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Sun. 04/30/17
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Hosts Annual Fundraising Luncheon to Support and Inspire Success for Vancouver Public Schools Students (Photo)
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools - 04/30/17 6:55 PM
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Vancouver, WA (April 30, 2017) - The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) will hold its 15th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver. Students attending the Culinary Arts Program of Fort Vancouver High School will cater the luncheon and entertainment will be provided by VPS students. The event is sponsored by Columbia Credit Union.

Since 1988, the Foundation for VPS has leveraged financial support from the community to remove barriers so our students come to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. For too many of Vancouver's children, poverty presents barriers to learning, and the need is increasing along with Vancouver's population. More than half of the nearly 24,000 district students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, a federal indicator of poverty.

The Foundation for VPS funds basic needs, mentoring, enrichment, and early education programs that reach each of the 37 district schools and programs. Programs supported through the foundation include grants to fund enrichment activities, 18 Family-Community Resource Centers and one mobile unit, the Basic Needs Checkbook/One Card, the Lunch Buddies mentoring programs, and other services that support students and education.

The luncheon is the largest community fundraiser for the Foundation for VPS. Nutter Foundation, LSW Architects, and Dick Hannah Dealerships will match donations of $500 or more, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000 total. Donations made online at www.FoundationforVPS.org or by contacting the foundation office at 360-313-4730 through May 31, 2017 will also qualify for the match.

There is no charge to attend the luncheon, but guests will be asked to make a contribution to the Foundation for VPS. Register online at www.FoundationforVPS.org/Registration or by calling 360-313-4730.

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The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). Governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of business, community, and education leaders, the Foundation creates opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success. As an educational non-profit entity, the Foundation serves students at all 37 VPS schools, providing direct aid to students facing learning barriers due to economic need, as well as financial assistance for learning enrichment and mentoring programs that cannot be funded by the school district. The Foundation for VPS is supported by donations from school employees, parents, students, community members, and businesses. Visit www.FoundationforVPS.org for more information.


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Sat. 04/29/17
Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/29/17 7:56 PM
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170429-Z-OT568-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers greet fans in front of Autzen Stadium where military equipment was on display for the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-010: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Amber LaPerle sings the National Anthem to begin the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-033: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-069: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Search Continues For Sheridan Man In Yamhill River (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/17 2:15 PM
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At about 1:40 a.m., the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and Sheridan Fire units were dispatched to a report of a man in the Yamhill River. The initial call indicated that a male had jumped or fallen from the bridge located near the intersection of S. Bridge Street and Main Street. He was last seen floating down river.

The male was identified as Sheridan resident Bryan Disabatino, 25 years of age.

Law enforcement and fire personnel attempted to locate Mr. Disabatino in the dark using thermal imaging and night vision but were unsuccessful. Preparations were then made to activate Search and Rescue.

This morning Yamhill County Search and Rescue, with assistance from the Sheridan Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue began a search from the banks, river and air. At the time of this media release Mr. Disabatino has not been located.

Initial investigation appears to show that the incident was accidental and that alcohol could have been a factor. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will continue the search with the hopes of finding the victim soon.

If you have any information on this case please contact Sgt. Todd Whitlow of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at whitlowt@co.yamhill.or.us


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Sheridan Water Rescue (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 04/29/17 12:29 PM
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At 1:40 AM Sheridan Fire District and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office were dispatched on a possible drowning/water rescue at the green bridge near the intersection of N Bridge St and Main St. Upon arrival crews were informed a male in his twenties had jumped/fallen from the bridge and landed in the water. Crews from Sheridan Fire District, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Water Rescue team searched the river and shoreline for two hours but were unsuccessful at locating the individual.

This morning at daylight the search was restarted with two water rescue teams and Yamhill County Search and Rescue. Efforts are being coordinated by the Yamhill County Sheriff Office through the Sheridan Substation. There are two water rescue teams, search and rescue responders searching the shore and a helicopter has been called in to assist with the search. We are asking individuals to avoid going near the river or in the river while the search is in progress. All media and information inquiries can be directed to Captain Chris Ray from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office (971 312-1088)


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Teen critically injured in hit and run crash
Gresham Police Dept - 04/29/17 9:57 AM
GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer


Teen critically injured in hit and run crash

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-23326

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On April 28, around 10:45 p.m., police and medical personnel responded the 19900 block of SE Stark St. where a teenager was hit by a car. Investigators believe the teen was crossing south bound in a marked and lighted crosswalk when she was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The driver failed to stop and render aid.
The 16-year-old female was transported to the trauma unit of an area hospital with serious injuries but is expected to live.
Police are seeking to identify the car and driver involved in this crash as well as talk to any witnesses. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719.
40 Citations, 13 Warnings Issued in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/29/17 9:56 AM
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On Thursday April 27, 2017, from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by Transit Police, and East, North and Central Precinct officers, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Southeast Powell Boulevard from the Willamette River to 52nd Avenue. This location was selected due to the congestion of vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

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

In total, 40 citations were issued as well as 13 written warnings for speeding.

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

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

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

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Firefighters' Tires Slashed While on Shift at Station 60 (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/29/17 9:24 AM
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One of the affected firefighters is available today for phone interviews from 10:30-11:30a.m. Please respond to this post with requests.

Yesterday morning, firefighters working at Station 60 located at 8585 NW Johnson Street in unincorporated Washington County discovered a disappointing site as they prepared to leave the station after working a 24-hour shift. Several tires on four of their personal vehicles were slashed. No fire vehicles were parked in the lot.

Washington County Sherriff's Office is investigating the incident, and there are still no suspects. The motive for the vandalism is unclear and this incident is unrelated to a similar case last December in Beaverton. If you have information about the crime, please call the Sherriff's non-emergency line at (503) 846-2700.

The community and local businesses showed a humbling amount of generosity with offers to purchase new tires for the affected firefighters during last year's event, but we are asking people not to start up crowdfunding sites due to the risk of fraudulent fundraising. If you'd like to support the affected firefighters, you can donate to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Professional Firefighters Community Assistance Fund, PO Box 1904, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Please specify "Station 60 Firefighters".


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Two Stores Sell Alcohol in Underage Compliance Checks
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/17 9:01 AM
April 29, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Deputies conducted an undercover compliance mission where underage adults attempted to buy alcohol from stores.

On April 28, 2017, Sheriff's Deputies conducted an undercover operation where an underage adult attempted to purchase alcohol from stores. Thirty nine businesses around the Aloha and City of Cornelius areas were checked and two sold alcohol. The underage assistant would provide their actual age and valid Oregon State issued ID card if requested by the clerk.

The stores that sold alcohol were the 7-11 Store at 17771 SW Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha and the Space Age Market at 845 N. Adair Street in Cornelius. The two clerks who sold alcohol to the underage person were cited for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. This is a Class "A" misdemeanor that carries up to a $5,000 fine for the first conviction. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be potentially following up with the owners of the businesses that sold the alcohol.

The Sheriff's Office recognizes the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and works hard to stop underage drinking. This undercover alcohol operation 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.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Portland to train hundreds of Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) volunteers starting today (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 04/29/17 5:00 AM
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Today (4/29), the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue are training over 400 new Neighborhood Emergency Team - or NET - volunteers on how to help their families and neighbors in an earthquake or other disaster. The free event at Benson High School - made possible by support from Portland Public Schools - is the largest NET training ever offered in Portland and the first class of a four-part series students will complete in the coming months. Portland currently has 1,200 active NET volunteers.

The training will show NETs how to:

Prepare to be self-sufficient during an emergency.
Provide assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
Work within an emergency response team to save lives and property.
Guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will offer opening remarks at 8 a.m. The media are encouraged to attend between 8 - 11 a.m.

For more Information about the NET program, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/net.

WHAT: Portland's largest ever Neighborhood Emergency Team training
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Benson High School (546 NE 12th Ave.)
CONTACT: Dan Douthit, (503) 793-1650

ATTACHMENT: Neighborhood Emergency Team photo

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SW Portland Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 286, Wilsonville -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/29/17 12:44 AM
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On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at approximately 2:37am, OSP Sergeant and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 286, just north of the city limits of Wilsonville (Clackamas County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2006 Toyota Solara, operated by Wyatt TABOH-GRAZIANO, age 28, of SW Portland, was traveling northbound when for an unknown reason, TABOH-GRAZIANO lost control of his vehicle and slid across all three northbound lanes of travel. The Toyota struck a highway guardrail and continued sliding onto the grassy shoulder. The Toyota then struck an ODOT metal electrical box, flipped onto its top and collided with a cyclone fence. The Toyota came to rest on SW Parkway Ave.

TOBAH-GRAZIANO was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU),listed in critical condition. On April 28, 2017, TABOH-GRAZIANO succumbed to his injuries.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, ODOT and the Clackamas County multi-agency Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT).


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Fri. 04/28/17
Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/17 9:53 PM
On Friday April 28, 2017, at 9:29 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 136th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male in his late-teens or early-20s suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspects are two black males, one wearing a red t-shirt, last seen running westbound on Powell Boulevard.

Southeast 136th Avenue between Powell Boulevard and Division Street is closed due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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***Update #4*** Commercial Driver Witness Sought By Police ...OSP Investigating Fatal Motor vehicle collision in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/17 8:42 PM
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Investigators from the Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of an April 14, 2017, hit and run crash involving a fatality. Detectives are seeking the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operating in the area of Hwy 22 near Hwy 99W on April 14, 2017, between the hours of 12:30am and 2:30am. Detectives believe the driver may have information relating to the crash involving a Toyota Prius and a motorcycle and believe the Prius may have been attempting to pass the CMV when the collision occurred. It is possible the driver of the CMV was unaware of the crash but may have pulled over shortly thereafter for an unknown reason. OSP is asking CMV operators who may have information about or who may have been driving in the area during the listed time frame to contact OSP Dispatch at 503-375-3555.

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Previous Release:

Brenden James Duck was located and arrested on April 16, 2017 and lodged in the Polk County Jail. DUCK has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit & Run, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and PCS Meth. Jessica Jaeger and Michala Ann Brown were located and questioned. Investigators are still trying to locate Makayla Aldeguer as a person of interest.


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Previous Update:
On the evening of April 15th, BROWN was located and is cooperating with the investigation. She was subsequently taken into custody for a probation violation.

OSP is still seeking to speak with three other persons of interest. Those persons are:
Brenden James DUCK, age 19, of McMinnville
Makayla C ALDEGUER, age 23, of McMinnville
Jessica M JAEGER, age 19, of Sheridan

OSP is asking if anyone knows the location of the above persons or has information about the incident to call 800-452-7888.

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Previous Release:
The victim has been identified as 43 year old James Rudolph Osredkar from Sheridan. OSP is requesting assistance in locating a person of interest who has been identified as 22 year old Michala Ann Brown. Her last known address was in McMinnville. She has relatives in Dayton and McMinnville.

On April 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30am, OSP was notified and responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 22 near milepost 14. Shortly after arriving on scene of the motorcycle crash, OSP was notified of a vehicle fire on Ford Street in Rickreall.

OSP determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lincoln County several days earlier. Evidence at the scene of the motorcycle crash links the stolen vehicle to the fatality crash. OSP is withholding the involved individual's identification until the family has been notified.

OSP is seeking any witnesses that might have been in the area or have any information regarding this incident and are asked to call OSP Dispatch at 800-452-7888. The pictured black Toyota Prius is not the actual vehicle involved, but is for comparison uses only.


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Benton County Sheriff's Office May Saturation Patrols
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/17 8:20 PM
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to participate in extra patrol for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driver Enforcement.

During the scheduled DUII saturation patrol for the marijuana user's holiday surrounding April 20, 2017, deputies working regular patrol and extra DUII patrol, stopped drivers for traffic violations. There were no drivers arrested for DUII, and no traffic crashes reported. There was one misdemeanor warrant served.

The next saturation patrol for seat belts and is scheduled May 15-28, 2017. Throughout these days and nights, deputies will be targeting those not wearing their seat belts, minors riding in pickup beds. Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies will be driving marked and unmarked patrol vehicles and will also target distracted drivers committing violations, specifically using their cell phones while driving. This violation has caused numerous crashes, and at least two fatalities within the last few years in Benton County.

A DUII saturation patrol is then slated May 25-29, 2017, to coincide with Memorial Day. This weekend is historically a busy vacation time with travelers coming to, leaving from, or passing through Benton County on our roadways. With the celebration, sometimes comes the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances. Please help keep our roadways safe by not mixing these with driving, and avoid being arrested or hurting someone.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the number of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the streets and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more information on impaired driving, visit https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf or http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx
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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 25-Year-Old Woman
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/17 8:14 PM
25-year-old Danielle Brandon returned home tonight and is no longer a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 25-year-old woman missing since Thursday night.

Danielle Brandon is described as a white female, 5'6" tall, 118 pounds, possibly wearing a reddish brown top (pictured).

Brandon left her Northeast Portland residence at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017. She left behind her car, cell phone and ID.

Investigators believe Brandon may be in a mental health crisis and there is no indication of foul play.

Anyone seeing Brandon is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Salem Police Sergeant Retires (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/28/17 8:05 PM
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Salem Police Department Detective Sergeant Alan "Al" Graham retired today after serving the citizens of the Mid-Willamette Valley for 33 years.

Sergeant Graham was joined by friends, family, co-workers, Salem Police retirees and partners in the criminal justice community on Friday afternoon at a retirement ceremony at Pringle Hall. Chief Jerry Moore and Deputy Police Chief George Burke presided over the ceremony, bidding Sergeant Graham farewell and wishing him well in retirement.

Sgt Graham began his public service in 1984 as a Salem Police Cadet. He then became a Polk County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy and worked on Marine Patrol from 1986-1988, when he became an Independence Police Department Reserve Police Officer. He was hired as a full time Independence Police Officer in 1990, then was hired as a Salem Police Officer in 1992.

During his tenure with the Salem Police Department, Sgt Graham worked as a patrol officer and as a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit for about seven years. He was a member of the department SWAT team for 12 years, six of them as a team leader. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and worked as a patrol supervisor as well as two separate rotations as the Crimes Against Persons supervisor.

Sgt Graham accumulated numerous letters of commendation from both community members and members of the criminal justice community as well. He is well known for his strong sense of commitment, his caring for those with whom he has worked, strong sense of right and wrong, and his distinctive voice and sense of humor.

Sgt Graham plans to enjoy his time with his family and friends, and the Salem Police Family wishes him a long and happy retirement.

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BLM Seeks Nominations for Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/28/17 4:17 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting nominations from the public for five positions on the Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of more than 1.3 million acres of public lands in the Roseburg, Medford and Lakeview Districts. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2015.

The RAC will be filling the following five positions:

One of five members who who represent energy and mineral development (with a special emphasis
on transportation or rights-of-way interests); the commercial timber industry; organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation (with a special emphasis on commercial or recreation fishing); or Federal grazing or other land permits or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners.

Three of five members who represent nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.

One of five members who hold state elected office; hold county or local elected office; represent Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the Council is organized; are school officials or teachers with knowledge in natural resource management or the natural sciences; or represent the affected public-at-large and/or are employed by a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources, land or water.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, submit a nomination form noting the specific position along with supporting letters of recommendation from the groups or interests to be represented. Nomination forms can be picked up at BLM offices in Medford, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls. Forms can also be acquired by mail through a phone request at (541) 618-2200 or online at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resourceadvisory-council/apply.

The BLM will assess the applications and submit recommended nominees to the Secretary of the Interior, who will officially make the appointments. Nominees, who must be residents of Oregon, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area.Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Members are normally appointed to three-year terms.

The RAC generally holds three to four meetings each year between Roseburg, Medford, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls. Although members serve without monetary compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees. For more information on the Southwest Oregon RAC, please call Christina Beslin at (541) 618-2371 or cbeslin@blm.gov.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface
mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities
occurring on public lands.
Representatives Needed for Coastal Oregon Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/28/17 3:59 PM
North Bend, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for five open positions on the Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC). As published in a notice in the Federal Register on April 10, 2017, nominations will be accepted until May 30, 2017.

The RAC consists of 15 members chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues to help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of public lands along the Oregon Coast. The diverse membership of the RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing public lands for multiple uses.

Positions are open in the following categories:

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

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

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

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said BLM OR/WA State Director Jamie Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues," said Connell.

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

Nomination packets can be submitted to the BLM Coos Bay District Office, 1300 Airport Lane, North Bend, Oregon or via email to m1harper@blm.gov. Nomination forms can be obtained at this same location or online at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply
The Coastal Oregon RAC generally holds quarterly meetings in various locations along the coast. Although members serve without monetary compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees. RAC members are normally appointed to three-year terms.

For additional information, please contact Coastal Oregon RAC Coordinator Megan Harper at (541) 751-4353 or m1harper@blm.gov. Additional information on the Coastal Oregon RAC can be found at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/coastal-oregon-rac

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
Reward Offered in Biketown Vandalisms - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-15 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 04/28/17 3:50 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a rash of vandalisms.

On April 4, 2017, Portland Police officers took reports about numerous vandalism incidents at Biketown kiosks throughout the city. Investigators learned that the vandalism likely occurred between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. More than 200 bicycles were damaged by unknown vandals.

A group calling themselves the "Rose City Saboteurs" posted flyers at several of the locations indicating responsibility for the vandalism.

Surveillance images show what appears to be a light silver or blue Subaru that contained three suspects in the area of East Burnside and 7th Avenue. The three suspects appear to be white males wearing dark clothing.

Surveillance images are being released to aid in this investigation. Surveillance video is available for viewing and download at https://youtu.be/IOEqyx1yC-I

Any information about any of these suspects or the "Rose City Saboteurs" can be sent to Crime Stoppers.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Body Found North Clark County
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/17 3:33 PM
On April 27th 2017 at about 10:30 Clark County 911 received a report that a body had been found in a shed on a property at 15208 NE 172nd Ave. Responding deputies arrived and located the body of a white male in his 30s. Deputies suspected that the victim's death was likely a homicide and notified Clark County Major Crimes Detectives. At this point it appears the male, who did not live at the location was in fact the victim of a homicide. Detectives are still investigating and following leads. The body of the victim was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

There is very little information to release at this time. Detectives will be working through the weekend and hope to have more information to release on Monday.
As Child Abuse Prevention Month Ends, Marion County Efforts Increase
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/28/17 3:32 PM
The Marion County Child Abuse Response Team is excited to announce a pilot project designed to increase coordination of child abuse investigations in Marion County. This pilot will foster daily interaction between law enforcement, child abuse prosecutors, Marion County DHS case workers, and specialized child abuse medical personnel to streamline and coordinate Marion County's most high-risk child abuse investigations.

Child abuse investigations are extremely complex and require involvement of multiple disciplines. Therefore, child abuse multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are statutorily-mandated in each Oregon County per ORS 418.747. These teams consist of law enforcement, DHS, District Attorney's offices, school districts, child abuse assessment centers, and other community partners.

Last year, the Marion County District Attorney's Office filed 294 child abuse cases, and approximately 490 petitions alleging that children should be placed in state custody. Those filings only represent a portion of the cases Marion County law enforcement and Marion County DHS investigated. In addition to that volume, technology, new legal mandates, and changing systems have all placed additional burdens on these investigations.

Therefore, leaders in Marion County have developed an innovative model to address these challenges. In addition to existing legal MDT obligations, the Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Woodburn Police Department, Marion County District Attorney's Office, and Marion County DHS have jointly agreed to pilot a specialized child abuse investigatory team.

Liberty House, Marion and Polk County's Child Abuse Assessment Center, will serve as the team's central hub. This will allow investigators to access specialized medical personnel and more quickly refer families and children to services.

This specialized team of investigators, prosecutors, medical staff and caseworkers will review daily the most at-risk cases known in Marion County. The goal is to increase child safety and ensure coordinated system response for families.

"We are proud to work with partners who continually seek to do better for kids," says Walt Beglau, Marion County's District Attorney. "I would like to thank the leadership at Salem Police, Keizer Police, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Woodburn Police, Marion County DHS and Liberty House. Without their commitment to this effort, this opportunity would not have been possible."
Toastmasters Club debates college students at Oregon State Penitentiary (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/28/17 2:47 PM
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The Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) Toastmasters Club hosted a debate with Linfield and Lewis & Clark Colleges on Friday April 7, 2017. The topic was privatized prisons versus Government-run prisons. Each college provided one team (two people and a judge), and the OSP club provided two teams made up of adults in custody and local community members. Each team was made aware of the topic 15 minutes prior to the debate. It was a spirited and entertaining discussion and, in the end, one of the OSP teams arguing in favor of the state prison system pulled off a close win.

The Capital Toastmasters Club provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment where every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn fosters self-confidence and personal growth. Members consist of men at OSP as well as people from the community. Toastmasters is about people helping people learn, regardless of where they live. The club offers multiple learning opportunities in preparation for re-entry to society, while building personal confidence and breaking patterns of negative behavior.

Debating utilizes a combination of communication, listening, and thinking skills. Each summer, Professor Dr. Jackson Miller from Linfield College teaches a Parliamentary debate class to Capital Toastmasters. Graduates of the class compete in debates against college students throughout the year, including a large debate tournament with 16 college teams from around the world.

To learn more about the Capital Toastmasters Club, or to schedule a visit, please call (503) 378-2289 or email courtney.d.mcfadden@doc.state.or.us.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Capital Toastmasters , OSP's winning team
C-TRAN names two finalists in Executive Director/CEO search (Photo)
C-TRAN - 04/28/17 2:27 PM
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C-TRAN has narrowed a field of dozens of candidates to two finalists in the search for a new Executive Director/CEO. Current Executive Director/CEO Jeff Hamm will retire at the end of June after more than 10 years leading C-TRAN.

The two finalists to succeed him both bring deep experience in public transportation:

Shawn Donaghy is a third-generation transportation executive and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Fort Worth, Texas. In his current role, Shawn oversees fixed route operations, paratransit operations, maintenance, information technology, safety and risk management, security and transit police, service scheduling, vanpool/contract management, and key performance/regulatory metrics. Prior to this position, Shawn served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shawn has a bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky University. In 2016, Shawn was named one of Mass Transit's Top 40-Under-40.

