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03/03/15
Missing Endangered Adult (Photo)
Gladstone Police - 03/03/15
Oswaldo Coraquillo-Zuniga
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The Gladstone Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing endangered adult. Oswaldo Coraquilla-Zuniga, 75 years old, walked away from his relatives home at about 3:00 pm in Gladstone near Collins Crest St. Oswaldo suffers from Dementia and is from Peru, does not speak English and is not familiar with the area. Oswaldo has a dark complexion, is bald, about 5'4" 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket with black fur collar, grey sweatpants, white socks and brown slippers. Oswaldo has no money or phone and no other relatives in the area. If you see Oswaldo contact the Gladstone Police Department at 503-655-8211.

UPDATE:
Oswaldo was found safe with a relative. We are no longer looking for Oswaldo.


Attached Media Files: Oswaldo Coraquillo-Zuniga
PF&R Fireboat Pulls Jumper from the Willamette
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/03/15
3/3/2015-This afternoon at 4:23 PM Portland Fire responded to the Steel Bridge. Witnesses reported that a woman had jumped from the bridge and was in the water. A fireboat from nearby Station 21 arrived and found the woman floating unconscious. She was pulled from the water as she began to submerge.

The patient was taken to the dock at Station 21 and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation. The woman regained consciousness as she was moved into the ambulance.

If you or a loved one are having a mental health crisis please call:

Portland & Multnomah County
Crisis Line

Multnomah County Department of
Community & Family Services

24 hours / 7 days

(503) 988-4888
1-800-716-9769

Also TTY, 711, & AT&T Language Line Access
Red Cross Responds to Silverton Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/03/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a single family fire in the 3000 block of Victor Point Rd. NE in Silverton, OR. This event affected two adults, four children and a dog. Red Cross provided food, clothing, health services, and information about disaster mental health and recovery services.

Emergency preparedness is important. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/03/15
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The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, March 9.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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Salem Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges with Juvenile Female (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
Arthur Chavez
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On November 30, 2014, Salem Police Detectives arrested 39-year old Arthur Nigel Chavez of Salem on five counts of Rape in the Second Degree and one count of Sodomy in the First Degree. The charges stem from inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female who was known to him.

As the investigation progressed it was discovered that Chavez had been having contact with other juvenile females and was also an assistant girls basketball coach in the Salem Keizer Educational Foundation (SKEF) basketball league during the 1012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. SKEF is aware of the investigation and has been cooperating with detectives.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Chavez, the Salem Police Department as asking anyone who is aware of any inappropriate contact between Chavez and juvenile females to contact Salem Police Detective Dustin Wann at 503-540-2462.


Attached Media Files: Arthur Chavez
Burglary investigation by multi-agency taskforce leads to 12 arrests. (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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Arrested:
Stephanie Ann Wheeler-Davey, age 30 of no known address.
Multiple burglary and theft charges. Additional charges of Burglary, Theft, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle pending. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $375,002.00.
Jason Patrick Owens, age 38 of Newport.
Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of Methamphetamine within 1000 ft. of a school. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $500,000.00.
Shane Michael Walls, age 31 of Newport.
Burglary I, Theft I, Tampering with Evidence. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $200,000.00.
Tanya Marie Schriver, age 40 of Newport.
Probation Violation. Additional charges pending. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with no bail authorized.
Shannon Uretta Thomas, age 29 of Lincoln City.
Probation Violation. Additional charges pending. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with no bail authorized.
Jason Alton Gemkow, age 36 of Newport.
Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of Weapon. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $150,000.00.
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Chelsey Ann Allen, age 41 of Newport.
Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of Weapon. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $150,000.00.
Gabriel Phillip Eric Evans, age 23 of Newport.
Multiple Burglary and Theft-related charges. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $250,000.00.
Erin Swinford, age 32 of Newport.
Burglary and Theft-related charges. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $200.000.00.
Christopher Michael White, age 27 of Newport.
Multiple Burglary and Theft-related charges, Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of Methamphetamine, two Failure to Appear warrants, and a Parole Violation. Currently lodged in Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $500,000.00.
Tyler Jacob Milbert, age 26 of Newport.
Probation Violation.
Joshua Michael Sanders, age 23 of no known address.
Failure to Appear Warrant issued from Multnomah County.

Details: During the month of February 2015, the Newport Police Department noticed a severe spike in reported burglaries and car break-ins. On February 20, 2015, Newport Police Officers arrested Stephanie Wheeler-Davey, age 30 of no known address, when she was found in possession of a reported stolen Toyota Tundra. When Wheeler-Davey was arrested, she was in possession of several articles of stolen property. The investigation led Officers to discover that Wheeler-Davey was responsible for other car thefts, burglaries, and car break-ins.

On February 23, 2015 the Newport Police Department assembled a task force comprised of officers from the Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County Parole
and Probation. Task force investigators began following leads, and uncovered several suspects involved in burglaries, thefts, and drug-related crimes.

A search warrant was executed at a residence in Newport, where methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a significant amount of stolen property was found. As a result of the search warrant, Jason Owens, age 38 of Newport, was arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

Task force investigators then served a search warrant at another residence in Newport, and recovered property that was reported stolen from a residential burglary in Newport. As a result of the search warrant, Shane Walls, age 31 of Newport, was arrested on burglary and theft-related charges. Investigators also found that Walls attempted to destroy evidence that linked him to the burglary. Investigators found additional stolen property that Walls had attempted to conceal from investigators.

Task force investigators then executed a search warrant at a third Newport residence, and found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, weapons, and an explosive device. As a result of the search warrant, Jason Gemkow, age 36 of Newport, and Chelsey Allen, age 41 of Newport, were arrested on multiple drug-related and weapons-related charges.

As a result of the task force members' contact with many persons, arrests were made of Tyler Milbert, age 26 of Newport, on a Parole and Probation Detainer, and Joshua Sanders, age 23 of no known address, on a Failure to Appear Warrant.

In addition to the task force-related investigations, Gabriel Evans, age 23 of Newport, was arrested for a burglary that was reported in January 2015. Evans burglarized the City of Newport Wastewater Treatment Facility and stole several thousand dollars' worth of scientific instruments.
Also during the investigation, officers located Christopher White, age 27 of Newport, who had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. White was located in a local motel room, where he was unlawfully staying. During the contact, Officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. In addition to the warrants, White was arrested for Burglary and multiple drug-related crimes.

Task force investigators continue to follow-up additional leads, and to process property recovered during the investigation. Several articles of property have been recovered that had not been previously reported. Residents are encouraged to report crimes of burglary and car break-ins as soon as possible.
As a result of the investigation, task force investigators have linked more than 20 cases to the 12 subjects arrested. Additional cases are expected to be cleared as the investigation continues.

Task force investigators found that many of the car break-ins were the result of unlocked vehicles. The Newport Police Department encourages the public to secure their vehicles and homes. The public is also encouraged to not leave such valuable items as purses, wallets, and electronics in their vehicles. Visible items in vehicles make an attractive target to would-be thieves.

The Newport Police Department encourages citizens to inventory their valuables. In the event that personal property is stolen or damaged, the ability to report the specifics of your property is extremely helpful. Taking inventory may be a time-consuming project, but is vital to proving ownership and identifying stolen or lost items. There are a variety of options to consider when itemizing your valuables. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has developed an application for both the Android and iPhone. The application is called MyHome Scr.APP.book. Citizens are encouraged to review the application, and consider documenting and itemizing valuables.

It is important to remember that there is not an application for preventing crime. However, being able to provide important serial numbers to law enforcement allows stolen property to be entered into a national database. Use of the database increases the chance of your stolen property being returned if it is recovered.


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Senate Bill 324 A Will Hurt Oregon Agriculture (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/03/15
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SALEM,Ore., (03/03/2015) - As the house gets ready to take a look at Senate Bill 324 A, more commonly referred to as the low carbon fuel standard bill, agricultural organizations express their concerns over SB 324 A to Oregonians.

Jenny Dresler, government affairs associate for the Oregon Farm Bureau, said that while they can't be certain of what environmental benefits SB 324 A would bring, they likely won't be substantial. In addition to uncertainty of the bills effectiveness, "the funds raised by the program will not fund critical infrastructure or road improvements." Dresler said.

The bill would hit Oregon's agriculture industry hard. Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "On estimate, this could raise fuel costs 4 cents to $1 per gallon." Rosa explains that this causes a huge impact on ranchers in rural Oregon because of the distance they are forced to drive for basic needs. "Many legislatures on the West part of the state may not understand that," Rosa said.

Dresler adds that any increase in transportation costs would harm all agricultural businesses. "It, (SB 324 A), would increase the cost of doing business in Oregon and make Oregon agriculture less competitive," she said.

Jim Welsh, political advocate for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association brings up another concern lawmakers should take into account. "We don't have the technology for manufacturing and blending ethanol at the volumes we will need," Welsh said. "The land acreage needed to grow the crops necessary for ethanol production will be transferred from food crops for humans and food animals." He believes this could eventually result in a food shortage in Oregon.

Welsh said there are other ways to lower the carbon emissions, but that SB 324 A is not the best option. "Reducing forest fires and replanting trees and plants on burned over forest and range lands as fast as possible is a good way to reduce carbon emissions," he said. Wildfires have been a significant problem in Oregon the last couple years.

At this point in time, Dresler encourages concerned Oregonians to immediately write to their house member and let them know their opposition to SB 324 A. "SB 324 A would raise fuel prices, impacting Oregon's families and small businesses," Dresler said. "Oregonians need policies that encourage job growth." The bill is scheduled for a vote on the House floor tomorrow.

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

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Update:Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/03/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Francisco Marcelo Flores (DOB 02-06-1954) of Portland, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death as drowning. There were no indications of foul play. The investigation is continuing.

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On Sunday March 1, 2015 at approximately 3:42 p.m. a fisherman reported spotting a body along the east bank of the Willamette River north of the Fremont Bridge. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and located the body of a deceased adult male just after 4:00 p.m. along the east bank of the Willamette River near N. Port Center Way.

MCSO River Patrol recovered the body and transported it to the Willamette River Patrol Office. Both MCSO detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Salem starts search for new city manager
City of Salem - 03/03/15
Salem is quickly moving ahead in its search to find a new city manager. Waldron & Company, an executive search firm, has been hired by the city under a $25,000 contract, city officials said.

Waldron will use its huge network of contacts, as well as advertising and social media, to recruit candidates for the city's top management position. The recruitment firm will also assist Salem City Council in creating a list of qualifications, or profile, for the next city manager.

Waldron will screen job candidates for qualifications and perform initial background checks. The finalists will be interviewed by the council.

Mina Hanssen, human resources director for the city, said she expects it will take about 12 weeks to locate viable candidates and make a final selection. If all goes smoothly, she said, a new city manager could be hired by late August.

Waldron & Company was chosen by the city, in part, because of its familiarity with the Northwest market, Hanssen said. The search firm has offices in Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Boise.

In February, Salem City Manager Linda Norris announced her retirement. Her annual salary is currently about $167,500.

Kacey Duncan, the city's deputy city manager, will fill the city's manager's job on an interim basis starting March 31.

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Happy Valley Police arrest two following burglary at vacant home containing stolen car; additional tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/03/15
Stolen Honda found in garage
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Please reference CCSO Case # 15-6127

On Monday, March 2, 2015, Happy Valley Police arrested two suspects accused of burglarizing a vacant home in Happy Valley.

At approximately 7:18 a.m. on March 2, a vigilant neighbor called 911 to report a possible burglary in progress. A suspect red Ford Explorer had pulled into the garage of the vacant home in Happy Valley.

A few minutes later, Chief Shane Strangfield of the Happy Valley Police arrived and staged in the area.

A minute later, a suspect vehicle -- matching the caller description and reportedly lacking a front license plate -- drove past Chief Strangfield. He began to follow in his vehicle.

"The suspect vehicle immediately began to drive erratically in the road," wrote Chief Strangfield in his incident report, "pulling right into driveways, like it was going to stop, then would quickly jerk back left into the roadway and continue to drive north.... In my experience ... this behavior typically indicates a person is looking for a place to park the vehicle and flee on foot."

The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the roadway. When backup from the Happy Valley Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrived, two suspects were taken into custody.

Subsequent searches of the vehicle and suspects revealed a child's safety seat, a glass pipe, a pocket knife, a black bag containing multiple bolt-cutters and a crowbar, ID not belonging to either suspect, equipment used to monitor police broadcasts, and a stolen bin full of tools.

A search of the vacant address revealed a damaged lock-box, a spray-paint smell and strange painting on the garage-door windows. A stolen Honda was found parked in the vacant home's garage. Its owner has been contacted.

The 911 caller had told dispatchers about past problems with possible squatting at the vacant home. The notification by the vigilant neighbor, to police dispatch, was key to the apprehension of these two suspects.

The suspect driver -- Jay Brian Laneville, 34, of SE Portland -- initially told deputies the vacant home once belonged to his mother (it doesn't; the home is vacant, and an unrelated man appears on tax records for the home, and had given no one permission to be inside). At one point Laneville also reportedly told deputies that he and the suspect passenger -- Shana Brannen, 33, of SE Portland -- had previously parked at the address and engaged in sexual relations for thrills.

Suspects Jay Brian Laneville and Shana Brannen were arrested and booked in the Clackamas County Jail. Full arrest info:

SUSPECT 1:
Jay Brian Laneville
Full booking info: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015006127
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

SUSPECT 2
Shana Brannen
Full booking info: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015006138
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

Photos of the suspects, vehicle and inside of the vacant home are attached to this release.

Happy Valley PD is withholding the address of the vacant home to discourage further criminal activity in the area.

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

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with additional information on the activities of suspects is urged to contact us using 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 # 15-6127.

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Attached Media Files: Stolen Honda found in garage , Stolen Honda found in garage , Items found in vehicle , Items found in vehicle , Suspect Ford Explorer (note black tape used to cover license numbers) , Booking photo: Shana Brannen , Booking photo: Jay Brian Laneville
Beaverton Arts Commission Seeks Performers for Ten Tiny Dances 2015 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/03/15
Oluynka Akinjiola performs at Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances 2014. Photo by David Nguyen for City of Beaverton
Oluynka Akinjiola performs at Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances 2014. Photo by David Nguyen for City of Beaverton
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton Arts Commission (BAC) is seeking proposals from master-level choreographers and dancers to create and perform a dance as part of Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances(R) 2015. The event will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Presented in partnership with the Beaverton Farmers Market, Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event that features a wide variety of dancers who represent modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms. The 2015 event is supported by funding from the Oregon Community Foundation, Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation and City of Beaverton.


"Ten Tiny Dances has become an event you don't want to miss," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I hope you will all join me in the heart of our downtown to watch the incredible performances."
Now in its seventh year, Ten Tiny Dances is designed to engage audiences with unique performances and settings. The event guides the audience to explore creative convention through a blend of traditional ethnic art forms as well as contemporary forms.
To view the full call to artists guidelines and to apply for this event, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TTD. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Elaine Worden at eworden@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT TEN TINY DANCES(R)
Choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with an interesting concept in 2002. Ten Tiny Dances presents ten dance performances on a 4-by-4 foot stage, challenging the choreographers and dancers to use the limited space to fuel their creativity. Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances in a wide range of settings, from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants, and even on multiple stages, encouraging the audience to experience dance that has been created for a specific location.


ABOUT THE BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION
The Beaverton Arts Commission contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The BAC presents annual events such as Last Tuesdays, the Beaverton Arts Mix! and Ten Tiny Dances. In addition, the BAC leads public art projects, including Beaverton's mural program. For more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, call 503-526-2288 or the event information line at 503-526-2379.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption: Oluynka Akinjiola performs at Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances 2014. Photo by David Nguyen for City of Beaverton.


Attached Media Files: Oluynka Akinjiola performs at Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances 2014. Photo by David Nguyen for City of Beaverton
Mayor's Youth Advisory Board Seeks Applications, Hosts Youth Summit (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/03/15
MYAB delegates to the 2015 NLC conference
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Mayor's Youth Advisory Board (MYAB) is seeking applications for the 2015-16 school year. The approximately 30 members of MYAB are selected by the mayor from Beaverton-area schools to serve two-year terms. All Beaverton-area students currently in grades eight through eleven are welcome to apply.


MYAB promotes youth activism and community involvement, and reports to the mayor and city council on issues of concern to local students. MYAB also focuses on local community service. Past projects include supporting Washington County's Project Homeless Connect, hosting a "senior prom" at Maryville Nursing Home, collecting canned food on Halloween, and producing the Beaverton Teen Idol program to support HomePlate Youth Services.


"This is a great opportunity for students to share their voice with the city," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Members of MYAB provide an important perspective and a vital service to Beaverton."


Selected members of MYAB may also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., each year to participate in the National League of Cities conference and to collaborate with other youth delegates from across the country.


To apply to join MYAB, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/MYAB. Applications are due Monday, April 6, 2015.


This spring, MYAB is hosting the Beaverton Youth Summit on Friday, April 10 from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way. The theme of this year's free summit is building bridges and forming futures. Special guests Mayor Doyle, Beaverton School District Superintendent Jeff Rose, and Representative Suzanne Bonamici will be attending. Students can network with city professionals from public and private sectors, and enjoy pizza while making connections.


To learn more about MYAB or the youth summit, contact Kate Taylor, staff liaison, at mailboxmayorMYAB@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2227.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption 1: MYAB members participate in the Adopt-a-Road program. Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton.


Caption 2: Every spring, several MYAB members are selected to attend the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C. These are the 2015 participants. Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton.


Attached Media Files: MYAB delegates to the 2015 NLC conference , MYAB members participate in Adopt-a-Road
Salem Police Searching For Missing Elderly Male-UPDATE Subject located (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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March 3, 2015/2:15 pm


Edward Bakke has been located. At approximately 7:40 am this morning, a passerby located Mr Bakke on the ground near the intersection of Center St NE and Cottage St NE, apparently suffering from some type of medical problem. He was transported to Salem Hospital where he was identified and his family notified. No further information is available on his medical condition at this time.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for Mr Bakke.



A photo of Mr Bakke is attached


The Salem Police Department activated "A Child Is Missing" at approximately 9:30 pm on March 2 to assist in the search for 80-year old Edward L Bakke.

Mr Bakke left his residence near the intersection of March Ave NE and Hawthorne Ave NE at approximately 5:30 pm today to walk approximately 1/2 mile to the Target store on Center St NE near Lancaster Dr NE and he has not been seen since. Mr Bakke is described as a white male adult, approximately 6'00" tall and 155 lbs. He has white colored hair down to his neck, is unshaven and was last seen wearing khaki pants with a dark blue puffy jacket and a black colored beany cap with an eagle on the front. He walks in an upright posture. Mr Bakke has short-term memory issues and takes medication for seizures and has become confused and lost before.

Anyone with information as to Mr Bakke's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

The Salem Police Department is working to obtain a photo of Mr Bakke. It will be released as soon as possible.


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Kacey Duncan Will Serve As Interim City Manager (Photo)
City of Salem - 03/03/15
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Salem City Council has appointed an interim city manager. Kacey Duncan will temporarily fill the position being vacated by Salem City Manager Linda Norris, effective March 31.

Duncan has served as deputy city manager for two and a half years. He began working for the city of Salem in 2005 as a management analyst. He previously was the city's franchise administrator and assistant to the city manager. Duncan has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in accounting.

In February, Norris announced that she was retiring in March. The process of recruiting a new city manager has started.

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Oregon Coffee Roaster Inc suffers loss of inventory after fire, no injuries.
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 03/03/15
NORTH PLAINS, OR - One plastic 55-gallon barrel of chaffe from freshly-roasted coffee beans smoldered and burned inside the warehouse of Oregon Coffee Roaster Inc at 31830 NW Commercial St in North Plains.

The incident occurred between the hours of 7:30PM Monday evening when owner left the warehouse, and 6:40AM when the first employee arrived for work the following morning to find the entire building full of smoke. The fire burned inside the warehouse where the two roasting furnaces are located and the entire coffee bean inventory is stored.

Heat and smoke destroyed electrical outlets, a section of the wall and ceiling, as well as damage to the floor in the immediate vicinity of where the barrel of chaffe was located. Heavy smoke inside the facility caused damage to the estimate of $100K or more.

Fortunately the fire burned itself out and did not spread.
Because the fire occurred after business hours and died out on its own, no one was aware the fire had occurred until the next morning because there were no smoke or heat detectors installed to give any warning.

Washington County Fire District 2 wants to remind citizens of the importance of having working smoke alarms.
For residential dwellings, install smoke detectors outside of sleeping areas on every level inside your home, and for maximum protection, inside each bedroom.
Additionally, when a fire is discovered, evacuate the home or building immediately, call 9-1-1 and don't return to the structure.
Deputies and Detectives on Scene of Shooting Outside Local Tavern ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/03/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office has been able to interview the victim in last Friday Nights shooting. The victim in this case was an innocent bystander in a shooting that took place between two males who exchanged gunfire with each other, just outside of the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking anyone with information or video from last Friday night, in the area of Glendale Ave NE, Lancaster Drive NE and Devonshire Ave NE. If you have surveillance video or information please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
This is a very active criminal investigation and the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding the incident or victim at this point.


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Details in this investigation are coming very slowly due to the fact the victim in last nights shooting was rushed into surgery and is recovering from that operation. Detectives intend to interview him today and we anticipate a release with further details sometime later this evening.

An additional photograph has been added to this release.

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Tonight at about 10:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, located at 3082 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. When they arrived they found a male victim who had been shot, just outside the tavern.

The male has been transported to the Salem Hospital in what deputies describe as serious condition. Very little details are available regarding the shooting and because of the condition of the victim, a suspect description has not been obtained.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding tonight's incident to call our non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident tonight. A release containing additional details will be made available sometime tomorrow afternoon.


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City Adopts New Logo, Tagline and Branding Strategy (Photo)
City of Wilsonville - 03/03/15
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WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Wilsonville City Council adopted a new branding strategy that includes a new logo, tagline and positioning statement for the City. The logo is topped by "Wilsonville" in a font that aims to keep a historic feel, while looking forward to the future. The new logo prominently features a symbol resembling a "W" which signifies both Wilsonville and also implies a valley surrounded by mountains and trees. The symbol uses shades of both light and dark green, giving a nod to the city's prior logo representing the city's agricultural roots and proximity to verdant valleys. The City's new tagline, "Powered by Purpose," replaces the prior tagline, "Serving the community with pride." Anchoring the logo is a water droplet signifying the important role the Willamette River plays in both Wilsonville's history, as a river-town and home to the Boones Ferry, and the City's future.

A key element of the City's new branding strategy is a positioning statement that is based on numerous interviews of stakeholders and community leaders. The statement attempts to capture Wilsonville's history, as well as, express the City's unique positioning and offerings. Here is the City's new positioning statement:

To modern-day pioneers seeking a small town community with accessibility to big city benefits, Wilsonville is the purpose-driven city that provides a safe and thriving home to businesses, families, and residents alike.

In reflecting on the City's new branding strategy, Mayor Tim Knapp states, "Several decades after first incorporation, Wilsonville is growing into a strong community prized by residents and business alike. The time has come for the City to refresh our image to better reflect the bright future and impressive potential our community has to offer, while acknowledging our agricultural roots and geographic advantages. Our new tagline, 'Powered by Purpose,' captures the thoughtful planning approach that has come to characterize our City and has brought Wilsonville to this favorable position. I look forward to seeing this fresh vision used to communicate the opportunities and values Wilsonville offers to citizens, business, industry, and to interested people throughout the region and beyond," continued Mayor Knapp.

"Our new branding strategy and identity helps the City better communicate in a modern fashion Wilsonville's unique attributes and opportunities. It will make us more effective as we market our community to residents, businesses and visitors," states City Manager Bryan Cosgrove.

The City's new branding and identity replaces the original logo, which was adopted in the '70s, depicting a hand holding a seedling and a tagline of "Serving the community with pride," as well as all other versions of the City's logo that are currently in use. Over the past five months, members of the City leadership team have worked closely with a Portland-based branding and marketing firm, Manifesto, to conduct research, interview community leaders, draft a positioning statement, and develop the logo and tagline. Creation of a new branding identity for the City represents the completion of a City Council goal that was suggested during both the economic-development and tourism-development strategies formation.

Over the next year the City will gradually replace current versions of the logo in place throughout the community on City vehicles, signs, printed material and other places where prior versions of the logo and tagline are in use. The Wilsonville Public Library and the City Parks and Recreation Department are also gradually transitioning to the new logo, while South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) will retain their unique identity.

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State of the City Address to focus on children and families
City of Gresham - 03/03/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Shane T. Bemis will deliver his annual State of the City Address tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.

The speech, considered one of Gresham's signature civic events, begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Gresham Public Safety and Schools Building located at 1331 N.W. Eastman Pkwy. The speech is delivered to an audience of City Councilors, community leaders and residents.

This year's speech will focus on children, families and the delivery of opportunities that cultivate livability, safety and prosperity in Gresham. The City has seen success in the past year, ranging from the opening of the enormously popular Children's Fountain to the creation of the Summer Kids in the Park program, but while there are still unmet needs, there are still big goals on the horizon. Bemis' address will include a call to action, summoning the collective commitment and courage of the Gresham community to push forward, continue defying the status quo, and make real progress.

"I feel deeply that the hallmark of a strong community is the provision of opportunity for children and families," Bemis said. "Our schools, youth engagement, and community amenities will become increasingly important areas for our passion and focus."

The general public is encouraged to attend the State of the City Address, including a pre-address reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.

MetroEast Community Media will videotape the event and a speech transcript will be posted at GreshamOregon.gov.

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PCC Foundation to host an out of this world gala (Photo)
PCC - 03/03/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Community College Foundation is aiming for a "mission accomplished" proclamation when its fourth annual fundraising gala "lifts off" Friday, April 10.

Set to take place at Pure Space (1035 N.W. Overton, Portland), this year's event - Lunar Landing: A Space Age Gala - begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program and dinner from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Annually, the gala attracts approximately 500 attendees from higher education, business and industry, as well as local elected officials, students, staff, faculty and alumni.

This year's retro, space theme underscores the era in which PCC first opened its doors in 1961. But the theme also serves as a metaphor for what is possible, according to Mary Kalafatis, managing director of PCC's Foundation.

"There was time, before 1969, when we didn't think a human could land on the moon - and we accomplished that. Similarly, there are students who don't have the money to attend college, making the idea of college outside their reach," said Kalafatis.

"The PCC Foundation can turn that around by raising funds for student scholarships at the annual gala. Thanks to the generosity of many, attending college becomes a viable possibility for students in need," she said.

Last year the fundraiser raised more than $300,000 for scholarships and student success initiatives, enabling hundreds of PCC students - many being the first in their families to attend college, and with deep financial need - to be supported in their academic pursuits. Since it began in 2012, the gala has raised nearly $1 million in financial support for more than 800 PCC scholars.

More than $100,000 already has been secured in sponsorships for this year's event from such allies as NW Natural, Intel Corporation, Vigor Industrial, and Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP, among many others.

"Thanks to the deep generosity of our friends and supporters, the PCC Foundation is able to create life-changing opportunities for students," said Kimberly Cooper, PCC Foundation board chair.

The gala's mission is both serious and meaningful - and fun. Junki and Linda Yoshida, founders of locally based Yoshida Foods International and avid proponents for community colleges, will again serve as the soiree's honorary co-chairs, infusing their energy and wit into the overall program. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1960s attire, and music will be provided by WaveSauce - a local band described as "inspired by the sounds of ocean surf, space-age science and technology, classic horror, and 1960s spy films."

A pillar of the event is the celebration of the PCC Patron Award. This year's recipients are Irving Levin and Stephanie Fowler of The Renaissance Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that creates educational opportunities, in part for first-generation, low-income students.

The Patron Award honors a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to PCC to ensure access to education for students. Through The Renaissance Foundation, Levin and Fowler support PCC's Future Connect Scholarship Program with advising "wraparound services" for Future Connect students, also called Renaissance Scholars. Additionally, The Renaissance Foundation is backing a new student-mentoring program at PCC's Cascade Campus. The Cascade African American Men's Scholar Project matches 10 mentors and 30 students, providing a paid leadership experience. Those who complete the program are eligible for transfer scholarships or the opportunity to apply for them.

"The support and investment of The Renaissance Foundation in PCC students, especially those in need of financial assistance the most, goes straight to the College's mission of creating access," said Jeremy Brown, president of Portland Community College.

"We could not have chosen a more deserving recipient for this year's Patron Award honors," he said.

For more information about the PCC Foundation and this year's gala, visit: http://www.pcc.edu/foundation/events/gala/


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

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


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Hudson's Bay High School is Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/03/15
A unique solution to the problem of cardboard waste has catapulted Hudson's Bay High School first to the Washington state award and now into the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Hudson's Bay is one of the top 15 schools from across the country competing to earn a $120,000 technology grant for their work in science, technology, engineering and math. Hudson's Bay, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students in the school's Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services program, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

Each of the 15 national finalist schools created a video to promote their project. Hudson's Bay's video can be viewed at www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/project/washington-a-delicious-way-to-recycle.html .

The public can support Hudson's Bay in the following ways:

* By voting daily for the Hudson's Bay video until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
* By using the hashtags #SolveTeamHBHS and #SamsungSolve in tweets and in posts on Facebook and Instagram until March 25, 2015. The school with the highest combined total of posts and tweets using those two hashtags will receive a special reward.

From the top 15, the field will be narrowed to five national winners. The number of votes on videos will decide one contestant; Samsung employees will select another; and a panel of judges will choose the other three during an in-person event where the 15 national finalists will present their projects.

All five national winners will each receive a $120,000 technology grant and be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Suspect Wanted in Armed Robbery (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at approximately 11:00pm, Tualatin officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the 76 Gas Station convenience store, located at 7004 SW Nyberg Street, in Tualatin.

The store employee reported that the suspect presented a knife and demanded money. The employee recognized the suspect as a former employee named Dalton Christopher Newman, 18 years of age, of Tualatin. During the incident Mr. Newman wore a red hooded sweatshirt like the one shown in the booking photo attached.

Mr. Newman got away with an undisclosed amount of money and is wanted by police for First Degree Robbery. Tualatin Police are asking for the public's help in finding him.

Mr. Newman is to be considered armed and dangerous. Police ask that you call 9-1-1 if you see him.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call Detective Jill Chapman at 503-915-3895.

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UPDATE: Bomb Squad clears area near U.S. Bank in Woodburn
Woodburn Police - 03/03/15
The Oregon State Bomb Squad has cleared the area near U.S. Bank in Woodburn. The suspicious package was a woman's suitcase that was accidentally left behind.

All businesses in the area have been re-opened.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/03/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3 Percent--Lowest Since July 2008

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent in December. January's rate was the lowest since July 2008. This continues the trend of decline we've seen since May 2009, when Oregon's rate peaked at 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year ago.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 7,600--the fourth time in five months we've added more than 6,000 jobs. In addition to Oregon's continued economic growth, January weather was unusually mild, which allowed many outdoor industries, particularly construction, to keep more workers on the job than they might usually at this time of year.

Employment set another record level in January and rose 55,600 above a year ago, a 3.3 percent increase. Oregon's private sector grew by 49,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. Meanwhile, government expanded by 6,500 jobs or 2.2 percent.

The fastest growing of the major private-sector industries each grew by at least 4 percent over the year: retail trade (+8,000 jobs or 4.1%); manufacturing (+7,000 jobs or 4.0%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2,600 jobs or 4.6%); and professional and business services (+13,100 jobs or 6.1%). Several component industries within professional and business services expanded at very rapid rates of near 6 percent or more, including computer systems design, management of companies, administrative services, and employment services.

Putting Oregon's employment growth into perspective, the rate of growth has steadily accelerated over the past few years: jobs grew 1.4 percent in 2012, 2.4 percent in 2013, and 3.3 percent in the past 12 months. This most recent over the-year growth of 3.3 percent is the fastest pace since June 2006. Other than brief periods during 2004 through 2006, the last time Oregon jobs grew faster was the four-year period ending in July 1997 when Oregon averaged 4.0 percent growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the January county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 10th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for February on Tuesday, March 17th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources. This press release incorporates, for the first time, the annual revisions to the data for 2014 and prior years.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Sublimity Middle School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 03/03/15
Kaitlin Sandall, a seventh-grader at Sublimity Middle School (North Santiam School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Kaitlin is the second of three students statewide whose stories will be featured in videos on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org

In the video, Kaitlin describes how for the past year she has faced a new diagnosis that she is diabetic. Kaitlin hopes to use her education to move into a career allowing her to help other diabetics or search for a cure for the disease. She also shares how she expresses herself through writing and dance.

"Education means a lot to me because it just helps me think, 'I can do this. I'm not going to fail. I've got this,'" she said.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Bomb Squad investigating suspicious package in Woodburn
Woodburn Police - 03/03/15
Woodburn police officers have responded to a suspicious package near U.S. Bank. The Oregon State Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate. Residents are asked to avoid the area until the scene has been cleared. The parking lot around U.S. Bank and McCully Realty is closed.

More updates to follow later today.
Three defendants sentenced for gang related shooting spree
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/03/15
On February 26, 2015, Anthony Pena, Pablo Serrano, and juvenile David Hernandez-Fragua were sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for their involvement in a gang related shooting spree that occurred in Salem on November 25, 2014. Two individuals were shot and injured during the spree. Anthony Pena and David Hernandez-Fragua were also sentenced for two other incidents that occurred on November 28, 2014 and December 6, 2014, respectively.

On November 25, 2014, Pena drove Serrano and Hernandez-Fragua to the residence of a rival gang member in Northeast Salem. Witnesses reported that Serrano fired at the rival gang member, hitting him twice. Later that same night, as Pena drove the trio, they spotted a second rival gang member who was walking on Sunnyview Road. Serrano then shot at the rival gang member, striking and wounding him. The trio then returned to the scene of the first shooting and fired a single shot in the direction of three people standing outside, hitting a parked car.

None of the suspects were immediately apprehended, but the Salem Police Gang Enforcement Team continued to investigate the case. Three days later, on November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," Pena and Serrano approached two individuals at Lancaster Mall and Pena pointed a loaded firearm at them, telling them, "I just want to cap somebody today." Police were notified and captured Pena and Serrano outside the mall after a brief chase. During the chase, Pena discarded a firearm and ammunition but it was recovered. It was not the same caliber firearm involved in the November 25, 2014 shootings.

Anthony Pena, 20, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. For these crimes, Pena was sentenced to 24 and ?1/2 years in prison. Pena will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Pablo Serrano, 19, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder with a Firearm and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. Serrano was sentenced to 15 and ?1/2 years in prison. Serrano will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

David Hernandez, 16, the only juvenile offender, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder in adult court and was sentenced to 90 months in prison. His sentence will be served at the direction of the Oregon Youth Authority and he will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Hernandez also pled guilty in adult court to Assault in the First Degree for stabbing and injuring a man on December 6, 2014. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison, to run concurrently with the sentence for Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

All three defendants are known gang members.
03/02/15
Man Arrested for Public Indecency in Library (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
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March 2, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Cornelius Library concerning a man acting strangely. The man was arrested and lodged in jail.

On March 2, 2015, at about 11:00 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, serving the city of Cornelius, were contacted by the city library who reported that a man earlier was at a table inside the library acting strangely. They said the man came in alone and appeared to be fondling his genitalia while sitting across a table from two unsuspecting young children. They presented video footage to the deputies that corroborated their suspicions.

The Sheriff's Deputies searched the area for the man who reportedly fled the library shortly after the incident. They were unable to locate the man but did obtain information concerning his identity. He was suspected to be a registered sex offender. The librarians were advised to call the Cornelius Police Department if the man returned.

At 4:10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called back to the library because the man returned and was sitting at a table. Sheriff's Deputies quickly responded and located David Duane Johnson, 46, from Cornelius. Mr. Johnson was confirmed as the man in the previous video and the registered sex offender. The investigation revealed that Mr. Johnson was fondling himself in the library in the previous incident.

David Johnson was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with Public Indecency and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, held on $10,000 bail. He was in violation of his registration for failing to update his residence information showing he now lives in Oregon.


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UPDATE: Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/02/15
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The victim in today's shooting in the Humboldt Neighborhood has been identified as 29-year-old Marquis Delon Chaney, a resident of the neighborhood.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy tomorrow to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about the homicide, including information learned on social media, should contact investigators on the case: Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416, mark.sponhauer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696, kristina.coffey@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday March 2, 2015, at 2:34 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at North Blandena Street and Commercial Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound and medical personnel determined that the victim was deceased.

Limited information at this point indicates that the suspect or suspects left the area after the shooting.

Homicide detectives, criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to begin an investigation into the shooting.

Interested media should stage on Commercial Avenue, South of the scene towards Alberta Street.

PIO is responding to the scene.

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Clark County Sheriff's Office Patrol Cars Rammed in Brush Prairie
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
On 3/02/15 at 4:04pm a deputy from the Clark County Sheriff's Office made a traffic stop in the Eastridge Business Park at 12115 NE 99th Street in Brush Prairie. When the deputy contacted the driver, Josh L. McCabe 33 of Vancouver, he refused to speak to him. McCabe refused to comply with the deputy in any way. The deputy called for back-up and as the cover officer was arriving, the deputy attempted to open McCabe's drivers door. McCabe locked the door, put the vehicle in reverse, and slammed into the front of the deputy's patrol car. McCabe sped through the parking lot, side-swiped a citizen's car, and then intentionally rammed the front of the arriving cover officer's patrol car. McCabe fled southeast into a residential neighborhood in the 9500 block of NE 134th Avenue. He abandoned the vehicle, a 1995 green Toyota Avalon, and was eventually captured on foot nearby.
McCabe was arrested and booked for Assault in the Second Degree. His driving privileges in the state of Washington were suspended in the first degree for a prior DUI conviction at the time. He was driving the involved vehicle without the state required interlock device. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this incident. No one was injured during this event, but there was significant property damage to two Sheriff's Office patrol cars, the car of a citizen, and the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was not registered to McCabe. The registered owner could not be contacted at the time of the press release.
Further charges related to Driving While Suspended or Revoked in the First Degree, Interlock Required, Hit and Run Attended, Hit and Run Unattended, and Felony Eluding are pending.
Red Cross Responds to Marion Co. Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/02/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon responded to a disaster that occurred on the 1200 block of Highland Avenue in Salem, OR. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kit, and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
New assistant principal for Kelso High School announced
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 03/02/15
Kelso, WA--Monday, March 2, 2015-- The Kelso School District has announced the appointment Christine McDaniel to the position of Kelso High School Assistant Principal. She will replace Lacey DeWeert who temporarily filled the role for the 2014-2015 school year. McDaniel will start as Kelso High School Assistant Principal on July 1, 2015.

McDaniel served as a teacher in the Kelso School District beginning in 1996 and has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. McDaniel has held a number of leadership roles including but not limited to: TPEP Professional Development/Instructional Support Coordinator, Instructional Framework Specialist for OSPI/ESD112, Common Core/WS Learning Standards professional development facilitator, and assists with implementation of the PBIS system of behavior intervention.

Kelso High School Principal John Gummel stated "We are fortunate to add Christine to our team. She brings a wealth of instructional knowledge along with a compassion for students and a willingness to dig right in and get to know 'the work'. I am excited about the immediate impact she will have on classroom instruction and supporting us in our journey of excellence."

McDaniel earned her Bachelors Degree in 1995 and her Masters in Teaching in 1996, both from Washington State University. She is a lifelong resident of Cowlitz County, a graduate of Kelso High School and married with three sons.

"This is an exciting time for me both professionally and personally," explains McDaniel. "It is with great enthusiasm that I approach this position knowing I will play a role in continuing the longstanding tradition of excellence in education at Kelso High School. As a KHS graduate myself, becoming the Assistant Principal has brought me full circle."

The Kelso School District congratulates Christine McDaniel!

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Transient Caught Masturbating in Yard of Tualatin Residence
Tualatin Police Dept. - 03/02/15
On Monday, March 2, 2015 at approximately 10:15am, Tualatin officers responded to a report of a male masturbating in the side yard of a residence located in the 21000 block of SW 91st Ave, in Tualatin.

The homeowner described the suspect as a black male adult, in his 30's. A short time later, Tualatin officers located the male, identified as Kevin Flot, 34 years of age. Mr. Flot admitted to the act and was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. Flot was lodged in the Washington County Jail and was charged with Public Indecency and 2nd Degree Trespass.

Nothing further at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/858/82304/15-0606.pdf
Suspicious Device Found Near Rural Newberg Church (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
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On Monday, March 02, at about 1:00 p.m., Newberg Public Works employees called in a suspicious device located in a vacant lot adjacent to the North Valley Friends Church located in 4000 block of N. College Street in rural Newberg. The device was near a fire hydrant and estimated to be approximately 75 yards north of the Church building near the North Valley Friends Public Trail.

Officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded and secured the area and were joined by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies a short time later. Traffic was blocked off at entry and egress of the parking lot. No highway traffic was affected and the Church was not evacuated. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit was notified and responded.

The device, constructed with what appeared to be a capped metal pipe with a fuse attached, was located at the base of a fire hydrant. It was rendered safe and the components were collected to be examined later by the Explosives Unit. It appears at this time the device was viable, but based on the condition of the device, may have been at the location for an extended period of time. Further examination will be conducted by the Oregon State Police.

Manufacture of an Explosive Device, ORS 166.384, is a class C felony. At this time there is no suspect information available and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Russell Meade of the Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7506.


Attached Media Files: exp device
City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
New hydroelectric turbine cuts power costs; made possible by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and Energy Trust of Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. -- March 2, 2015 -- Today the City of Astoria unveiled a new hydroelectric turbine in its municipal water system. Located at the city's Bear Creek Reservoir water storage facility, the hydropower system will save the city an estimated $9,000 in annual energy costs. With expected annual generation of approximately 150,000 kilowatt hours, the equivalent to powering 16 homes, the turbine will offset the power usage of the city's water treatment plant, with excess generation sold to Pacific Power. The turbine began operating in March.

"I am thrilled that so many agencies and groups were able to come together to help get the city's first alternative energy project off the ground," said Arline LaMear, mayor, City of Astoria. "This project not only helps power the city with renewable energy, its construction supported the local economy by providing at least 25 jobs for 12 weeks. Hopefully there will be other projects in Astoria and in other communities."

The 30-kilowatt hydroelectric turbine project was made possible by a $169,000 funding award from customers of Pacific Power's Blue SkySM renewable energy program, $143,000 cash incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon, $88,000 from the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority and $50,000 from the City of Astoria. The project's total cost is estimated to be $450,000.

"Astoria residents may never see this turbine at work, but it will be generating power and saving them money every day," said Sheila Holden, regional community manager, Pacific Power. "Our Blue Sky customers helped fund the feasibility study in 2007 and made the investment along with Energy Trust, the city and other partners. This is the kind of innovative project Blue Sky customers love to help make possible." The project is one of over 75 renewable energy projects made possible with funding support from Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers in the Northwest.

"This is a great example of the opportunity municipalities have to generate electricity within their drinking water systems," said Peter West, director of energy programs, Energy Trust. The nonprofit has supported this project for over seven years. In addition to the cash incentive, Energy Trust provided $15,000 in project development assistance. Energy Trust is dedicated to supporting pressure reduction hydropower projects that conserve energy and provide revenue streams for small municipalities.

Legislation sponsored by Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson in 2013, SB 837, made it possible for small hydropower projects like Astoria's to comply with fish and wildlife permitting processes by paying into a fund supporting fish passage restoration efforts in Oregon.

"I am very pleased that Astoria's commitment brought this project to fruition," said Sen. Betsy Johnson. "I'm proud that collaboration with the legislature and Governor's office changed the law to accommodate in-conduit hydroelectric turbines throughout the state. I'm sure it will reap great benefits."

"The Bear Creek Dam project is a real reason to celebrate, because it demonstrates what can be accomplished with public/private partnerships," said Oregon State Rep. Deborah Boone. "As a longtime member of the Oregon House Energy Committee, I have a keen appreciation for the value of distributed generation, and this project is harnessing an untapped energy source that will provide dividends for years to come."

