-term institutional support of community service, with special consideration of how service results in measurable improvement in a community.

The CNCS considers all aspects of a college or university's community service efforts, including course work, student-led co-curricular activities and staff initiatives.

During the 2012-13 academic year, 1,490 Pacific students engaged in academic service learning, and an additional 1,076 students engaged in a variety of community service activities, combined about 79 percent of all students, resulting in a total of at least 117,760 community service hours.

Pacific University's strong commitment to service has been a hallmark of the institution since its founding in 1849 as the Tualatin Academy.

The university requires all College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate students to perform 40 hours of community engagement as part of its Civic Engagement Cornerstone. Students satisfy this requirement by taking one of 25 designated civic engagement courses, or by undertaking a civic engagement project. Some choose to do both. In 2012-13, 329 students completed a course, and in doing so, collectively provided more than 2,000 hours service, including tutoring in local schools and organizations, removing invasive species and restoring habitat throughout the local ecosystem and providing food, shelter and health services to those in need. Additionally, a day of service for first-year students, community service student groups and fundraising efforts by fraternities and sororities for low-income housing and food banks are just a few more ways the undergraduate community cares for its neighbors.

Service also flourishes in the graduate professional programs.

College of Optometry students provided care to more than 8,600 individuals, including migrant workers locally and patients in Thailand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Peru, Nicaragua and Romania as part of its Amigos Eye Care humanitarian organization. On average, students spend about eight to 10 hours per day over three to four days helping patients during an Amigos trip. A trip to an impoverished region in Guatemala in 2012-13 allowed Pacific optometry students to examine 888 people and deliver 369 pairs of eyeglasses. The trip allowed Amigos to partner with a local organization founded by Optometry alumnus Scott Pike OD. Over the years, more than 80 Pacific Optometry students and six faculty have volunteered for the week-long trip, and 16 have made return visits. Students also assisted local elementary schools in implementing vision screening programs and protocols. As a result of the Amigos trips, more than 150 patients have been referred for cataract surgeries in Guatemala.

Nearly 270 students in the College of Education provided more than 98,900 hours of educational support to local schools, including tutoring and professional development services to 7,150 K-12 students 86 teachers, respectively.

Pacific's community service efforts are largely coordinated or supported by its Center for Civic Engagement. The center helps connects students, faculty and staff with more than 75 community partners to serve the common good, revitalize communities and facilitate learning within a community context.

The center exists to help instill in students the value of lifelong active citizenship, a sense of empowerment, development of critical thinking skills and the capacity to reflect on one's own set of values.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation's leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Fairview Police Offers New and Improved Public Access to Crime Reports
Fairview Police Dept. - 12/09/14
Curious about the activities of the police in your neighborhood? You can sign up for a FREE service to receive reports on police activities in your neighborhood or anywhere in Fairview.

Fairview Police has partnered with CrimeReports.com to offer this free service. Simply log on to CrimeReports.com and sign up to review calls for police service in the area you specify. Features of the service include:

* Receive daily, weekly or monthly reports on your mobile device
* Select a date range for viewing police activity
* Select if you want to include sex offender locations

Advance search capabilities allow the user to narrow or expand the location range and types of calls they wish to view. (The information usually posts within 24 hours of the incident).

It is important to note that the incidents are police calls for service as received by the Bureau of Emergency Communications (9-1-1 Center) and do not always reflect the final disposition of an incident as determined after investigation by a police officer.

You can also find a link to CrimeReports.com by going to the Fairview Police Department webpage at: http://www.fairview.or.us/index.aspx?nid=405.
Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Awards Scholarship to Deserving Cadet (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/14
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WHAT: Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Awards Scholarship to Deserving Cadet

WHEN: Monday, December 8, 2014 at CCSO West Precinct

WHO: Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit

WHERE: The Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit is made up of fully commissioned law enforcement officers who volunteer their time in support of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The Unit has established an annual scholarship fund to benefit the Clark County Sheriff's Cadet Program.

The Cadet program is dedicated to providing a rewarding work and educational experience for individuals wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement. The program allows college students the opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training in non-law enforcement activities. Cadets must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and declare and maintain a major in a criminal justice or related field. They must maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

The scholarship was titled the Bob Winsor Annual Scholarship in honor of the Clark County Reserve Unit Commander Bob Winsor. Commander Winsor has been a Reserve Deputy and dedicated volunteer serving the Clark County community for over 42 years.

Scholarship candidates had to submit a letter of interest, resume and letters of recommendation from their immediate supervisor and the Cadet Unit Supervisor. Along with being in good standing with all Cadet Program rules and off probation.

The scholarship award for 2014 was set by the Reserve Unit E-Board at $500.

The recipient selected to receive the Bob Winsor Annual Scholarship of $500 was Cadet Craig R. Murray. Cadet Murray was selected as the recipient for numerous reasons including:

* Clark County Cadet since 2013. In good standing with all program rules and regulations, and a commitment to pursue a career in law enforcement.
* Met all of the scholarship requirements established by the Reserve Unit.
* While working as a Cadet maintains a full course load at Clark College with the goal to transfer to WSU Vancouver in 2015 to complete a Bachelor's Degree.
* Attained recognition as an Honor Roll student at Clark College.
* The Cadet Unit Supervisor and Coordinator Mary Malicki also submitted a letter of reference which recognizing Cadet Murray for "solid work ethic" and "outstanding work performance."

It is for all of these reasons that Cadet Craig R. Murray was awarded the annual Bob Winsor Annual Scholarship of $500. The check and certificate were presented to him by Reserve Unit E-board President Bob Christian on December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Clark County Sheriff's West Precinct.

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Sheriff's Office and USCG-Aux. offers boater education course
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/14
EVENT: The Clark County Sheriff's Marine Unit along with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will again offer a boater education course for Washington and Oregon boaters. This eight hour class will provide boaters the basics of safe boating that all recreational boaters should know. The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating booklet and exam will be provided at the class. Pre-registration is required by phone at 360-256-2991 or e-mail: gaysipes@juno.com. The course fee is $10.00.
WHEN: 8:30 am - 5:00pm, Saturday, December 13th, 2014
WHERE: 4700 NE 78th Street, Clark County Operations Center, Building B-1, Vancouver, WA.
WHO'S INVITED: Anyone 12 years of age and older who wishes to learn important boating safety information. Paddlers also welcome. An educated boater is a safer boater!
INFORMATION: In 2015, boat operators under 60 years old will be required to carry a boater education card when operating a boat on Washington's waterways. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater. Oregon requires everyone operating vessels 10hp or greater to possess the card. Cards cost $10 and are good for a lifetime.
INFORMATION: For class information, contact: Gay Sipes at 360-256-2991 or Deputy Todd Baker at 360-397-2106.
For information on the Washington State Boater Education Card and the State Parks Boating Education Program, visit online at www.BoaterEd.org or call (360) 902-8555.
Life Reimagined Unveils New Digital Platform Offering Personalized Guidance Throughout New Life Stages (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
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WASHINGTON, DC--Life Reimagined today launched a fully redesigned digital platform, delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities. The platform now offers a suite of engaging programs and stimulating, proprietary content developed by the Life Reimagined Institute's team of world-renowned experts and thought leaders.

People are living longer and as a result, a need to reevaluate a new life stage has arisen. Americans are facing the reality that, as life expectancy increases they must continue working and must rethink the notion of aging and retirement. For many, tackling the personal reflection necessary for making or dealing with a major life shift is a daunting task. Life Reimagined was developed as a service to help users reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to live their best life.

"We recognized a demand for a service that not only inspires people to explore their goals and passions, but gives them an actionable plan on how to navigate a new and evolving life phase," says Emilio Pardo, executive vice president at AARP and president of Life Reimagined. "The new Life Reimagined delivers on our goal to guide users through this new reality and to help navigate and explore life's most pivotal moments."

Helmed by the Life Reimagined Institute's celebrated experts in the fields of personal development, aging and transitions, the new Life Reimagined experience seeks to create a guidance system tailored to each user's needs as they embark on the journey of answering "what's next?", while providing tangible next steps that allow users to take action. Built upon the foundation of the Institute's thought-provoking articles, proven methodologies and breakthrough programs, Life Reimagined has evolved beyond being just a resource for those looking to set goals, make a life shift, or simply reevaluate their priorities - it has become a personalized action plan that helps accomplish all of these things.

"With the new Life Reimagined, we sought to develop a platform users could have a true relationship with, offering a personalized set of services to help each person reimagine what is next in his or her life," notes Jeannette McClennan, chief of digital products for Life Reimagined. "The site is designed to act as a guidance system that intuitively serves up new programs and content based on a specific person's activity. We have received such positive feedback since the initial launch, but knew we wanted the site to go beyond curating articles to actually curating a personal roadmap to achieving goals, resulting from each unique interaction with the site."

Developed in response to the feedback provided by the platform's most dedicated users and the proven practices put forth by the Life Reimagined Institute, the new Life Reimagined digital experience includes programs and features across the three key verticals of Well Being, Relationships and Work:

* Original content written for an audience seeking to explore their passions, tackle their fears and hesitations, and enact their goals.
* Signature stories sharing longer-form testimonials from Life Reimagined editors and thought leaders.
* Engaging, offline programs designed to incite reflection and provoke thoughts, while delivering daily small-step action items aimed at achieving a tangible goal.
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About Life Reimagined
Life Reimagined was launched by AARP in 2013 to provide a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions and live their lives to the fullest. By offering online and offline experiences made up of tools, experts and community, Life Reimagined helps people reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to navigate transitions and new life phases. Learn more at http://lifereimagined.aarp.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.


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CORRECTION: PCC totem pole installation delayed
PCC - 12/09/14
Due to a decision made early this morning concerning the construction timeline for Portland Community College's new College Center East Entrance Atrium at the Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.), the installation of the PCC "Welcoming Pole" in the atrium will be delayed until February 2015. In our press release on the refurbished totem pole sent out yesterday we included the old timeline of a Dec. 15 installation and a Jan. 16 ceremony. Please, disregard that timeline. We will keep you posted on the new date for the installation of Native Carver Richard Hunt's totem pole at Sylvania.

You can view an updated story here: http://news.pcc.edu/2014/12/richard-hunt-returns/
Thousands of DOC inmates contribute to a successful 2014 fire season (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
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Each year the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires. Inmates are selected to serve on supervised 10-person crews and have to complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the fundamentals of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication, and safety.

Deployment of DOC fire crews this year began in January and continued through October. During this time, DOC deployed an astonishing 242 staff members and 2,701 inmates to battle 66 fires. These crews were on the fire line from one to 17 days at a time, depending on the severity of the fire.

Nine of DOC's 14 institutions have active fire crews. These institutions are:
-Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (responded to six fires)
-Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem (responded to 20 fires)
-Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City (responded to 15 fires)
-Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem (responded to eight fires)
-Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (responded to eight fires)
-Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario (responded to 16 fires)
-South Fork Forest Camp in Tillamook (responded to 31 fires)
-Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (responded to six fires)
-Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview (responded to eight fires)

Each of these institutions plays an important role in assisting ODF with fire season. In addition to fighting fires, inmate camp crews staff mobile kitchens at large fires, serving meals day and night to two shifts of firefighters.

As this year's fire season comes to a close, DOC would like to recognize the staff members and firefighting crews who participated throughout the year. Not only does the fire program save the state millions of dollars, it provides DOC's low-risk offenders with the tools they need for future work opportunities, which helps prepare them for re-entry into the community.

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Attached Media Files: Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
Championing small business in Southeast Portland (Photo)
PCC - 12/09/14
Left to right, Southeast Campus President Jessica Howard, Director of the PCC Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center Tammy Marquez-Oldham, CLIMB Center Program Manager Kristen Mozian, SBDC Advisor Andrew Adeboi and Client Service
Left to right, Southeast Campus President Jessica Howard, Director of the PCC Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center Tammy Marquez-Oldham, CLIMB Center Program Manager Kristen Mozian, SBDC Advisor Andrew Adeboi and Client Service
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SOUTHEAST PORTLAND, Ore. - Small business owners in Southeast Portland have another advocate in the neighborhood thanks to Portland Community College.

The college's Small Business Development Center, which is part of PCC's CLIMB Center for Advancement, has opened a new location at the college's Southeast Campus (2305 SE 82nd and Division). It's the third SBDC office established by PCC (other locations include CLIMB Center near OMSI and at Willow Creek in Washington County) and is located in the heart of the Jade District - one of six city-designated Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) zones in Portland. The zones aim to transform underserved business districts into engines of economic growth without displacing the communities that live and work there.

Tammy Marquez-Oldham, director of the SBDC, said the campus was a natural choice for the newest SBDC (Administration Hall, Suite 404), which focuses on supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs.

"The City of Portland has really focused its economic development efforts in Southeast and East Portland, and we can leverage that momentum from the small business perspective," said Marquez-Oldham.

"We know that thriving small businesses raise the vitality of the communities where they reside. And yet in this area of Portland, there is a large concentration of small business owners who may not know how to ask for help or even realize that there are business development resources that can help them," she said. "They just do it on their own, by the sheer force of will and persistency."

As part of PCC's Southeast Campus, the newest SBDC is located in the only census tract in Multnomah County where people of color are in the majority (53 percent) and have the greatest number of Asian residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau. In response, Marquez-Oldham has assembled a team of experienced business advisors who are successful independent business owners and share language, ethnicity and cultural background with the community they serve. Advisors are able to personally relate to a business owner's experiences and challenges, and when needed, can communicate with them in their native language, such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese or Tagalog.

"For many immigrant business owners in the Jade District, English is their second language, and they may be unfamiliar with rules, regulations, licenses and permits required to operate a business in the City of Portland," said Marquez-Oldham.

This is where the advisors' expertise is critical; it reduces the learning curve and helps pave the road to success for some of Portland's newest, entrepreneurial residents.

"These business owners are entrepreneurs - they are creative, optimistic, persistent and resilient," said Marquez-Oldham, "and our SBDC advisors can support them as they create a new future and new jobs for themselves and their families."

Advisors meet with business owners at their convenience, either at their place of business or at the SBDC. In confidential one-on-one advising sessions, they discuss business goals, challenges, and opportunities - for instance, capital to support growth issues, operations, sales, customer service or marketing.

"Our first step is to listen to the business owner," said Marquez-Oldham.

Based on a review of the business owner's original goals, advisors may suggest tailored kinds of resources and support available at the SBDC such as the Capital Access Team, International Trade advising and education, social media marketing, or food entrepreneurship training.

"It is exciting to have this tremendous community asset on our campus," said Jessica Howard, president of the Southeast Campus. "With more than 130 small businesses in the Jade District alone, the new center is ideally located to support local business owners. It will allow us to leverage the significant investments in planning, redevelopment and construction that PCC, the Jade District, the City of Portland, Warner Pacific College, Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation are making in this area."

The newest SBDC center is equidistant between the CLIMB Center (1626 SE Water Ave.) and similar centers located in Clackamas and at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. PCC's SBDC locations serve five counties - Yamhill, Columbia, Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah - and with the centers in Clackamas and Gresham, the collective effort illustrates a bridge of support and resources across the region.

Plans are already under way to collaborate with a variety of Southeast Portland organizations - the Jade District and other NPI districts in East Portland, IRCO, APANO, and various chambers of commerce - in an effort to assist local business owners with job creation, access to capital, attracting new customers, and generating sales.

"Through education, training, and advising programs, the new SBDC location will support the college's strategic planning goal of building a strong and vital economy," said Bob Hanks, executive director of PCC's CLIMB Center for Advancement.

For more information about business advising or training, contact the SBDC at sbdc@pcc.edu or (971) 722-5081. To learn more about the SBDC, visit: bizcenter.org/PCC.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


Attached Media Files: Left to right, Southeast Campus President Jessica Howard, Director of the PCC Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center Tammy Marquez-Oldham, CLIMB Center Program Manager Kristen Mozian, SBDC Advisor Andrew Adeboi and Client Service , Jackie Babicky-Peterson, right, advises a client at the new SBDC office at Southeast Campus.)
Union Gospel Mission's Expanded Women and Children's Program Hits One Year Mark (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 12/09/14
Melinda, one of the first to complete the new women's program
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Union Gospel Mission's Expanded Women and Children's Program Hits One Year Mark

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission's expanded women and children's program hits the one-year mark today, with over 60 women and 22 children served at the new LifeChange Center for Women and Their Children located in Beaverton since opening. Union Gospel Mission opened the doors to the leased location in Beaverton on December 9, 2013. The women's program was expanded to include children and to assist women escaping domestic abuse as well as serving those struggling with homelessness and addiction. Women and children receive housing, meals, child care, counseling, spiritual development and education in a comprehensive, multi-year program leading to transformed, productive lives.

On Thursday December 11, at 6:30 pm at Cornerstone Church at 3400 103rd Ave. in Beaverton, eleven of the current residents of the program will be celebrating their promotions to new levels in the recovery program.

"One year ago, we stepped out and opened the new women and children's center on a shoe string, and churches, volunteers and donors came through and painted rooms, donated furniture and donated food just to get us started. It is exciting to see women and children's lives changed. We still need more volunteers and donors to keep this amazing program going," said Bill Russell, executive director at Union Gospel Mission.