Doug Middleton most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Maintenance and previously as the Chief Operations Officer at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Wash. In those roles Doug oversaw transportation (fixed route and paratransit), maintenance (fleet and facilities), personnel, and public safety. Doug holds a bachelor's degree from California Baptist University, Riverside, and a Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Each candidate will participate in a series of interviews next week. They'll meet with C-TRAN employees, the C-TRAN Citizens Advisory Committee, the C-TRAN Board of Directors and others as part of the interview process. The board is expected to choose C-TRAN's new Executive Director/CEO before Hamm's departure.

Hamm's tenure at C-TRAN has included numerous notable achievements, including the launch of The Vine, the region's first bus rapid transit system, in January. Since Hamm joined C-TRAN as Executive Director/CEO in 2007, C-TRAN has also:

- Opened the 99th Street Transit Center
- Implemented a Vanpool program
- Adopted the C-TRAN 2030 Plan
- Implemented automatic drop-down chains on nearly all fixed-route buses
- Opened the new Salmon Creek Park and Ride
- Added dozens of hybrid vehicles to the fixed-route fleet
- Partnered with TriMet and Portland Streetcar on Hop Fastpass, the regional electronic fare system launching in 2017

C-TRAN's next Executive Director/CEO will lead an agency that remains financially sound, debt-free and ready to adapt as Clark County continues to grow and change. An update to the agency's long-range plans in the next few years will also help chart the future of public transportation in the region.


Attached Media Files: Doug Middleton , Shawn Donaghy
Lebanon Firefighters Sprint From District Awards Banquet To Fight Structure Fire; One Civilian Injured (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 04/28/17 2:08 PM
(L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
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On April 27th the members of the Lebanon Fire District gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of their peers. The District held it's annual banquet at the Boulder Falls Event Center which was attended by over 100 district members and their family. LFD members range between less than one year of service all the way up to their most senior volunteer, Captain Bob Berry, who marked his 58th year with the district.

Firefighters from the Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District provided coverage for Lebanon during the event in an attempt to allow on-duty members to attend the ceremony. Their coverage was quickly put to use, as a working structure fire with possible trapped victims was reported just as the awards banquet got underway. On-duty LFD crews quickly responded from the banquet, and along with the Albany and Sweet Home crews they extinguished the blaze and transported one victim to Lebanon Community Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The Lebanon Fire District administration is extremely proud of the work that their members do each day, and they know that their members are just as proud of their peers. "We are fortunate to work with such an incredibly inspiring group of people every day, and the community of Lebanon is lucky to have such a dedicated group serving on behalf of the Lebanon Fire District." said Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe.

Below is a list of this years award recipients:

Glenn "Pappy" Yocum Memorial EMS Award- Jacob Mellander

Jacob is an excellent paramedic with a great bedside manner. Jacob has received several letters of commendation from patients who state how well they were treated. He shows great commitment, confidence and compassion.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Volunteer Firefighter of the Year- Brad McInnis

Brad has become an integral part of the Lebanon Fire District over the past year. He has stepped up and helped out with training and many District events. It is obvious that Brad enjoys what he does and pushes himself to become better all the time.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Career Firefighter of the Year- Blaine Suing

Blaine is an outstanding firefighter on emergency scenes and in daily operations. His pride in ownership is apparent in the way he takes care of the District apparatus. He always works extremely hard and does a fantastic job.

Jeff Cole Memorial Volunteer Officer of the Year-John Paul Crowe

John Paul is a great advocate for his community and his station. He is a very competent and confident responder. He always has a great attitude and willingness to help and teach others.

Jeff Cole Memorial Career Officer of the Year- Nick Tyler

Nick has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members to the District. He is a great motivator, teacher and leader. He is always willing to help and give others advice.

Bob Berry Outstanding Volunteer Member Award- Troy VanLoovan

Troy is dedicated and has become one of our most valuable volunteers over the past year. From incident response to cooking hotdogs to spreading gravel at substations, he can always be counted on. He is always up for a challenge, and obtained his Fire Officer 1 this year.

Bob Berry Outstanding Career Member Award- Annette Duerr

Annette is an exceptional employee who works tirelessly at her desk. She is extremely efficient and exceeded industry standards in percentage of revenue. She is a pleasure to have around the front office.

Intern Firefighter of the Year- Jason Read

Jason has surpassed all expectations of his new intern role this last year. He is a very hard worker and completed countless inspections. He takes his job very seriously and is a true professional to the public.

Support Volunteer of the Year- Kathryn Sears

Kathryn Sears is a fantastic support volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand in whatever area needs some extra attention. We're thankful for her efforts and willingness to help the district.

Rookie of the Year- Casey Topp

Casey is a passionate member of the District. He is very involved with drill and District events. His dedication and love for the job is apparent to all who work with him.

Bruce Parton Community Service Award- Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan

Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan perform a large amount of community outreach for the District. Bob and Troy have cooked thousands of hotdogs and burgers over the years for various community events. They truly have made an impact in this community.


Attached Media Files: (L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
Salem tree advocate Kasia Quillinan is honored with an Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Award
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/28/17 1:54 PM
SALEM, Ore.--Oregon Community Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry have honored Salem resident Kasia Quillinan for her work on behalf of Salem's trees. The two organizations each April recognize individuals and organizations anywhere in the state who are promoting healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness or advocacy. Quillinan received her award before the Salem City Council earlier this month.

"Kasia Quillinan has been an ardent advocate for trees in Salem over many years," said Patricia Farrell an Oregon Community Trees board member. "She has worked tirelessly to support city staff in planting trees, promoting tree-friendly policies and educating the public about proper care for trees. She has also organized tree plantings in her Salem neighborhood."

Since 2012 Quillinan has served on Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. An attorney and retired judge, Quillinan has chaired the volunteer board for the past three years. The board oversees parks and hears appeals to removals of city-owned trees.

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager with ODF's Urban and Community Forestry Program,
said Quillinan played a major role on an advisory committee in 2013-14 that recommended updates to Salem's tree ordinance. "Those updates strengthened protections for city-owned trees. They reflected Kasia's belief that trees are vital for a healthy city."

In addition to its awards program, Oregon Community Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry host an annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference. It is being held June 1 this year in Portland at the World Forestry Center. For more information and to register go to www.oregoncommunitytrees.org/
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 2 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 04/28/17 1:44 PM
April 28, 2017

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations);
Courtney Crowell 971-712-6503 (media inquiries)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 2 in Portland at OHSU

Includes legislative and federal updates as well as discussion and possible action regarding hospital community benefits and OHPB committees

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 2, 2017 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing.

When: Tuesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2017-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
Welcome
OHA Director's Report
OHPB Committee Updates
2017 Legislative Session Update
Federal Health Policy Update
OHPB Committees: Charters & Membership Discussion & Possible Action
Public Testimony
Community Benefit Presentation & Panel

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2017-OHPB-Meetings.aspx .
The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Housing Stability Council - Monthly Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/28/17 1:09 PM
LOCATION:
Oregon Housing and Community Services
725 Summer St NE, Conference room 124 A/B
TIME:
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

TELECONFERENCE:
Number: 1-877-273-4202, Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Introduction of New Council member - Dr. Gerardo Sandoval
9:30 Draft Meeting Minutes - April 7, 2017
9:40 Single Family Residential Loan Consent Calendar
9:50 Multifamily Funding Decisions
10:10 LIFT Additional Project Funding Recommendation
10:30 Break
10:40 Statewide Housing Plan Update
11:10 Homeless and Runaway Youth
11:40 Veteran NOFA Policy Memo
12:10 Report of the Director
12:20 Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned
Turn in Your Unused & Unwanted Prescription Drugs Tomorrow - DEA Take Back Event
DEA Seattle - 04/28/17 12:38 PM
Tomorrow, April 29th, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the public can dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medications. There are 180 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest, operated by 153 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they can enter their zip code. Or they can call 1-800-882-9539. This is an updated phone number provided by DEA-Headquarters.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to a collection site - liquids, needles or other sharps will not be accepted. Unwanted medicine emptied at a collection site does not need to be in the original bottle. Medicines emptied are not sifted through and the boxes are sealed and then burned at an EPA-approved incinerator.
Have You Seen Daniel Oberg? Lane County Sheriff's Office Asks for Assistance Locating Missing Man (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/17 12:13 PM
Daniel Oberg
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The Lane County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance locating 28 year old Daniel Oberg from Sweet Home. Daniel was last heard from on April 23rd when he told family he was going camping with a friend. That same morning, his car was found abandoned in the Marcola area. Daniel may be traveling with one or two other adult males and may have a white pit bull dog with him as well as a brown younger dog. Family reported him missing on April 25, 2017 when they became concerned that he had not returned home. Lane County Search and Rescue have searched the area where Daniel's car was located but found no indication of where he could have gone.

Daniel Oberg is a 28 year old white male, standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds with medium length brown hair and a short beard. Daniel has been known to frequent the Quartzville Recreation Corridor in Linn County and may be camping in that area.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has seen Daniel Oberg to call 541-682-4141.


Attached Media Files: Daniel Oberg
Help BGPS staff 'Stuff the Bus' (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/28/17 11:41 AM
Students and volunteers help at 2016's Stuff the Bus event
Students and volunteers help at 2016's Stuff the Bus event
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Public School Employees (PSE) of Battle Ground wants to give back to the community! Join members of the district's classified union on Saturday, May 6 at the Battle Ground Walmart and Fred Meyer stores from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help them 'Stuff the Bus.'

PSE members will be collecting non-perishable food items, personal hygiene supplies, paper products, & cash donations during their annual event. Items collected will be delivered to the North County Community Food Bank.

Community partners for the event are Battle Ground PSE, Cascade Student Transportation, Walmart, and Fred Meyer.

Stuff the Bus is a wonderful opportunity to help make a difference in our community. See you on the bus!


Attached Media Files: Students and volunteers help at 2016's Stuff the Bus event
Erik Morton Becomes a GVCC Ambassador (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 04/28/17 11:40 AM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has expanded their red coat Ambassador team to include Erik Morton, a dedicated family man who has made Vancouver his home after living all over the United States. Morton will help the GVCC by representing the business community at groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, networking events, and workshops. This high-profile responsibility is shared with 22 other member business owners and representatives, across a variety of industries that make up the GVCC's 1,100 business membership base.

Erik Morton comes to Vancouver by way of Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Florida. He landed in Clark County due to a relocation by GEICO; who brought Morton along with his wife and six-month-old son to start a new chapter of their lives. Morton's son Jarek is now eleven and has two siblings: Jase (10) and Jakoby (7). They've made their "final move" into the Northwest neighborhood and love downtown where their home and business are located. Vancouver is special to Morton. This is where he took his first big professional step, opening his own business: Erik with a K, which evolved into Erik Morton Insurance (State Farm). "I love being able to solve problems for the households and businesses we serve," Morton explains.

Erik and his wife of 16 years, Sharon enjoy Willem's on Main, scuba diving, spending time with friends at Trusty Brewing Company, and getting to-and-from all the school functions at Lincoln Elementary and Discovery Middle School for their three boys. "Erik is a great addition to the Ambassador team. He brings a can-do attitude and is a great team player," said Barb Holbrook the GVCC's Ambassador Team Coordinator.


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 to Resume Medical Support Program for Special Events Including Protests (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/28/17 11:16 AM
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PF&R to Resume Medical Support for PPB Operations after Receiving Enhanced Training, New Uniforms

Portland Fire & Rescue's Rapid Response Team Emergency Medical Technicians (PF&R's RRT EMTs) have received new uniforms and will resume the provision of medical support with PPB officers during crowd control operations starting today, April 28th. PF&R's RRT EMTs are specially trained Portland Firefighters who are embedded with Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (PPB RRT) officers to provide care to anyone in need of emergency medical services during periods of permitted and non-permitted protests. The new uniforms are designed to clearly distinguish unarmed PF&R RRT EMTs from PPB RRT officers.
In addition to many hours of operational training, PF&R Rapid Response Team members have received enhanced training on topics including: (1) first amendment rights in protected event environments, (2) public relations sensitivity, (3) diffusion of highly charged situations, (4) the role of embedded medics in relation to the role of local law enforcement, and (5) privacy rights and civil liberties of persons/groups.
PF&R Chief Mike Myers had the following to say about the team being placed online today: "I am happy with the level of cooperation that has occurred between the Police Bureau, local community and civil rights activists, and Portland Fire & Rescue to put this program in place. I believe the city of Portland is a safer place because these groups took the time to make our rescue response faster and more effective in these unique situations."

The following video and pictures are for media use:

Walk through of gear w/ voice video link
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Gear no voice video link
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Gear no voice video link2
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Attached Media Files: still photo of EMT gear
Hillsboro School District and Community Partners Host Eco Fair & Tire Collection
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 04/28/17 11:11 AM
MEDIA NOTE - FOR COVERAGE ONLY, NOT ADVANCE PROMOTION OUTSIDE OF HILLSBORO MARKET

Collaborative event celebrates Earth Month with a tire collection, community art project, and grounds beautification at Lincoln Street Elementary School

April 28, 2017, Hillsboro, OR --Hillsboro School District has partnered with the City of Hillsboro, Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling, Metro, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro Schools Foundation, and Artosaur to present an Eco Fair & Tire Collection event on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lincoln Street Elementary School.

The media is invited to attend the event to record video, take pictures, and interview representatives of partner agencies as well as attendees:

What: Eco Fair & Tire Collection Event

When: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Street Elementary School, 801 NE Lincoln Street, Hillsboro

Why: Celebrate Earth Month by collecting tires, which will be responsibly recycled and help to reduce mosquito populations; creating community by hosting a collaborative Love Tapestry art project, which aims to surround schools and the community with messages of love and kindness; and beautifying the grounds of the school

Who: Hillsboro residents are invited to bring their tires for recycling; anyone who is interested is invited to attend and participate in the Love Tapestry art project, listen to renowned storyteller Will Hornyak, create crafts with the Library, or help beautify the grounds

Cost: Suggested donation of $1/tire off the rim, $2 per tire on the rim, with proceeds to benefit the Hillsboro Schools Foundation; otherwise free

Additional information is available on the event flyer or from Beth Graser, HSD Communications Director.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-04/107/103938/media_advisory_Hillsboro_School_District_Hosts_Eco_Fair_042817.pdf
Unified Sports Soccer Tournament set for May 6
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 04/28/17 10:54 AM
Evergreen Public Schools will host local school districts for a Unified Sports soccer tournament on Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium (2205 NE 138th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684).

The high school teams consistent of male and female players, ages 14-21, with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Sports, in conjunction with Special Olympics, promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences.

The opening ceremonies will feature students reciting the Athlete Oath before beginning play. Games will be 20 minutes each (with a running clock), played on a modified field size (three game fields will be set up on the McKenzie Stadium field). The games will be played in a round-robin format with the final set of games at 12:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public.
Juvenile Sex Trafficking Investigation Results in Two Arrests, Juvenile Victim Rescued (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/17 10:21 AM
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On Thursday April 27, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, in partnership with the Beaverton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Child Exploitation Task Force, arrested two men and rescued a juvenile female victim in a sex trafficking investigation.

22-year-old Tre Quane Jenkins and 20-year-old Antonio Jaray Moore were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Compelling Prostitution. A 16-year-old female sex trafficking victim was reunited with her family.

This investigation started several weeks ago and during the course of the investigation, officers located the victim at a residence in the 8500 block of Southeast Steele Street.

On Thursday, investigators arrived at the residence and made contact with the victim and safely removed her from the home. Three other subjects, including Jenkins and Moore, remained inside and refused to come out to officers. After approximately 10 minutes, the subjects came out and were taken into custody without incident. Jenkins and Moore were eventually booked on criminal charges while the third subject was released from the scene. A firearm was seized by police during the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and officers would like to hear from anyone with information about this case.

Sex trafficking and prostitution are not victimless crimes. Victims of sex trafficking and prostitution are forced, coerced, and manipulated into this lifestyle against their will. They are forced to suffer through physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The Portland Police Bureau, in conjunction with other Federal and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to deterring prostitution and sex trafficking activities.

The Bureau also works with community organizations like Lifeworks NW to help sex trafficking victims: https://www.bja.gov/programs/supporting-victims-of-sex-trafficking-in-Portland.html

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Josephine County Man arrested on sex crimes - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/17 10:15 AM
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In 2014, an investigation was conducted in regards to sexual contact between a 13 year old female and a 20 year old male. The male suspect, 23 year old Wesley Allen HEALER moved out of the area at the time of the disclosure by the juvenile female.

In 2016, HEALER moved back to the Josephine County area and was interviewed by detectives. The case was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury on April 18th, 2017 and HEALER was indicted for Sex Abuse I, Rape II and Sodomy I. A felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

On April 27th, 2017, OSP detectives contacted Wesley HEALER in Jackson County and arrested for the felony warrant. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail without incident.


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*** Update Subject in Custody ***Oregon State Police Detectives seeking information in shooting - Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/17 9:52 AM
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On April 26th, 2017, 26 year old Jacob MORGAN was located and arrested in Los Angeles, California by the Pacific Southwest Violent Offender Task Force.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Neuenschwander, Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, 541-618-7988.

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Previous Release:

Just after 2:00 am, on April 9, 2017, Oregon State Police Troopers assigned to the Grants Pass Patrol Worksite, responded to a reported shooting occurring in front of Art's Red Garter Steakhouse in Cave Junction. Upon arrival, one male was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest. The male was identified as 32 year old Cave Junction resident, Andre Dwayne Wright. Wright was transported to the Rogue Regional Emergency Room for critical injuries.

OSP detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Section in Central Point responded and are investigating the incident. There have been no arrests made in connection with this shooting. Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center at (541) 664-4600.


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Preservation Month Fair May 11th at the Oregon State Capitol (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/28/17 9:15 AM
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May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it's an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations preserve those stories and places.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 28 heritage organizations displaying historic military vehicles, artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects.

On Thursday, May 11th, Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will host the 9th Annual Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.

Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Bush House Museum; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Oregon State Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; Daughters of the American Revolution, Newell Pioneer Village and Caples House Museum; Santiam Heritage Foundation; Willamette University Archives; Restore Oregon; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon Military Museum; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Cultural Trust; Oregon Department of Forestry; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library.

On display at the event are an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep. A free tour of the Capitol Grounds will begin at 11:30 a.m. from the Capitol steps, and a free tour of the Capitol Building Tower will begin at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building at 12:00.


Attached Media Files: Historic Preservation Month, 2016, Stuart Light Tank , Historic Preservation Month Fair, 2016, Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center
Date Correction
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/28/17 9:05 AM
The death that occurred on Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville occurred on April 27, 2017.
Lebanon Fire District Awarded $1.5M Seismic Rehabilitation Grant (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 04/28/17 8:52 AM
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Lebanon Fire District Chief Gordon Sletmoe received word this week that his department has been selected to receive a $1,497,555 grant for seismic rehabilitation of the Lebanon Fire District's aging main station located at 1050 W. Oak Street.

The grant is from the state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, 9?1?1 centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Eligible activities for the grant include structural improvements, architecture and engineering expenses, and overall project management. Applications were evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, which represents the education sector, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria was determined by the grant committee and included project readiness, scope of work, and the importance of the building in the community it serves.

Grant funds will be used to seismically stabilize the aging main fire station. Constructed in 1975, Station 31 has been renovated and added onto no fewer than five times over the past 42 years. The industry standard for a fire station's average lifespan is 40 years, and LFD has worked hard to maintain Station 31 so well and extend it's life, but with aging facilities comes upkeep and stability issues and this seismic grant will help to address some of those deficiencies.

What once housed a a small handful of firefighters running a few hundred calls per year in the 1970's is now bursting at the seams as the headquarters station for 24 firefighters, 10 student interns, the district's training division, fire & life safety division, and the administrative offices. In 2016 the Lebanon Fire District responded to 6,070 emergency calls for service, and there are no indications of that call volume slowing down as the city of Lebanon continues to rapidly grow.

For more information on this story contact Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe at 541-451-1901.


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Linn County Deputies Investigate Suspicious Death (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/28/17 8:49 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on April 28, 2017, at 9:46 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call regarding a disturbance in the 36000 block of Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville.

The caller reported there was a male at the location that appeared to be on drugs and was out of control. When Deputies arrived, they found Gregory Scott Sims, 54, a resident of the property, laying on the reported out of control male, later identified as Robert Grant Kline, 63, who also resides on the property.

Deputies discovered Kline was unconscious with no pulse when Sims got off of him. Deputies immediately called for an ambulance and performed CPR on Kline until both the Brownsville Fire Department and Lebanon Fire Department arrived. At that time it was determined Kline was deceased.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office along with the assistance of the Linn County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating the incident and at this time, no arrests have been made. The Linn County Major Crimes Team consists of the Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Linn County District Attorney.


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Clackamas Community College news (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/28/17 8:43 AM
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Please find attached the latest CCC news.


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Suspect in Sex Abuse Arrested Wednesday by Portland Police Detectives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/17 8:43 AM
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On April 26, 2017, Portland Police detectives arrested 54-year-old Kevin Lavan Taylor on a charge of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree in connection with an incident in November 2016 at a Portland Community College library. Taylor was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The investigation started on November 1, 2016, a female student at PCC Cascade Campus, located at 705 North Killingsworth Street, reported being forcibly touched in a sexual manner while in the library. During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance video of the suspect (image released). Further investigation indicates that there may be additional victims.

Anyone who may have been victimized by Taylor or has additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Bledsoe at 503-823-0400, michael.bledsoe@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength Programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Ridgefield High School Earns Spot in U.S. News 2017 Best High Schools Annual Ranking (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/28/17 8:39 AM
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Friday, April 28, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield High School in the Ridgefield School District has been named a 2017 Best High School in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking report released this week.

Among the 22,000 public high schools evaluated nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, Ridgefield High School placed in the top 6,000 high schools who were awarded national gold, silver or bronze medals for student performance on state assessments and level of college readiness. RHS was awarded a national bronze medal in this year's rankings as a high-performing school based on state exam performance.

In its rankings for individual states, U.S. News & World Report placed Ridgefield High School as #40 on its list of Best High Schools for the state of Washington. It evaluated 606 Washington public high schools this year. The top-rated high school in the state was #1 ranked Tesla STEM High School, part of the Lake Washington School District. Only schools awarded a national medal were eligible for a state ranking.

Schools awards were determined based on reading and math results on state proficiency tests and graduation rates. AP student test scores and participation rates figured into the calculation to determine college readiness for each school.