BLUE SKY: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified. About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

PACIFIC POWER: Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

ENERGY TRUST: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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MEDIA NOTE: Photos and potential video clips showing the hydropower system and March 2 dedication event are available for media use. Access the files here https://www.flickr.com/photos/53788443@N08/sets/72157650636998149/ or contact Sue Fletcher at 503-546-3618 or sue.fletcher@energytrust.org.
"If I were a Mayor, I would..." Contest Launched
City of Sherwood - 03/02/15
Sherwood Mayor Invites Sherwood Students to Participate

Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark invites all 4th through 12th grade students in the City of Sherwood to enter the Oregon Mayor's Association "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." contest. The deadline to submit an entry to City Hall is Friday, May 1st at 5:00 pm.

One lucky Sherwood winner in each age category will receive recognition from the Mayor and City Council at a City Council meeting, and appear in the city newsletter. All Sherwood winners go on to compete at statewide level for prizes and an invitation to the Oregon Mayors Conference award luncheon in Cottage Grove, Oregon in August. "As Mayor of a great community, I believe it is critical that we hear from all of our citizens, especially our youth," states Mayor Clark. "This statewide contest is another opportunity to highlight our talented, involved youth."

There are three grade-level contest categories:
* Grades 4 and 5 will compete in a poster contest.
* Grades 6 through 8 must submit an essay.
* Grades 9 through 12 will be asked for a digital media presentation (e.g. video, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.)

An entry form must accompany any contest entry. Contest forms and instructions are available on the City of Sherwood website at www.sherwoodoregon.gov

For further information about this contest, please contact Sylvia Murphy, City Recorder at 503.625.4246.
Visitor restrictions lifted at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital due to drop in flu cases
Salem Health - 03/02/15
Salem Health is no longer limiting patient visitors at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital. The number of patients testing positive for flu is declining.

"We've seen a noticeable drop in the number of patients both admitted with influenza and testing positive as an outpatient," said Julie Koch, infection prevention manager at Salem Health.

Since Jan. 2, Salem Health had signs posted near hospital entrances asking patients' families and friends to limit visitation to help prevent the spread of flu. Infection prevention leaders encourage the public and health care team to use common sense with respiratory etiquette, such as coughing into their elbow or sleeve.

"We will continue to closely watch flu activity in our community, though normally flu season is over by the end of March," said Koch. "We will reassess the situation if a resurgence of flu cases reappear."

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Enter to Win "If I Were Mayor..." Contest (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/02/15
2014 If I Were Mayor Winner Naidu
2014 If I Were Mayor Winner Naidu
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Beaverton students in fourth grade through high school can enter the "If I Were Mayor..." contest to win a $50 Visa gift card. The winners will go on to compete in a statewide competition for an iPad Air tablet, sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association.


Three winners will be chosen from the following categories:

* Elementary school (grades 4-5): Poster
* Middle school (grades 6-8): Essay
* High school (grades 9-12): Video or PowerPoint


The winner in each category will present their entry at the Tuesday, May 5 city council meeting and will then compete in the statewide competition. The statewide winner will be announced at the annual Oregon Mayors Association conference in Cottage Grove on Friday, July 31, 2015.


"We have so many inspired young people in our community," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I look forward to this contest every year and seeing the creative entries. Beaverton's definitely got talent!"


Mayor Doyle and the Beaverton City Council will judge the local entries based on the criteria outlined by the Oregon Mayors Association. Judges will consider:

* Creativity: Does the student demonstrate curiosity and originality?
* Clarity/sincerity of thought: Is the submission well thought out and organized?
* Proper use of grammar: Does the submission contain proper spelling, grammar and punctuation?
* Subject relevancy: Are the major points relevant to the role of a government leader? Does the student demonstrate an understanding of municipal government and the job of mayor?


Contest deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015. For more information, the full list of contest rules and an application form, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/IfIWereMayor.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption: Nandini Naidu, now a freshman at Valley Catholic, was the 2014 winner in the middle school category. Naidu went on to win the statewide competition. The Oregon Mayors Association Board of Directors reviewed more than 52 entries from cities across Oregon in the 2014 contest.


Attached Media Files: 2014 If I Were Mayor Winner Naidu
Linn County Traffic Enforcement Results
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office has completed their participation in the Oregon Department of Transportation enhanced seatbelt enforcement for Linn County from February 9-22, 2015.

These extra patrols were responsible for 25 hours of additional enforcement, totaling 36 citations and 14 warnings. Citations issued include; one safety belt violation, one cell phone related citation, two driving without an Oregon driver's license and 32 other traffic violations.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for safe driving practices and following the rules of the road.
Take It. Share It. Step Out. Americans are urged to take the Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day and to share it with everyone they care about to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
American Diabetes Association - 03/02/15
PORTLAND, OR - Tuesday, March 24, 2015, is the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During its 75th Anniversary, the Association is even more committed this year to making sure the public is aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes. The campaign will run through April 21. On Alert Day, Americans will be urged to take the risk test at diabetes.org/portlandalert and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults including over 343,000 living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A quarter of those affected by diabetes are not aware that they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes(R).

An additional 86 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, including 676,204 in Oregon and Southwest Washington, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is fighting to Stop Diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs. In 2014, over 118,000 Diabetes Risk Tests were taken online and almost 45,000 of those tests resulted in High Risk status.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease.

"Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating," said Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of The American Diabetes Association of Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southern Idaho. "The American Diabetes Association hopes that this Alert Day will encourage people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with their loved ones. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes."

The Association will host its annual Tour de Cure cycling and fundraising event on July 25 at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is a great event to help take the first step to a healthy and active life, while raising the critical dollars needed to Stop Diabetes. Tour de Cure offers five different routes, from a 10 mile family ride to a 100 mile century ride. All routes are fully supported and offer rest stops every 10-12 miles to rest and fuel all riders. Participants can expect breakfast and lunch, entertainment, massage, vendor booths and a kids zone. To help prepare for the ride, the Association hosts group training rides each month. To learn about group training rides and to register for Tour de Cure, visit diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure.

You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting diabetes.org/portlandalert or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes(R) and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
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The Oregon State Marine Board has opened rulemaking to require boats operating in coastal waters to carry U.S. Coast Guard -approved visual distress signals, including those waters directly connected to the ocean, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide (mouth of the Columbia River).

Adoption of this rule, OAR 250-010-0164, would establish the state requirement for visual distress signals in coast waters consistent with Federal equipment requirements, and is required through the U. S. Coast Guard grant agreement with Oregon.

Written comments may be submitted by March 31, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives
Portland Police Bureau - 03/02/15
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives.

At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following directives:

* 870.25, Temporary Holding Rooms
* 870.80, Prisoners Line-Up and Show-Up
* 870.90, Waivers, Statements, and Rights Notification Forms

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected from Sunday, March 1, 2015, through Monday, March 30, 2015.

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Barbara Wright, local artist, guest-teaches scientific illustration to elementary art classes in Ridgefield (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 03/02/15
For her first time studying birds, Mariella Newell's group drew the Dunlin
For her first time studying birds, Mariella Newell's group drew the Dunlin
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Monday, March 2, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Barbara Wright, a Ridgefield artist and representative for the Clark County Arts Commission, visited art classes at Union Ridge Elementary School to teach students the art of scientific illustration and to help kick off Youth Arts Month.

Alan Adams, Union Ridge's art teacher, met Wright at a meeting for Youth Arts Month and invited her to visit his classes. "My students have been studying John James Audubon, famous for accurately painting birds and other wildlife," said Adams. "With the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge located right next to us, having Barbara visit the class to talk about scientific illustration seemed like a perfect fit to bring the project to life."

Wright taught the students about the art of scientific illustration. "I've always had a love for both art and science," explained Wright. "After teaching mathematics at Bellevue College for several years, I discovered that the University of Washington offers a certification program in Natural Science Illustration." Wright received her certification and now creates scientific illustrations.

In order to accurately illustrate her subjects which include birds, spiders, frogs, and plants, Wright uses a combination of media including graphite, ink, and watercolor, sometimes all in a single piece, to bring her subject to life. Wright brought several examples of her work including drawings of a Bald Eagle, Canadian Geese, owls and other birds, all of which can be found on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

In addition to birds and other animals, Wright illustrates plants. "If I'm not creating a piece for a client, I will use 'artistic license' to place the plants the way I think they look the most beautiful," she explained to the class. Wright taught the students about a variety of different artistic techniques including artistic license which happens when an artist reimagines her subject to create a piece she envisions in her mind.

After her presentation, students asked questions about Wright's life including how she discovered her love for art; where she has traveled and lived; why she chooses the subjects she draws; and what attracted her to move to Ridgefield. "I moved to Ridgefield three years ago because of the Ridgefield refuge," Wright explained. "The refuge is a treasure trove of artistic subjects with its variety of wonderful wildlife."

Prior to Wright's visit, Adams split his classes into groups and had each group select a bird found in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to use as their subject to draw. "We chose the Golden Eagle because we all like eagles and we particularly liked how it was named 'golden,'" said Nathaniel Wade, a fifth grader. "The hardest part was determining and drawing the position of our eagle's wings."

For some students, studying birds was a new topic for them. Mariella Newell's group selected the Dunlin. "I really enjoyed learning about birds for this project - I'd never learned about birds before," she said. "The hardest part is trying to draw the background in perspective."

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Attached Media Files: For her first time studying birds, Mariella Newell's group drew the Dunlin , Nathaniel Wade's group selected the Golden Eagle as their subject , Wright explained artistic terms to the class including the use of , Barbara Wright taught students the process of Scientific Illustration , Barbara Wright, a Ridgefield artist, guest-taught art classes at Union Ridge Elementary School
Results from extra DUII and seatbelt saturation patrol, and upcoming DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra seatbelt patrol February 9-22. The sheriff's office also participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement between February 19-22, 2015 to coincide with the Seafood and Wine Festival. Those who worked the extra seatbelt patrol issued a total of 34 citations that involved seatbelt, speeding, and other violations. Those who worked extra DUII patrol arrested 1 person for DUII, made two other arrests for different crimes, and issued 25 citations for violations. The Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 3 people for DUII, arrested suspects on 6 outstanding warrants, issued 110 traffic citations and investigated 4 traffic crashes during the Seafood and Wine Festival dates.

UPCOMING EVENT:
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will have extra DUII saturation patrol and seatbelt patrol throughout the upcoming year. The next event is DUII extra patrol on Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2015. For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to NHTSA, on Saint Patrick's Day between 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com. For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 503-643-5620 in Portland or 877-793-2608.
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 03/02/15
MS KILLS CONNECTION > < CONNECTION KILLS MS
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015

Every Connection Counts towards the National MS Society's vision for a World Free of MS at MSconnection.org

Portland, OR -- This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual awareness campaign kicks off March 2-8 and will provide opportunities for people across the country to unite, raise awareness, and find new ways to help people with MS live their best lives. MS Awareness Week is a special week to recognize progress made and to inspire others to join the Society's vision of a world free of MS.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Since its inception, the Society has invested $870 million in MS research and has recruited more than 800 new researchers to the field. Each year, through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society also helps more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

This MS Awareness Week and beyond, find the power of connection and visit www.MSconnection.org. Just some of the opportunities you will find are:

* Share Why You Connect. Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support-every connection you create moves us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement.

* MS Connection. Join the Society's online community for making meaningful connections-when, where and how you want. Visitors and members will learn about topics that are important to them, connect with others in the MS movement, find expert MS information and opinions at their fingertips, and join or start groups and discussions of their own. Visit www.MSconnection.org.

* Other Opportunities to Connect. You can build connections, view and share images, videos, and stories about your connections on the Society's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety. You can also spread the word using the hash tag #MSconnection.

* Live Webcast: Finding Answers for Progressive MS. On Wednesday, March 4, you can join a panel of experts for a live webcast on "Finding Answers for Progressive MS." Topics will include updates on research, treatments, symptom management and rehabilitation. The webcast will culminate a research summit organized by the International Progressive MS Alliance which has invited some 100 scientists from around the world to move forward a global initiative to end progressive MS. The Alliance is cumulatively investing nearly $30 million over the next six years, initiating last year 22 research projects across 9 countries with additional projects to be announced later in 2015. To register for the webcast visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/News/Live-Webcast-Finding-Answers-for-Progressive-MS

Supporting this MS Awareness building effort is a year-round MS Awareness Public Service education campaign:

* Public Awareness Campaign--A multi-channel Public Service Awareness Campaign: MS Kills Connection > < Connection Kills MS features real people living with the effects of MS. Included in the campaign are Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen as well as Noah "40" Shebib, the charismatic music producer and song writer who is a major contributing force to the rapper Drake's meteoric rise to fame. The unique and powerful campaign was developed pro-bono in partnership with the renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. It was shot by the award-winning portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. The Connections Public Service Announcements will be spotlighted on mega-electronic billboards in New York City's Times Square that have been donated by Clear Channel and Times Square 2 for millions of people to see during the month of March.

"People impacted by MS are connecting across the nation starting this week to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis," said Lisa Roth, Oregon Chapter President.

Media support for building awareness and understanding about MS throughout the month of March is generating coverage by the Meredith Vieira Show, Working Mother magazine, Parents magazine, EveryDay Health, Healthline, Healthguru, and Lifescript among other platforms.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter's support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.

* We offer many programs -- including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

* Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,000 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Twitter: @defeatMSoregon
https://www.facebook.com/defeatmsoregon
College health care scholarship program open for application
Salem Health - 03/02/15
Applications are now available for the 2015 Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship for half or full-time students in medically related fields of study.

Applicants must live in Marion or Polk County or be an employee or immediate family member of an employee at Salem Hospital, applied to a college in their field of health care study, and completed all prerequisite classes before applying for this scholarship.

More information is available by visiting salemhealth.org/scholarships and clicking on the Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship link. Applications must be post-marked by May 1 to be considered. Final selections will be announced by June 29. Please contact the Salem Hospital Foundation office at 503-561-5576 if you have any questions.

The Salem Hospital Foundation was established in 1968 by a group of Salem citizens interested in advancing health care through donations. It is a charitable, tax-exempt organization that supports medical and medically related projects of Salem Hospital. The Foundation's 15 volunteer directors help raise funds and manage the resources of the Foundation, while distributing the funds according to the wishes of those who have given.
Grand Opening & Big Deals at New Salvation Army Store in Vancouver This Thurs. 3/5/15!
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 03/02/15
WHO: The Salvation Army, Vancouver Community

WHAT: the Grand Opening of a brand new Family Store in Vancouver!!

WHEN: March 5, 2015, 9am

WHERE:
The Salvation Army Family Store
11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA

WHY: "After having to close the Hazel Dell store in September, we are thrilled to open this new store which will include 20,000 sq ft of great deals for the Vancouver community. We have had a great following in the Vancouver area, and we are looking forward to this further expansion and investment in Vancouver," states Captain Dennis Earnhart, Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. This facility helps men with addictions find encouragement and assistance in beating these addictions and transitioning back into the community addiction-free!

MEDIA INVITE: If you would like a preview of the store the week of the opening, please contact Captain Dennis Earnhart or Teresa Steinmetz

CONTACT:
Captain Dennis Earnhart
Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Family Stores
971-230-5301 or dennis.earnhart@usw.salvationarmy.org

Teresa Steinmetz
Director of Communication and Marketing
503-794-3283 or Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org


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Grand Opening of New Salvation Army Store in Vancouver March 5th

(Vancouver, WA) February 25, 2015 - Get ready, Vancouver, because more deals are coming to your area starting March 5th, 2015! The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, Wa. at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. Its Grand Opening will start at 9am and will include a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, a few raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will be hosting a Make a Basket Trail Blazer ticket giveaway! The community is invited to come celebrate the opening of this brand new store.

"After having to close the Hazel Dell store in September, we are thrilled to open this new store which will include 20,000 sq ft of great deals for the Vancouver community. We have had a great following in the Vancouver area, and we are looking forward to this further expansion and investment in Vancouver," states Captain Dennis Earnhart, Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. "Thank you to all those who support and who will continue to support our stores. Your support means more men can receive life-changing treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions, so thank you. "

The store will have all the normal departments you see in The Salvation Army's other stores, including clothing, household items, furniture, appliances - large and small, jewelry, collectibles, bicycles, books, and more. Its business hours will be 9am-9pm Sunday through Saturday.

All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. This facility helps men with addictions find encouragement and assistance in beating these addictions and transitioning back into the community addiction-free!


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Unique Oregon Program Helping Seniors with Financial Security
OR Department of Human Services - 03/02/15
Financial security is more than just having money to live on, it's also being able to pay bills, do taxes and other financial tasks on time, and for many Oregon seniors, that's a problem. A unique program that helps with those tasks is expanding in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services and is offered statewide through regional sponsors. The Regional Sponsor for Umatilla and Morrow Counties is the Community Action Program of Central Oregon (CAPECO). Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, the OMMP is offered free of charge to low-income seniors. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each senior.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to help low-income older adults manage their personal finances in your own community. In just 2-4 hours each month, you can help protect vulnerable adults for financial abuse, eviction, utility cut off, and loss of independence. If you are open-minded, compassionate, patient, organized and good at managing your own personal finances we would love to hear from you and to share more about this project and how you can get involved.

To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Easter Seals Oregon at 800-556-6020 or email: mmp@or.easterseals.com.
Unity Center for Behavioral Health tops Community Advisory Council's March 6 agenda
Health Share of Oregon - 03/02/15
(Portland, OR) - The Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a proposed dedicated psychiatric Emergency Room, tops the agenda at the Friday, March 6 meeting of Health Share of Oregon's Community Advisory Council. The meeting, which begins at 12:30 pm, will be held at Health Share's offices at 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 200 in downtown Portland.

Dr. Tony Melaragno, vice president of behavioral health at Legacy Health, will give an overview and update on the project, which is a partnership of Health Share founding members Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Slated to open in late 2016, the Unity Center, the first comprehensive behavioral health care center in Oregon, will be located at Legacy's Holladay Park campus in North Portland, following renovations.

Other updates at the Council meeting include an update from the Ride To Care Transit Advisory Committee on the first 60 days of the non-emergency medical transportation broker, as well as an update on other Health Share activities and news from Janet L. Meyer, CEO of the Coordinated Care Organization.

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

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015

Time: Council Meeting: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Public comment period: 2:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Location: Health Share of Oregon, 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97201
(Visitor parking available. Bus service to SW 5th and Broadway via Tri-Met #8, #9, #12 and #19, and Green and Yellow MAX Lines to Portland State University, SW 5th and Jackson Station).

Agenda: Posted to the Council's website one week prior to each meeting (http://www.healthshareoregon.org/about-us/community-advisory-council/council-news)

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

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

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 240,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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

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Material Conditions: Gender - Sexuality - Capitalism
Lewis & Clark - 03/02/15
Portland, Ore. - The 34th Annual Gender Studies Symposium (March 11-13) at Lewis & Clark College will explore a dual theme, illuminating the many ways in which gender and sexuality shape the foundational processes of production and consumption--and vice versa.

Academics, students, community leaders, activists, artists, and visionaries will join together to examine topics ranging from the way ethical consumerism has been prioritized in contemporary feminist and LGBTQ circles; to the challenges of defining and creating empowering art and media; to the commodification of patients' bodies and emotions in health and medicine; to the gendered economies in making, procuring, and consuming food.

Join us as we investigate the complex interaction of production, consumption, gender, and sexuality--perhaps generating more questions than answers.

All symposium lectures, sessions and the art show are free and open to the public.

https://college.lclark.edu/departments/gender_studies/symposium/
37 DUII Arrests Made During February
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/02/15
The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign, with a focus on impaired drivers.

The Beaverton Police Department has officers out on focused patrols for impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives and educate the motoring public about the dangers of driving impaired. During the month of March, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets. These High Visibly Enforcement (HVE) details are paid for by grant funds. So far this year Beaverton Police Officers have taken 64 impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets.

With St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break this month there will be an increased emphasis during these times. Expect that there will be additional officers on the streets looking for impaired drivers on March 17, 2015. We will also be doing what we can to identify and locate any underage parties involving alcoholic beverages.

You can all help by making sure that you have a plan for St. Patrick's Day and any other day you're going to partake in a party. Having a good time is not worth it if you end up in jail, the hospital or the morgue.

?,? Get a hotel for the evening.
?,? Designate a sober driver.
?,? Drink responsibly.
?,? Manage your guest's alcohol consumption if you're hosting a party.
?,? Call a cab and pick your car up the next day.

When it comes to Spring Break it's all about educating your children on making good decisions. This is something that hopefully they have heard many times before but is worth reinforcing during this time.

Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives and often will result in jail time. The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol or using any other substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The Beaverton Police Department takes impaired driving seriously and these grant funds allow us to have dedicated officers out looking for those impaired drivers.
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Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oregon State Hospital's newly completed campus in Junction City

When: Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City

Details: Oregon State Hospital is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the soon-to-open campus in Junction City on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. The hospital has invited state legislators, local elected officials and other community leaders. Speakers include Representative Val Hoyle, Oregon Health Authority Acting Director Lynne Saxton and hospital superintendent Greg Roberts. Those attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the new facility.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, FOOD for Lane County volunteers will be planting 200 Liberty apple trees along the hospital's main driveway entrance Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This partnership between the state hospital and the nonprofit will provide landscaping for the new campus as well as a healthy and sustainable food source for Lane County's efforts to eliminate hunger and create access to food.

The first patients are scheduled to move into three living units March 11. When fully operational, the campus will be able to serve up to 174 people with six 25-bed living units and three eight-bed cottages.

The Junction City campus will primarily serve people from the southern Oregon counties - Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, and Lane. It will treat people who have been civilly committed or who have successfully pled guilty except for insanity. When people are well enough, they will return to life in the community.

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Marine Board to Hold Non-Motorized External Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
The Oregon State Marine Board's external non-motorized boating advisory committee will be meeting on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The advisory committee is comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders, from organized clubs to private citizens from around the state. The non-motorized boating external advisory committee will be discussing recommendations to the Marine Board on how to best engage and incorporate non-motorized boaters into the future mission of the agency and meet the ever-evolving needs of all boating user groups.

The public is invited to attend, however, comments will not be accepted at this meeting. The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability should contact Ashley Massey at
503-378-2623 by Friday, March 6, 2015.

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Oregon City Man Arrested For Robbery at the Grocery Outlet
Oregon City Police Dept. - 03/02/15
On March 1, 2015 just after 10:00 am Oregon City Police received a 911 call of a strong armed robbery occurring at the Grocery Outlet located at 878 Molalla Ave. Patrol officers arrived on scene finding a male suspect fighting with two Grocery Outlet employees outside the store. The suspect was taken into custody after resisting arrest.

The suspect was identified as 21 year old Monty Ray Buck out of Oregon City. Investigators found Mr. Buck had shoplifted store property before exiting the store. Store employees confronted Mr. Buck outside the store. Mr. Buck began fighting with the employees. Store employees realized he was armed with a machete and a knife. They were able to get the machete away from Mr. Buck and keep him outside the store until police arrived.

The suspect was transported to Willamette Falls Hospital as a precautionary measure. The suspect attempted to escape from police custody at the hospital and bit an Oregon City Police Officer. The officer was treated for his injury and released from the hospital.

Monty Ray Buck was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for 2 counts of Robbery I, Resisting Arrest, Attempted Escape II, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, and Criminal Mischief II with a bail of $295, 000.
Unique Collaboration Helps Oregon Lottery Bring Responsible Gambling Messages to Latino Players
Oregon Lottery - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015 - Salem, OR - A collaborative effort among the Oregon Health Authority, the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, and the Oregon Lottery is helping reach Latino lottery-game players.

Over the past year, the Lottery worked closely with the Oregon Health Authority and the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to develop responsible and problem gambling messages specifically for the growing Latino population in Oregon. One goal was to promote the statewide problem gambling helpline that is staffed with Spanish speakers and make the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website accessible the Latino community.

Currently the Oregon's problem gambling help line phone number is 1-877-MYLIMIT, an easy-to-remember number relevant to the caller...if the caller is an English speaker. Realizing this, the Lottery teamed up with the Latino Advisory Committee to recreate the helpline number as 1-844- TU VALES (1-844-888-2537) to make it both relevant and easy to remember. This translates to 1-844-You're worth it.

In addition, the Lottery, the Latino Advisory Committee and problem gambling treatment provider community just completed a Spanish version of the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website - OPRG.com.

The Oregon Lottery recently adopted a Responsible Gambling Code of Practice to provide a structure for the Lottery and Lottery retailers to help encourage responsible gambling. "An essential part of the Lottery's statutorily-defined mission is the Lottery's commitment to encouraging responsible gambling and helping identify and provide treatment for problem gambling," said Oregon Lottery Commission Chair Elisa Dozono.

"The Oregon Lottery has started to include Latino radio and multicultural print publications as part of its advertising media mix," said Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "By adding Spanish language materials to our media mix, we are better able to communicate our product launches, our campaigns that talk about where Lottery dollars go, and most importantly the responsible and problem gambling outreach programs that are available to the Latino community."

"Currently, Latinos make up about 6.6 percent of people who receive problem gambling treatment in Oregon," said Nicole Corbin, Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health. "The good news is that problem gambling in the Latino community is disproportionately low compared to the total Latino population in Oregon. That said, we hope that these new marketing materials will help us reach more Latinos to educate them about the risks associated with gambling and the services available for problem gamblers and their families."

It was important to not simply translate the English messages word for word into Spanish, but to recreate them in order to be certain that the message is culturally appropriate for a Latino audience.

"Much meaning is indeed lost in the translation," said Janese Olalde, of the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. "The process of working with the Lottery and the Latino Advisory Committee was successful because the Lottery understood the importance of creating relationships and rapport with people in the Latino community."

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

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Longview man arrested on murder charge
Longview Police & Fire - 03/02/15
Early Monday morning, Longview Police detectives arrested Lucas Robert Dale Rasmussen on charges of murder, burglary, and sexually violating human remains.

Rasmussen, a Longview resident, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail and is currently in custody.

Police were summoned to 859 Seventh Ave. #B at approximately 5:08 p.m. Sunday by a witness who had arrived home and discovered Rasmussen was there. Upon entering the residence, the witness discovered the victim's body and called police.

Responding Longview officers and Cowlitz County deputies detained Rasmussen without incident. Rasmussen was interviewed and subsequently booked into jail.

Identification of the deceased is still pending notification of next of kin and will be handled by the coroner's office.

Police are still investigating and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Steve Dennis at the Longview Police Department by calling 360-442-5800.
Renewing community with green projects
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 2, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Renewing community with green projects
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For more than a decade, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. This includes helping put nearly 80 new community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California-- projects that add more than 6.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Blaine Andreasen vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, low impact hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- promote innovation and increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $7 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. PST
May 29, 2015.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.

Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.



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Media availability today: Public health physicians discuss UO meningococcal disease, mass vaccination effort
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

What: Physicians from the Oregon Public Health Division and Lane County Public Health will answer questions about meningococcal disease, this week's mass vaccination of University of Oregon students, and efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, March 2

Where: Lane County Public Health, 151 W. 7th Ave., Room 258, Eugene

Who:

-- Pat Luedtke, M.D., M.P.H., health officer, Lane County Public Health

-- Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director, infectious disease and immunization programs, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

Details: Information about meningococcal disease is available on the Oregon Public Health website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/Meningococcal-Update.aspx

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Portland Parks & Recreation offers FREE Swim Lessons during Spring Break (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/02/15
Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR
Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR
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(Portland, OR) -

Learn the lifetime skill of swimming for free! Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons for beginners, including parent/tot classes. Our talented instructors will teach and improve your child's swimming and water safety skills. Free swimming lessons are offered at East Portland or Mt. Scott Community Centers. Registration is required and begins now.
Classes run March 23-26.

SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN UP NOW!

For more information on classes, including descriptions, age ranges and more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/66991

East Portland CC/pool offers classes at 9:00am, 9:35am, 10:10am and 10:45am.

Mt. Scott CC/pool offers classes at 9:00am. 9:40am and 10:20am

How to register:
Walk-in or Phone-in registration only begins Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9:00am. There is no online registration for the free swim lessons.

Call East Portland CC/Pool or Mt. Scott CC/Pool at the numbers below with questions or to register.
East Portland Community Center (503) 823-3450
740 SE 106th

Mt. Scott Community Center (503) 823-3183
5530 SE 72nd

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Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrest individual after break in at Multnomah County Courthouse
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
On Sunday March 1, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Portland Police Bureau officers responded to the Multnomah County Courthouse located at 1021 SW 4th Ave. after the alarm was activated. While deputies were responding to the courthouse a Deputy DA leaving the building called 911 to report an individual had broken into the building and was inside. The Deputy DA exited the building and arriving MCSO and PPB units discovered a shattered glass entry door on the 5th Ave side of the courthouse. A metal grate appeared to have been used to break the glass entry door. As deputies prepared to make entry into the courthouse, the suspect came out of the building and surrendered to police.

Michael Hernandez, Age 27, of Portland, OR was arrested and charged with Burglary II, Disorderly Conduct 2, and Criminal Mischief I. MCSO deputies cleared the courthouse and found a fire pull station had been pulled on one of the floors and a fire extinguisher removed from a cabinet. Hernandez is also suspected of activating a fire alarm pull station earlier at the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct prior to breaking into the Courthouse.

Booking photo is available on our website at www.mcso.us.
Marion/Polk Community Cat Program to Hold Stakeholder Meeting (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 03/02/15
Stray and feral cats receive the universal ear mark to identify them as spayed or neutered after surgery.
Stray and feral cats receive the universal ear mark to identify them as spayed or neutered after surgery.
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With alarming reports of violence targeting stray cats, frustrations in our community are high. The time to humanely balance the cat overpopulation is now. Don't miss the quarterly stakeholder meeting of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program to learn more and get involved in the solution.

What: Community Stakeholder Meeting
When: Thursday, March 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Willamette Humane Society
4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem
Who: The general public is welcome to attend. Photo and interview opportunities available for the media.

Learn how you can become involved in the partnership as a supporting organization or a community cat program volunteer. Receive a year-end report of surgeries performed in 2014, and an update on communities targeted for Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and outreach activities in the near future. Attendees can also ask questions about the program. Outreach materials will be available for those wishing to spread the word about trapping resources and free spay & neuter surgeries available for stray cats.

Get Involved

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

Purpose Statement

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

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

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


Background

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


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Five Safely Escape Residential Fire in Tigard (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/02/15
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At 11:00 pm, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a residential fire at 13600 SW Wrightwood Ct. in Tigard. When firefighters from King City and Tigard arrived, they found the attached garage on fire and the home filled with smoke. They were informed that while five occupants reportedly evacuated the residence prior to firefighters' arrival, one of them went back inside the smoke-filled home.

Firefighters began operating in rescue mode and ensured the safe exit of the occupant. Other firefighters worked to quickly knock down the fire in the garage and check for fire extension to other parts of the home.

Several patients at the scene were evaluated for smoke inhalation by TVF&R firefighter/paramedics. One patient was treated at the scene by Metro West Ambulance paramedics and did not necessitate transport to a hospital.

A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene and determined that the fire originated in the garage and was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials. There is no damage estimate at this time.

TVF&R reminds citizens that the best option for ensuring complete extinguishment of smoking materials is to smother them with water in a metal container. An additional safety reminder is that in the event of a fire, it's important to get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1.


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03/01/15
Missing 7 Year Old Boy in Clackamas
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/01/15
On March 1, 2015 at approximately 3:20 PM, Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Town Center Heights (11545 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley) due to a report of a missing 7 year old boy. The Deputies learned the boy, Hunter Leiby, walked away from his babysitter's apartment.

Hunter was described to be about about 4 feet tall, 50 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Hunter was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a school name printed on it, black pants, and navy blue high-top shoes. He was possibly carrying a brown restaurant bag and a black pull-string backpack.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies and personnel assigned to the Search and Rescue (SAR) team were in the area looking for Hunter. At approximately 4:30 PM, an alert family member located Hunter at a nearby school. Hunter was safe, uninjured, and escorted back to be reunited with his mother.

The family's prompt report, accurate description, and citizen assistance all helped locate Hunter quickly.
Open Enrollment Inter-District Transfer Slots Announced
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 03/01/15
Process governed by HB3681 does not require home district release

March 1, 2015, Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro School District has opened 40 spots for students residing in other districts who wish to attend Hillsboro schools. A list of the potential available spots at each school is available on our website under Students/Transfer Requests.

Students are asked to keep in mind the following important points:
* Students entering grades 10-12 who transfer through the open enrollment process will lose one year of eligibility for OSAA-sanctioned athletics and activities.
* Transportation will not be provided.* (*To access Hillsboro School District transportation, a student would have to get themselves to a designated bus stop on the existing route to their requested school and there would have to be space available on the bus as determined by Transportation staff.)

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 31; student placement will be determined by the end of April.

There will be a separate process for in-district (Hillsboro School District resident) transfer requests beginning April 1, 2015, and there will be another opportunity afforded to students residing in other districts who wish to transfer to Hillsboro; however, that process will be guided by HB2747 rules and will not begin until May 1, 2015. Additional information about the HB2747 process will be announced in late April.

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Body recovery in progress on east bank of Willamette river
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/01/15
At around 3:30 this afternoon Portland Fire water and land based crews were dispatched on reports of a person in the Willamette River. Crews located a deceased individual along the East bank near N. Port Center Way. At this time it is unclear how long the individual has been in the water. The sex and age of the individual have not been determined.
Portland Fire turned the scene over to Multnomah County Sheriffs Office.
Intoxicated Driver Crashes Head-On into Tree (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/01/15
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March 1, 2015 - A Cornelius woman crashed her car head first into a tree. The investigation revealed she was intoxicated. She was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

At 4:18 a.m., Sunday morning, Washington County deputies responded to a report of a rollover crash on SW River Road near Twin Oaks Air Park. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 Chevy Cavalier on its side blocking the westbound lane of travel. Deputies observed that the driver of the Cavalier drove into the ditch on the side of River Road and struck a tree head-on with their car.

The driver of the Cavalier, Chantel Carter, age 21 of Cornelius was able to exit the vehicle under her own power. She sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by EMS to Tuality Hospital. Investigating deputies determined that Ms. Carter was under the influence of alcohol, which likely contributed to the crash.

Ms. Carter was criminally cited for DUII.


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Hillsboro Police Investigate Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Crash
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/01/15
On March 1, 2015 at 1:29 AM, officers from the Hillsboro Police Department and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. near the intersection with SW Cornelius Pass Rd. Officers found a 51 year old male laying in the center turn lane of SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. just east of the intersection.

The male was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injures sustained in the crash. The name of the deceased male is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Officers determined that the male had been struck in the westbound lanes by a westbound black 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Beatriz Rivera, age 29 of Issaquah Washington. Ms. Rivera remained at the scene. She was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for Probation Violation and booked into the Washington County Jail.

The Washington County Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist Hillsboro Police with the investigation. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor. SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. was reopened to traffic at approximately 7:00 AM.

Based upon witness information, a dark colored vehicle was observed swerving and avoiding a collision with the pedestrian just before he was struck by the Impala. Anyone with information about this vehicle or its driver is asked to call Hillsboro Police at 503-629-0111.


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02/28/15
Update 3- PHOTOS: ASPCA Funds Transport of Dogs from Los Angeles Shelters to Willamette Humane Society (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 02/28/15
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(Salem, OR)-- Willamette Humane Society is proud to team up with the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) by receiving a transfer of dogs from Los Angeles area shelters on Saturday, February 28th. Upon arrival at Willamette Humane Society, the dogs will receive veterinary examinations, behavior assessments, spay/neuter surgery if necessary, and any needed care before being made available for adoption in the days following the transport.

Staff from the ASPCA's Los Angeles Animal Relocation Program will facilitate the transport of 10-11 small dogs by air from Los Angeles County shelters in California, arriving mid-day at Portland International Airport via Alaska Airlines.

The dogs are being transported so that they may be put up for adoption in Oregon and Washington, where they are more likely to find homes than in southern California. The ASPCA's Los Angeles Animal Relocation Program transports dogs from overcrowded shelters in the Los Angeles area to communities where there is greater demand for adoptable dogs.

Having a healthy demand exceeding its local supply of dogs, Willamette Humane Society has partnered with the ASPCA on animal relocation since May 2012, finding homes for over 800 dogs originating from southern California.

Event Details:

* What: Transport of Dogs arriving from Los Angeles, Calif.
* Where: Portland International Airport, Alaska Air Cargo area.
o Later in the evening at Willamette Humane Society, 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR
* When: Saturday, February 28th. Flight arrives at 8 pm.**
* Who: The media is welcome during the transport arrival at the airport, with photo and interview opportunities with Willamette Humane Society transport coordinators.
* Why: The story has national, regional, and local relevance. The transport is funded by the ASPCA and will occur simultaneously with other strategies intended to balance the Los Angeles shelter populations and save the lives of hundreds of dogs.


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


About the ASPCA(R)
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation's leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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The cause of this mornings barn fire on Beavercreek Rd is still under investigation. The portion of the barn that collapsed was the original structure built in 1890. The part of the building saved from fire was an addition added several years ago.
Several chickens and 20 adult pigs were herded out of the barn by firefighters. Five to six piglets were also carried from the barn by firefighters

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Clackamas firefighters rescued 20 adult pigs and an unknown number of piglets from a barn fire this morning. At 11:24am firefighters responded to 25675 S. Beavercreek Rd for a reported barn fire. When firefighters arrived on scene the barn was heavily involved in fire. The fire was also being fed by windy weather conditions.
Eleven fire units responded, including one from Estacada Fire District. Firefighters quickly evacuated the pigs and protected exposures. Defensive fire tactics were established which resulted in approximately half of the structure being saved. Some portions of the building did collapse as a result of heavy fire damage.
No injuries were reported. Fire investigators are on scene working to determine a cause of this fire.


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Armed Turner Man Surrenders to Mobile Crisis Response Team (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/15
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Tonight at about 5:30 p.m., the Turner Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the reports of shots fired inside of a residence, near the 5400 block of Val View Road SE in Turner.

When officers and deputies arrived family members informed them that Jared Holm, age 22, of Turner was inside of his bedroom, intoxicated, suicidal and armed with two handguns and one shotgun. Prior to police and deputies arriving Mr. Holm had fired at least one round inside of his bedroom, prompting his family to call 911. Hearing the call, members of our Mobile Crisis Response Team responded to the scene.

The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a deputy and mental health professional who are trained to respond to incidents when people are in crisis. After arriving on scene deputies, officers and MCRT were able to successfully negotiate Mr. Holm's surrender without using force.

Mr. Holm has been transported to the Salem Hospital where his mental health can be evaluated and treated. Mr. Holm could face criminal charges for his discharging of a weapon inside of the city limits of Turner. All criminal charges are being handled by the Turner Police Department.


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UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Eliot Neighborhood - One Man Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 02/28/15
20-year-old Esteban "Steve" Del Cid, the shooting victim from early Saturday morning, died today at a Portland hospital.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

This is now a homicide investigation and the public's help is needed to solve the case.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395, bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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The man critically injured in a shooting early Saturday morning has been identified as 20-year-old Esteban "Steve" Del Cid of Tualatin, Oregon.

Del Cid remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Homicide detectives are continuing to follow leads in this investigation and would like to hear from anyone with information.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395, bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Saturday February 28, 2015, at 3:03 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at North Vancouver Avenue and Ivy Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult gunshot victim with several friends. The victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Police talked to the victim's friends and learned that the shooting actually occurred near Northeast Rodney Avenue and Cook Street, a few blocks away. The victim's friends told police that they were all in a car and were trying to find the hospital after the shooting but got lost and called 9-1-1.

The victim's friends were unable to provide much information other than the suspect appeared to be a white male.

Due to the victim's injuries, Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to the scene.

At this point, the shooting does not appear to be gang-related.

Anyone with information should contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

No additional updates are expected until Saturday afternoon.

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Tualatin Arby's Restaurant Burglarized (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 02/28/15
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On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Tualatin officers responded to a reported burglary at Arby's Restaurant, located at 17771 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, in Tualatin.

The burglary occurred sometime overnight. An unknown suspect entered the business by smashing the glass door and an unknown amount of money was taken during the incident.

There is no suspect information at this time an no surveillance footage. Tualatin police are looking at the possibility that this incident might be linked to two similar cases that occurred at Portland area Arby's locations. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tualatin Police at 503-629-0111.

Nothing further at this time.


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Reckless Driver Crashes into Tree and Crosswalk Sign (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/15
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February 28, 2015 - A Bethany man crashed his 2015 Mercedes into a tree and crosswalk sign. He was criminally cited for the crash.

At 1:45 a.m., Saturday morning, Washington County deputies responded to a report of a high-speed crash near the intersection of NW Laidlaw and NW Waterford Way. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2015 Mercedes with substantial damage.

Deputies located the driver, Bruce Tran, age 39 of Bethany standing near his wrecked car unharmed. Mr. Tran reported that he was driving faster than the posted speed when he lost control of his car. When the car left the road, it struck a tree and then a crosswalk sign before coming to rest against a brick wall. The contact with the sign tore off most of the passenger side of the car.

Mr. Tran was criminally cited for Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief II.

Speeding contributes to a higher risk of traffic crashes. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages drivers to obey posted speed limits and drive safely for the road conditions.


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Drunk Driver Crashes into Patrol Car on Friday Night, Injuring Police Officer (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/28/15
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On Friday February 27, 2015, at 11:44 p.m., East Precinct Officer Allison Renander was responding to a domestic violence call in Southeast Portland. Officer Renander was driving eastbound on Southeast Stark Street approaching 155th Avenue, slowing down, when an eastbound 1987 Dodge pick-up, driven by 57-year-old Gary Clark, struck the left rear of the patrol car, causing a crash and sending the police car up over the sidewalk and into a yard.

Officer Renander was removed from the patrol car by medical personnel and transported to a Portland hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Officer Renander was admitted and is expected to be released this weekend. Officer Renander is a seven-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, assigned to East Precinct night shift.

Clark was not injured but officers noted signs of impairment, leading Traffic Division officers to investigate further, which led to Clark's arrest.

Clark was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Reckless Driving. He will be arraigned on Monday March 2, 2015.

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UPDATE: SERT/CNT/ASU Responding to Assist Central Precinct on a Person in Crisis in Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/28/15
The woman in crisis is safely in a home and has resources available for continued help. Officers have cleared the area and there is no risk to the neighborhood.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and Air Support Unit (ASU) are responding to the 7600 block of Southeast 19th Avenue to assist Central Precinct officers safely locate a person in crisis that is reported to be armed with a handgun.

Officers have been able to engage the person in crisis, an adult female, in conversation but have requested SERT and CNT respond to provide additional resources.

The area affected is Southeast 18th to 22nd Avenues, Rex to Lambert Streets.

Officers are doing limited evacuations in this area.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is not responding to the scene but is available by phone, if needed.

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02/27/15
*** Media Photo *** Serious Injury Head-On Crash HWY 26 in Washington County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoons serious injury head-on crash on HWY 26 at milepost 40.

Preliminary information from troopers involved in the investigation indicates that shortly before 5:00 P.M., on Friday, February 27, a grey 2005 Honda CR-V, operated by LYNNE FIELD, 66, of Portland, was westbound on highway 26 near milepost 40 when it went onto the highway shoulder. The driver over-corrected from the shoulder and crossed the highway into the oncoming eastbound lane of travel; striking a blue, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic passenger car, head-on.

The driver of the CR-V, FIELD, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) with injuries described as critical. The driver of the Sonic, identified as RICHARD G. PAUL, 54, of Pearland Texas, and his passenger, MARY E. PAUL, 52, also of Pearland, were transported via ground ambulance to OHSU with reportedly serious injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Original Release:
The road is blocked as the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes or expect delays. Check www.tripcheck.com for road status updates. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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Major Crash Team Investigating a Serious Injury Crash in Northeast Portland's Grant Park Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/15
On Friday February 27, 2015, at 5:28 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 27th Avenue and Knott Street on the report of a traffic crash involving a tuck and a motor scooter.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crash scene and the injured scooter rider, an adult male. The rider was suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Due to the rider's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

Investigators learned that the scooter was being ridden westbound on Knott Street and the driver of the pick-up pulled out northbound on 27th to cross Knott, but struck the scooter.

The pick-up truck driver remained at the scene and was cooperative. He was not impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The driver of the pick-up truck was issued a citation for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control device.