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

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Attached Media Files: Melinda, one of the first to complete the new women's program
City seeks applicants for Vancouver Housing Authority board
City of Vancouver - 12/09/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12.

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

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

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

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To have an application mailed to you, or for further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall by phone at 360-487-8607, by email at alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us, or by mail at PO Box 1995 Vancouver, WA 98668.

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Frommer's/AARP Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
Frommer's/AARP Places for Passion by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever, PhDs,
Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--
and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away

WASHINGTON, DC--Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has teamed up with Janet Lever, PhD, her former coauthor of Glamour's "Sex and Health" column, to release Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away.

As you might expect from Dr. Pepper, an expert star on "Married at First Sight" on A&E's FYI channel, and Dr. Janet, a past host of the national cable show "Women on Sex," they provide a guide to the world's sexiest destinations and supply a lot of advice about how to make each destination even more romantic. Along with detail-rich text on the authors' top 75 picks, the two intimacy experts make a solid case for why traveling together is essential in sustaining--and improving--the romance in our lives.

"We took great care to help our readers understand how to pick the right destinations and discuss why travel can rekindle those sometimes-forgotten sparks," says Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Today Show contributor, AARP Sex and Relationship Ambassador, and author of 21 books on relationships.

Introductory chapters include "Going Away to Get Closer" and "Planning Your Romantic Vacation Destinations." Then the 75 destinations are grouped under urban romance (think Barcelona, Marrakech, Miami, to name a few), natural romance (e.g. Aspen, Banff, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks), beach romance (e.g. Amalfi Coast, Bali, Oregon Coast), and adventure romance (e.g. Alaska, Botswana, the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal). Many places are singled out for readers' specific romantic purposes, such as "Places to Pop the Question," "Honeymoons," "Making Valentine's Day Special," "Milestone Anniversaries," "Special Birthdays," "Romance on Family Vacations," and "Places to Heal." Ways to travel on a budget are sprinkled throughout, and a detailed index helps readers find the type of vacation that will suit them best.
The destination chapters include rich information and the high standard of reporting that Frommer's consistently delivers about locations that meet the authors' criteria for romance. "Frommer's has always inspired passion for travel, so it seemed like a logical next step to encourage travel for passion," says Pauline Frommer, the company's editorial director. "We are delighted to have found such good partners in this endeavor as Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Janet Lever--and AARP."

Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away is available now for holiday purchase at bookstores and online. For more information visit: www.aarp.org/PlacesforPassion.

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ACCLAIM FROM PEERS AND CRITICS:

"If you believe, as I do, that travel is an experience that is meant to be shared, then Places for Passion is the essential, transformational must-read guide."
--Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor, CBS News

"Travel is the liquor of romance. Novelty triggers the brain's dopamine system to sustain romantic passion. This surge soon fires up testosterone to tickle your sex drive. And as you hug and kiss, you fuel the oxytocin system--ushering in feelings of deep attachment. So Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever have it right with this charming book. It's full of great ideas on how to keep love alive."
--Dr. Helen Fisher
Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University, and Author of Why Him? Why Her?

"I really love getting travel advice from people who can offer a different perspective. This book, from experts on relationships, is a romantic rundown of exceptional places that, through their beauty and intimacy, have a unique way of creating that spark. I've left my copy out for my husband--HINT HINT."
--Samantha Brown
Host of Travel Channel's "Great Weekends" and "Passport to Europe" and AARP Travel Ambassador

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities, and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need, with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

About Frommer's
Frommer Media LLC is known throughout the world for its immensely popular series of travel guides to virtually every major touristic location. Under the Frommer's trademark, its guidebooks have been sold in bookstores since 1956 and have consisted of as many as 340 different titles accounting, in many years, for as many as one out of every four travel guides sold in the United States and Canada. Tens of millions of guidebook readers--the largest loyal audience for any such series--have used Frommer's on their vacation trips. Learn more at frommers.com.
Ashland Woman Claims $12.1 Million Megabucks Prize
Oregon Lottery - 12/09/14
December 9, 2014 - Salem, Oregon - Cathy Silver of Ashland, claimed her $12.1 million Megabucks jackpot prize over a month after learning she had the winning ticket.

Silver won her jackpot prize by matching all six numbers in the Oct. 18 Megabucks drawing. Accompanied by her family, Silver claimed her prize at the Lottery office in Salem, Dec. 5. The winning numbers were 3-9-16-25-32-34.

Silver said she doesn't play Megabucks on a regular basis, but when she does, she checks her numbers after each drawing. Waking at 5 a.m. the Sunday following the drawing, Silver sat down with the Sunday newspaper and a cup of coffee. Checking the numbers, she saw she had matched the first three numbers on one of the 10 sets of numbers on her $10, quick pick Megabucks ticket that also included the Kicker option.

"I thought, 'Yippee! I won a free ticket!,' said Silver. "Then I saw I had matched all six numbers! I had to wake my husband, Bud, so he could check the numbers, too! I called my son and he asked if I'd signed the back of the ticket. I said, 'No,' and he told me to sign it right away. Which I did!"

Among the next people Silver contacted was her CPA, who came to the house to join the growing number of family members that Sunday morning. The delay in claiming her prize was due to making sure she had a financial plan in place before coming to Salem.

While sitting at the Lottery office filling out the necessary paperwork, one of Silver's children said, "Mom! You're a millionaire!" Pondering the statement for a moment, Silver said, "I guess I am!" With her win, Silver becomes the Oregon Lottery's 244th Megabucks millionaire.

Silver bought her winning ticket at Albertsons in Ashland.

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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.
Renovations Begin at Lancaster Mall to Make Way for Red Robin
Lancaster Mall - 12/09/14
We are pleased to announce that Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is bringing its famous gourmet burgers to Lancaster Mall, Salem OR. The gourmet burger chain has officially signed a lease at Lancaster Mall. Renovation has begun on the 7,500 square foot space located on the east side of the mall between the mall main entrance and Sears. In addition to Red Robin the overhaul of the front of the mall will include 14,000 square feet of second floor office space and a 5,500 square foot retail space that opens into the mall between Starbucks and Sears. Other interior mall updates will include new interior floors and a fresh paint color scheme.

Red Robin has been the Gourmet Burger Authority(TM) since 1969, when the first Red Robin restaurant opened in Seattle, Wash. Now, with more than 500 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, Red Robin offers more than two dozen high-quality, fresh gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes served with its famous Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, sandwiches, entrees and soups in a family-friendly atmosphere.

"We're thrilled to continue serving the Salem community at the Lancaster Mall," said Philip Herbst, general manager of the Salem Red Robin location. "We look forward to bringing the craveable Red Robin burgers our guests know and love to a new location in 2015."

All of Red Robin's gourmet burgers are prepared with innovative, fresh ingredients like grilled pineapple, homemade guacamole, country Dijon sauce, signature BBQ sauce, hand-battered crispy onion straws, and even a fried egg. Some of the most popular burgers are the Royal Red Robin Burger(R) topped with a fresh fried egg and Red's Tavern Double(R) with its signature styles, including the Fiery Ghost Style(TM) that uses the ghost pepper, one of the world's hottest chile peppers. Red Robin introduced the Smoke & Pepper Burger(TM) nationally in early November 2013, the first of Red Robin's Finest gourmet burger line, and has since expanded with four additional offerings: The D.G.B.(TM), Black & Bleu burger, Southern Charm Burger and The Big Sky Burger(TM).

Many sauces, spreads, salad dressings and soups are made in-house daily. Every burger on the menu is prepared using fresh, USDA ground beef that is free of preservatives, antibiotics hormones and trans fats. Red Robin also serves turkey patties, BOCA Original Vegan Burgers or Gardenburgers(R) and sandwiches made with chicken or fish to satisfy every guest's palate. All of Red Robin's gourmet burgers are customizable to accommodate the taste, dietary needs and preferences of each Red Robin Guest. Customizable side items are also available. Guests can swap out the fries for bottomless side salad, coleslaw, or steamed broccoli, to name a few.

Red Robin is slated to open in the summer of 2015 and joins the strong list of local, regional and national tenants at Lancaster Mall including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas. Lancaster Mall is owned by Lancaster Development, LLC, and managed by C.E. John Company, Inc. For more information on Red Robin and the growing list of tenants at Lancaster Mall visit www.lancastermall.com.
Salem Man Shows Up to Arraignment for Drug Charges with Drugs in His Pocket (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/14
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"I got mixed up, I thought I left it in my car." This was the statement given to deputies by Michael Durban, age 23, of Salem after he walked into his arraignment with drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

Durban was set to be arraigned on the charges of possession of heroin at the Circuit Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway SE, in Salem. But after walking through the court houses security screening process he was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and a cotton ball that deputies believe contained heroin.

Durban was arrested and charged with an additional count of unlawful possession of heroin. He is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court today at 3:00 p.m.


Attached Media Files: Durban
NW Natural's Spirit of Giving Campaign Raises $330,000 for Children and Families at Risk
NW Natural - 12/09/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) employees, retirees and shareholders will donate more than $330,000 to five local charities through the company's annual Spirit of Giving campaign.

The employee campaign, which was held during November with the theme "Give like a Rock Star," raised approximately $165,000 in pledges from current employees and retirees. NW Natural will match that amount through the company's shareholder-supported Corporate Philanthropy Fund.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette will receive about $169,000; OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Challenge will receive almost $58,000; EarthShare around $42,500; Work for Art approximately $36,000; and Black United Fund of Oregon will receive nearly $20,600. These umbrella charities then disperse the funds to the nonprofits that they serve.

"We saw a 10 percent increase in giving this year and couldn't be more pleased with the generosity that was shown," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "Plus, in addition to donating money, many of our employees also gave countless hours to causes in our community."

NW Natural recognized two employees as Volunteers of the Year: Rob Marcoff, a battalion chief for the Cornelius Fire Department, and Andrew Woolsey, a lieutenant for the Dallas Firefighters Association. The two, who work in Field Services, were recognized for their commitment to serve and given a $500 donation for each fire department.

The company's Dollars for Doers program gave NW Natural employees the opportunity to request up to $500 donations for their favorite nonprofits. This year, the company fulfilled the requests with donations to 45 organizations.

"Giving back to the communities we serve is a high priority at NW Natural," added Summers. "We know that the success of our company can only be as strong as the health of the communities where we live, work and play."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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Hearing Resource Center Launched by AARP
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
Website Provides Tools and Tips for Living Well with Hearing Impairment

WASHINGTON, DC -- To address the needs of the 70 percent of Americans age 50+ who suffer from some level of hearing loss, AARP has launched the AARP Hearing Resource Center. The platform, online at www.aarp.org/hearing, connects AARP members and other consumers interested in hearing health with helpful tips, information, tools and links to related product solutions and programs. A Spanish language version of the site is also available.

"Hearing loss results from many causes, and up to 70 percent of those who have hearing loss do not seek treatment," said Stephanie Miles, Vice President of Member Value, Products and Platforms at AARP. "Our research shows that hearing loss can impact the income of a working individual and, in certain cases, affects other aspects of health and can even be tied to depression. The Hearing Resource Center will provide information, tools and more."

The Hearing Resource Center includes:

* Educational content about hearing-related topics, including common causes of hearing loss, information on maintaining hearing health, tips and solutions for living with hearing loss and for loved ones of the hearing-impaired;

* Assessment tools for evaluating hearing loss;

* Maintenance and care tips for hearing-related equipment, such as hearing aids.
* Links to hearing-related products and programs, including AARP Driver Safety's "Honk if You Hear Me" program, the AARP Foundation's Isolation program, and hearing aid discounts.

The site will be updated on a continuous basis with new data, resources such as informational videos and webinars featuring audiologists and other experts, and topical articles. For example, a current feature, "Hearing Well for the Holidays" discusses how to enjoy the best of holiday time with family and friends.
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About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
12/08/14
BNSF Grant helps ECFR purchase new AEDs (Photo)
East (Clark) County Fire & Rescue - 12/08/14
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) recently put four new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) into service thanks to a $9,947 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation. These new AEDs replace units that no longer meet current American Heart Association (AHA) standards.

The new AEDs are bi-phasic--shocking the heart of a cardiac arrest patient from two directions--instead of just one. This two-point delivery system causes less potential damage to heart tissue. The newer AED software provides timing sequences compatible with the faster-paced CPR compressions required by the American Heart Association. Immediate initiation of fast-paced CPR combined with early defibrillation of cardiac arrest patients has been proven to save more lives than was achieved with older resuscitation protocols. Local studies involving ECFR have confirmed this outcome.

ECFR has utilized AEDs for over a decade. The Economic Downturn--and the resultant loss of almost $2 million in expected property tax revenue--prohibited the Fire District from updating/replacing old fire and EMS equipment; including AEDs. East County Fire Chief Scott Koehler said, "The BNSF Railway Foundation grant provided us new AEDs at a time when we couldn't afford to replace them ourselves. We are grateful to the Foundation for giving us these critical, life-saving tools" to better serve our Community.

ECFR serves 60 square miles of unincorporated area north-of and east-of the cities of Camas and Washougal. The District operates 6 fire stations and has approximately 60 personnel--mostly Volunteers. The agency ran 826 calls in 2013. Medical calls and auto accidents make-up approximately 65% of ECFR's call volume.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact Scott Koehler, Fire Chief
East County Fire & Rescue
600 NE 267th Avenue
Camas, WA 98607
360.834.4908


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Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision (Update 1: ID of suspect and victim)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/08/14
*** UPDATE ***

The suspect in this incident is Matthew Saeed Purifoy, DOB 03/15/1981,of Portland. Purifoy was released from the hospital, interviewed by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit, and later booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide and Hit and Run Fatality.

The victim has been identified as Anita Walters, 57.

No further information related to this investigation will be released this evening.

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and Traffic Unit are continuing the investigation.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On December 8, 2014, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to a reckless driver who hit a pedestrian in the area of NE Vancouver Mall Drive/NE Andresen Rd. Preliminary information indicates citizens reporting a vehicle driving erratically on 1-205 northbound that allegedly hit another vehicle on the freeway, left the roadway temporarily, and took the SR-500 off ramp where the reckless driving continued. The suspect driver struck an adult female in the area of Vancouver Mall Drive and Andresen Rd., killing her, before continuing northbound on Andresen. He crashed his vehicle just north of where the female was struck and the suspect was taken into custody at that vehicle crash scene.

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and Traffic Unit are conducting the investigation and no additional information related to the victim or the suspect is being release at this time. Impairment is possibly a factor in the collision.

Andresen Road is shut down for several blocks north and south in the area from Andresen/Vancouver Mall Drive while emergency personnel are at the scene.
Red Cross Responds to St. Helens Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/08/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 3 adults and 1 pet displaced by a single family fire on Crescent Drive in St. Helens, OR. The Red Cross provided lodging, food and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Extraordinary Donation Takes Liberty House Expansion Project 2/3 of the Way. Campaign needs to raise $500,000 more to complete their campaign and help more abused children (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 12/08/14
Proposed Expansion Site
Proposed Expansion Site
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Salem, Oregon (Dec. 8, 2014). At its Holiday Soiree Dec. 4, CEO Alison Kelley announced that Liberty House (LH) Child Abuse Assessment Center had received an extraordinary gift of $1,000,000 from an anonymous source to put toward their capital campaign.

Kelley said, "This gift takes us two thirds of the way toward completing our capital campaign to expand our facility to see more children who are referred for assessment of physical and sexual abuse. We are using this great news to make an urgent plea to the community to raise the rest of the funds before Dec. 31."

The $1.5 million campaign, Nurturing Growth and Hope, will result in LH being able to help between 200 and 300 additional children who need to be seen each year for assessment of injuries suspected to have been caused by abuse. It will allow the organization to purchase a neighboring building and begin renovation on their existing clinic as well as provide follow-up mental health support for children and their families.

Board Chair Scott Sadler said, "There are many places we can make donations at the end of 2014. I feel this is the most important way we can invest in children; to care for them physically and emotionally and to help them heal and go on with their lives."

Adds Kelley, "Our community is seeing an epidemic of child abuse; the need is greater than ever. This donation is a vote of confidence and the donor wants to see the community help carry us the rest of the way. We plan to do that."

Donations may be made directly by visiting the Liberty House website at libertyhousecenter.org or by calling 503-540-0288.

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ABOUT LIBERTY HOUSE: Liberty House is Marion County's only child abuse assessment center, the only place providing special medical assessment services for children. It offers a centralized place for children to receive medical and interview services for concerns of abuse. Liberty House serves children of all ages -- from infants to age 18 and assesses children for concerns of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Services are voluntary and free of cost to the family. Liberty House strives to serve as a resource for community education and information about the issue of child abuse and the protection of children. Over one-half of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations.

Liberty House is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is a safe and special place for children. When there are concerns about children who may have been hurt by abuse or neglect, Liberty House is here to help. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th St. NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org


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Car Crashes in Downtown Longview - Two Buildings Damaged (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 12/08/14
Patient to Gurney
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On Monday, December 8th at approximately 3:30 PM Longview Fire was dispatched to a car accident in the alley of Red canoe Credit Union located at 1418 15th Ave.
When fire crews arrived they found a van thats rear-end had struck the corner of the two story credit union building. The vehicle passenger was outside the vehicle with minor injuries and the driver was injured and inside the vehicle.
While firefighters were triaging the scene they noticed the van's front end had also suffered significant damage. Firefighters were advised that the vehicle (van) had first struck a black jeep that was parked next to Cascade Title Co, the adjacent titled business. The parked jeep was struck hard enough it jumped the planter strip and crashed into title company building. The van then launched into reverse striking the corner of the Red Canoe Credit Union.
Firefighters treated and extricated the adult female victim and AMR transported her to St Johns with non-life threatening injuries. Firefighters then evaluated the structural damage and potential hazards to both buildings finding only minor damage to the exterior of both. There were no injuries to anyone inside either building. Longview Police are conducting the crash investigation.