"We are extremely proud of our staff and students at Ridgefield High School for this accomplishment," said Tony VanderMaas, Ridgefield High School Principal. "Our staff has taken seriously the charge to become the state's premier district and continues to work collaboratively to accomplish the feat."

"Receiving this recognition is tangible proof of the team effort put forth by the Ridgefield High School staff and students, providing an environment where students can pursue unlimited possibilities," said Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent.

More information on U.S. News World Report's Best High Schools rankings can be found on: www.usnews.com/highschools.

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Attached Media Files: Tony VanderMaas, Ridgefield High School Principal
Fairview Police Serve Search Warrant on Suspected Drug House
Fairview Police Dept. - 04/28/17 6:58 AM
In the early morning hours of Friday, April 28, 2017 members of the Fairview Police Department, assisted by the East Multnomah County SWAT, served a community complaint-driven search warrant at the 2200 block of NE 201st Avenue in Fairview. The townhouse-style residence had been reported by neighbors over the last six months as being an active hub location for people to use and sell drugs as well as store stolen property. When the search warrant was served, there were no people in the residence and no arrests were made. Fairview Police Officers conducted a thorough search of the residence and found evidence of drug activity. The investigation in this case will be continuing.
The residence was found to be in a state of extensive disrepair. The electricity service to the residence has been shut off. Residences such as this, often commonly referred to as "flop houses," can be a sources of general criminal activity, drug usage, and cause of community concern. It is important when neighbors have concerns about this type of hub of activity that they notify their local law enforcement. It is helpful when police have detailed information about the potentially criminal activity that is causing concern. The more information neighbors can provide to law enforcement, the better the chances of accurately discerning what type of activity is occurring and what lawful remedies may be available to law enforcement.
While this case remains under active investigation, further details are not available at this time.
Thu. 04/27/17
Kitchen fire in Lebanon summons fire crews
Lebanon Fire District - 04/27/17 9:00 PM
Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany Fire crews responded to a report of a house fire Thursday evening. Initial reports were of a kitchen fire at 3295 Lupine in Lebanon. First arriving crews found dark smoke coming from the structure with 2 adult females and 2 toddlers outside. The adults were in the process of cooking when a grease fire started which quickly began to spread. The pan was accidently knocked to the floor which caused the smoke and flames to rapidly increase. Attempts by the occupants were made to extinguish the fire with no success. Fire crews performed an aggressive interior attack and quickly extinguished the fire before it could progress further. One female occupant suffered minor burns and may have breathed some smoke and was transported by ambulance to Lebanon Community Hospital for evaluation. Damage was extensive to the kitchen with significant smoke and heat damage to the rest of the residence. Red Cross and FireCorps are arranging accommodations for the occupants.
Expect Delays on 99E Friday (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/27/17 7:05 PM
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The City of Oregon City Public Works Department has just been notified of a project between Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and ODOT to make repairs to the railroad crossing at Highway 99E (McLoughlin Blvd) and Main Street on Friday, April 28. Repairs are anticipated to begin at 9:00am and last for one day. This will be a partial road closure with traffic limited to one lane in each direction. Anticipate delays in your commute. Thank you for your understanding, and if you have any questions please contact ODOT's Northwest Region - Region 2 office at 503-986-2600.


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Tip of the Week May 1, 2017 - MOVE OVER. IT'S THE LAW.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 6:38 PM
Date: May 1, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers
541-265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us


MOVE OVER. IT'S THE LAW.

Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency workers put their lives on the line to save ours. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky business. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation: www.oregon.gov/ODOT.

In the last 10 years, more than 700 officers have been killed in traffic incidents. In many of those cases, the officers were pulled over on the side of the road when inattentive drivers crashed into them at high speeds. That's why there's a strict law in Oregon designed to protect the people we depend on to protect us.

The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:

?NLG~ MOVE OVER into another available lane.
?NLG~ If you can't safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the posted or designated speed of the roadway.
?NLG~ In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.

The Move Over Law is in place to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow operators and those who routinely provide assistance to motorists along the highways. This group of dedicated professionals face a deadly threat on a daily basis: speeding and inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down.

If you are approaching the scene of a crash, carefully watch for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions.

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

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652


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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/17 4:07 PM
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The Red Cross is bringing its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation to Linn County and holding a community preparedness fair on May 11.

LEBANON, Ore., April 27, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our Linn County community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Lebanon on May 11. Community partners in Linn County will be participating in a preparedness and safety fair before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud in Linn County and Preparedness Fair Event Details
Thursday, May 11, Preparedness Fair starts at 5:30 p.m., Prepare Out Loud starts at 6 p.m.
Boulder Falls Conference Center -- 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
The presentation and preparedness fair is FREE and open to the public
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudLinnCounty

An emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation at 5:30 - 6 p.m. & 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The following agencies will participate in the preparedness fair:
OFD Foods, LLC
Bi-Mart
Linn County Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue
Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ?,? Linn County Sheriff Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.)
Linn County Roads Department
Linn County Public Health Department
Lebanon Fire Department
Lebanon Police Department
Samaritan Health
American Red Cross

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
NW Natural
Mountain House

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud

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


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Flyer Linn County , News Release - Red Cross Holds Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County , Bend 2016 , Corvallis 2016 , Medford 2016 , Portland
Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps And Your Property
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 4:05 PM
The Lincoln County Planning Department and the Sheriff's Office encourage those who own property in or near flood plain areas to attend the Flood Risk Open House:

When:
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Presentation at 5:15 PM

Where:
Oregon Coast Community College
Community Room
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

FEMA, in partnership with the State of Oregon has issued preliminary flood maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. The revised flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Alsea, Siletz, Salmon, Yachats and Yaquina Rivers. These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and, when adopted, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about the flood mapping process and what the changes mean for them. Property owners will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how these maps will impact their property, community and insurance status.

Representatives from FEMA, Lincoln County Planning, the Cities of Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will be in attendance and available to answer questions and provide more information.

If you are unable to attend, you can contact the Lincoln County Planning Department at 541-265-4192 for more information regarding the preliminary maps.

More information on flooding mitigation, protection and safety is available at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/river-levels-and-flood-information . To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov .

Flooding is the nation's most common and most expensive natural disaster. According to national statistics, homes inside high-risk flood areas have a 26 percent chance of being damaged by flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared with a 9 percent chance of sustaining fire damage.

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Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office

Joshua Shaklee, CFM
Senior Planner
Lincoln County Dept. of Planning and Development
210 SW 2nd Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
jshaklee@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4192 Office


Attached Media Files: Lincoln Co Flood Risk Map Announcement , Media Release - Flood Risk Map Open House
Public Lectures about Historic Conservation Photos Tour Oregon
Oregon Historical Society - 04/27/17 3:36 PM
Press images available online at http://bit.ly/2p8eMIG

Portland, OR -- Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at lectures around Oregon in late April through early June.

William L. Finley's interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence, and other materials created by William Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, "Reuniting Finley and Bohlman," is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. This digitization effort allows the collection, which is physically divided between the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and Oregon State University in Corvallis, to be united in its entirety for researchers and conservationists to access in a single digital space. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on Oregon State University's digital collection website at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman. The collection will also be made available on the brand new OHS Digital Collections website, which is set to launch on May 22, 2017.

The entire digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman's trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes, and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast -- and, these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt's decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations. A fourth wildlife refuge near Corvallis was named in honor of William Finley. More information about Finley can be found on The Oregon Encyclopedia at https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/finley_william_l_1876_1953_/#.WQI3m_krKUk.

The public lecture and slide presentation series, "On the Road with Finley and Bohlman," started in Burns, Oregon on April 25 and will also be offered at these locations:

› April 27: Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Auditorium, Klamath Falls, 7pm -- 8pm
› May 13: Oregon State University, Valley Library's Willamette Room, Corvallis, 6pm -- 7:30pm
› May 14: Netarts Community Club, Oceanside, 2pm -- 3:30pm
› June 7: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, 6:30pm -- 7:30pm

More information about the series, including details on related nature walks, is available at http://www.ohs.org/finley.



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About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Portland-Metro Area (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/17 3:32 PM
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The Red Cross is helping our community to be prepared for disasters big and small by holding its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation in Clackamas on May 11.

CLACKAMAS, Ore., April 27, 2017 -- The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the impact of a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Clackamas on May 11.
The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas
Date & Time: Thursday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Location: Camp Withycombe Armory, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015
The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudClackamas or kpam.com

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
NW Natural
Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas is made possible by our generous event partners:
PGE -- Event Presenting Sponsor
Daimler -- Event Partner
KPAM Radio and the Pamplin Media Group -- Media Partners

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud

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


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Fishing festivals at Columbia Springs offer budget friendly family time (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 04/27/17 3:05 PM
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VANCOUVER, WA (April 27, 2017) -- Fishing is a Pacific Northwest rite of passage, and at Columbia Springs we want to share the tradition with you and your family. We'll provide the poles, tackle, fishing experts, and fish from the Vancouver Trout Hatchery; you provide the fishers!
Kids Fishing Festival features fishing for kids ages 5-14, a BBQ lunch, and nature activities for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 6th. Senior Fishing Festival will feature fishing for seniors age 60 and over, activities, and a tour of the trout hatchery. Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours today! Tickets are $7 each for both festivals. Want to help get others in our community out fishing? You can donate to help fund free tickets for low-income children and seniors. Tickets and information can be found at columbiasprings.org.
Kids Fishing Festival is presented by Neil Jones Food Company with support from iQ Credit Union, ILWU Local 4, and Clark Public Utilities. Senior Fishing Festival is presented by Friends of the Elder Justice Center and the Northwest Steelheaders. Support for both events is also provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Columbia Springs is a nonprofit organization located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy in Vancouver, offering our community a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship.


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UPDATE -- Details in the arrest of Santiago Martinez-Flores --- UPDATE (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 2:27 PM
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UPDATE 4-27-17 2:30pm

On Wednesday April 26, officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detained Santiago Martinez-Flores at the California/Mexico border, about 15 miles out of San Diego, on the Sheriff's Office warrant for the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

Martinez-Flores is currently detained at San Diego County Jail. No booking photo is available. A photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is attached.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detective is currently traveling to Southern California to interview Martinez-Flores.

The extradition process to bring the suspect back to Clackamas County is underway.



Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

04-26-17 9:15pmUPDATE

Suspect Santiago Martinez-Flores has been arrested and taken into custody in Southern California.

Additional information will be available late Thursday morning.



A suspect in the burglary and sexual assault of a 9-year old girl has been identified through physical evidence. Photos of the suspect are attached, and the Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team detectives have identified the suspect as Santiago Martinez-Flores, born 03/02/1969. At this writing he is 48 years old.

Santiago Martinez-Flores has also been known to use the aliases "Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores."

The sexual assault occurred at the Clackamas Trails Apartments during the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1994. He was last known to have been deported to Mexico in March of 2001 after serving approximately two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Martinez-Flores has used several different aliases in the past ("Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores," listed above) and could very well be using an alias at this time.

Several photos of Santiago Martinez-Flores are attached, as well as the original Sheriff's Office suspect sketch.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information that can help the Sheriff's Office locate and arrest Santiago Martinez-Flores is urged to contact our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

The March 1 release in this case is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (March 1, 2017, 2:22 p.m.) -- Sheriff's Office releases suspect sketch, seeks tips in sexual assault of 9-year-old

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team is asking the public for tips following the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10411 SE Cook Ct. in unincorporated Clackamas County. A suspect sketch is attached.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, an unknown assailant broke into an apartment in the apartment complex. Once inside, the suspect sexually abused the young victim as she was sleeping.

The victim woke up during the assault -- and was later able to provide a description of the suspect.

A forensic artist met with the child and produced the attached sketch of the assailant, described as follows:

- Possibly a Hispanic male
- Unshaven
- Wearing a black sweater and a yellow, grey, and black beanie cap

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

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Kidnap I Assault IV
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/27/17 2:27 PM
Yesterday, Wednesday (04/27/17)at approximately 2:33 p.m., a 20 year old female was walking home from work along Trailwalk Drive in Hillsboro. While walking along Trialwalk, she passed a male adult who was standing near a pick-up truck. Shortly after passing him, she was grabbed from behind, thrown to the ground and assaulted, leaving significant injuries to her face. The subject told her to get into his truck. The victim fought back and kept screaming during the incident. After a few moments the suspect suddenly released her and left in his vehicle.

Witnesses were able to provide a vehicle description and plate. The registered owner, Aaron Zoller 012278 of Hillsboro, was found at his residence with injuries to his knuckles and blood on his hands. Zoller was arrested and lodged for Assault IV and Kidnap I.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/17 2:12 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities began with a "roll call" during which all of the children were given a "briefing" on an "investigation" they were going to be assigned to assist with. The investigation would provide clues at each location which would eventually allow them to close their case. The clues would bring the children to various locations within the agency so they can see the various careers that exist at the Academy. Participants also visited the Academy fire station where they helped extinguish a simulated car fire and at the end of the day were able to meet Trooper Jeff Frietag of the Oregon State Police and his K-9 drug detection partner Keno.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed b oth boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Our_Daughters_and_Sons_to_Work_Day

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Forest Grove
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/17 2:04 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 27, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Main St. in Forest Grove, Oregon. The fire affected five people, including three adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Suspicious vehicle investigation results in OIS - No injuries
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 1:53 PM
About 09:30 AM today a Clark County Sheriff's deputy spotted a suspicious occupied vehicle parked at a turnout at a remote area along the East Fork of the Lewis River at the 33800 Blk of NE Sunset Falls Road. The deputy made contact with the male vehicle driver and female passenger. The driver started the vehicle's engine and put the car in gear ignoring the deputy's commands and attempting to get away. The deputy fired one round from his service handgun. The suspect vehicle sped off east bound toward Sunset Falls campground.
Additional deputies responded to the area attempting to locate the suspect. Approximately 90 minutes later, the vehicle was spotted driving back west bound on Sunset Falls road. The suspect vehicle crashed into the rear of a commercial style flatbed truck that was also westbound on Sunset Falls road operated by an uninvolved party. The suspect vehicle was pinned in with a Sheriff's patrol vehicle and both the male driver and female passenger were taken into custody. No one was injured in the incident.
Both the adult male and adult female had outstanding felony arrest warrants. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are investigating the circumstances of the incident. The deputy will be placed on routine paid critical incident leave, a standard practice for any officer involved shooting. The names of those involved are not being released at this time. No further information is being released at this time.
Person Deceased After Jumping from Burnside Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/17 1:02 PM
On Thursday April 27, 2017, at 12:26 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report that a person jumped from the Burnside Bridge onto the Eastbank Esplanade.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male deceased on the floating dock below the Burnside Bridge.

Access to the Eastbank Esplanade and floating dock near the Burnside Bridge will be closed until the investigation at the scene is complete and the Medical Examiner takes custody of the body.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traffic Crash Takes the Life of a Washington Man on Interstate 84 at MP 277 - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 12:05 PM
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On April 26, 2017, at about 2:59 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277, fourteen miles east of La Grande in Union County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, operated by Richard Arnold COCHRANE, age 77, and passenger, Joanne Kay COCHRANE, age 73, both from Spokane Valley, Washington, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 277 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crashed through a guardrail into the median and overturned. Richard COCHRANE suffered fatal injuries while Joanne COCHRANE suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital for treatment.

One lane of the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by La Grande Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Updated press release - OnPoint Community Credit Union robber suspect federally indicted (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/27/17 11:53 AM
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Yesterday, 23-year-old William Kelly III was federally indicted for bank robbery. William Kelly III has been identified as the suspect who robbed the Oregon City OnPoint Community Credit Union, located at 19753 S. Hwy 213, on March 21, 2017.

William Kelly III is currently in custody in the Clackamas County Jail on two counts of Burglary II, and one count of Theft I. These charges are as a result of him burglarizing the Oregon City Car Wash on March 11, 2017 and March 18, 2017.

Reference OCPD case #'s 17-965, 17-923 & 17-821.


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Jenkins Road Construction Coming May 8 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/27/17 11:12 AM
Waterline construction on Jenkins Rd will begin May 8. The work includes waterline improvements to connect a gap in the water system on Jenkins. (Map/City of Beaverton)
Waterline construction on Jenkins Rd will begin May 8. The work includes waterline improvements to connect a gap in the water system on Jenkins. (Map/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The first of a three phase waterline construction project is expected to begin Monday, May 8 in the westbound lanes of Jenkins Rd, between Briggs Rd and Cedar Hills Blvd. The project will connect an existing gap in the city's water system on Jenkins Rd and provide a second water supply for the 800 residents at 45 Degrees Central and VillaSport.


Construction on Jenkins, between Briggs Rd and just east of Hocken Ave, will mainly be performed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed in about six weeks. Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction and street parking on the north side of Jenkins will be temporarily impacted during construction.


In December 2016, the Beaverton City Council approved the transfer of water services from Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) to the city in the Cedar Hills Crossing and Walker Center developments (see map of affected customers). Waterline construction on Cedar Hills Blvd and Walker Rd will bring city drinking water to those areas. Customers affected by the change in water service will be notified via mail in the next two weeks. The change from TVWD to city drinking water is scheduled to occur in late July or early August. New city water customers will typically see a decrease on their bills because city rates for a fixed volume of water are approximately 27 percent lower than TVWD rates for the same volume of water.


The second phase of construction involves installation of a waterline on the west side of Cedar Hills Blvd, which will primarily be performed at night from mid-June to July. The final phase of construction involves the installation of a waterline on the north side of Walker Rd which will also be performed at night in late July to early August. Night work hours are typically from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.


For more information on this project visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/roadconstruction. Please check www.BeavertonOregon.gov/trafficalerts for the most current information on traffic impacts.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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: Waterline construction on Jenkins Rd will begin May 8. The work includes waterline improvements to connect a gap in the water system on Jenkins. (Map/City of Beaverton)
Corrected Street Closures for May 1, 2017, March and Rally
City of Salem - 04/27/17 11:01 AM
On Monday, May 1, 2017, several streets in downtown Salem and around the State Capitol area will be closed or partially closed for a May Day rally and march.

At 10:00 a.m., the following street segments will close:

Court Street NE between 12th Street NE and Cottage Street NE
Waverly Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
Winter Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE
Capitol Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE

At 12:30 a.m., the following additional street segments will close:

Cottage Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
State Street between Church Street and 12th Street
Winter Street SE between State Street and Ferry Street SE
Capitol Street NE between Chemeketa Street NE and Center Street NE
Winter Street NE between Chemeketa Street NE and Center Street NE
Chemeketa Street NE between Capitol Street NE and Cottage Street NE

The march begins at 1 p.m. and will move as follows:

1. begin on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building
2. then west on Court Street NE
3. turn south on Cottage Street NE
4. turn east on State Street,
5. turn north on Waverly Street NE
6. turn west on Court Street NE
7. turn north on Capitol Street NE
8. turn west on Center Street NE
9. turn south on Winter Street NE
10. turn west on Chemeketa Street NE
11. turn left (south) on Cottage Street NE
12. turn left (east) on Court Street NE
13. then proceed back to the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building.

Drivers should avoid these areas or anticipate delays due to congestion. All streets are expected to reopen by 3 p.m.


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Traffic Stop leads to seizure of drugs and money and gun - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 10:52 AM
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On April 26, 2017, at approximately 5:20pm an Oregon State Police Trooper, out of the Central Point Area Command office, stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 5 near mile post 27, which is near the Medford area in Jackson County for a traffic violation. The vehicle was northbound.

The trooper observed indications of criminal activity and obtained consent to search the Chevrolet. The consent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 22 pounds of marijuana, 6.8 pounds of cocaine and over $6700.00 in cash. The narcotics were found in the luggage area of the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle, 38 year old Carlos Zavala FLORES of Juneau, Alaska and the passenger, 27 year old Jorge Armando LOPEZ-VILLAREAL of California were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine and Import/Export of Marijuana.


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Sheriff's Office continues enhanced DUII patrols in April
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 10:36 AM
Throughout the month of April, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office increased patrols to reduce impaired driver crashes.

Last month, these patrols helped the Sheriff's Office remove 47 suspected impaired drivers from the roadway.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed as a result of impaired driving crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes.

Nationally, impaired-driver crashes accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.

The Sheriff's Office enhanced patrols are designed with the goal of heading off these completely preventable tragedies.

We want to continue to remind people to please exercise extreme caution if using impairing substances on the water, while enjoying Clackamas County's many waterways -- and if you do use impairing substances, please have a sober driver and boat operator.

The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities -- it may save a life.

Please enjoy your time with friends and family as spring weather begins to improve, and please drive safe and sober.

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Traffic Advisory: Yamhill-Morrison sewer repairs to involve periodic two-block street closures from April 30-May 20 (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 04/27/17 10:22 AM
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Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a downtown Portland sewer repair project along the Yamhill-Morrison light rail corridor will involve rolling temporary two-block street closures from April 30 to May 20.

The rolling two-block closures along Yamhill and Morrison streets will last approximately three days each and take place as crews move from manhole to manhole along the corridor to make needed sewer repairs. Crews are inserting new linings into the sewer pipes to extend their lifespans and ensure reliable service in the downtown core.

Environmental Services is in the middle of a nine-week project to repair century-old sewer pipes underneath the light rail lines. The bureau is scheduling the most challenging work -- lining of sewer pipes - during TriMet's MAX improvement project when trains are not in service.

To condense several months of work within several weeks, Environmental Services crews and contractors are working 24/7 and will complete as much of the repairs as possible before TriMet's reopening of light rail service.

The traveling public is asked to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards, signs and flaggers and to use alternate routes when possible.

Local access to properties, including parking garages, along the route will be maintained.

People traveling by bicycle may choose to dismount and use the sidewalks to navigate around the street closures.

Sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the project. Pedestrians and people using wheelchairs can expect to navigate around a number of orange "barrels" along the corridors that cover access points for work crews. Crews will also periodically put out hoses along sidewalks and streets that will be covered with ramps for easier passage. At each intersection, crews will maintain at least one east-west and one north-south crossing.

In addition, temporary closures on adjacent cross streets will occur with local access provided by flaggers. Those closures will allow crews to operate bypass pumping to maintain sewer service during construction.

On-street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.

The exact work schedule within the April 30-May 20 timeframe will be dynamic as crews navigate challenging conditions underground as well as weather.

For videos of the deteriorated sewers with ruptures and tree roots, see: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/632459

For additional information, please visit Environmental Services' Yamhill-Morrison project www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/downtown and TriMet's Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project at www.trimet.org/morrisonyamhill.