Traffic should be reopened shortly in the area and no additional updates are expected tonight.

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Beaverton Library Hosts Conversation Project on the State of Marriage (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/27/15
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host another Oregon Humanities Conversation Project on Friday, March 6, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth Street. Leslie Dunlap, an assistant professor of history at Willamette University, will lead participants in a discussion on the nature and bounds of marriage, the public and private meanings of the institution, and the related ideas of love, justice, freedom and commitment.


The discussion will cover issues including:
* Significant changes to the institution of marriage, especially in the last decade
* Debate in Oregon over how to define marriage
* What debates about marriage reveal about the institution itself
* Why private relationships are publicly significant and contested
* Why some people wish to marry, while others are avoiding or dissolving marriages


"We are thrilled once again to invite the Oregon Humanities team to our library for such a wonderful event," said Abigail Elder, library director. "We look forward to hearing from our vibrant community, and learning from one another in a safe and constructive environment."
For more information about this free, public event, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org, or call the adult services team at 503-644-2197.


For more information on Oregon Humanities' programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, public program grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, visit www.oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Leslie Dunlap teaches courses on the history of women, families, sexuality, and social movements in the United States. She holds a doctorate in history from Northwestern University, and is currently working on a book on women's efforts to reform men, marriage, and the state in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her article on the impact of feminism on popular parenting manuals appeared in the collection You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture. Her teachings and research explore the historical dynamics of love, sex, marriage, and parenthood, and how social movements and governments have shaped these relationships.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption: Leslie Dunlap, assistant professor of history at Willamette University, will lead a discussion about marriage on Saturday, March 7 at the Beaverton City Library. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Humanities)


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City Celebrates St. Patrick's Day On March 7 at Beaverton Farmers Market (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/27/15
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton welcomes community members to celebrate Irish culture at the St. Patrick's Day celebration. Hosted by the Beaverton Farmers Market winter market on Saturday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the celebration features music and dance performances from the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Pipes and Drums Band, the New Shilling, and the Molly Mallone Irish Dancers.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter into the coloring contest for a chance to win prizes from New Seasons Market, the Beaverton Historical Society and the Beaverton Farmers Market. The contest is open to all ages.


"Thanks to our partnership with the Beaverton Farmers Market, we're able to hold great community events like this," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Everyone is invited to come out to celebrate and enjoy the winter market."


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:


11:30 a.m. - Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Pipes and Drums Band
11:45 a.m. - The New Shilling live music performance
12:45 p.m. - Molly Malone Irish Dancers of Yeates Academy of Irish Dance


The Beaverton Farmers Market winter market is open the first and third Saturdays in March and April from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information about the winter market, please visit www.BeavertonFarmersMarket.com.


For more information about the event, please call the events line at 503-526-2559 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/StPatricksDay.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption 1: Beaverton's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday, March 7 will feature Irish dance performances and live music at the Beaverton Farmers Market. (Photo by David Nguyen for the City of Beaverton)


Caption 2: Irish dancers perform at the 2014 Beaverton St. Patrick's Day celebration. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the Beaverton Farmers Market. (Photo by David Nguyen for the City of Beaverton)


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Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Sheriff Dan Staton host SELMA movie screening as part of Black History Month activities and celebrations (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/15
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This morning, Friday February 27, 2014, Multnomah County District 2 Commissioner Lorretta Smith partnered with Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton to host a screening for invited student groups of the movie SELMA in celebration of Black History Month. The screening was held at the Living Room Theatre located at 310 SW 10th Ave in Portland, OR. A student group from the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School was joined by student members of the Multnomah County Youth Commission along with students from a DCJ program and several community members. Students were treated to popcorn and drinks, followed by lunch after the screening while they participated in a discussion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Commissioner Loretta Smith was joined by Sheriff Dan Staton and former Senator Margaret Carter at the front of the theatre after the movie screening to discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil liberties, election law and other important issues in Multnomah County. The students, ages 15-20, were able to ask questions and participate in a dialogue about the importance of voting and staying active and engaged in community issues that are important to them and the community.

The event sponsored by Commissioner Loretta Smith's office and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is part of a number of activities celebrating Black History Month and the significance of the Voting Rights Act passed 50 years ago this year.


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BGPD: Suspects Identified
City of Battle Ground - 02/27/15
With the help of tips from the public, the Battle Ground Police Department has identified individuals related to the February 20th case in which a male was suspected of assaulting a store employee while stealing merchandise.

Charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Juvenile Court on two suspects:
* Male, 17 years of age, resident of Battle Ground, WA for Robbery II and Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol
* Female, 16 years of age, resident of Vancouver, WA for Theft III and Minor in Possession/ Consumption of Alcohol

A third suspect has been identified but not yet charged.

This case may not have been resolved as quickly without assistance from the public. The BGPD works closely in partnership with the community and encourages residents to contact the police if they witness or suspect criminal activity. For information on when and how to report such activity, visit www.cityofbg.org/pdreporting and always call 911 in an emergency.
City Council to Consider New Logo and Riverfront Real Estate Purchase
City of Wilsonville - 02/27/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the upcoming Wilsonville City Council meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015, the Council is expected to consider the adoption of a new branding strategy which includes a new logo, tagline and positioning statement for the City. If approved, the logo and tagline will replace the original logo adopted when the City was incorporated in 1969 depicting a hand holding a seedling and tagline of "Serving the Community with Pride." Over the past five months, members of the City leadership have worked closely with a Portland-based branding and marketing firm, Manifesto, to conduct research, interview community leaders, draft a positioning statement, and develop a proposed logo and tagline. Creation of a new branding identity for the City represents the completion of a City Council goal that was suggested during both the economic-development and tourism-development strategies formation.

At the meeting the City Council is also expected to consider a resolution authorizing the City to acquire riverfront property that adjoins Boones Ferry Park in the Old Town neighborhood of Wilsonville. The property is located east of Boones Ferry Park and south of the Wilsonville Wastewater Treatment Plant. Formerly the location of a mobile-home park, the site is currently occupied only by the property owners. If approved by Council, acquisition of this riverfront land provides for a potential future expansion of the adjacent Boones Ferry Park and additional public access to the Willamette River, which was identified in the 2014 Tourism Development Strategy as an important priority.

Other items to be considered by City Council include a consideration of a resolution in support of creating a Willamette Falls National Heritage area and a proposed supplemental budget adjustment moving approved expenditures from one category to another without increasing the overall budget previously approved by City Council.

Under Communications, the City Council is scheduled to hear a report from members of Wood Middle School's Jr. Scoop club, who are expected to provide an overview of their club and provide City Council and attendees at the meeting free samples of their premium ice cream.
Downtown Salem celebrates the arrival of "The Cube" on Wednesday (Photo)
City of Salem - 02/27/15
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The sculpture, commonly called "The Cube," is a mysterious block of polished chrome. At its new location in downtown Salem, The Cube is not just turning heads. It's also raising hopes that other sculptures will appear in the city's core.

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, the Salem Public Art Commission and the Oregon Artists Series Foundation will commemorate The Cube with an unveiling and lighting ceremony. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, Wednesday at the sculpture's location, on the northeast corner of Liberty Street NE and State Street.

The Cube's bright surface engages viewers, reflecting people and traffic that passes by the corner. Peterson compares the visual effect to a funhouse mirror.

"It becomes like a moving image. I love it," the mayor said.

The Cube, actually an untitled work by artist Bruce West, was previously part of the sculpture garden at the Salem Convention Center. The piece has been in the city's public art collection since 1971, when it was given to the city by private donors.

In February, the sculpture was moved to its new home in front of the McGilchrist and Roth buildings. Moving the sculpture to a prominent corner is part of a collaborative effort by the Oregon Artists Series Foundation and the Salem Public Art Commission.

Called the Salem Public Sculpture Project, the effort is aimed at making art more accessible to downtown visitors. The vision: place several sculptures each year in the downtown area.

"It exposes people to great art, it makes them think, it adds luster to the community," said Rich Harcourt, president of the Oregon Artists Series Foundation.

Salem's public works department has identified 10 downtown locations where sculptures could potentially be placed. Before more sculptures appear on downtown streets, however, funds will have to be raised through private donations.

For the installation of The Cube, the private owners of the McGilchrist and Roth buildings donated funding for the majority of the costs associated with the art pedestal infrastructure, city officials said.

Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal dollars provided funds for connecting electrical power to the "art well" where The Cube is placed, as well as the installation of lights and other electrical equipment.

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Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum
Lewis & Clark - 02/27/15
The food system serves as the basis of civilization. Right now in the U.S., those involved in the production, processing, and sale of food understand that good business means being attentive to a complex web of legal and policy issues. People are becoming more and more aware of the connections between the food system and the global environment. There is a growing market for foods that are organic, local, and humane. Farmers' markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens are all on the rise.

Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum will explore a broad spectrum of food law and policy topics from the farm to the fork. Issues range from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice. The Forum is designed for law students, lawyers, and other professionals working in the food and agriculture industries, food safety, law, government, and other areas involving food law. The forum will bring together a host of authorities on business, animal, environmental, and social justice laws all within the framework of food, to raise discussion on a number of questions, including: How can we create a more transparent food system? How can we increase access to healthy foods for low-income communities? How can we increase economic opportunities for small-scale local producers? The goal of this project is to develop interest in and raise awareness of the food industry's legal issues, challenges, business operations, regulations, and policies.

The Forum's panelists bring a wealth of experience on a variety of topics within the realm of food safety and policy. Our keynote speaker, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, represents Oregon's 3rd district. Congressman Blumenauer is a strong advocate for the protection of wild and domestic animals, including farm animals. He has outlined proposed reforms to national agricultural policy, and introduced the Balancing Food, Farm, and Environment Act, which prioritizes investment for pressing conservation issues, including helping farmers address a changing climate, transitioning off of antibiotic-intensive practices, and reducing pesticide use. More than a dozen other nationally and internationally known speakers will present on a wide-range of food-law related issues.

Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Lewis & Clark Law School from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. It will include a full day of distinguished speakers, panel discussions, and opportunities to network. At least 100 people are expected to attend from throughout the Portland metro area and Willamette Valley. A registration fee of $50 will include entrance into the conference, light breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception.

For more information and to register, go to: http://go.lclark.edu/law/food-law-forum
Oregon Employer Council Hosting State Conference for Business
Oregon Employment Dept. - 02/27/15
SUNRIVER RESORT - The Oregon Employer Council State Conference for Business, an annual event, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, 2015 at Sunriver Resort just south of Bend.

The Conference offers keynote speakers and breakout sessions on human resources, labor law, and business topics, as well as opportunities to network with businesses from around the state. There are over 19 HRCI credits pending for this state conference.

Early bird registration for the state conference is $349 per person, or $399 after March 27. Register online at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-employer-council-2015-annual-state-conference-for-business-tickets-15422447957. For more information, contact Shaun Engstrom at 503-947-1692 or shaun.c.engstrom@oregon.gov. Agenda is available at www.oec.org.

The Oregon Employer Council is a nonprofit organization with 20 chapters throughout Oregon. OEC members involve employers in problem solving relationships with local, state, and federal governments to advocate for employer education and influence in our communities by identifying and addressing local workforce challenges. Membership is open to all Oregon businesses.


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Stomp All Over Multiple Sclerosis at Walk MS Oregon (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 02/27/15
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More than 5,500 people are expected to rally in nine communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington between April 11 and May 9 for the National MS Society's annual Walk MS fundraising event. Participants help raise funds for critical, cutting edge research that benefits the more than 8,100 people living with multiple sclerosis in the region. It's a great day for friends, family and co-workers to make connections, have fun, and stomp all over MS.

Walk MS Oregon - 2015 Dates and Locations
All locations are 100% accessible, 5k walk routes with entertainment and refreshments along the way. While there is no fundraising minimum or fee to register, the Oregon Chapter encourages a $35 minimum donation.

*Saturday, April 11 9:00am Merrill - Merrill Presbyterian
10:00am Salem - Riverfront Park

*Saturday, April 18 10:00am Portland - Pioneer Courthouse Square
Bend - Riverbend Park

*Saturday, April 25 10:00am Heppner - All Saints Episcopal Church
Central Point - Twin Creeks Park

*Sunday, May 3 10:00am Vancouver, WA - Esther Short Park

*Saturday, May 9 10:00am Corvallis - Helen M. Berg Plaza
Eugene - Alton Baker Park

"Help us better the story for the thousands in our community who need more, deserve more and are counting on the National MS Society to deliver a world without MS," said Lisa Roth, Chapter President of National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. "Together, we will end MS forever."

Register, start a team, volunteer, make a donation or learn more at: walkMS.org

EVENT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
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About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com


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UPDATE: Death Investigation Underway Along Eastbank Esplanade near the Burnside Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/15
The man discovered deceased along the Eastbank Esplanade yesterday has been identified as 48-year-old Robert Allen Hannick Jr. Hannick was homeless at the time of his death.

The Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results to determine cause of death. Hannick did not suffer any trauma and there were no signs of foul play.

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The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Friday to determine the cause and manner of death of the male found this morning on the banks of the Willamette River.

The deceased has tentatively been identified as a 48-year-old male.

Investigators believe that the deceased may have been inside a large drain pipe prior to being pushed out by rainwater and being discovered this morning.

Updates will be provided after the autopsy.

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On Thursday February 26, 2015, at 10:25 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Eastbank Esplanade, just North of the Burnside Bridge on the report of a body under a drain pipe on the banks of the Willamette River.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the body of a deceased adult male on the rocks above the water line.

At this point, the identity of the man or the cause and manner of death are unknown.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to conduct a death investigation.

The Eastbank Esplanade walkway may be affected briefly during this investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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UPDATE #2: Death Investigation Underway Along Eastbank Esplanade near Steel Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/15
The female found dead on the Eastbank Esplanade has been identified as a 26-year-old homeless woman. Her name will be released after family has been located and notified.

The Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results to determine cause of death. The woman did not suffer any trauma and there were no signs of foul play.

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After a preliminary examination, investigators believe the deceased woman suffered a medical event which resulted in her death.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Friday and will work to confirm the woman's identity.

The Eastbank Esplanade is back open to regular traffic.

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On Thursday February 26, 2015, at 3:32 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Eastbank Esplanade, South of the Steel Bridge, on the report of a female down on the ground not moving.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the adult female was deceased.

At this point, the identity of the woman or the cause and manner of death are unknown.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to conduct a death investigation.

The Eastbank Esplanade along this stretch South of the Steel Bridge will be closed during this investigation.

There does not appear to be any connection to the earlier death investigation of a 48-year-old male along the banks of the Willamette River.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Two Beaverton Councilors Appointed to National League of Cities Committees (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/27/15
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Two members of the Beaverton City Council have been appointed to serve on National League of Cities (NLC) committees for 2015. Councilor Lacey Beaty will serve on the Human Development steering committee. Council President Mark Fagin will serve on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) steering committee.


The Human Development steering committee develops NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform.


"As a member of this committee, I'll get to help shape NLC's policy positions and advocate for children, job growth, and other important issues for Beaverton," said Beaty.


The EENR steering committee works on policy issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management. Mayor Denny Doyle previously served as a member of this committee before being appointed to the NLC's board of directors.


"I'm looking forward to advocating for issues important to Beaverton," said Fagin. "I'll be learning how to bring the benefits of national programs back to Beaverton."


Both committees will meet at the upcoming NLC Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., March 7 to 11, 2015.


For more information on the NLC's committees and councils, visit www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption 1: Lacey Beaty, Beaverton City Council, will serve on the 2015 NLC Human Development Steering Committee. (Photo courtesy of Lacey Beaty)


Caption 2: Mark Fagin, Beaverton City Council, pictured here with wife Shelley Fagin at the October 2014 "Soup's On" fundraiser benefitting the Oregon Food Bank. (Photo by City of Beaverton)


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Oregon City Robber Pretends to be with Meals on Wheels; Tips Sought (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/27/15
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On February 13, 2015 at about 5:26 PM Oregon City Police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery which occurred at a residential home on Taylor St near 15th St. A male suspect contacted a 64 year old female homeowner at her front door and pretended to be with Meals on Wheels. The female victim let the suspect into her home. The suspect produced a knife and demanded money from the victim. The suspect cut the home phone line and fled the residence on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim was not injured during the robbery. She was able to get help from a neighbor who contacted police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens to early 30's, 5'8" to 5'10" tall with a slender build. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded top, and brown gloves. The suspect's face was covered with a blue handkerchief and sunglasses.

A witness was able to help police create a composite sketch of the suspect, leaving the crime scene. Investigators located video surveillance of the suspect leaving the neighborhood after the robbery. The Oregon City Police is asking anyone with information regarding this Robbery or who recognizes the suspect in the video surveillance or composite to call the Oregon City Police Tip Line at (503) 496-1616. Oregon City Police Case #15-541.


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Suspicious Circumstance leads to Pursuit and DUI Arrest in Washougal
Washougal Police Dept. - 02/27/15
On February 26, 2015 at 2305 hours officers of the Washougal Police Department responded to a suspicious person call outside the Washougal Police Department. Dispatchers advised they had received a 911 call of a male subject in a green SUV waving a gun or knife around.

As officers began looking around the surrounding area of the police department a green 1994 Ford Explorer was observed passing the front of the police department. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle westbound on SR14 from Washougal River Road to approximately 192nd Ave where the officers disengaged and terminated the pursuit.

As officers returned to Washougal the same green 1994 Ford Explorer passed a fully marked Washougal Police car near exit 12. Officers report the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it passed them, however, the vehicle slowed down in front of the officer. The suspect vehicle began speeding up and slowing down as if the driver was trying to provoke the officer to chase him again. Instead of engaging in another high speed pursuit the officer opted not to engage and just followed behind the vehicle keeping a safe distance.

Other Washougal officers overheard the radio traffic that the suspect vehicle was returning to Washougal and was possibly provoking another high speed pursuit. Spike strips were deployed on SR14 near Washougal River Road which successfully began deflating 3 tires. As officers observed the tires were flat they re-engaged and attempted to stop the vehicle again. The vehicle failed to stop and continued fleeing north on Washougal River Road at speeds of 30-40mph. The suspect vehicle began crossing into the oncoming lane of Washougal River Road making this pursuit even more dangerous. The pursuit was terminated by officers using PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) which brought the suspect vehicle to a stop near the 3600 block of Washougal River Road.

The driver, Cameron L. Frank (23) of Washougal refused to comply with officer's request to show his hands. A Taser was deployed and Frank's was taken into custody without incident. Frank's was checked by medical personnel and was found to be uninjured.

Although, Frank's motive is unclear alcohol was a factor in this incident. Upon arrest Frank's made statements about wanting to get shot by the police. Frank's was arrested and booked for Attempting to Elude Police Vehicle and Driving Under the Influence.

The investigation remains active.
Portland Fire and Rescue is on scene of a Natural gas leak in NW Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/27/15
Crews are on scene of a natural gas incident at 432 NW 21st Ave. Several buildings have been evacuated. Fire crews are working with NW Natural to control and contain the area. Gas has been shut off to the affected building. Crews are working on ventilating the building to diminish any life safety hazards. Please avoid the are if possible.
MESD Board Executive Session 3-2-15 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/27/15
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed; Directly following the Executive Session, the Board will meet in Special Session. ORS 192.660(2)(i): To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.
Battle Ground Police Seeking Information on Burglary Suspect
City of Battle Ground - 02/27/15
The Battle Ground Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred on Thursday, February 26th.

The burglary occurred near the 12000 block of 254th St in Battle Ground at approximately 2:30 pm. The resident/victim came face-to-face with the suspect and provided a description to police: white male with a thin build; about 5'11" tall; late 20s to early 30s in age; clean shaven; no glasses; no obvious tattoos or jewelry; light colored shirt and light gray pants; and may have been wearing a stocking cap. A neighbor witnessed an older-model small red SUV similar to a Geo Tracker in the area at the time of the burglary.

If you can identify the suspect, the vehicle, or have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Phil Anderson at 360-342-5244 or by email at philip.anderson@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.cityofbg.org/tips.
*** Photo's Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/27/15
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Pleasant Hill OR: Troopers from the Springfield Area Command of the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into this evenings two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 58 near milepost 5 in Lane County.

Preliminary information indicates that on February 26, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a white, 2003 Toyota pickup operated by 66-year old, GLEN D. PRATER, of Pleasant Hill, was traveling eastbound on highway 58 when for unknown reasons it drove into oncoming westbound traffic. PRATER'S vehicle collided head-on with a blue, 2011 Chevy Silverado , injuring its driver, 34-year-old, RYAN E. HARTMAN, and his wife, 32-year-old, JENNIFER L. HARTMAN and their 8 year old son; all residents of Malin, Oregon.

PRATER was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. The HARTMAN family was transported to Riverbend Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries..

Investigators are working to determine if a semi-truck may have also been involved in the incident which was reported to have lost a wheel however, that is still undetermined. The crash remains under investigation.

Preliminary information indicates all involved were wearing safety belts. Highway 58 was down to a single lane for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Pleasant Hill Fire, Dexter Fire and ODOT.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police ( OSP ) are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County. Motorists traveling in the area are advised to use alternate routes or expect delays as early information indicates the road is blocked. More information will be released when it becomes available. For closure updates go to www.tripcheck.com.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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North Bend office manager first to win new Lucky Life Scratch-its jackpot (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/27/15
Betty Noble of South Beach
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February 27, 2015 - Salem - Betty Noble of North Bend was the first Oregonian to win a jackpot playing the new Lucky Life Scratch-its from the Oregon Lottery.

Noble, an office manager for an electrical wholesaler, took home the top prize on the $2 Lucky Life Scratch-its, $2,000 a month for 10 years, or $240,000. She opted to take the annuity instead of the lump-sum payment. One $2 Lucky Life jackpot ticket is still available.

Noble said she purchased the Scratch-it when she stopped at the North Bend 7-Eleven to get a soda pop. Not wanting to use her debit card for just a soda, she purchased $2 Lucky Life tickets. That chance decision led to her winning the jackpot.

"I scratched the ticket in the car, and I thought I had won, but I couldn't tell because I didn't have my reading glasses," Noble laughed. "I ended up taking the ticket back into 7-Elven and when they scanned it, we all went crazy. I was fanning myself with the other tickets I bought because I was so excited!"

The 59-year-old Noble said she was talking to a financial planner to see if she could retire sooner than she had planned, thanks to the winnings. She also said she was going to do something nice for her new granddaughter.

"I am going to be very slow and smart with how I spend the money," she said.

The Lucky Life family of Scratch-its has four different tickets, ranging from the $1 ticket, with a top prize of $1,000 a month for 10 years, to the $10 ticket, where the jackpot is $10,000 a month for 10 years.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Attached Media Files: Betty Noble of South Beach
Corvallis Police Discontinue Search for Missing Person
Corvallis Police - 02/27/15
Corvallis Police Investigators have continued the search for Chad Ferschweiler since he was initially reported missing by family members on February 20, 2015. Investigators have discovered Ferschweiler is alive and traveling up and down the Oregon Coast. Ferschweiler has been positively identified as an individual staying in a Central Oregon Coast hotel by hotel staff. It appears Ferschweiler has been traveling up and down the coast since leaving Corvallis on February 16, 2015.

At this time there is no reason to consider Mr. Ferschweiler to be a missing person. The Corvallis Police Investigation will be discontinued at this time.
Six St. Mary's Academy students win first place in Oregon Music Educators Association District Championships (Photo)
St. Mary's Acad. (Downtown) - 02/27/15
From left. Top row - Dolores Fritzsche, Larissa Banitt. Bottom row - Iris Cohn, Grace Hermes, Sydney Wagner, Madison Wray
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Portland, Ore. - Six St. Mary's Academy students took first place in the District 15 Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Solo and Ensemble competition on February 21 at Aloha High School. These six students were among 24 other talented singers and instrumentalists competing from St. Mary's. The private, Catholic all-girls high school was represented by vocal solo entries in the soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto categories as well as a women's vocal ensemble. Instrumental solos by St. Mary's students included oboe, flute, violin and viola as well as woodwind and string ensembles.

"We are very proud of all of our students' performances, the musical skills they demonstrated and their bravery in performing solo or in small groups in front of an adjudicator," said Kathy Briggs, St. Mary's Academy's director of choral music.

St. Mary's senior Madison Wray was named the district champion in the mezzo-soprano category. Freshman Dolores Fritzsche was named the district champion in the oboe category. Sophomores Sydney Wagner, Grace Hermes, Iris Cohn and senior Larissa Banitt were named district champions in the women's ensemble category. This was the first year that ensembles were given the opportunity to advance to the state competition. In the past, ensembles have performed at the district competition for comments only.

"It's really cool to be one of the first district champions ever in the vocal ensemble division. It was a lot of fun working with my fellow ensemble members to put together our performance piece and I know we will be working hard to make it even better for state," said sophomore Iris Cohn.

As district champions these young women will advance to perform and compete in the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) State Solo and Ensemble Championships in May.

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.


Attached Media Files: From left. Top row - Dolores Fritzsche, Larissa Banitt. Bottom row - Iris Cohn, Grace Hermes, Sydney Wagner, Madison Wray
Children's Center Board Welcomes Three New Members (Photo)
Children's Center - 02/27/15
Children's Center's waiting room offers a comfortable and welcoming environment where children may read, play with toys, watch movies, or draw while they wait for their appointment.
Children's Center's waiting room offers a comfortable and welcoming environment where children may read, play with toys, watch movies, or draw while they wait for their appointment.
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Children's Center, the only organization providing medical assessments and family support services to suspected victims of child abuse in Clackamas County, has recently added to its Board of Directors.

The Board is pleased to welcome three new members:

Shari Anderson (of Oregon City), Clackamas County Treasurer. Shari has served as the Treasurer for Clackamas County for more than 15 years and brings nearly 25 years of accounting experience to Children's Center's Board of Directors. Actively involved in the local community, Shari brings to the Board her financial expertise and will help the Center maintain a strong financial standing.

Ted Davis (of Lake Oswego), Owner, Airstream Adventures Northwest. Ted's business has partnered with Children's Center and the Healing Garden Gala as the Platinum level sponsor for the past three years. With his energy and drive to make Clackamas County stand out for our Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts, Ted brings to the Board an aptitude for marketing and specialty in strengthening brand awareness.

John Stransky (of Lake Oswego), President, Warn Industries. With more than 25 years of experience in business leadership and a background in marketing, John also represents the longtime partnership of Warn Industries and Children's Center. John plans to apply his deep business experience to the Center's fundraising and marketing efforts.

"The addition of these three new members represents the exciting direction the organization is going as a whole," said Ken Scuito, Board Development Committee Chair. "Their skills and expertise will be valuable additions to the existing group as they bring fresh perspectives and new ideas."

The three are joining a team of skilled members who currently serve on the nonprofit board including:

* Ron Naso (of Happy Valley), Board Chair, retired Superintendent of North Clackamas School District
* Marianne Cursetjee (of Happy Valley), Board Vice Chair, Owner of Bridgetown Interactive
* Russ Reinhard (of Oregon City), Board Secretary/Treasurer and Immediate Past Chair, Chief Executive of Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
* Catherine Burns (of Sherwood), Professor Emeritus at the OHSU School of Nursing
* John Foote (of Lake Oswego), Clackamas County District Attorney
* Don Johnson (of Lake Oswego), Lake Oswego Police Chief
* Tom Malone (of Lake Oswego), President & CEO of Routeware, Inc.
* David Meyer (of West Linn), Client Relationship Manager at Evergreen GaveKal
* Ken Scuito (of Portland), Senior Marketing Director at Bushwacker, Inc.
* Hilary Simmons-Sand (of West Linn, OR), Community Volunteer
* Troy Stoeber, MD (of West Linn), Owner of Troy C. Stoeber, MD, LLC
* Lucrecia Suarez (of Portland), LCSW, Western Psychological and Counseling Services
* Monte Wood (of Lake Oswego), President of Opus Events Agency

As Clackamas County's only nationally accredited child abuse intervention center providing medical evaluations, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect, Children's Center plays a vital role in ending the trauma of abuse for local children. Children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds are referred to Children's Center for suspicion of abuse. More information can be found online at www.childrenscenter.cc.

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Children's Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is Clackamas County's sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. The organization was founded in 2002 and received National Children's Alliance accreditation in 2015.
For more information, please visit www.childrenscenter.cc.


Attached Media Files: Children's Center's waiting room offers a comfortable and welcoming environment where children may read, play with toys, watch movies, or draw while they wait for their appointment. , Children and youth are given the opportunity to talk with a highly skilled forensic interviewer who is specially trained to talk and listen to children of all ages. , Children and youth will be offered a complete head-to-toe physical examination with a medical provider who is specially trained to document and diagnose abuse. , Parents and supportive caregivers who come to Children's Center find devoted staff who are ready to help. , Children's Center is located at 1713 Penn Lane in Oregon City.
MESD Board Special Session meeting 3-2-15
Multnomah ESD - 02/27/15
The Multnomah Education Services District Board of Directors will meet in Special Session directly after the Board Executive Session meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Board Room at the MESD main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets March 13 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/27/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. March 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting 3-2-15
Multnomah ESD - 02/27/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Glass Conference Room. The Committee will receive the January 2015 financial report, discuss other financial matters and approve the Board and Superintendent expenses.
02/26/15
Gresham Police Participate in Safety Belt Blitz
Gresham Police Dept - 02/26/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department has been working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local agencies for this year's first safety belt blitz campaign. The enhanced patrols will occurred from February 9, 2015 through February 22, 2015. The enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this blitz, there will be an emphasis on child safety restraints, texting while driving and speeding.

According to ODOT crash data, 938 child passengers under the age of eight were killed or injured in a one year time period. Nearly one third of those children were either riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Distracted driving is a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. Also, it is estimated that at any given moment during the daytime across the US, 660,000 people are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. This behavior can increase by three times a driver's risk of getting into a crash.

Gresham Police will also be continuing to watch for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the blitz. During the month of January 2015, officers working under the Oregon Impact DUII grant arrested eight drivers for suspicion of DUII, cited ten people for driving with a suspended license, wrote 42 other citations for violations and gave out 19 warnings. Additionally, during the January seat belt blitz Officers cited 16 drivers for seat belt violations, issued 15 speeding citations, cited 5 drivers for driving while suspended and gave out 27 warnings.
Sheriff's Office Investigatates Scio Burglary
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a report of a burglary at the Old Silver Dollar Tavern, located at 38726 N. Main Street in Scio. An employee arrived for work this morning, February 26, at 9:25 a.m. and discovered the back door had been forced open sometime during the night.

Two safes inside the tavern were damaged and appeared to have been pried open. The Bookkeeper advised a large amount of cash was taken from the safes and nothing else was found to be missing.

During the course of the investigation, deputies interviewed nearby residents who heard banging in the early morning hours but did not report the noise to the Sheriff's Office.

No suspects have been identified at this time, however the investigation is continuing. If anyone has any information on this investigation, please call the Sheriff's Office at 541-967-3950.
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that occurred in Scio. Today at 3:10 P.M, the sheriff's office received a call that reported a single vehicle crash involving a juvenile pedestrian at the intersection of NW 2nd and NW Alder Street in Scio.

The operator of the vehicle, Joy Irish 82 years old of Scio, was driving a white 2002 Dodge Dakota. Irish was the only occupant in the vehicle. Irish was traveling east on NW 2nd Street at a speed of 15-20 MPH. A witness told deputies that a juvenile male, 14 years-old from Scio, was riding a skateboard south on NW Alder Street. The witness said the juvenile did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection and rode in front of Irish.

Irish remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The juvenile was complaining of leg pain and other minor injuries. He was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis for evaluation. The juvenile was not wearing a helmet. This crash remains under investigation. At this time, no citations have been issued.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone of the dangers involved with pedestrian traffic on our roadways. This is the second vehicle vs. pedestrian crash the sheriff's office has responded to in less than 2 weeks. Please be mindful of motor vehicles when riding bicycles, skateboarding, running or walking on roadways. Often wearing highly visible or reflective clothing can help drivers see pedestrians and avoid these types of crashes.
Update #2: Shooting in custody: Cowlitz Sheriff reports another shooting in Kelso, suspect at large, see pic of suspect. (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
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Update #2: 2-26-15 8pm. Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies talked with several family members and friends of Christopher Yourkwitz to try to convince him to turn himself in and a short time later Yourkwitz called the Sheriff's Office and said he was on his way to turn himself in and that is what he did. After arriving at the Cowlitz Sheriff's office he refused to say what happened during the shooting or answer any questions. He was booked for Assault 3rd degree and Felon Possession of Firearm. The gun used in the shooting has not been located.

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Update 2-26-15 1pm - The suspect, Christopher Yourkwitz is still at large and wanted for felony assault and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in last nights shooting of his roommate Christopher "Wyatt" Potter in Kelso.

The original story told to deputies by Potter was that Yourkwitz became angry at Potter because Potter said disparaging remarks to Yourkwitz about Yourkwitz ex-wife, who had been at the house earlier that day. During a heated argument Yourkwitz grabbed a gun and shot Potter in the abdomen. Potter later last night said that he now believed that the shooting was an accident.

Yourkwitz is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Yourkwitz has a conviction for a felony Assault. and Felony Burglary in the past. He is wanted for Felony Assault and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, for last nights shooting.

Anyone with any information about Yourkwitz, or direct knowledge of the shooting should call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 3690-577-3092.

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Cowlitz Sheriff reports that at about 9:15pm today, 2-25-15, Christopher "Wyatt" Potter, 35 yrs, was shot in the abdomen with a 45 caliber pistol by his roommate, Christopher Lee Yourkwitz, 41 yrs. The shooting happened at 201 Veys Ave, Kelso, in a home owned by Potter. Yourkwitz and Potter got in to a dispute (nature unknown) which led to Yourkwitz shooting Potter at close range. Potter ran next door to a neighbors (unknown) and reported being shot and to call 911 which they did. He was taken by ambulance to St. John Hospital in Longview.

Yourkwitz has a history of felony assault in the past and is still at large. He has a very distinctive tattoo across his face, see photo attached. He is 5'8" 175 lbs and brown eyes. Yourkwitz is believed to be armed with a pistol and possibly a semi-auto rifle. He is extremely dangerous.

Potter was being taken to surgery a few hours ago at St. John Hospital. His condition is not known.

The Lower Columbia SWAT team was called to check a shop building next door but Yourkwitz was not there.

Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives are still on scene.

Yourkwitz is wanted for Assault 1st degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206. Local callers can also call 911 if they have strong reason to believe they know where Yourkwitz is at that moment. Other standard tips can be called in to the 911 center on their business line at 360-577-3098.

Callers who have information about the shooting should call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

We do not have a vehicle that he is associated with at this time.

While this shooting is very similar to the shooting from yesterday, they are unrelated.

[if the media has follow up questions and I do not answer my phone, please leave me a message with your questions, or, text them to me on my cell - CR]


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Pursuit of Stolen Car Ends in Crash, Arrest - No Serious Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/26/15
On Thursday February 26, 2015, at 7:02 p.m., a Portland Police Canine Unit Sergeant spotted a stolen car at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard in the 7-11 parking lot.

The sergeant called for additional resources to respond to the area in case the car pulled out of the lot. As officers were getting into the area the car left eastbound on Sandy Boulevard and the sergeant got behind it to await additional units.

At 102nd Avenue, the sergeant attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver sped away and attempted to elude police. Shortly after the pursuit began, the suspect crashed into another vehicle at Northeast 112th Avenue and Wygant Street. The suspect got out of the vehicle and attempted to run but quickly surrendered to police.

The suspect, an adult male, was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect vehicle contained two female adult passengers, one of whom was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Traffic is minimally impacted and updates on the suspect and charges are expected on Friday morning.

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New Public Deliberation Initiative Expands on Regional Survey
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 02/26/15
Vancouver, Wash. (February 26, 2015)-- A recently released 500,000 Voices report highlighting values and beliefs held by citizens across southwest Washington is gaining significant traction if today's developments are any indication.

A capacity crowd of about 200 community leaders gathered at Opening Conversation, a special briefing at WSU Vancouver, to learn more about the survey's findings. During the event, WSU Vancouver officials announced the founding of their Initiative for Public Deliberation (IPD), a program of the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. The initiative is already operational--with students completing formal coursework in public deliberation--and aims to engage a broad cross-section of local residents in discussing vital issues facing our community.

Equipped with fresh insights from the 500,000 Voices report and new capacity for public deliberation, WSU Vancouver and its student moderators have scheduled a series of forums on the topic of affordable housing in southwest Washington. These discussions will be held at various times and locations across southwest Washington this spring, and are being co-hosted in partnership with WSU Vancouver, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Identity Clark County and Clark College.

Initiative for Public Deliberation Formed
The goal of WSU Vancouver's Initiative for Public Deliberation, which is part of the highly regarded Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, is to enhance local democracy through improved public communication and community problem-solving.

According to Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor of the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, the IPD will become a home for ongoing public discussion and civic engagement around key regional issues. Long said the IPD will assist local government, schools boards, and community organizations by researching issues, developing useful background material, and designing, facilitating and reporting findings from innovative public forums and panel discussions. It will also expand academic opportunities at WSU Vancouver by allowing students to learn about deliberative techniques and receive training for small group facilitation.

"This announcement is a major step in the growth of WSU Vancouver and also for our region as a whole," Long said. "We see this initiative as providing a much-needed neutral ground for all residents and civic leaders to discuss and assess important issues outside of the polarized vacuums that have come to dominate local and national decision making."

The initiative will also allow the 500,000 Voices Partnership to build upon the data gathered through the 500,000 Voices survey, and ensure that regional policies, resources and priorities align with community values. Published under a Creative Commons license, the 500,000 Voices summary report and survey complete data sets are now publicly available to share, use, and build upon. Complete results and a printable report can be found online at www.500kVoices.org.

"These findings are an asset to everyone who lives and works in southwest Washington," said Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. "Sharing this information freely will only add to its insights and make it a more useful resource as residents and leaders begin working together to improve this great region."

About 500,000 Voices
The 500,000 Voices project was initiated in 2014 through a regional partnership that includes AHA!, Clark College, The Columbian, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, DHM Research, Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Public Broadcasting, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and WSU Vancouver. DHM Research administered the 500,000 Voices survey using two tracks to engage a broad and representative sample of southwest Washington's adult population. Different sampling techniques were used to assure valid and statistically reliable results for each county, and enough surveys were completed to provide statistically reliable analysis at the regional level.
Teachers Explore Sound Grading Practices (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
BGPS middle school teachers break into groups to discuss sound grading practices and assessment for learning.
BGPS middle school teachers break into groups to discuss sound grading practices and assessment for learning.
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During professional development on Wednesday, Battle Ground Public Schools' middle school teachers tackled standards based grading with Myron Dueck, an international educator and expert on sound grading practices and assessment for learning.

Teachers listened as Dueck presented his philosophies on homework, grading, and lesson planning, and then broke into groups by school to discuss what they could do in their teaching practices to incorporate sound grading practices.

"It's another step in our efforts to align our work so that we are all using the same vocabulary with the same meaning behind our words," said Paula Koehler-Martin, the district's executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. "As teachers come together, they can more effectively collaborate on creating learning experiences for our kids."

Dueck has been working with Maple Grove teachers to help them bring consistency to their grading practices and bring homework into alignment with the learning that is happening in the classroom. The group has been using Dueck's book, "Grading Smarter, Not Harder," as a key piece of their professional development on sound grading practices. This week's professional development presentation expanded the discussion on sound grading practices to middle school teachers across the district.

In his presentation on Wednesday, Dueck specifically highlighted the issues that many students face in the home??-poverty, depression, hunger and violence??-that can negatively impact learning. Dueck explained that teachers can increase student learning by creating a streamlined classroom environment that focuses on clear learning targets and outcomes rather than homework performance or extra credit. He suggests schools adopt a philosophy that focuses on grading practices that show students' true understanding of learning outcomes and one that emphasizes out-of-classroom support such as before and after-school tutoring. This philosophy moves the emphasis away from getting points for homework completion and more toward individual students demonstrating their learning.

Dueck's thoughts on lesson plans is that they are important to the identification of clear learning targets that should be established first, and then assessments should be developed based on those targets, and learning is what happens in between.

Dueck's visit to Battle Ground Public Schools is aligned with the district's professional development plan, which emphasizes standards based grading, use of formative assessment and professional learning communities. This year, the district implemented standards based reporting for students in its kindergarten through fourth grades. The first standards based report card went home with students earlier this month: http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/newk-4reportcardcomeshomenextweek


Attached Media Files: BGPS middle school teachers break into groups to discuss sound grading practices and assessment for learning. , BGPS teachers listen to a professional development presentation on sound grading practices from Myron Dueck, and international educator. , "Grading Smarter Not Harder" by Myron Dueck
Explosion and Fire Destroy Pool House in SE Salem (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 02/26/15
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On Tuesday, February 24th, Marion County Fire District #1 responded to an explosion on Jordan St SE around 9:25 p.m. The first arriving engine, Engine 345, witnessed visible flames on the exterior of a pool house at the location. The explosion sent flaming debris into the landscaping surrounding the pool house, and broken glass more than 50 feet onto the pool area.

Investigators believe that a propane leak was the cause of the explosion and fire. Lines from a 125 gallon propane tank extend into the pool house. Structural damage to the building did not allow investigators to enter due to safety concerns.

No other structures were involved and there was no threat to life and safety.


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*** Update *** Missing Inmate from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla Located/Arrested (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
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*** Update ***
At approximately 10:49 a.m. on February 26, Umatilla County Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting a sighting of Inmate Steven Fox near South 1st Street and East McKinney Ave just south of Hermiston. A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy responded and located Inmate Fox at approximately 11:00 a.m., near the reported location.

Inmate Fox was taken into custody without incident. After being taken into custody by UCSO he was transferred to the custody of the Oregon State Police and subsequently lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued as a result of his escape.

The Oregon State Police wishes to thank the public for remaining observant during the search for Inmate Fox and for the tip that ultimately led to his arrest.

Original Release:
Detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing their investigation and search for Inmate STEVEN LEE FOX, 49, who walked away from an inmate work crew at the Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman on February 25th. The whereabouts of Inmate FOX are unknown at this time and detectives are working with the Department of Corrections in attempts to locate him.

Members of OSP and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office patrolled the area Inmate Fox was last observed throughout the night but were unsuccessful in locating him and plan to continue patrolling the area throughout the day.

OSP and local law enforcement wish to remind people traveling in Western Umatilla and Eastern Morrow Counties to be observant and report any suspicious persons and are reminded to be cautious of picking up any hitchhikers in the area.

Anyone who sees or has seen Inmate FOX is asked to contact the Oregon State Police by calling 800-452-7888.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Original DOC Release:
Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

Contact Info:
Lori Davis, 541-922-2008, Lori.A.Davis@doc.state.or.us
Betty Bernt, 503-551-1216, Betty.A.Bernt@doc.state.or.us


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Reynolds School District Earns the Meritorious Budget Award
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
The Reynolds School District has been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation during the 2014-2015 budget year by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The award is based on meeting best practices criteria in four areas: General Requirements; Introductory Section; Organizational Section; and the Financial Section. Reynolds School District met the criteria in all four sections, which means that the resources are spent in alignment with the organization's goals and objectives and that the document is reader-friendly.

The MBA Criteria Checklist provides a foundation for developing a reader-friendly budget document that:
* Presents clear budget guidelines.
* Promotes communication between departments and the community.
* Encourages short- and long-range budget goals.
* Supports effective use of educational resources.

This award reflects our district's commitment to sound fiscal management practices and represents a significant achievement for us, our staff, and the whole Reynolds School District. The 2015-16 Fiscal Responsibility Goal includes actions that focus upon a transparent, sound and responsible financial plan that focuses resources to the classroom and advances student achievement, supports family/community involvement and promotes school safety. "This award reflects the high quality financial management that the district has attained," said Superintendent Linda Florence. The award is tangible evidence of these ongoing efforts to use resources strategically to support students well.

The Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials' skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program's stringent criteria.

The winning document can be viewed at: http://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/district/reynolds-school-district-earns-meritorious-budget-award-2014-15-budget

Voya Financial, Inc. (TM) is honored to sponsor the MBA program for the 10th consecutive year.
ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.