Attached Media Files: Patient to Gurney , Front end of van , Jeep into Cascade Title , Back of Jeep
Red Cross Assists in Two Multnomah County Home Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/08/14
American Red Cross volunteer disaster action team members this afternoon responded to two home fires in the Portland area.

One incident was in the 17200 block of SE Powell Boulevard in Portland, OR. This single-family fire affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, and information about disaster health and mental health services.

At about the same time, volunteers responded to a fire in the 23300 block of NE Arata Road in Wood Village, OR. This single-family fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster health and mental health services.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Ron Gelbrich, Yamhill-Carlton School Board member, was among 17 locally elected board members recognized Nov. 15 with a gold award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board members receive Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Larry Deibel, Jeff Ashlock, Terry Chrisman and Michael Griffith, Sheridan School Board members, were recognized Nov. 15 with awards for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute. Deibel was presented gold and silver awards; Ashlock, Chrisman and Griffith received bronze awards.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board members receive Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Joe Teeny, Diego Hernandez and John Lindenthal, Reynolds School Board members, were recognized Nov. 15 with awards for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute. Teeny was presented a gold award, Hernandez earned a silver award, and Lindenthal received a bronze award.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Tim Calonder, Perrydale School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Kathy Samsel, Northwest Regional Education Service District board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with silver and gold awards for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement. "School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Bill Graupp, North Marion School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Diane Boisa, Nestucca Valley School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
City Council to Consider Rate Increase to Replenish Stormwater Fund at Meeting on Jan. 5 (Photo)
City of Wilsonville - 12/08/14
Proposed Stormwater Fee Rate Schedule
Proposed Stormwater Fee Rate Schedule
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WILSONVILLE, OR -- On January 5, 2015, the Wilsonville City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on a proposed stormwater fee rate increase. The Council meeting starts at 7:00 pm at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East.

Wilsonville's current monthly stormwater fee is $5.25 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) or per single-family property. One ERU is based on an average detached house and equals 2,750 square feet of impervious surfaces such as roof tops, driveways, decks and sidewalks. The ERU is also used as the basis for calculating the stormwater fee charged on other types of properties and is adjusted proportionally to account for the total amount of impervious surface present. Larger property owners with more impervious surfaces are charged a proportionately higher fee.

If the City Council adopts the proposed stormwater schedule, the cost per ERU will increase $1.50 during the first two years and $.90 for the remaining five years until it reaches $12.75 on Jan. 1, 2021.

"The City recognizes that this is a significant increase in stormwater rates. Due to recent large stormwater repair projects and major required rehabilitation work on the stormwater system, we must act now in order to fund important work to prevent the failure of our stormwater system that would likely result in increased risk of flooding, erosion, sink holes in our roadways, property damage, and violating federal and state water-quality standards," explained the City's Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar.

The rate adjustment is needed as the City's Stormwater Fund is currently inadequate to cover the long-term capital needs of Wilsonville's aging system. The City recently completed two important stormwater projects that each cost over $1 million. Additionally, a detailed study has identified over 50 future repair and replacement projects that include $19 million in pipe rehabilitation required for the Charbonneau district and $14 million in stormwater repairs in other areas of the city.

Stormwater rates are proposed to increase in order to keep the Stormwater Fund self-sustaining, to bring the fund into compliance with City reserve requirements and to allow the City to collect adequate funding to address a long list of needed stormwater projects.

The City is required to manage and deliver stormwater to the Willamette River through City-owned and managed infrastructure including grates, stormwater pipes, public and private bio-swales and ponds in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) clean-water standards. Properly managed stormwater runoff prevents flooding-induced property damage, erosion of stream banks and destruction of aquatic habitat in local streams and rivers.

A City-commissioned stormwater rate study found that Wilsonville's current stormwater rate is less than those of local neighbors Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn. The proposed 2021 adjusted fee of $12.75 per ERU is still lower than what Portland, Milwaukie and Sherwood currently charge.


Attached Media Files: Proposed Stormwater Fee Rate Schedule
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Francisco Acosta, Multnomah ESD Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Linda Eskridge, Molalla River School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with platinum and gold awards for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Debbie Morrow, Warrenton-Hammond School Board member, was among 17 locally elected board members recognized Nov. 15 with a silver award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Victoria Purvine, Corbett School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with silver and gold awards for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Ridgefield's elementary students learn to use science and engineering to solve complex problems in Science Olympiad (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/08/14
A Science Olympiad team's casing successfully protected the egg from a dropped ream of paper
A Science Olympiad team's casing successfully protected the egg from a dropped ream of paper
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Monday, December 8, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Students from Union Ridge and South Ridge Elementary Schools recently participated in the Science Olympiad, an annual competition where teams of elementary students from around Clark County compete against one another in a series of events utilizing science and engineering.

Teams from Union Ridge and South Ridge regularly participate in the annual Science Olympiad with this year's events including: Glider Golf, Green Eggs Go Blam, Rock Hound, Rocket Boat Rally, and Dynamic Density.

Union Ridge Elementary School

At Union Ridge, a team made of third through fifth graders practiced building rocket boats made from water bottles and powered by the chemical reaction that occurs between vinegar and baking soda. Students calculate the precise amount of baking soda and vinegar that will go into the boat's release mechanism. "The challenge of this event is to not have the entire payload drop at once," explained Sharon Floyd, a third grade teacher who volunteers to help coach the team. "The team who wins this event will have their rocket boat stop at a specific spot on the track."

The teachers who volunteer as coaches do so to help get students excited about science. "I love having opportunities to get kids into science," said Anja Felton, a fourth grade teacher who also coaches the team. "We like to enrich their education with fun experiments and give them as many opportunities as possible to experience all the different sides of science."

Many of the students who participate enjoy science as a subject, and wanted the chance to try more outside of school. "It's just fun," said Gavin Meyer, a fourth grader. "You discover and experiment more in Science Olympiad than you would in a regular science class." Sam Clark, also a fourth grader, agreed, "I like experiments and testing theories to see if they're right."

South Ridge Elementary School

The South Ridge Elementary School team experimented with Green Eggs Go Blam, an event where students design casings from recycled materials to protect an egg from a ream of paper dropped from increasing heights. "A big part of the challenge of this event is creating a casing out of recycled paper product," said Linda Wear, a sixth grade teacher who coaches the South Ridge team, "In addition to the design, there are size restrictions and students can't use anything pre-formed like tubes or boxes which adds a lot of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts where students have to engineer an effective solution using limited resources."

To test their casings, Wear dropped a ream of paper from 50 centimeters onto each team's container. If the egg and container survived unbroken, the ream of paper was raised to a height of dropping from one meter. The team whose casing and egg survive most intact would win the event at the actual competition. "Science Olympiad is such a positive experience for the kids," said Wear. "The whole event is well-organized and well-run."

Students raved about their experience just taking part in the practices. "Science Olympiad is awesome," said Colin Mitchell, a fifth grader. "I really like explosive experiences so I'm looking forward to the Rocket Boat competition." Sierra Stern, also a fifth grader, agreed, "I like doing things after school and Science Olympiad is really fun - I particularly like the big explosions in the rocket boat experiment."

Coaching the Science Olympiad team causes Wear to take a different approach than when she teaches classes. "Most of the time, I feel more like a conductor, gathering the materials and guiding the team rather than teaching them," said Wear. "I feel like I'm creating opportunities for them to create and experience science."

Science Olympiad took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Clark College. Events took place in different buildings throughout campus so students experienced a variety of different types of classrooms such as the chemistry lab. A total of 24 schools from all around Clark County participated.

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Attached Media Files: A Science Olympiad team's casing successfully protected the egg from a dropped ream of paper , The 2014 South Ridge Science Olympiad Team with coach, Linda Wear , Anja Felton, a volunteer coach, helps students measure baking soda for their rocket boats , Union Ridge students test their rocket boat powered by vinegar and baking soda
PF&R Reports to City Council on Bureau Healthcare Innovations
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/08/14
During the 2014 budget session, Portland City Council asked Portland Fire & Rescue to research ways to tap into reimbursements for emergency medical response. PF&R will report to City Council its findings during a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 9th, which include introducing innovative pilot programs PF&R created to address recent changes to our healthcare system. PF&R hopes that these vanguard programs will result in improved health outcomes for city residents and reduce overall health system costs.

PF&R has implemented and is evaluating several EMS strategies to address inefficiencies and opportunities in the system. These programs have started or will start as small scale pilot plans to allow PF&R to assess whether the strategy is successful, identify issues or problems, and make improvements before expanding the design.

"It is imperative that PF&R be proactive and nimble when it comes to the ever-changing healthcare landscape and I'm pleased to see that they are devising smart, innovative strategies," says Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens says, "PF&R is at the forefront of coming up with creative ways to respond to the shifting healthcare system while keeping a sharp eye on community needs and financial stewardship. I look forward to reporting our work to City Council tomorrow."

A Sample of PF&R Initiatives Underway

High User Group: Under this program, fire companies forward information on frequent users to Multnomah County Health. The county currently has four social workers who follow up with patients to identify underlying social issues that trigger over-utilization of the 9-1-1 system.

Alternative Destination Alternative Transportation (ADAT) Pilot. Under this program, firefighters dispatched to lower acuity calls assess the patient and, if they meet very specific criteria, determine if the patient can be seen at their healthcare clinic and transported by cab.

A Sample of PF&R Initiatives Under Evaluation

Emergency Department Diversion. PF&R is considering partnerships with local hospitals to provide outreach to frequent ED utilizers. PF&R could work with the hospitals to create community care plans for specific patients that include recommendations on care, transportation mode, and destination.

Home or Facility Care. PF&R could schedule visits to high call volume facilities or individuals. Scheduled visits would allow firefighters to proactively address medical issues rather than respond later through an emergency 9-1-1 call.
*** Update Fatal Crash HWY 26 at MP 67.5 in Wasco County (Photo) Additional Names ***
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/08/14
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On December 5, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were called to the scene of a four (4) vehicle crash on highway 26 near milepost 67.5, in Wasco County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by KIMBERLY A. MEEKER, 41, of Madras, with two juvenile passengers, were eastbound on highway 26 when she lost control on ice in the area and crossed into the westbound lane. The Caravan was hit on the drivers side by a westbound Volvo S40. The Caravan was hit again by a westbound silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia. A fourth vehicle, a black 2005 Saturn Ion, was eastbound and attempted to avoid the crash but struck the rear bumper of the Volvo S40 and then the guardrail.

The driver of the Caravan died at the scene and a juvenile rear passenger in her vehicle was taken by Life Flight to a Portland Area Hospital with serious injuries. The juvenile front seat passenger was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland hospital with injuries.

The driver of the Volvo, identified as VICTORIA L. GETTINGER,30, of Bend, were transported by private vehicle to a Madras hospital for a complaint of pain. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, and an additional adult and infant passenger. None of the occupants reported significant injury at the time of the crash.

The driver and only occupant of the 2002 Toyota Sequoia, identified as CYNTHIA L. YOUNG-BOLEK, 44, of Newberg, was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2005 Saturn Ion, identified as RYAN D. LARSON,26, of Beaverton, and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

While the investigation is ongoing, ice is being investigated as the likely cause of the crash. No additional details or the names of other passengers are available at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Life Flight, and the Hoodland Fire District.

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Youth Worker Arrested for Sex Abuse, More Victims Sought (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/14
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December 8, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for possible sex abuse victims following the arrest of a Vancouver man. There are currently three victims identified. Detectives fear there may be additional victims due to the man's extensive contact with children.

On December 6, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the community of Bonny Slope to investigate a complaint that Christopher Joseph Gonzales, 44, from Vancouver, had inappropriate sexual contact with young girls. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint and the Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.

Preliminary information indicated that Mr. Gonzales had visited the family member's Bonny Slope residence many times. The reported abuse occurred at the residence beginning in 2008 and continued over the course of several years. The reported abuse has been confirmed with three different girls as young as five years old.

Sheriff's Deputies learned that Mr. Gonzales had been a youth volunteer at two Vancouver, Washington churches for several years. He volunteered at the Crossroads Community Church from 2010-2014 and the Freedom Community Church from early 2014 until present. Christopher Gonzales also volunteered at the Vancouver based Called to Rescue USA, a child abuse prevention organization, periodically from 2012 until present.

Mr. Gonzales was arrested on December 7, 2014, and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with nine counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse. He is held on $750,000 bail.

Child Abuse Detectives have processed evidence and interviewed a number of people who had knowledge of the incidents. Detectives fear there may be additional victims that Mr. Gonzales may have abused due to his volunteer work placing him in close proximity to children.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes committed by Mr. Gonzales. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: ARRESTED
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 12/08/14
The following information is in reference to a death being investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office

The decedent has been identified: Craig W. Grundmeier Age: 54 Yrs

This individual was found on 12/05/2014 in the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Pending
Manner of death: Pending


No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 12/08/14

Dennis Wickham, M.D.
Medical Examiner
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Mary Shellenbarger, Central School Board member, was among 17 locally elected board members recognized Nov. 15 with a gold award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Small Fire Forces Brief Evacuation of Corn Pass Fred Meyer (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 12/08/14
This Fred Meyer fork lift is covered in extinguisher powder following a fire caused when the lift operator struck a natural gas line.
This Fred Meyer fork lift is covered in extinguisher powder following a fire caused when the lift operator struck a natural gas line.
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) - A small fire in the merchandise pickup area at the Cornelius Pass Fred Meyer forced the brief evacuation of shoppers Monday afternoon. The fire broke out shortly before 1:30 pm in the northwest corner of the store. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Station 3 arrived, they found flames engulfing a ceiling-mounted commercial heater. Firefighters poured water on the heater to keep the fire from spreading to the roofing materials and nearby merchandise storage. Other crews located valves and shut off the flow of natural gas.

Store workers told investigators that one worker was using a fork lift to place merchandise on high storage racks when the fork lift struck and broke the natural gas pipe leading to the heater. The free-flowing gas quickly ignited. Workers expended a portable extinguisher in an attempt to extinguish the flames without success. No one was injured.

The store was evacuated for about half an hour while firefighters shut off the gas, checked for fire extension into the ceiling areas and isolated the damaged natural gas line so the store could resume operations. Customers were allowed back in about 2:00 pm. Investigators place the damage estimate at about five-thousand dollars.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue encourages all business owners/operators to have a written emergency plan that covers all types of emergencies. Each employee should know their task. All should know how to protect and evacuate customers in the event of emergencies. For more information on fire and life safety, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.



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Attached Media Files: This Fred Meyer fork lift is covered in extinguisher powder following a fire caused when the lift operator struck a natural gas line. , Hillsboro firefighters return from checking for fire extension into the roofing material following a heater fire at the Cornelius Pas Fred Meyer storage area. , Flames engulf a ceiling-mounted heater after a Fred Meyer worker broke the line leading to it with a fork lift. , A Hillsboro firefighter cools a heater that burst into flames after a worker broke the gas line feeding it with a fork lift.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Steve Scott, Camas Valley School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Heritage Commission to meet by phone Dec. 16
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/14
The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 by teleconference. Agenda items include issues related to Oregon cultural heritage sites, organizations and activities. The public listening room will be at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem.

The Heritage Commission is 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.

More information about the Heritage Commission and the meeting is available at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673.

The meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by phoning 503-986-0690.


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 12/08/14
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors December 15, 2014.
Richard Hunt, noted Native carver, returns to spruce up PCC totem pole (Photo)
PCC - 12/08/14
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. - The woodpecker was only doing what came natural. In British Columbia, Canada this wood-damaging bird, along with other things that pose hazards to Native-carved totem poles, wouldn't have been given a second thought.

But for Portland Community College and its prized 30-foot red cedar "Welcoming Pole" at the Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.) in Southwest Portland, it's going to get a second life from rot, insects and, yes, woodpecker damage. The pole is set to be lifted into its final resting space in the early morning of Monday, Dec. 15 (6-8 a.m.) by workers and the college will host a welcoming pole ceremony in the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 16 at the College Center's atrium. The day after, it will be featured during PCC's 16th Annual Traditional Powwow in the HT gymnasium.

With paint brushes in hand and wood tools within reach, award-winning Kwagiulth Native Artist Richard Hunt and Sylvania's Division Dean of Visual & Performing Arts Gene Flores spent two days recently fixing damage and repainting the totem pole with bright colors to restore it to its previous glory. The two were readying the pole for its final resting space inside the new semi-glass atrium entrance to the College Center at the campus. Hunt traveled down from his home studio in Victoria, B.C., to lead the effort to restore the last totem pole he ever carved and the only one of his that resides at an American community college.