To find out about other Central City construction projects and how area agencies are coordinating projects to reduce their traffic impacts, visit Get Portland Moving at www.MovePDX.net.

Note: videos showing an inside view of the sewer pipes on the corridor with tree root damage and fractures are available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/portlandBES


Attached Media Files: What are those orange barrels on the sidewalk? , Map of BES work zone
Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet Thursday, May 11 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/27/17 10:00 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission meets Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Guest speaker Ashley Carson Cottingham -- Director of Aging & People with Disabilities, public comment, legislative updates, ADA celebration planning, discussion on the AOCIL/ODOT settlement, a viewing of HASL's curb ramp video, and next meeting agenda items.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.
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Red Cross Assists Family of Six in North Portland Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/17 9:43 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 26, 2017, at approximately 6:00 p.m in the 9000 block of N. Hamlin Ave. The single-family fire affected three adults and three children
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Marine Law Enforcement Academy Training May 1-6
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/17 9:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be conducting marine law enforcement training on Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County, from May 1 through May 6. This training is specifically designed for new or seasonal marine law enforcement who are new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals.

This in-depth training encompasses hands-on learning in a pool environment that includes cold water immersion with full utility gear and water rescue techniques. The training also covers accident and theft investigations, boating under the influence of intoxicant detection and apprehension, basic boat handling, trailering, and scenario-based exercises on Hagg Lake.

In addition to hands-on training, the academy now includes an interactive online classroom component, which is a new resource being implemented by the Marine Board, before officers attend in person. The online training replaces classroom presentations, leading to better learning outcomes while saving money and providing flexibility in delivery for new hires and refreshing knowledge of existing marine officers.

This academy is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, with highly skilled deputies from around the state taking an active role with instruction. Pool sessions will be conducted at the Forest Grove City Aquatic Center.

For more information about the Marine Board's partnership with marine law enforcement, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Marion County chief administrative officer joins Salem Health Board of Trustees (Photo)
Salem Health - 04/27/17 9:21 AM
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Salem Health is pleased to announce that John Lattimer has accepted an appointment to the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Lattimer is the chief administrative officer and budget officer for Marion County. Previously, he served as Oregon's legislative fiscal officer for ten years, Oregon state auditor for five years, and chief information officer for the State of Oregon for two years.

"We invited Mr. Lattimer to join the Salem Health Board of Trustees due to his record of service and his passion for the well-being of our community," said Bob Wells, Salem Health Board chair. "His experience spans a variety of disciplines and he will provide valuable perspective."

Lattimer looks forward to serving on the board, stating, "I am excited to be part of an organization that contributes to the health of our neighborhoods, schools and families in so many ways. Salem Health is a pillar of this community, and I'm looking forward to serving."

Before moving to Oregon, Lattimer practiced and studied public policy in a number of states. He spent nineteen years in policy, budget, finance and program evaluation in Illinois, Ohio and Kansas. In 1984, he was elected chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lattimer has served locally on a variety of appointed public boards and commissions including the Budget Advisory Team for the Salem-Keizer School District, the Public Commission on the Legislature, the Salem Task Force on Neighborhood Associations, the Salem Town Square Task Force and the Salem Blue Ribbon Task Force-Police Facility. He chaired the Southwest Association of Neighbors and is a member of the Salem Downtown Rotary, Salem Chamber of Commerce, SEDCOR board, Local Government Personnel Institute board, and the Behavioral Care Network board and executive committee.

Lattimer holds a Master's Degree from the University of Kansas. Additionally, he taught public policy analysis at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management as well as public finance in the MPA program at Portland State University.

All members of the Salem Health Board of Trustees are volunteers and serve three-year teams. The board provides overall policy setting for the health system, and is ultimately responsible for the quality of care and the financial well-being of the organization. The Salem Health Board of Trustees appoints members from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a broad representation of experience and skills.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. The hospital in Salem received Magnet designation, placing it among the top 7 percent of hospitals nationwide for nursing quality. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Police Investigate Gun Store Burglary (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/27/17 9:11 AM
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RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-22929

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police received an alarm call at Advanced Firearms Training, located at 1121 N.E. Division St, Gresham just before midnight. When police arrived, they found that the business had been burglarized and several firearms were missing.

Surveillance images show the suspect as a light skinned male, wearing dark colored clothing, a dark colored mask covering his face and a black baseball hat with a red bill. The suspect was also carrying a backpack and holding a white smartphone. Police also learned from surveillance video that the burglary occurred approximately 20 minutes prior to receiving the alarm call. In total, 7 firearms were stolen including 4 revolvers, 2 semi-automatic handguns and 1 AR-15 assault rifle.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333.


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Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/27/17 9:06 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On April 28, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments will have additional officers out enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols.

If you or someone you care about will be out drinking or consuming other intoxicants, please make sure to select a sober designated driver, or use mass transit, taxis, or a rideshare service to get around town. As a reminder, Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

For more information about the Vancouver Police DUI enforcement efforts and DUI prevention tips visit: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement.


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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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Portland Police Bureau Accepting Voluntary Surveillance Camera Registrations to Aid in Public Safety (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/17 9:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, using the CrimeReports Camera Registration program, is accepting voluntary surveillance camera registrations from businesses and community members as a proactive approach to aid in public safety and criminal investigations.

Knowing ahead of time where cameras exist can save investigative time and resources when a crime occurs in your neighborhood and may help solve and prevent crime. This police and community partnership has been successful in other cities and can help identify suspects, recover stolen property and solve crimes.

Registration of your home or business surveillance camera is completely voluntary and can be removed at any time. Registering a surveillance camera with the Portland Police Bureau does not mean police have automatic access or live feeds to your system (unless you provide that information); it simply means officers and detectives know where cameras are located so they may contact you to request access to the images.

Privacy is important to us and your information will not be shared with anyone outside law enforcement.

To register your surveillance camera, please visit https://legacy.crimereports.com/camera_registration#/agency/222

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Council on America's Military Past annual conference comes to Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 04/27/17 8:30 AM
The Council on America's Military Past (CAMP) will hold its annual conference in Vancouver for the first time on May 3-7. The Fort Vancouver National Trust is the conference's host sponsor.

Two dozen people have registered for the conference, which begins Wednesday night, May 3, with a welcome reception at the Marshall House, followed by a special Military History Talk from the Vancouver Barracks Military Association (VBMA). Guest speaker, Jack Giesen will give a talk and tour of a replica World War I ambulance. The public is invited to this free talk, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Conference attendees will convene at the Artillery Barracks on Thursday morning, for a series of 30-minute presentation of papers on various military history topics. Fort Vancouver Trust President and CEO, Mike True and Director of Community Outreach & Programs, Richard Burrows will address the conference during lunch. The afternoon will consist of site visits and tours of the West Barracks, Officers Row, National Park Service Visitor Center, Pearson Field Education Center, Pearson Air Museum, and Fort Vancouver Stockade. A visit to the V.A. Museum and Post Cemetery will be followed by dinner at the Artillery Barracks with speaker, Mark Morgan, whose topic will be "Oregon in the Cold War."

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 5, 6, and 7 will be spent traveling to installations and museums throughout the region.

This year's attendees come from as far away as South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and many Midwest states. They include four students who are recipients of CAMP's Yount Scholarships to attend the conference -- two high school students from Lebanon, OR, and college students from Illinois and Texas.

"We are very excited to explore the region and all of its stories, and are particularly thankful to the Fort Vancouver National Trust for the tremendous assistance in making our itinerary an interesting and educational one," said Lt. Col. Mark Magnussen, USA (Ret.), CAMP President.

There are still spots available for portions of the conference. If you would like to register for the conference, email CAMPconference@hotmail.com.

CAMP is a national military history organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting and sharing our military heritage. The organization's purpose is to identify, memorialize, preserve and publicize America's military history including the structures and facilities used by our soldiers, the living conditions, customs and traditions of our men and women in uniform, and the progress and purpose of United States military organizations. Incorporated in 1965 in Arizona, this year is the 51st Annual Military History Conference. The 1988 conference headquartered in Portland, but this is the first time the organization has brought its conference to Vancouver.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/26/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/27/17 7:50 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/26/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-732

On 04/26/2017 at about 1924 hrs., police received a report about a disturbance in the 400 block of SW Elm Road. A report is pending (CAD).


SANDY:

18 2017-728

On 04/26/2017 at about 1144 hrs., a citizen reported a hit and run to their vehicle while it was parked in the 39000 block of Proctor Boulevard. A report was taken.

18 2017-729

On 04/26/2017 at about 1511 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. The juvenile was entered into appropriate databases and a report was taken.

18 2017-731

On 04/26/2017 at 1903 hrs., police responded to a hit and run crash near Highway 26 and University Avenue. A 1995 Jeep rear ended a 2011 Toyota pickup truck. The driver of the Jeep drove away from the scene and failed to stop. At this time, the driver of the Jeep is still outstanding and the case is still under investigation.

18 2017-733

On 04/26/2017 at about 2226 hrs., police responded to a burglary in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. The case is under investigation.
Wed. 04/26/17
Suspect Arrested in SW Portland After Reports of Man Pointing a Gun, Gunfire (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 8:58 PM
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On Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 6:22 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southwest Capitol Highway and Dickinson Street on the report of a man pointing a gun at passing cars.

As officers arrived in the area, gunfire was reported near the Capitol Hill Library with the suspect running towards Holly Farm Skate Park. Officers responded to the park, located the suspect who was still armed with a gun, and took him into custody without incident.

After the arrest, officers learned of two additional shooting scenes nearby and damage to a portable toilet in the park. No gunshot victims were located and officers do not believe anyone was hit by gunfire.

The suspect, 26-year-old Aaron Mathew Garcia, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm in the City (two counts), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/17 5:15 PM
News Release

Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7248

Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout

SALEM, Ore.--Today the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously adopted new rules to protect cold water streams that support salmon, steelhead or bull trout. The rules apply to forest management around small and medium streams in western Oregon north of the Siskiyous. The effective date is July 1, 2017.

"This was a difficult journey. But, in true Oregon fashion, people of diverse interests and backgrounds worked together and crafted a thoughtful solution. I'm proud of everyone who joined the conversation. We found a way to protect cold water and allow private landowners to responsibly manage their property," said Board Chair Tom Imeson.

The rules will help reduce or eliminate gaps in the tree canopy along streams. The rules will do this by requiring landowners harvesting trees to leave wider streamside buffers on small and medium streams, keep more trees in the buffers after harvest, and better distribute the remaining buffer trees for wildlife shade and habitat.

State Forester Peter Daugherty said, "The practical result of these rules is not just keeping water cold, the wider stream buffers will also provide other streamside benefits, such as improved habitat. The rule changes build on what Oregon's forests are already doing well, providing the state's cleanest water."

In 2015, the board decided to update and refine rules for harvesting timber to meet the cold water standards set by the state for salmon, steelhead, or bull trout streams. To ensure broad public representation the board convened an advisory committee of members from the conservation, forestry, fishing, and landowner communities to recommend technical changes to the draft rules to meet the board's policy intent. Forestry held nine public meetings throughout western Oregon to bring the public into the conversation.

Video File: State Forester Peter Daugherty talks about the new riparian rules - https://youtu.be/IQt6FGWTdW8

Video File: Board of Forestry Chair Tim Imeson talks about the new riparian rules - Tom - https://youtu.be/vw62tqR0g2c

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Damaged Entrance Road Again Closes Ecola State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/26/17 4:39 PM
A hole in the recently-repaired entrance road has forced manager Ben Cox to again close Ecola State Park.

The park had just reopened Thursday, April 20 after contractors removed damaged asphalt sections and replaced them with compacted gravel. Cox was hopeful the temporary repair would last through the summer, but landslides continue to damage the road.

"We expect intermittent closures will be the norm moving forward because the landslides upon which the road is built seem to be more active lately," said Cox. "The road has developed problems suddenly in areas that weren't previously noted to have issues, meaning that it is impractical to simply go in and do the work all at once. We simply do not know where the next problem will occur."

Bob McEwan Construction will be working on the repairs and the closure is expected to last two weeks.
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program Appoints New Executive Director (Photo)
Clark Co. Volunteer Lawyers Program - 04/26/17 4:37 PM
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Longstanding Executive Director Susan Arney Retires, Elizabeth Fitzgearld Hired as Successor

Vancouver, WA - Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (http://www.ccvlp.org) is pleased to announce the hiring of Elizabeth Fitzgearld as its new Executive Director. Elizabeth comes to the organization with a wealth of experience in the nonprofit industry. Recently completing her MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland, Elizabeth has also served on the board of Share, a local nonprofit providing services to the hungry and the homeless, and previously served as the Medical Clinic Coordinator at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington.

Elizabeth's predecessor, Susan Arney, retired earlier this year. Susan had been instrumental in shaping the organization over the past 13 years. Previously a program of the Clark County Bar Association, the Volunteer Lawyers Program has grown under Susan's guidance to become a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit, providing free civil legal aid to nearly 600 low income residents of Clark County every year. Over the years, Susan has become synonymous for many with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (CCVLP), and it is an understatement to say that she will be missed.

CCVLP is excited to welcome Elizabeth to the organization, as her expertise in program management, outreach, and fund development will guide the organization into the next era of growth. Of her new role, Elizabeth says "I am truly excited to reconnect with the nonprofit community in Clark County. We have a unique environment of collaboration here; one which fosters more growth collectively than any one organization can see individually. I cannot wait to dive in and begin work on behalf of our clients."

Matt Blum, Board President of Clark County Volunteer Lawyers said "While it is sad to have a stable influence such as Susan leave our program, we are excited as an organization about the experience and potential that Elizabeth brings to the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program. We are confident that Elizabeth is not only capable of continuing the growth of her predecessor, but also of expanding our program to better meet the needs of Clark County's low income population."

About Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (CCVLP):
The mission of CCVLP is to provide access to justice for low income individuals by facilitating civil legal services through volunteer attorneys.

The organization provides these services through advice clinics, community collaboration, and occasional direct representation, all free of charge to clients who qualify.

To connect with CCVLP as a donor or volunteer, call 360.823.0423 or email info@ccvlp.org

If you or someone you know many need civil legal services, call the client intake line at 360.695.5313


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$100K Challenge Venture inspires student entrepreneurs and inventors
University of Portland - 04/26/17 4:05 PM
A virtual farmers market. A new way to store and charge your smart phone. A program which makes learning math fun for high school students. Low glycemic snack bars for diabetics. These are just a few of the business ideas which will be presented by promising entrepreneurs competing in the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation's annual $100K Challenge Venture Competition, at the University of Portland on Saturday, April 29. 

A record 36 teams will compete in the Challenge this year. Entrepreneurs will present their ideas and their business plans in the categories of For-Profit Venture or Social Enterprise (Non-Profit). A new entrepreneurial category this year is Biomedical, featuring the business concepts of three students who are pursuing the University's Master of Biomedical Engineering degree.

Also new this year is a new Challenge track focused on Invention, allowing students to highlight a product they developed through the InventOR Statewide student invention program.

The competition provides students with the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the entrepreneurial community, win monetary prizes, and acquire legal, accounting, and other services that will help advance an idea to the next stage in the entrepreneurial process. Judges include industry leaders from around the Portland Metro area, including representatives from corporations, foundations, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and startups.

The event is free and open to the public. Presentations will be held in Franz Hall on the University of Portland campus (5000 N. Willamette Blvd.). Preliminary rounds start at 9 a.m., with the finals round from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Invention round will take from from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  A reception and announcement of winners takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Prizes include $1,250 for first place (for-profit and non-profit); $750 for second place (for-profit) and $250 for third place (for-profit). Sponsors include LivePlan, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Klarquist Sparkman LLP, AARP Foundation, Portland Business Journal, and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN).

- About the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation -
The Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation supports all University of Portland students in the development of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills, knowledge, and mindsets. The Franz Center helps students learn how to make ideas happen, create new business models and plans, develop innovative projects, and think outside the box. It has been ranked consistently among the top entrepreneurship programs nationally and is recognized for its outreach to and partnerships with Portland's business community.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
*** Update-Name Released *** Single vehicle fatal crash -- Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/17 4:03 PM
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The operator of the 2007 Honda was 23 year old Lenore Consuela RIBERA from Warren, OR. No further information is available at this time.

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Previous Release:

On April 26, 2017, shortly after 7am, Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 59, which is about 1 mile east of Clatskanie in Columbia County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a small sedan was west bound on Hwy 30 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, striking several trees before coming to rest. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased after medical personnel arrived on scene.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Clatskanie County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Landowners are invited to May 11 meeting to learn about classifying of forestland in Yamhill County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/17 3:45 PM
MCMINNVILLE, Ore.-- The Oregon Department of Forestry is inviting landowners in western Yamhill County and interested members of the public to an informational meeting May 11 to explain the process by which land outside cities can be classified as forestland. Owners of land designated as forested in Oregon are assessed a fee for forest fire prevention and suppression services. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at:
McMinnville Fire Department
175 SE First St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

At the informational meeting, landowners and the public can learn about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completing its work, the committee will present a list of lands it classified as forestland so those properties can be assessed for wildland fire protection by ODF.

The Oregon Department of Forestry provides wildland fire protection services to forestlands in Yamhill County, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands. This spring, a local committee will begin reviewing which lands in the western half of Yamhill County are to be considered forestland and require wildland fire protection services from ODF.

The committee will look at lands in Yamhill County west of Highway 47 and Highway 18, classifying them either as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to:
fire-risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
closeness to other forestland

Classification changes don't increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review helps ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. In most cases, a review results in some lands being removed from forest classification and others being added.

For more information on the western Yamhill County forestland classification review, contact Stewardship Forester Nathan Agalzoff in ODF's Northwest Oregon District Office at 503-357-2191.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Sandy High School places in top 50 for Vans Custom Culture contest (Photo)
Oregon Trail Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 3:01 PM
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Sandy, OR: This week, Vans Shoes has announced the top 50 schools for the Vans Custom Culture Contest and amongst the top 50 finalists, Sandy High School has placed in the top 10 in the northwest region. Approximately 3,000 schools enter the contest each year, and through internal voting the 50 best sets of shoes are chosen to go on for public voting.

Having entered the past six years, the stress of designing and painting the shoes is nothing unfamiliar to Mr. Shanklin's art students. "I love to be able to be a part of something that is fun and also rewarding. Our art department has been very successful in the past and it would be nice to be able to continue that throughout my last two years." Says Maggie Fox, a third-year art student at Sandy High School.

After having registrations open for approximately a month, Vans sends out four pairs of shoes to every school entered in the competition. These schools are given four weeks to create and design four different ideas for the themes sports, art, music, and local flavor.
Voting takes place between April 26th and May 10th, which gives each of the 50 schools two weeks to get as many votes in as possible before voting closes. The top five schools will be awarded $4,000 and a trip to LA for the final ceremony during the second week of June. At the final ceremony, the top school is selected and awarded $50,000 for their art department to use for any supplies they might need.

Amongst the other top 50 finalists, one other Oregon school was selected to compete in the competition, as well.

To vote, go to http://customculture.vans.com/ and choose your favorite school for the northwest region of the competition. You may vote once per IP address per day, so be sure to come back to help Sandy High School get to LA!


Attached Media Files: Sports , Music , Local flavor , Group , Art
Skamania School District announces Dr. Ralph Pruitt as next leader
ESD 112 - 04/26/17 2:42 PM
The Skamania School District Board of Directors has selected Dr. Ralph Pruitt, Assistant Superintendent, International Schools Group, as its new Superintendent/Principal. The Board unanimously chose Dr. Pruitt to succeed retiring Superintendent Sally Godwin.

Pruitt holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, a Master of Education from the University of Oregon, and Bachelor of Science in Education from Brigham Young University. Dr. Pruitt has 14 years of administrative experience in roles such as Assistant Superintendent, School Director, Director of Special Services and Curriculum Director. Prior to moving to the central office, he spent 17 years as a principal in the Camas and South Lane (OR) School Districts. Dr. Pruitt also has six years of teaching experience.

Pruitt will begin his new position on July 1.
Coast Guard to enforce new federal standards for vessel hull identification numbers
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/26/17 2:17 PM
Vancouver, Wash. ??' The United States Coast Guard is now enforcing a new federal standard that could require about 19,000 Washington residents to change the Hull Identification Number on their vessels. The HIN is a unique identifier for each vessel.

The Coast Guard is making these changes to:

Improve boating safety efforts
Enhance law enforcement capabilities
Promote its strategic goals of maritime safety and security.

The vast majority of vessels registered in Washington have HINs that comply with the new standards. But if a vessel's HIN does not comply, the owner should have received an instruction letter in March from the state Department of Licensing. People who received this letter will not be able to register, renew or title a vessel until the HIN is updated, as described in the letter.

A vessel with a noncompliant HIN cannot be renewed online.

Vessel owners who were not notified by mail can renew as usual.

To get a new HIN for a vessel, visit a Vehicle Licensing Office to get a new Certificate of Ownership and HIN that complies with the new standards. No titling fee is charged if the transaction is solely to issue a compliant HIN.

If a HIN does not match what is stated the instruction letter, bring a photo or rubbing of the current HIN to the Vehicle Licensing Office. If the current HIN does not match the vessel record in DOL system, the record will be updated.

For questions, please see the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov. Other options are to contact the licensing Customer Service Center at 360.902.3770, CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov or a local Vehicle Licensing Office listed at www.dol.wa.gov or https://www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/coast-guard-enforce-new-federal-standards-vessel-hull-identification-numbers.
Woodburn Police Arrest Pair After Short-Lived Crime Spree (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 04/26/17 1:17 PM
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Woodburn police officers arrested two individuals in connection with an April 19 crime spree covering two different areas of the City. Officers received a call at 4:30 a.m. of individuals breaking a window in a car in the 1000 block of Park Avenue. When officers responded, two individuals were attempting to leave the scene. Officers detained them and discovered a stolen vehicle with a broken side window. The vehicle was stolen about three hours earlier from the 900 block of N. Cascade Drive. Inside the car were items that matched the description of items stolen from vehicles located in the 1200 block of Country Club road earlier in the evening. Those items were returned to the owners.

Arrested were Eduardo Alexis Garcia-Montes, 19, and Mauricio Garcia Montes, 20, both of Woodburn on a variety of charges ranging from unlawful use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance (meth).

Both were taken to Marion County Jail.