Voya Financial, Inc.(TM) (NYSE: VOYA), which has rebranded from ING U.S., is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company's vision is to be America's Retirement Company(TM) and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today--retirement readiness. For more information, visit http://voya.com.

For more information about the MBA award, visit ASBO's website: www.asbointl.org/MBA.
*** Update *** January 25th Shooting Investigation in La Pine Leads to Charges/Arrest
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
*** Update ***
On January 25, 2015, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to northern Klamath County to investigate a report of a drive by shooting. GARY T. DAVIS,31, of La Pine was identified as a suspect in the shooting and was subsequently involved in a brief stand-off with police in La Pine. (Previous release)

Detectives continuing the investigation identified and interviewed additional witnesses and gathered new evidence which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant in Klamath County for the charge of attempted murder for DAVIS.

On February 25, DAVIS turned himself in to troopers at the Oregon State Police office in Bend without incident. DAVIS was arrested and transported to Klamath County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant.

Any further releases will be coordinated through the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2015 11:31 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.

Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.

At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.
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Metro Grant Supports Student Transportation Options
Clackamas Community College - 02/26/15
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College will share in $2.1 million in federal grant awards from Metro aimed at making it easier for area residents to walk, bike, take transit and share rides. CCC will receive $85,000 from the Regional Travel Options grant to support the Student Transportation Initiative that will help students find new transportation options to get to class.
Specifically, the grant proceeds will be used to create a transportation system coordinator position at the college. The need for the position was identified in an eight-month study of the transportation infrastructure at CCC, including its free shuttle program, connectivity between campuses, parking and existing public transit routes.
The Comprehensive Transportation Study for the college was created by Adam Moore, a civil engineer, who came to CCC from the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium through the Hatfield Resident Fellows program at Portland State University's Center for Public Service.
CCC serves a large geographic area that includes much of Clackamas County. In a 2013 community engagement process, Imagine Clackamas, survey results indicated that transportation was one of the greatest barriers for students at the college. The research conducted by Moore found that:
* More than 20 percent of CCC students report that they have been forced to drop one or more classes due to a transportation problem or barrier.
* More than 70 percent of students travel to CCC in single occupancy vehicles, and only 6 percent rideshare or carpool.
* Although all three campuses are served by multiple transit agencies, more than 50 percent of students aged 18-21 reported that they would not know how to take a bus or train or where to find information on transit if they needed to.
CCC has responded to student needs by increasing service for the free shuttle that provides transportation from the end of the Green Max Line at Clackamas Town Center to the Oregon City and Harmony campuses. The Metro grant will enable the college to enhance student access to transportation options through a variety of strategies including hiring the transportation system coordinator.
For more information about the grant at CCC, contact Jim Huckestein, vice president of College Services, at 503-594-3010.
CRT's Breakaway Series Presents 'The Call'
Clackamas Community College - 02/26/15
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its sixth annual, semistaged contemporary play series, "Breakaway," with performances of "The Call" on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22. The featured plays are by American playwrights and all are area premieres.
"The Call" is written by Tanya Barfield and directed by Damaris Webb. The play is about a white American couple who decides to adopt a baby from Africa. Their friends, an African-American couple, are all for it, vowing to help the child adapt to the American way of life. Initially this gesture seems compassionate, but as the concept comes closer to reality the questions and concerns it raises stir a mixture of domestic and racial tensions as the two worlds collide.
The series concludes May 2 and 3 with "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many," by Meghan Kennedy.
The Breakaway series shows are Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre, followed by discussions with the actors and director.
Tickets are $15 each and are available online at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047. For more information call 503-594-3915.
Flamenco Performance at CCC on March 4 (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/26/15
A Tabalo de Rosas performance
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OREGON CITY - The Tablao de Rosas flamenco group will perform at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, March 4, at noon in the Gregory Forum. The performance is free and open to the public.
Tablao de Rosas is a high energy flamenco performance group from the Rosas y Lluvia Flamenco Arts Academy. The group is made up of local flamenco musicians, singers and dancers, with Jeffery Trapp featured on the flamenco guitar.
Trapp is a professional musician with more than 20 years' experience. He began his flamenco studies in 1999 and has studied with many great masters focusing on the Jerez style. He performs throughout the Northwest, accompanying dancers and singers.
This event is hosted by CCC's International Committee. If you have questions, please contact Irma Bjerre at 503-594-3245 or irmab@clackamas.edu.


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Man Arrested After Climbing on Running Bulldozer
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Today at 3:15 p.m., deputies were called to the Brown Island Demolition Landfill, located at 2895 Faragate Avenue South, in Salem. A bulldozer operator called 911 to report that a man had crawled onto his moving machine and was swinging an axe.

The operator locked himself inside the cab of the piece of heavy equipment and waited for deputies to arrive. When deputies arrived they found Dale Gerner, age 56, a transient from the Salem area. Mr. Gerner had dropped the axe, but was armed with a knife. Deputies challenged Mr. Gerner, he complied with all of their commands and he was arrested without incident.

Mr. Gerner told deputies that he was tracking a cougar in Minto Brown Park, when he began being chased by hunters with dogs. Mr. Gerner stated the hunters climbed a tree and racked a gun so he made the decision to enter the landfill by climbing the barbed wire fence. It was very apparent to deputies on scene that Mr. Gerner was in crisis and suffering from some type of mental health condition.

Although he was arrested and transported to the jail for the crimes of menacing, trespassing and disorderly conduct, members from our Crisis Outreach Response Team will attempt contact with Mr. Gerner and assess his mental health needs.

Currently there are no booking photos available of Mr. Gerner.
Join the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Take the Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
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Join the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office polar plungers out in the cold this weekend taking part in the Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge at Broughton Beach on the Columbia River. This is the seventh year of this very popular fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon in Portland. The event will be held this Saturday February 28, 2015 with on-site plunge registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the plunge starting at 11:00 a.m. at Broughton Beach, NE 42nd and Marine Drive. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Polar Plunge team the MCSO All Stars will be there along with over 1,500 other plungers all to raise funds for Special Olympics Oregon. The optional 5k Polar Plunge Fun Run/Walk will kick off the day at 9:00 a.m. at Portland Airport Economy Parking Red Lot and end at the Polar Plunge site.

New this year, attendees and participants are invited to join in a "Winter Beach Party" prior to plunging this year, open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be live music, food and activities all morning long on Saturday. Come out and join law enforcement and all the other plungers as we help raise fund to help support Special Olympics Oregon.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, The Portland Police Bureau and other local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to assist with the event. One of our own MCSO Facility Security Officer Jennifer Lindstrand will be joining this year's Polar Plunge Super Plungers and plunge into the frigid Columbia River waters once an hour for 24 hours beginning at noon on Friday, February 27, 2015. FSO Lindstrand individually rose over $3,500 to support Special Olympics Oregon and participate in the Super Plunge.

Proceeds from the event go towards continuing the Special Olympics Oregon mission: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

For more information visit the 2015 Polar Plunge site to consider donating to the MCSO All Stars or one of the many other teams participating this year and/or join in the 2015 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon!


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CORRECTION - UPDATE #2 - ARREST: Major Crash Team Responding to a Fatal Traffic Crash at NE 33rd & Columbia (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/26/15
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Vann's car was a 2002 Prius, not a 1992 as earlier released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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Last night, Traffic Division investigators booked 25-year-old Joshua James Vann into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangerment. Vann was treated and released from the hospital before being taken into custody.

Vann was one of the drivers involved in the fatal crash on Columbia Boulevard.

The driver who died at the scene has been identified as 55-year-old Dale Edward McConachie.

Investigators learned that both drivers were westbound on Columbia approaching 33rd Avenue when Vann swerved his 2002 Toyota Prius and struck a curb, lost control, then hit McConachie's vehicle, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am. McConachie then lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a concrete structure on the driver's side of the car. McConachie died at the scene.

The investigators were able to determine that Vann was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, leading to the listed charges.

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Traffic investigators are still processing the crash scene on Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

All roads are expected to be open by 10:00 p.m.

No additional updates are expected tonight.

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On Wednesday February 25, 2015, at 4:35 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 33rd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard on the report of a two vehicle crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found one person deceased and another critically injured. The injured party has been transported to a Portland hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Northeast Columbia Boulevard is closed in both directions at 33rd Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to use Lombard/Portland Highway as an alternate route.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 Special Board Working Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Working Session Board Meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 5:30 p.m. The Board will have a discussion about the 2015-2016 District budget. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Sheriff's Office Offering Free Boat Inspections (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
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On Saturday March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Team will be offering free boat inspections. Deputies will be at the Sportsman's Warehouse, located at 1260 Lancaster Drive SE, in Salem.

We will be checking for:

-Boat Registration (Certificate of number)
- Registration numbers on forward half of boat
- Validation stickers
- Boater education cards
- PFD's (life jackets)
- Sound producing device
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights
- Ventilation
- Clean Flame arrestor
- Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for non-motorized over 10'

Come on out, we hope to see you there!


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Former Vernonia Police Officer Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
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The investigation into Child Sexual Abuse Charges against Former Police Officer Gene Baska is continuing, following the indictment today of the 62-year-old Vernonia man on three counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and one count of Luring a Minor.

Sheriff's investigators have identified additional victims since Baska's arrest in January on Child Sexual Abuse charges. Investigators believe more victims might still be out there and are requesting anyone with information to call the sheriff's recorded tip line at (503) 366-4698.

The indictment on the Measure 11 Sexual Abuse charges came today. Mr. Baska remains out on bail on the original charges, and is expected to appear on these new charges next month.


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Oregon City Police K9 Catches Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/26/15
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On February 21, 2015 at about 10:33 PM Oregon City Police responded to a Robbery call near Chevron Gas Station on Molalla Ave and Mt. View Ln. Patrol officers arrived at the scene, finding an 18 year old male and female victim who had been robbed at knife point, while they were parked behind the Chevron gas station. The male victim sustained cut wounds from the suspect during the robbery. He was transported to OHSU for his injuries and later released. The suspect fled on foot before police were called.

The Oregon City Police Department assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, West Linn Police, and Gladstone Police began an immediate search for the armed suspect. At about 11:06 PM Oregon City Police K9 Mac located the suspect hiding in the back yard of a residence not far from the original crime scene. The suspect was safely taking into custody.

The suspect was identified as 22 year old Humberto Diaz Trujillo out of Oregon City. Humberto Diaz Trujillo was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for Robbery I, Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine with a bail of $530,000.


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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Proposes Entrance Fee Increase
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/26/15
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is soliciting public comments via the National Park Service (NPS) public comment website (PEPC) and US Mail concerning possible fee increases in 2015 and 2016. Under the park's proposal, the entrance fee to the reconstructed stockade site would change from $3 to $5 in 2015 and $7 in 2016 for an individual, and would remain valid for reentrance for seven days. The park's annual pass would increase from $10 to $20 in 2015 and $30 in 2016, and would continue to allow admittance of four adults.

The proposed fee increase affects the reconstructed stockade site only. Access to park grounds, trails, roads, and facilities outside of the reconstructed stockade site would remain free of charge. Facilities that will remain free of charge to access include the Visitor Center (currently under rehabilitation) and Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver , WA, and the McLoughlin and Barclay Houses at the park's McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City, OR.

This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country. Entrance fees have been collected at Fort Vancouver NHS for more than 20 years.

At National Park Service sites where fees are collected, 80% of fees collected remain at the site to support projects with a direct visitor connection. Parks propose projects and compete service-wide for funding from the remaining 20% of fees collected. At Fort Vancouver NHS, the additional 80% revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, and repair and replacement of equipment and materials to enhance park programming and special events.

Examples of projects funded through the 80% fee revenue funds at Fort Vancouver NHS include replicating nineteenth century furniture for museum display and use in living history special events onsite, creating new trail maps, replacing viewing decks along the Columbia River waterfront, adding accessible trails within the reconstructed stockade, adding picnic tables and trash receptacles throughout the park, and replacing playground equipment at the popular playground near the Visitor Center.

Fort Vancouver NHS has successfully competed service-wide for projects funded through the 20% recreational fee funding source. The Visitor Center rehabilitation is an excellent example currently in progress.

A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, February 26, 2015 through March 27, 2015. Feedback will be accepted via: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/Proposed_Fee_Increase_Fort_Vancouver_NHS
and U.S. Mail at:
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Attention: Proposed Fee Increase
612 E. Reserve St.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park's Contact Station. Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the Interagency Annual Pass, $10 for the Senior Pass, and free for the Access or Military passes.

The new fees could be implemented in late May 2015. However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement. The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders. Comments received during the 30 day public comment period will inform the agency's decision on how or if a fee increase will be implemented.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. A recent report showed that 733,539 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2013 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area.
Health advisory lifted February 26 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 02/26/15
February 26, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued December 4, 2014, for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the level of blue-green algae is well below guideline values. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255 and Jackson County Environmental Health at 541-774-8206. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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

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UPDATED: Deputies make arrest in Jan. 22 shooting at SE 20th and Park; arraignment today at 3 p.m. (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Booking photo: Zachary Michael Hughes
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UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015) -- ARREST MADE IN JAN. 22 SHOOTING; ARRAIGNMENT SET FOR TODAY

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the Jan. 22 shooting of Scott L. Firkus. The shooting happened at the intersection of SE 20th and Park in unincorporated Clackamas County.

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, deputies arrested Zachary Michael Hughes on charges that include Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree, and transported him to the Clackamas County Jail.

Zachary Hughes' complete booking info is here:
http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015001989

Bail is set at $295,000. A booking photo is attached.

Until yesterday, Hughes was in custody at Washington County Jail, where he was being held on a probation violation. He is now lodged at Clackamas County Jail.

Zachary Hughes will be arraigned at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015) at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City.

Previous releases in this case are reproduced below.

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EARLIER: Jan. 23, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting at SE 20th and Park while crime scene investigators evaluate evidence collected. Detectives are not releasing any additional details at this time about the crime.

The victim is identified as Scott L. Firkus, age 44, transient.

The victim remains in intensive care.

The victim's family does not want any media contact.

Detectives continue to ask that anyone with information contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO case # 15-1989.
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EARLIER: Jan. 22, 2015, 9:27 a.m.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, deputies responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of SE 20th and Park in unincorporated Clackamas County.

Callers to 911 had reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area. The callers then went outside and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the roadway on SE 20th at Park.

Deputies arrived. The victim was transported to the hospital by AMR, where he is currently listed in serious condition.

Deputies searched the immediate area. At this writing the suspect in this shooting is outstanding. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently canvassing the area.

More details will be released as the investigation continues.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO case # 15-1989.
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News-release archive

Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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Hathaway fifth graders enjoy lesson in etiquette (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
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Washougal, WA -- Hathaway Elementary fifth grade girls had the chance to learn and practice good table manners with a special field trip for lunch to Hearth Wood Oven Bistro in Washougal on February 25. The experience was a part of the Young Women in Action (YWIA) program, sponsored and staffed by the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club.

"The girls were all very excited to participate," said Meridee Pabst, Rotary's YWIA coordinator. "They had fun getting dressed up and practicing what they had learned about restaurant etiquette."

The lunch began with a silly skit prepared by YWIA adult mentors on what bad manners looks like. At the table were "Table Manners Menus" that gave the girls tips such as laying your napkin on your lap, bringing bites of food to your mouth and to how to lay your fork and knife in the "finished" position on your plate. "We wanted to leave the girls with a feeling of confidence that they know what to expect and how to conduct themselves at a nice restaurant," Pabst explained. "This was the first time some of them had been in this type of setting. Sometimes it can be confusing to even know which water glass is yours or how to use a table knife." Each girl was also supplied a dollar bill to leave as a tip.

The menu, prepared by Hearth owner, David Garcia and served by Will Callaway, included salad, chicken and pasta and bacon wrapped dates for dessert. "David offered the dates for dessert to help the girls expand their palate and try something that they may never have tried before," Pabst said. "We are very grateful to David for opening up for us at a time when the restaurant is usually closed."

"What the Rotary is doing, mentoring these young girls, is really great and I think we will all be better in the future for their efforts. I was proud to be a part of it," said Garcia. "I hope the girls had an appreciation of what Hearth is about and how to enjoy a dining experience. They seemed very happy and eager to learn about appropriate behavior based on the environment that one finds themselves in."

"I thought it was a lot of fun to get dressed up and go out with friends that I usually just see at school," said Hathaway fifth grader, Jocelyn Bowman. "We got to visit at our table and I learned some things about some of the girls that I had not known." Bowman also gained more appreciation for no technology at the table in public. "It is rude to talk loudly on a cell phone in a restaurant," she pointed out. "And besides, you want to talk to friends and family at the table with you."

As a follow up, the girls convene in small groups to talk about what they enjoyed and learned. One member takes notes of the discussion and another is chosen to present their thoughts to the entire group. "This carries on the lessons to working as a team and practicing public speaking," Pabst said.

YWIA is a free, eight-week program for all Hathaway fifth grade girls that focuses on development of life skills such as friendship, health, hygiene, career, manners, etiquette, and "envision your life" exercises, while being fun and age-appropriate. "The program also provides them an opportunity to get to know and interact with peers who are not in their circle of friends," Pabst explained. "It all fits neatly into the school week on Wednesday afternoons, when school dismisses early."

Another highly anticipated field trip will be on March 11 to the Manning Academy of Cosmetology to review basic hygiene and personal care and provide each student with a self-esteem boosting hair style makeover.

Other sessions include learning about relationships and trust, money management, careers, nutrition and exercise. The program ends with a farewell celebration in which the girls practice social skills they have learned, receive a photo of themselves and friends they made during the program, certificates, flowers and cake. "We hope this program becomes a much-loved part of their Wednesday routine and a fondly remembered part of their final year in elementary school," Pabst said.

Young Women in Action, and its boys' counterpart Young Men in Action which begins in April, are always looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers from the community. The programs are paid for by the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club and are made possible with the help of local organizations who make donations, provide special pricing, or facilitate field trips to their businesses. Participation in Rotary is not a requirement to be part of the programs. To get involved, either as a sponsor or mentor visitcwrotary.com and click on the YMIA/YWIA link at the top of the page at cwrotary.com.

Rotary International is a service organization with over 1.2 million members in more than 160 countries. The Camas-Washougal Rotary meets at 7 am on Thursdays at Orchard Hills Golf and Country Club, 605 39th St., Washougal, WA 98671. For more club information visit cwrotary.com.

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$95,690 awarded for art acquisition through The Ford Family Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/26/15
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Eight Oregon arts organizations will receive $95,690 in funds from The Ford Family Foundation's Art Acquisition Program, the Oregon Arts Commission announced today.

The Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work.

Awards help these institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the five years of this program, 40 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent Oregon collections.

Awards were made to:

Favell Museum, Klamath Falls ($12,500)
For the purchase of "Where Trails Cross," an oil on canvas depicting a story of the Western Rangers by Don Prechtel. The painting will complement the Museum's holdings of works relating to the history of the American West.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem ($20,815)
For the purchase of "Triad" by Mel Katz. The significant sculpture will be placed in a public outdoor location on the Willamette campus. The acquisition deepens the Museum's upcoming retrospective of Katz' work.

Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland ($13,500)
For the purchase of Stephen Hayes' "Tisch," (attached) which was included in the exhibition Figure/Ground, Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective in 2013. The painting will join and extend the college's collection of landscape works by significant historic Oregon artists.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene ($22,000)
For the purchase of "Torch," by James Lavadour. Painted in 2012, the work represents the scale, richness and visual impact of Lavadour's complex, post-2000, explorations of Chinese painting, Abstract Expressionism and jazz. It is the first work by Lavadour in the Museum's collection.

Oregon State University, Art About Agriculture Collection, Corvallis ($2,375)
For the purchase of "Epicure Extravaganza," "Feather," "Permian Utopia," and "Wings" -a suite of three prints and one drawing by renowned OSU faculty member Yuji Hiratsu. The works are significant to the College of Agricultural Sciences' collection for their exceptional quality and for the environmental portraiture that reflects humankind's culinary pursuits and interaction with the biodiversity of land and sea.

Portland Art Museum, Portland ($10,000)
For the purchase of "Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation" by artist Wendy Red Star. Originally installed for the Museum's Apex series, Red Star's reinterpretation of well-known photographs made during the Peace Delegation of 1880 touches three of the Museum's collections: Native Arts, Photography and Contemporary Northwest.

Reed College, Portland ($8,500)
For the purchase of "Symmetrical Ovoid Lattices VII" by Michael Knutson. The 2013 painting complements an earlier work by the Reed professor, allowing students to study the artist's evolution in technique and color palette, and joining important regional abstraction by Carl Morris, Louis Bunce, Michele Russo and C.S. Price in the collection.

Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland ($8,000)
For the purchase of "1973, After Her "War Series," Nancy Spero Resolves to Paint Only Female Subjects. She Calls This La Peinture Feminine" by Ellen Lesperance. The work is part of Lesperance's ongoing study of female activists, and continues the Museum's interests in discourse and academic inquiry.

About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
The Art Acquisition Fund is one of seven program facets first launched in 2010 as part of The Ford Family Foundation's initial five-year visual arts program established in the memory of Hallie Ford to assist Oregon's most promising visual artists and the institutions that support their work. The Foundation's board has approved extending the program through 2019. In addition to the Arts Acquisition Fund, other resources are being dedicated to the following:

Fellowships: Hallie Ford Fellows are provided unrestricted grants to support the conceptualization and the development of new work, annually.
Artists-in-Residences: Bi-annual awards to four "Golden Spot" residency programs in Oregon, and at Djerassi Art Residency and the Ucross Foundation that provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work. Two new additional national programs will be opened to Oregon artists in 2015.
Exhibition & Documentation: Funding for the curation, preparation, materials and traveling of exhibitions.
Capital Projects: Resources to improve and/or expand studio and exhibition space at key Oregon visual arts institutions.
Curator/Critic Tour: Visitations by national curators to consult with Oregon's visual artists, regional curators and critics, and to generally interact with the arts community.
Career Opportunity Grants: Resources to mid-career Oregon visual artists who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production or exhibition of their work.


About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. It partners with Oregon's leading visual arts educators, gallerists, museum and arts professionals to help implement program elements and leverages funding with other state and national resources.
The Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is "successful citizens and vital rural communities" in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation, please visit the website at www.tfff.org.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/26/15
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An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date was Aug. 12, 2016.


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Battle Ground High School Vocalists Perform at 'In the Spotlight' Concerts (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
BGHS senior Tristan Decker accompanies senior McKenzie Billingsley as she practices for the "In the Spotlight" concerts at BGHS.
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More than 25 Battle Ground High School vocalists will take the stage next weekend for four performances of "In The Spotlight," a concert featuring multiple solo and group singing acts, on March 5-6 at Battle Ground High School.

The students competed in a classroom project reminiscent of a reality TV singing competition for the chance to perform in the concerts. For the projects, students chose to perform either a solo or in a group and then practiced their choice of songs in front of their peers. At practices, each act had the opportunity to improve their performance based on the constructive criticism offered by their peers and BGHS choir director Darcy Schmitt. "Feedback is an important part of a young singer's development, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate a feedback process into my students' vocal work," Schmitt said.

In the end, Schmitt selected the more than 25 students who will take the stage next weekend "In the Spotlight." Many of the students are part of the BGHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which recently won the Vocal Ensemble competition at the Portland Jazz Forward jazz festival.

Four performances of "In the Spotlight" will be held next weekend: 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7; and an additional afternoon performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The concerts will be held in the Lair (cafeteria) at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground. The cost at the door is $5 per person.


Attached Media Files: BGHS senior Tristan Decker accompanies senior McKenzie Billingsley as she practices for the "In the Spotlight" concerts at BGHS.
Suspect Claiming to be Water Bureau Employee Burglarizes an Argay Neighborhood Home (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/26/15
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On February 21, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary at a home in the 13200 block of Northeast Shaver Street.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, an 82-year-old man, residing at the home. The victim told police that on February 20, at approximately 1:00 p.m., someone knocked on his door. The victim answered the door and the suspect was standing outside, wearing an orange safety vest and carrying a clipboard. The victim told police that the suspect claimed he was checking water in the area due to reports that the water was brown.

The victim told police that he allowed the suspect to enter his home to check the water. The victim told police that the suspect did not check the sink, instead he asked to go down to the basement, where they spent 15 minutes checking water and talking.

The victim told police that he and the suspect then went back upstairs and the suspect left. After the suspect left, the victim noticed that his desk had been rummaged through and items were missing.

Based on the information provided by the victim, detectives believe the suspect had an accomplice who came into the home while he and the victim were in the basement.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 50-64 years old, 5'7" tall, medium build, lighter-skin, and a pock-marked face.

The suspect's truck is described as a white, extended cab 4x4, with chrome wheels. The truck had no distinguishing marks or logos.

The Portland Water Bureau wants you to know that although Water Bureau employees may knock on your door to ask water-related questions, they will very rarely ask to enter your home.

If someone claiming to be from the Portland Water Bureau asks to enter your home, ask to see a City-issued ID and/or verify that they are a Water Bureau employee by calling (503) 823-4874.

The Police Bureau also recommends that people share this information with family and friends to prevent future incidents.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the Burglary Detail via email, burglary@portlandoregon.gov.

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Oregon City Police Participating in Safety Belt Blitz
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/26/15
The Oregon City Police Department along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and OSP are participating in the OREGON SAFETY BELT OVERTIME CAMPAIGN BLITZ. The Blitz starts February, 9 2015 and continues through February 22, 2015. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind you to "BUCKLE UP" before operating your vehicle.

The following information is provided by O.D.O.T. and the US Department of Transportation.

A statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.

Among those killed or injured were 938 child passengers under age eight and a third of these were riding unrestrained or in the wrong type safety restraint for their size.

Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/


UPDATE:

The Oregon City Police Department Patrol Division had 5 officers participate in the first Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Blitz of 2015. These officers focused on drivers failing to use safety belts, drivers using cellular phones, and speed enforcement. The officers issued a total of 50 citations and or warnings during this enforcement operation. The final stats for this operation included 3 contacts for failing to use a safety belt, 15 contacts for using a cellular phone while driving, and 7 contacts for speeding. Officers also issued citations for careless driving, following too closely, and driving while suspended. The Oregon City Police Department will be participating in the next Safety Belt Blitz scheduled for May of 2015.
POSTPONED: News Conference Scheduled for Thursday to Discuss New Bicycle Theft Reduction Initiative
Portland Police Bureau - 02/26/15
Due to unforeseen circumstances, today's news conference is being postponed to a future date and time to be determined.

The Police Bureau would like to apologize for any inconvenience.

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On Thursday February 26, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting a news conference to discuss a new bicycle theft reduction initiative.

The news conference will be held on the Eastbank Esplanade, at the foot of Southeast Madison Street next to the Hawthorne Bridge.

Details about the initiative will be shared on Thursday afternoon.

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PCC signing ceremony leaves people 'beaming' (Photo)
PCC - 02/26/15
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CAPTION: Portland Community College's Rock Creek President Sandra Fowler-Hill (photo 1) and campus student leader Angel Camacho (photo 2) participate in a ceremonial beam signing at the Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Road) on Monday, Feb. 23. They, along with a cast of deans, faculty, staff and students, ventured into the newly erected Building 5 construction site to sign one of the support beams with colored markers.

This renovation is made possible by the $374 million voter-approved bond measure in 2008. PCC is investing more than $63 million to build, renovate and upgrade the Rock Creek Campus. When completed, Building 5 will feature a bookstore, expanded food services, study areas, student resource space, a student government area, a multipurpose physical education/dance classroom, office space for faculty, and labs for health and wellness programs.

For more on Rock Creek's bond initiatives, visit http://bond.pcc.edu/campus/rock-creek-campus/


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Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Battle Ground Veterans Memorial March 11th
City of Battle Ground - 02/26/15
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 11:00 am. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW 3rd Ave. and SW 4th St. The public is invited to attend this historic event.

The groundbreaking comes six years after the Battle Ground City Council directed staff to work with the city's Park Advisory Board and community stakeholders in the design, development and construction of a memorial to honor local veterans who died in service to their country.

To date, thirty local veterans from World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Persian Gulf Conflict, and Terrorism Threat (Operation Enduring Freedom) have been identified through military records as having lost their lives in service. The memorial was conceived to honor those local men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. The memorial will also have a place to recognize any veteran, living or deceased, who served their country in protecting our freedom. Families and loved ones may purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with the veteran's name, branch of service and dates served.

Funding for the Veterans Memorial project is solely dependent on public donations and contributions. Monetary donations from individuals, businesses and organizations have exceeded $26,000. In-kind donations have supported fundraising events and local contractors have stepped up to provide many of the services and materials to construct the memorial. Fundraising efforts continue in order to complete all phases of the memorial.

You are invited to visit www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial to view a list of the thirty honored veterans; to nominate a veteran for the memorial; to purchase a brick in honor of a veteran, to view the memorial concept plan; and for fundraising event and donation information. You may also contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson at 360-342-5385 for more information.


Attached Media Files: Groundbreaking Invitation
Red Cross Responds to Portland Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/26/15
On February 25 at 10:05 PM Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to a residential fire on the 7400 block of North Interstate Avenue in Portland, OR.
This single-family fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, transportation, comfort kits, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Red Cross Responds to Portland Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/25/15
Red Cross volunteer disaster action team members this afternoon assisted at a single-family fire in the 3000 block of SW 87th Ave in Portland, OR. This event affected one adult and a pet. Red Cross provided lodging, clothing, food, comfort kits and information about mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
PF&R Responds to a Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (NE Columbia/33rd Drive Ramp)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/25/15
2/25/2015-At 4:28 PM Portland Firefighters were called to NE Columbia at the 33rd Drive ramp. When they arrived on scene firefighters found two damaged vehicles. The lone occupant of one vehicle was dead on scene. The only occupant of the other vehicle was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The Portland Police Bureau will be investigating.
DOC to hold active shooter drill and discussion
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/25/15
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) will hold an active shooter drill and discussion on Friday, February 27, at its headquarters in Salem, located at 2575 Center Street NE. The Dome Building (as it is commonly known) will be closed to the public and non-Dome Building DOC staff between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Designated staff will fire blanks as part of the exercise.

This information is intended as an advisory in the event that a member of the public contacts you to report DOC activity as breaking news. If you receive calls from the public regarding these exercises, please refer them to DOC at the contact information provided.

Staff from Salem Police Department and the Oregon State Police will be participating as well. As participants, Dome Building staff will able to:
1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Veterans Town hall
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 02/25/15
VA Portland Health Care System & Veterans Benefits Administration Portland Regional Office is hosting a Veterans Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the Portland main hosptial auditorium. The VA Portland Main Hospital is located at 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road,Portland, OR 97239.

Veterans can also attend via video teleconference at the Salem, Bend, & North Coast Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
Burglary Suspect Arrested, Search Warrant Served in Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/25/15
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In the early morning hours of Wednesday February 25, 2015, the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant as part of an ongoing burglary investigation.

The search warrant was served at 1136 Southeast Bidwell Street and one man was arrested. 35-year-old Jason Aaron Goss, a resident of the home, was arrested as part of an ongoing burglary investigation by Burglary detectives.

Goss was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree (four counts), Forgery in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree (By Receiving). Goss will be arraigned on Thursday.

Anyone with information about Goss' criminal activity is encouraged to contact Detective Mace Winter at (503) 823-0758, mace.winter@portlandoregon.gov.

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Linn County Search and Rescue
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in an 11 day summer training program.

This will be the 22nd Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 19 through June 29, 2015.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 11-day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics. There will also be a three day field exercise in the Cascades that include a 20 mile hike.

For more information about the program contact Staff Sergeant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541-812-2272) or visit the Linn County Sheriff's Office website at www.linnsheriff.org.

Applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.
Linn Deputies Make Arrest in The Shipping of Marijuana (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley, reports that on February 12, 2015, deputies responded to a local shipping company in the Albany area, on a report from an employee who became suspicious of a female attempting to send marijuana through the mail. Deputies responded and seized mail containing approximately a pound and a half of marijuana.

The mail was addressed to a legitimate residential address in South Dakota. Deputies notified local law enforcement in South Dakota for their follow up.

On February 18, 2015, Brookings County Sheriff's Deputies from South Dakota served a search warrant at a residence in their jurisdiction. Deputies seized marijuana, firearms, and illegal prescription medication.

With information received from Brookings County Deputies, Linn County Deputies identified two suspects responsible for shipping the marijuana; Julie Diane Shoemaker, 50-years old, and Michael Jay Sorensen, 56-years old, both from Lebanon.

On February 24, 2015, Deputies served a search warrant at Shoemaker and Sorensen's residence located at 30502 Hazen Lane, Lebanon. Deputies determined Shoemaker was registered through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as a current patient and grower for three patients.

Deputies seized 76 marijuana plants; 3.9 pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana grow equipment, marijuana paraphernalia, packaging material, drug records, digital scales, two pistols, schedule II prescription medication, and $3,891 in U.S. Currency.

Deputies determined Shoemaker was the founder and operator of Spay Inc. Spay Inc. is a non-profit organization that rescues and adopts feral cats and is located at the Hazen Lane address where these crimes were committed.

Shoemaker was arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

Sorensen was arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana. He was also lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The investigation is continuing.


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Public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park set for March 18
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/25/15
A public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park is scheduled for March 18. Park staff with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will present site development plan options for the park that include improving the park entrance and developing an accessible walking path along the Columbia River, while maintaining existing park features.

Proposed improvements aim to increase interpretation and ranger-led educational programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Gorge, as outlined in the 2015 OPRD Columbia River Gorge Management Units Plan (available at www.gorgeparksplan.com, pages 154-57).
The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Corbett Fire House, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett.

Another planning meeting will be held in May to review a preferred site plan option. A timeline for construction has not been set.

Visit www.gorgeparksplan.com and join the mailing list to stay updated on the process, or contact Ben Hedstrom at (503) 986-0745 or ben.hedstrom@orgeon.gov with any questions.
THPRD celebrates 60 years of service to community in 2015 (Photo)
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District - 02/25/15
Elsie Stuhr (third from left) joins with other THPRD pioneers to break ground for the district's first facility, the Beaverton Swim Center.
Elsie Stuhr (third from left) joins with other THPRD pioneers to break ground for the district's first facility, the Beaverton Swim Center.
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For most public agencies, March 4 is just another date. Not for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

Sixty years ago on that date, voters in the Beaverton area approved a taxing structure for the district, and THPRD was officially born. The vote capped a two-year-long campaign led by local physical education instructor Elsie Stuhr and other citizens who foresaw growth in the area and the need for park and recreation services.

Two years later, in 1957, the district opened its first facility, the Beaverton Swim Center, which is still in use today next to Beaverton High School.

From those humble beginnings, THPRD has grown to encompass 50 square miles of eastern Washington County. The population within those boundaries is 230,000.

The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages
and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, more than 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas.

"Our success has been built on a supportive community and a commitment to provide a wide variety of high-quality park and recreational services that meet the needs of our residents," said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. "By design, the district started very small, proved itself to voters, and grew gradually into what it is today: the envy of many communities."

Throughout the remainder of 2015, the 60th anniversary celebration will be
woven into an assortment of district communications, activities and events. For example, when registration for spring classes begins on March 7, registrants will be invited to enter a drawing. The winner will get a $60 THPRD gift card.

"It's going to be a fun year," Menke said. "We invite our patrons to join us in the celebration."

For more information about the park district, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.

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Attached Media Files: Elsie Stuhr (third from left) joins with other THPRD pioneers to break ground for the district's first facility, the Beaverton Swim Center.
Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis to join Health Share of Oregon as Senior Medical Director (Photo)
Health Share of Oregon - 02/25/15
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(Portland, OR) - Health Share of Oregon announced today the appointment of Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis as Senior Medical Director of the Tri-County Metro area coordinated care organization (CCO). Currently Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Oregon's largest comprehensive community mental health program, Dr. Bennington-Davis will join Health Share on May 18.

As Health Share's Senior Medical Director, Dr. Bennington-Davis will lead the CCO's work in delivery system transformation. Using data and metrics to ensure Health Share's clinical transformation initiatives are measureable, reliable and designed to achieve the Triple Aim, she will help facilitate provider-driven change at the primary health team level, as well as across the model of care continuum.

"Maggie's background in quality and metrics, in developing systems, and improving outcomes will be a valuable asset in furthering our health transformation efforts," said Janet L. Meyer, CEO of Health Share. "Her ability to build partnerships across the community, from Outside In to the Portland Police Bureau, will be an important asset in a collective impact organization like Health Share."

Meyer added that, with many of Health Share's members disproportionately affected by mental health and addictions issues, having a psychiatrist as Senior Medical Director brings additional value to the CCO's efforts in behavioral health integration.

Dr. Bennington-Davis currently serves on Health Share's Quality Management Council and is also chair-elect of the Oregon Health Authority's statewide Metrics and Scoring Committee. At Cascadia, she has been heavily involved in health reform as it pertains to mental health, including implementing the first Forensic Assertive Community Treatment program in Multnomah County, a Health Share-funded effort.

"I am looking forward, as a member of Health Share's leadership, to further the work already begun in the integration of primary care and wellness into mental health and addictions services," said Dr. Bennington-Davis. "This is an opportunity to expand on the work we've achieved at Cascadia and create a regionally integrated patient-centered system to improve the health of our members and of our community."

Since 2006, Dr. Bennington-Davis has served as the Chief Medical Officer and, since 2008, also Chief Operating Officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. In her role, she provided leadership for mental health and addictions medical services, including innovative programs like Project Respond, a mobile mental-health crisis response team that provides crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; a 7-day a week walk-in mental health crisis clinic; and Crisis Respite, which serves as a short-term step down or alternative to the hospital. With experience in both finance and health care, she also helped Cascadia stabilize its finances and operations, while improving quality, growing substantially, and successfully shifting to new payment environments.

Prior to Cascadia, Dr. Bennington-Davis served as Psychiatry Medical Director for a regional medical center (Salem Hospital), as well as hospital Chief of Staff. Maggie led development of a cultural change model for implementation of trauma-sensitive services with the subsequent elimination of seclusion and restraint on an acute psychiatric inpatient unit. She has co-authored a book and published articles and chapters on the subject, and has done hundreds of consultations and presentations regarding organizational change, trauma-informed environments, and leadership. She is on faculty at the Sanctuary Institute.

Dr. Bennington-Davis completed her psychiatry residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she remains on the faculty, and a Masters of Medical Management degree at Tulane University School of Public Health in 2005.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 240,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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

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Attached Media Files: Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis
Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns
Salem Police Dept. - 02/25/15
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. On February 20, an officer who was working on one of these focused patrols arrested one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants while citing five people for driving with suspended driving privileges and an additional 20 citations and warnings for other violations.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Oregon Historical Society Explores the "Art of War" in New Exhibit (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/25/15
WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu
WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu
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Portland, OR - Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns, which highlighted what was at stake and how each citizen could play a role in achieving victory.

A selection of such posters from this era will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II, on exhibit from February 28 through December 7, 2015. These posters, from the Mark Family Collection, provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet, when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and powerfully convey important messages.

To add context to these jarring graphics, OHS will host First and Second World War scholars Dr. Kimberly Jensen and Dr. Dan Tichenor at its next Second Sunday program on March 8. All are welcome to this free in-gallery discussion of the ways wartime propagandists employed ideas about gender, race, religion, and national unity to produce powerful images with impacts far beyond military recruitment and bond purchasing. Kimberly Jensen's publications include Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War and Dan Tichenor's publications include Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America and the forthcoming Presidential Prerogatives: Liberty, Security, and Wartime Leadership.

The Art of War precludes the Oregon Historical Society's much anticipated summer exhibition, World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed. Opening on June 26, this original 6,000 square foot exhibit will employ letters, historic documents, and military uniforms to provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II, including prominent battles and critical political decisions. The exhibit will also focus on those events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the fact that the only World War II combat casualties that occurred in the continental U.S. were in Oregon as a result of the balloon bomb.

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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.


Attached Media Files: WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu , WWII “Remember Dec. 7th!” homefront morale poster. (1942) Seen in at least three sizes, this is the middle size. A great image of the tattered flag, still flying but at half staff after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit Mark Family Collection , WWII Uncle Sam “Buy War Bonds” poster. (1942) Artist unknown; extraordinary patriotic image of stars and stripes-waving Uncle Sam, leading the charge of doughboys below and bombers above. Credit Mark Family Collection , WWII “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships” Seagram’s tavern poster. (1943) Following four are examples from the House of Seagram series for taverns by Seymour R. Goff, a.k.a. ‘Ess-ar-gee’, all concerning ‘loose lips’ and ‘careless talk’. Credit Mark Family Collec
Suspect Who Shot at Police, Committed Suicide Identified - Known Gang Member (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/25/15
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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives have identified the suspect in last night's shooting at police on Southeast Foster Road as 26-year-old Quintrell Shaimon Holiman.

Holiman was found deceased in the backyard of a home in the 7900 block of Southeast Raymond Street of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Holiman was a wanted Federal fugitive for Escape on an original charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm from 2012. Holiman also had an active misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Appear in Clackamas County. His identity and warrant information was not known to police at the time of the incident.

Holiman was convicted in 2006 of Attempted Assault in the First Degree after a gang-related shooting outside North Portland's Jefferson High School and was a documented Hoover gang member.

According to the Gang Enforcement Team (GET), Hoover gang members have been associated to a substantial number of shootings in the past few months. GET investigators are continuing to work leads in all of these cases and need information from the community to help solve these cases.

GET investigators have been made aware of social media posts suggesting that Holiman did not take his own life and was killed by police. Investigators are also aware of various threats being made to law enforcement as a result of this incident.

While Holiman's death is unfortunate, the Oregon State Medical Examiner has determined his death to be a suicide.

Due to the recent gang violence, threats and last night's shooting at a police officer, additional officers will be assigned immediately to GET to provide additional outreach and enforcement in the community.

Anyone with information about last night's incident, including any information or posts on social media; or anyone with video from the shooting is asked to contact Detective Chris Traynor at (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

Officer Steven Wilbon, an 8-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the Gun Task Force, was the officer shot at by Holiman.

Sergeant Ken Duilio, a 20-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team was involved in the incident but was not fired upon by Holiman.

Both Officer Wilbon and Sergeant Duilio will be on paid Administrative Leave for the rest of the week, which is standard protocol after a critical incident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Invited to Share Feedback on Comcast's Cable Service and Future Needs
City of Wilsonville - 02/25/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6 - 8 pm at City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, residents and business managers are invited to attend a public meeting to share feedback about television cable service from Comcast, which also does business under the name of xfinity. Community members, non-profit groups, business representatives, educators and civic leaders are invited to participate, even if they are not currently customers.

The City is holding this forum to gather input from the community in order to evaluate Comcast's performance during the current franchise term with the City of Wilsonville and to assess the community's future cable-service needs. Feedback from the public forum is helpful to ensure the City understands and can best represent the community's interests as the City prepares to negotiate a new franchise agreement with the company.

Attendees are encouraged to share their comments and experiences regarding the cable television company's quality of service, technical and signal quality, consumer complaint responses, billing practices, credit reporting practices, as well as provide input on future cable television related needs and interests in Wilsonville. City employees will also be on hand to explain the current and proposed use of Wilsonville's government access station Channel 30.

The City also plans to conduct a random-sample written survey later this spring to gather additional feedback.

For more information, contact Jon Gail, Community Relations Coordinator, at 503-570-1502; gail@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/25/15
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
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The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint.

The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur "Buck" and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast. Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon.

This building is also associated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Beach Patrol, which operated in Oregon from 1942 to 1944. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the coastline was considered vulnerable to attack and constant surveillance was vital to protect the U.S. from further attacks. The Look-Out was a strategic vantage point from which to watch for enemy invasion. Six men from the Coast Guard resided in The Look-Out to help defend the coast during this period of time.

A place for visitors to enjoy spectacular views, watch for whales and other sea life, and purchase souvenirs of their travels to the central Oregon coast, The Look-Out is now an Oregon State Park facility that continues to provide unique experiences for those who travel to see the Pacific Ocean and all that it has to offer.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
Inmate walks away from Two Rivers Correctional Institution work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/25/15
Inmate Steven Lee Fox
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Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

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Attached Media Files: Inmate Steven Lee Fox
Marion County Sheriff's Office Holds Recruitment Fair ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
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On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office hosted a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, located at 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, in Brooks.