"I restore them a lot," said Hunt, who has refurbished his own and Hunt family poles for the Queen of England in London, University of Pennsylvania, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles and in many cities in Latin America, to name a few. "If this is on my own home territory we probably would just let it get old and fall down. A lot of them are in the graveyard and once they fall down their life has ended, and we just let it go back into the ground. But this one is considered art.

"I haven't seen this one in awhile," he added. "I think it's one of my better ones."

With the totem pole on its side in the Upper Mall of the College Center, Hunt and Flores tested their knees and backs by crouching down to paint every edge, smooth surface, and general nook and cranny.

"We talked back and forth, and had a great time," said Flores, a practicing artist himself. "It's going to be beautiful in there (the atrium). I think it's going to really stand out as people walk down that main entry."

Hunt, who began carving at 12 years of age alongside his father Henry, is part of a four-generation carving and art family in northern Vancouver Island. Hunt's grandfather, Chief Mungo Martin, was largely responsible for the resurrection of Northwest Coast carving. In 1973, Richard began working at the Royal British Columbia Museum as an apprentice carver under his father and the following year he assumed the duties as chief carver in the Thunderbird Park Carving program. He remained in that position until he left to become a full-time artist in 1986. Now, much like the generations before him, Richard Hunt has totem poles standing all over the world.

Towering carved cedar totem poles are part of the heritage of the Pacific Northwest Native tribes. They are filled with the images and myths from their world like bear, thunderbird, killer whale, and the like. The PCC "Welcoming Pole" consists of Hunt's family symbols - salmon, bear, eagle, snake and moon. He said his whole family carves, continuing the tradition of one of Canada's most respected carving clans.

Hunt's relationship with PCC began back in 2000 when visual arts faculty Marie Watt, part Seneca, led the way to commission a totem pole for the Sylvania Campus to welcome visitors. Watt, known for her artwork centered on contemporary Native American themes, connected with Hunt to start developing the pole after securing community donations to fund the project. It took him four months to carve the pole at his studio in Victoria and he then put the finishing touches on it at the Sylvania Campus just before the pole was erected among a grove of trees near the Performing Arts Center in the summer of 2001.

"The one thing that really drew us to him was that he's really great at working with and interacting with people," said Watt at the time. "He's an impressive person, not only highly regarded in his field, but he has great communications skills."

The 30-foot totem pole had resided in that spot by the PAC, welcoming visitors to the campus, for more than 12 years. Hunt hasn't touched the pole since its installation except for minor repair work in 2010. When PCC's $374 million bond measure passed in 2008 to upgrade facilities and expand campuses across the district it was an opportunity to relocate the totem pole indoors when the College Center would have a new atrium constructed.

Today, the "Working Exhibit" as he is known, doesn't do large totem poles anymore. He focuses his time on creating his signature raven rattles, bowls, traditional masks, canoes, jewelry, paintings and silk screen prints that are sold throughout the world.

"My ambition to make big poles isn't really there anymore," added the 63-year-old as he surveyed his last totem pole, lying on its side in the cavernous College Center upper mall. "I'll never stop making art though."


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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Pacific University College of Education to Receive More than $580,000 for South Metro-Salem STEM Project
Pacific University - 12/08/14
FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University's College of Education has received a grant of $580,198 to help improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Salem and outlying areas south of Portland.

The Oregon Department of Education Title IIB Math and Science Partnerships award will enhance Pacific's role in the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields. Funds will be dispersed over a three-year period through 2017 for the project, titled South Metro-Salem Integrated STEM.

The US Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnerships is a federal formula grant program that funds collaborative partnerships between STEM departments at institutions of higher education and high-needs school districts. These partnerships provide intensive, content-rich professional development to teachers and other educators, with the goal of improving classroom instruction and, ultimately, student achievement in math and science. Each state is responsible for administering competitive proposal processes and awarding of funds.

As a South Metro-Salem STEM partner, Pacific University's College of Education has committed its faculty and graduate students to work with local school districts to deliver professional development of STEM instruction to K-12 teachers.

This grant will help finance a collaborative project between Pacific, the University of Oregon Department of Physics and the Salem-Keizer, Tigard-Tualatin, Woodburn, Molalla River, Silver Falls and Central school districts that will benefit the entire South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership and beyond.

The project will include the development, testing and refinement of 12 integrated STEM lesson sequences and projects for grades 4-5 that will be made available regionally to all 15 SMSP districts, and broadly as an Open Educational Resource.

Additionally, the project will deliver more than 300 hours of professional development to 32 teachers and administrators over the three-year period through teacher training in the use of web-based digital tools for data literacy, language support in STEM instruction, the integration of community and business partnerships in lesson sequences and projects.

The project aims to directly increase the science and mathematics achievement of more than 3,000 grade 4-5 students in six highly diverse school districts, said Pacific professor and STEM teacher education director Kevin Carr.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carr at 503-352-1443 or kcarr@pacificu.edu.
Free Community Day Saturday at the Oregon Historical Society Features Local FisherPoets (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/08/14
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Folklife Network and the Oregon Historical Society are pleased to present a free Community Day with some of Oregon's FisherPoets, many of whom are best known for their winter gathering in Astoria each February.

Commercial fishermen, which include men and women, have long composed songs and written verse and prose about the drama, dangers, and funny sides of their work. Celebrate this legacy at a day full of activities sponsored by Portland General Electric.

* 11 a.m. - Special writing workshop with FisherPoet Jon Broderick (open to all ages; space is limited).

* 1-3 p.m. - Performances by some of our state's finest FisherPoets including Cary Jones, Moe Bowstern, Jon Broderick, and Jay Speakman.

* 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hands-on activities for the whole family including knot tying lessons.

Also opening Saturday at the Oregon Historical Society is Powering Oregon: 125 Years of PGE. On June 3, 1889, Portland General Electric (PGE) made history when it produced the nation's first long-distance transmission of electricity. From that initial transmission, PGE grew into the largest utility company in Oregon, with more than 843,000 customers in a 4,000 square-mile service area. PGE culminates this 125th milestone with an original exhibit that tells the story of how the company brought power to our homes, our cities, and our state.

Community Day takes place on Saturday, December 13 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) with activities from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free all day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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

About the Oregon Folklife Network
The OFN, Oregon's official Folk and Traditional Arts Program, represents a network of statewide culture and heritage partners that operate on state, regional, county, and community levels to document, support, preserve, and celebrate Oregon's traditional art forms and cultural practices. The OFN conducts folklife fieldwork and collaborates with communities and organizations to sponsor activities that increase public awareness of the significance of Oregon's living cultural heritage. For information about OFN programs and resources for traditional artists and communities, please visit http://ofn.uoregon.edu.


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Christmas Day 2012 Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty to Several Charges - Sentenced to Life in Prison (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/14
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On Monday December 8, 2014, 39-year-old Michael James Kirkland pled guilty to several charges in connection with the December 25, 2012 murder of 33-year-old Jaime Lyn Larson.

Kirkland pled guilty to charges of Aggravated Murder, Strangulation (Felony), Abuse of a Corpse, Burglary in the First Degree, and Theft in the Third Degree, and was sentenced to life in prison.

The investigation started on December 25, 2012, at 9:56 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Park Terrace Apartments, located at 2073 Southwest Park Avenue, on the report of a deceased adult female. Homicide detectives began an investigation and the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that the victim, Jaime Lyn Larson, died of homicidal violence.

Homicide detectives worked closely with the Forensic Evidence Division and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to develop leads in the case which identified Kirkland as the only suspect.

Detectives learned that Larson met Kirkland only hours before her death.

On January 3, 2013, Kirkland was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force at his residence, 1212 Southwest Clay Street, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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Deputies Respond to Vehicle Into School (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/14
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Sunday at about 6:00 a.m., deputies and emergency responders were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Howell Prairie Road NE and Silverton Road NE. A 2014, Chevrolet pickup, being driven by Robert Lovatt, age 57, of Silverton was turning south from the west bound lanes of the intersection at Silverton Road NE and Howell Prairie Road NE.

As Mr. Lovatt entered the intersection a, 2002, Ford Explorer, driven by Rogelio Constantino-Xaca, age 31, of Salem drove through the east bound lanes of the intersection, without stopping causing the two vehicles to collide. Mr. Lovatt and his vehicle came to a rest just outside of the intersection and Mr. Constantino careened off of the roadway, striking Central Howell Elementary School.

The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles, minor damage to the school and minor injuries to both drivers. Winter driving on rural roads can be tricky, with limited lighting and ever changing weather patterns, extra attention to the roadway is needed. At the time of the crash drivers were contending with darkness, wet roads and a heavy fog. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind drivers that following a few winter driving tips can help keep you safe during your holiday travels.

1. Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic; plan to leave early if necessary.
2. Don't rush! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.
3. Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system, and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
4. Drive slowly. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

Mr. Constantino was cited for operating without a license, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to carry proof of insurance.


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Ridgefield School District Celebrates Capital Facilities Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/08/14
Ridgefield School District Board of Directors Scott Gullickson, Steve Radosevich, Becky Greenwald, and Jeff Vigue along with Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann performed the official ribbon cutting
Ridgefield School District Board of Directors Scott Gullickson, Steve Radosevich, Becky Greenwald, and Jeff Vigue along with Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann performed the official ribbon cutting
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Monday, October 8, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Ridgefield School District held its Capital Facilities Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Ridgefield High School. The event represented the culmination and completion of a $49 million construction project supported by a bond passed by the Ridgefield community in February 2012.

Community members viewed the new facilities located on the South Ridge Elementary School and shared Union Ridge Elementary School / View Ridge Middle School campuses between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. followed by the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Ridgefield High School at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent, opened the ceremony and introduced the speakers who included notable Ridgefield residents who made presentations including:

* Scott Gullickson, President of the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors, who presented an overview of a bond 21 years in the making,
* Ron Onslow, Mayor of the City of Ridgefield, who discussed how new school facilities can help transform a community,
* Dr. Nathan McCann presented Facilities Project Appreciation Awards to LSW Architects, Triplett-Wellman, and Ketchum Enterprises, Inc.,
* Scott Combs from the Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here Program presented The Real Heroes Awards presented to former Ridgefield School District Superintendent Art Edgerly and Ridgefield Resident Jim Maul,
* The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors and Superintendent Nathan McCann performed the Official Ribbon Cutting.

"We are so grateful to the Ridgefield community for their support of this capital facilities project," said McCann. "The district looks forward to strengthening partnerships with the community to continue to enrich and improve student learning in our schools."

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Attached Media Files: Ridgefield School District Board of Directors Scott Gullickson, Steve Radosevich, Becky Greenwald, and Jeff Vigue along with Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann performed the official ribbon cutting , Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow spoke about the importance of schools to a cities including Ridgefield. , Scott Gullickson, President of the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors, spoke about what a new bond means to a school district and the amount of effort that went into passing the bond. , Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann introduced the ceremony and the guest speakers. , The Clark County fire department lent a ladder truck to hang the American flag over the new facilities at Ridgefield High School , Jim Maul (far left) received a Real Heroes Award from the Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here Program presented by Scott Combs with Superintendent Nathan McCann. , Superintendent Nathan McCann awarded a Facilities Project Appreciation Award to Triplett-Wellman for their work on the project. , Superintendent Nathan McCann awarded a Facilities Project Appreciation Award to LSW Architects for their work on the project. , Ridgefield School District Board of Directors Scott Gullickson, Steve Radosevich, Becky Greenwald, and Jeff Vigue along with Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann performed the official ribbon cutting , Art Edgerly, former Superintendet of Ridgefield School District, (middle) received a Real Heroes Award from the Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here Program presented by Scott Combs with Superintendent Nathan McCann.
Suspect Sought in 7-11 Robbery (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 12/08/14
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On December 3, 2014 at approximately 1:10 AM, a suspect walked into the 7-11 located at 1690 Market St NE and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. After obtaining the cigarettes, the suspect told the clerk he had a bomb and would not be paying for them.

The suspect was described as a white male, 35 to 40 years of age, 5'08" to 5'11", medium build, with short brown hair and a thin beard with a goatee. He was wearing a gray short sleeve t-shirt under a dark blue vest, red pajama pants, and dark colored skater styled shoes. He was last seen running southeast from the store.

Photos of the suspect have been circulated throughout the Salem criminal justice community with negative results. They are now being released to the public with the hope someone will recognize him. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
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Vancouver Chamber Welcomes Legislators to Dec 12th Event: Legislative Outlook Breakfast (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 12/08/14
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Vancouver, WA -- On Friday, December 12th the GVCC will welcome the following legislators to the Hilton for the "2015 Legislative Outlook Breakfast" event: Paul Harris, Brandon Vick, Liz Pike, Jim Moeller, Annette Cleveland and Lynda Wilson. The conversation will focus on the Southwest Washington business climate and we encourage small to large sized businesses to attend with their questions and concerns for the future. Cost is $50/person, VIP tables available. RSVP at vancouverusa.com.

This event is co-hosted by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Counsel. The presenting sponsor is Mackay Sposito. The media partner is the Columbian. Breakfast is included in ticket price. Doors open at 7am. Program concludes at 9am.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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PF&R Responds to Hash Oil Explosion (17200 Block of SE Powell)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/08/14
This morning at 12:55 AM Portland Police Officers asked Portland Fire & Rescue to respond to an apartment at 17200 block of SE Powell Blvd. Firefighters met police on scene and found an apartment building with structural damage caused by an explosion. Fire Investigators have determined that the explosion resulted from the production of Hash Oil.

One adult male was injured in the explosion and transported to the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel for treatment. No other injuries were associated with this incident. Four people have been displaced due to damage to the building. The people who were evacuated reside in the affected unit and the unit above.

Fire Investigators continue to look into this incident and additional information on possible charges will follow if/when it becomes available.
Man Injured After Hash Oil Explosion in Centennial Neighborhood Apartment
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/14
On Monday December 8, 2014, at 12:55 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 17200 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard on the report of three people arguing and fighting in front of an apartment.

As officers were en route to the scene, they received additional information that one subject punched another in the face, a window was heard breaking and that someone had a knife and was threatening to stab someone.

Officers arrived but learned that everyone involved left the area. Officers located the apartment in question and found that some kind of explosion occurred inside, damaging the structure. Neighbors told police they'd heard a loud explosion approximately 30 minutes earlier but did not call 9-1-1 until they heard people fighting.

Portland Firefighters responded to the scene to make sure the building was safe and no further risk existed.

Later, officers learned that a an adult male arrived at a Portland hospital with burns and that he'd been inside the apartment in question trying to extract hash oil when something ignited the butane he was using and there was a small explosion.

No arrests have been made and the Drugs and Vice Division is continuing to investigate the incident.

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Update on November 15, 2014, Linfield College student stabbing and officer involved shooting
Yamhill Co. District Attorney's Office - 12/08/14
Today, at 3pm, Brad Berry, the Yamhill County District Attorney, along with investigators from the Yamhill County Major Crime Team, will hold a news conference to update the public on the investigation into the death of Parker A. Moore, a Linfield College student, stabbed to death on November 15, 2014, along with an update into the subsequent officer involved shooting of the stabbing suspect, Juventino Bermudez-Arenas.

The news conference will be held at the Yamhill County Annex, on the corner of 6th and Ford, McMinnville, Or, at 3:00pm.

No further information will be available until that time.
Armed Robbery Investigation Underway on Hayden Island
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/14
This morning, Monday December 8, 2014, at 8:39 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Huddy's Deli, located at 12055 North Center Avenue.

Officers responded and contacted the employee who told police that the suspect entered the business, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business and was last walking in a southeasterly direction from the business.

Several officers checked the area but have not located anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, clean-shaven, wearing dark glasses, a dark green jacket, gloves, and a stocking cap.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Reward Offered for Information on Death of William "Cougar" Burleigh (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/14
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Portland Police Bureau homicide detectives are continuing to ask for the public's help to provide information regarding the death of 38-year-old William "Cougar" Burleigh in Downtown Portland.

Friends of Cougar Burleigh are offering a reward of up to $1,000 cash for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in his death.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Detective Anthony Merrill directly at (503) 823-4033; anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

Anyone with additional information about this investigation, including anyone in the neighborhood who saw or heard anything, should contact detectives.

Witnesses that need to remain anonymous may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon, but will only be eligible for the Crime Stoppers reward.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying
Oregon Military Department - 12/08/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night flying training missions December 9-11.

The night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Smoke from smoldering attic fire causes evacuation of Hillsboro home - No injuries
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 12/08/14
(HILLSBORO, OREGON) - Units from Washington County Fire District #2, Hillsboro Fire Department, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire on SW Rosa RD near the intersection of River RD just after 4:00PM on Sunday, December 7. No injuries were reported.

A family of three adults were displaced from their home after smoke from a smoldering attic fire began filling the residence. Only one person was home at the time of the incident and was located in the far end of the ranch-style home when she noticed her electricity went out and went to investigate. After noticing smoke in the house she called 9-1-1.

Engine 2 from Hillsboro arrived first to find heavy smoke coming from the eves of the home all the way around the house with no visible flames. Engine 19 from District #2's Midway station was immediately behind E2 and began ventilating the home which had only light smoke inside the living area.

The fire was extinguished a short time later and damage caused by the fire is contained mainly to the attic and ceiling area where the garage meets the house. The cost to repair the damage is still undetermined.