"It's a good day when we can return residents' stolen items the day they were taken," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "Our officers did a good job of connecting the dots and taking these two individuals into custody. It is important for the public to remember to report any suspicious activity to police immediately."


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Procession of the Species costume workshops anticipate Recycled Arts Festival
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/26/17 1:02 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Procession of the Species will add a splash of pageantry to Clark County's annual Recycled Arts Festival this summer. The procession, which originated in Olympia in 1995, will be a celebration of community and the natural world through art on Sunday, June 25.

The free event is open to people of all ages.

"We are excited to add this event to our annual festival," said Sally Fisher, Environmental Outreach Specialist. "It's another way to bring the community together to celebrate our environment, which is what the weekend festival is all about."

A series of free community workshops will help participants create their masks and costumes to represent animal species or elements such as fire, earth or water. Repurposed or salvaged materials will be supplied, and people are welcome to bring their own materials as well.

The workshop schedule and locations are:
1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 13, Water Resource Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21, Vancouver Community Library, Skamania Room, 901 C St.
2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 4, Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 11, location to be determined
2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 18, location to be determined
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, Recycled Arts Festival Children's Booth, Esther Short Park.

Registration for workshops is required. Go to https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/pots for information and to sign up.

The Recycled Arts Festival takes place in Esther Short Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. On Saturday, hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The procession will be 10 a.m. Sunday, June 25, with registration at 9:30 a.m.
Sheridan Fire Open House (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 04/26/17 12:52 PM
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There is a lot going on at the Fire Station in the next few weeks. On April 29th we are holding our Open House event. We are also holding a town hall meeting May 2nd.

-Open House
The Sheridan Fire District is holding an open house on Saturday the 29th from 10 Am to 4 PM. There will be Fire Truck rides, a bounce house, Youth Fire Prevention House, prizes, cotton candy, popcorn and other refreshments. We will also have booths from Yamhill County C.E.R.T, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and many more activities.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy our open house. This is a great chance to come see the firefighters and apparatus responsible for protecting the citizens of Sheridan. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming Levy continuation on the May 16th Ballot.
Wether you are able to attend the open house or not we also offer tours of the fire station, safety presentations and school visits year round. Please feel free to contact us to setup a time if you or your organization would like to come see the station and meet the crews or have us come visit you.

-Town Hall Meeting
On the ballot for the upcoming May election is the Sheridan Fire District Levy 36-186, a continuation of the current Levy. The town hall meeting is set to start at 06:30 PM on Tuesday May 2nd at our main station 230 SW Mill St, Sheridan, OR. We are inviting the general public and the media to attend a meeting to discuss how we have used the current levy, what continuing the levy will do for our District and the community it serves and what the future of the Fire District is. We will be doing a short presentation, answering questions and providing tours of our station and apparatus.


Attached Media Files: Open House
Water Main Work Impacts Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue for next three working days
Portland Water Bureau - 04/26/17 12:13 PM
Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue Thursday, April 27; Friday, April 28; and Monday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane of Southeast Foster Road in each direction will be closed on Thursday, April 27. One westbound lane will be closed on Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1.

Traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Portland to train hundreds of Neighborhood Emergency Team - NET - volunteers starting April 29th (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 04/26/17 12:11 PM
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On Saturday, April 29th, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue are training over 400 new Neighborhood Emergency Team - or NET - volunteers on how to help their families and neighbors in an earthquake or other disaster. Saturday's free event at Benson High School - made possible by support from Portland Public Schools - is the largest NET training ever offered in Portland and the first class of a four-part series students will complete in the coming months. Portland currently has 1,200 active NET volunteers.

The training will show NETs how to:

Prepare to be self-sufficient during an emergency.
Provide assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
Work within an emergency response team to save lives and property.
Guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will offer opening remarks at 8 a.m. The media are encouraged to attend between 8 - 11 a.m.

For more Information about the NET program, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/net.

WHAT: Portland's largest ever Neighborhood Emergency Team training
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Benson High School (546 NE 12th Ave.)
CONTACT: Dan Douthit, (503) 793-1650

ATTACHMENT: Neighborhood Emergency Team photo

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BGPS celebrates student art at 58th District Art Show (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 11:37 AM
Daybreak Middle School 8th grader Henry Cameron's artwork
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More than 800 creative works will be on display May 2-26 during Battle Ground Public Schools' annual District Student Art Show. The event, in its 58th year, will be held at Captain Strong Primary School.

The art show celebrates the work of student artists from every grade level. Pieces on display include 3D sculptures, ceramics, drawings, digital art, photography and paintings. The event was founded by the late Bob Peck, who taught art classes and shaped the art program at Battle Ground High School for more than 37 years before he retired.

The public is invited to view the art free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days from May 2 to 26 at the school, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. A public reception for student artists will be held on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Captain Strong, in conjunction with a regular school board meeting at 6 p.m. At the meeting, board members will recognize the first place, grand prize and best of show student winners. The school building will remain open until 8 p.m. that evening for the art show.


Attached Media Files: Daybreak Middle School 8th grader Henry Cameron's artwork
Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Overflow in Gladstone
Gladstone Police - 04/26/17 11:31 AM
The heavy rains that fell overnight about 5am on April 26, 2017 overtaxed the waste water and storm water systems in Gladstone, resulting in a discharge of raw sewage at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas. Area residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to this discharge.
Clackamas Fire Honors Individuals Involved in the Chain of Survival
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/26/17 11:13 AM
REMINDER: Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold its Chain of Survival Celebration and challenge coin presentation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Open to any media to attend.

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without CPR. When community members are willing and able to provide CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, the chances of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest event increases. Clackamas Fire's celebration recognizes those in the chain of survival who participated in saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim who was resuscitated and survived neurologically intact.

Clackamas Fire will honor nine cardiac arrest "saves" made up of 85 individuals involved in their chain of survival. The chain of survival participants includes bystanders who performed CPR prior to emergency crew arrival, Clackamas County 911 dispatchers who encouraged and coached bystander CPR, Clackamas Fire crews; and partnering agencies involved in the resuscitations includes, American Medical Response, Portland Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon City Police Department.

Each individual will be presented with a special challenge coin. This coin is only given to those individuals who participated in the resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim who was successfully resuscitated in the field and survived neurologically intact. "This coin, literally, represents bringing someone back to life," said Division Chief Conway.

There will be seven cardiac arrest survivors and their spouses among the list of attendees, which is by invitation only and the media is welcome to attend. The survivors and rescuers will have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time.
Community Conversation with Timberman Don Webb & Fred Heller
Oregon Folklife Network - 04/26/17 10:54 AM
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Vernonia Public Library- Join retired loggers Donald Webb and Fred Heller and Folklorist Makaela Kroin for a closer look at one of the many living cultural traditions of Columbia County.

Webb and Heller worked as independent contractors in the timber industry for a combined total of over 100 years. Join us as they share memories, stories, and knowledge about their occupation. We'll share photos and this will be an open conversation so bring your questions! This community conversation is the culmination of the OFN's survey of the Portland Metro area. This survey was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Folk & Traditional Arts program.


Attached Media Files: Flyer/ Community Conversation Timberman
WSU Vancouver to graduate a record number of students at 2017 Commencement
WSU Vancouver - 04/26/17 10:26 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver will graduate a record 1,014 students at its 2017 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and Skye Troy, president of the student body, will deliver the commencement address.

BACKGROUND ON THE GRADUATES
The 2017 graduates include 28 doctoral candidates in the areas of education, English, environmental and natural resource sciences, neuroscience, nursing practice, psychology and zoology.

The 110 master's candidates will receive degrees in botany, business administration, computer science, education, mechanical engineering, nursing, prevention science, psychology, public affairs, strategic communication, teaching and zoology.

The remaining 876 bachelor's candidates will receive degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, digital technology and culture, earth and environmental sciences, education, electrical engineering, English, environmental science, history, hospitality business management, human development, humanities, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, public affairs, social sciences, sociology and strategic communication.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Skye Troy, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in public affairs, exercised her passion for equitable social justice policies as this year's president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. Troy transferred to WSU Vancouver from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., in fall 2015. She has served on student government for four years, as an intern at the Oregon State Capitol, on the City of Troutdale Citizens Advisory Committee, and as a facilitator for the WSU Vancouver/The Foley Institute Initiative for Public Deliberation. She received the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from Portland State University's Center for Women's Leadership and was a 2017 nominee for WSU Vancouver's Woman of Distinction.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash.. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is a covered outdoor venue. Umbrellas and strollers are not allowed in the seating area. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance. Accommodations will be available for deaf and hearing-impaired guests, including closed captioning, sign-language interpreters in a designated area and amplification devices available at the information booth.

For more information about WSU Vancouver's 2017 Commencement ceremony, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/commencement.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Oregon US Attorney's Office to Honor Behavioral Health Unit at Special Ceremony (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 10:00 AM
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Today, Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., the Oregon United States Attorney's Office will be recognizing the work of the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit at a special ceremony on the 14th floor of the Justice Center.

Media is invited to attend and is encouraged to arrive early and check-in at Central Precinct.

Expected to speak at the brief ceremony will be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy J. Williams, and Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman.

Since its inception in April 2013, the mission of the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is to coordinate the response of law enforcement and the behavioral health system to aid people in behavioral crisis resulting from known or suspected mental illness and or drug and alcohol addiction.

To learn more about BHU, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62135

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Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Crash in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:38 AM
On Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 4:26 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road on the report that a pedestrian was struck by a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located an adult male suffering from traumatic injuries that did not initially appear to be life-threatening. During transport by ambulance to the hospital, the man went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Portland hospital. The man has not yet been identified by investigators.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. There was no indication of distracted driving or impairment.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team was notified and responded to conduct an investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver was traveling westbound on Southeast Foster Road when the pedestrian stepped into the lane of traffic and was struck by the vehicle.

The driver was not arrested or cited at this time as there is an ongoing investigation. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of possible charges.

This is the fourth pedestrian fatality of 2017 and the 10th fatal crash of the year investigated by the Major Crash Team.

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

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

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Vancouver Public Schools receives clean audit report
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 9:11 AM
Vancouver Public Schools received a clean audit report for the 11th consecutive year. The official audit released by the Washington State Auditor's Office evaluates the integrity of district financial statements, internal controls and compliance with state and federal laws and grant funding requirements. There were no findings of deficiencies or management letters calling for significant improvement in any area.

Said Board President Dale Rice, "Once again, this audit report is validation that we take seriously our responsibility to carefully manage state and federal funding as well as local tax dollars."

The audit period was from Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016.

"Our community has repeatedly entrusted us with tremendous support," said Brett Blechschmidt, chief fiscal officer. "Eleven consecutive years of clean audits demonstrates how focused all levels of our district are to living up to this high standard of trust. This work is not easy, with unfunded mandates and frequently changing regulatory standards, so we are particularly proud of all of our highly-skilled and conscientious staff that tend to this work on a daily basis."
Early Morning Stabbing in North Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:04 AM
On Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 4:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area of North Lombard Street and Tyler Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted a 35-year-old male suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for medical treatment. He is expected to survive.

Officers learned that the stabbing occurred at an abandoned house in the 7400 block of North Mohawk Street and that the suspect ran from the home just as police arrived at the scene. Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'8" to 5'11" tall, medium build, facial hair, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event this Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:00 AM
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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site. Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Albany Narcotic Arrest (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/26/17 8:20 AM
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The Albany Police Department and the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (LINE) Taskforce executed a narcotic search warrant in the 3200 block of SE 16TH Avenue in Albany. This was after a short investigation that led to this location. Over 3 ounces of Heroin, 1/2 ounce of Cocaine, 1 1/2 ounces of Meth, 100's of different prescription medications and several vials of steroids were seized. Over $4000.00 in cash was seized on the case. 3 children in the home were temporarily removed.

Terrell Lee Edwards, 45 years of age of Albany, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Delivery and Possession Methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

LINE, Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce is made up of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Sweet Home Police Department.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/25/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/26/17 7:59 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/25/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crime reports taken yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

There were no new crime reports taken yesterday in Sandy. Woo hoo!
Coffee with a Cop (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/26/17 7:40 AM
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Mondaysells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

Coffee with a Cop

RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The City of Gresham and the Gresham Police Department are excited to announce their participation in the Coffee with a Cop program. Our first Coffee With a Cop event will be Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Café Delirium, 308 N. Main.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department's work in Gresham's neighborhoods. Engaging our community in public safety efforts is a top priority of the Gresham Police Department. We share the community's concerns and seek collaborative efforts to address them.

Most of the interactions law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or hyper-emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel officers are less approachable while patrolling the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the country as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. We look forward to Monday's event and coffee dates in the future.


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Public Comment - Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 7:06 AM
Join members of the public, county officials, and local stakeholders for a public meeting on May 6, 2017 to discuss and provide feedback on the 2017 update of the Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:30 to 11:30 AM

Where:
Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds)
Main Exhibit Hall
633 NE 3rd St
Newport, OR 97365


At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about:
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
Property and structure wildfire protection strategies
Lincoln County mass notification system, Lincoln Alerts
Emergency evacuation procedures, READY, SET, GO!

Matt Thomas, Oregon Department of Forestry -- Toledo Unit indicated "Public input is being sought to better understand the vulnerability of County residents, businesses, and the environment to wildfire. The purpose of this plan is to promote awareness of the countywide wildland fire hazard and propose workable solutions to reduce the wildfire risk."

BACKGROUND:
The Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was originally completed in 2009-10 by the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Lincoln County Department of Planning and Development with project facilitation and support provided by Northwest Management, Inc. of Moscow, Idaho. This Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be reviewed annually and updated at least every five years starting from the year of adoption.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan expands on the wildfire chapter of the Lincoln County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, which was approved by FEMA in 2015. Although published as a separate document, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be considered a supplement to the wildfire chapter of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

The Public Comment session is open to the public, will include a presentation by wildfire specialists on the goals of the plan, needed public input and a brief review of wildfire response for public safety responders and residents in threatened areas.

Sheriff Curtis Landers noted "The August 20, 2016, 2500 Road Fire just East of Depoe Bay was a subtle reminder to elected officials, public safety responders, state and federal partners and our local residents and business owners that wildfire is a very real threat for Lincoln County and preventive actions and education is a necessity for prevention and response to wildfire events."

Those unable to attend the CWPP Public Comment session can review the draft revised CWPP at the Lincoln County Planning Department website and participate in our feedback survey. Public comment on the draft CWPP will be accepted until May 15, 2017.

Lincoln County Planning Director, Onno Husing, commented "The Planning Department is committed to updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan with our local, state and federal partners to ensure a strong foundation continues in the preplanning and mitigation of a wildfire threat for the protection of our communities, businesses and environment."

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The current and draft CWPP and wildfire protection and response resource at the Lincoln County Planning Department at: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/planning/page/community-wildfire-protection-plan
Ready, Set, Go!! Lincoln County Wildfire Evacuation
Oregon Department of Forestry - Fire Protection
United States Forest Service - Fire Prevention and Education
Firewise Communities
Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner

CWPP feedback survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lincolncwpp

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Respectfully submitted,
Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: CWPP Public Comment Announcement , Media Release - CWPP Public Comment
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Stolen Vehicle Spree Leads to Arrest
Molalla Police Dept. - 04/25/17 9:09 PM
Vehicle thefts across two counties ends in arrest.


Attached Media Files: Stolen Vehicle Spree
Sheriff's Detectives Search for Missing 15 year-old (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 8:10 PM
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Detectives are concerned for the safety of a 15 year-old that was reported as a runaway from Aloha last night. While it is believed she ran away, some of her personal belongings were found along a Beaverton area roadside. The personal belongings are not something that is usually disposed of.

Detectives are searching for William Richard-Ricke who identifies herself as Jazmine Rodriguez. She is 5'8" tall, weighing about 100 pounds with dark shin (Photo Attached).

Detectives are asking that anyone with information concerning Jazmine to please call 503-846-2500.


Attached Media Files: Jazmine Photos
Parent workshops focus on coping, resiliency skills for youth
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/25/17 6:25 PM
Parents of Battle Ground Public Schools are invited to participate in two parent workshops in May that focus on recognizing the signs of and helping youth in crisis.

The first workshop, Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th Street in Vancouver. At the workshop, Mary Jadwisiak from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program will present how to model coping skills and recognize risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide. A PDF file with details about the workshop is attached to this email. No RSVP is needed.

The second workshop, Building Resiliency, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Washington State University-Vancouver. Registration is required for this workshop, which teaches adults how to build resilience and connection with children. Presenter and family physician Dr. Jody McVittie will demonstrate how children think and react when experiencing stress or trauma. Registration is open online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resiliency-evening-session-tickets-33643010149.

Social-emotional learning is an essential part of the Battle Ground Public School district's mission. One of our strategic goals is to support and promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of students. Battle Ground received a $2.5 million Project AWARE grant to support student mental health and wellness over five years. As part of this focus on students' social-emotional learning, the district has launched several whole child initiatives and programs that meet the social and emotional needs of students, including
Hiring prevention and intervention specialists for middle and high schools
Offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents, staff, and community members to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults: http://www.ymhfabg.com/
Connecting students and families to mental health services
Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across the district
Sponsoring parent workshops such as Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression on May 3 and Building Resiliency on May 24

More information about suicide prevention resources is on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org. If you have questions, please call (360) 885-5470.


Attached Media Files: Building Resiliency workshop May 24 , 2017-04/20/103849/YSPP_Parent_Flyer_May_3_2017.pdf
Possible DUII Driver Crashes into School Parking Lot (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 5:19 PM
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This afternoon, a 53 year-old female drove a 1994 Acura sedan,at a high rate of speed, off NW 185th Ave into the parking lot of Rock Creek Elementary school. It appears three vehicles were struck causing one adult male to be transported with non life-threatening injuries. The injured man was waiting to pick up a child at the school as school was letting out.

Deputies are treating this as a possible DUII/Assault investigation. There were no children injured in the crash.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo
Man falls to his death in Hood River
Hood River Police Dept. - 04/25/17 4:48 PM
A Goldendale, WA man fell to his death in Hood River on April 23rd shortly before 6pm. Edwin Charge Jr., 20, fell from a cliff after attempting to evade the Police in the 3800 block of Westcliff Dr. The fall was ruled accidental.

Hood River Police Officers were responding to a Cascade Avenue business to investigate a report of theft involving three individuals. Two of the suspects involved were arrested and lodged at NORCOR. Charge ran across Interstate 84 toward Westcliff Dr. A Westcliff Dr. resident advised Police a male matching Charge's description had gone on his property and was last seen running eastbound. Police did not attempt to pursue Charge due to the dangerous terrain in the area. Charge's body was discovered by a Union Pacific employee the following morning.
Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge Opens to the Public on April 28
City of Salem - 04/25/17 4:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- On Friday, April 28 at 6 a.m., the City of Salem will open the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge to the public. The bridge will remain open until June, when it will be temporarily closed to allow the contractor to safely remove the temporary work structures and finish concrete walls, sidewalks, and landscaping. This final construction phase must wait until June due to environmental regulations and requirements limiting access in the Willamette Slough. The City will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony in August to celebrate the official, and permanent, opening of the bridge.

The new bridge connects a newly paved trail with the Minto Conservation Area and 1,200 acres of Minto Brown Island Park. Because the Conservation Area contains sensitive habitat and wildlife, the City reminds residents to stay on the trail and keep their pets on leashes.

"The Peter Courtney Bridge is the realization of a decades-old community plan to connect Minto Island to the rest of Salem," says Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. "The bridge is an iconic and valuable addition to Oregon's capital city."

First envisioned in 1975, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge and Trail is the last critical link in connecting 1,300 acres of City parks and nearly 30 miles of trails between South Salem, Downtown, and West Salem. When combined, this acreage is larger than New York City's Central Park. To learn more about the project, and to sign up for Grand Opening updates, please visit the project page at the City of Salem website link below.

www.cityofsalem.net/mintobridge

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Woman missing from Hood River found dead (Photo)
Hood River Police Dept. - 04/25/17 3:47 PM
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A 27 year old Seattle woman, Holly Lester, who had been missing since March 15th was found dead in the Columbia River in Hood River on the evening of April 24th. Lester was reported missing from the Port area in Hood River on March 18th. Lester had been traveling with her boyfriend and another male at the time. This investigation is ongoing. The Cause and manner of death are pending toxicology and autopsy results.


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Washington County Sheriff's Office Receives Top DUII Award (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 1:42 PM
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April 25, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Office receives top Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) award.

On April 20, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force as the county DUII Enforcement Agency of the Year for 2016. The Sheriff's Office has received this award 11 times over the last 14 years.

This award is presented to a Sheriff's Office which has initiated or accomplished an effective DUII project or program in their area of responsibility through enforcement, prevention, and community involvement. The agency must also proactively train officers in DUII enforcement and drug-impaired driving laws, taking a proactive approach to deter impaired drivers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has DUII enforcement as one of our top priorities. The Sheriff's Office continues to arrest over 1000 impaired drivers every year. Washington County fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped in recent years. There is still much work to be done, especially with the increasing number of impaired people driving under the influence of marijuana, illegal drugs and prescription medications.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit has DUII enforcement deputies dedicated to prevent alcohol and drug impaired people from driving and creating hazardous situations. The Sheriff's Office will continue to stay focused to stop impaired driving to help keep our roads safer.

If you have any information concerning an impaired driver, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111 or 911 if it is an emergency.


Attached Media Files: PDF File , DUII Award Photo
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Receives Valerie Sivinksi Award for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/25/17 1:41 PM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has received one of three 2017 Valerie Sivinski Awards for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation for its work on the rehabilitation of Vancouver Barracks Building 987. This award is given annually by the Washington State Historic Preservation Office as a recognition of achievement in historic preservation through outstanding rehabilitations of historic buildings and structures.

In 2016, the National Park Service successfully rehabilitated the hundred-year-old double infantry barracks building. Before the rehabilitation, Building 987 had asbestos and lead paint issues, as well as an array of maintenance and structural problems. The $11 million project revitalized the building with new tin ceiling tiles, newly painted interior and exterior, stripped and repainted porch columns, and resurfaced and sanded original wood floors.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said, "This project breathed new life into this historic building, and is a strong first step in the rehabilitation of the East and South Vancouver Barracks. This rehabilitation project also serves as a local, regional, and national model for Federal Government agencies working together to protect, preserve, and reuse historic structures, to recognize all cultural resources, and to encourage partnerships serving the public."