Deputies and staff from all disciplines within the Sheriff's Office were on hand to test, answer questions and introduce prospective applicants to the exciting career opportunities at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Over 100 people took part in the recruitment fair, Lead Recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "This event was a huge success, so much so we are already planning for our next one!"

If you were unable to attend our recruitment fair, watch for our next event scheduled to take place sometime in October. You can also find Sheriff's Office job opportunities at www.GoMCSO.com.

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On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, 4190 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR.

Lead recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "If you have ever thought about a career in law enforcement this is a great opportunity for you to come out and see what we have to offer and what you can do for your community."

Perspective applicants can meet and discuss job duties with deputies from the Jail, Parole and Probation and Enforcement Teams and of course we will have some cool tools of the trade on hand for you to view and experience. In addition qualified candidates can apply for and run the Oregon Physical Agilities Test for free, an $85 value. "Come out and see if a career as a Deputy Sheriff is right for you!"


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/1294/81548/Recruitment.png
Hockinson School Capital Bond Certified
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/25/15
For Immediate Release

HOCKINSON SCHOOL CAPITAL BOND CERTIFIED

Construction Partners Selected to Initiate Multi-Year Construction Plan

Middle School Design Input Meetings Scheduled for March 2 and March 9


BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. - (February 25, 2015) - With voter approval of a capital facilities bond now certified, Hockinson School District leaders have initiated a multi-year construction cycle by selecting a construction manager and an architectural firm.

Election results from the February 10 special election have been certified by the Clark County Auditor. Proposition 1, a $39.9 million capital bond measure for the Hockinson School District, was approved by 62.21 percent of 2,776 voters, which surpasses the 60 percent threshold required for capital bond measures.

Meanwhile, Hockinson School District leaders selected Aeda of Tacoma to provide construction management services and DOWA-IBI Group Architects of Portland to provide architectural services to the district.

"The Hockinson community is to be commended for again expressing its support for quality education in safe, modern school facilities through their approval of this bond measure," said Sandra Yager, superintendent of Hockinson School District.

"It is now our responsibility to deliver this collection of capital improvements efficiently and in keeping with a facilities plan that was created with support from a citizens' advisory committee eight years ago. We have retained qualified professionals to guide our district through this construction process while our staff maintains its focus on student learning."

The $39.9 million capital bond will fund replacement of the 60-year-old middle School on district property near the existing Middle School, along with improvements to the high school and school athletic facilities, and master planning for the elementary school. The middle school is the oldest building in the Hockinson school system. Its replacement is eligible for certain state matching funds.

Hockinson residents and property owners are invited to attend either of two input sessions regarding design and development of the middle school. They will begin at 6:00 p.m. March 2 and March 9 at the existing Middle School.

New Bond Levy Rate Begins in 2016

A new 20-year capital bond will begin appearing on property owners' spring 2016 tax statements, following the December 2015 retirement of capital bonds associated with creation of the Hockinson High School.

The expected 2016 capital bond tax rate is $2.74 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district is working with investment and asset management firm Piper Jaffray to issue the bonds.

Construction Advisors Selected

In anticipation of this week's election certification, the Hockinson School District board of directors selected two construction firms following completion of a required request-for-qualifications screening process.

* Aeda of Tacoma was selected to provide construction management services. The firm is led by Manuel Pereira, a certified architect who brings more than 25 years of construction management experience. Pereira oversaw construction management for the Tacoma School District for 15 years, and has provided similar services with other school districts and the State of Alaska as well as a range of private commercial enterprises. He served as an advisor to the district in preparing the capital facilities bond measure.

* DOWA-IBI Group Architects of Portland was selected to provide architectural services following a qualifications review of more than 20 firms. The 30-person firm has designed hundreds of school projects over its 28-year history, including 70 school projects over the past decade for regional schools such as Parkrose, Snohomish, Woodburn, Camas and West Linn-Wilsonville.

"Along with these experienced partners, our focus is on completing these capital projects quickly and efficiently while keeping the community informed, and while avoiding disruption to student learning," said Ms. Yager. "It is an exciting time for our students, district and community."

Located in Brush Prairie, Wash., Hockinson School District #98 is a 1,800-student school system with three campuses in a small community setting on the northeast edge of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Hockinson emphasizes high student achievement and graduation rates, and active family and community involvement in student learning.


Attached Media Files: Hockinson School Capital Bond Certified
Grand Opening of New Salvation Army Store in Vancouver March 5th
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/25/15
WHO: The Salvation Army, Vancouver Community

WHAT: the Grand Opening of a brand new Family Store in Vancouver!!

WHEN: March 5, 2015, 9am

WHERE:
The Salvation Army Family Store
11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA

WHY: "After having to close the Hazel Dell store in September, we are thrilled to open this new store which will include 20,000 sq ft of great deals for the Vancouver community. We have had a great following in the Vancouver area, and we are looking forward to this further expansion and investment in Vancouver," states Captain Dennis Earnhart, Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. This facility helps men with addictions find encouragement and assistance in beating these addictions and transitioning back into the community addiction-free!

MEDIA INVITE: If you would like a preview of the store the week of the opening, please contact Captain Dennis Earnhart or Teresa Steinmetz

CONTACT:
Captain Dennis Earnhart
Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Family Stores
971-230-5301 or dennis.earnhart@usw.salvationarmy.org

Teresa Steinmetz
Director of Communication and Marketing
503-794-3283 or Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org


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Grand Opening of New Salvation Army Store in Vancouver March 5th

(Vancouver, WA) February 25, 2015 - Get ready, Vancouver, because more deals are coming to your area starting March 5th, 2015! The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, Wa. at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. Its Grand Opening will start at 9am and will include a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, a few raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will be hosting a Make a Basket Trail Blazer ticket giveaway! The community is invited to come celebrate the opening of this brand new store.

"After having to close the Hazel Dell store in September, we are thrilled to open this new store which will include 20,000 sq ft of great deals for the Vancouver community. We have had a great following in the Vancouver area, and we are looking forward to this further expansion and investment in Vancouver," states Captain Dennis Earnhart, Administrator at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. "Thank you to all those who support and who will continue to support our stores. Your support means more men can receive life-changing treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions, so thank you. "

The store will have all the normal departments you see in The Salvation Army's other stores, including clothing, household items, furniture, appliances - large and small, jewelry, collectibles, bicycles, books, and more. Its business hours will be 9am-9pm Sunday through Saturday.

All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. This facility helps men with addictions find encouragement and assistance in beating these addictions and transitioning back into the community addiction-free!


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Career Opportunity with the Battle Ground Police Department (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/25/15
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The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking qualified individuals to join its professional team of sworn officers. BGPD is committed to providing the highest level of police services while working in partnership with the community.

The department is currently seeking applications from lateral candidates. The application and additional information are available on the City of Battle Ground's website at www.cityofbg.org/lateralofficer.

Sworn positions in the department include Uniform Patrol Operations, a Detective Division, a K-9 team, the Traffic Motorcycle Unit, a School Resource Officer, and assignments to the Southwest Regional SWAT Team.

Battle Ground is just 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and the Portland International Airport. The community benefits from serene and pristine surroundings while enjoying close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Located between the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains, the Battle Ground area offers many parks, lakes, streams, and forested areas which provide a multitude of recreational activities.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a career in law enforcement with the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department. For more information, visit www.cityofbg.org/police or contact City of Battle Ground Human Resources at 360-342-5009.


Attached Media Files: BGPD
Hillsboro School District Opens Kindergarten Registration March 2
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 02/25/15
All 25 elementary schools will now offer full-day kindergarten

February 25, 2015, Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro School District is joining districts across the state in offering full-day kindergarten this fall.

Parents will be able to enroll their child at their neighborhood school starting Monday, March 2. Students must be five years old by Tuesday, September 1, 2015*, to be eligible for kindergarten in the 2015-16 year (*or must follow the early entry process outlined in Board Policy JEBA-AR).

Enrollment consists of filling out an enrollment form, completing a home language survey, supplying an Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form, and providing proof of both home address and the child's birth date.

A high-quality, full-day program has been proven to be best practice for preparing children for their educational future by helping them develop the necessary skills and habits of successful learners. Previously, schools were only funded to offer half-day kindergarten programs to students; however, in their 2011 session, Oregon legislators passed Senate Bill 248, which opened the door for school districts to offer full-day kindergarten, starting with the 2015-16 school year.

Parents should be assured that full-day kindergarten will not be a "mini-first grade," and that programs are designed to support the emotional, physical, and developmental needs of this unique population of learners. Appropriate breaks and recess time will be incorporated with structured opportunities to learn content in literacy, math, science and social science. Kindergartners will also have access to the same physical education, music, library, and technology opportunities as students in grades 1-6.

Parent involvement and strong teacher-parent communication are encouraged to ensure a positive experience for students and families alike. Parents are invited to visit the District website at www.hsd.k12.or.us and click on the Volunteering link under the Parents drop-down menu to learn more and sign up as a volunteer.

Also under the Parents drop-down menu is the Kindergarten Registration link. Here, parents will find information about the District Kindergarten Fair on Thursday, April 2, from 5-7pm at Lincoln Street Elementary School (801 NE Lincoln Street, Hillsboro); kindergarten orientation events at each elementary school; and links to a brochure and parent handbook containing valuable information about what to expect and how to prepare children for full-day kindergarten.

To determine your child's school of attendance, call Transportation at 503-844-1123.
For questions, contact your child's school or Kathy Wilson in the Office for School Performance at 503-844-1752.

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Attached Media Files: 2015-02/107/82149/media_release_Hillsboro_School_District_opens_kinder_registration_March_2_022515.pdf
Salish Ponds Elementary School Hosts USDA Under Secretary for Breakfast
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/25/15
Visit Highlights Importance of All Children Having Access to Healthy School Meals

On February 27, 2015, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon, joins officials at Salish Ponds Elementary School to observe successes the school has had with the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

CEP is a provision of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, designed to increase participation and provide access to healthy meals to children in low income schools. Benefits include:
* Students have increased access to free, healthy school meals with no stigma, and less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat.
* Parents do not have to complete paperwork or worry about lunch money.
* Schools enjoy a streamlined meal service operation, reduced paperwork and administrative costs, and more nourished students ready to learn.

Leading into National School Breakfast Week (March 2-5), this is the perfect time to highlight the essential role nutrition plays in sustaining healthier lives. A well-balanced breakfast, made available to all students, serves as an important first step to a healthier life--and a healthier next generation!

Friday, February 27, 2015
7:40 a.m. PST

WHAT: Visit with students during breakfast and tour the Salish Ponds cafeteria and kitchen.

WHO: Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
* Spanish-speaking USDA spokesperson will also be available

WHERE: Salish Ponds Elementary School
1210 NE 201st Ave., Fairview, OR 97024

The mission of the Nutrition Department is: We feed their hunger today, so they may fulfill their dreams tomorrow, one meal at a time. The CEP program enables us to fulfill this ideal without stigma or paperwork from the first day of school.

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USDA's Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs. In addition to the National School Lunch Program, these programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Summer Food Service Program which together help comprise America's nutrition safety net. For more information, visit www.fns.usda.gov.

Reynolds School District serves 11,200 students. Students at twelve of seventeen Reynolds School District sites are receiving the USDA Community Eligibility Provision. This program serves nearly 6,000 of the 11,200 enrolled in the district.


Attached Media Files: Data for CEP Program at Salish Ponds Elementary
City Hosts Regional Workshop to Prepare Teen-Driver Safety Advocates
City of Wilsonville - 02/25/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the City of Wilsonville is hosting a "Train the Trainers" workshop for teen-driver safety advocates in partnership with the California-based nonprofit Impact Teen Drivers. The workshop is to be held at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. The free, five-hour training is targeted to first-responders, educators and health professionals interested in combating the leading killer of teens: car crashes. The training is specifically for adults, both professionals and volunteers, who offer or seek to start programs that promote teen-driver safety on a local level.

The workshop is to be facilitated by Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, and is designed to prepare attendees to use the nonprofit organization's materials in their local communities to further local teen traffic-safety efforts. The workshop teaches participants about issues related to distracted and reckless driving, and prepares participants to address these behaviors in the most effective manner possible.

To register for the class, contact Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers, at kbrowning@impactteendrivers.org or 916-733-7432.

This training conveys the most recent research concerning teen driving behaviors, attitudes, driving statistics, Graduated Driver Licensing laws and translates all the information into actionable solutions. The workshop provides participants with evidence-based tools to deliver high-energy presentations focused on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Participants will become well-versed in the "What do You Consider Lethal?" program, and learn how to effectively communicate the essentials of safe driving to teens, parents and members of their communities. Participants receive free informational handouts, guides and templates for facilitating related discussions and delivering presentations.

Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) is based in Sacramento, California and provides evaluated and evidence-based programs, materials and campaigns to reach teens, parents, and community members about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. For more information visit their website at www.ImpactTeenDrivers.org.


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Attached Media Files: Teen Driver Safety - Train the Trainer Workshop
Tenth Annual Native Caring Conference Scheduled for April 15-16, 2015
AARP Oregon - 02/25/15
CLACKAMAS, OR; February 25, 2015 -- The tenth annual Native Caring Conference will be held on April 15-16 at the Three Rivers Casino and Hotel in Florence, Oregon. All Native Elder caregivers and relative caregivers of children from Northwest Indian communities are invited to attend.

The two-day conference features local and national spokespersons on Caregiver Well-Being, Medication Management, Elder Abuse, Children's Alcohol and Drug Use, and How to Communicate with Health Care Providers.

Registration deadline is April 3rd. The cost is $150 with a $25 discount if registration is received by March 3. The registration fee includes two lunches, dinner, and breakfast.
For more information contact: Doug Morrison, CTCLUSI (541) 997-6685; Wilson Wewa, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (541) 553-3313; or, Michelle Carson, The Klamath Tribes (541) 783-2219 ext 175.

The Native Caring Conference is hosted by: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians Reservations, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Klamath Tribes, Burns Paiute Tribe, AARP and the Oregon Department of Human Services State Unit on Aging.

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Pacific University prevails in PortlandSports.com's Best Sports Logo contest (Photo)
Pacific University - 02/25/15
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FOREST GROVE -- Boxer Nation has done it. After five weeks of online voting by students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends, Pacific University has topped 31 other organizations in the Portland metropolitan area - including 10 other colleges and universities - to claim the title of the region's "Best Sports Logo."

The Pacific Boxers, an NCAA Division III member that competes in the Northwest Conference, easily defeated the Portland Stags ultimate frisbee club in the championship round of PortlandSports.com's Best Sports Logo online contest by a margin of 64 to 36 percent.

An aggressive marketing campaign comprised of strong social media outreach (FB, Twitter), on-campus engagement, news media outreach and assists from local university partner organizations propelled the Boxers to victories over the Portland Uprising paintball team, Portland Trail Blazers NBA squad, Rose City Rollers women's roller derby team and Portland Steelheads Australian rules football club before the decisive final win over the Stags.

The five-week competition brought in more than 165,000 votes for PortlandSports.com. The contest even garnered the public support of the mayors for the home cities of the two finalists, Portland's Charlie Hales and Forest Grove's Pete Truax.

The online contest win is the second such victory resulting from a Pacific University marketing push in the past year. Last fall, Forest Grove was voted Oregon's Best College Town in an online contest administered by the Portland Business Journal.


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Brett Baker, Debra J. Ringold elected to Portland Business Alliance board of directors (Photo)
Portland Business Alliance - 02/25/15
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Portland, Ore. - The Portland Business Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Baker and Debra J. Ringold to its board of directors. Brett Baker is the general manager of Austin Industries. Debra Ringold is dean and JELD-WEN professor of free enterprise at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

"I am looking forward to engaging these two business leaders in our organization," said Debbie Kitchin, principal at InterWorks LLC and chair of the Alliance board. "With Brett's responsibilities managing a local business that participates in global trade and Debra's marketing expertise, they will both be great assets to our board."

Brett is the general manager of Austin Industries. The company is located in Newberg and includes A-dec, Allison Inn & Spa, and Springbrook development project and family philanthropy. Brett spent the majority of his professional career in banking, serving primarily Oregon and Northwest markets.

Debra teaches courses in private, public and nonprofit sector marketing; marketing research; marketing communications; and marketing and public policy. Her research has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Policy, and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. She has served as the past chairperson of the board of directors for the American Marketing Association and served on the Advisory Council to the U.S. Census Bureau. Debra will serve as an ex-officio board member.


Attached Media Files: Brett Baker , Debra Ringold
Oregon OSHA cites Woodburn company for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/25/15
Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes.
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Fleetwood Homes Inc. $75,800 for five violations, including one willful violation. The citation was the result of an Aug. 29, 2014, complaint inspection at the company's Woodburn plant.

The investigation found managers at the mobile home manufacturer were aware of employee exposures to falls but did not provide protection, despite concerns brought forward to managers by employees and by Oregon OSHA. The company manufactures a mobile home model with fall exposures 13 feet from the ground. Roofers had to climb over the guardrails of scaffolding onto the roof of the mobile home with no tie-off points to connect a fall protection harness. Employees brought up the issue three times with management in 2014 before a complaint was made to Oregon OSHA.

"Year after year, falls are one of the major sources of serious injury and death in Oregon," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "There is no good reason to disregard the need to protect workers from such risks. Yet, this employer consciously ignored fall protection rules that are designed to prevent injuries or deaths."

Oregon OSHA cited the business $70,000 - the legal maximum - for the willful violation. Even after Oregon OSHA itself brought the issue to management's attention and management acknowledged the need to provide fall protection, work continued without such protection. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

The following serious violations were also found during the inspection:
* Employer allowed employees to stand on the guard rail of scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide an access ladder or other safe access to scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide hard hats in an area where there was an exposure to falling objects
* Employer failed to inspect fall protection equipment

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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Oregon Public Safety Academy to Graduate 93rd Basic Telecommunications Class
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/25/15
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 93rd Basic Telecommunications Class on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Chief Les Stiles of the City of Prineville Police Department will be the guest speaker.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend. Any questions please call Tami Atkinson at DPSST (503) 378-2026 or e-mail her at tami.atkinson@state.or.us

The class consists of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

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

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Members of Graduating Class

Dispatcher Erica Barcus
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Ximena Bernier
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Valerie Dinicola
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Mary Ford
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Briana Francisco
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Laura Grazier
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kyle Henriksen
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Megan Hoel
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Beth Hogan
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Douglas Johnson
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Raelee Kinley
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Shawna Martin
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Karen Morris
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Andrew Otton
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Emma Owens
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kelsey Parks
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Danielle Rogers
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Whitney Sitton
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Aarika Stephens
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Stephanie Trierweiler
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher George Trussler
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Dylan Wheat
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Lee Williamson
Astoria Police Department

Dispatcher Gina Wilson
Morrow County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 225 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards for more than 41,000 constituents established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Business Oregon creates $400,000 fund for small business innovation
Business Oregon - 02/25/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, is starting a $400,000 grant program to help small businesses fund research and development of new, innovative products.

The fund will support Oregon small businesses that want to earn a share of the $2.5 billion awarded annually in highly competitive federal research grants. Oregon currently ranks in the middle tier among states in capturing federal innovation grants for small businesses.

"For sustainable economic growth in both urban and rural Oregon, we must continually look for ways to give small business and entrepreneurs a leg-up," said Governor Kate Brown. "Leveraging state grant funds to access federal funds fosters innovation that not only brings great ideas to life, it creates more opportunities to grow Oregon business statewide."

The federal grant programs - known as Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, or SBIR/STTR -- are designed to encourage small companies and research universities to pursue risky but rewarding research that helps bring new ideas to market and maintains the United States' position as the global leader in innovation. iRobot, Qualcomm and Symantec are examples of companies that grew out of the SBIR/STTR program.

"Innovation grows jobs," said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director. "We need to do more to nurture early-stage startups. We created this program to help Oregon small businesses earn a bigger share of federal research dollars to transform ideas on a white board into products sold around the globe."

At Business Oregon, our mission is to grow Oregon jobs, companies and communities. That work starts with helping entrepreneurs and existing Oregon businesses grow here at home. The SBIR/STTR fund is part of Business Oregon's strategy to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

BACKGROUND

Access to capital is a key hurdle for early-stage small businesses, especially for companies in the R&D phase. The SBIR program, created in 1982, is designed to ensure small businesses have access to federal R&D grants. The programs provide funding in two grant phases.

Phase I: Funds research on a product's feasibility, typically up to $150,000
Phase II: Funds the development of a market-ready product, typically up to $1 million

Business Oregon's $400,000 grant program will provide $100,000 to expand an existing program that helps companies prepare SBIR/STTR grant applications. The remaining $300,000 will be for matching grants to companies that win the federal grants to help make their innovations more market ready.

ABOUT SBIR: Federal agencies that produce more than $100 million in external research annually must allocate 2.8 percent of their spending to SBIR. Currently, 11 federal agencies participate.

ABOUT STTR: Federal agencies that produce more than $1 billion in external research annually must allocate .3 percent to STTR. Five agencies participate.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

To learn how to apply: Visit the Business Oregon website or contact our Innovation Strategist Mark Brady at 503-229-5223 or mark.brady@oregon.gov.

Oregon SBIR/STTR training: Oregon BEST will host a series of training sessions around Oregon. The first is today in Hood River. They will host five more sessions through March 13 in Corvallis, Newport, Beaverton, Eugene and Bend.
Mayor Shane Bemis proclaims Feb. 25 'Jerome Kersey Day' (Photo)
City of Gresham - 02/25/15
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GRESHAM, Ore. - Mayor Shane T. Bemis today honored the memory of legendary Trail Blazers small forward Jerome Kersey by proclaiming Feb. 25 "Jerome Kersey Day" in Gresham and encouraged all Gresham residents to find an appropriate way to honor the hustle artist's memory.

Mourning Kersey's passing last week, and recognizing his deep roots in Gresham, Bemis asked his social media followers for ideas on how the City could best honor Kersey's memory. The leading idea was to proclaim a day of observance on the 25th, to coincide with Kersey's former jersey number.

"I always admired Kersey's strong contribution to my favorite Blazers squad of all time. He was a fixture in the Gresham community, and it seems like nearly everybody here has a story to tell about Jerome's magnetism and kindness," Bemis said.

After getting the idea from a fan's sign during the Trail Blazers game on Sunday, Bemis further encouraged the Trail Blazers organization to rename the Hustle Board inside the arena the "Jerome Kersey Hustle Board" to recognize the enduring legacy of Kersey's grit, determination and unrivaled work ethic.

A copy of the proclamation is attached to this release.

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***Update***PF&R Responds to a Sailboat on Fire (Willamette River in the Ross Island Lagoon)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/25/15
***Update- A small pet dog was inside the boat and died in this fire. The Portland Fire Investigator determined that this fire was an accident. The owner left a portable propane heater running inside her boat when she left in the morning. The fire started when that heater made contact with clothing. The loss from this fire is estimated at $1000.***

2/24/2015 This afternoon at 12:25 PM Portland Firefighters responded to a 30' sailboat on fire. The boat was tied to a floating dock near the middle of the Ross Island Lagoon. PF&R fireboats arrived and found fire in the sailboats cabin. The boat was unoccupied and secure when fire crews arrived.

The fire was extinguished and an investigator was called to determine the cause. Damage estimates haven't been made yet. This release will be updated with images if any become available.
Clark County - 2015 Boating Season Free Vessel Safety Checks (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
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Get ready for the boating season!
FREE Vessel Safety Check

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
9:00am to 4:00pm
Clark County Operations Center
4700 NE 78th Street, Vancouver

Bring your boat! Members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Sheriff's Marine Deputies will be on hand to provide FREE vessel safety checks for boaters on Saturday, February 28th from 9AM to 4PM at the Clark County Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th Street in Vancouver.
The Vessel Examiners who perform these checks are trained specialists who know the latest legal requirements for boaters. USCG Auxiliary Vessel Examiners have no legal authority and their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment related citations and to reduce safety related accidents.
These boating safety equipment checks are meant to be educational and helpful, and are a good follow-up to any water safety course. The Vessel Examiners will check to see if all required items are onboard your boat and if everything is present and in good working order, they will award a decal to affix to your boat.
A Vessel Safety Check is one of the keys to safe boating. Make sure you and your boat are prepared and properly equipped for this boating season!


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UPDATE: Suspect Fires at Officers, Runs Away - No Officers Injured, SERT Responding to SE 82nd and Foster (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/25/15
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At approximately 1:10 a.m., SERT officers located a person believed to be the suspect in the backyard of a home, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This incident began at 11:20 p.m., when an officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Task Force and a Sergeant assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team (riding together) stopped in the parking lot of Shimmers Bar & Grill, located at 8000 Southeast Foster Road.

Several subjects immediately left the parking lot and went inside the bar but shortly after, one subject exited the bar and the officer and sergeant attempted to contact him. The suspect fled on foot and during the foot chase, fired at the officer. Neither the officer or sergeant was injured and they did not return fire.

A large neighborhood perimeter was established, using all available officers citywide, and SERT/CNT was called to respond. The Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit, "Air 1", also responded to the sky above the neighborhood.

Officers maintaining perimeter positions heard noises and saw a person matching the suspect's description near Southeast 79th Avenue and Raymond Street and relayed that information to SERT, CNT and Air 1.

Air 1, observing from above using FLIR, spotted a person lying in the backyard of a home in the 7900 block of Southeast Raymond Street.

Crisis Negotiators attempted communication with the subject using a loud hail device, but did not receive any response. SERT then deployued two less lethal rounds at a fence near the subject to gain a response. Between the first and second less lethal rounds, officers heard what they believed was a muzzled gunshot. Air 1 relayed that they could see a flash consistent with a gunshot near the subject. SERT then deployed a flashbang near the subject but he did not respond so officers and a K-9 Unit made an approach to the subject and observed injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Medical personnel were called up immediately to check the subject and they determined that he was deceased. A handgun was located at the scene.

Homicide detectives will be conducting the investigation, with the assistance of the Gang Enforcement Team.

Officers will remain in the are as evidence is collected but there no longer appears to be any risk to the community.

No additional updates are anticipated until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to Southeast 82nd Avenue and Foster Road to assist East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers after an unknown suspect fired multiple shots at police.

No officers or community members have been injured. The suspect fled the area on foot, last seen northbound on 79th Avenue from Foster Road. The suspect is described as an African American male in all dark clothing.

There is a large neighborhood perimeter involving dozens of police officers to allow for SERT officers to conduct a neighborhood search.

Area residents are asked to remain indoors and to call 9-1-1 on any suspicious activity between Holgate and Woodstock Boulevards, 82nd to 76th Avenues.

No additional information is available at this time and updates will be provided when they become available.

Interested media should stage on the East side of 82nd Avenue at Foster Road, access from I-205 is best.

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02/24/15
Aloha Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle. The rider did not survive his injuries.

On February 24, 2015, at 7:12 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW River Road about 200 yards north of SW Farmington Road, in the community of Farmington, concerning a single motorcycle crash. It was reported the rider was unresponsive.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived within minutes and discovered a 2008 Triumph motorcycle off the left side of SW River Road with the rider underneath. Deputies determined that the Triumph had been northbound on SW River Road from a four-way stop prior to a right hand curve. Witnesses and evidence indicated that the Triumph accelerated rapidly attaining a high speed which made it difficult to maintain its lane at the curve. The Triumph lost control and slid sideways causing it to tip over and slide down the roadway, eventually coming to rest on the shoulder.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Steven D. Willford, 67, from Aloha was the motorcycle rider. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

River Road was closed until 9:30 p.m. to gather evidence and document the scene. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team was consulted concerning this investigation.
Aloha Man Arrested after Recklessly Shooting in Neighborhood (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
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February 24, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after he reportedly shot a gun in his house and through his neighborhood. There was significant damage caused and fortunately no one was injured.

On February 24, 2015 at about 3:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 20100 block of SW Newcastle Drive in the community of Aloha concerning a man shooting a handgun. It was reported there was a man that was shooting a handgun randomly from his own driveway, striking objects. Deputies learned that just prior to their arrival; another neighbor had taken the gun from the shooter.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and quickly detained 43 year-old Troy Haren. Deputies learned that Mr. Haren was apparently upset over some family matters and after drinking a large amount of alcohol, retrieved a handgun. Evidence shows that he shot the gun at least 10 times inside the house; through a window and an exterior door. Deputies learned that Mr. Haren then exited the house and continued shooting about 10 more shots randomly from the driveway before the neighbor took the gun away.

The bullets struck a travel trailer, a truck window, a mailbox and a house across the street three houses away. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood searching for additional damage and anyone who may have been struck by a bullet. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

Troy Dean Haren was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with multiple counts of Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. He is held on $10,000 bail.


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Cowlitz Sheriff: UPDATE: Names listed: Man shoots daughters boyfriend in leg for refusing to leave his house. victim OK. Shooter arrested
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
UPDATE #1 2-24-15 830p

The victim is a Kevin P Reid, 37 years who had been staying at the 108 Williams Street address with his girlfriend, Heather Castaneda, 34 years. Her father, Darrell D. Chafin, 65 years, is the owner of the home and is the one who shot Reid in the leg after he (Reid) refused to leave. Chafin tried to get Reid to leave because he (Reid) was arguing with his daughter (Castaneda). When Chafin told Reid to leave, Reid shoved Chafin. Chafin again told Reid to leave and when Reid refused, he shot Reid. The .380 bullet when through the upper part of Reids leg. Reid was bandaged at the hospital and after getting an Xray, left the hospital without further treatment because he wanted a smoke. He showed up in front of the house riding a bicycle down the street.

The nature of the argument between Castaneda and Reid is not known at this time. Detectives are still on scene executing a search warrant to collect evidence. They will be leaving soon.

Chafin was booked in to the Cowlitz County Jail for Assault 1st degree, no bail. His first appearance will be in Superior Court tomorrow. Questions about what time he will appear need to be directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.

We will not be releasing any photos relating to this investigation.

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Cowlitz Sheriff reports that a man called 911 to report that he just shot his daughter's boyfriend in the leg because he refused to leave his house at 108 Williams Street in North Kelso, Wa. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment for a non-life threatening wound to his leg. The shooter was arrested for Assault 1st degree.

There will be more released as it comes available.
Sheriff's Office Asks For Help In Missing Person Case (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
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On September 15th, 2014, Christopher "TOPHER" Bernards, 34 years of age, was reported missing by a roommate. Mr. Bernards was last seen at his Amity residence on September 4th at around 3:00 p.m. The last confirmed sighting of Mr. Bernards was in Tumwater, Washington on September 7th where he purchased gift cards at an Albertson's grocery store.

On September 8th, Mr. Bernards' vehicle, a Silver Dodge Neon bearing Oregon license plate 704CQM was seen by construction crews on Interstate 5, near milepost 164, outside Cottage Grove, Oregon. Construction workers noticed a single male occupant sleeping in the vehicle.

At mid-morning that same day, that male was seen walking northbound from the vehicle. The male was wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt, sunglasses and a baseball cap. He was last seen at Milepost 170 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit has been actively working the case and believes this disappearance to be suspicious in nature as family members have not seen or heard from Mr. Bernards since his initial disappearance.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Mr. Bernards. If anyone has any knowledge of the whereabouts of Christopher Bernards or information that could be used to find his whereabouts and/or the circumstances behind his disappearance, please contact Detective Marc Brodeur at (503) 434-7506.


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Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet February 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

--Discussion of hospital self-identification regarding level of acute stroke treatment service;

--The International Stroke Conference, which was held this month in Nashville, Tennessee, with the theme of Practice Change in Acute Stroke Treatment;

--The Stroke Care Committee's meeting frequency.

When: Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1D, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 (2013) to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

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

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease program manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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EPA Awards Reynolds School District $100,000 for Propane-Powered Buses
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/24/15
In conjunction with "Love the Bus" month, dedicated to showing appreciation for school buses and their drivers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding our school district $100,000. This award will be used to replace a total of ten (10) diesel school buses with new buses that reduce harmful emissions by over 90 percent. These new buses will prevent 14 tons of harmful emissions from being released into our community. Two districts in Oregon, Reynolds School District and Springfield Public Schools received the award (5 buses each.)

Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator for the EPA Northwest Region said that "Children riding new school buses in these districts can expect to breathe cleaner, healthier air." He continued by saying that "Poor air quality poses risks to children because their bodies are still developing and they spend more time outdoors. We're proud to support a healthier environment for schools and students with this funding."

Reynolds School District is pleased to add five (5) new propane buses to the existing propane-fueled fleet of 24, bringing the total to of 29 of 118 buses using this cleaner burning fuel.. This new technology that enables us to operate some of our buses with lower-cost fuel, while earning rebates and contribute to cleaner, more safe air for our students and the community.

With the Environmental Protection Agency's award we are able to work toward our district wide goal of providing a safer, more sustainable environment for all of our students.

To read more about the Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate program please visit http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus.htm#2014
Hudson's Bay students, staff members to showcase talents
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/24/15
Hudson's Bay High School students and staff will put their talents on display in an upcoming fundraiser for the school's Key Club and drama department.

Twenty talented acts will perform and compete for prizes as decided by a panel of community judges: Kevin Nettleingham from Nettleingham Audio, Dan Wyatt from Kiggins Theatre and Aram Arslanian from local band Lincoln's Beard and Kingsley Garden Studio. The student grand prize is two hours of recording time in a professional studio.

When: Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

Where: Hudson's Bay High School commons, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Cost: The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for adults and students without an Associated Student Body card; $4 for students with ASB cards; and $3 for seniors, veterans and children under 10. Tickets will be available in advance at the school and at the door on Feb. 27.
MESD Board Executive Session 2-26-15 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/24/15
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(i): To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.
Renowned Korean artist uses PCC to improve English skills (Photo)
PCC - 02/24/15
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. - Soyoung Park isn't your usual English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student at Portland Community College.

Last year, Park enrolled at PCC to brush up on her English skills. In January of 2014, her husband relocated her and her daughter to Portland from Seoul, South Korea so he could work as a visiting dentistry professor at Oregon Health & Science University. In acclimating to her new home, Park had been frustrated in communicating with the locals and wanted to do something about it. She chose PCC to get English language training.

"When I came here last year, I had difficulties with communicating with people in my neighborhood," Park remembered. "When I needed something, or went to the grocery store, my heart started racing as I tried to find the right expressions. I was not comfortable speaking English. 'What can I do?' I thought."

In the ESOL Program at the college's Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.), Park quickly made strides in her English speaking and found plenty of friends. One of those friends, tipped off art instructor Mark Smith, who serves as the North View Art Gallery director, that Park was an internationally known painter and respected Korean art professor.

"For a very long time I had worked as a teacher," Park confessed. "When I came here I returned as a student. It was a very, very fresh experience."

It turns out that Park is an active artist who has a doctorate in Art Education and a master's degree in Painting from Seoul National University, where she taught from 2011-13. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally at venues including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Kongresshaus in Zurich, Qingdao Sculpture Art Museum in China and the Korean Cultural Center in New Delhi. She has work within collections in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art at Seoul National University and the Kyung-Hee University Art Museum, all located in Seoul.

You could say Smith was intrigued.

"We were incredibly lucky that Soyoung was actually here with her family, her studio and materials so that she could have a show," Smith said. "She is an accomplished international artist with an impressive exhibition record. I'm just thrilled."

That is how Park's "Walking in the Clouds" art exhibit was born. Her show, on display right now at the North View Art Gallery (Room 214, CT Building, Sylvania Campus) through March 21, is focused on her encounters with Oregon's variable weather and colorful landscape. She will host an artist talk and demonstration at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 4 in Room 230, CT Building). This is Park's second solo exhibition in the US after having an exhibition in Los Angeles last summer that made headlines in L.A.'s Korean newspapers.

Park's "Walking in the Clouds" will tell many stories. Inspired by the artist's meandering outdoor walks, her paintings echo traditions of Korean folk art and landscapes. The works include iconic symbols from the "Four Gracious Plants," which originated in Confucian philosophy and are now commonly used to represent the seasons in Korea. The paintings feature hand-ground inks and color pigments on absorbent Korean paper.

In addition, Park will present two traditional Korean folding books that feature panoramic paintings of Oregon landscapes. The sketchbook style is perfect for a movable viewpoint, versus the fixed point of view typical of Western works, Smith said. Park's foldout books have sketches from her trips to Central Oregon's Smith Rock and the Painted Hills. She will have it on display as a painting.

"My husband is always searching for a good place that has a good landscape," Park said. "It's important to me. Long time ago, Korean, Chinese and Japanese artists would bring this book when they travel. At some good place, they would sit down, spread this book and draw on it. It's portable and convenient."



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

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


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Returning Veterans Project hosts Dr. Paula Caplan in Portland on Thursday February 26th
Returning Veterans Project - 02/24/15
Returning Veterans Project is hosting Dr. Paula Caplan, a clinical and research psychologist, playwright, Harvard faculty member, and author of many notable books including 'When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home' this Thursday evening, Feb 26 5:30 PM at the Tabor Space to screen her new film, "Is Anyone Listening' followed by a 15 minute Q and A. session and an hour-long workshop. CEU's available. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited. $10 suggested donation but no one will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay. More information including contact information attached


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MCSO Seeking Information in Monday Night Robbery at Local Convenience Store (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
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On Monday the 23rd at about 1:00 a.m., a male, portraying to have a weapon in his pocket, entered the Plaid Pantry, located at 4617 Silverton Road NE and demanded cash. The male is described as mixed race, approximately 6'3" tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue hooded jacket, dark colored pants and dark colored shoes.

The suspect forced the clerk to open the register and left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was last seen running north on 47th Avenue NE.

Plaid Pantry is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. If you have information regarding this suspect or the incident that took place Monday night, please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.


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Committee for Family Forestlands meets March 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/24/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will receive an update on the legislative session, and hear a presentation on the East Face Elkhorns Cohesive Wildfire Strategy when it meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building (C), 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is scheduled between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

AGENDA
Agenda items include:

- Oregon Forest Industries Council update on current events
- Presentation on the Monitoring Strategy development process
- Update on the Partnership for Education program
- Discussion to provide input to the Subcommittee on Riparian Rules
- Update on forestry-related legislation under consideration in the current session of the Oregon Legislature
- Presentation on the "All hands, all lands" restoration project underway in the Elkhorn Mountains of NE Oregon and SE Washington

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

COMMITTEE
The Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The 13-member committee includes seven voting members and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting, ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

PUBLIC MEETING
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Hillsboro Police and Hillsboro Water Departments Warn Against Imposters (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 02/24/15
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The Hillsboro Police Department (HPD) reminds the public about personal safety following a recent report of individuals falsely identifying themselves as utility employees. Recently, HPD officers received a report of two suspicious men who gained access to a person's home by posing as water department employees.

The public is reminded of the following safety tips in situations like this:
* Do not open the door to someone you don't know.
* Ask for proper official identification
* Look for a city utility vehicle.
* Call the police if you feel suspicious about someone at your door.
* Share information about suspicious people with your neighbors.
* Ask for the person's purpose for being there.
* Do not allow anyone unknown to enter your home without a bona fide prior appointment.

The following is a reminder from your Hillsboro water utilities:
It has been recently reported that imposters posing as water employees are trying to gain entrance into people's homes by claiming they need to do work inside. Hillsboro Water Department (HWD) and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) want you to know that although we may knock on your door to ask a few water-related questions, we will never ask to enter your home without a previous appointment.

Also, employees of HWD and TVWD always drive "E-plate" vehicles with logos, and carry identification badges. Field employees usually wear uniforms, however, we caution that you should not let someone into your home based solely on an official-looking uniform - it could be counterfeit or stolen.

If someone knocks on your door claiming to be from the Water Department or District, ask to see an ID badge, or call and check with HWD at (503) 615-6702, or TVWD at (503) 848-3000. A true employee will encourage, not resist, efforts made by a customer to confirm that they are legitimate.


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Reckless Driver Pursuit in Eugene Ends When Driver Rams Other Vehicles - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/24/15
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On Tuesday, February 24, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to assist the Lane County Sheriff's Office with a reported assault in the Pleasant Hill area shortly before 8:30 a.m. As troopers responded they began to receive reports of a vehicle associated with the assault being operated in a reckless and unsafe manner on highway 58. A short time later, troopers passed by the vehicle and attempted to stop it.

The involved vehicle, a white, 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by RYAN A. SPOONER, 22, of Pleasant Hill, fled from troopers and a short pursuit ensued. While troopers held back from the fleeing vehicle it struck two vehicles on I-5 disabling them. The Tacoma took the 30th Avenue exit in Eugene and as troopers attempted to stop the Tacoma intentionally rammed a passenger vehicle and a large box van which caused it to become disabled in the roadway. The driver was taken into custody without further incident and was lodged at the Lane County Jail on multiple charges including:

Attempt to Elude Police - Felony
Felony Hit and Run by a vehicle
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering another Person
Disorderly Conduct
Assault 4
Menacing

One of the drivers of a vehicle hit on I-5 was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, otherwise no other injuries were reported. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Goshen Fire Department.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet March 3 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting March 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the director's report as well as a legislative update. The board will discuss and provide input on work to spread the Coordinated Care Model beyond Medicaid to PEBB, OEBB, and commercial coverage. The board will also discuss and may adopt a policy statement regarding vaccinations. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

When: Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 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/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

--Director's report;

--Committee updates;

--Legislative update;

--Spreading the Coordinated Care Model;

--Public testimony;

--Policy statement on vaccinations.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-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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* Clarification * OSP Investigation into Klamath County Man Who Took Archaeological Artifacts (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/24/15
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* Clarification * The initial release Headline indicated Cotallese was arrested while the body stated it was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. The Headline was incorrect and he has not been arrested at this point.

On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Klamath Falls, concluded a seven-month-long investigation into the unlawful take, possession, and sale of archaeological artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTALLESE, age 46, of Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary items and items of cultural patrimony. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia items.

According to Sergeant Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Office an extended drought in the region has exposed many archaeological areas normally concealed by water. Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. This case is being forwarded to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Oregon State Police and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our state. To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.
Sergeant Randall Hand can be contacted at (541) 851-4911.


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Car crashes into Hagan Hamilton building (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 02/24/15
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On February 23, 2015 at about 10:00 pm McMinnville Officers responded to Hagan Hamilton Insurance, 448 SE Baker Street, regarding a single vehicle traffic crash reportedly into a building. Upon arrival it was determined that a 2015 Subaru WRX driven by Alberto Garcia, 23 years old of McMinnville, left the roadway and struck the south side of the building. Mr. Garcia and a male passenger of the vehicle were uninjured as a result of the crash.

During the investigation it was determined that the vehicle drove through the concrete barriers that were installed to protect the building, at a high rate of speed, after the driver was unable to negotiate a bend in the road. Both alcohol and speed were factors in the cause of the crash. The crash caused significant damage to the building and its offices.

Mr. Garcia was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Criminal Mischief I as a result of the crash (SRA - $25,000).


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Central Precinct Officer Assaulted During Arrest at Bus Station in Old Town (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/24/15
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On Monday February 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Greyhound Bus Depot, located at 550 Northwest 6th Avenue, on the report that a known subject was trespassing.

Officers arrived and were directed by security to the suspect, 47-year-old Stanley Cain. Officers spoke with Cain for several minutes asking him to voluntarily leave the property. Cain refused to leave so officers told him that he was under arrest, at which time he punched one of the officers in the head, knocking her to the ground.

Officers took Cain to the ground and the injured officer was able to get him handcuffed.

Officer Cinda Kozawa, a 24-year-veteran of the Bureau, was transported to a Portland hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Cain was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. He will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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02/23/15
--RESULTS--Sheriff's Office Enhanced Seat Belt Enforcement (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/15
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February 23, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety mission results during this rating period are as follows:

-824 Traffic Stops
-243 Speeding Citations
-104 Seatbelt Citations
-101 Cell Phone Citations
--33 Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device Citations
--23 No Insurance Citations
--12 No Drivers License Citations
---9 Suspended Drivers Citations
---1 Felony Warrant Arrest
---1 Misdemeanor Arrest

Future enhanced patrols will be announced.