Fire investigators believed the cause to have been wiring. Because of the confined space where the fire occurred, the fire had smoldered slowly for a period of 12 to 24 hours without any flames.

Washington County Fire District 2 wants to remind citizens of the importance of having working smoke alarms properly located outside of sleeping areas on every level inside your home, and for maximum protection, inside each bedroom. Test each unit once a month replacing dead batteries when necessary, and replace smoke detectors after 10 years. Smoke alarms save lives!!!
Additionally, when a fire is discovered, evacuate the home immediately, call 9-1-1 and don't return to the structure.

For more fire and life safety information, visit www.wcfd2.com or call 503-647-9900.
Ridgefield man's missing dog located.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/14
A Columbian article printed on December 6th renewed interest in a missing Dachshund puppy belonging to Gary Brill Jr. The puppy named Annie had been missing since November 28th when she jumped from a van while Gary was visiting friends. Annie left her littermate Danny behind when she went on her adventure. Annie and Danny were given to Gary by a friend after he was forced to put down his prior nine year companion, Buddy, a black Newfoundland Lab mix.

A sharp eyed Clark County Sheriff's Office Deputy named Jeremy Koch spotted an incoming 911 call report on his patrol car's computer December 7th. He connected the call to the article about Gary and his canine companions. Gary was calling 911 to report information related to a Facebook posting he believed was Annie.

Deputy Koch was able contact the Facebook poster, Lyndsay Pettit, the daughter of Ridgefield Police Officer, Jeff Pettit. Annie was a little worse for wear when she wandered up to Lyndsay. She was malnourished and had a bad case of fleas. Lyndsay already had two dogs of her own and after checking with local animal shelters, posted a picture of Annie on Facebook looking for a foster family. Annie's adventure continued as she was given to a kindly couple in Rainier, Washington.

Lyndsay still had the contact information for the Rainier family and gave it to Deputy Koch. Deputy Koch contacted the kindly couple and made arrangements to meet them, and Annie, in Longview. Before he left to get Annie, Deputy Koch needed to tell Gary in person that Annie had been found. Deputy Koch said Gary was so ecstatic that he actually began weeping for joy. He insisted that Deputy Koch give the $200 reward money to the family that had taken care of Annie.

Deputy Koch travelled to Longview where he met the kindly Rainier couple at the local Starbucks. He gave them the $200 reward money and they promptly gave him $100 back. They told Deputy Koch they had taken Annie to the vet, had her wormed, and helped her with her flea problem. They gave him the vet paperwork along with a new rabies tag. They told Deputy Koch to tell Gary the $100 was to get Annie chipped. The now tearful couple handed over Annie in her brand new sweater. They were going to miss Annie, but they were happy she was going home.
Deputy Koch said Annie was rather subdued on the trip home. She sat in the passenger seat probably wondering where her next adventure was taking her. Deputy Koch said as they neared Gary's home, Annie caught the scent of something familiar. She jumped up on the window sill of the patrol car and began to furiously wag her tail. After they pulled in the driveway, Deputy Koch carried the wriggling Annie to the front door and reunited her with Gary, who was now practically delirious, and with her brother Danny who was pretty excited too. Gary was deeply grateful to Deputy Koch and promised to use the money to get Annie chipped.

And that's how Annie made it home for Christmas.
12/07/14
(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Governor welcomes home deployed Airmen (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/07/14
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Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson sings the National Anthem to kick off the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, address those in attendance at the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron render a salute during their formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber receives the Oregon flag that was flown during deployment from Lt. Col. Jason Lay, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Commander, during the formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


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Shop with a Cop meeting goal (Photo)
Law Enforcement for Youth - 12/07/14
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Law Enforcement for Youth's Shop with a Cop program will be able meet its goal of serving 400 children this year do to the help from media services and amazing support from the community. With less than two weeks to go our program was only at 50% funding goals. The fundraising struggle was brought to the attention of the community through local news sources and Facebook efforts.

In a simply amazing response from our generous community the gap has been closed and our Shop with a Cop program for 2014 is fully funded. For those who contributed or just would like to see hundreds of smiling young faces come join us on December 13th, 2014 from 9am to noon at the Walmart located at 5250 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR.


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Red Cross Assisting After Longview Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/14
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting two adults and one child affected by a Dec. 6 multi-family fire in the 2900 block of Colorado Street in Longview, Cowlitz County, Wash.

The Red Cross provided clothing and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
12/06/14
Portland Fire responds to a residential fire in NE Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/06/14
At 3:36 PM, Portland Fire was dispatched to 4401 NE Mallory Ave. Callers reported smoke coming from the side of the house and flames could be seen inside the residence through the windows.

Arriving crews rapidly determined that the fire was located in the basement of the single-family residence. Crews worked to quickly extinguish the fire and fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported and the occupant was not home at the time of the fire.

Battalion Chief Don Kelly reported that while crews were working, a vehicle drove over a lay-in line, which is the hose going from the hydrant to the fire engine supplying the water to the firefighters. Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens that if you encounter a hose line at a fire, avoid driving over it, as it can damage or rupture the hose line. This can leave the firefighters depending on that water in a life-threatening situation.
Vancouver Police Arrest Man In Stolen Car After Pursuit
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/06/14
On December 6, 2014 at approximately 11:48am Officers from the Vancouver Police Department found an occupied stolen 1995 Subaru Station Wagon in a parking lot on Fourth Plain Blvd near Whitman Avenue. As an officer was exiting his car to contact the driver, the driver accelerated his vehicle, striking the police car causing damage. A pursuit was initiated with the suspect driving recklessly. The pursuit eventually ended at approximately 11:51am with the driver being stopped on Andresen Road near State Route 500 through a Pursuit Immobilization Technique. Taken into custody for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police and Possession of a Controlled Substance was Nicholas J. Muros, age 29 of Vancouver Washington. Mr. Muros was taken to the Clark County Jail after a medical check at a local hospital. No officers or other individuals were injured. Traffic on Andresen Road was briefly stopped during the investigation and recovery of the vehicle.
Officers Monitoring Protest Today in Downtown Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/14
On Saturday December 6, 2014, Portland Police officers will be monitoring a protest being held outside the Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building on Southwest 3rd Avenue.

The hope of the Portland Police Bureau is for the event to be a peaceful expression of free speech without infringing on the rights of others.

Police officials have attempted to communicate with event organizers about any marches scheduled for after the protest but have not been given any information that will help facilitate a peaceful march through Portland.

Community members are asked to be aware of the protest and potential marches as they may interrupt traffic. Information has been received by police officials that some members of the protest may try to get onto freeways, bridges and disrupt mass transit. Officers will respond to incidents as needed to protect public safety and infrastructure from being disrupted.

As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau's goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members, minimize disruptions to traffic, and to protect property. If a member of the community is delayed by a protest march, we ask for your patience and understanding.

The Police Bureau will work to insure public safety throughout the protest and any potential march that may occur in the City of Portland.

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Photo of Raymond Joseph Johnson (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/14
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Raymond Joseph Johnson, 38 years old of Oregon City is currently lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Murder. His booking photo is attached to this release. For an unknown reason the online Jail Inmate Roster program is not displaying his photo but does have all of the other details on this inmate. Oregon City Police previously distributed a release relating to this arrest.


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Major Crash Team Investigates Fatal Crash Involving a Motorcycle Rider on I-84 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/14
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On Saturday December 6, 2014, at 12:56 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on I-84 eastbound at the I-205 southbound exit.

Officers and medical personnel responded and began treating the rider, 37-year-old Peter Todd Davies of Gresham, and his passenger, 23-year-old Jessica Lauren Dunn. Prior to the arrival of medical personnel, Dunn and a passerby were attempting to render aid to Davies who was suffering from traumatic injuries.

Medical personnel were unable to save Davies and he died at the scene. Dunn suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded and conducted an investigation into the crash. Investigators learned that Davies and Dunn were traveling eastbound on I-84 on Davies' 2004 Harley Davidson, taking the I-205 southbound exit when he left the roadway onto the gore point and struck a sign.

Investigators believe road conditions and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

Anyone with additional information on this crash is asked to contact Officer Erik Koppang at (503) 823-2216, erik.koppang@portlandoregon.gov.

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Underage Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/14
Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, conducted an undercover compliance mission where teenagers attempted to buy alcohol from stores in Washington County.

On December 5, 2014, Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover operation where underage decoys attempted to purchase alcohol. Fifteen businesses from the eastern areas of Washington County were visited by the underage decoy who was 18 years old. The decoy was constantly supervised by a Sheriff's Deputy. The decoy provided their valid Oregon State issued ID card if requested by the clerk.

Out of the fifteen establishments checked, only two store clerks sold alcohol to the underage decoys. The businesses were 7-eleven (19175 SW TV Hwy) and 7-eleven (3160 NW 185th Ave). The employees were arrested and later cite/released with a court date. The OLCC will be following up with the owner of the business that sold the alcohol to the minor.

The Sheriff's Office recognizes the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and works hard to stop underage drinking. This undercover alcohol sting is one of the many programs the Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes in our continuing effort to stop underage alcohol use and avoid the potentially devastating aftermath.


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12/05/14
Suspect Attempts to Rob Two Employees of Roseway Neighborhood Restaurant
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/14
On Friday December 5, 2014, at 7:58 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at The Original Taco House, located at 3255 Northeast 82nd Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect, armed with a handgun, approached two employees when they were behind the restaurant while on a break.

The suspect ran away without getting any money or property and was last seen headed westbound away from 82nd Avenue. Neither employee was injured during the incident.

Several officers, including a K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 35 to 40 years old, 6'2" tall, 210 pounds, wearing a red beanie, black jacket, dark jeans, armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Oregon City Police Investigate Possible Domestic Violence Shooting
Oregon City Police Dept. - 12/05/14
Just after 12:15 pm on November 25, 2014 Oregon City Police were called to the report of gunshots heard on Swan Ave near Thurman St in Oregon City. Callers reported two subjects were lying in a residential driveway off of Swan Ave.

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

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

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any additional information regarding this incident to contact the Oregon City Police Tip Line at (503)496-1616.

UPDATE: Friday, December 5, 2014

On Friday, December 5, 2014 around 4:29pm Oregon City Police Detectives arrested 38 year old Raymond Joseph Johnson at Legacy Emanuel Hospital for the Murder of his wife, 32 year old Rebekah Joy Johnson. Raymond Johnson had been at Emanuel recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound since the shooting.

Oregon City Police and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team had identified Raymond Joseph Johnson as the suspect in the shooting, which occurred at his residence on Swan Ave in Oregon City on November 25, 2014. Johnson is alleged to have shot his wife, Rebekah Joy Johnson, and himself with a handgun during a domestic altercation at their residence. Rebekah Joy Johnson died at O.H.S.U. on Wednesday, November 26th as a result of the shooting.

Johnson is being held on one count of Murder at the Clackamas County Jail pending arraignment. No bail has been set.
Shop With A Cop at Cornelius Fred Meyer (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/14
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December 5, 2014 - Thanks to Cornelius Fred Meyer 23 local kids were able to go holiday shopping with Washington County Deputies who serve the City of Cornelius.

Friday morning 23 local kids in need participated in the "Shop with a Cop" holiday event. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Cornelius Fred Meyers opened their doors to these kids in need. For two hours, deputies helped the kids spend $40.00 on toys for their family members. The children were then given $60 worth of items from their own wishlists. These kids were nominated with the assistance of local schools.

Chief Gene Moss would like to thank Fred Meyer for their generosity. With their support, these kids and their families will have some much appreciated gifts under their tree. The deputies look forward to this opportunity and the kids get to have a fun and positive contact with Deputies.


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Friday Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be Law Enforcement on Phone
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/14
Recently, officers from the Portland Police Bureau have taken reports from people who have been scammed out of money by people posing as law enforcement on the telephone.

In the last year and a half, officers have taken reports from people who stated that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment.

Callers typically instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers.

Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

* The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.

* The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.

* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828.

* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an online Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

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Oregon public safety members get in the holiday spirit (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/05/14
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Today in downtown Salem, a number of members of the Oregon State Police and the Office of State Fire Marshal joined forces and got in the holiday spirit as bell ringers for the Salvation Army holiday fundraising drive. Special ringers even included OSP Superintendent Rich Evans and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

"Every member of the OSP is also a member of their local community," said OSP Superintendent Rich Evans. "We love the opportunity to interact with the community in any way we can show that inside the uniform is a real person who cares about our communities as much as our neighbors."
Kids and adults alike seemed to enjoy the opportunity to interact with the special bell ringers stationed along the Kohl's skybridge at the Salem Center Mall.

"We might wear different uniforms but our mission is essentially the same," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We are here to protect Oregonians and we are here to improve their quality of life, whether that's done through our daily jobs or supporting charitable causes."


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Troopers Seize 17 Kilograms of Cocaine in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/05/14
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On December 5, 2014, at approximately 8:27 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Central Point Office stopped a 2002 Buick Regal for seatbelt violations on the driver and passengers on Interstate 5 near milepost 17. As the contact unfolded, troopers began to suspect the three were involved in criminal activity and requested K-9 Rainey of the Jackson County Parole and Probation Department assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE), respond to assist.

After a K-9 alert, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 17 Kilograms of cocaine and $5,980.00 in currency located within the vehicle. The cocaine was found in a false compartment in the vehicle.

Troopers arrested the driver, CHRISTOPHER M. WINTERS, 26, or Mill Creek WA; passenger, TAYLOR L. THRUELSEN, 36, of Issaquah WA; and second passenger, CHRISTOPHER K. CARRIGAN, 37, also of Issaquah WA, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Manufacturing of Cocaine. All three were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

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Winning bid for Water Pipeline Construction Brings Savings for Water Partnership Project
City of Lake Oswego - 12/05/14
On Dec. 4, the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership received seven bids from general contractors for construction of just over half a mile of pipeline along Bonita Road in Tigard. At $2,616,879, Landis & Landis Construction is the apparent low bidder for the contract. This portion of construction includes trenchless pipeline crossings under I-5 and several railroad tracks, along with traditional cut-and-cover trenching methods along Bonita Road.

"With an estimated cost of about $4 million for this part of the project, Landis & Landis Construction's bid will continue to help us stay within the overall estimated cost of $254 million for completion of the entire program," said Dennis Koellermeier, project liaison from the City of Tigard. "This savings is good news for the residents of Tigard and the Partnership."

Landis & Landis Construction is a local construction company established in 2001 and based in Portland, OR.

As managing partner for the Partnership, Lake Oswego is responsible to contract for construction of all improvements to Lake Oswego and Tigard's water supply systems. The Lake Oswego City Council is expected to officially award the project to Landis and Landis Construction on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego's water infrastructure and share water. These water pipelines connect Tigard with Lake Oswego's water system and serve both communities. Other facilities under construction include the river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, the water treatment plant in West Linn, the Waluga reservoir in Lake Oswego, and the Bonita pump station in Tigard.

For questions about the bids, please contact Joel Komarek, Project Director, at 503-697-6588. For project information, please contact the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership at 503-697-6502, lotwater@ci.oswego.or.us or visit www.lotigardwater.org.
Vancouver Police and Nautilus Inc. bring holiday joy to kids
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/05/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Vancouver Police Department and Nautilus Inc. will be partnering for the 11th Annual Nautilus Holiday Helpers event. This event will be at the Target located at 16200 NE Mill Plain Blvd. from 5:30a.m.-7:00a.m and pairs Nautilus Inc. staff and Vancouver Police officers with a child for a shopping spree.

"We are pleased to continue our eleven year partnership with the Vancouver Police Department, Police Activities League, and Target Stores through our sponsorship of this year's Holiday Helper event," said Wayne Bolio, senior vice president, law and human resources, Nautilus, Inc. "This event has become a much anticipated part of our holiday efforts for the over 100 employees who participate, and it allows us to give back to our local community, making the season brighter for children who need it most."

"VPD is grateful for the opportunity to team up with Nautilus and Target in this holiday season," said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain. "As members of the community, we appreciate these times to further our connection to those we serve is such a positive way; it strengthens the bonds of our social fabric."

Each year for this event the Vancouver Police Department works with multiple social service agencies in the community that serve families in need who identify and select the children to participate in this event (all children have already been pre-selected by the social service agencies and this event is not open to the general public).

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend and will have access to the store at 5:30a.m., with the kids arriving at approximately 5:45a.m.

Over 60 kids are anticipated to participate in this year's event.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Portland Police Seize 42 Kilos of Cocaine During Traffic Stop - One Person Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/14
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On Friday December 5, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Portland Police officers stopped a 2013 Nissan Quest mini-van on northbound I-205 at Northeast Airport Way.

Officers received consent to search the vehicle from the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 51-year-old Kevin Maurice Landers who is an American citizen but resides in British Columbia, Canada.

Drugs and Vice Division Officer Scott Groshong and his drug-sniffing K-9 "Nikko" responded and searched the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, Nikko was alerted to the odor of narcotics and officers found a hidden compartment in the floor containing four duffel bags. Inside the four duffel bags officers located 42 kilograms of cocaine.

Investigators believe the cocaine was destined for Canada.

Landers was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery and Possession of Cocaine.