Building 987 is one of the signature structures along the barracks' iconic "Barracks Row" along the southern edge of the Parade Ground, and recently re-opened as the headquarters of Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

"We are proud to be part of the rehabilitation of this historic structure and partnership" said Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Gina Owens. "It's an honor to call this building our home, and be a part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site campus and community."
State sues for funds to protect Zoom Health Plan customers
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/25/17 1:30 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services today filed a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court to recover $3 million in cash for insurance company Zoom Health Plan Inc. Zoom Management Inc. (ZMI), an affiliated company, was supposed to pay the money in late 2016 in exchange for a surplus note, but never did.

Zoom Health Plan (ZHP) is in receivership and working with the state to wind down its insurance business.

"This funding is critical for Zoom Health Plan to meet its obligations to policyholders," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS.

The state filed the lawsuit in its capacity as receiver of the insurance company. The state filed and was granted approval to take Zoom Health Plan into receivership on April 21. DCBS had been working with the company to facilitate an orderly exit from the insurance business. However, the department discovered that a $3 million surplus note included in the financial statement as a receivable from ZMI had not been funded. The department took the company in receivership to preserve assets and ensure policyholders are protected.

In its annual financial statement submitted to DCBS, ZHP reported capital and surplus of $2,873,168 as of Dec. 31, 2016. But without the cash from the $3 million surplus note, its actual capital and surplus was negative $126,832 at the end of 2016, making it insolvent.

Although Zoom Health Plan has received about $2 million in capital since it filed its financial statement, the $3 million is critical to Zoom's ability to pay claims.

"Our goal through the receivership is for those with Zoom Health Plan policies to be able to stay on those plans and access the health services they need through the end of the year," Allen said.

Zoom Health Plan currently serves fewer than 2,000 members. Zoom+ Care is a health provider that started offering insurance plans -- through a separately created company -- in the Portland area in 2016. ZMI acts as a business manager for the health plan and the clinics.

All current Zoom Health Plan individual policies will be canceled effective Dec. 31, 2017. Group policies will expire at different times, depending on their renewal dates.

The department is continuing to evaluate Zoom Health Plan's financial condition as well as investigating the misleading information in Zoom Health Plan's financial statement and whether it warrants further action.

For more information, visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/business/resources/Pages/zoom-faqs.aspx. Consumers with questions can call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email cp.ins@oregon.gov.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/25/17 1:06 PM
The Beaverton Police Department in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be providing the opportunity for you to drop off expired or unused prescription medications.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Beaverton Police Department 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton Oregon, 97005

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Beaverton Police Officers will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's- side door. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

Items Accepted:
Any unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

Items Not Accepted:
Illegal drugs
Medical waste or trash
Thermometers, syringes, or needles
IV solutions


Attached Media Files: Press Release
A Portrait of Clark County: Needs of a Community Feedback Forum
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/25/17 12:43 PM
Vancouver, Wash. ??' Clark County Community Services will host a forum next month that will give residents a chance to share their thoughts about findings of the county's 2016 Low-Income Community Needs Survey.

The event will be Thursday, May 18, in the Columbia Room of the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

Information will be available for viewing and comment during a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. open house-style session. A formal presentation, group discussion and community feedback session will begin at 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Seating for the evening presentation is limited, and registration is recommended. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/h78It03hUIWs7dfz1.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided at the 6 p.m. session.

During the past year, Community Services has been preparing a written assessment of the needs of local residents with low incomes. The assessment will include data from 1,165 surveys the county received from community members. The Needs Survey was Community Service's opportunity to hear directly from families served by its programs and other with low incomes.

The May 18 forum will give residents an opportunity to provide feedback on specific information for the needs assessment. The final document will be available to a wide range of groups and will help determine funding decisions by nonprofits and Clark County.
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Drug Take-Back Event This Saturday Collects Unwanted Medications to Protect Families and Environment
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 12:05 PM
In 2015, 92 million prescriptions were filled in the state of Washington. With two-thirds of prescribed medications going unused, the amount of medicine accumulating in households is substantial -- and dangerous. On April 29th, Clark and Skamania County residents can safely dispose of all unused medications at four free collection events.

All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29th, at:
PeaceHealth Memorial Hospital, 33rd and Main St, Vancouver
Kaiser Permanente-Cascade Park, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St, Battle Ground, WA 98604
Skamania County Sheriff's Office, 200 Vancouver Ave, Stevenson

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse. More than half of people 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically report getting the drug from a friend or relative for free. Reducing access may lead to lower overdose death rates, which have increased nearly 140% since 2000. Overdose death rates involving opioid pain relievers and heroin have increased nearly 200% during this same time. The second leading cause of accidental death in Washington state is drug overdose.

Proper drug disposal is also an environmental issue. Unused medications can contaminate our drinking water and should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. Drug Take Back programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The April 29th collection event is organized thanks to a community partnership including Battle Ground Police Department, Burgerville, Clark County Public Health, Connect Evergreen, Kaiser Permanente, La Center United, Legacy Hospital, One Prevention Alliance, PeaceHealth, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, Vancouver Police Department, Walgreens.

Similar events last year collected more than 3,400 pounds of medications from more than 1,700 participants. Unwanted medications also can be disposed of at several collection sites across Clark and Skamania Counties. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to local participating pharmacies. Visit www.takebackyourmeds.org for more details on where to drop off your medications.

All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the April 29th events. For more information about the event, call Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or contact the Prevent Coalition at preventcoalition@esd112.org
Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event on Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/17 12:00 PM
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On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau and partners will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street. The event ends at 2:00 p.m. or when the trucks are filled to capacity.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site. Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Acceptable items for the shred event: up to two grocery bags of documents.

Items not accepted for shredding: cardboard or three ring binders

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68659

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Pacific Midwifery Services to become part of The Vancouver Clinic
The Vancouver Clinic - 04/25/17 12:00 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash., (April 25, 2017)--The Vancouver Clinic (TVC), Clark County's largest health care provider, will expand its ability to care for women in North Clark County with the addition of midwives from Pacific Midwifery Services. The Vancouver Clinic will now have a total of 11 midwives able to provide labor and delivery services at both Vancouver hospitals.

"It's been a couple of years since The Vancouver Clinic has had midwifery capacity to deliver babies at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center," said Dr. Alfred Seekamp, Chief Medical Officer at The Vancouver Clinic. "This is a great opportunity for us to add to our team and meet the needs of a growing population of patients at our Salmon Creek and Battle Ground clinics, as well as our future clinic in Ridgefield."

The opportunity came to The Vancouver Clinic when Kathleen Hensch-Fleming, CNM, announced plans to retire after a 38-year career in health care including 17 years as the owner of Pacific Midwifery Services.

"Serving women in Clark County and now delivering babies for a second generation of families has been a great honor," said Hensch-Fleming. "It's been harder than I thought to start to say good-bye to my patients but I'm excited to grow tomatoes, quilt and spend time with my grandchildren."

As Hensch-Fleming looks forward to retirement her fellow midwives will receive new badges and move to The Vancouver Clinic. As of June 1, 2017, Donna Stiles, Patty Kartchner and Lori Watson will join our OB/GYN and midwifery practice as certified nurse midwives. They will continue delivering babies at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, offering water births and helping to grow the number of patients The Vancouver Clinic is able to serve.

A dedicated TVC hotline has been established during the transition for patients wanting to schedule appointments after June 1 with one of the three midwives. That number is 360-397-3838.

Expanding our midwifery practice includes broadening our partnership with Molina Healthcare beginning June 1, 2017. The partnership will increase TVC's acceptance of new OB and midwifery patients insured through Molina Medicaid.

About The Vancouver Clinic
The Vancouver Clinic (TVC) has cared for residents of Southwest Washington since 1936, and is the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Clark County with over 300 providers and 1,100 staff. TVC operates five clinics across Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal, and provides 40 medical specialties. For more information, visit www.tvc.org.
*** Update *** Photo Added Lebanon Man Sentenced after taking already dead Trophy Bull Elk - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 11:32 AM
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On April 24, 2017, 53 year old Jeffrey Allan McCRAVEN of Lebanon, was found guilty in a Linn County Court of one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule, a Class A Violation.

Subject to the guilty verdict, McCRAVEN was required to:

-Forfeiture of the elk meat and antlers; Ordered by the court to be released to the victim.
-Forfeiture of Bow and Arrow seized during investigation.
-Pay $15,000 in restitution to ODFW.
-Pay $435 for the violation of Take/Possession of Bull Elk.
-Pay $279.23 for meat processing.
-Pay $500 to the OHA TIP fund.
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team, which concluded McCRAVEN engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in East Linn County on September 11th, 2016.

The investigation revealed that the bull elk was legally shot and mortally wounded by the victim who is an acquaintance of McCRAVEN. A search party, which included McCRAVEN, could not locate the bull that day. The following morning, McCRAVEN located the expired elk and he shoved and shot arrows into the bull to make it appear as if he had lawfully harvested the bull. McCRAVEN then validated his archery elk tag, and then tried to convince others that he killed it.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.


REWARDS:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Fur-bearers $100


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Graffiti abatement gets an upgrade to tackle vandalism (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/25/17 11:19 AM
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Thanks to a little support from a fellow City department, the Salem Police Graffiti Abatement Team just got an upgrade to help tackle vandalism in our community.

Support between departments was at work when the idea to repurpose a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck came about. The light duty truck with secure utility box and open cargo area was transferred for use to the Police Department when Mark Becktel, Public Works Operations Manager, learned of the need. "We're just happy to help," remarked Becktel.

The team's previous small utility truck was limited in size and space for the team to carry necessary tools out in the field. The previously used truck was outfitted with a new pressure washer which was purchased thanks to a recent donation to the graffiti abatement program by a Salem resident and police volunteer.

It was all good news to Lieutenant Michael Bennett of the Support Division. "The program is an important component of the police department's services and greatly favored by the public," shared Bennett, adding, "These recent improvements will help us move the program into new directions allowing us to look into fresh and innovative ways to remove graffiti while preserving the original landscape."

Residents routinely see the paint-over technique for the removal of tags and other graffiti defacement, but will now see the team working to beautify rather than only using paint to cover up graffiti. With the addition of the pick-up truck, the team will carry better tools and make use of the donated pressure washer to tackle removal of graffiti from varying surfaces, such as brick, concrete, and even tree bark. Acquiring the larger truck was a necessary first step.

"We're grateful to the Public Works Department who are our partners in public safety in so many ways," said Bennett. "With their help we'll be improving our response to graffiti in our community."

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Elizabeth Gotelli to join Port of Vancouver as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 04/25/17 10:55 AM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Elizabeth Gotelli as its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Gotelli joins the port May 8.

"Elizabeth has a strong financial and administrative background, combined with knowledge of our community and experience with local agencies," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "These traits are what really make her stand out as the right person for this position. We look forward to having her join our team as we continue growing and bringing sustainable economic benefit to our community."

Gotelli has broad experience in many core business services, including direct management of finance, procurement, legal and administrative functions; staff training; budget development and administration; policy development; strategic planning, and; emergency management.

Her duties as CFAO will include strategic planning; development of port business policies; operations and budget responsibility for the administration, contracts, finance and IT departments; and ensuring the port complies with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations.

Prior to joining the port, Gotelli served for five years as Director of Public Affairs and Human Resources for the City of Lacey, Washington. She has also worked for the City of Vancouver, Washington, as Director of Human Resources and Procurement Services Manager, and in positions with Clark County Public Works and Community Services.

Gotelli graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Public Affairs.

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


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Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Silverton on Thursday (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/25/17 10:36 AM
Prepare Out Loud Corvallis
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SILVERTON, Ore., April 25, 2017 --The American Red Cross, in partnership with Silverton and Mt. Angel community organizations, will hold Prepare Out Loud and a 'Be Prepared Not Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair in Silverton this Thursday, April 27.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the impact of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds (like home fires, floods and wildfires).

Prepare Out Loud Event Details
This Thursday, April 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (preparedness fair starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Silverton High School -- 1456 Pine Street, Silverton, OR 97381
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSilverton.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Evening Timeline
6:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair starts
7 p.m. -- Red Cross Prepare Out Loud Presentation begins
8:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair resumes

Children are welcome! Red Cross will be offering our youth preparedness programs The Pillowcase Project and Preparedness Pals for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

The emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation and fair participants include:
Silverton Fire District
Mt. Angel Police Department
Marion County Emergency Management
Silverton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Mt. Angel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Marion County Search & Rescue
Silverton Senior Center
Map Your Neighborhood
American Red Cross


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


Attached Media Files: MEDIA ADVISORY - Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Silverton on Thursday , Prepare Out Loud Corvallis , Prepare Out Loud Bend , Prepare Out Loud Medford
Vancouver Public Schools celebrates two decades of dance education
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/25/17 10:17 AM
Vancouver Public Schools presents its 20th annual Dance Festival, in which hundreds of students will take the stage in a celebration of dance and creative movement.

The festival will hold two performances: a morning show at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics for that school's staff and students and an evening show for families and the public.

When: Friday, April 28, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

What: Performances by students from Felida, Roosevelt, Ogden, Lincoln, Sacajawea, Lake Shore, Chinook, Salmon Creek, Minnehaha, Franklin and Anderson elementary schools; McLoughlin Middle School; Vancouver School of Arts and Academics; and Skyview High School

Where: Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.

This event is free and open to the public.
Fish and Wildlife Trooper Seeks Public's Help In Illegal Killing of Beef Calves - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 10:09 AM
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On April 13, 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division investigated the illegal shooting of two yearling beef calves on a local cattle ranch north of Port Orford. The incident took place in a pasture east of highway 101 near milepost 291 in Denmark, Oregon.

One of the calves was left wounded while the other calf was field dressed and removed from the field. The suspect(s) gained access to the pasture by cutting a hole in the fence and loading the animal into a vehicle that was parked on highway 101.

The victim of the incident is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Dylan Roberts at the number listed below.

Trooper Dylan Roberts: (971)-601-0047

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

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

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)


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Ulysses S. Grant's Vancouver Connections are Highlighted in Free Lecture
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/25/17 10:02 AM
On Saturday, April 29, at 1 pm, local historian Kristine Deacon will present "Sentimental Journey: Ulysses S. Grant's Return to Fort Vancouver." This free presentation will occur in the theater space of the national park's Visitor Center, located at 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard.

Kristine Deacon is a graduate of the University of Oregon, a former journalist, and now a historian of the Pacific Northwest, based out of Salem, Oregon. She has published articles on Ulysses S. Grant's world tours in the late 1870s, after his term as President of the United States. Her work focuses specifically on his visits to the Pacific Northwest and his return to the Vancouver Barracks.

"Ulysses S. Grant is a pivotal figure of the Civil War, and many historians acknowledge his time spent at the Vancouver Barracks in 1852-1853 while he was in the Quartermaster's Corps," said National Park Service Chief of Interpretation Bob Cromwell. "But fewer historians have looked at his triumphant return to the Pacific Northwest after his two terms as U.S. President. We look forward to this interesting presentation that will provide some insight into post-Civil War history of the namesake of the Vancouver Barrack's Commanding Officers' house on Officers' Row: the Grant House."


What: Historic Presentation, "Sentimental Journey: Ulysses S. Grant's Return to Fort Vancouver," by Historian, Kristine Deacon

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: 1 pm - 2 pm

Cost: Free
Natural area restorers in North Clackamas are honored by Oregon Community Trees
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 9:44 AM
(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) -- The Natural Areas Division of the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District has been honored by Oregon Community Trees and Oregon Department of Forestry for its work over the past eight years to restore 800 acres of local forests, wetlands and streams in northern Clackamas County. Oregon Community Trees and ODF are supported by the U.S. Forest Service to recognize organizations and individuals anywhere in the state who are promoting healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness or advocacy.

Samantha Wolf, an Oregon Community Trees board member who served on this year's Awards Committee, said the Natural Areas Division won this year because of the cumulative impact of their restoration work. "They're doing environmental restoration in fast-developing urban and suburban settings and doing a great job of involving the community in their work," said Wolf.

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District partners with student groups, water council boards, Friends of Trees, SOLVE, Metro and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service among others to plant thousands of trees each year. The District also educates volunteers and the public, does park maintenance and engages the community in park clean-up days.

"Especially impressive is their restoration of Oregon white oak on Mt. Talbert and their recent work to restore habitat for fish and wildlife in Spring Park in Milwaukie," said Wolf.

Kristin Ramstad is acting manager of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program at the Oregon Department of Forestry, which promotes urban forestry. She said, "The Natural Areas Division of North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District is a great example of how local governments can engage residents to help build a healthy, thriving urban forest."
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
"Life-Changing" Youth Development Program at ESD 112 has 60 Openings (Photo)
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 9:41 AM
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Last August Marissa Riddall and her two daughters, now age 6 and 1, were homeless. They were living in a tent when Marissa was referred to the Connect 2 Careers program run by Educational Service District (ESD) 112. Through Connect 2 Careers, she was placed in four weeks of paid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training, then into a 10 week paid internship. Now, less than a year later, Marissa is working full-time, has her own home and is able to provide for her children.

"Connect 2 Careers is life-changing. It's a tremendous gift," said Marissa. "I can't really think of what it hasn't done for me."

Marissa is just one of the success stories from this grant-funded program. In this fiscal year alone (since July 1, 2016) the program has served 163 at risk youth, age 16 to 24; 80% of which didn't graduate high school or have a GED. Sixty percent of the participants have gained employment as a result of the program and 15% have entered post-secondary education.

Connect 2 Careers is an innovative youth development program in Clark and Cowlitz counties for individuals that are 16 -- 24 years old who have either dropped out of high school or are income eligible with a basic skills deficiency. The program helps them graduate from high school, earn their GED, and/or move on to college or trade school. They get job counseling, gain work readiness skills and paid work experience.

The program is continually enrolling and has about 60 open spots right now. Depending on their interests and strengths, participants may be placed in the CNA, childcare or trades training.

Roadmaster, one of the local companies helping to train the youth, has been working with Connect 2 Careers for a couple of years. Of the 10 youth that have gone through their trades training, four have been hired on permanently and three of those are still there.

"We mentor them and give them the opportunity to develop marketable skills," said Rod Flint, RSS Production Manager at Roadmaster. "It's worked out well for Roadmaster and has been a good way to give someone a chance."


Attached Media Files: Marissa Riddall in CNA training , Marissa Riddall at her new job
Corps seeks comments on Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/25/17 9:26 AM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Applegate Holdings, LLC. to conduct work impacting the Dunawi Creek, two unnamed tributaries and abutting wetlands in Corvallis, Benton County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2008-00086/2 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Youth Substance Use Rates Decline As Prevent Coalition Celebrates 10 Years
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 9:06 AM
Over the past 10 years, Clark County youth culture has changed. Alcohol use has decreased from 30% to 20% and cigarette use has gone from 14% to 8%.

The Prevent Coalition, until recently known as PREVENT!, is proud to be part of this effort. This group of diverse community members has spent the past decade working closely with local youth, advocating for healthy communities, collecting over 13,250 pounds of pills at Drug Take Back events and mentoring four other prevention coalitions.

"Community prevention strategies take time and participation by the entire community," said Joy Lyons, Prevention Intervention Coordinator. "We are excited to see the impact we've had and are energized to continue making our community a healthier place for youth."

In addition to the decline in alcohol and cigarette use, the recently released Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that, among 10th graders, the use of prescription pain killers to get high went down from 9% to 5% and marijuana use remained relatively flat at 16% between 2006 and 2016.

Prevent has recently updated its branding, logo, and changed its name from PREVENT! to Prevent Coalition.
Housed within Educational Service District (ESD) 112, Prevent Coalition's mission remains supporting and connecting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use.

Currently, Prevent Coalition is rolling out the ground-breaking Making the Connection Toolkit designed to teach the connection between substance abuse, toxic stress and encouraging youth to build resilience. The coalition is also working with Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA) to create a social media campaign focused on alcohol use prevention.

Its new website, preventcoalition.org, includes toolkits and resources for adults and youth supporting healthy conversations and data-driven information about addiction, prevention and resilience.

The public is invited to the Spring Coalition Meeting on Thursday, April 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at ESD 112 (2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661).

About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Prevent Coalition is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112, Washington State Department of Health, and over 440 community members and organizations across Clark County.
Beaverton City Library Awards Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor To Ramona Crocker (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/25/17 9:04 AM
Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton City Library recognized longtime volunteer Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor at the library's annual volunteer recognition dinner in March. Crocker was celebrated for her service and commitment to excellence for more than 15 years.


Crocker has served on the Library Advisory Board and assisted with materials movement, materials weeding, and more. Her contributions are immense as she has contributed well over 2,000 hours of service. As the nomination statement said, Crocker is a reliable advocate for the library, whether it's making challenging policy decisions, asking tough questions or coming in to volunteer two to three times per week.


"Early in volunteering at the Beaverton library, I was fortunate to be trained by Phyllis Davis in preparing new books for circulation," said Crocker. "Her quiet, kind manner and generous sharing of her expertise for such an excellent cause was an inspiration that I've never forgotten. I was extremely honored to receive the service award that bears her name and sincerely hope that my time as a library volunteer will add to the tradition she began. Like Phyllis, I can't stay away!"


The Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor is presented by Beaverton City Library to recognize a volunteer who, through example and accomplishment, has provided outstanding volunteer service to the library. It was named in honor of one of the longest serving employees and volunteers to the library. Phyllis Davis worked or volunteered at Beaverton City Library for 69 years. Known and admired for her patience, kindness and love of books, "Phyllis Davis" is synonymous with Beaverton City Library. By the time she retired for the second time after celebrating her 94th birthday in December 2013, she contributed well over 20,000 hours in her 35 years of volunteer service at the library.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
MCSO Is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs APRIL 29
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 9:00 AM
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Ct., Troutdale, OR 97060. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) No Thermometers, Sharps, Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers or epi pens. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds--more than 3,500 tons--of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
Portland Water Bureau's Interstate Facilities Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification (Photo)
Portland Water Bureau - 04/25/17 8:44 AM
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The Portland Water Bureau's two new buildings at its Interstate Maintenance Facility have been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

These buildings, built with efficiency, conservation, and earthquake resilience features, achieved LEED certification for implementing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

"LEED certification identifies the Water Bureau's Interstate Facility as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates their leadership in transforming the building industry," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices."