Original Release Below:

February 20, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies will continue to provide extra patrols concerning enhanced seat belt enforcement from February 9-22, 2015.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable driving experience and will be providing extra patrols focused on seat belt compliance. Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe traveling experience.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this traffic safety mission.


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--RESULTS--Enhanced Weekend DUII Traffic Safety Patrols
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/15
February 23, 2015--The Sheriff's Office arrested nine DUII drivers during this rating period.

There will be additional enhanced patrols announced at a later date.

Original release below:

February 18, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for weekend travelers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable driving experience and will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving during the weekend for travelers. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that place themselves and others in harms way.

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

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe traveling experience and designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this traffic safety mission.
Oregon State Library Executive Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda 2/27/15
Oregon State Library - 02/23/15
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Friday, February 27, 2015. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library.

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

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
February 27, 2015
2:30 p.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

2:30 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

3:00 Discussion of the Board Meeting for March 20, 2015 Bonebrake

3:15 Other business Bonebrake

3:30 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Two Die In Separate Weekend Incidents
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/15
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Deputies responded to two unrelated incidents over the weekend involving deaths of recreationalists. On Saturday, February 21, just after 3 p.m., deputies were notified of a medical incident involving motorcycle riders near the 640 road on the East side of the Hood River Valley. When personnel arrived, they found forty-three year old Eirik Elton Schulz of Portland deceased. Schulz appeared to have suffered a medical emergency while on the trail. Friends on scene attempted life-saving measures without success.

At 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, February 22, deputies were called to the Surveyors Ridge area off of US Forest Service Road 4410 to a man that was found at the bottom of a cliff. The man, later identified as twenty-four year old Peter William Clifford Bryner of Portland was a member of a camping party staying in that area. Bryner was discovered by persons in the group who made the call to the Sheriff's Office. When responders arrived, it was determined that Bryner was deceased, likely a result of a fall.

Both deaths are still under investigation and official cause of death in both instances has not been determined.

It is critical to know and remember that in many parts of Hood River County, cell phone reception is poor or non-existent. While enjoying the outdoors, it is important to know where you are and the closest points of reference. GPS devices, plenty of water, basic medical supplies, essential medications and enough provisions to stay overnight, are always highly recommended when planning an excursion in the outdoors.
Spring Break Swims with Portland Parks & Recreation (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 02/23/15
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(Portland) -

Dive into spring with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)! We provide a variety of lessons and activities at six locations citywide. Swim lessons for spring 2015 are now open for both online and phone registration. Swim Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. Group lessons, semi-private and private lessons are all offered. Online registration is fast, easy, secure and 24/7 at www.PortlandParks.org. We provide accommodations to individuals with disabilities/special needs. If you need an accommodation, please call Inclusion Services at (503) 823-4328 V/TTY.

We also offer Water Fitness classes, adult lap swim and Open Play swim sessions. Call your neighborhood pool for complete schedules.

Is there a party in your future? Pool parties are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion, birthday party, group event or just a fun get-together. Rent a pool for that special gathering! Call your local PP&R pool for rates and reservations.

For a complete pool schedule, or further information regarding our lessons and programs, call the pool nearest you, or contact the Portland Parks & Recreation Swimming and Aquatics program at (503) 823-5130.


Portland Parks & Recreation indoor pools:

Buckman Pool, 320 SE 16th (503) 823-3668
Columbia Pool, 7701 N. Chautauqua Blvd. (503) 823-3669
East Portland Pool 740 SE 106th (503) 823-3450
Matt Dishman Pool, 77 NE Knott St. (503) 823-3673
Mt. Scott Pool, 5530 SE 72nd Ave. (503) 823-3183
Southwest CC Pool, 6820 SW 45th Ave. (503) 823-2840

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Washougal School District leaders participate in Future Ready Regional Summit in Vancouver
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/23/15
A team of Washougal School District leaders attended the Future Ready Regional Summit in Vancouver, February 17-18. The summit was one in a series offered across the U.S. designed to help school district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Already deeply immersed in a technology plan involving a 1:1 iPad model, Washougal staff is committed to preparing students for the digital future. Washougal leaders affirmed this commitment by engaging in a series of workshops that offered expert support to build upon the existing digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices, is implemented by highly trained teachers, and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students.

"It was valuable to hear what other districts are doing, and to learn from their experiences with digital learning," said Canyon Creek Middle School Principal Sandi Christensen. "It confirmed that we are in a good place with our 1:1 roll out, and we're ready to support all teachers as they transform their instruction. I feel this event encourages me to use social media more to communicate with parents, recognizing that two way communication with parents and listening to their needs is imperative."

"We are on the right road with technology and how we are using it to support student learning." said Jemtegaard Middle School Dean of Students Brian Amundson. "The information shared through this summit affirms the need to continue to provide technology coaching and professional development for staff."

Director of Technology Les Brown called the event "eye opening". "The topics presented were timely and very relevant to the 1:1 work the district is engaged in," said Brown. "Working with our team from Washougal, I realize how lucky we are to have the resources, willing teachers, and supportive community to implement and get where we are. We are well positioned to take the tools and resources provided during this event and put them to work to help make our schools even better."

"Superintendents provide critical leadership to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life."

The summits are an important step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. The regional summits are expected to engage more than 1,300 district leaders nationwide.

The summits are open to district leadership teams that have made a commitment to developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools, by signing the Future Ready District Pledge. Already, more than 1,500 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.

For more information about the OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov. #FutureReady

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City Suspends Efforts to Purchase 2.5 Acres of Park Land Near Murray Blvd and Sexton Mountain Drive
City of Beaverton - 02/23/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. -The city has suspended plans to purchase 2.5 acres of Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) land to facilitate an intergenerational housing development. The city and the park district came to the decision after hosting numerous community outreach efforts where residents expressed their concerns.


"Thanks to everyone who reached out to us regarding the proposed zoning change on the former Cobb property," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's clear that our residents strongly believe the park site should remain a park site and that no portion of it should be developed."


The city had been in discussions with THPRD to sell a surplus portion of the park property to the city in exchange for an easement on city-owned property adjacent to the park, which is better suited for active park uses such as a ball field. This partnership would have resulted in a similarly sized park and the construction of 40 affordable housing units serving seniors and families in the process of adopting foster children.


The city facilitated a series of tours and open houses to garner community feedback to the proposed affordable housing project.


"After personally meeting with many nearby residents, touring the property, as well as hearing about the excellent testimony at the two community meetings the city held, I have asked city staff to redouble their efforts to find another Beaverton location for the Bridge Meadows intergenerational affordable housing," said Mayor Doyle.


"I have reached out to leaders at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and we are in complete agreement that the former Cobb property is not a viable option for development," said Mayor Doyle.


"The city worked really well to solve the problem once they were aware of the neighborhood concerns and they inserted additional public involvement steps. We appreciate the mayor's insistence that more be done to work with the neighbors and ultimately the city listened," said area resident Ted Forgeron.


The city will continue to work with Bridge Meadows to bring affordable senior housing to Beaverton as well as housing for families that are in the process of adopting foster children. "In Beaverton, we are committed to listening to the concerns of our residents," said Mayor Doyle. "We will regroup and continue to work with Bridge Meadows to find a good site for this important nonprofit. We must create more affordable housing here and we will find a way to accomplish this critical goal."


BRIDGE MEADOWS

Bridge Meadows creates intergenerational neighborhoods for adop¬tive families of foster children that promotes permanency, communi¬ty and caring relationships. The model draws on the strengths of three generations towards a singular purpose--that all three generations may live full, meaning¬ful and connected lives. The success of its intentional whole-family approach, the public cost-savings of its permanence-focused family and community support model, and its age- and environmentally-friendly accommodations represent a new paradigm for creative solutions to vexing societal challenges. For more information, visit www.bridgemeadows.org.


ABOUT BEAVERTON

Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-09 Portsmouth Neighborhood Assault (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/23/15
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects involved in an assault and robbery in North Precinct's Portsmouth Neighborhood.

During the early morning hours of February 14, 2015, 43-year-old Patrick Wheaton was walking in the area of North Fessenden Street and N Exeter Avenue when he was attacked by two suspects and knocked unconscious.

Both suspects were described as white males, having slender builds, both in their twenties, with one being approximately 6'2" tall and the other being 5'10" tall.

The suspects were last seen running from the scene, westbound on North Fessenden Street.

The suspects stole several personal items from the victim which have not been recovered.

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

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

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

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Ridgefield School District will celebrate Youth Arts Month by partnering with the Ridgefield community (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/23/15
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Ridgefield School District will celebrate Youth Arts Month through partnerships with Ridgefield businesses, organizations, and community members to offer opportunities for children to create and display art throughout the month of March, recognized nationally as Youth Arts Month.

"Participation in the fine and performing arts provides our students a creative outlet to express their emotions, thoughts, and skills," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent of Ridgefield School District. "Art experiences enhance critical-thinking skills and foster important values such as empathy and tolerance."

Art classes will take place at all four of Ridgefield's schools throughout the month both during the school day and after school. In addition, businesses and organizations throughout Ridgefield have teamed up with Ridgefield School District. "I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of Ridgefield School District to the Ridgefield community for partnering with the district to provide so many classes and events free-of-charge," said McCann. "Seeing the groundswell of support for Youth Arts Month is one of the many reasons that make Ridgefield such a great place to live and learn."

Some of the enriching events and classes that will be offered for Ridgefield's youth to create art include:

* Artistry Night at View Ridge Middle School
* Cell Phone Photography with Chris Biddleman
* Children's Authors Gala
* Craftapalooza
* Drumming Up a Story
* Introduction to Oil Painting Classes
* Jazz Band and Jazz Choir Concert
* Jazz Funk Dance Lessons
* Library LEGO Lovers
* Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece
* Missoula Children's Theater presenting Hansel & Gretel
* Musical performance by Three Together
* Poetry Contest at the Ridgefield Community Library
* Preschool Paint
* Preschool Story Time
* RHS Band Concert Concluding Event
* Ridgefield Arts Experience
* Ridgefield Gaming Group
* Teen Tech
* Thursday Afternoon Story Time - Oh, Yes!

... and much, much more!

Youth Arts Month started in 1961 when the Council for Art Education and National Art Education Association named March as Youth Arts Month to recognize art education and the value of art to create a better quality of life for all people.

For more information about Ridgefield Youth Arts Month including details on events taking place throughout March, please visit www.RidgefieldYouthArts.com

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Skill building opportunities expand at CCCF (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/23/15
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
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Opportunities for women in medium custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to earn cosmetology certification have expanded with the grand opening of renovated space at CCCF on February 19.

CCCF's School of Cosmetology originally opened in 2002. Initially, the program supported ten individuals with classroom instruction and hands-on training offered through Portland Community College. Today, 20 women can obtain three valuable certifications from the Oregon Health Authority's Health Licensing Office in Hair Design, Nail Technology, and Esthetics. In addition, women who have previously earned certifications may train to become instructors and leaders.

While taking the course, the women learn about hair care including cutting and designing, coloring, giving permanents, applying relaxers, and weaving. Students also learn about skin care, including facials and applying makeup. Finally, they learn how to do manicures and pedicures, including gel manicures and artificial nails. Research shows that adults in custody who participate in correctional education programs not only have a lower rate of recidivism, but are more likely to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Telecommunications Commission to conduct review of Comcast performance
City of Vancouver - 02/23/15
Contact: Jim Demmon, Cable Television Manager, (360) 487-8702

The City/County Telecommunications Commission will conduct its biennial public review of Comcast Cable's performance, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in Vancouver City Council Chambers, 415 W. 6th St. The session will also be televised live on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) Cable Channel 23/323 HD.

"Cable television subscribers are encouraged to give us their feedback about how they think Comcast is doing by either calling in live during the hearing or by sending their comments to us in writing," said City/County Telecommunications Commission Chair Robert Coletti.

Call-in comments and questions will be accepted during the March 4 hearing between approximately 3:50 and 4:30 p.m. The phone number will be available on-screen during the live hearing.

Citizens interested in submitting written testimony are asked to mail their comments to City/County Cable Television Office, P. O. Box 1995, Vancouver, Washington, 98668, or email them to tracie.looney@cityofvancouver.us. Written comments will be accepted through April 3.

Comcast is operating under a 10-year franchise, granted in July 2013, to provide cable television services in Vancouver and Clark County, Washington. Under the terms of the franchise agreement, the Commission conducts regular reviews of the cable operator's performance.

The eight-member Telecommunications Commission is a volunteer citizen board that advises the Vancouver City Council and the Clark County Board of Commissioners on all matters related to the cable television franchise agreement with Comcast. For more information about the Commission, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc.
Next "Oregon History 101" Talk Highlights the Impact of Economic Change on Oregon's Natural Resources (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/23/15
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Portland, OR - February 23, 2015 - The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) announces its next Oregon History 101 event, a nine-month public program series that kicked off in 2014. A partnership between the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins, the series is designed to provide a basic understanding of the state's significant people, places, and events.

Class is back in session on Monday, March 2, and the lesson is "Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips," presented by Dr. Daniel Pope. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the McMenamins Kennedy School Theater (5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland). The event is free and open to the public; early arrival is recommended for seating.

As the Second World War came to an end, Oregonians looked to the future with both hope and fear. They shared the nation's anxiety that peacetime would bring a return to Great Depression conditions; yet the taming of the Columbia River and the wartime boom gave hope that the state would achieve wide-ranging economic prosperity. There was a broad consensus that electricity, notably hydropower, would transform the Northwest and that Oregon's well-being depended largely on its exploitation of land and water resources through fisheries, agriculture, and, above all, forestry.

In this Oregon History 101 presentation, Dr. Pope will present how the relationship of Oregon's natural resources and economic change, specifically through energy production, has transformed Oregon in ways not anticipated at the end of WWII. The legacy of this development poses benefits for the residents of Oregon, but also long-term economic challenges that have not been resolved.

Dr. Daniel Pope is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oregon where he specialized in United States business and economic history. Additional background reading is available online to complement this talk on The Oregon Encyclopedia, and historical records from the Oregon History Project are also available.

The Oregon History 101 series kicked off in September 2014, and covers a range of historical themes including early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice. Each presentation features images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and is filmed and posted to the Oregon Historical Society's YouTube page.

Past Oregon History 101 events that are available online include:

"It's Not Just Portland: Cities and Towns... and Steamboats and Railroads"
Presented by Dr. Carl Abbott, Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

"Looks Like a Good Beginning: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Exclusion in Oregon, 1850-1910"
Presented by Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Emeritus Professor of History, Washington State University

"How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its History"
Presented by David Johnson, Professor of History, Portland State University

"A Century by Sea and Land: Explorers and Traders in Oregon Country, 1741-1850"
Presented by William Lang, Emeritus Professor of History, Portland State University and Gregory Shine, Chief Ranger and Historian, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

"Two Hundred Years of Change to Native Peoples of Western Oregon"
Presented by David Lewis, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, Ethnohistory Research, LLC



About the Oregon Historical Society & Oregon Encyclopedia
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.

The Oregon Encyclopedia (www.oregonencyclopedia.org) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Over 1,200 entries have been published online and new entries are added every day. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects and is supported by its project partners, Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has received support from a collaborative of the state's five cultural partners--the Oregon Arts Council, Oregon Council for the Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the State Historic Preservation Office--with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon University System, Willamette University, and private donors have provided additional support.


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Resident returns to find smoke, fire in Tualatin home (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/23/15
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Just after 8:30 a.m. this morning, a resident returned to her home at 21975 SW 75th in Tualatin to find smoke in the home and fire on the roof. She immediately called 9-1-1 to report the fire and summon crews to the scene.

The crew from Elligsen Road Station 56 in Wilsonville was the first to arrive and found a two-story home with fire on the roof near the chimney. The crew initiated an immediate attack on the fire on the first floor of the home then worked to contain fire that had reached the attic area of the home. The crews had the fire knocked down 19-minutes after their arrival. All residents were safely out of the home and no injuries were reported.

Water tenders were brought in to shuttle water to the scene based on the rural location of the home. Forty-Eight firefighters worked to control the fire. TVF&R crews were assisted by Lake Oswego Fire Department and TVF&R volunteers.

A TVF&R fire investigator is still working to determine the cause of the fire but confirms that the area of origin for the fire was fireplace-related. The investigator is working to conduct interviews and examine material evidence to determine where and how this fire started.


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BGPD Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Suspects (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/23/15
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The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects pictured in the attached photos.

On Friday, February 20th, the male depicted in the photo is suspected of assaulting a Walmart employee while stealing merchandise from the Battle Ground store. The females in the photos are suspected to be accomplices. The male suspect and several females left the store parking lot in what is described as an older-model red car.

If you can identify the suspects or have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Phil Anderson at 360-342-5244 or by email at philip.anderson@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.cityofbg.org/tips.


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Science on Tap Portland -- Vaccination: The Risks, the Rewards, and the Reality (Photo)
Via Productions - 02/23/15
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Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, popcorn, and snacks available.

Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements of public health in the last century, and more is yet to be done. This success has saved countless lives -- and created a backlash of vaccine hesitancy and denial that we are still seeking to understand. At this Science on Tap hear from a panel of experts from the Multnomah County Health department, including epidemiologists, doctors, and other scientists, about how vaccines work, how they protect our communities, what the risks really are, and how you can make a difference.

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

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


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CLARIFICATION: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Multnomah Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/23/15
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This crash did not occur as part of any organized motorcycle rider training course. The instructor was a private person associated with the deceased.

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The motorcycle rider that was fatally injured in a crash on Sunday was identified as 60-year-old Tara Lu Freemole.

Investigators learned that she was learning how to ride a motorcycle when she lost control of a 2011 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster, struck a curb and impacted the side of a parked car. She was wearing a helmet but appeared to have been killed instantly due to head trauma.

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On Sunday February 22, 2015, at 1:38 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 Southwest Capitol Highway, on the report of a motorcycle crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the rider, a female in her 50s or 60s, and determined that she was deceased.

The crash location is in the parking lot of the Multnomah Arts Center and there is no traffic impact.

Preliminary information indicates that the woman was learning to ride a motorcycle when she crashed into a parked car and suffered fatal injuries.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

No additional updates are expected until Monday.

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Hillsboro School District to Host Smarter Balanced Assessments Informational Forum
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 02/23/15
Washington County schools will join Oregon's Deputy Superintendent, Rob Saxton, to learn more about the new state tests

February 20, 2015, Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro School District is pleased to host the Washington County Smarter Balanced Assessments Informational Forum on Monday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30pm at Hillsboro High School (3285 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro 97123).

Oregon's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rob Saxton, and Oregon Department of Education Director of Assessment Derek Brown, are currently visiting communities around the state to provide additional information to families about what to expect from the new state assessment system: Smarter Balanced.

Smarter Balanced Assessments were designed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) to more accurately measure the real-world skills students need to be successful in the 21st Century. They are aligned to the higher standards outlined in Common Core for English language arts and mathematics, and are more challenging than our previous multiple-choice only tests (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or OAKS). They will be taken by students in grades 3-8 and 11 this spring.

Representatives and families from the Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin, Sherwood, and Forest Grove School Districts will also be participating in this important forum. Following an opening presentation and question-and-answer period with Mr. Saxon and Mr. Brown, families will split off into breakout rooms where they will hear information specific to their district and will have a chance to ask additional questions.

The forum is free and features translation and childcare services.

Click here to see a flyer about the event. If you have additional questions, please contact Travis Reiman, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the Hillsboro School District (reimant@hsd.k12.or.us; 503-844-1451).

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*****UPDATE***** Names released - Hillsboro Police Investigate Pedestrian vs. car crash
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 02/23/15
Update - This release updates an earlier release sent regarding a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at Tualatin Valley Hwy and Imlay Ave on 02/21/15.

The officer's investigation revealed that the pedestrian was crossing TV Hwy on 2/21/15 at 8:00 PM from north to south at Imlay Ave. The driver of a 2005 Toyota minivan was traveling eastbound on TV Hwy at approx 35 to 40 mph. This is an uncontrolled intersection and no crosswalk is present.

The driver of the van stated that she did not see the pedestrian running in the roadway and her vehicle struck the pedestrian with the front end of her van causing her to fall on the roadway. The driver immediately stopped and called police.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene due to multiple injuries sustained during the collision.

The deceased is identified as JAMEY C. HAINES, a female, age 34 of Hillsboro. The van driver is identified as ERIKA ALEJANDRE SAYAGO, a female, age 32, of Hillsboro.

The driver was not impaired and drugs, alcohol, or distracted driving were not factors in this crash. No citations were issued.

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PRIOR RELEASE - On February 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM, Hillsboro police officers were dispatched to a pedestrian vs. vehicle crash at Tualatin Valley Hwy and Imlay St in Hillsboro.

Officers discovered a 33 year old female pedestrian deceased in the eastbound left turn lane at the intersection. Preliminary indications are that she was crossing TV Hwy north to south when she was struck by a an eastbound 2005 Toyota Sienna mini van .

The female driver of the mini van stopped at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. It is believed that she didn't see the pedestrian crossing the roadway.
This appears non-criminal and drugs or alcohol were not a factor on the part of the driver.

Officers are continuing their investigation and TV Hwy is currently shut down between SE Brookwood Ave and SE Century Blvd. The roadway is expected to be closed until approx 2:00 AM. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes.

The names of the involved parties will not be released at this time pending proper notifications.

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Forestry board to honor forest operators, receive fire protection update, at March 4 meeting
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/23/15
The state Board of Forestry will honor the recipients of its Forest Practices Operator of the Year award and receive updates on key topics, including work to obtain insurance to help cover costs of fighting large wildfires, at its March 4 meeting in Salem.

The agenda also includes proposed adoption of an approach for considering the predicted effects of climate change in the work of the board and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS:

2014 Forest Practices Operator of the Year awards. This program recognizes forestry contractors for exceptional skill and commitment, often above and beyond legal requirements, in protecting natural resources during harvest or other projects. The awards also promote public understanding of the Forest Practices Act, its administration, and its effectiveness protecting natural resources. Awards are given in each of ODF's operating regions--Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon.

Rellergert Forestry Education awards. The board will recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in forestry education with the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, named for an ODF forest educator who died in 2004. The annual State Forester's Award for exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education will also be presented.

Emergency Fire Cost Committee, fire protection updates. The committee and the department will report on efforts to renew Oregon's unique large-fire insurance policy for the 2015 wildfire season. Oregon used its full coverage during the severe 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, and work with insurance underwriters continues to develop coverage options for the 2015 season. The state and forest landowners have historically shared the cost of the policy.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee, appointed by the board, oversees a fund that consists of landowner dollars, collected through per-acre assessments and other mechanisms, to help pay the costs of fighting large fires.

Climate change adaptation recommendations. Climate change presents risks to Oregon's forest ecosystems. ODF staff have developed an overall approach for addressing adapting forest management and policy in an era of changing climate. Recommendations include considering the best available climate science in board work, and incorporating the implications of climate change as the department plans and implements its fire, natural resource protection and other activities.

Updates. The board will receive updates on several key projects and initiatives, including:

- The work of a board subcommittee and department staff in crafting a new plan for managing state-owned forests in Northwestern Oregon.

- A second board subcommittee's work in helping to increase the pace and scale of restoration projects on federally owned forestlands.

Executive session. After completing its regular agenda, the board will meet in executive session to consult with legal counsel on topics related to state-owned forests. The session will be closed to the public, in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h).

MEETING DETAILS:
- The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

- A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up.

- Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.

- Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD:
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
Donate formalwear and accessories to grant prom wishes
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/23/15
This prom season, Vancouver Public Schools students have the opportunity to purchase low-cost new or gently used formalwear and accessories, thanks to the Hudson's Bay High School National Honor Society's Dreams Coming Alive event.

The event relies on generous donations from students, parents, staff members and the Vancouver community to make the prom dreams of students from across the district come true. In advance of the 2015 prom season, anyone may drop off items between today and Friday, March 20, at any of the following locations during these times:

* Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St.--Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
* Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St.--Monday-Friday, 9:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m.
* Vancouver Flex Academy, 2901 General Anderson Ave.--Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m.
* Vancouver iTech Preparatory, 4100 Plomondon St. or 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. (Clark College Building at WSU Vancouver)--Monday-Friday, 9:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

To drop off items outside of school hours, please contact Trish Piliado at trish.piliado@vansd.org or 360-313-4400.

New and/or gently used men's and women's formalwear, shoes and/or accessories will be accepted. Donated items become the property of the Hudson's Bay NHS. Students who make a donation will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event.

Dreams Coming Alive will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Hudson's Bay High School commons area. Any VPS high school student can participate. All participants will have the opportunity to enter raffles for goods and services provided by the Aveda Institute.
Multnomah County Inverness Jail inmates culminate completion of "A Social Ignition" course with presentations
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/15
Over the past eight weeks, several inmates from the Multnomah County Inverness Jail have been participating in "A Social Ignition" course at the jail. "A Social Ignition" is a private, non-profit providing personal and leadership development, entrepreneurship training and professional and start up mentoring.

On Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. inmates in the class will present their completed business plans to an audience at the jail. Media are invited to attend and talk with participants after their presentations are completed. Multnomah County Inverness Jail is located at 11540 NE Inverness DR Portland, OR 97220. Please arrive fifteen to twenty minutes early to facilitate access into the jail.

The inmates involved in the course have attended 16 sessions (2 hours, twice a week) with instructors from "A Social Ignition". This intensive programming provides sessions on cognitive thinking, goal setting, employment development, team-building, budgeting and finance, entrepreneurship along with independent reading assignments and study. The class culminates in development of a business plan each inmate presents upon completion of the class.

Multnomah County library provided support for materials used in the class in a partnership with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office counseling program. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office counseling program continues to explore ways to provide intensive programming options such as these to encourage self growth and provide tools that can assist offenders in seeking employment opportunities when they return to the community.
Downtown Commercial Street Utility Work
City of Salem - 02/23/15
Beginning Monday, March 2, 2015, nighttime lane closures will take place for utility work on Commercial Street SE between Ferry Street SE and Mission Street SE. This work is expected to continue into September 2015.

Due to construction activities, the normal flow of traffic within the vicinity of the project site will be affected. In general, work will progress in the following order:

* Commercial Street SE between Ferry Street SE and Trade Street SE - Construction of new water lines and sanitary sewer mains. Work will be done at night with temporary nighttime lane closures on Commercial Street SE, Ferry Street SE, and Trade Street SE. It is anticipated that this phase of the work will last approximately four weeks.

* Commercial Street SE between Trade Street SE and Mission Street SE - Construction of new water lines. Major work will be done at night with temporary nighttime lane closure of two lanes on Commercial Street SE. Occasional single lane closures may be required during days.

* Leslie Street SE between Commercial Street SE and Liberty Street SE - Construction of new water lines. Leslie Street SE will be closed to through traffic during construction. Access for local traffic will be maintained.

* Liberty Street SE between Trade Street SE and Mission Street SE - Construction of new water lines. Major work will be done at night with temporary nighttime lane closure of two lanes on Liberty Street SE. Occasional single lane closures may be required during days.

Additionally, temporary sidewalk closures will be required throughout the project area. Following completion of this utility work, a separate contractor will be repaving Commercial Street SE between Ferry Street SE and Mission Street SE in late summer and early fall. All efforts will be made to have the project completed as quickly and safely as possible. We appreciate residents' patience in dealing with the disruptions that are inevitable in any construction project.
Learn how research results in real products at WSU Vancouver's Chancellor's Seminar Series
WSU Vancouver - 02/23/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Learn how Washington State University translates research discoveries into products that have an economic impact. WSU Vancouver will present "From Our Hands to Yours: How Research Results in Real Products" on March 6 as its spring Chancellor's Seminar Series event. The lecture and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. in Firstenburg Student Commons on campus.

Speaker Anson Fatland is associate vice president of economic development and external affairs for WSU Pullman. He has worked in biotech, venture capital and philanthropy and has started companies in the life sciences and alternative energy realms. In his current role, he works to maximize the economic impact of WSU in the region, state and world.

Also on the program is Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science for WSU Vancouver. His research areas are robotics and automation. Gurocak will share details of his work that has resulted in two pending patents.

At WSU, internationally recognized faculty in many academic areas conduct cutting-edge research resulting in discoveries and technologies with commercial potential--from global health to clean technologies to engineering and IT. In fiscal year 2013, WSU research and innovations resulted in 93 patent applications and 43 license agreements, and research and related expenditures generated 11,000 jobs in Washington State, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Held twice a year, the Chancellor's Seminar Series provides a forum for thoughtful perspectives and the exchange of ideas on timely topics. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members to discuss a topic of current interest.

Tickets for the event are $25 and include the lecture, lunch and parking. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting vancouver.wsu.edu/css or by calling 360-546-9589.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N. E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Veterans Advisory Committee to meet in Lebanon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 02/23/15
LEBANON -- The public is invited to attend and participate in the next quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs being held at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home in Lebanon on March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The home is located at 600 N. 5th Street.

The nine-member committee is comprised of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel to the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the committee and its members go to www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx.

Questions for the committee can be emailed to: vaac@odva.state.or.us.
02/22/15
Skamania County Emergency Services respond to Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 14
Skamania Co. EMS and Rescue - 02/22/15
Dog Mountain, WA, February 21st, 2015: Skamania County EMS and Rescue (SCEMS) responded for a reported motor vehicle collision at 11:42 a.m. The three car collision occurred near mile post 54 SR-14, at the Dog Mountain Trail Parking Area. The Emergency crews arrived to find three vehicles involved in a rear end collision with multiple patients and heavy rear end damage to a mid-size sedan. One patient was pronounced dead at the scene, one critically injured patient was transported by SCEMS to PeaceHealth Southwest and pronounced dead at the hospital. Two patients were transported by Klickitat County EMS to Providence Hood River Hospital and one patient was transported by SCEMS to Skyline Hospital for evaluation. The remaining patients were evaluated by SCEMS personnel at the scene and refused transport by ambulance.
SCEMS, Skamania County Fire District #1, Klickitat County EMS, Skamania County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol were on scene.
Man taken to hospital for Carbon Monoxide exposure from kitchen smoke
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 02/22/15
Kelso- A 21year old man was transported to the hospital by ambulance Saturday night for carbon monoxide poisoning from his home in the 1300 block of South 10th Street. A neighbor heard the smoke detector coming from the man's house and called for help. Firefighters responded to a dispatch of a possible structure fire, arrived and found the home filled with smoke and the man unconscious on the couch. Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue removed the man from the building and transported him to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center in Longview for further treatment. The burnt food on the stove was removed and the house was ventilated. Three fire engines, two medic units, and two chief officers were initially dispatched. No other injuries and no damage to the home were reported.
Mother and son who save life of father/husband acknowledged for actions (Photo)
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 02/22/15
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NORTH PLAINS, OR - CPR training and quick action by North Plains residents Nathan Van Roekel and his mother, Mrs. Laurie Van Roekel, saved the life of 49-year old Troy Van Roekel after Troy went into cardiac arrest at his family farm on the morning of January 25.

Nathan and Laurie were at the family home when they heard Troy collapse while he was tending to routine chores at the Van Roekel farm. Finding her husband unconscious and not breathing, without hesitation Mrs. Van Roekel immediately began chest compressions on her husband while her son Nathan dialed 9-1-1. Moments later, exhausted, Mrs. Van Roekel turned over the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) procedures to her son.

Hearing the 9-1-1 call via the dispatch on his radio at home, neighbor and volunteer firefighter Lt. Terry Burns also rushed into action arriving at the Van Roekel residence just moments after Engine 17 from North Plains arrived. Firefighters immediately took over CPR from Nathan, placed a cardiac monitor on the patient's chest, administered the Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED), started an IV and secured the patient's airway. Engine 5 from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and a Metro West Ambulance (MWA) arrived on scene minutes later. With the patient breathing again and his heart beating normally, patient was transported by MWA to Emanuel Hospital for treatment.

Because of their quick and diligent actions that morning that saved the life of Troy Van Roekel, Laurie and Nathan Van Roekel were both presented with the Citizen Life Saver Award by Washington County Fire District 2 on Tuesday evening February 10, at fire station 17 in North Plains.
Lt. Terry Burns was awarded a medal for his response as a volunteer, as was student Katie Allie, an intern with Washington County Fire District 2 who also administered aid for the patient while LT. Burns performed CPR.

A very proud and grateful Troy Van Roekel was also present at the ceremony.

Washington County Fire District 2 offers CPR classes twice a year. Call the administration office for more information at 503.647.9900


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PF&R Responds to a Apartment Fire started by a candle
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/22/15
Portland Firefighters responded to an apartment fire last night, 2/21/2015, at 5418 SE Lafayette St. at 11:55 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found a small fire in a bedroom. Firefighters put out the fire quickly and the fire was under control at 12:05 a.m. Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be a candle that was unintentionally left burning after residents had left the apartment. Fire Investigators also determined that the smoke detectors were not working in the apartment.

The value loss was $6,000.00. No one was injured.

PF&R would like to remind Portlanders about the importance of working smoke detectors, and the danger posed by unattended candles.

Candles Start more that 13,000 home fires each year, with most candle fires starting in bedrooms.
Never leave a lit candle unattended.
Keep Candles out of reach of children and pets.
Keep lit candles away from anything that can burn including bedding and curtains.
Place candles where they cannot tip over in a sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holder.

For more educational resources, here is a link to a candle safety video.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/218779

Seconds count when you have a fire in your home.
You have less than 3 minutes to escape a house fire. This short window of time emphasizes the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom in your home, outside bedrooms in adjacent hallways and on each level of your home.
Having a working smoke alarm in your home cuts your risk of dying in a house fire by 50%
More than 3 out of 5 deaths in home fires occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
Teach children what the sound of a smoke alarm means and what to do in case they hear the alarm, get out and crawl low under smoke. Make sure that children know the sound of the smoke detector.

Contact PF&R's smoke alarm hot-line at 503-823-3752 for more information if you need assistance getting smoke alarms in your home.
Multiple injury crash on S Redland Rd near S Lyons Rd (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/15
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UPDATE:

The female driver of the Saturn who died in the crash has been identified as Madison Kealoha West, 18 years old of Oregon City.

The male driver of the Hummer has been identified as Steven Mark Naylor, 58 years old of Oregon City. The 7 year old juvenile is still listed in critical condition, due to his age his name will not be released.

At approximately 6:08pm Friday, February 20, 2015 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash on S Redland Rd near S Lyons Rd in Clackamas County.

Initial reports were two vehicles crashed head-on and there were multiple injuries.

An 18 year old female from Oregon City was extracted from one of the vehicles, a Saturn coupe, and transported to the Hospital. She later died at the hospital.

The second vehicle, a Hummer H3, had two occupants. The male driver, 58 years old of Oregon City, was transported to the hospital and then released. A 7 year old male juvenile was the passenger and was taken by Lifeflight to the hospital and is still listed critical condition. The male juvenile was reportedly unrestrained in the vehicle.

The Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) assisted with the crash investigation. Initial investigations show the Saturn veered into the oncoming lane.

The names of those involved will not be released until Monday pending notifications.


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PF&R responds to a Pin-In Rollover accident 87th and Foster
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/22/15
2/22/15 10:55 Portland Firefighters responded to a rollover accident this morning with reports of patients trapped inside. Upon arrival crews found two vehicle involved in a traffic accident with one vehicle rolled onto its side and two patients trapped inside. Firefighters worked to stabilize the vehicle and then performed a roof removal with extrication equipment to remove the victims.

Both patients sustained injuries from the accident and were transported to a local hospital.

This news release will be updated as more information or pictures become available.
02/21/15
Marion County Firefighters extinguish house fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 02/21/15
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On February 21st, 2015 @ 1328hrs Marion County Firefighters responded to the 6000blk of Culver Dr SE in Salem. While enroute firefighters where told the 4 youth occupants had found a fire upstairs and had fled the home. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire and smoke conditions. Crews rapidly extended hose lines and began the firefighting efforts. The fire was brought under control within 30mins. During the extinguishing of the fire crews located and rescued multiple family pets still trapped inside the home. No firefighter or civilian injuries where reported. 1 Battalion Chief, 3 Engines, 1 Rescue, 1 Water Tender and 2 Medic units responded with a total of 24 Firefighters. Fire cause is still under investigation.

Photo Credit to Engineer Bret Peterson


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man hit by train and killed near Kalama Washington.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/15
Kalama, Wa 2-21-15

CASE # : A15-566

DATE (& Time of incident): 2-21-15 1028

TYPE OF INCIDIENT: Fatality Pedestrian versus Amtrak train.

PEOPLE: Victim; Name withheld pending notification of family.

SUMMARY: Location: 300 block of Dupont Road, KA

Victim and RP were traveling south from Tacoma to Portland for day trip. They stopped to smoke and take pics along the river. A northbound BNSF train passed on one set of tracks. The victim walked out between the northbound and southbound set of train tracks to pose for pictures as the train passed by him. Victim and RP didn't realize an Amtrak was coming southbound on the southbound set of track. Victim was struck by the Amtrak as it passed. He died at the scene. RP called 911. She was uninjured. The train continued south after about a 3 hour delay.

All requests for information about the trains are being referred to Amtrak and BNSF railroad. The ID of the victim will come from the Cowlitz County Coroner.

The Sheriff's Office will not be releasing any further information about the victim or RP until the family has been notified.
Portland Aerial Tram closed for the afternoon
OHSU (Hospital) - 02/21/15
Due to electrical difficulties, the Portland Aerial Tram is closed for the remainder of the afternoon.

Shuttle buses are running between the OHSU Kohler Pavilion on Marquam Hill and the OHSU Center for Health & Healing at South Waterfront until 5:30 p.m.

Normal Tram hours on Saturday are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The Tram is closed on Sunday.

For more information about Tram hours: http://www.gobytram.com/hours-fare/
*** Name Released *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 26 at MP 44.5 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/21/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal traffic crash on highway 26 near milepost 44.5 in Washington County.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 9:30 a.m., a silver 2010 Toyota Camry was eastbound on highway 26 when for an undetermined reason it veered off the roadway and into a tree. The driver and front right passenger were transported via air ambulance to OHSU with serious injuries. The right rear passenger, identified as TERRY L. HIDY, 56, of Seaside, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both lanes of travel were blocked during while the air ambulance landed. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has arrived at the site and reopened one lane of traffic with flaggers.

OSP is being assisted by ODOT, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Banks and Forest Grove Fire Departments. For updates go to www.tripcheck.com

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Vancouver Police investigate downtown shooting, three arrests (Update: Names)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/21/15
*** UPDATE ***

The incident occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the area of 8th/Main Street. Vancouver Police patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired in that area and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with three occupants who were arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. There were no reported injuries or property damage.

Shalon D. Freeman, 22, of Portland; Adrian L. Marshall, 22, of Portland; and Howard D. Washington, 21, of Portland were booked into the Clark County Jail.

No further information is available at this time.

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Vancouver Police are investigating another shooting that occurred in downtown Vancouver on the morning of 2-21-15. During the shooting investigation three adult males from the Portland area were arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. Vancouver Police continue to investigate this shooting. Citizens with information reference this incident are encourage to contact Vancouver Police.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Largest Two-Day Firefighter Training Event in Pacific Northwest
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/21/15
More than 400 firefighters from across the state have converged on Salem this weekend - February 21 and 22, 2015 - for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's (DPSST) annual Winter Fire School. This event, is the largest two-day training opportunity in the Pacific Northwest, offered free of charge, bringing together career and volunteer firefighters from every corner of the state.

The Winter Fire School is held at the 235-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy on Aumsville Highway SE and offers more than a dozen classes in a wide variety of topics from firefighting skills, vehicle rescue, tactics, command, safety and leadership. "This is an outstanding opportunity for Oregon's career and volunteer firefighters to receive training from top-notch instructors from the National Fire Academy, Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and local fire agencies" said DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks.

Gabliks said "We are very pleased to offer this event and we appreciate the assistance the local business community provides to support it. The firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity stay in local hotels and dine at local restaurants and Salem always rolls-out the red carpet to the men and women who respond to fire-rescue emergencies in communities across the state".

Gabliks said "This weekend training event is part of DPSST's continued effort to prevent, and reduce, firefighter injuries and deaths through training and certification programs that embrace the 16 fire life safety initiatives adopted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home Program in partnership with our nation's fire service organizations." http://www.lifesafetyinitiatives.com
Email Outage 02/20 not 03/20 ***Updated***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/15
The email server for MCSO is offline for the weekend of 02/20. If you need assistance from the PIO please just call the PIO line. Have a great weekend!
PF&R Responds to Pin-In rollover accident SE 135th and Holgate (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/21/15
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2/20/15 22:55 Portland Firefighters responded to a roll over accident that was upgraded to a pin-in with a patient trapped at SE 135th and Holgate. Upon arrival firefighters found a vehicle that had flipped multiple times and came to rest with the patient pinned underneath the vehicle. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and used extrication equipment to free the patient. The patient was transported to a local trauma hospital.


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UPDATE******Sheriff's Deputies have One in Custody After Fires Started by Reportedly Suicidal Man near Clatskanie (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/15
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Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies responded this evening to the residence of a reportedly agitated and possibly intoxicated male subject who family members said was threatening to burn his house down. Darren Loftesness, 53, Clatskanie is charged with Attempted Assault of Public Safety Officers, DUII, Felony Attempt to Elude and resisting arrest, among other charges. Additional charges are pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Just before 7 p.m., the sheriff's office and several area police agencies responded to a domestic disturbance that turned violent when the suspect reportedly used gasoline as an accelerant to burn down his own residence. Deputies and officers responding to the highly volatile situation at 23825 Blunk Dr., in the Clatskanie area found at least one building on fire and the suspect behaving erratically in the yard before leaving the scene in a car. The suspect drove down Blunk Dr. to Cedar Grove Road, where he was hemmed in by responding law enforcement units. The suspect did not initially respond to law enforcement's request for him to leave the vehicle, but instead threatened to ram the police units with his pickup truck. Law enforcement officers used less lethal force to breach the vehicle and deployed a electronic stun device to end the incident and get the suspect in custody without serious injury to the suspect or authorities.

Fire personnel from three jurisdictions (Clatskanie Fire, Columbia River Fire, and Mist-Birkenfeld Fire) responded but could not address the burning building until the suspect was in custody. By the time they reached the residence, it was fully engulfed in flames.

"This was an intense, fluid law enforcement situation," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We were fortunate to have extra help with reserve deputies on duty and law enforcement from the Clatskanie and Rainier Police Departments, as well as troopers from the Oregon State Police. Everyone worked together very well to bring this matter to a safe conclusion."

Loftesness remains in custody in the Columbia County Jail with bail set at $91,685.


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Vancouver Police investigate report of shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/21/15
On February 20, 2015, officers from the Vancouver Police Department responded to a report of a possible shooting inside a residence located in the 11300 block of SE 14th Ct. Initial information received through 911 indicated one victim was reported to have been shot, and was still believed to be inside the house. It was reported the alleged shooter's whereabouts were unknown.
After officers arrived, attempts were made to contact anyone inside. After a few minutes, an adult female came out of the house and informed officers that no one was shot or hurt inside her home. Officers were given permission to search the house and confirmed no one was inside, and no indications of a shooting were present.
The person who called 911 was contacted by police during this same time as this incident was developing. It became clear to officers in speaking to the adult male he was displaying indications of having significant mental health issues. The male was subsequently transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.
There is no indication at this time of any criminal intent on behalf of the caller, and no charges are going to be pursued.
02/20/15
UPDATE: East Precinct Officers Searching for Two 10-Year-Old Boys on the Springwater Trail
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/15
Officers have safely located 10-year-old Kaleb Clem-Nizzi at Southeast 115th Avenue and Long Street and have learned that the other 10-year-old boy Michael Wright is on his way home.

Officers will wait to confirm Wright's return before clearing the area.

There is no indication of any criminal activity or foul play connected with this incident.

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On Friday February 20, 2015, at 5:22 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Earl Boyles School, located at 10822 Southeast Bush Street, on the report that two 10-year-old boys did not come home after school.

Officers arrived and met with parents who told police that the two boys were planning to get food after school and "hang out" at a homeless camp. Officers checking the neighborhood obtained information that the boys were last seen along the Springwater Trail near Southeast 103rd Avenue and Foster Road.