Community members concerned about drug activity should report the information online at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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BGPS Nutrition Services Fuels Students with Nutritious, Balanced Meals (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/05/14
Maple Grove students line up to pay for their school lunches.
Maple Grove students line up to pay for their school lunches.
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Lunch can be one of the highlights of a student's day, and Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services is intent on making it a fresh, satisfying and nutritionally nurturing part of it. Nutrition Services prepares tasty dishes that meet federal guidelines and fuel students' bodies so that their minds can focus and remain alert during the day.

The department, which is an integral part of the school district, serves both breakfasts and lunches to students every day and organizes events throughout the year to encourage parent involvement in their children's nutritional health and to educate students about making healthy choices. BGPS contracts with Sodexo to manage Nutrition Services and provide food service staff, menu development and event coordination.

"Nutrition Services is more than just the school lunch provider," said Russ Kallwick, Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director. "We support what students are taught in the classroom and extend that education into nutrition at mealtimes and during events."

Events such as Scratch Cooking Week, Kids Can Cook, and the High School Culinary Competition engage students in nutritional education through hands-on cooking activities and encourage parents to join their children for a school lunch. A Fine Dining event, held at a different school each year, teaches kids proper etiquette at meal times. A two-month long free breakfast promotion at the beginning of the school year provides an opportunity for many kids to try school breakfasts and establish a routine of fueling up at the beginning of the day. This year, Nutrition Services served 60,000 breakfasts to students during the free breakfast promotion, which is partially funded with federal dollars.

Parents are invited to have a school meal with their child at any time. An adult lunch costs $3.50 and an adult breakfast is $2.35. Each month nutrition services releases menus in a calendar format that could be turned into a lesson on how to read a calendar.

The primary school menus list entree options for each day of the month, and middle school menus list a main entree. Middle schoolers also have the option of ordering or purchasing a la carte items that meet federal nutrition guidelines, such as cookies, at an additional cost to the price of a lunch. These items constantly change based on availability.

Nutrition Services works to build meals that not only meet federal guidelines, but also appeal to student taste buds, and recently brought a registered dietitian on board to help explore culinary options that are both healthy and tasty. "It's a balancing act to find foods that are nutritious but also are things the kids like to eat," said Kirsten Fox, Nutrition Services' new registered dietitian.

For example, federal guidelines require that fat in school lunches is limited to no more than 30 percent or less of the calories averaged over the course of a week, and that saturated fat is limited to no more than 10 percent of calories over a week's time. "There are lots of things you can't see, but nutritiously they are better," Kallwick said.

In its effort to create healthy and tasty foods, options such as pizza are made with a whole grain crust and low-fat mozzarella cheese. The ketchup served with meals is all natural; absent are sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. Students who eat school meals must select a serving of a fruit or vegetable with every breakfast and lunch, and can leave it at the sharing table for another student to take if they choose not to eat it. For those who would like more, the fruit and vegetable bar is an "all you can eat" feature of school meals. "We have found that younger kids are open to eating healthy options if we keep introducing them," Kallwick said.

The nutritional value of school meals is posted online at https://www.sodexoeducation.com/segment_0200/district_7111/ENM/Entry1/ by selecting Nutritional Information on the Choose a Meal Category drop down menu.

Money can be added to students' meal accounts through Family Access; and there is no longer a fee charged for this service. Also on Family Access, parents can check a box to receive automatic email notifications when their child's meal account balance falls below $5 (contact your school for login information). In addition, families can apply for free or reduced lunches at any point in the year.

Handy links:
BGPS Nutrition Services web page: http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/nutrition-services-home

Menus and nutritional analysis information: http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/nutrition-services-home/menus

FAQ about school meals and Nutritional Services:
http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/nutrition-services-home/faq

Sodexo Foundation is accepting applications for $400 Youth Grants. The grants provide funds for youth-led service projects that bring people together to address child hunger during Global Youth Service Day April 17-19, 2015. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2015 at http://www.ysa.org/sodexoyouth.


Attached Media Files: Maple Grove students line up to pay for their school lunches.
Red Cross Provides Assistance at Cowlitz County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon provided assistance to one adult and five children in the aftermath of a single-family fire on the 2900 block of Colorado St. in Longview, Washington. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, seasonal garments, disaster mental health service and information about disaster health services.
WSU Vancouver offers financial aid and scholarship workshop for college-bound students
WSU Vancouver - 12/05/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver will host an A - Z of Financial Aid and Scholarship workshop 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Vancouver Community Library for all prospective college students, no matter the college they choose. This event is free and open to the public.

Prospective students and parents will learn from financial aid experts the many ways to make a college education attainable. Presenters will answer commonly asked questions about financial aid and scholarships, including what scholarships are available, how to apply for financial aid, and when and how to receive awarded funds.

The Vancouver Community Library is the main library. It's located at 901 C Street in downtown Vancouver.

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Camas students in all grades to be creating code in Hour of Code project
Camas Sch. Dist. - 12/05/14
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.

That's why our entire school district is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, which takes place during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-12). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!

CHS Students who are working on their Hour of Code Friday, December 12, will be allowed to use their personal devices during the Hour of Code activity.

Our participation in Hour of Code is a statement that the Camas School District is ready to teach these foundational, 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. We encourage parents to ask their students about the Hour of Code activity next week.

See http://goo.gl/NChz5V for details.
Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 12/05/14
There will be a Regular School Board meeting on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Milwaukie House Fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 12/05/14
Truck 2 and Engine 3
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An observant and quick thinking neighbor alerted 911 dispatchers that smoke was coming from the roof of a one story bungalow located at 10746 SE 28th in Milwaukie. No one was home during the single room and contents fire, and firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze within twenty minutes. Investigators are currently on scene of the injury free incident, and a damage estimate is not available.


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50 Years Later, High-Water Signs Provide Reminder of 1964 Flood (Photo)
City of Albany - 12/05/14
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In commemoration of the 1964 flood that devastated properties throughout the Willamette River basin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is installing high-water signs in three river cities as reminders of the risks that floods continue to present.
Corps and City of Albany staff will install three high-water-mark signs at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, two weeks before the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Christmas flood. The signs will be posted at the level flood waters reached at Ellsworth Street on December 4, 1861; December 24, 1964; and February 9, 1996. The signs also list the number of upstream dams in place at the time of the latter two floods and how much those dams reduced flood levels.
Albany is the farthest flood-affected city upstream to receive and install the high-water signs as part of a public outreach project to make people aware of flood history and flood risk in their area and to promote flood preparedness. Similar signs are being installed downstream in Turner and Oregon City, all at no cost to the cities.
The outreach project is coordinated by the Oregon Silver Jacket Team, a multiagency group focused on working together on flood issues. Agencies involved in the high-water-mark sign project include the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Emergency Management Office, National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Corps.
* Corps representatives will attend the Albany sign installation to provide information about past floods and talk about ongoing flood risk in the region.
* Darrel Tedisch, City of Albany Emergency Management Specialist, will talk about how the City prepares for flooding and what Albany residents can do to be prepared.
* National Weather Service representatives will be available to talk about weather and river forecasting and flood warning services for the Willamette River and its tributaries.
* Oregon Emergency Management staff will also be available to discuss recent flood mitigation projects in the local area.
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Multiple DUII Arrests Results From Recent High Visibility Enforcement (HVE)
Tigard Police - 12/05/14
During the most recent High Visibility Enforcement campaign (HVE) which began on November 21st and continued through December 1st; Tigard Police officers arrested 5 drivers for DUII. In addition, Tigard Police made over 65 other motorist contacts resulting in either citations or warnings for various traffic violations.

Tigard Police plan to continue participation in the grant-funded program which focuses on extra police officers patrolling with the primary focus of arresting impaired drivers. The partnership and resulting campaign made possible with both NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and locally with Oregon Impact is credited with improving the safety of our roads, especially during the holiday season and other times when alcohol typically is consumed such as when major televised sporting events air. The next planned High Visibility Enforcement will begin on December 12th and continue to January 1st.

Let's all do our part to keep the holiday season joyous for all the right reasons. Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol. If you become impaired; don't drive-call for a sober driver, taxi or use public transportation to get to your destination safely. If you notice an impaired driver on the road; call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

You can learn more about what is being done to make our highways and roads safer by visiting
www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober Together we can all make our roads safer. Have a safe holiday. And be sure to stay connected with Tigard Police throughout the holiday season and always. Follow us on Twitter@tigardpolice and on Facebook.
Salem Police Arrest Fifteen in Prostitution Sting
Salem Police Dept. - 12/05/14
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted a prostitution sting operation on December 4, arresting fifteen individuals on numerous charges related to prostitution activities.

The operation was held during the afternoon and evening hours and utilized undercover male and female police officers and postings on internet sites. The suspects, fourteen "Johns" and one prostitute, were all responding to internet postings by officers and made contact with the undercover officers by various means. Once the suspects made contact with the officers and agreed to participate in sexual acts for money, they were taken into custody when they went to an undisclosed location with the expectation of completing the act.

The following were arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute:
Elias N Mendoza-Garcia, 27 years old, Salem
Jason A Scoggins, 41 years old, Keizer
Rodney P Gretzon, 42 years old, Salem
Marcelo Cruz-Santiago, 33 years old, Salem
Raul Cisneroz-Froylan, 43 years old, Washougal, WA
Alejandro Lopez-Rodriguez, 33 years old, Salem
Julian Hernandez-Herrera, 43 years old, Salem
Robert DeWayne Alber, 63 years old, Salem
Jesus E Cruz-Arreguin, 30 years old, Gervais
Manual Cardenas-Murillo, 32 years old, Keizer
Marcos M De Jesus-Ramirez, 37 years old, Salem
Margarito Ramirez-De Jesus, 38 years old, Salem
Rigoberto Garcia-Rodriguez, 38 years old, Transient

Arrested on the charge of Prostitution:
Nachey Mabel Bourette, 29 years old, Beaverton

Prostitution is becoming more frequent in our communities. It exploits a vulnerable part of our society and is often linked to human trafficking and various forms of abuse and manipulation. Women, juveniles and undocumented individuals are being victimized by human traffickers for forced labor as well as for sexual exploitation. Victims of human trafficking often feel as though they have no alternative but to obey those who take advantage of them.

Anyone who has information about human trafficking is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency. Victims of human trafficking can also contact their local Women's Crisis Center for assistance with safety and shelter. The Center for Hope and Safety can be reached at their 24-hour crisis line at 503-399-7722.

Prostitution related crimes often utilize the Internet to facilitate activities. Parents should watch for unfamiliar Internet site names on their computer browser histories and further investigate those sites as a way to monitor the computer activities of their children
Red Kettle Campaign Needs $581,000 By Christmas to Reach Program Goals
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/05/14
(Portland, OR) December 5, 2014 - Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a Salvation Army red kettle this season. They're in locations all across the Portland Metro area making it easy for the community to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors in need. With just 32 days of bell ringing this season, The Salvation Army needs to raise $750,000 to keep critical programs alive and serving those in the most need. So far, as of Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the kettles are at just 22.5% of the needed funds with $169,000 raised.

"We are so grateful for the community's support throughout the year, and right now, we are asking that everyone dig a little deeper and give a nickel, quarter, dollar or more at the next kettle they see," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army. "Your donations can literally change lives and without it, we will be faced with some difficult decisions that we don't want to have to make - which services and opportunities we will have to cut to make up for the loss in kettle income."

Here's one of many reasons to give to a red kettle this Christmas:

"Because they literally saved my life when I was 17" #RedKettleReason

For more #RedKettleReasons, visit www.redkettlereason.org.



The Red Kettle Campaign raises money for The Salvation Army's local community programs, providing after-school programs, feeding programs, food box and utility assistance, and so much more.

Kettles can be found at Fred Meyer, Safeway, JcPenney, Macy's, Walmart, BigLots, Bi-Mart, Fry's Electronics, Hobby Lobby, Shopko, and Walgreen's locations across the Portland Metro area.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Oregon State Police Detective Pleads Guilty
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 12/05/14
Today, Detective Clinton David Steele of the Oregon State Police pled guilty to Forgery in the First Degree, a Class C Felony and Official Misconduct in the First Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. The Honorable Jamese Rhoades arraigned Steele on the charges, and then accepted Steele's guilty pleas to both counts. Pursuant to an agreement between the State and the Defendant, she sentenced Steele to 18 months supervised probation, which is the presumptive sentence under Oregon Felony Sentencing Guidelines. He will be required to report to a probation officer and pay fines and fees associated with his conviction. Furthermore, he has surrendered his police officer certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and resigned his position with the Oregon State Police, effective immediately.

These charges stem from his handling of the federal murder investigations regarding defendants David 'Joey' Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby.

Steele was assigned by the Oregon State Police as the lead detective in the federal multi-state investigation regarding multiple homicides committed by Pedersen and Grigsby in 2011. During the federal prosecution of that case, questionable behavior by Steele was identified, specifically the handling of photographic evidence and his filing of a sworn federal declaration as a result. The Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Salem Police Department were asked to review conduct of Steele for potential criminal charges. However, following a full investigation the Marion County District Attorney's Office determined criminal conduct regarding that incident could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charges were filed, but it did trigger a District Attorney's internal audit into all cases in which Steele had an investigatory role.

Parallel with that audit, the Oregon State Police also continued their internal review of Steele's conduct and investigatory processes with regard to the Pedersen/Grigsby murders. Based upon that continuing review, additional concerning behavior was identified and the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Salem Police Department were once again asked to investigate whether Steele had committed yet a different criminal offense. This time, after another thorough investigation conducted by the Salem Police Department, it was determined that Steele had committed a crime.

This behavior involved anomalies in Steele's submitted reports in the Pedersen/Grigsby case. Specifically, he photocopied the cover sheet to a supervisor-signed and approved report in the Pedersen/Grigsby case and then hand-altered the date and page numbers. He then proceeded to attach it to another report in that same case, bypassing the need to have his supervisor review and approve it. His altered cover-sheet thus gave the appearance of having been created before it actually was. As these reports are public records and must be signed by a supervisor, his photocopied version amounted to a forgery of that supervisor's signature.

Steele's plea today acknowledges his criminal conduct with regard to these reports. The Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office have not been asked to review any other conduct by Steele related to the Pedersen/Grigsby murders.

In cooperation with the Oregon State Police, the Salem Police Department (where Steele was briefly employed) and the Oregon Department of Justice, the Marion County District Attorney's Office is still currently in the process of auditing all of Steele's previous criminal investigations since December of 2001, which is when he began his career. At the conclusion of that audit, steps will be taken to notify affected parties, their counsel and/or the Court of Steele's role and any effect it may have had upon appropriate disposition of any case.

All inquiries about the status of any federal investigation into Steele's conduct should be directed to the US Attorney's Office.
Second Crew Begins Night Construction on Dec. 8 along Highway 43 in West Linn for New Water Pipeline (Photo)
City of Lake Oswego - 12/05/14
To increase safety and minimize the impacts on traffic and local businesses, most construction along Highway 43 will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
To increase safety and minimize the impacts on traffic and local businesses, most construction along Highway 43 will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
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On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership will begin night construction along OR 43 in West Linn, beginning at Mapleton Drive, to install about two miles of new water pipeline along OR 43 between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

The Partnership is using two pipeline crews to ensure construction progresses as quickly as possible. This crew in West Linn will work north towards Lake Oswego, where another crew began last month at OR 43 and Laurel Street, progressing south.

To increase safety and minimize the impacts on commuter traffic and local businesses, most construction will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. In some areas on OR 43, some activities, such as saw-cutting, exploratory digging and temporary paving, will occur between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Two-way traffic will be maintained wherever possible, except for narrow stretches of OR 43 where single lane traffic will be necessary. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic in these areas.

The water pipeline work along OR 43 is expected to be complete in late summer 2015. Work schedules are subject to change.

Open for Business
While construction is underway, local businesses remain open. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Employees, project contractors and vendors as well as community members are encouraged to patronize local businesses.

Construction and Traffic Updates
For regular Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership construction updates, follow @LOTwater on Twitter or visit www.lotigardwater.org. To check ODOT traffic updates, call 5-1-1 or visit TripCheck.

What to Expect
During night work hours, there will be excavators, loaders and dump trucks in the work area. Trucks will also deliver and remove materials, such as pipe, gravel, steel plates, dirt and rock. Equipment may be stored in the right-of-way during non-work hours.

Noise and Light Control
While construction sites are typically noisy during night construction, several measures are being taken to help mitigate noise and light including:

* In some areas, saw-cutting of the asphalt will be done during the day, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
* Lighting that focuses on the work area
* Newer equipment (generally quieter than older equipment)
* Back-up alarms disabled and replaced with spotters (crew members) when construction is close to residences
* Stationary equipment, such as generators and compressors, positioned as far away from residences as possible

At times, steel plates will cover trenches in the highway during the day. As construction progresses, crews will patch the pipe trench with asphalt until the road is restored.

New Roadway
Once pipe installation from Lake Oswego to West Linn is complete, the roadway lanes where construction has occurred will be restored, including asphalt milling, paving and striping.