The project was designed and constructed to meet the City's Green Building Policy, with the goal of attaining LEED Gold certification. The project includes a solar array, eco (green) roof, water and energy conservation design, construction, and equipment.

Among the green features is a unique system of stormwater infiltration galleries that retains all stormwater on site and slowly releases it into the ground. No stormwater on the site enters the city sewer system. As a result of careful design, the two buildings' overall energy expenses are projected to be reduced by 30 percent.

Contractors for the design and construction of the project were MWA Architects, Hoffman Construction Company, ABHT Structural Engineers, Lango Hanson Landscape Architects, Interface Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and MEC Electrical Engineering.

One new building is the Shops, Stores, and Warehouse building which supports the maintenance, construction, and operations for the complex infrastructure that delivers drinking water to the Portland metro area. It is rated a Category 4 Essential Facility by the International Building Code. This means that when a major earthquake or other catastrophic event hits our region, the building will remain functional so that Water Bureau staff will be able to focus on restoring Portland's water service.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/24/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/24/2017

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On 04/24/2017 at about 0854 hrs., police received a report about vacant houses being burglarized in the 1000 block of E First Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 04/24/2017 at about 1057 hrs., police received a report about theft of a tow dolly from the 1000 block of NW Wade Street. A report was taken.

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On 04/24/2017 at about 1341 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of NW Second Avenue. It was determined that a juvenile had run away from home. The juvenile was located later in the day, at about 2136 hrs.

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On 04/24/2017 at about 1155 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of Pioneer Boulevard and Shelley Avenue. Police confirmed there were no injuries, then facilitated an information exchange.

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On 04/24/2017 at about 1840 hrs., Bernice Mitchell (29, of Warm Springs) was arrested during a traffic stop near the intersection of Proctor Boulevard and Revenue Avenue. Mitchell was charged with two counts of giving false information to a police officer, possession of methamphetamine, and a probation violation. Mitchell was also given a traffic citation for an unlawful lane change and driving while suspended - violation. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail without bail.
Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Western Lane 2018 Annual Operations Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Release date: April 25, 2017
Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on the Western Lane district's Annual Operations Plan (AOP), outlining the work plan for state forest activities for the upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on June 8, public comments are invited for ODF's Western Lane district AOP for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The plan describes specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Western Lane Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of the long-term Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Public comment details:
The draft AOP for Western Lane is available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx.
An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments for the Western Lane AOP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG7VN29
Comments may also be submitted through ODF's online comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Falls City is named a Tree City USA for the first time
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:04 AM
(FALLS CITY, Ore.) -- Falls City is joining for the first time 60 other Oregon cities in having earned the title of Tree City USA. The Oregon Department of Forestry bestows the Tree City USA designation on Oregon communities in partnership with Oregon Community Trees and with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

The Arbor Day Foundation, based in Nebraska, sets the national standards for communities to become Tree Cities USA, Falls City was honored with the designation for strongly supporting its urban forest in four key areas:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree protection ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of ODF's Urban and Community Forestry program, said Falls City was one of three Oregon cities earning a Tree City USA title for the first time this year. The other two are Milwaukie in Clackamas County and Roseburg in southern Oregon.

"Falls City attaining Tree City USA status shows what a small town can do when its residents decide to act," said Ramstad. "I was impressed with how quickly everyone pulled together to meet the certification standards."
Applications for Tree City USA certification were due Dec. 31, 2016. Working speedily, the city council on Dec. 8 assigned the city's Parks and Recreation Committee as the city's tree board, then sponsored an Arbor Day celebration on Dec. 10. The city budget for planting and maintaining trees already exceeded the per capita spending threshold for Tree City USA certification. Since the city code already had tree care provisions that counted toward the tree ordinance requirement, Falls City met the Arbor Day Foundation standards in almost record time.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Wolf Creek - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 7:33 AM
On April 24th, 2017, at approximately 9:38 PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Wolf Creek General Store in Josephine County Oregon, attempting to locate a male subject known to have a felony warrant. While attempting to take the male subject into custody, a struggle ensued between the suspect and a Trooper. During the struggle the male suspect was shot, resulting in a fatal injury. The Trooper was uninjured.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111, the Josephine County Major Crimes Response Team was activated to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

All further information related to this investigation will be released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Business Opportunities Increasing for Major Water Program
Willamette Water Supply Program - 04/25/17 7:32 AM
The Willamette Water Supply Program (Program), a drinking water infrastructure partnership between the Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro, has released its baseline design and construction schedule - a milestone that sets a multitude of business opportunities into motion for the next decade.

"This major water infrastructure project spans across five cities in Washington County, including Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton, and Hillsboro," notes Dave Kraska, Willamette Water Supply Program Director. "We have divided the work up into smaller pieces over several years. This allows and provides local and regional businesses of all sizes an opportunity to be a part of this historic project that will benefit the local economy, provide jobs, and support regional economic development."

The Program schedule includes the various construction components needed through 2026 when water will begin to flow to Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Hillsboro water customers through the new water system. This gives the business community a look into the timing of opportunities for the more than one-billion dollar program. More than 30 procurements for design, construction, and related supporting services are expected, and additional business opportunities will result for sub-contractors and suppliers. Businesses and contracting opportunities, along with the schedule, are posted and updated online at: www.ourreliablewater.org/business-opportunities.

The earthquake-resilient system includes building a modified intake on the Willamette River, a water treatment plant, storage tanks, and more than 30 miles of large-diameter transmission pipeline traveling north from Wilsonville, through Beaverton, and into Hillsboro. The mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville will be the new water supply source for the Willamette Water Supply System. Although current demands are met through other sources, the addition of a new, regional source will provide improved water supply reliability and system resiliency. Developing an additional water supply through a partnership supports the region's plans for responsible growth within the urban growth boundary. For more information about the Willamette Water Supply Program, visit www.OurReliableWater.org or call 503-941-4570.
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GREAT Graduation Today at Alder School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/17 7:00 AM
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Today, Tuesday April 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Alder School, located at 17200 Southeast Alder Street.

Officers Tracy Ballew, Chris Kulp and Steve Morinville 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, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Missing George Fox Student - 3rd Release
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:56 PM
At approximately 7:30pm this evening Newberg-Dundee Police Detectives located the body of Daniel Mellers. Earlier in the evening a Sherwood resident contacted Sherwood Police after recognizing Daniels vehicle and Colorado License Plate. NDPD Detectives responded to SW Houston Drive near SW Spratlin Lane to meet with Sherwood officers.

Officers from both agencies then canvased the neighborhood looking for any information regarding Daniel or his vehicle. After the canvas, detectives were able to get the vehicle unlocked and unfortunately located Daniel in the trunk. Based on the details learned during this investigation, we are confident Daniel took his own life and there is no threat to the public.

We have been in contact with the staff at George Fox University to let them know of our findings so they may prepare their students and faculty for the tragic news about Daniels death.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department appreciates our relationship with the surrounding agencies including the Sherwood Police Department. Although this was not the outcome we were hoping for, working together we were able to bring some closure for the Mellers family this evening. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Update: Missing Man found safe with family in California
Gresham Police Dept - 04/24/17 6:14 PM
Mr. Patterson has been located and is with family in California. We thank everyone for their assistance.
BLM Seeks Nominations to Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/24/17 5:32 PM
Spokane, Wash. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for two open positions on the Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The nomination period is open until May 30, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 36 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Jamie Connell, BLM Oregon-Washington State Director. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

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

The Eastern Washington RAC has one position open in each of the following categories:

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

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

For more information, please contact Jeff Clark at (509) 536-1297 or jeffclark@blm.gov or visit
https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public
lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
BGHS, Chief Umtuch bands impress at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 4:44 PM
Students from the Battle Ground High School Vocal Ensemble Group at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
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Jazz Bands from Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School competed at the 42nd Annual Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival over the weekend and brought home several awards. Each year, about 2,000 students, along with their teachers and families, visit Pleasant Hill to attend the annual festival and enjoy a variety of clinics and concerts.

Battle Ground High School took first place in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble competition, the Advanced Jazz Band competition, the Intermediate II Jazz Band competition, and in the Jazz Combo competition, and the Intermediate Jazz Band 1 placed second. Chief Umtuch Middle School placed third in both the Middle School Jazz Band and Combo division categories.

BGHS students were also recognized for their exceptional individual performances. Soloist awards were given to Cade O'Haver and Emily Christensen from the Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Cade O'Haver and Laney Pham from the Advanced Jazz Band; Ashton Henning from the Intermediate 2 Jazz Band; Cade O'Haver (first place), Jordan Ledbetter (first place) and Nicole Furlow (second place) in the Vocal Solo Division I; and Brooke Hall (second place), and Madelyn Breaux (third place) in the Vocal Solo Division II. Additionally, senior pianist Cade O'Haver and sophomore vocalist Madelyn Breaux were the winners of the Mike Wiggins Memorial Award for Excellence in Jazz.

The Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival began in 1976 simply as a vocal festival. The festival was introduced not only as a competition but also as an educational experience with participants listening to numerous choirs, clinics and experienced adjudicators interacting with groups after their preliminary performance. The second year of the festival saw the beginning of the instrumental portion of the festival. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the region.


Attached Media Files: Students from the Battle Ground High School Vocal Ensemble Group at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
Woodland Public Schools hosts record-breaking Mass Band Concert with more than 430 middle school student musicians performing as a single ensemble (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 4:00 PM
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Monday, April 24, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland hosted the 41st Annual Mass Band Middle School Band Concert with 436 students from ten schools throughout Southwest Washington playing in a massive band ensemble concert at Woodland High School on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Preparations for the annual concert started at the beginning of the school year with the band directors of the different middle schools deciding on four pieces to perform. After music selection, the schools used the following months to practice as individual bands before gathering at Woodland High School on the day of the event to rehearse and perform as one large ensemble band.

The students convened at Woodland High School at 1 p.m. and rehearsed for two and a half hours to prepare for the concert. "Assembling and seating that many students was the biggest challenge," said Bryana Steck, Band Director for Woodland Public Schools. "Once everyone got settled, the practices went very well and we were ready to perform for an audience."

Earlier in the day, ten custodians from the Woodland's schools and other staff members set up chairs for the event. "Ensuring we had enough space was a crazy experience," said Steck. "However, the entire process went smoothly with everyone helping out -- teamwork got it done!" Steck served as the organizer for this year's event providing communication between the schools and other organizations involved.

Woodland's Tempo organization supports the district's band programs, and arranged the massive task of lining up dinner for the 436 hungry middle-school musicians. Kimberly Miller serves as the teacher and coach for Woodland High School's culinary arts team, The Creative Chef, who provided a catered dinner for the ten directors to offer a moment of relaxation before the performance. The directors' dinner included a breaded Italian chicken breast, low-calorie fettuccine, Caesar's Salad, and white chocolate chip cookies with six high school students professionally preparing and serving the meal.

The concert started promptly at 6 p.m. and was free to anyone who wanted to attend. Each middle school played a specially-prepared piece individually followed by an ensemble performance with the entire 436 students performing the selected pieces. The ten schools that participated this year included: Ilwaco Middle School, J.C. Thomas Middle School, Mossy Rock Middle School, Onalaska Middle School, Rainier Middle School, Rochester Middle School, Tenino Middle School, Toledo Middle School, Winlock Middle School, and Woodland Middle School.

The new Woodland High School which just opened in 2015 proved to be a fantastic location for such a large event and led to a record-breaking Mass Band, larger than any in the event's more than four decade-long history. "With our amazing new facilities, I think this was one of the best Mass Bands we have ever had," said Steck. "Our students were among the best behaved in the building that day; they were true ambassadors to their peers and I am so proud of them!"

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Murder Victim Identified (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/17 3:57 PM
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Benton County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the victim in the murder investigation that resulted in the arrest of William Chase Hargrove.
The victim has been identified as Anna Alekseyevna Repkina, born on September 24, 1989 in Russia.
Ms. Repkina had no known relatives living in the United States.
On March 1, 2017, Ms. Repkina was admitted through the Los Angeles International Airport with a valid passport issued by the government of Russia.
Her most recent residence was Corvallis, Oregon.
Her family has been notified with assistance of Russian Authorities.
Benton County Sheriff's Office asks that if anyone has information about Ms. Repkina and her activities while in Corvallis and Benton County, please contact them at 541.766.6858.


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UPDATE: Most PP&R playing fields are open for permitted games only; players urged to use caution (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 04/24/17 3:50 PM
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UPDATE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reminds you that MOST grass playing fields (for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, etc.) as well as baseball and softball fields across the City are open at this time for permitted games (and only games, not practices) as of Monday, April 24 2017. But the Bureau urges players to evaluate field conditions before starting their games.

PP&R has rules for permit-holders designed around safety. To those people, teams and leagues who have reserved fields for games, we remind you to please follow these rules when checking your game site prior to play:
- If there is standing water or visible mud on a field, do not play.
-If you step on your field and sink down an inch or more, do not play.
-Please do not try to remove any water, dirt or mud from fields.

Please note that due to continued unplayable conditions, two playing fields at Gabriel Park (known as fields 2 and 3) remain closed at this time. The Bureau appreciates the public understanding that with the continued wet and saturated conditions citywide, practices may impact the turf even more than games. Therefore, only games previously scheduled via a permit with the PP&R Customer Service Center will be held until further notice, and not practices.

PP&R continues to evaluate field conditions citywide daily. Staff and players are eager for better weather and PP&R can't wait to reopen all sites for games and practices; but it seems Mother Nature only offered us a tease of nice weather last Friday and Saturday.

Portland Parks & Recreation sports management and the Bureau's turf management divisions have been inspecting fields citywide after playing surfaces became impacted by weather-related conditions such as standing water, mud, and long grass (some fields still can't yet be mowed again because the ground remains too soft).

PP&R understands that the field closures may be inconvenient. However, safety of all park visitors is PP&R's top priority. Also, any damage inflicted on playing surfaces this spring can result in ongoing safety issues during the rest of the year, including peak summer season, as well as increased costs for repair and maintenance.


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Funds Awarded to Support Local Middle Schools -Positive Family Support in Yamhill County
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 04/24/17 3:34 PM
McMinnville, Ore. -- Yamhill Community Care Organization is pleased to announce the awarding of Community Prevention and Wellness program funding to three schools: Duniway Middle School, Patton Middle School and Willamina Middle School. The funding, in the amount of $106,738, will support each school in implementing the Positive Family Support (PFS) initiative.
Positive Family Support -- Family Check-Up is an evidence-based model that includes families in the effort to improve student performance. The program will bring a parent consultant and a Family Resource Center into schools, allowing school staff to better connect with families and ensure each child is equipped to learn both at school and at home. The parent consultant is dedicated to promoting a welcoming school culture and improving the positive working relationship between parents and schools. The Family Resource Center, housed within the school, will provide print resources on topics such as school-wide positive behavior interventions, parenting tips, and local services. This multi-tiered approach, which helps strengthen home-school partnership, will utilize a collaborative screening system to identify those in need of support.
"Positive Family Supports has been shown to not only improve grades and reduce depression, bullying, and absenteeism in schools, but also impact outcomes later in life like drug use and incarceration," says Interim YCCO CEO Seamus McCarthy. "Funding these schools is a part of Yamhill CCO and its Early Learning Program's ongoing investment in upstream prevention to improve the well-being of our children and our community as a whole."
To find out more about the program, visit https://reachinstitute.asu.edu/family-check-up/program-overview.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/4855/103804/PFSAPRILPressRelease.pdf
Salem City Club Presents: Child Welfare: Global to Local (photo) (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/24/17 3:20 PM
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The Salem City Club invites you to join us on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Willamette Heritage Center for "Child Welfare: Global to Local."

Oregon's Child Welfare system is continually in the news, including stories about the need for foster parents and improved safety for children. What is Oregon doing to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children? How does that compare to what other states and countries are doing? Lena Alhusseini, Oregon's new Child Welfare Director, will address these concerns, bringing a global view perspective on child safety services.

Born in Jerusalem and raised in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Alhusseini established the Jordan River Foundation's child protection unit, which was the first Middle East organization to address the issue of child abuse. She also has served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Alhusseini comes to Oregon from New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. As Oregon's Child Welfare Director, her vision is to help build a family support center model that connects vulnerable families with their community and the local services they need to keep their children safe and at home.

Join us for the luncheon at 11:30am and/or the program at noon. Reservations are due by 12:00pm Wednesday, May 3rd. For more information on this program please visit www.salemcityclub.com.

What: Child Welfare - Global to Local
When: Friday, May 5, 2017; Noon-1pm, doors open at 11:15pm
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem
Who: Lena Alhusseini
Email: office@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Lena Alhusseini
UPDATE: Police investigate officer involved shooting
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/24/17 2:28 PM
UPDATE: On Friday, April 21, 2017, officers of the West Linn Police Department were dispatched to an armed suicidal subject, who was ultimately shot and killed.

The decedent's name is Chance Rickie Thompson, who was 25 years old.

The involved officer, Brad Moyle is a 16 year veteran of the WLPD. Ofc. Moyle remains on administrative leave during the investigation per policy.

Because this investigation is active, there is no further information available at this time.

An autopsy was conducted on Mr. Thompson by the State Medical Examiner's Office, please contact them for information.



West Linn Police Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Long St.at 10:17 P.M.in the Sunset neighborhood on a report of an armed suicidal man. Officers arrived within a few minutes and confronted a male armed with a firearm. This person was subsequently shot by a WLPD officer. The subject died at the scene.

Names of those involved will not be released until family members have been notified.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, per policy. The case is being investigated by the Clackamas County major Crimes team per the Officer Involved Shooting protocol.
Beaverton Police Department 2017 Police Service Awards Ceremony
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/24/17 1:35 PM
The Beaverton Police Department's 2017 Police Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Southwest Bible Church, located at 14605 SW Weir Road, and will take place in the main sanctuary.

We will be honoring two citizens from our community in addition to officers and non-sworn members of the Beaverton Police Department.

This ceremony is open to the public and media. Please join us for this wonderful event and opportunity to recognize citizens from our community, your police officers and other members of the Beaverton Police Department.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/17 1:14 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 24, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 12100 block of 46th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. The single-family fire affected four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Gresham Police Searching for Missing Man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/24/17 1:07 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Police are seeking help locating a missing Gresham man. DeWayne Patterson, a 57-year-old Gresham resident, was reported missing on April 18, 2017 after not showing up for work for multiple days. He was last seen by neighbors on March 27, 2017.

Patterson does not have any known medical issues and is described as a black male with black and gray hair and brown eyes, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He drives a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring with Oregon license plate 833HVZ which is also missing.

Anyone who knows of Patterson's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333 or the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2719.


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Free spring composting, green cleaning classes promote sustainable living
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/24/17 1:04 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County's Master Composter/Recycler program is accepting registrations for free composting and green cleaning workshops. To register, visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/mcr/classes-and-workshops.

Workshops are:

Backyard composting: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, and Tuesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to build a backyard compost pile that turns yard waste into garden gold.
Lasagna gardening: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. Learn how to create lush, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of back-breaking digging or soil-breaking tilling.
Green cleaning: Thursday, June 8, 6-8 p.m., Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to make versatile green household cleaners. Free kits and ingredients provided.
Wormshop: Tuesday, June 13, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Receive a free bin, worms, information and resources, and learn how to build and maintain a worm bin.

"These workshops help people set up successful composting operations at home and live a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle," said Pete DuBois, Master Composter/Recycler Program coordinator.

The Master Composter/Recycler program educates the community about easy ways to reduce waste, increase recycling, and rethink our impact on natural resources. Master Composter/Recyclers, who have received 30 hours of training, help teach the classes.

For questions about the Master Composter/Recycler program, contact Pete DuBois at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4961 or mcr@clark.wa.gov.
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Mayor Denny Doyle Interviewed on TVCTV's City Talk (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/24/17 12:30 PM
Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. --Mayor Denny Doyle was the first guest on Tualatin Valley Community Television's (TVCTV) new public affairs show, City Talk. Hosted by local media veteran Joe Smith, City Talk invites public officials in for one-on-one conversations about their city.


In City Talk's premiere episode, Mayor Doyle stopped by to reflect on current events unfolding in Beaverton. Mayor Doyle emphasized affordable housing and how demand for senior housing in particular is a top priority for the city. The resurgence of The Round, job incubators and job growth are also discussed during the informative interview. Watch the episode now: https://youtu.be/cGm4gS0NQvU.


Watch City Talk every Monday and Friday on TVCTV cable channel 28 at 6 p.m. and CAN channel 11 on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. Viewers can also watch episodes on demand at www.youtube.com/user/MACCTVCTV. For more information, contact Mary Weisensee at Mary@tvctv.org.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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


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Attached Media Files: Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
WSU Vancouver to present three top awards at 2017 commencement
WSU Vancouver - 04/24/17 12:01 PM
VANCOUVER, WASH. -- Washington State University Vancouver will present its 2017 awards for research, student achievement and teaching at this year's Commencement ceremony on May 6. The following three individuals will each receive a Chancellor's Medallion:

Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence--Candice Goucher, professor of history
Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement-- Julian Rivas, B.A., social sciences, with a concentration in human resources administration and a certificate in case management
Students' Award for Teaching Excellence-- Enrique Brouwer, instructor of psychology, and foreign languages and cultures

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Each year, WSU Vancouver gives its highest research honor to recognize a faculty member's exemplary research quality and quantity as well as positive influence on the broader community.

This year's awardee, Professor of History Candice Goucher, joined WSU Vancouver in 2000. Her research on Africa and the African diaspora is consistently creative, cutting edge and interdisciplinary. Her many outstanding books, films and articles explore African foodways, metallurgy, and popular and political culture, as well as global themes in world history. She is also a founder of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice, an initiative for WSU Vancouver faculty to collaborate across disciplines.

Goucher's work has received honors and awards from numerous organizations, including the World History Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. Her 2014 book "Congotay! Congotay!" won both the National and the World Gourmand Awards for Best Book on Caribbean Food.

Goucher has been instrumental in shifting the teaching of world history from an outdated rise-and-fall-of-civilizations approach to a more engaged thematic approach to the past. Her online multimedia project "Bridging World History" has been viewed on public television stations and classrooms in nearly every state.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Goucher holds a master's degree in art history and archaeology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in African history from the University of California Los Angeles.

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
The student achievement award annually recognizes one student's love of learning, persistence to overcome barriers in pursuit of academic goals, leadership potential and involvement in campus life.