Several officers are checking the area, Multnomah County Search and Rescue personnel with dogs are responding to the scene and the Portland Police Air Support Unit is responding to assist with an area search.

The boys are Kaleb Clem-Nizzi and Michael Wright, both 10-years-old.

Anyone with information about the boys' whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Major Crash Team Responding to Southeast 158th & Division on Pedestrian Struck - Traumatic Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/15
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On Friday February 20, 2015, at 8:48 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Southeast Division Street at 158th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located the pedestrian down in the street, suffering from traumatic injuries. The pedestrian, a male in his 20s, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Southeast Division Street is closed in both directions to allow for investigators from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team to process the crash scene.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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Teens Driver Safety Event (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 02/20/15
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Distractive Driving is dangerous! The Happy Valley Youth Council in conjunction with Happy Valley Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Safe Communities, Oregon Impact and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough will be holding their annual Teen Driver Safety Event Sunday, February 22nd from 2pm to 4pm.

Through the use of driving simulators and 'impairment goggles' the teens will witness first-hand how their driving skills are impacted, should they make the decision to drive distracted (cellphones, texting, etc.) or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A powerful presentation by Trauma Nurses Talk Tough will enhance the simulation experience.

Sunday, February 22nd
2:00-4:00 pm (activities require attendees to be present from 2-4)
Public Safety Training Center
12700 SE 82nd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015.


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Salem City Council holds public hearing on streetlight fee (Photo)
City of Salem - 02/20/15
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Salem City Council has scheduled a public hearing to take testimony about a proposed streetlight fee.

The streetlight fee would appear as a new charge on city sewer and water bills paid by households and businesses. For single-family households, the fee would amount to $2.80 per month.

The public hearing will be part of the council's meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE.

Revenue collected from the fee would be placed in a fund dedicated solely for the operation and expansion of the streetlight system, including upgrading streetlights to light-emitting diode lights, better known as LEDs.

City officials estimate that the streetlight fee would generate more than $1.76 million in revenue in its first year.

Salem has relied on the gasoline tax for both streetlights and road repairs. The city's forecast for gas tax revenue, however, shows that gas tax alone won't be sufficient to pay for streetlights and road repairs.

Other items on Monday's agenda:

--Recruiting a replacement for Salem City Manager Linda Norris and making decisions about appointing an interim city manager will be discussed. Norris plans to retire at the end of March.

--Councilors will receive a report on a $3.3 million upgrade of the Salem Municipal Airport's electrical and runway system, which was completed on time and on budget in fall 2014. Federal grants provided about 90 percent of the project's funding, according to a staff report.

--The council will vote on approving a three-year collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Salem Police Employees Union. The agreement would be retroactive to July 1, 2014 and end June 30, 2017.

--The council is expected to review the legislative priorities approved by the Council Legislative Committee.

To view the entire council agenda and staff reports, visit cityofsalem.net and look for "Meeting Agendas" under the "City Council" heading.

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Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/20/15
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Mayor Gives 'State of the City Address,' Council Adopts Updated Wastewater Collection System Master Plan and Approves Real Estate Transactions
City of Wilsonville - 02/20/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Feb. 19, 2015, Mayor Tim Knapp presented to a full house the "2015 State of the City Address," providing an overview of the City's current activities and future plans. During the presentation, the Mayor shared a vision for creating a complete community where residents can have all of their basic needs met locally and are able to enjoy an exceptional standard of living at any stage of life. The address included a review of notable public and private investments in Wilsonville, plans for future developments, and major transportation projects completed or underway. Mayor Knapp also encouraged active public engagement that creates a stronger sense of community and collaboration among the City, community members, businesses and service organizations.

During the regular portion of the meeting, City Council held a second reading and approved Ordinance No. 766 to update to the Wastewater Collection System Master Plan that was last modified in 2001. Updating the plan provides a 20-year guide for maintaining and operating the City's wastewater-collection system. The new Plan identifies needed sewer lines and pump-station upgrades and replacements to ensure that the system provides adequate service for current and future residents and businesses. The Council also held a second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 767 to amend City code to allow the City to adjust the terms of franchise agreements in order to take into better account the different impacts of various proposed uses of the public right-of-way.

Under new business the Council approved Resolution 2511 declaring a parcel of City-owned land located northeast of the intersection of SW Canyon Creek Road and Vlahos Drive to be surplus. The small triangular property is not developable, has no street access and is heavily encumbered with public utility easements and stormwater swales and a detention pond. The Council decision allows the City to move forward with plans to sell the surplus property to the adjoining land owner, Timberland-Sundial LLC, for use as landscaping and gateway to their development. By disposing of the property the City will avoid incurring ongoing maintenance costs.

Also under new business, the Council approved Resolution 2512 authorizing the City to acquire a total of 4.69 acres of land from six different property owners for use as right-of-way and easements need to complete the future Kinsman Road extension between Barber Street and Boeckman Road. The approval allows staff to begin obtaining appraisals and initiate negotiations with the various property owners of land in the path of the future roadway. The City hopes to complete real estate acquisition this spring and start construction in March of 2016. Funding for the project $7.1 million project includes a $1.4 million in federal funding, $2.23 million in funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the balance from City System Development Charges (SDCs).

The City Council adopted 2015-17 City Council Goals that include key performance measures and critical initiatives covering a variety of items to improve Wilsonville's quality of life, infrastructure and environment over the next 18 to 24 months.

During the work session prior to the meeting, the Council heard a report on the City's Communication plan which serves as an overview of the City's communications strategies and tools to foster two-way communication and information sharing between the City, community members and stakeholders.
Fifty Oregonians died from fire-related causes in 2014
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 02/20/15
Fifty Oregonians lost their lives due to fire-related injuries in 2014. This is the most since the 53 fire fatalities in 2008.

Residential fires accounted for 34 of the 50 fatalities. The sixteen non-residential fatalities occurred in incidents involving motor homes, outdoor fires, motor vehicle accidents involving fire, and other situations.

"All fatalities are tragic," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "But to see this increase is disheartening. Our agency works very hard at educating Oregonians about fire safety and prevention intended to keep themselves and their families safer from the threat of fire."

The top three causes of residential fire-related fatalities were smoking, combustibles to close to a heat source, and cooking.

"Although we can educate and provide information, ultimately fire safety is a personal responsibility," Walker added.

Of all fire fatalities, males were more than twice as likely to be a victim as females (35 male deaths vs. 15 female deaths). Adults 50 and older accounted for more than half (28) of total fatalities. Six of the fatalities were under the age of 18.

Residents are encouraged to:
* Have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
* If you smoke, smoke outside.
* When cooking, watch what you heat and stay in the kitchen when using the stove top.
* Always keep things that can catch fire at least three feet away from sources of heat.

In addition to the fatalities, there were 214 civilian injuries, 124 firefighter injuries, and more than $128 million in property damage.

All data is as reported by local fire agencies as of February 17, 2015.


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/1062/82049/BumperSticker.pdf
SRCI opens state's first inmate unit for veterans (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/20/15
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
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Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has designated a 72-bed housing unit to adults in custody who are military veterans. The facility held a dedication event for the unit on February 17.

The idea for a veterans housing unit was conceived from involvement SRCI staff had with the Snake River Veterans Association (SRVA) within the institution. Realizing a housing unit could be beneficial to veterans housed at SRCI, a team of prison staff went to Washington State to see a similar unit in one of its correcitonal facilities. Months later, the first ever Oregon unit is ready to be dedicated.

There are criteria individuals must meet to be housed in the SRCI veterans unit, such as being honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. Military, as well as meeting the behavior standards to live in the priviledged housing complex of the institution. Although the needs of the institution operations are always the priority to ensure the facility is running in a safe and secure manner, there are specific goals that were established for the Veterans Unit:

*Enhance overall behavior and personal well-being for veterans in custody by giving them an opportunity to pro-socially associate with like-minded, like-experienced individuals.
*Make support resources and programs available to assist the special needs of veterans.
*Assist incarcerated veterans in accessing federal resources and benefits, specifically in the areas of transition, release, health, and well-being.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. The facility also provides education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


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Attached Media Files: Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones. , Members of the SRCI Veterans Unit Color Guard, posting the Colors during the SRCI Veterans Unit Dedication.
Third man indicted for 2013 murder at Red Sunset Park
Gresham Police Dept - 02/20/15
Gresham, Ore. - On July 6, 2013 Gresham Police were called to Red Sunset Park in the 2400 block of Red Sunset Dr. in Gresham at 9:47 p.m. on reports of both fireworks and possibly gunshots. Officers arrived and discovered 29-year-old Paulino Vanancio-Lopez of Gresham deceased of a gunshot wound at the scene. Another victim went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Today, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Tomas David Luna-Lopez of Gresham on multiple felony charges including: Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault I, Assault II and six counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Luna-Lopez is currently in custody for an unrelated Portland assault case. He is the third suspect indicted for Vanancio-Lopez's death.

Vanancio-Lopez's murder investigation was conducted by the East County Major Crimes Team. This multi-agency team is a partnership between the Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview Police Departments, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police working in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
All 77 of BPA's annual reports now on line
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/20/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration now has all 77 of its annual reports online at BPA.gov. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937, BPA administrators have used these annual reports to share their thoughts about the year and describe BPA's financial performance in detail.

Each annual report covers BPA's fiscal year, which today runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, and provides financial highlights, management discussion and analysis, and financial statements. It also provides a letter from the BPA administrator that summarizes the year's accomplishments.
It's in these letters from the administrator that BPA's rich history unfolds. That history includes bringing electricity to all corners of the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, supporting the war effort that led to the allies winning World War II and signing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada in the early '60s that has provided over 50 years of flood control, electricity and other benefits to both nations.
In 1970, BPA completed the Pacific Direct Current Intertie that allowed the region to begin sharing power with our neighbors to the south. In 1980, Congress passed the Northwest Power Act that gave rise to BPA's development of the largest energy conservation and salmon recovery programs in the country.
More recent annual reports highlight BPA's effort to sustain and expand the Federal Columbia River Power and Transmission System and connect more than 4,500 megawatts of renewable and carbon-free wind power to our transmission system.
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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UPDATE #2 - Suspicious Death Investigation Underway at North Portland's Kelley Point Park (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/15
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The Oregon State Medical Examiner today conducted an autopsy on the deceased 22-year-old woman found in the Willamette River and determined that she died of blunt force trauma and drowning.

The victim, 22-year-old Elyesicia Chevonna Payton, was the suspect's girlfriend.

No additional details will be released as there is a Multnomah County Grand Jury will begin hearing the case next week.

This is the third homicide of 2015.

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Late Thursday night, Homicide detectives booked 22-year-old Nicholas Ross Estrada into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Estrada will be arraigned on Friday.

The victim's name will be released on Friday after the autopsy.

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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are conducting a suspicious death investigation at North Portland's Kelley Point Park.

On Wednesday February 18, 2015, at 3:39 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Kelley Point Park on the report of a missing person.

Officers spoke with a 22-year-old male who told police his 22-year-old girlfriend went missing sometime overnight while they were camping in the park on the bank of the Willamette River.

Officers checking the area did not locate the missing woman but due to some suspicious circumstances, officers asked for Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division to respond and assist with the investigation.

This morning, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office divers located the 22-year-old woman deceased in the river.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The 22-year-old male voluntarily accompanied Homicide detectives to the Detective Division but was released prior to divers locating the woman's body. This afternoon, officers re-contacted him and have detained him as part of the ongoing investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available. The woman's name will be released after the autopsy and family notifications have been made.

Based on available information, there does not appear to be any risk to the general public.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at (503) 823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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Jefferson begins budget cycle with community input opportunity
Jefferson Sch. Dist. - 02/20/15
The Jefferson School District Budget Committee is seeking public input as it begins shaping the budget for the coming school year. District staff, patrons and community members are invited to join the budget committee Monday, February 23, 2015, at 6:30 in the high school commons, to help identify fiscal priorities for the 2016 Budget. In addition to the opportunity for public input, a brief overview of the budget development and approval process will be provided.
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 25, 2015
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/20/15
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room. At this meeting Ajai Huja, principal of Centennial Park School, will present his annual building report to the Board; and the district's Wellness Committee will present their annual report. Business items to be considered at this meeting include: Open Enrollment Options for 2015/2016; Adoption of Revised Policy IGBC - Parental Involvement Including Title I Schools; Re-adoption of Construction Excise Tax and Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Portland; and Approval of Superintendent Breyer's Contract Extension.

The Centennial School District Board of Directors will also hold an executive session at the February 25, 2015 board meeting pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) re: superintendent's evaluation.
It's a hoot: Salem's angry owls get worldwide media attention (Photo)
City of Salem - 02/20/15
John Matthews, a Salem photographer, took this photo of a barred owl in Bush's Pasture Park in late January. The photo was taken in the evening with a camera flash, and was brightened considerably to make the owl easier to view.
John Matthews, a Salem photographer, took this photo of a barred owl in Bush's Pasture Park in late January. The photo was taken in the evening with a camera flash, and was brightened considerably to make the owl easier to view.
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Salem's newest symbol has sharp talons and a pugnacious attitude. Soon, it might need a press agent.

The story of barred owls, swooping down from perches in Bush's Pasture Park and swiping at four joggers, has generated plenty of media attention.

"We seem to have achieved worldwide fame with our owl," said Salem City Manager Linda Norris at a recent city council meeting. And that's no exaggeration.

The Statesman Journal newspaper broke the story of owls defending their nests by attacking park visitors. Attention from social media and traditional media grew exponentially after the Rachel Maddow Show poked fun at city's predicament. Owl warning signs were posted in the park.

Keith Keever, of the city's parks operations division, said he has been interviewed a dozen times by the media, including Reuters, Runner's World, German Press Agency and several television stations.

Meanwhile, Keever knows of at least 20 media outlets that have run stories about the owls. Stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Salem's owl story has landed in Europe. Stories have been featured in The Guardian, The Bristol Post, The Scotsman, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish Independent to name a few examples, according to Keever.

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Attached Media Files: John Matthews, a Salem photographer, took this photo of a barred owl in Bush's Pasture Park in late January. The photo was taken in the evening with a camera flash, and was brightened considerably to make the owl easier to view.
Update: Missing woman last seen in North Clark County - located/deceased
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/15
Clark County Case Number S15-1711
UPDATE 02/20/2015
At 12:44 Hrs Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - Woodland Police along with Fire Rescue responded to a reported deceased adult on the river bank of the North Fork Lewis River in Cowlitz County at 1141 Lewis River Road in Woodland. The body of an adult female had been discovered - there were no signs of foul play associated with the death. The death investigation was turned over to detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit as part of an earlier investigation of a missing despondent female. The body was taken into the custody of the Cowlitz County Coroner.

The Cowlitz County Coroner has identified the deceased as Lisa Ann McNair 56 years of age of Amboy, WA. The cause and manner of McNair's death are pending although foul play is NOT suspected at this time. Family notifications have been made.

No further details are available at this time.

On 2/11/15 Clark County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the family of Lisa McNair to report she was missing. Lisa is a 56 year old white female who has suffered multiple strokes and normally walks with the aid of a cane. She is 5 ft tall, 185lbs and has short spiky brownish gray hair. (See attached photo taken in 2014.)

It is reported that she was last seen walking west on Cedar Creek Rd. towards Woodland wearing black stretch pants, light blue hoodie and dragging a black bag. It is possible that someone may have given her a ride.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Lisa McNair, please contact 911.
2015 Business Forum to Focus On Disaster Preparedness
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center - 02/20/15
GRESHAM - Is your business ready when the "big one" hits? We live and conduct business in the Cascadia subduction zone. It has been over 300 years since the last earthquake and experts say the next big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is not a question of if but when. Four years ago the Japanese tsunami occured. Oregon's underwater tectonic plates are a mirror of the plates in the Pacific Ocean near Japan. That event caused untold damage.

Earthquakes are only one concern. Landslides, potential flooding, and other threats impact portions of East County. Being prepared for an earthquake typically ensures you are prepared for other types of disasters. Internet, phone service and even the quick response of authorities could be at risk.

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center's annual Business Forum for 2015 will focus on this topic: disaster preparedness. Our panel of experts will help us explore the question of whether your business is disaster ready and what happens when the unthinkable happens.

Panelists:
* Bill Nicholson, Senior Vice President, Portland General Electric
* Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region
* Todd Felix, Emergency Manager, City of Gresham
* Kelly D. Piper, Vice President, Director of Emergency Management, U.S. Bank

Wednesday, March 11th - 11:30-1:00 pm
Persimmon Country Club, 500 SE Butler Road,

The cost is $40 per attendee; $350 for a corporate table (seats 8). Visit www.greshamchamber.org to register.

More information about the program can be found at www.greshamchamber.org or on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/GreshamAreaChamberofCommerce. Questions should be directed to ceo@greshamchamber.org or at (503) 665-1131.

About the Chamber: The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(6) business association that promotes the prosperity of the business community. Listed on the 2012 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon, the Chamber is committed to creating a strong local economy, representing business interests to government, providing networking opportunities and promoting the East Metro community.
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Attached Media Files: 2015-02/3981/82038/2015_BUSINESS_FORUM_TO_FOCUS_ON_DISASTER_PREPAREDNESS.pdf
Fort Vancouver National Trust announces Historic Buffalo Soldier Exhibit at the Red Cross Building February 25 - 28
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 02/20/15
(VANCOUVER, Wash--February 20, 2015) -The Fort Vancouver National is pleased to announce a special exhibit at the Red Cross Building February 25 - 28th honoring the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and Quartermasters stationed at the Vancouver Barracks.

In partnership with the Portland Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, the Fort Vancouver National Trust will host an exhibit of artifact and photos in the Red Cross Building each day from noon - 2 p.m. February 25-28.

A FREE lecture will be held Saturday, February 28th at 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Building, featuring the stories of Medal of Honor recipient Moses Williams, and Cathy Williams, presented by Frazier Raymond, Jr., President of the Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Jack Giesen of the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will also discuss the WWII Quartermasters at Vancouver Barracks. He will update the recent discovery of an archive of portrait photos and negatives from the WWII Vancouver Barracks Photo Shop. Living Buffalo Soldier, Bill Morehouse will be in attendance and available for questions about what it was like to be stationed at Fort Vancouver during WWII.

Free, self-guided walking tours through the West Barracks run concurrently. See displays about the Buffalo Soldiers and listen to oral history about the Buffalo Soldiers at four display locations throughout the West Barracks; February 25 - 28.

For more information: www.fortvan.org/BuffaloSoldiers

About the Fort Vancouver National Trust:

The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history.

The Trust produces educational programs and the Celebrate Freedom Series of festive and educational events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, lifelong learning, vision and patriotism. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.
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Attached Media Files: 2015-02/3818/82036/BuffaloSoldiers_FlyerMap.pdf
Chamber Hosts Business Resource Fair
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 02/20/15
Chamber hosts Business Resource Fair
Hilton-Vancouver - Tuesday February 24 at 5pm
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - On Tuesday, February 24th 2015 the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in partnership with other regional chambers and business associations will host the "2015 Shop Local Business Showcase" at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th Street from 5-7pm. This year's Shop Local event will host local businesses in a marketplace setting and will include door prizes and networking opportunities at the Hilton Vancouver, Discovery Ballroom.

This year GVCC will also have seven business expert organizations on hand ready to meet with businesses of all sizes. "We are working with our partners to make it easy for our businesses to access information and services to help them grow," said GVCC CEO Kelly Love. "A Resource Fair is an efficient way for businesses to meet with several experts in a short amount."

The expert resource partners include: SCORE, SBDC, SBA, The City of Vancouver, WSU-Vancouver, OAMI (which provides micro loans to business), CREDC, Clark College and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber which recently opened its first office in Vancouver and is partnering with GVCC and the City of Vancouver on a new Small Business Assistance Program funded with a federal Community Development Block Grant.

Experts will be available from 5pm - 6:30pm at the Hilton Vancouver Conference Center in the lobby outside the Chamber's Trade Show. The public is encouraged to attend the trade show to see the great products and services that local businesses offer in the community. Door prizes include an Apple IPAD Air sponsored by Camas Meadows Golf Club. Admission to the tradeshow is $5.


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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Attached Media Files: 2015-02/3339/82034/GVCC_2015_Shop_Local_Business_Showcase_ATTEND.pdf
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying
Oregon Military Department - 02/20/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night flying training missions February 23-26.

The night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Clark/Vancouver Television launches new website
City of Vancouver - 02/20/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) launched their new and improved website this week at cvtv.org.

The new website provides attractive, easy-to-use access to live feeds from channels 21 and 23, channel schedules, recent programs, featured programs and short feature videos on City and County's YouTube channels. Other new features include:

Users can also access all recent videos from a particular program (e.g. Vancouver City Council meetings, C-TRAN Board of Directors meetings, etc.) or use the search engine to look for videos by keyword or program and sort the results. New features within the CVTV video player include:

* Skip to Agenda Item: Automatically jump to the start of specific meeting agenda item.
* Share Video: Easily share entire videos by email or on social media, or get embed code and links by clicking the icon in the upper left corner of the video player window.
* Share Clip: Manually select the start and end of any clip within the video and share via email or copy the clip link or embed code to share on other platforms (not available on smart phones).

"The new website is much more user-friendly and modern than the old site, with a mobile-friendly adaptive design that automatically detects what type of device you're using and adjusts the display to fit," said CVTV Video Services Manager Jim Demmon.

CVTV provides local government programming for the City of Vancouver, Clark County and other community partners, like the Port of Vancouver and C-TRAN, on Comcast channels 21 and 23, as well as on the Web.

CVTV first began providing access to its local government meeting videos on the Web in 2005. The website has not seen significant updates or modernization since that time. Along with the new website, CVTV has also updated its logo and on-air graphics to match.

CVTV was created and began airing local government programming in 1983, after the City of Vancouver and Clark County granted a joint cable television service franchise to Cox Cable. Comcast took over the franchise in 2002. CVTV is available to all Comcast cable customers throughout Clark County on channels 21 and 23, with High Definition programming now available on channel 323.

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Fortune magazine ranks Wells Fargo as World's Most Admired bank (22nd among all firms) (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/20/15
Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
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Wells Fargo is the most admired bank in the world, according to Fortune magazine.

The magazine announced its 32nd annual rankings on Feb. 19. Wells Fargo is the highest-rated bank in the overall list, displacing JPMorgan Chase, which had previously been the highest-ranked bank among all companies. JPMorgan Chase fell five spots to No. 35.

Wells Fargo was also rated 22nd among all firms, up from 35th in 2014. Wells Fargo has 128 bank branches, four call centers and 6,300 employees in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

"Being recognized as one of the world's most admired companies is a tribute to the hard work of all our team members," said Oregon Region President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "The passion and care that our team members demonstrate for our customers, our communities and each other are what drive our success."

The magazine has posted its full list of 349 companies in 55 industries (sorted by rank, industry or location) online at Fortune.com.

Fortune's survey partners at the Hay Group surveyed analysts, directors, and executives in each industry to rank companies based on nine attributes.

Wells Fargo finished first in six of its industry categories: financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, quality of management, social responsibility, and use of corporate assets.

The magazine has published the annual list since 1983.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
CRT/YCINT Targets Meth House Near Amity Schools (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/15
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Garcia Jr., Alexander
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On Thursday, February 19 at about 3:00 a.m. the Yamhill County Community Response Team (CRT) and the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT) served a narcotics related search warrant at 804 Goucher Street in the City of Amity. This residence is located approximately 800 feet from Amity High School property and approximately 1000 feet from the Amity Middle School. The warrant was the result of a three month investigation into meth sales taking place from that location. Two of the residents were arrested and lodged at the Yamhill County Jail, with an ongoing investigation into the involvement of other residents.

Lodged at the Yamhill County Jail were:

Alexander Placido Garcia, JR., 41 years of age - Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of Release Agreement, (based on a separate pending methamphetamine charge) $35,000 bail.

Martin Vincent Selk, 53 years of age - Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, $15,000 bail

During a traffic stop related to the case and the service of the warrant detectives found methamphetamine, packaging material, paraphernalia for the use of methamphetamine, and other evidence of delivery of drugs.

Sheriff Tim Svenson emphasized that this case of community nuisance was exactly what CRT was designed for. "CRT and YCINT have no shortage of work. I'm glad they are able to recognize how low level dealers and users affect the quality of life in a particular neighborhood, especially when there are schools nearby."

CRT and YCINT were assisted in the investigation by the Oregon State Police, the McMinnville Police Department, and the Amity Police Department.

Anyone with information on this investigation or any similar investigation is encouraged to contact Sgt. Joe Shipley of YCINT at 503-434-7506 or the YCINT tip line at 503-472-6565.


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02/19/15
Feb 13 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/19/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Executive Session & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will recognize Classified Employees for their dedication and hard work.They will receive department updates from the Superintendent's office, School Improvement, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business office. The Board will be taking action on items including: Consent Agenda, Open Enrollment & Inter District Transfer announcements, next years District Calendar, Certified Extensions & Renewals and a Bond Stipend. They will also report on their Legislative Assignments. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood - No Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/19/15
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On Thursday February 19, 2015, at 7:18 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting at North Lombard Street and Clarendon Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located a parked vehicle that was struck by gunfire and additional evidence of a shooting. No gunshot victims were located at the scene and none have arrived at any Portland area hospitals.

The Gang Enforcement Team will be conducting an investigation into the shooting and is asking for anyone with information to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man Facing Multiple Charges in Abduction Attempt from Elementary School (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 02/19/15
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At 2:55pm this date, police responded to the area of Joseph Gale Elementary School on a report that a man had just entered a classroom at the school and had picked up a child and began carrying him. This was just after dismissal time for students. A teacher stopped the man and the school Principal and another staff member chased the suspect out of the school and through a neighborhood south and west of the school. A school Janitor called 911 while giving chase along with the Principal and updated the dispatcher on the man's location. The staff members reportedly observed the man try to make access into a residence and tried to access several vehicles. The suspect was observed entering the garage of a residence and getting into a vehicle before fleeing this location.

Staff members continued chasing the man as he entered several backyards but lost sight of him after he was seen going over a fence. Police arrived in the area and were directed to the yard by staff members where they found the man and placed him under arrest.

Arrested was 29 y/o Joshua Alan Brown. Brown is transient with last known addresses listed in in Beaverton and Portland. Brown has an extensive criminal history however Forest Grove Police show no previous contact with him. Detectives are still working on determining the motive or intent behind Brown's actions. It was noted by arresting officers that Brown appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

It was also determined that Brown had a felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.

Brown will be facing charges that include Kidnapping II, Burglary I, Criminal Mischief II (for damaging a fence), four counts of Criminal Trespass II, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Harassment.

The child, a 7 y/o male and third grader at Joseph Gale, was not harmed. No other students or staff members were injured. Brown has no known connection to any student or staff member at the school. Brown has no known connection to Forest Grove.

While this was an extremely unusual and frightening incident, staff members reacted immediately to this threat and assisted police in the apprehension of the suspect while risking their own safety. While there is no indication of any other threat to students, police will step up presence at area schools tomorrow.


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Artists Wanted for Pacific University Project to Support Ebola Relief
Pacific University - 02/19/15
FOREST GROVE -- A Pacific University art professor has launched an initiative to help the communities in western Africa hardest hit by the recent Ebola outbreak, and interested artists are invited to contribute their talent.

Over the holiday season, Doug Anderson started the Ebola Domino Project, a creative humanitarian experiment that he hopes will convert the talents of hundreds of visual artists into donations for AmeriCares, an aid organization working in Ebola-ravaged areas of Africa.

Artists are asked to create dominoes and send them to Pacific University by April 17, where they will be exhibited in May before being given as perks for donations through a crowdfunding site.

"The project attempts to convert the talents of visual artists into donor dollars to help the communities suffering from Ebola in western Africa," Anderson said.

For more information, please visit eboladominoproject.org, or contact Anderson at 503-352-2263 or danderson@pacificu.edu.
FBI Statement on JTTF Vote by Portland City Council
FBI - Oregon - 02/19/15
Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon:

We are very appreciative of the time and attention that Mayor Hales and the Portland City Council have given to the proposal allowing Portland Police officers to re-join the JTTF. The men and women who make up the FBI share a great deal in common with both their law enforcement partners at PPB and with the people of Portland. We all care deeply that our community stay safe, but also that the people who live, work and worship here can do so freely and without fear. We look forward to a strengthened partnership with PPB and the city council.
Portland Police Gang Unit Involved in Non-Injury Shooting in Gresham- Update (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/19/15
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Gresham, Ore. - On Tuesday Feb. 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Portland Police Bureau's Officer Charles Asheim was involved in a non-injury shooting at Southwest 11th Avenue and Southwest Highland Drive, Gresham. Officer Asheim has worked with the Bureau for six years and is assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team. His team was working with the Metro Gang Task Force at the time of the shooting, trying to apprehend wanted gang associate Ryan Matthew Sudlow (pictured).

Sudlow and his female passenger, Shaelyn Raschelle Ooms, 26, of Portland, drove to the Safeway Fuel Station on Highland Drive where they were stopped by the gang teams. Officer Asheim fired his service weapon while attempting to stop and arrest Sudlow for an outstanding warrant. Sudlow was ultimately taken into custody without further incident and is currently lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Ooms was questioned and released.

The East County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting.

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Man in Custody after Entering Forest Grove Elementary School Classroom
Forest Grove Police - 02/19/15
This is a developing story. At 2:55 PM this date, a man entered a classroom at Joseph Gale Elementary School and picked up a child. School staff attempted to stop the man who put the child down and fled the school. Staff members chased the suspect through neighborhoods SW of the elementary school and into a backyard. Officers arrived and detained the subject who is now in police custody. The child was not injured. More information and the identity of the suspect will be released in the next hour.
Beaverton City Library Hosts Grant Workshop
City of Beaverton - 02/19/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library is hosting a free workshop on the GrantSelect database on Tuesday, March 10 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms A and B at the main library (12375 SW 5th Street). GrantSelect is an online database of grant funding opportunities. Register for the event at http://conta.cc/1CyxXge. Space is limited to 75 people.


"Rather than sorting through the vast and chaotic web, GrantSelect uses a standardized format making it easier to compare the requirements of various grants side-by-side," said Abigail Elder, library director.


GrantSelect updates its grant records daily and allows users to investigate a broad range of current funding available for independent researchers, universities, government organizations, and nonprofits. Content covers several topics, including art, culture, humanities, children and youth, community education, faith-based groups, scholarships, minority populations, and operating expenses, among others. Learn more about GrantSelect by visiting www.BeavertonOregon.gov/GrantSelect or visit the Reference Desk at the main library.


Until now, researchers who wished to find grants at a library would have to go to Portland to access databases from the Central Library's Foundation Center or libraries at major universities. In addition to geographic barriers, many grant-seeking organizations face financial barriers that prevent them from investing in their own grant directories. Thanks to GrantSelect, patrons at the Beaverton City Library now have access to a local resource for those seeking a convenient and affordable solution to their funding challenges.


For more information, please contact Jill Adams at 503-650-3613 or jadams@BeavertonOregon.gov.


The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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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Gang Enforcement Team Arrests Two 14-Year-Old Males with Guns During Gang Violence Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/19/15
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On Thursday February 12, 2015, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers arrested two 14-year-old males during an investigation into recent gang violence.

14-year-old Marcell Anthony Wilson and 14-year-old Keonte Campbell were arrested without incident at Southeast 127th Avenue and East Burnside Street. Both were armed with semi-automatic handguns at the time of their arrest.

On February 4, 2015, at 4:33 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of a shooting at KFC, located at 5721 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The victim, 22-year-old Teondre Antonio Bonner, was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at a Portland hospital.

On February 7, 2015, at 8:08 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the multiple reports of shots fired at Woodlawn Park in Northeast Portland.

Several officers arrived and located several areas with evidence of gunfire along the East side of the park and in the neighborhood immediately South of the park, including several parked cars with damage from gunfire. No gunshot victims were located during this investigation.

Both males were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.

Wilson was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (two counts); in connection with the shooting at KFC and the area of Woodlawn Park.

Campbell was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

GET detectives developed information in two separate shooting investigations that led to these arrests.

Anyone with information about these shootings is asked to contact Detective Todd Teats at (503) 823-2137, todd.teats@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on NW Front Ave on Sunday, Feb. 22 from NW Doane to NW Kittridge avenues
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 02/19/15
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Front Avenue from NW Doane Avenue to NW Kittridge Avenue on Sunday, February 22nd from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.07 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. PBOT crews are working on Sunday to minimize disruption to travelers in an area of the city heavily traveled during weekdays.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE Belmont from SE 12th Ave to SE Grand Ave from Feb. 23 and 24th
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 02/19/15
Update: PBOT crews will return to this stretch of Belmont to finish paving on Monday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 24th. Work hours and lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.
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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Belmont Street from SE 12th Avenue to SE Grand Avenue from Tuesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 6th, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each weekday. This project may also include some weekend work.

Two lanes will remain open during the afternoon rush hour. Parking will be removed during work hours.

The lane closures and parking removal will allow crews to grind 1.16 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change

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CCC's 'Laramie Project' Offers Community Conversations (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/19/15
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OREGON CITY - Panel discussions exploring issues around the hate crime that "The Laramie Project" is based on have been added to two of the play's performances at Clackamas Community College. Moisés Kaufman's powerful and moving play opens Feb. 26 in the Osterman Theatre, with performances Thursday through Sunday through March 8.
"The Laramie Project" examines the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student, brutally murdered in 1998 for his sexual identity.
Panel discussions will be held following performances on March 6 and 7. The discussions will include Susan Burk, a journalist and facilitator, who was executive producer for the NBC affiliate in Casper, Wyo., at the time of Shepard's murder. She produced an award-winning news series on the filming of HBO's production of The Laramie Project and appeared in the film and subsequent productions.
Joining Burk after the March 6 performance are actors from the production and members of "The Living Room," a LGBTQ organization in Clackamas County. Members of the cast will join Burk and people from PFLAG of Clackamas County following the March 7 evening performance.
James Eikrem directs CCC's performances of "The Laramie Project." Performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 online or "pay what you can at the box office" for students.
For ticket information and reservations visit www.clackamas.edu/theatre or call 503-594-3153.


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CCC Students Practice Skills at Dental Fair (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/19/15
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MILWAUKIE - Students in the Health Sciences programs at Clackamas Community College will get hands-on experience assisting at the Clackamas County Dental Fair. The fair will take place on Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two county locations.
The dental clinic will provide free screenings, cleanings, fillings and other services to adults. Walk-ins will be seen as space is available, but registration is recommended. To register, call 503-655-8471.
Two clinics will provide services: the Beavercreek Health Center in Oregon City, and the Sunnyside Health Center in Clackamas.
CCC students in the dental assistant, medical assistant and clinical lab programs will help with the clinics.
CCC's Dental Assistant program prepares 24 students each year for entry-level positions as chair-side dental assistants. Graduates from the program have gone on to work in private dental practices, large clinics or continued with their education to become dental hygienists and dentists.
For more information, contact Maria Corona at 503-594-0693.


Attached Media Files: Dental assistant students assist during a 2014 clinic.
Legacy Health Lifts Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals
Legacy Health - 02/19/15
With a decline in both flu positivity rates and hospitalized patients with flu, Legacy Health is lifting visitor restrictions at all of their campuses. Oregon and SW Washington are also reporting a decrease in flu activity.

Legacy Health reminds people to be aware that the flu season is not over but simply lessened in intensity, so it encourages everyone to continue being diligent in keeping healthy. After getting a flu vaccination, the number one thing a person can do to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash their hands. It is important to remain vigilant in hand hygiene to protect against spreading infection.
Record 38 Oregon high schools participate in Poetry Out Loud (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/19/15
Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School
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Breaking previous participation records, almost 4,000 students from 38 high schools in 18 Oregon communities are taking part in the 10th anniversary season of Poetry Out Loud.
Organized by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for which students memorize and present poems - practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

After months of classroom study and preparation, students participate in school-wide recitation contests, with each winner eligible to compete in one of three regional contests on March 7. The top three finishers in each region advance to the state contest in Salem on March 14 (contest details appear below).

"Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful way for students to gain an appreciation of great poetry," said Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "To 'own' a poem through practiced recitation is an experience students will carry with them for years to come."

Judges for the 2015 competition include: Eleanor Berry, poet; Wayne Carr, actor at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Marty Hughley, performing arts journalist; Mike Chaser, associate professor of English at Willamette University; Paul Hadella, English faculty at Southern Oregon University; Stephanie Lenox, poet; Ann McBride, actor and radio personality; Laurence Overmire, poet; and Claudia Alick, associate producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The 2013 and 2014 Oregon state champion, Rosie Reyes, will welcome students to the 2015 Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest after joining them for lunch.

In addition to winning a $200 scholarship and $500 for the winner's school library poetry collection, the state champion receives an all-expenses-paid trip, with a chaperone, to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals April 27-29.

Nationwide, more than 365,000 students are expected to participate. Students compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels.

Details on the regional and state contests--
Oregon regional contests:
Mid-Valley & Central Regional, Salem
10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7, The Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr. NE

Southern Regional, Medford
1-4 p.m., March 7, Medford Public Library, 205 South Central Ave.

Northern & Eastern Regional, Beaverton
4-8 p.m., March 7, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.

Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest:
1-4 p.m., March 14, Willamette University Library, Hatfield Room, 900 State Street, Salem

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, contact the Arts Commission at (503) 986-0082 or Oregon.artscomm@state.or.us or visit the national website at www.poetryoutloud.org

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information about the Oregon Arts Commission: www.oregonartscommission.org.

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Attached Media Files: Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School , Mackenzie Gonzales, the 2015 winner from the Online Connection Academy (statewide online school). Gozales is from Grants Pass. , Eli Bronstein, 2015 winner from Oak Hill School in Eugene
Portland offers free workshops to test emergency alerts, increase neighborhood resilience
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 02/19/15
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is offering three free workshops in February to seek public input on how alerts are issued during an evacuation, and to engage the community in a lively exercise on how to identify hazards and use neighborhood resources in a disaster.

The first event, "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?," is on Saturday, February 21st at 12 p.m. as part of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Fix-It Fair at David Douglas High School - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif. The workshop, provided in English and Spanish, will ask participants how they would respond to different alert messages during a large-scale evacuation to help emergency planners improve Portland's evacuation plan. Participants will have a chance to win a $75 emergency kit.

The second event, "Your Resilient Neighborhood," is on Saturday, February 28th at 10 a.m. as part of the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Community Summit at the Ambridge Event Center - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/inittogether. Participants are encouraged to register in advance because priority will be given to summit attendees. Unlike traditional preparedness presentations focused on building a kit and making a plan, this workshop will discuss how community gardens, schools, parks, fuel stations, bike shops, food carts and other resources can help a neighborhood withstand a disaster and recover more quickly. Presenters include Carmen Merlo, PBEM Director, and John Warner, Pearl District Neighborhood Emergency Team leader.

Also on February 28th, at 1 p.m at the Community Summit the "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?" workshop will be offered for a second time. An ASL interpreter will be on hand to provide translation.

EVENT #1
WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 12-1 p.m.
WHAT: "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?" evacuation alert workshop
WHERE: David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland OR 97233) - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif

EVENT #2
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10-11:45 a.m.
WHAT: "Your Resilient Neighborhood" community workshop
WHERE: Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland OR 97232) - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/inittogether

EVENT #3
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m.
WHAT: "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?" evacuation alert workshop
WHERE: Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland OR 97232) - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/inittogether

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AARP React to Governor's Recommended Budget for the Department of Human Services Aging & Disability Services
AARP Oregon - 02/19/15
SALEM, February 19, 2015 -- AARP Oregon is working to ensure people can live in their homes and communities for as long as possible by advocating for more resources and services to assist those who not only need care but those who provide care, especially family caregivers.

But, the Governor's Recommended Budget does not look at the future needs and projected increases in the senior population especially as more Oregonians are and will live well in to their 80's.

"There are steps Oregon can take to help ease the anxieties we will face at some point in our lives in either providing or receiving ongoing care," said Jon Bartholomew, director of Government Affairs for AARP Oregon. "Oregon should be striving to make it easier for older people to live with independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can.

AARP recommends to increase the Governor's Recommended Budget by $28 million.

* Continue training for family and professional caregivers - $3.3 million

* Continue the Oregon Project Independence Pilot Project to serve younger disabled individuals - $6 million

* Continue evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention - $1.25 million

* Cost-of-living adjustments for home and community based care providers and in home caregivers of long term care services and supports - $13.84 million

* Recruitment and workforce development of care workers - $2 million

* Senior property tax deferral (including wait-listed individuals) - $1.6 million

The greatest need for LTC is among those ages 85+. Their numbers in Oregon will grow from 80,959 in 2010 to 121,741 in 2022. While the Boomers born between 1946-1964 are creating a dramatic shift in population, the major waves of significantly increased needs will hit around 2030. Investing now in maintaining and growing our LTC system makes sense and will prepare Oregon for our aging citizens.

Preserving long-term care services is the right thing to do, and it's extremely cost effective. Oregon's population is aging, and our long-term care (LTC) system is not keeping up with the needs of our residents. Our community-based system that was created 35 years ago is a model for the nation. It was designed to honor the independence, choice and dignity of seniors and people with disabilities by supporting home and community-based care alternatives.

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Beaverton Police Rescue Sex-Trafficing Victim (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/19/15
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On February 18th, 2015, detectives with the Beaverton Police Department opened an investigation into the sex-trafficking of an underage female within the City of Beaverton and metro area.

This investigation stemmed from an ad posted on the escort section of Backpage.com for Portland. Detectives were concerned, based on the details contained in the ad, the female may be the victim of underage sex-trafficking. Detectives contacted the female to arrange a meeting at the Comfort Inn in Beaverton. When the girl arrived, the detectives contacted her and learned she was a 16 year-old missing and endangered juvenile from the Portland Metro area.

Detectives also contacted the male who brought the victim to the motel. Through their investigation, they learned the male, identified as 24 year-old Reginald D. Manning, was actively compelling and promoting the prostitution of a juvenile. Manning is from the Las Vegas, NV area. Detectives also found that Manning was in possession of a loaded firearm at the time he delivered the victim to the motel. Manning was arrested and charged with Compelling Prostitution and Promoting Prostitution, which are both felony crimes, and lodged in the Washington County Jail.

The Beaverton Police Department believes addressing these types of crimes against juvenile victims is necessary. Reaching these victims gives them an avenue to escape the lifestyle and see they are valued for more than their bodies. The Department makes every attempt to provide valuable resources to all crime victims.
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*CORRECTION -Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Outfitter/Guide Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 02/19/15
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed rules pertaining to OAR 250-016-0020, 250-016-35 and 250-016-0050, that modify definitions, adds new language to define license expiration dates for non-boating guides, remove recreational boating laws from a list of violation, clarify violations, and add specific references to types of fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits.

Public hearings are also being held to gather written and oral comments on the proposed rules:
* Jackson County Sheriff's Office: March 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 620 Antelope Rd., White City, OR
* Columbia County Sheriff's Office: March 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 901Port Ave., St. Helens, OR
* Lane Fire Authority: March 29, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 88050 Territorial Hwy, Veneta, OR.

Written comments may be submitted by April 30, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx

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Penalties assessed for not filing information returns electronically
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/19/15
SALEM--Starting with the filing of 2014 returns this year, the Oregon Department of Revenue will be assessing penalties for failing to file information returns electronically.
Oregon requires businesses filing any number of W2s or more than ten 1099s to file those electronically through iWire by March 31.

The penalty will be $50 per return, with a maximum of $2,500. If a business knowingly fails to file or knowingly files an incomplete, false, or misleading return, the penalty will be $250 per return, up to a maximum of $25,000.

All electronic filing must be done through iWire, a free, browser-based application available through our website. Many software vendors and payroll providers have updated their programs to support Oregon iWire. If your software does not support Oregon iWire, submit your file using the specifications provided on our website.

You can contact the iWire team by phone at 503-945-8127, during normal business hours, or by email at iwire.dor@oregon.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Police Investigating an Early Morning Shooting in the Piedmont Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/19/15
On Thursday February 19, 2015, at 5:16 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the intersection of Northeast Cleveland Avenue and Dekum Street on the report gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located two vehicles damaged by gunfire. The vehicles were unoccupied and parked on Northeast Dekum Street, between Cleveland and Rodney Avenues.