Safety during construction
Over the next year, the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership will install about seven miles of water pipeline, primarily in roadways. Drivers in Gladstone, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tigard will encounter construction. Safety is a paramount concern--to stay safe:
Be prepared for the unexpected--e.g., deliveries, stopped traffic, and lane closures.
Slow down--drive the posted speed limit, even if you do not see any work currently in progress.
Keep a safe following distance--keep your distance to help avoid accidents.
Stay alert and focused--multitasking is never recommended while driving--especially in a work zone.
Obey road crew flaggers and road signs--flaggers and warning signs are there to help all drivers move safely.
Keep up with traffic--do not slow down to watch the roadwork.
Plan ahead--check traffic reports for delays and plan enough time to reach your destination on time.
Be patient--while inconvenient, crews are working to improve municipal infrastructure.

About the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership Project
Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego's water infrastructure and to share water. Water facilities and pipelines will be upgraded and modernized to serve both communities, and provide a reliable, emergency water supply to West Linn. Other facilities under construction include the river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, the water treatment plant in West Linn, the Waluga reservoir in Lake Oswego and the Bonita water pump station in Tigard.

For more project information, please visit www.lotigardwater.org, call the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership hotline at 503-697-6502 or email lotwater@ci.oswego.or.us.


Attached Media Files: To increase safety and minimize the impacts on traffic and local businesses, most construction along Highway 43 will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
Homicide Suspect Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for 2013 Shooting in Cully Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/14
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On Thursday December 4, 2014, 24-year-old Lonnell Demarcus George was sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with the 2013 homicide of 18-year-old Edward Jewell Paden Jr. in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood.

George pled guilty to charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Paden was killed at Northeast 60th Avenue and Killingsworth Street in the afternoon of March 27, 2013. Officers responded to 9-1-1 calls about a shooting at the Valero Gas Station and located Paden deceased.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives worked diligently to develop leads in the case, which led to an indictment for murder by a Multnomah County Grand Jury.

George was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2014 by the Last Vegas FBI Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) and later extradited to Oregon.

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A.B.A.T.E. Toy Run to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children(R)--Portland Saturday, December 6, 2014
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 12/05/14
35th annual Toy Run for ABATE to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) --Portland. Members of ABATE (A Brotherhood against Totalitarian Enactment), from all over the Northwest will ride from near and far with toys and games to process across the Ross Island Bridge up to the Shriners Hospitals for Children--Portland.

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 12:00pm- until Santa has to go.

Where: Fred Meyer Corporate Parking Lot, 3800 SE 22nd Ave. Portland, OR 97202
Procession ends at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road. Portland, Oregon

Why: The annual Toy Run provides toys for nearly 10,000 Children who are active patients of the Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland. The Toys provide comfort in times of distress. Money raised with the raffle benefits patients of the hospital with durable medical equipment donations for those children in need. As of 2013, the total donations value of the medical equipment given to benefit patient comes to $549,967.00. (and we haven't kept track of the toys donated). This helps to serve ABATE philosophy that everyone should have the means to get around, whether it's astride a Harley or by wheelchair.

In all, more than 142 patients have been served by ABATE since 1994 when they began giving money for children on our needs list. The needs list includes kids who have no insurance or have been denied by insurance, and others who have tried all avenues for funding and have not been able to obtain the equipment that they need. Over the years, 40 power wheelchairs, 35 manual wheelchairs/scooters, 18 bikes and trikes, 10 communications devices, and 41 other pieces of equipment have been donated including: ramps for cars, stair lifts, standers, walkers, car seats, bath seats, computers, etc. We are so thankful to ABATE for their incredible generosity and kindness.


Who: Members of A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon and the Shriners Hospital for Children--Portland. Grand Marshals include Shriners Hospital patients Caleb and Nicholas alongside members of the Al Kader Shriners motor escort patrol.

Who is Abate: Members of ABATE (A Brotherhood against Totalitarian Enactment), from all over the Northwest will ride from near and far with toys and games to parade across Portland's Ross Island Bridge up to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland. Historically and depending on the weather nearly 2,000 bikers take part in the ride. A.B.A.T.E. promotes motorcycle awareness, education, safety and liberty through community involvement and legislative action. Members will be riding motorcycles in parade formation to deliver the toys.

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland: provides specialized care to chiorthopedicorthopaedic conditions, burn scars, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Generally, care is provided until age 18, although, in some cases, it may be extended to age 21. All care and services are provided in a family-centered environment. For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Families, friends, State and local officials to welcome home deployed Airmen
Oregon Military Department - 12/05/14
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members will welcome home more than 30 Portland-based unit members who deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom, during a ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Portland Air National Guard base in Portland, Ore.

"I just couldn't be more proud of these brave women and men, who put themselves in harm's way - leaving their jobs, their families and their security here at home, to work for our security abroad," said Colonel Richard W. Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "Recognizing the sacrifices that these Airmen have endured, a demobilization ceremony is a formal and public recognition of their efforts," he said.

Oregon's highest-ranking military official - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon - will preside over the ceremony. Miss Oregon, Rebecca Anderson, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. Also planned to be in attendance or speak at the ceremony are; Governor John Kitzhaber; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown; representatives from the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, and Senator Jeff Merkley; Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cameron Smith; and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz, Oregon Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant.

More than twenty civil engineer technicians deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and provided support and maintenance services to facilities, airfields, and base infrastructure. Three firefighters from the squadron also deployed to Bahrain to perform fire and emergency services for both personnel and flight line support. Additionally, 6 members of the Security Forces Squadron deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

"Our Airmen stood as a shining example that Citizen-Airmen of the Air National Guard can make a positive contribution to any military war effort," said 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Commander Jason Lay, who deployed with his unit members. "These efforts laid a solid foundation for the ongoing Air Force mission and the transition to the next phase of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan," he said.

While in Afghanistan, the Civil Engineer Squadron completed several high-visibility missions. They managed more than $33 million of construction projects and contracts. They completed more than 970 individual work orders, including 13 major projects, and maintained the facilities, infrastructure, ramps, taxiways and the runway at the busiest combat air logistics hub in the Department of Defense.

The Security Forces Squadron had equally impressive accomplishments in their area or responsibility. They defended their deployed unit for 7 base-wide lockdowns and 5 indirect fire attacks, providing post-attack reconnaissance sweeps and assuring 100 percent accountability.

"We need to remember the sacrifices made by the families and employers of these Airmen as well. Their enduring support is critical to the National Guard's success," said Col. Wedan.
Dufur vs. Perrydale Basketball
Dufur Sch. Dist. - 12/05/14
Games postponed - Date TBD
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/14
December 5, 2014

Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11

What: The fifth public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

-- Presentation on voluntary identification of stroke-ready hospitals: Utah's experience;

-- Questions and discussion.

When: Thursday, December 11, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee has 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

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

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease programs manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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Deputies Investigate Suspicious Package (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/14
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This morning at about 8:00 am, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation unit came into work and found a suspicious crate near the office. The office and nearby business located at 3867 Wolverine Street NE in Salem, were evacuated as a precaution and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called in to assist.

At about 9:30 a.m., the bomb squad determined that the crate was not an explosive device, in fact it contained two Presto Logs. Deputies believe the item may have been left by a transient sleeping near the building. Deputies and the bomb squad are currently clearing the scene and business is resuming in the area.


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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Downtown Salem - FREE Customer Parking
City of Salem - 12/05/14
Salem, Ore. - Enjoy holiday festivities in Downtown Salem - unique attractions and events, as well as diverse shopping and restaurants. The downtown district offers 3,500 free short and long-term customer parking spaces. More than 1,000 free customer spaces are available in parking garages; well-lit, dry, and conveniently located near Downtown shopping and attractions.

During the holidays, Downtown offers visitors:
· 3-hour time limits for free on-street parking from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until Feb. 3, 2015)
· Unlimited free customer parking in Chemeketa, Marion, and Liberty Parkades
· 30-minute on-street parking spaces for quick visits or drop-offs

To learn more about holiday parking in Downtown Salem, or to view a map of free parking locations, please refer to www.cityofsalem.net/parking.

Daily parking permits are available for part-time and seasonal employees for $3.00 through the City of Salem Permit Application Center at City Hall, 555 Liberty St. SE, Room 320. For permit questions, please call 503-589-2075.

For additional questions about Downtown parking, call 503-588-6178. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.
12/04/14
-UPDATE-Deputies Arrest Hit and Run Suspect (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/04/14
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UPDATE: December 4, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man who is accused of driving the Mazda that struck and seriously injured Mr. Weise.

Sheriff's Deputies received a tip from an anonymous citizen that led investigators to contact Joe Louis Davis, 42, from Beaverton as a possible suspect in the hit and run crash on December 2, 2014. The citizen told deputies that they saw the information the media was reporting about the crash and the suspect vehicle. The citizen knew Mr. Davis drove a similar Mazda and had left a job site a couple miles away minutes before the crash.

Today, Sheriff's Deputies located a 2010 gray Mazda 3 concealed in a garage in the 14300 block of SW Teal Boulevard with damage consistent with the crash. Sheriff's Deputies tracked Mr. Davis down and arrested him at 8:38 p.m. The Mazda was seized as evidence and will be processed by the Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Unit.

Joe Davis was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run). He is held on $20,000 bail. He will be arraigned at 3:00 p.m. December 5, 2014, at the Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Center. There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.

The Sheriff's Office is grateful for the media coverage and public assistance in this case.


UPDATE: December 4, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies identify the year and model of the hit and run vehicle.

The model of the vehicle involved in the hit and run crash that seriously injured Walter Weise has been identified as a 2010 Mazda 3. It is not yet known if the Mazda is a four door sedan or four door hatchback. There is a stock photo of a similar vehicle attached. Mr. Weise is still in the hospital where his condition is reported as serious.

Investigators are continuing to reach out to citizens to report any information in this case.

Original release below:

December 2, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the person that struck an elderly man with their vehicle then fled the scene.

On December 2, 2014 at about 5:04 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 16200 block of SW Beef Bend Road in the community of Bull Mountain concerning a man that was struck by a vehicle. It was reported that Walter Weise, 82, was struck as he walked across the road to retrieve his mail from the mailbox across from his driveway.

Upon arrival, deputies found Mr. Weise on the roadside with serious injuries. There were citizens helping him until deputies arrived. Mr. Weise was transported by ground to a local hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries.

The vehicle that struck Mr. Weise fled the scene without stopping or rendering assistance. There were pieces of what appeared to be a late model (2008-2010) dark gray Mazda sedan scattered about the roadway. The vehicle would have significant right front damage and missing the right side mirror. Deputies need citizens to be on the lookout for the vehicle suspected to be involved in this crash.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist with the investigation.
Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information concerning the vehicle or driver, please immediately call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Mazda 3 , ARRESTED
Serial bank robbery suspect arrested (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/04/14
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Several local agencies working together tracked a serial bank robbery suspect and arrested him today at 12:30 p.m.

On Nov 20 2014 the Chase Bank located at the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer was robbed by an Asian male who threatened to shoot the bank teller.

The robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Clackamas Co Sheriff initiated an investigation, and developed a person of interest.

On November 28, 2014 the US Bank at Eastport Plaza in Portland was robbed by a similarly described Asian male in a similar manner.

On November 29, 2014 the US Bank at SE 82nd and SE Causey was robbed by a similarly described Asian male in a similar manner.

Forensic evidence recovered from the first robbery identified the robber as Narong Duangchathom, 27 years old of Portland.

The US Marshal Fugitive Task Force began a fugitive investigation, as Duangchathom was wanted for multiple counts of Identity Theft.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force obtained a federal arrest warrant for Duangchathom.

Today December 4, 2014 at about 12:30pm, the Chase Bank inside of Fred Meyers at SE 82nd and SE Foster was robbed by a similarly described Asian male in a similar manner.

Members of the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force located Duangchathom and took him into custody at the Wal-Mart at SE 82/SE Otty. Evidence related to the Foster bank robbery was recovered from Duangchathom.

Detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff and Portland Police Bureau responded and took over the investigation.

Duangchathom was booked into the Clackamas County Jail for his outstanding ID Theft warrants and his bank robbery warrant.

Anyone with additional information about the bank robberies is encouraged to contact Portland Police Detective Brett Hawkinson at brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov or Clackamas County Sheriff Detective Dan Smith at dsmith@clackamas.us


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WSU Vancouver sales competition advances six students to next level (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 12/04/14
(Left to right) Nick Gaeth, student, Terry Wren, CEO of Workplace Resource of Oregon, and Chris Miller, student
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VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver's 10th annual sales competition put 34 students in front of 53 sales professionals who served as judges and "buyers" in face-to-face competitive role plays. The top 10 competitors are:

* Alex Anderson, senior majoring in marketing
* Samantha Bennett, senior majoring in business administration
* Nick Gaeth, senior majoring in psychology
* Shane Hyland, senior, majoring in social sciences
* Nicci Johnson, senior majoring in business administration
* Derek Kemppainen, senior majoring in marketing
* Eric Lambert, an alumnus returning for sales courses
* Chris Miller, senior majoring in marketing
* Mike Scheel, senior majoring in business administration
* Emily Vis, a junior majoring in marketing

The top two competitors, Gaeth and Miller, won classic Herman Miller Aeron chairs provided by the founding sponsor of the competition, Workplace Resource of Oregon.

Miller and Vis will represent WSU Vancouver at the National Collegiate Sales Competition at Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, Ga. next April.

Anderson, Brianda Contreras, a junior majoring in marketing, Johnson and Kemppainen will represent WSU Vancouver at the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition at Chico State University in Chico, Calif. in April.

Two students won scholarships through the competition. Chelsea Brown, a senior majoring in business administration, received a $1,000 Pacific Office Automation Scholarship. Kemppainen received a $2,000 Carson College of Business Professional Sales Program Scholarship.

Two students won Sales Career Potential cash awards. Randy Kadow, a senior majoring in business administration, received $500 from Tom James Clothiers. Mike Ross, a junior majoring in digital technology and culture, won $500 from Nautilus.

The sales completion was held on the WSU Vancouver campus Nov. 21. For the past three years, the Carson College of Business Professional Sales Program at WSU Vancouver has been named among of the Top 50 collegiate sales programs in the United States by the Sales Education Foundation.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Attached Media Files: (Left to right) Nick Gaeth, student, Terry Wren, CEO of Workplace Resource of Oregon, and Chris Miller, student
Battle Ground Police seeking help identifying suspects stealing vehicle (Photos)
City of Battle Ground - 12/04/14
On December 3, 2014 at approximately 5:00 pm, two subjects were observed stealing a black 1991 Honda Civic with Washington license plate number AQH7876 out of the Walmart parking lot in Battle Ground. Surveillance cameras captured these photos of the suspects involved.

The Battle Ground Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying these suspects. If you recognize these suspects or know who was involved, please contact Det. Anderson at 360-342-5244 or philip.anderson@cityofbg.org.


Attached Media Files: Suspect photos
Mission Street closed due vehicle crash
Salem Police Dept. - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014/4:40 pm
Traffic is now open on Mission St in both directions, however expect residual congestion as a result of the crash


December 4, 2014: Mission Street SE between 17th & 22nd Streets is closed due to a vehicle crash. The vehicle landed in Shelton Ditch and first responders have closed traffic due to the situation. Watch for detour signs and avoid the area until further notice.

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An Evening at the Zimmerman House (Photo)
East County Historical Org. (E.C.H.O.) - 12/04/14
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If you've enjoyed the Zimmerman House during the day, you should see her at night! The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, including children's toys, games, Christmas postcards, and winter clothing.

The third annual evening tours will be held on Tuesday, December 9th and December 16th from 3pm-8pm. The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd. in Gresham Oregon.

Parking is extremely limited, so please consider car pooling. Please reserve the time you'd like to visit the House, and give yourself approximately 45 minutes to explore both floors of the home.

Admission is free, but the suggested donation for this special event is $5 per person 18 and older. We accept cash and checks.

Reservations can be made at https://zimmermanheritagefarm.eventbrite.com. For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: Sitting Room , 2013 Event
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Shaheen's history of safety and operational success will be of great benefit to BPA

Portland, Ore. - Richard Shaheen is the Bonneville Power Administration's new senior vice president of Transmission Services. He takes over after filling the role in an acting capacity since August of this year.

"Richard has had a very positive impact on Transmission Services since joining BPA in September 2013," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "He has a resume full of safety and operational accomplishments that will serve BPA well as we continue to strengthen our safety culture, sustain our core transmission assets and modernize our electric grid."
Shaheen, who is a licensed Professional Engineer, joined BPA in September 2013 as vice president of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization. In that role, he oversaw Transmission Services' $500 million capital program, the transmission maintenance program and real property services. Additionally, he served as BPA's principal engineer and key policy formulator in leading the design, material specification, coordination, project management and construction of major transmission infrastructure projects necessary to sustain and improve the reliability of the existing transmission system and incorporate new generation facilities.

During his tenure as acting senior vice president of BPA Transmission Services, BPA completed the work necessary to offer 15-minute scheduling to transmission customers, continued work on two major 500-kilovolt transmission lines and initiated upgrades to Celilo Substation and the Pacific Direct Current Intertie.

"Richard is an excellent leader, and his 25-plus years of experience at a large electric utility have proven valuable to BPA," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "Richard will ensure we do our work safely and help us meet the challenges we will encounter in the changing energy industry landscape."

"This is an exciting time to be asked to lead such an important organization with a rich history of innovating and serving the Pacific Northwest," Shaheen said. "Operational excellence is important to me. I look forward to sustaining and modernizing BPA's transmission system, which is the backbone of the region's electric grid."