Julian Rivas never gave up on himself. Once a troubled youth, he is this year's student honoree and will graduate summa cum laude, with a goal of mentoring others who are facing the kinds of challenges he had to overcome.

Rivas changed his life after enrolling in Lower Columbia College. While also working full-time, he earned his associate's degree and decided to transfer to WSU Vancouver. Not only has he inspired friends and family members to attend college, but he has helped other students as well. An intern with WSU's Student Financial Services and Admissions, and a technical research assistant in the human development department, Rivas is active in the Latino Student Association, Latino Outreach Committee and Human Resources Society. He volunteers with several organizations that support low-income families.

Rivas chose to earn a well-rounded degree that would advance his employment prospects in human resources with a knowledge of business essentials. Finding a job has been difficult, he said, because many employers turn him down after conducting a background screening. But, he said, "I feel that someday my hard work will pay off." He holds himself to high standards. "The past does not define me," he said, adding, "I wouldn't be where I am today without my support system." He considers it one of his highest honors to be able to look out at the commencement audience and see his loved ones smile proudly for his milestone achievement.

STUDENTS' AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Students honor a faculty member each year with the teaching excellence award. The award recognizes exceptional dedication to students and infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter.

When Enrique Brouwer joined WSU Vancouver in 2011 after a career as an executive coach, he brought along his drive, his people skills and his powerful desire to help people to do their best. The skills that had made him such an effective coach for executives wishing to succeed in international business have made him a popular teacher on campus. In nominating him for the 2017 teaching award, students wrote that Brouwer believes in his students, makes learning fun, and is always available for a meeting or a phone call.

Brouwer has taught Personnel Psychology and Human Resources Administration as well as cross-cultural communications. Time and again, students noted that he was motivational and inspirational, had helped to launch the careers of many, and "equipped his students with the tools to be successful in the real world," as a nominator said.

Brouwer retired as managing director for Brouwer Executive Coaching International, a consultancy serving top executives. Throughout his career he worked with such companies as Eastman Kodak, Xerox Global Services and the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester, N.Y., helping to drive organizational innovation, product excellence and customer loyalty.

Brouwer holds an undergraduate degree in administrative and legal studies from La Salle University's Extension campus in Chicago and a master's degree in human services administration from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. He holds advanced certificates in leadership, management and Lean practices.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Commencement will be held at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Vancouver Police Activities League awarded $10,000 grant
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:59 AM
Vancouver, Wash. --The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) recently received a $10,000 grant from NIKE Inc. through the Oregon Community Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to support PAL sports tournaments at local elementary schools and will allow Vancouver PAL to expand these programs.

"We are so excited because not only is NIKE a valuable partner, but it will help us to continue strengthening our community by bringing cops and kids together," says Vancouver PAL Executive Director Jenny Thompson.

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


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WSU Vancouver students exhibit sound art on First Friday
WSU Vancouver - 04/24/17 11:48 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Sound art created by WSU Vancouver students will be exhibited at Divine Consign in downtown Vancouver as part of First Friday on May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Called "Divine Sounds," the exhibition features 30 experiences designed to focus attention on listening. The work represents students' final projects for a course in sound art taught by John Barber, a faculty member in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at WSU Vancouver and curator of the exhibition.

Divine Consign is a nonprofit store that supports local charities in arts, education and human services. Students will use the furniture in the store as backdrop or part of their sound art.

"Imagine sitting at a dining table, or on a living room sofa to experience or interact with a work of sound art," said Barber. "The sound art will be part of the environment. Visitors will walk through the space and interact with different sounds."

Design Consign is located at 904 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. Student artists will be on hand to discuss their works.

About WSU Vancouver
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Oregon City Police are investigating a suspicious circumstance
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:44 AM
Last night, at 7:30 pm, Oregon City Police responded to a call in the 14700 block of Glen Oak Rd. after receiving a call from a parent of a 9-year-old child. The child had been outside playing hide and seek with his friends. While the 9-year-old child was the seeker and counting he was approached by an unidentified subject. The subject grabbed his leg and the unidentified subject pulled the child several feet and then let go when the child yelled for help. The unidentified subject was seen running north. The 9-year-old child was not injured. Police were in the area and arrived in less than two minutes.

The subject was described as a male and about 4'9" tall. The subject was described as wearing all black clothing, black gloves, and black pull over mask.

Police searched the area and were not able to locate the unidentified subject. Oregon City Police are trying to identify any witnesses that saw a suspicious person in the area prior to the event or running from the area. Oregon City Police have not received any other similar reports.

If anyone has information about the incident or witnesses something suspicious last night in the area of Glen Oak Rd. near Coast Redwood Ave. they are asked to call the Oregon City Police Department Tip Line at 503-496-1616, reference OCPD case # 17-1428.
Forestry Professionals Meet in Tigard This Week (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 04/24/17 11:31 AM
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Portland, OR--Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Tigard at the Embassy Suites at Washington Square on April 26-28 for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 800 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is "Connecting Forests, Products, People." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of forest management in the Pacific Northwest, from the Tillamook Forest in the coast range to the diverse forests of the Cascades and emerging forest technologies that are creating new markets for Oregon's wood products. The program begins Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with a keynote from Society of American Foresters (SAF) immediate past national president Clark Seely. The remainder of the afternoon is devoted to speakers addressing Forest Benefits. An Icebreaker celebration will be held that evening, preceded by a student-mentor social, linking students with practicing foresters.

Thursday is a busy day with concurrent sessions throughout the day. Topics are communication and leadership, forest management, timber harvesting, and technology. One highlight will be a presentation by Matt Menashes, SAF's national CEO during the Communication/Leadership session addressing forest management and the North American Forest Partnership. The day is capped with OSAF's awards banquet that evening where peers are recognized for their outstanding contributions to forestry.

Friday concludes the annual meeting; after a pep-up breakfast and business meeting, foresters will depart for the field, electing one of three themed tours: 1) Horning Seed Orchard and Hopkins Demonstration Forest in the Cascades; 2) Tillamook State Forest Revisited; and 3) Portland, City of Wood.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Washington Square in Tigard. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2017AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.


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Revised* Baskets from Fragments Offer Glimpse into Ancient Ways
Columbia Basin Basketry Guild - 04/24/17 11:22 AM
Revised The public is invited to a program about 2,000-year-old basket fragments found near Duvall, WA, which, when replicated into complete baskets, provide a glimpse into an ancient way of life.

Dale R. Croes, Ph.D., director of the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society and Services and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, will present, "Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry."

The program is Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland. The free presentation ($5 donation suggested) is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild.

In 2014-15, Croes, who was taught basket weaving by Makah elders for his dissertation on the Ozette village site, worked with Suquamish Elder and Master Basket Maker Ed Carriere to replicate baskets based on fragments found at the Snoqualmie Tribe's Biderbost site in Duvall. The fragments had been exposed by river bank erosion and now are at the Burke Museum, Seattle.

Croes will discuss the project, show the baskets he and Carriere made, and explain how the project is being carried forward today.

For more information, contact ColumbiaBasinBasketryGuild@gmail.com

REVISION: An earlier version stated that both Croes and Carriere would be presenting. Due to health issues, Carriere is not expected to participate.
Beaverton City Library Hosts Teatro Milagro's Mijita Fridita (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/24/17 11:16 AM
Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Local bilingual theater company Teatro Milagro will present Mijita Fridita on Sunday, May 7, from 3-3:45 p.m. at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. The play is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Presented in English and Spanish, this free production is imaginative and powerful, and suitable for the whole family.


Against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, young Fridita, growing up in her family's house in Coyoacan, is diagnosed with polio. Bedridden, Fridita escapes into the world of her imagination and meets another girl that looks just like her. Together, they journey to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of Fridita's imaginings. Back in the real world, Fridita's peers taunt her for being different, but her father, Guillermo, encourages her and awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Strong and resilient, Fridita learns to overcome hardships and stay true to herself in order to become the legendary artist that continues to inspire.


Mijita Fridita was written by resident playwright and tour manager, Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, who also plays the role of Fridita's father, Guillermo Kahlo. He is joined by the touring ensemble, which includes Emile Dultra in the lead role and Marlón Jiménez Oviedo and Danielle Pecoff filling out the cast with a variety of characters. Costumes were created by Shenekah Telles and Milagro's signature mural was designed by Quetzal Rivero.


This program is free and open to the public.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro) , Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita, based on the life of Frida Kahlo, on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
Red Cross Responds to Longview Single-Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/17 11:15 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday April 23,2017, in the 600 block of 23rd Avenue in Longview, Washington. The single-family fire affected six adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
VPD Officer injured in altercation with suspect (Update 2: Officer ID)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/24/17 10:59 AM
Update 2

The involved officer is James Porter, 27. Officer Porter was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in March 2016 and was the recipient of a Lifesaving Award for an incident in December 2016.

He is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.







The suspect in this incident Jamie Dean Graff, 37, was released from the hospital over the weekend and booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault III.

The officer was treated and released.



On 04-21-22 at approximately 8:35 pm, Vancouver Police Department's patrol units were dispatched to complaint of an aggressive panhandler at 6th St and Main St in Vancouver. Other comments indicated that the panhandler was threatening patrons of a nearby bar establishment.

Upon arrival officers contacted the described suspect, an adult male. During this contact, a VPD officer and the suspect became involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, involved VPD patrol officer and the suspect were both injured. Both individuals were subsequently transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

Officer's condition is currently stable. Suspect's condition is believed to be also stable, but unconfirmed at this time.

Vancouver Police Department's Major Crimes Unit's Detectives responded and took over the investigation.

As of time of this report, the investigation is still active. Names of the involved officer or the suspect are not being released at this time.

Any additional witnesses who have not been contacted at scene are asked to call Vancouver Police Department's dispatch center.
Hillsboro Police to host Shred Event on May 6
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/24/17 10:06 AM
The Hillsboro Police Department will be hosting a Shred Event on Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Hillsboro School District Office, located at 3083 NE 49th Pl. in Hillsboro. The event will feature secure shredding on-site, and each person can bring up to three banker boxes worth of documents to be shredded. There is a $5.00 suggested donation, which will benefit the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.
Man arrested for menacing, pointing a firearm at another, DUII (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 04/24/17 9:51 AM
Brian Matthew Lighthill
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On April 23, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of NW Beach Drive (Nye Beach Turnaround) on a report of a subject at that location pointing a firearm at another. The caller stated that, during an argument with Brian Matthew Lighthill, age 19 of Seal Rock, Lighthill brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.

Further investigation revealed that one of the victims and Lighthill had been engaged in a heated, verbal exchange that turned physical. As the victim got into a vehicle to leave, Lighthill retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to shoot them. Lighthill made menacing comments to the victims inside the vehicle. He tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.

The victims were able to leave the area and call for police. Lighthill fled the area in his vehicle. He was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. During the subsequent investigation, Officers located a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill's center console. It was determined at the scene that Lighthill had consumed alcohol, and was driving impaired.

Lighthill was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath analysis, which he did not pass.

Lighthill was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.


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Missing George Fox Student - 2nd Release
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/24/17 9:26 AM
Good Morning,

We have received several media inquiries about the missing student, Daniel Mellers. At this time we have no new information to share other than we are working closely with George Fox
University, his roommates, and friends to find him.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department wants to thank all of our media partners and outlets for putting Daniels photo and information out to the public. We could not have reached as many people in such a short time without your help.

I hope to have something to release later today.
Insitu Director of Flight Operations, Jerry McWithey keynote speaker at Pearson Field Education Center Let's Take Flight! fundraiser
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 04/24/17 9:00 AM
The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced tickets are now on sale for their May 20 fundraising dinner and auction, "Let's Take Flight!", featuring keynote speaker, Jerry McWithey. The event, at the Pearson Field Education Center, benefits aviation education programs for youth.

McWithey is the Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc. Located in Bingen, WA, Insitu designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey's personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, Kingsville Texas.

In addition to the keynote address and dinner, there will be silent and live auctions. Live auction packages will include a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox.

"It's through the generous support of the community that we're able to provide quality aviation-based STEM programming for kids at Pearson Field Education Center. They're eager to get their hands on fun, experiential, educational activities and that's what we provide, " said Garrett Schmidt, Director of Pearson Field Education Center.

Admission is $100 and includes dinner. Purchase tickets, or find more information at fortvan.org/letstakeflight. The Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve, 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA, 98661.

Parents: Please note there will be no Open Saturday at Pearson Field Education Center on May 20, due to this event.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays for youth and families to enjoy free activities, such as glider building, flight simulation, and STEM experimentation. Summer Aviation Day Camps are starting to fill. Go to fortvan.org/aviationeducation for more information.
Oregon State University holding tsunami drill at South Beach State Park May 11
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/24/17 8:47 AM
Newport, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with Oregon State University (OSU) engineers and sociologists is seeking volunteers for a tsunami evacuation drill starting 10 am May 11 at South Beach State Park, two miles south of Newport.
OSU is developing computer models that show how people's decisions during a tsunami affect their ability to survive the event. The computer models will analyze decisions such as how quickly people decide to move, and what route they take.
South Beach State Park is the first location for the pilot project and gives OPRD and researchers a chance to see how the public uses tsunami evacuation signs and routes. Organizers need about 100 volunteers with smart phones to participate in the evacuation. Campers and other visitors can register by going to http://bit.ly/2ovL1hB.
Coordinators will give instructions at 10 am at the South Beach meeting hall. The exercise begins at 10:30 am. The drill gives visitors five minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to make it to a safe area. The evacuation is expected to last until noon, followed by a question and answer session at the meeting hall.
Researchers estimate a massive earthquake and tsunami will hit the Oregon coast in the next 50 years. Computer models predict that South Beach would be covered in a tsunami wave within 30 minutes.
OSU is one of 10 institutions leading an initiative called the Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Based at Colorado State University, the five-year, $20-million dollar program develops computer programs designed to help communities better prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impact and recover more quickly. The National Science Foundation and Oregon Sea Grant provided funding for this tsunami drill.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/20/2017-04/23/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/24/17 8:29 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/20/2017-04/23/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-695

On 04/20/2017 at 0826 hrs., police responded to the Estacada Middle School regarding a drug complaint. A juvenile student was found by staff to be in possession of marijuana. The case will be referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

1C 2017-696

On 04/20/2017 at about 0925 hrs., police received a report about criminal mischief that had occurred in the 200 block of S Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-703

On 04/20/2017 at around 2043 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of an unwanted person in the 200 block of S Broadway Street. Police contacted the subject in question and issued a trespass warning.

1C 2017-704

On 04/20/2017 at around 2217 hrs., police contacted Mr. Timothy D. Peden (53, of Estacada) in the 400 block of SE Main Street. Mr. Peden was arrested on an active warrant for PCS-Meth; he was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and was lodged on $25,000 bail. Peden (and another individual who was with him) was also excluded from city property for 30 days.

1C 2017-713

On 04/23/2017 at 1748 hrs., police contacted Christopher L. Devey (34, of Estacada), near the intersection of SE Bryant Road and SE Regan Hill Road. Devey was found to have arrest warrants out of Umatilla and Clackamas County for failing to appear in court. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail and was lodged on $475,000 bail.


SANDY:

18 2017-706

On 04/21/2017 at 1503 hrs., police responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Bluff Road and Mercella Court. No injuries were noted and no citations were issued.

18 2017-708

On 04/21/2017 at 2336 hrs., police responded to a call involving a suspected DUII being followed. The vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Redmond D. Crawford (25, of Boring) was arrested for DUII. Crawford was transported to the Sandy Police Department, where he was cited and released to his father.

18 2017-707

On 04/22/2017 at about 0045 hrs., police received a runaway juvenile report. At 1207 hrs., the juvenile was located.

18 2017-709

On 04/22/2017 at about 0703 hrs., police issued a trespass warning to an individual, permanently barring him from a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26.

18 2017-710

On 04/22/2017 at 1240 hrs., Matthew C. Sofich (40, of Damascus) was arrested in the 39000 block of Evans Street as he had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was issued by Multnomah County for Possession of Heroin with a zero bail. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

18 2017-712

On 04/22/2017 at 1722 hrs., police responded to a business in the 16600 block of 362nd Drive regarding a subject who was trespassing. The subject was contacted and issued a trespass notice for the business. The subject was also taken to Mt Hood Medical Center on a mental health hold.

18 2017-714

On 04/24/2017 at about midnight, an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle leaving the area of a construction site on Chula Vista Drive. A 17 year old juvenile and an 18 year old adult were found in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. A citation was issued at the scene. This report will be forwarded to the juvenile department for a MIP-Marijuana charge.
Milwaukie is named a Tree City USA for the first time
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/24/17 8:10 AM
(MILWAUKIE, Ore.) -- This month Milwaukie is joining for the first time 60 other Oregon cities in having earned the title of Tree City USA. The Oregon Department of Forestry bestows the Tree City USA designation on Oregon communities in partnership with Oregon Community Trees and with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

Milwaukie was honored with the Tree City USA designation for strongly supporting its urban forest in four key areas:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree protection ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of ODF's Urban and Community Forestry program, said Milwaukie was one of three Oregon cities earning a Tree City USA title for the first time this year. The other two are Roseburg in southern Oregon and Falls City in Polk County.

"Milwaukie has worked for a few years now toward becoming a Tree City USA," said Ramstad. "This honor reflects tremendous commitment and teamwork to supporting a healthy, thriving urban forest."

Ramstad said Milwaukie has adopted a number of best practices for urban forestry. "For example, to help residents avoid damage to sewers, sidewalks and powerlines the city has an approved list of street trees whose mature size will be appropriate for the planting site," she noted.

The city celebrated on April 22 with a ceremonial planting of an Oregon white oak at Water Tower Park and the giving away of 200 free native tree seedlings.

"Trees are a critical component of a survivable future," said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. "In cities they provide food, reduce heat-island effects, sequester carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. Economists have proven that trees increase individual property values. Well-treed neighborhoods have lower crime rates and healthier human birth outcomes. For those and many other reasons, we are very proud to become a Tree City USA and will work to increase the livability of our city through a robust tree-planting and stewardship program."

"Becoming a Tree City USA is a big step for Milwaukie and honors the livability our community enjoys," said Mitch Nieman, staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board. "We couldn't have achieved this recognition without Milwaukie's appreciation for its tree canopy and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, especially Lynn Sharp, who advocated for green spaces and recently passed away."

Milwaukie has a long tradition of appreciating trees. The mayor's gavel is made from the wood of one of pioneer Seth Lewelling's original peach trees, which arrived as a seedling from China in 1869 and grew on the same block as Milwaukie City Hall until it was removed in the 1980s due to disease and rot.

Dozens of long-lived giant sequoias from California were planted in the area of Oatfield Road starting as early as the 1890s. The imposing conifers were designated as heritage trees in 2008 by the Oregon Heritage Tree Commission. McLoughlin Boulevard near downtown is also lined with giant sequoias.

In 1962 the City Council christened Milwaukie "The Dogwood City of the West." At the same time, council members named the dogwood flower as Milwaukie's official floral emblem.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Three Fires within a Few Minutes Test Longview, Cowlitz, and Kalama Fire (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/24/17 2:08 AM
Fire From the Front
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On Sunday April 23rd at 7:11 PM Longview and Cowlitz Fire were dispatched to a conveyor fire at North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) 3001 Industrial Way. Fire crews were fighting a hard to reach fire hidden within a conveyor housing.

While four fire units tended to the NORPAC Fire, a garage fire was reported at 1550 S Ash Street, in Kelso. As Fire Crews were enroute to the Ash Street Fire tones rang again across the dispatch channel, this time requesting resources from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, Kalama, and Castle Rock for a structure fire at 631 23rd Ave, in Longview. Dispatchers advised crews that there were multiple reports of three (3) people trapped inside the structure.
With all Longview Fire Units committed to the NORPAC, the incident commander released one company, as all the other fire companies responding would have at least a ten minute response time.

The first Longview Engine arrived within 6 minutes and described heavy fire from the basement and main level of the single story home. They also received reports from Longview Police that all victims were out of the home, but two needed possible EMS treatment. AMR arrived shortly thereafter and tended to the victims, which were more overwhelmed than injured.
The fire proved to be a suborn to extinguish, requiring multiple hose lines battling the blaze from multiple locations as well as the use of the 'Deck Gun', a Master Stream appliance capable of flowing 1500 gallons per minute.

Firefighters learned that as many as six people occupied the structure, and the home was occupied by three when the fire erupted. Two of the tenants escaped via the front door, but one victim ultimately had to escape from a basement window, after she climbed back into the home to save her dog. Two other dogs and two cats were not accounted for after the fire and are presumed to have not escaped the fire.

Coincidently, the Garage Fire on S Ash was small and required limited resources, and fortunately those available resources were able to assist on the 23rd Ave Fire. A total of four engines, one truck, one medic unit, one ambulance, and two Battalion Chiefs from Longview, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, and Kalama Fire were utilized for the 23rd Ave Fire.

Although PUD had secured power to the residence, one firefighter received multiple electrical shocks caused from the occupant's use of a generator for power, and one firefighter sustained an ankle injury. No civilians were transported. Longview Fire and Police are jointly investigating the fire, and have not yet determined the origin or cause of the fire. The home sustained severe structural damage and is considered a total loss, with damage estimates of $100,000.00. The Red Cross was called to provide victim assistance.
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Sun. 04/23/17
Missing College Student (Photo)
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/23/17 9:16 PM
Daniel Mellers Photo
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Today, April 23, 2017, at 1pm an officer from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department took a missing person's report on 21 year old Daniel Mellers. He is from Colorado and attends George Fox University in Newberg.

Daniel was last seen at around 10:15pm Saturday night when he told his roommates he was going to walk to a local convenience store to purchase some soda. When he did not return they became concerned and went to look for him. This morning he still had not returned so his roommates were able to contact Daniels parents who also live in Colorado.

It was reported that Daniel was last seen wearing a maroon hoody sweatshirt and blue jeans. An officer contacted his cell phone provider which showed his phone was in Sherwood. NDPD then contacted Sherwood PD to have them check the area but they were unable to locate Daniel.

Daniel does have a Grey, 2012, Toyota, Corolla with Colorado License Plate, QFS868. It is supposed to be at a repair shop but we have not been able to confirm where.

If anyone see's Daniel please contact your local police department. Daniel has been entered into LEDS as a missing person. He is described as 5'-11'', about 185 lbs.


Attached Media Files: Daniel Mellers Photo