As Florida Power and Light's senior director for Engineering and Technical Services, and previously as leader of Distribution and Transmission Operations, Shaheen drove critical business initiatives in engineering and project management, process and technology improvements, system reliability, smart grid, environmental services, safety and compliance. He also received FPL's highest quality award for his reliability team, and while leading Operations, he improved safety performance levels and achieved the Distribution and Transmission business units' lowest recordable accident rate by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Based on reliability performance reported to the Florida Public Service Commission, FPL was number one among Florida's investor-owned utilities for five years running.

Shaheen holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master's in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

PHOTO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Canby Fire will be helping operation snuggle make blankets for homeless youth (Photo)
Canby Fire Dist. - 12/04/14
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Canby Fire will be helping Operation Snuggle make blankets for homeless youth this Saturday December 6th 9:00 am at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby
Operation Snuggle was founded in 2008 and our community has helped more than 2000 homeless youth. We feel that when a community comes together, anything is possible! This year Canby community has 127 homeless girls and 127 homeless boys. Operation snuggles will be making over 254 blankets. Dawn Depner said "We have one day per year that we choose as our "Assembly Day", and there is always something to do. In the past we have had toddlers folding socks as well as their grandparents helping make blankets".

Please join Canby Fire and operation snuggle Saturday December 6th at 9 am in the Gym at Baker Prairie Middle School to tie up some blanket for the homeless youth in our community.

see operation snuggle on facebook or www.operationsnuggle.org

There will be media opportunities at this event


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Red Cross Responds to Pacific County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/04/14
Red Cross disaster action team members this morning responded to a disaster in the 1800 block of 248th Lane in Ocean Park, WA. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
*** Ammended *** 791 Oxycodone Tabs Seized During Traffic Stop Off Passengers Lap (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On December 3, 2014, at approximately 8:00 A.M., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Goshen, of a 2013 Dodge Charger, driving 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. When the driver, identified as KATRINA A. SHARPE, 21, of Olympia WA, and her passenger, DOMINIQUE A. WOODS, 22, of Olympia WA , were contacted,the trooper noticed Oxycodone tablets wrapped in cellophane on the passengers lap.

K-9 "Hemi" was called to assist with the investigation and subsequently located 10 grams of marijuana and additional Oxycodone totaling 791 tablets, concealed in the vehicle.

WOODS was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and being a Fugitive from Justice in Washington then lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photograph is attached.

Previous releases reported Woods as the driver but he was the passenger holding the celophane tablets.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Red Cross Responds to Newberg Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/04/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this morning responded to a disaster in the 200 block of Hwy 99W in Newberg, Ore. This single-family fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, seasonal garments, comfort kits and information about and disaster health services.
Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting

Agenda: Election of board chair and vice chair; Public Health Division update; legislative update; accreditation update; presentation on the intersection of early learning and public health; Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; Ebola overview and update.

When: Friday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. Comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1D, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues, and participates in public health policy development.

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Longest-running African film festival in U.S. celebrates 25th year (Photo)
PCC - 12/04/14
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NORTH PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Community College's 25th Cascade Festival of African Films is set to bring 34 films and 10 visiting film directors to Portland in February.

The longest-running annual African film festival in the United States is set to entertain from Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, March 8. The festival, which is free and open to the public, shows films ranging from full-length features to documentaries and short films. This year, the festival will open with visiting director Biyi Bandele's "Half of a Yellow Sun" (Nigeria) on Feb. 6. During the second weekend of the festival, there will be a tribute to the rise of "Nollywood," the fast emerging film industry of Nigeria, with screenings of contemporary and early Nollywood films and a symposium.

More than 5,000 people attend the festival annually. Each evening screening is followed by a discussion led by individuals with expert knowledge of the region shown in the film. The festival celebrates and highlights Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March). All films will be shown in the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Auditorium at PCC's Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) with the opening night and the centerpiece film screenings to be held at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.) on Friday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 20, respectively. Feature films are on Friday and Saturday evenings (most features are also screened on Thursday afternoons) and documentaries are shown on Thursday evenings.

The Cascade Festival of African Films offers something for everyone. This year, organizers will showcase a Retrospective Series of the festival's top-10 films through its 25-year history. In addition, there will be a Student Fest for high school and college-age students, and Family Fest featuring films for children. Women Filmmakers Week will welcome four female directors to PCC for panel discussions about their films.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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January 2015 CCC Calendar of Events
Clackamas Community College - 12/04/14
January 1
New Year's Day Holiday
CCC will be closed in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.
January 5
Winter Term Begins
Winter term classes begin at Clackamas Community College.
January 5, 12, 26 & Feb. 2
Basic Pruning Course
Course covers basic practices and tools for pruning trees, shrubs and vines. Course meets from 1 to 4:50 p.m. in Clairmont Hall, room 133. Cost: $120.50. For more information, call 503-594-3292.
January 7
Auditions for Winter Term Mainstage Production
Auditions for CCC Theatre Department's winter term mainstage production are from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. Auditions are open to the community. Prepare a one-minute monologue or read from the script. For more information call 503-594-3153 or visit www.clackamas.edu/theatre.
January 7
Financial Aid and Scholarship Kickoff Night
This session provides information about financial aid, the CCC scholarship application, how to write a winning essay, and how to search for external scholarships. No cost to attend. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Gregory Forum. For more information, email finaid@clackamas.edu.
January 7, 14, 21, 28
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the Literary Arts Center, Room 220 in Rook Hall.
January 12- March 20
Jean Thomas Art Exhibit at Wilsonville Campus
Artist Jean Thomas uses a variety of artistic media, incorporating bold colors and unexpected textures to convey emotion and energy. Her work will be on display in the Commons Area Gallery of the CCC Wilsonville Campus. The exhibit is open during normal building hours. For more information, contact Joyce Gabriel at 503-594-0950 or joyceg@clackamas.edu.
January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
CCC will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
January 24
Orchard Care Seminar "Think Spring"
Learn about important winter care of fruit-bearing plants. This half-day Saturday seminar features local experts covering a variety of fruit-growing techniques. Seminar is from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the McLoughlin Auditorium. Cosponsored by the Home Orchard Society. Fee: $15. For more information, visit www.homeorchardsociety.org or call 503-594-3292.
January 30
Scholarship Open Enrollment Begins
CCC scholarship open enrollment begins Jan. 30 for the 2015-16 school year and closes March 30. CCC scholarship applications will be available online at www.clackamas.edu/Scholarships/. Call Darcie Iven for more information at 503-594-3421 or email scholarships@clackamas.edu.
Doctors, Patients and the Community Walk Together at Fort Vancouver NHS to Improve Health
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 12/04/14
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, your local national park, is pleased to present the National Park Prescription Program on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 am.

Local healthcare providers will join patients and the community at Pearson Air Museum for a fun and educational event to promote outdoor exercise. This even celebrates the start of the Park Prescription Program, an innovative partnership between healthcare providers and the National Park Service that encourages outdoor exercise as a way to improve health. "We are all really excited to be a part of this effort. Bringing doctors out to the national parks is a powerful way to encourage our community to get outdoors and become a healthier nation," said park Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

At the event, doctors, patients, and the community will enjoy free coffee, healthy breakfast foods, and the opportunity to connect with others interested in outdoor activities as a natural way to improve health. Healthcare providers will also lead a discussion on the health benefits of outdoor exercise and provide details about the National Park Prescription Program. "There have been recent studies demonstrating a relationship between spending time outdoors resulting in increased feelings of happiness, reduced levels of stress, and expedited healing from illness and injury. We [healthcare providers] are now writing prescription for outdoor exercise," said Vancouver Physician's Assistant Henry Sessions.

The event will conclude with a ranger-led hike with healthcare providers on the national park's Spruce Mill Trail. "Many of our urban park visitors see the value of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site as their outdoor fitness facility. Here, treadmills and gym walls are replaced with the fort's beautiful vistas and rich history," said Park Ranger Robert Gutierrez.

Free monthly ranger-led walks, designed to exercise visitors' brains as well as their bodies, will soon be introduced, with details posted on the Fort Vancouver NHS website (www.nps.gov/fova).

What: The National Park Prescription Program opening event

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 am

Where: Pearson Air Museum, located at 1115 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, Washington, 98661

Who: This event is open to the public and will be presented by the National Park Service and local healthcare professionals.

Cost: Free
Centennial School District Board Meeting - December 10, 2014
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/04/14
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the board room at the district office (18135 SE Brooklyn ST, Portland, OR). At the meeting the Board will recognize Centennial High School fall athletes who received first and/or second team Mt. Hood Conference "all-league" awards. The MESD annual accountability report and the Pleasant Valley Elementary building report will then be presented. Business items to be considered by the Board include: resolution to adopt the 2015 OSBA legislative priorities and policies as recommended; resolution to amend the OSBA constitution to modify the process for adoption of OSBA legislative policies; resolution to amend the OSBA constitution to allow appointment of OSBA board and legislative policy committee members from a contiguous region if certain conditions are met; voting on OSBA board candidates for positions 17 and 19; resolution in support of "The Promise of Oregon"; and consideration of the revised 2014/2015 school year calendar for Centennial High School.
Community Management Inc. To Collect 6,000lbs of Food in Three Hours To Benefit Sunshine Division
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/14
***This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division***

Community Management Inc. To Collect 6,000lbs of Food in Three Hours To Benefit the Portland Police Sunshine Division

CONTACT:Kyle Camberg Executive Director Sunshine Division (503) 577-6852
Chris Boccuzzo, CMI Community Manager Direct: (503)-445-1206


What: CMI (Community Management Inc.) one-day 6,000lbs food drive for Sunshine Division
When: Friday, December 5, 20149:30 a.m. to 12:30 PM
Where: CMI (Community Management Inc.) located at 2105 SE 9th Ave. www.communitymgt.com

Photo Opps:
At this event, CMI staff, vendors, and volunteers will join together for three hours for one of the largest single day food-raising events for the Sunshine Division all year. Portland Police Officer Phil Kent and Sunshine Division Executive Director Kyle Camberg will be on site during the noon hour to help load the truck and be available for interviews and photos. In three hours more than a truck of food equaling more than 6,000+ pounds of food will be dropped and collected for the Sunshine Division by CMI and their team.

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 91-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. In the past two years, the Sunshine Division has seen a 60% increase in the number of households that access their services annually.

The Sunshine Division offers emergency food and clothing assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through our partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched those in need at any time. In addition to food relief we also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need. All services provided by the Sunshine Division are free. For more information on the Sunshine Division visit: www.sunshinedivision.org

About CMI
CMI is an Oregon Corporation headquartered in Portland. Founded in 1972 under the name of Condominium Management, Inc., since its original formation the name of the company was changed in 1993 to Community Management, Inc., to more accurately reflect the broad base of clients CMI serves.CMI has been a pioneer in meeting the ever-changing needs of community association management. From single-family homeowners' associations to townhouse developments to sophisticated high-rise buildings and everything in between - CMI is here to serve Your Community. For more information on CMI visit: http://www.communitymgt.com/


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Proposed BPA rate increase will maintain value of power and transmission systems
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Portland, Ore. - To keep pace with needed investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System, which provides carbon-free hydropower at cost to Northwest public utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration today proposed a 6.7 percent average wholesale power rate increase for the fiscal year 2016-2017 rate period. BPA is also proposing a 5.6 percent increase in its transmission rates to sustain and expand the federal transmission system to meet regional needs, including renewable resource integration.

"During my time at BPA, I have become acutely aware of the economic impact our rates have on Northwest public utilities and the communities they serve," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "However, these rate increases are necessary to sustain the tremendous value of the federal power and transmission system and to meet the electricity needs of the Northwest in a reliable and environmentally sustainable way."

In January, BPA began a discussion with the region about its proposed program levels, future costs and potential rates for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. At the outset of those discussions, BPA forecast double-digit increases for both its power and transmission rates. Over the next nine months, BPA conducted extensive public review of its programs and budgets in a regional process called the Integrated Program Review.

The IPR process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, just before each rate case, providing participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's program level estimates before spending levels are set for inclusion in the rate case. Program levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 were included in the Final IPR Close-out Report released in October of this year.

"Working closely with our customers and other regional stakeholders over the past nine months, we managed to significantly cut the forecasted rate increases," added Mainzer.

The rate proposals will be considered during a public rate-setting process beginning in early December and culminating in July 2015 decisions on final rates to take effect Oct. 1, 2015.

BPA is a nonprofit federal wholesale utility that receives no Congressional appropriations
and must recover its costs through its rates. The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on individual businesses and residents.

Power rates
Even though power-related program level increases were kept below the rate of inflation, factors besides inflation make the wholesale power rate increase necessary. About 5 percentage points of the proposed 6.7 percent increase is due to costs associated with past capital spending - an increase of about $94 million a year.

Also contributing to the rate increase are increases in operating and maintenance costs for the federal hydroelectric program ($34 million), an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement ($18 million per year), the need to acquire transmission service to meet obligations to deliver power to customers who are not directly connected to BPA's transmission system ($12 million per year) and rising fish and wildlife costs.

To offset a portion of these increases, BPA has been able to take advantage of unique
opportunities, including: the repeal of the spent-fuel disposal fee that the U.S. Department of Energy charged Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, saving an average of $7.4 million a year; a reduction in BPA's forecast for the joint-funded Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance budget, saving about $2.5 million a year; refinancing of Energy Northwest regional cooperation debt for 2014-17, saving about $29 million a year; a decrease in operating costs at the Columbia Generating Station, saving approximately $26 million a year; and a $20 million undistributed reduction in the power revenue requirement.

Transmission rates
Additional reviews of transmission programs presented in the IPR confirmed that BPA has reduced programs levels as much as possible while still being certain it can meet the needs of the region. Factors contributing to the rate increase include the need to sustain and expand an aging Federal Columbia River Transmission System to maintain reliability and continue the integration of renewable resources, such as wind; increased mandatory compliance and additional cyber and physical security requirements and other operational and maintenance expenses; and the purchase of property insurance for BPA transmission facilities other than transmission lines and towers.

Earlier this fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved BPA's Oversupply Management Protocol, a tool to manage the occasional seasonal oversupply of electricity generation, as well as an associated rate through fiscal year 2015. BPA is proposing to continue the oversupply rate for two more years using the same cost-allocation methodology and rate design.

Partial Ancillary and Control Area Services settlement
In September 2014, parties to the BP-16 rate case reached a settlement on the cost of generation inputs and transmission rates for ancillary and control area services, which include balancing for variable generators. The settlement agreement included in today's Initial Proposal is posted on the BPA website. Most of the settled rates were kept at the same level as current rates, with a slight increase for Operating Reserves. The settlement will go through the rate case process. BPA staff will propose that the BPA administrator adopt the settlement in his record of decision in July 2015.

The settlement includes use of innovative tools BPA and its customers have created to integrate new resources into BPA's system. The agreement is made possible due to advances in BPA's ability to obtain third-party balancing resources. Given this progress and work being done in market design, the settlement gives BPA time to allow these efforts to mature and become long-term, sustainable solutions for the integration of new resources into BPA's transmission system. The settlement did not address two ancillary services, Scheduling System Control and Dispatch Service and Reactive Supply and Voltage Control from Generation Sources Services.

In October, BPA also began offering its transmission customers the opportunity to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. By offering 15-minute scheduling, BPA has removed barriers to integrating variable energy resources, as provided for in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 764. In the upcoming rate period, Variable Energy Resource Balancing Service customers (principally wind) can enjoy a saving of up to 50 percent from their current rate if they commit to schedule every 15 minutes. In addition, BPA believes that 15-minute scheduling could significantly reduce its balancing reserve capacity requirements.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.
Health advisory issued December 4 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

High algae levels found at Jackson County water body

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Lost Creek Lake is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Lost Creek Lake are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Lost Creek Lake and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Lost Creek Lake and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Board of Directors Meeting - Monday, December 8, 6:30 PM, District Board Room
Jefferson Sch. Dist. - 12/04/14
The meeting agenda is posted at www.jefferson14j.com/meetings. Items for the agenda can be suggested to the board secretary at karen.wusstig@jefferson.k12.or.us by the Monday before the meeting. Audience time is provided at each meeting for community input on agenda items. Audience members addressing the board will be asked to sign in. Except for during executive sessions, meetings are open to the public. Currently, no executive session is planned for this meeting.


Attached Media Files: 12/8 Meeting Agenda , 11/10 Meeting Minutes , 11/17 Meeting Minutes
VA Veterans Town Hall - Dec. 9, 5-6:30 pm; Vancouver, Bend and Salem
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 12/04/14
Please join the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)Portland Regional Office Directors for a Veterans Town Hall. This 90 minute venue is designed to share information about VA services and operations, answer questions, and address Veteran and family member concerns.

When: Dec. 9, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: VAPORHCS Vancouver Campus
Columbia Room, Building 11, 3rd Floor, Room 305
1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661

Guests may also attend by Video Teleconference at the
Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located at 1750 McGilchrist Street SE, Suite 130
in Salem, OR 97302
or
Bend CBOC at 2650 NE Courtney Drive in Bend, OR 97701


Interested media or others who have questions may contact the VAPORHCS Public Affairs Office at (503) 402-2975 or email at VHAPOR-PublicAffairs@med.va.gov