Officers contacted the vehicle owners who told police that they heard gunshots but did not see anyone shooting. A witness told police a van or SUV drove down the street at approximately the same time as the shooting but its unclear if the shooting came from the vehicle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet February 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/19/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
February 10, 2015

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dan.postrel@oregon.gov


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet February 24 in Salem. Agenda items include discussion of a draft paper about modernization of U.S. Forest Service policies that was submitted to the state Board of Forestry at its Jan. 7 meeting. This draft is consistent with the subcommittee's federal forests work plan, which the full board approved on July 25, 2014.

The meeting will be held from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. in the Clatsop Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with the Governor and other public policy leaders.

About the board
The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Oregon City Police Execute Search Warrant on Drug House (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/19/15
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On February 18, 2015 a three month investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine came to an end when members of the Oregon City Police Department and the Clackamas County Sheriff's office executed a search warrant on the residence of 13531 Clairmont Way #175, in Oregon City. During the search warrant, heroin, methamphetamine, and evidence of distribution of narcotics were found within the residence.

35 year old Phillip Andrew Wanhoff was ultimately arrested on charges of Delivery of a controlled substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled substance-Methamphetamine, and Possession of a controlled substance-heroin. Wanhoff is being held at the Clackamas County Jail on $65,000 bail.


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Washougal High School CTE Director Announces Retirement (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/19/15
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Washougal, WA - Marsha Spencer has announced her retirement at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Spencer serves as the Washougal School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director.

Spencer's career in education spanned 37 years, 17 of those in Washougal. She began in Oregon at the Bend/LaPine School District for 10 years prior to moving to Vancouver in 1988. At this time, she was hired as an administrative assistant for the Evergreen School District and held several different jobs before being hired as a business teacher for Washougal in August 1988. For five years, Spencer taught computer applications, accounting, career choices, and work-based learning. In 2002, she transitioned into the Career Specialist position. "This job was one of the most rewarding of all my experiences," Spencer said. "I loved influencing young lives and watching light bulbs go on. I have the best job in the whole district."

Being a life-long learner, Spencer went back to school and completed the CTE Administrative program in 2009. This allowed her to move into the position that she will be leaving, CTE Director.

"Marsha has given so much to the Washougal School District," said Aaron Hansen, WHS Principal. "As CTE Director and Career Specialist, Marsha worked hard to provide engaging and 21st curriculum and state-of-the-art equipment for staff and students to prepare them for their future, using fiscally sound practices and a deep desire to do what's best for kids."

Her work has brought many new courses to the high school including American Sign Language, Digital Photography, and Medical Terminology. She has also helped to revive a middle school CTE program that includes Robotics and Desktop Publishing. Spencer helped to start the JAS (Job Acquisition Skills) program, as well as many career day events. "She is a tireless advocate for vocational learning and consistently searches for ways to support students," Hansen added. "We will miss Marsha's leadership, compassion and dedication to the Washougal Community."

The CTE Director position will be posted by the end of February and can be found at www.washougal.k12.wa.us.

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WOU theater students bring literary classic to life (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/19/15
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University's (WOU) Department of Theatre and Dance will perform a stage adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The show runs nightly Feb. 26 through 28 and March 4 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the WOU campus at 345 Monmouth Ave. North in Monmouth. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on March 1. The performances on March 5 and 6 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Directed by theatre professor David Janoviak, "Pride and Prejudice" is a timeless comedic tale of love, manners, family expectations and daily life in the British Regency. The novel, set in early 19th century England, tells the story of five unmarried sisters' search for love and happiness. With their closest male cousin set to inherit the family estate, they must find a rich and single husband to advance in genteel society. When two eligible bachelors join the neighborhood in the form of the charming Mr. Bingley and the taciturn Mr. Darcy, the Bennet family is turned upside down. The novel focuses on the complicated and rocky road to love between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. They can be purchased from the Box Office between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or at 6 p.m. on performance nights.

Cast
Shannen Brouner (Prineville, Ore.) as Jane Bennet
Janelle Davis (Lincoln City, Ore.) as Elizabeth Bennet
Sarah Cotter (Woodburn, Ore.) as Mary Bennet
Emily Scott (Portland, Ore.) as Lydia Bennet
Samantha Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.) as Kitty Bennet
Stephanie Kintz (Stayton, Ore.) as Charlotte
Jade Rayner as Lady Anne
Lindsay Spear (Portland, Ore.) as Caroline
Jodessa Chapa (Heppner, Ore.) as Georgiana Darcy and Maid Servant
Belladina Starr (Salem, Ore.) as Mrs. Bennet
Collette Kilbourne (Woodditton, Cambridgeshire, UK) as Mrs. Reynolds
Kolleen Chapa (Heppner, Ore.) as Mrs. Gardiner
Angie de Morgan (Darmstadt, Germany) as Lady Lucas
Erin Cunningham (Corvallis, Ore.) as Lady Catherine
Jeff Presler (Monmouth, Ore.) as Mr. Darcy
Declan Hertel (Rocklin, Calif.) as Mr. Bingley
Oliver Bergh (Lake Oswego, Ore.) as Mr. Collins
Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.) as Fitzwilliam
Gabriel Elmore (Salem, Ore.) as Mr. Wickham
Andrew Thornton (Dallas, Ore.) as Mr. Denny
Andrew De La Paz (Gresham, Ore.) as Captain Carter
James Hiersche (Gladstone, Ore.) as Soldier #1
Edgar Lopez (Portland, Ore.) as Soldier #2
Stephen Neilson (Salem, Ore.) as Soldier #3
Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.) as Servant #1
Matt Miller (Canby, Ore.) as Servant #2
Patrick Willett (Wilsonville, Ore.) as Mr. Bennet
Trevor Jackson (Salem, Ore.) as Mr. Gardiner
Nick Kintz (Stayton, Ore.) as Sir William Lucas

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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2015 Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Nominees Announced
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 02/19/15
(VANCOUVER, Wash. February 18, 2015) - Eight Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and 35 Clark County High School Seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The 2015 award recipients will be announced at an award dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Hilton Vancouver. The ceremony will be televised later on CVTV. For more information contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1804 or visit www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

The Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 14th year honoring the youth in our community and the 26th year honoring our public leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.

"General Marshall's contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and humility set an inspirational framework for the leaders of today and the up and coming leaders. This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County," said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee.

Nominees for the 2015 Marshall Public Leadership Award are:
D. Max Ault, CREDC
John Blom, The Hasson Company
Aaron Bradley, Waste Connections of Washington, Inc.
Scott Gilberti, Clark County Sheriff's Office
Rebecca Khalil, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Ryan Kramer, Frumenti, Lander & Wallace
Anna Lookingbill, Clark County Sheriff's Office
Tina Vlachos, American Family Insurance

The Public Leadership Award recipient will receive a scholarship to participate in the Leadership Clark County program, and a scholarship to tour the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia and visit Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. The recipient also will participate in Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Selection Committee, which consists of community members and is chaired by Phil Haberthur. Other committee members are Dr. Leslie Burger, retired Army general; Larry Smith, Vancouver city councilmember; Maggie Traverso, Riverview Community Bank; Sheryl Beauchaine; and previous Marshall Award Recipients, John McIlvain, Jordan Boldt, and Matt Bisturis. Selection is based on, demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement, and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Nominees for the 2015 Marshall Youth Leadership Award are:
Kamyar Abtin, Seton Catholic College Prep
Julia Agarkov, Heritage High School
Jaycie Anderson, Clark County Dept. of Community Services
Shelby Bafus, Union High School
Jonathon Carothers, King's Way Christian High School
Sooah Choi, Heritage High School
May Cruz-Diaz, Fort Vancouver High School
Emily Dick, King's Way Christian High School
Ryan A. Erwin, Clark County Skills Center
Emmah Ferguson, Hockinson High School/Clark College/Youth Commission
Bryce Hackett, Columbia River High School
Isabelle Hansen, Union High School
Nolan Henry, Union High School
Madisen Hess, Union High School
Maxine Hood, Camas High School
Ritika Jain, Mountain View High School
Benjamin Jokela, Columbia Adventist Academy
Emily Joy, Camas High School
Caroline Kealoha, Camas High School
Adam Krout, Washougal High School/Clark County Youth Commission
Monica Krubeck, Hockinson High School/Clark College/Youth Commission
Jarod Luedecker, Heritage High School
Briana Mason, Columbia River High School
Michele Matthew, Evergreen High School/St Andrew Lutheran Church
Thomas Matthews, Camas High School
Rebecca Mattson, Evergreen High School
Sean Nolan, La Center High School
Ingrid Pedro-Vazquez, Fort Vancouver High School
Kyle Renn, Hudson's Bay High School
Madison Rooney, Ridgefield High School
Sanjay Sampath, Union High School
Sophie Shoemaker, Camas High School
Madeline Shoup, Union High School
Bailley Simms, Evergreen High School
Sara Turley, Columbia River High School

The Youth Leadership Award recipient will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, a $500 paid summer internship in the Trust's Celebrate Freedom office, opportunity to meet with local elected representatives, opportunity to participate in Celebrate Freedom events including Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver and Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, and a biography of General George C. Marshall.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Youth Award Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by Marshall Public Leadership Award Recipients, Tom Hagley, Jr. and Dr. Mike Stromme and includes community members Sharon Pesut, Richard Keller, and current Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient, Matt Bisturis. Selection is based on the nominee's activities and projects demonstrating the values of General Marshall represented as one of America's leading citizens and soldiers.

About the Fort Vancouver National Trust:
Established in 1998, The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust produces a series of festive and educational events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, lifelong learning, vision and patriotism. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.
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Portland Police respond to shooting -
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/15
Tonight, February 18, 2015 at 6:56 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the area of S.E. 139th Avenue and S.E. Stark Street on a report of a shooting. Officers responded to the area and located a shooting scene. A home in the area was hit but, at this time, police have not located any victims.

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

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

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

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

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347th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/18/15
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 347th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Date: February 20, 2015

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy - 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

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

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

Any questions please call Nick Hurley at DPSST (503) 378-4723 or e-mail him at nicholas.hurley@state.or.us

Members of Basic Police Class 347

Smith, Derick - Bandon Police Department
Blair, Jacob - Carlton Police Department
Grieve, Marc - Central Point Police Department
Grimm, Garrett -Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Mazhnikov, Alexander - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Cook, Michael - Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries
Fabrizio, Gabriel - Coos County Sheriff's Office
Foster, Stephen - Corvallis Police Department
Hageman, Justin - Corvallis Police Department
Raybould, Dale - Corvallis Police Department
Samuels, Derrick - Corvallis Police Department
Zessin, Joshua - Corvallis Police Department
Murphy, Christopher - Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Sanchez-Quiroz, Eduardo - Forest Grove Police Department
Garth, Wesley - Gilliam County Sheriff's Office
Marshall, Shali - Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety
Alfano, Jon - Gresham Police Department
Mitchell, Grant - Gresham Police Department
Cobian, Mario - Hermiston Police Department
Jubb, Spencer - Hillsboro Police Department
Durr, Michael - John Day Police Department
Parton, Lon - Klamath County Sheriff's Office
Dempsey, Philip - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Smith, Richard - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Tehama, Tokata 'Cameron' - Lincoln City Police Department
Enna, Peter - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Simac, Kenneth - Milwaukie Police Department
Crowell, Kaleb - Morrow County Sheriff's Office
Martinez, Noe - Mt. Angel Police Department
Taggart, Kevin - Myrtle Creek Police Department
Bratley, Brandon - Salem Police Department
Buker, Joshua - Salem Police Department
Claxton, Daniel - Salem Police Department
Smith, Branden - Salem Police Department
Thayres, Seth - Salem Police Department
Linn, Megan - Tigard Police Department
Phillips, Christopher - University of Oregon Police Dept
Phillips, Troy - University of Oregon Police Dept
Moore, Jonah - Warm Springs Police Department
Mathiasen, Russell - Wheeler County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. DPSST, recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Maps Community Foundation awards more than $5,000 in mini-grants to local teachers
Maps Credit Union - 02/18/15
Maps Community Foundation Announces Full Slate of Teacher Mini-grant Recipients

For immediate release

Feb. 18, 2015

Once a year, the Maps Community Foundation offers mini-grants to schools in the Salem-Keizer, Monmouth-Independence, Silver Falls, North Santiam, and Woodburn School Districts.

Teachers applied for funding through a competitive process, and priority was given to projects that promote financial education and college preparedness.

This year, we were proud to work with our sponsors Maps Insurance and PEMCO Insurance to present the funds to these local teachers.

We're excited to announce this year's Maps Community Foundation Education Mini-grant recipients.

Ash Creek Elementary, Monmouth

Hope Mwaniki, $250

Take home library- Funds will be used to purchase a variety of leveled reading books so that students can take a book home and read 20 minutes per day.

Jessie Padilla, $250

Wiggle seats- funds will be used to purchase wiggle seats so that students can move and wiggle, resulting in increased focus and engagement.

Central Howell School, Silverton

Karen Almquist, $250

Funds will be used to purchase percussion instruments that will benefit 160 students.

Cummings Elementary, Keizer

Karen Hammerquist, $100

RAZ-Kids-ebook reading program to access 400 books at 27 different levels.

Hammond Elementary, Salem

Laura Ziebart, $250

Reading with responsibility project- funds will be used to purchase books with strong social justice themes: diversity, compassion, responsibility, and advocating for others.

Heritage Elementary, Woodburn
Karen Anderson, $240

Funds will be used to purchase geography books to use during classroom project time.

Keizer Elementary

Kristi Auvinen, $250

College and career readiness-Oregon State University campus tour benefiting 110 students.

Kalapuya Elementary, Salem

Megan Mucken, $250

Book Nook Improvement Project - Teacher wants to outfit her "Book Nook" with comfortable seating, display shelf, and books relevant to current units of study (impacts 32 students).

Kennedy Elementary, Keizer

Sarah Greco, $150

Student Store - Teacher gives students money for good behavior and fines money for bad behavior. Money saved up is spent is in her student store. This project helps teach financial literacy and fits into Social Studies Standards - the grant helps to purchase prizes.

Mark Twain Middle School, Silverton

Eryn Willow, $210

Wobbly Chairs for Wiggly Kids - Purchase 3 Wobble Chairs to start replacing yoga balls to keep kids more focused in school.

McNary High School, Keizer

Robin Yankus, $250

Get Ziked for Language Arts- Foldables (3D graphic organizers) for English classes. Helps enhance reading and writing literacy skills through chunking and memory mapping - impacts 500 students.

Monmouth Elementary

Martina Rincon Ochoa, $249

Mini iPad purchase. Funds will be used to purchase a mini iPad that will used to download Raz-kids reading program and IXL math program.

Parrish Middle School, Salem

Tara Heikila, $250

Elevate Math program-Funds will be used to send 35 students to the Aviation Museum to experience an interactive lesson in the history of flight and watch a 3D movie about space exploration.

Salem Heights Elementary

Alison Kaiser, $250

What was That? - Computers, iPads, and listening stations for deaf and hard of hearing students to have full auditory access. Funding goes towards batteries for listening devices (20 packages of Cochlear Implant plus 675 batteries & 50 pckgs of Size 13 for hearing aids), 2 Phonak Y cords, and 2 circumaural headphones (impacts 40 students).

Sprague High School, Salem

Sarah Bucholz, $250

AVID University of Oregon College Visit - sophomore and Junior Class to visit U of O (impacts 65 students)

Stayton Middle School

Jason Hohnbaum, $375

Robotics Class - Pay for parts/tools throughout the building process (two kits for $370) for FTC robotic teams.

Straub Middle School, Salem

Stephanie Hodges, $250

AVID Elective Class Field Trip - Field trip for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to go to a college campus to learn about college life/classes/activities, financial aid, etc. (impacts 75 students)

Sublimity Elementary

Amber Gardner, $200

First grade non-fiction books benefiting 28 students

Waldo Middle School, Salem

Chris Buckley, $250

AVID- funds will be used to send 57 6th graders on a field trip to a local university.

Washington Elementary, Woodburn

San Juana Acosta, $250

Funds will be used to expand the student garden with new garden beds and soil.

Weddle Elementary, Keizer

Deborah Jones, $86

Math 24 card boxes (4) - Teacher wants to buy these games boxes for the group Math 24 who practice this game early Tuesday mornings. The boxes are used to practice at home so that they can participate in the tournament - this game helps teach basic math facts (effects 80 students).

Whiteaker Middle School, Keizer

Lauren Stephenson, $250

College visit-8th grade Avid students to visit Linfield College

Woodburn High School

Dusty Price, $250

Foundations of Personal Finance- funds will be used to purchase Dave Ramsey materials and will benefit 95 students.

Maps Credit Union has come a long way since a group of 17 volunteers joined together in 1935, running the credit union out of kitchens and living rooms in homes throughout Marion County. Today, Maps serves nearly 50,000 members in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. The credit union has nine branches located in east, west, south and central Salem; Keizer; the Willamette University campus; Monmouth; Woodburn; and Silverton. The credit union also instructs students and operates three non-profit student branches as school-to-work labs for high school business courses at North Salem, West Salem and McKay high schools.

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Area Residents Warned of Phone Scam Involving Missed Court Appearance
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
On February 18, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was notified by the McMinnville Police Department of a phone scam that was reported by a McMinnville citizen. The scam involves a phone call from someone purporting to be a supervisor at the Sheriff's Office, and informing the victim that a judge has fined them for not appearing in court, jury duty, or Grand Jury.

The victim is then told to stay on the line and provide payment (in this particular incident $998) via PayPal or a pre-paid credit card, also known as a Green Dot card. The suspect then asks for all the information on the card including the activation code. The suspect may mention an arrest warrant will be issued if the victim does not comply.

"At no time will law enforcement or court employees call a witness or juror and attempt to get money from them." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "This type of scam should be reported to your local police right away and no personal information should be relayed to the caller."

The scam, which has been around in various formats for years, has become more frequent as of late. A simple internet search shows several recent news articles involving similar scams as far away as the east coast. The ability to shop without a physical credit card over the internet has made the scam more fruitful for thieves.

A simple rule of thumb is to never provide personal information of any nature to any unsolicited caller. Remember, your bank and financial institutions already have information such as your account number, date of birth, and Social Security number. They should never require you to relay it to them. If they do, it is likely a scam as well and should be reported.
Statement by family of motorcyclist involved in Salem bridge crash (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/18/15
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UPDATE: Family released two photos of Bill Chamberland and his wife, Anna Chamberland, from Labor Day Weekend 2014.

"The Chamberland family would like to thank everyone who stopped and aided Bill and his wife on Monday afternoon immediately following the horrific motorcycle accident that critically injured Bill.

"Our deepest thanks and appreciation go out to those who pulled Bill from the river--and the people who stayed with his wife, helped calm her and get her safely to the hospital to support Bill. Law enforcement was professional and helpful throughout their response and investigation.

"Thank you to everyone who stopped and offered to help, including the driver of the van. You all were amazing and we so appreciate every little thing you did to help us.

"Our thanks to the trauma team at Salem Hospital and all of the nurses who worked on Bill, and who kept the family informed all along the way.

"We have a long road ahead of us as Bill recovers, but because of the help and assistance of everyone from the moment of the accident, our outcome is looking much more positive than it might otherwise have been."

The family asks the news media for privacy and is not interested in doing interviews at this time.


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*** Update *** Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Westfir - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on West Oak Road in the city of Westfir near Oakridge.

Preliminary investigations indicates that at approximately 7:55 a.m., a grey Honda Accord, operated by JERRY L. LOSSING, 66, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel. The Accord collided head-on with a silver, 2008 Toyota Rav-4, operated by KATHLEEN S. CAMERER, 68, of Oakridge, which was westbound. LOSSING was pronounced deceased by medics shortly thereafter. CAMERER was transported via ground ambulance to a Eugene area hospital with injury. Preliminary information indicates LOSSING was not using his safety belt.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.

This February, OSP is participating in ODOT's 'Click it or Ticket' campaign along with sheriffs and local police to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from FEBRUARY 9, to FEBRUARY 22, and reminds all drivers to take the time to buckle up.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oakridge Police Department, Westfir Volunteer Fire Department and Oakridge Fire Department.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two vehicle head-on fatal crash on West Oak Road (Westfir - Oakridge Road) just east of Westfir in Lane County. Additional details will be released when they become available.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Parks and Facilities to Become Smoke, Tobacco-Free
Portland Parks & Recreation - 02/18/15
City Council Votes to Expand Smoke & Tobacco Ban System-wide

(Portland, OR) -

Portland City Council approved a policy today expanding Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)'s smoking and tobacco ban throughout the entire parks system. Starting July 1, 2015, all City parks, natural areas, community centers, trails, golf courses, recreation areas, and all other sites where PP&R park rules apply will be smoke and tobacco-free. Currently, more than 500 cities and towns nationwide have laws mandating smoke-free parks , including 64 other cities and counties in Oregon.

"Expanding PP&R's existing tobacco-free policy across the entire system sends a consistent message," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who brought the policy to Council. "It helps to create healthy and safe environments within all of Portland Parks & Recreation - especially for children and youth. This policy aligns with PP&R's focus of 'Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland'."

Prohibited smoking and tobacco products include, but are not limited to: bidis, cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, clove cigarettes, e-cigarettes, nicotine vaporizers, nicotine liquids, hookahs, kreteks, pipes, chew, snuff, smokeless tobacco, and marijuana. The expanded policy will also apply to events held at PP&R properties, with a provision for golf tournaments to allow smoking under permitted and certain conditions.

PP&R currently prohibits tobacco use at Director Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the portion of the South Park Blocks that is located on Portland State University's campus. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of any play structure, picnic table or designated children's play area.

There will be a five-month grace period to inform and educate the public about the expanded smoke and tobacco-free policy. While any violation of a City Code is a misdemeanor which could lead to citation, beginning July 1, 2015, the primary method of enforcement will be education. Patrons who refuse to comply with the policy may also be subject to a parks exclusion. Enforcement will be administered by PP&R staff and other park officers who have the authority to enforce park rules.


Portland Parks & Recreation Expanded Smoke & Tobacco-Free Parks Policy FAQ

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) may also be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/516005


Why is Portland Parks & Recreation expanding its smoke and tobacco - free parks policy to all City parks, natural areas, recreation areas, and any other areas where PP&R park rules apply?
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) currently prohibits smoking at Director Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the portion of the South Park Blocks that is located on Portland State University's campus. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of any play structure, picnic table or designated children's play area. Expanding the smoke-free policy to all City parks, natural areas, recreation areas and any other areas where PP&R park rules apply sends a consistent message that aligns with PP&R's focus: "Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland."

What are the benefits of a smoke and tobacco-free parks policy?
* Creates healthy and safe environments for Portland residents and visitors, especially children and youth.
* Protects parks and natural areas from potential risk of fires.
* Protects parks and natural areas from environmental degradation caused by littering of cigarette butts and other tobacco-related waste.
* Supports individuals who are trying to quit smoking or tobacco use or have already quit.
* Reduces exposure of children and youth to smoking and tobacco use, protecting their health and discouraging them from starting a habit that is difficult to quit.
* Contributes to cost savings: tobacco-related disease is still the leading cause of preventable death in Oregon and costs Multnomah County $223.5 million each year
* In medical care and $195.7 million in lost productivity.

When will this policy take effect?
The policy will be voted on by Portland City Council on February 11th. If City Council approves the policy, it will become effective on July 1st, 2015.

What products will be covered under the smoke and tobacco-free parks policy?
No person shall smoke or use tobacco in any form in any place in any Park. For purposes of this policy, smoking and tobacco are defined to include, but are not limited to: bidis, cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, clove cigarettes, e-cigarettes, nicotine vaporizers, nicotine liquids, hookahs, kreteks, pipes, chew, snuff, smokeless tobacco, and marijuana.

Why are e-cigarettes prohibited?
While the jury is still out on the effects of e-cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that they may be an emerging public health issue. More research is needed to understand the health impacts of e-cigarettes, but studies have found carcinogens and toxins contained in e-cigarettes (iii).
The CDC reports a sharp rise in the number of calls to the U.S. Poison Control Center concerning children exposed to liquid nicotine (iv)
Without state or federal age restrictions and flavors like gummi bear and cherry, e-cigarettes are also growing in popularity among youth (v).

Will there be designated smoking areas?
PP&R's Director, in consultation with the Commissioner in Charge, in a manner consistent with the City's Human Resource Administrative Rules, may establish designated smoking areas for Parks employees for whom there is no reasonably available non-parks property where smoking is allowed.

Will the policy apply to events that take place at PP&R properties?
Yes, the policy will apply to events held at PP&R properties with a provision for golf tournaments to allow smoking under certain conditions.

What will be/has been done to address cultural issues for groups such as Native Americans?
Smoking of noncommercial tobacco products for ceremonial purposes in spaces designated for traditional ceremonies in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. 1996, as well as for similar religious ceremonial uses for other cultural groups is permitted. "Noncommercial tobacco products" means unprocessed tobacco plants or tobacco by-products used for ceremonial or spiritual purposes by Native Americans.

Is the smoke and tobacco-free parks policy a violation of civil and /or Constitutional rights?
No. This policy does not take away individuals' rights to choose to smoke or use tobacco, it just asks them to refrain from smoking or using tobacco while visiting
City parks, natural areas, recreation areas, and any other areas where PP&R park rules apply.

How will the smoke and tobacco-free parks policy be enforced?
Following Portland City Council approval, there will be a five-month grace period to educate the public about the policy. Starting July 1, 2015, while any violation of a City Code is a misdemeanor which could lead to citation, the primary method of enforcement will be education. Patrons who refuse to comply with the policy may also be subject to a parks exclusion. Enforcement will be administered by PP&R staff and other park officers who have the authority to enforce park rules.

What resources are available to help people quit smoking?
Quitting smoking and using tobacco can be hard, but there are resources available to help. Some of these resources can be found through Multnomah County and on the Oregon Health Authority's Get Help Quitting webpage.

Other resources not listed on the OHA webpage:

Asian Smokers Quit Line
Available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 9 pm (Pacific Time)
Voicemail and recorded messages are available 24 hours, 7 days a week

Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin): 1-800-838-8917

Korean: 1-800-556-5564

Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

Ucanquit2
For military members, families, and veterans
www.ucanquit2.org


i Oregon Health Authority. "What is Killing Oregonians? The Public Health Perspective."
https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/CDSummaryNewsletter/Documents/
2012/ohd6115.pdf

ii Oregon Health Authority. "Multnomah County Tobacco Fact Sheet 2013."
https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/TobaccoPrevention/Documents/countyfacts/multfac.pdf
Data derived from Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) calculator
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/sammec/index.asp


iii U.S. Food and Drug Admin., Summary of Results: Laboratory Analysis of Electronic Cigarettes
Conducted by FDA, Public Health Focus, FDA.GOV (July 22, 2009),
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm173146.htm

iv Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Royal Law, MPH, Ethel Taylor, DVM, Paul Melstrom, PhD, Rebecca Bunnell, ScD, Baoguang Wang, MD, Benjamin Apelberg, PhD, Joshua G. Schier, MD "Notes from the Field: Calls to Poison Centers for Exposures to Electronic Cigarettes - United States, September 2010-February 2014"

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Weekly April 4, 2014 / 63(13); 292-293.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6313a4.htm

v CDC. National Youth Tobacco Survey. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2013. Available at
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/surveys/nyts



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ODF Stewardship coordinating committee to meet Thursday in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/18/15
Please note corrected date for tomorrow, thank you!

Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, is meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - meets 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda
The committee will be discussing a wide variety of topics including how forestland owners are faring in Farm Bill Conservation Program cost-share funding, strategic investment opportunities for family forests, and the agency's urban and community forestry program. Stewardship agreements and alternative regulatory practices for Certified Family Forests will be discussed in the afternoon, which concludes with updates about Forest Legacy and the US Forest Service's Community Forest Program from Brad Siemens, USForest Service.

About the committee
The Stewardship Coordinating committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Susan Dominique at the contact numbers listed.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee: www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx
 
Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Burglary (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on December 8, 2014, deputies responded to a reported theft of copper wire at Selmet Incorporated, on Seven Mile Lane near Albany.

Deputies learned that Selmet was in the process of constructing a new building and had different subcontractors working on the various phases of the building. The subcontractor hired to do the electrical portion of the new building reported approximately 800 feet of copper wire stolen from inside the new building. The copper was valued at $1,400.

Another subcontractor hired to work on the building reported a welder stolen from inside the same building. The welder was valued at $2,300. At the time of these reports, no suspects were identified.

On January 19, 2015, deputies returned to Selmet for another reported theft. The subcontractor responsible for the electrical portion of the job discovered that someone had entered the new electrical distribution cabinet and stole copper wire, copper bus bar, and other industrial copper.

During the investigation employees from Selmet discovered an additional building had also been entered and a large copper crucible (used to melt precious metals in large furnaces) had been stolen as well as a bucket filled with copper bolts, copper nuts, and copper washers. The value of the copper items stolen was valued at $16,130. It was also estimated that it would cost approximately $10,000 to repair the damage caused to the electrical distribution cabinet during the theft.

During the investigation, deputies learned two Selmet employees witnessed a suspicious vehicle during the last theft. The subcontractor doing the electrical portion of the job was able to determine from the suspect vehicle description that the suspect was an employee who was fired from Selmet.

With the help of the subcontractor, deputies identified the fired employee as Michael Taylor Shaffer, 22- years old, from Stayton. Deputies also learned that Shaffer had sold the stolen copper to a metal scrap yard in Marion County.

On February 10, 2015 detectives located Shaffer in Salem. Shaffer admitted to Detectives that he stole the metal from Selmet at two different times. Shaffer was arrested and charged with three counts of Burglary II, two counts of Theft I, Aggravated Theft, and Criminal Mischief I. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

Investigators have not been able to locate a second person of interest, Gregory Robert Swain, 28-years old with a last known address in Scio. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Scott Christensen at (541) 967-3950.


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38 Horses and 20 goats Seized due to poor health, Dallas resident charged with Animal Neglect I (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
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On January 30th, 2015 the Polk County Sheriff's Office began an investigation regarding neglected animals located in the 300 block of Pioneer Rd in Dallas, Oregon. The investigation stemmed from concerns regarding the lack of care and the poor condition of over 35 horses that were located on the property.

Polk County Deputies went to the property with a local veterinarian and members from the Polk County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse and determined that many of the horses and other animals on the property were in need of immediate care. A local veterinarian is conducting exams and taking blood samples to determine the extent of the neglect.
During the investigation it was discovered that most of the animals were in poor health, emaciated, malnourished and in immediate need of care. There were 38 horses, 20 goats and over a dozen fowl that were located on the property. One dead horse was also found on the property.

The owner of the animals, 41 year old Monica Foster of Dallas, was cooperative during the investigation and was cited and released for Animal Neglect I.

Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and members of Polk County Sheriff's Posse have been tending to the animals since they were seized.

Monica Foster is scheduled to appear in Polk County Circuit Court on March 19th, 2015.


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How Can Salem Improve the Portland Road Corridor? Community Input Needed (Photo)
City of Salem - 02/18/15
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Salem, Ore. - How can livability and economic conditions be improved in North Salem? Salem's Urban Renewal Agency invites business owners, residents, and visitors to share improvement ideas and assist in prioritizing future projects in the Portland Road Corridor, specifically in the area north of Pine Street. Attend a community meeting, a business forum, and/or participate in a short online survey to provide feedback.

Public Meetings (Spanish translation will be provided):
* Mar. 4 (Wed.): 4-6 p.m., Salem Center 50+, 2615 Portland Rd. NE, Salem
* Mar. 12 (Thurs.): 5-7 p.m., Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, 3850 Portland Rd. NE, Salem

Business Forums:
* Mar. 5 (Thurs.): 12-1:30 p.m., Center 50+, 2615 Portland Rd. NE, Salem
(Mar. 5 - Lunch provided - RSVP: 503-540-2480)
* Mar. 11(Wed.): 8-9:30 a.m., Don Pedro's Restaurant, 3560 Portland Rd. NE, Salem

Online Survey (available in English and Spanish):
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSF2PM3 Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXDPJGF

The Portland Road Corridor is located in Salem's 900-acre North Gateway Urban Renewal Area (URA). North Gateway is Salem's northern-most URA, between Sunnyview Road NE and Blossom Drive NE. The URA was created in 1990 to eliminate blight and depreciating property values, attract jobs and private investment, and fund public improvements. Since 1990, approximately $53M in funding has contributed to road improvements, mixed use development, and building improvements in the area. Limited funding is available to complete remaining URA Plan projects, including the second phase of Portland Road improvements.

Salem's Urban Renewal Agency launched the Portland Road Corridor Strategic Action Plan (Action Plan) in November 2014 to evaluate and prioritize projects that maximize private investment, job creation, and economic vitality in the area. The Corridor is bound by the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the west, Hyacinth Street to the north, the eastern edge of the North Gateway URA boundary on the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad under-crossing and Silverton Road to the south. The Action Plan includes assessing demand for new businesses and housing, identifying development opportunities, sites and partnerships, prioritizing transportation infrastructure improvements, and recommending incentives to encourage redevelopment. Action Plan recommendations are anticipated by fall 2015.

To learn more, go to www.cityofsalem.net/NorthGatewayPlan or call Annie Gorski, Project Manager, at 503-540-2480. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-763-3104.

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WSU Vancouver invites prospective students and their families to Noche de Familia
WSU Vancouver - 02/18/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver invites prospective students and their families to Noche de Familia, an annual information night conducted entirely in Spanish. English interpretation will be available. The free event will take place at 6 p.m. March 5 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Dinner will be provided for all guests. An optional campus tour will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Noche de Familia is designed for prospective students and their Spanish-speaking families who are interested in learning more about WSU Vancouver's academic programs, the application process and campus life. Participants will learn about preparing for and paying for college, and common challenges Latino families may encounter. For more information, visit: http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-diversity/noche-de-familia.

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations for this event, please contact Amanda Shannahan at 360-546-9182 or amanda.shannahan@vancouver.wsu.edu to make arrangements.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N. E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking for this event is free in Orange Lot 2.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Health Republic Insurance Extends Enrollment Window to March 15
Health Republic Insurance - 02/18/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Feb. 18, 2015) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance carrier, announced that it has extended its enrollment window and will continue to sell plans to individuals and families until March 15, with a plan effective date of April 1. The extended enrollment period only applies to plans purchased directly from Health Republic and not on the federal exchange.

"Our core mission is to increase the number of Oregonians with access to quality health care, and securing a good health insurance plan is the first step towards getting the care they need," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "Our extended enrollment period is a great opportunity to help people who need more time to choose the plan that will best fit their health care needs in 2015."

To purchase a Health Republic plan, individuals can call 503-673-3577 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org and mail or fax in a paper application. A Qualifying Life Event (QLE) is not required to purchase a plan during this extended enrollment period.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Influential video games displayed at Nouspace Gallery in March
WSU Vancouver - 02/18/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Influential video games will be on view March 6 - 28 at Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge in downtown Vancouver. Titled "Game Changers: Video Games as Innovation," the exhibit will feature games that have changed cultural views and behaviors and have affected business, education, health and communication.

The earliest example is Pong, the first commercially successful game in the United States. Introduced in 1976, Pong featured a white dot moving back and forth on the monitor, representing a tennis ball hit by players interacting with a game console. Pong was marketed as home entertainment, but it also prepared a generation of users to conceptualize virtual space and manipulate objects on a 2D screen.

"Game Changers" explores some of the most salient technological innovations that have occurred in the 40-year development of video games, from Pong to the emergence of 3D game environments like Oculus Rift.

The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. March 6. Events held in conjunction with "Game Changers" include a Hack-a-Thon, a game competition, a panel discussion by game specialists Sandy Baldwin and Trevor Dodge on March 13, and special guided tours for K-12 students.

"Game Changers" will also be highlighted at the Mayor's State of the City event on March 26 and Columbia River Economic Development Council's first-quarter luncheon on March 28.

Eight students and two alumni of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver curated the exhibit. WSU Vancouver, the CMDC program, CREDC, the Innovation Partnership Zone, GarageGames and the Technology Association of Oregon are cosponsors.

For more information, visit the website at http://dtc-wsuv.org/gamechangers.

About Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge
Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge is co-located in Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St., Vancouver. Regular hours are noon - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gallery specializes in multimedia art and technology and provides learning opportunities for the public about digital technology.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Rockwood Area Youth to Benefit from Salvation Army/Michael Allen Harrison Concert
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/18/15
Michael Allen Harrison & The Salvation Army in Concert for Rockwood Area Youth

WHO: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, Rockwood and Gresham area youth

WHAT: Concert benefitting after-school music program for low-income youth. Michael Allen Harrison as well as students at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy will perform. In addition to the concert, there will be hors d'oeuvres, a live and silent auction, and more.

WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015; doors open 6:15PM & concert starts at 7PM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
473 SE 194th Ave (194th & Stark)
Portland, OR 97233

WHY: "Music can change the world because it can change people" - Bono. The Salvation Army believes in the power of music and how it can change lives. Youth in The Salvation Army's after- school programs find themselves challenged to overcome adversity and become the people they want to be. Music allows this expression and fosters growth, persistence, and more. Michael Allen Harrison has been a longtime friend of The Salvation Army in Gresham and once again supports them in this concert event to keep music alive so that it can change lives.

MORE: Free for the public. All proceeds support the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, drums, and blue grass.

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(Portland, OR) February 18, 2015 - "Music can change the world because it can change people" - Bono. For The Salvation Army, this rings so very true and is part of its daily ministry to low income families and children. To help change lives, The Salvation Army, Gresham Corps at 194th and Stark, and Michael Allen Harrison are once again collaborating for an incredible evening at their local Corps, benefitting the Gresham Music Academy. "Celebrating 150 Years" will be on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 7pm, and will feature Michael Allen Harrison and musical talent from The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy. The Salvation Army is celebrating 150 years of international service to families and children in need ever since its founding in 1865 in London, England. The event features a tribute to the Army's Heritage, with specific focus on its ministries to children through music. It is free to the public.

The event features hors d'oeuvres, desserts, silent and live auction, student and family testimonials and performances by Michael Allen Harrison and individuals and groups from the Gresham Music Academy. Doors open at 6:15pm; the concert begins at 7PM.

All proceeds support the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, drums, and blue grass. There is no charge to attend the event.

You can also make a difference by helping reach their goal of 150 new books for their library! Please bring one to help kids in grades k-8 with reading.

The event is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia in Gresham with Special Recognition to Edward Jones, Fairview for their participation. Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsors are still needed from $100-$2000. Donations of items needed for the silent and live auctions. Contact Marcia McQuade at 503.661.8972, or marcia.mcquade@usw.salvationarmy.org for more info.

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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Newport Area Troopers Complete Investigation into Unlicensed Guide/Outfitter
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
Troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division assigned to the Newport Area Command investigated a complaint of unlawful guiding/outfitting in the Alsea Valley area.

In February of 2014, troopers initiated an investigation into allegations that CHRIS COTTER, 30, of Tidewater OR, had been performing unlicensed guide/outfitter services under the business name 'Alsea Valley Outfitters'. Investigation revealed COTTER provided guide/outfitting services in May of 2014 on a spring bear hunt, without the proper licensure. Shortly thereafter, COTTER was cited and released for Guiding Without a License.

On January 20, 2015, COTTER pled guilty to One (1) count of Guiding Without a License. He was sentenced to 40 hours of Community Service, 24 months of bench probation, No hunting/fishing for probation term (24 months),may not act as a guide or outfitter during probation term (24 months), may not possess firearms or dangerous weapons, and was assessed a $250 fine with $700 restitution to Oregon State Police for costs.

Oregon State Police troopers in the Fish & Wildlife division investigate violations of Oregon's Guide and Outfitter laws with a focus on offenders who engage in the unlawful commercialization of fish and wildlife resources. The Fish & Wildlife Division works with the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx

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Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/18/15
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Adjutant General Oregon, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, attended the inauguration of Governor Kate Brown, while an Oregon Military Department Color Guard presented the colors at the beginning of the ceremony on February 18.


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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard, presents the colors at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.

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Columbia Pacific CCO funds innovative Community Wellness programs
Woloshin Communications - 02/18/15
Columbia Pacific CCO funds innovative Community Wellness programs

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $85,000 to eight community wellness programs throughout Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The Columbia Pacific CCO board of directors created the Community Wellness Investment Fund to encourage innovation, collaboration and health care transformation in the communities it serves. The funds are designated to support local efforts that are sustainable and aligned with the local community's priorities for addressing health inequities and gaps in services or care.

Funds were awarded to the following projects and organizations:

* SAFE of Columbia County was awarded $15,000 for a project to reduce dating and sexual violence victimization among teens.

* NW Regional ESD was awarded $15,000 to fund a coordinator of Early Childhood Health and Education clinics in Clatsop and Columbia counties. This is the second year for the clinic in Clatsop County and the first year for Columbia County.

* North Coast Prevention Works was awarded $15,000 to fund a campaign to prevent underage Drinking in Clatsop County.

* Tillamook County Health Department Family Health Centers was awarded almost $15,000 for an integrated program designed to decrease tobacco use among pregnant women.

* Columbia County Mental Health was awarded more than $10,000 to expand the work started last year by NW Regional ESD to provide suicide prevention and training for school staff, youth, adults, community partners and parents in Clatsop and Columbia counties.

* Food Roots was awarded $7,500 to support the Grow Healthy program designed to oversee low-income gardening trainings and build a sustainable network of Tillamook County gardens, resources and opportunities.

* Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District was awarded more than $5,000 for an innovative project in partnership with Providence Seaside Hospital to provide wellness services, including, fitness access, fitness tracking, health coaching and mental health services to improve the overall health and well-being for 45 Oregon Health Plan members.

* Lower Columbia Time Bank was awarded $1,500 to focus on its wellness efforts in partnership with Clatsop County Department of Public Health, expanding and tracking support for members' wellness activities, encouraging members to work together on health-related issues, and increasing membership through classes and collaborations with other community groups.

About Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization

Established in September 2012, Columbia Pacific CCO coordinates health services for more than 25,000 Oregon Health Plan members in Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and coastal Douglas counties (Reedsport). For more information, please visit www.colpachealth.org. For more information about this story, contact Patti Atkins at 503-961-2535 or patti@woloshin.com. For more information about Columbia Pacific CCO, contact Jeanie Lunsford at 503-416-3626 or lunsfordj@careoregon.org.
Fatal Crash Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred yesterday on Oakville Road near Queen Avenue in Albany.

The female driver and single occupant of the white 2000 Subaru Legacy, was identified as 24-year-old Thanh Xuan Nguyen of Corvallis.

The investigation reveals Nguyen was traveling north on Oakville Road near Queen Avenue, when she lost control of her vehicle while entering a right hand corner. Nguyen crossed into the westbound lane and hit a bridge railing.

Deputies believe Nguyen then spun backwards, crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the opposite side of the bridge. The vehicle continued to roll backwards back into the westbound lane, where her vehicle struck a bicyclist.

The bicyclist was identified as 60-year-old Grant Keith Garner of Albany, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies learned Garner was riding his bicycle home from work and traveling on the westbound shoulder of Queen Avenue, near the intersection of Oakville Road, when he was struck by Nguyen's vehicle. Garner was wearing a bicycle helmet. The Deputy Medical Examiner was contacted and the body was taken to Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home in Albany.

Nguyen was treated for minor injuries at the scene, and has been cooperative with the ongoing investigation. Her vehicle was towed to the Linn County Sheriff's Office as evidence.

Deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County Road Department.

The preliminary investigation indicates alcohol was not a contributing factor, but excessive speed has not been ruled out. Upon completion all reports will be submitted to the Linn County District Attorney for review.

No photo's are available at this time.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Welcomes Governor Kate Brown (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/18/15
Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today congratulated women's health champion Kate Brown on her swearing-in as the state's 38th governor.

"Oregonians are fortunate to have leaders like Kate Brown who understand that when women succeed, Oregon succeeds," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon has full confidence in Governor Brown's leadership and integrity."

Before being elected to office, Brown began her career as an advocate working with the Women's Rights Coalition to pass numerous bills on women's health, domestic violence and economic fairness for women in the workplace. Thanks to the work of her and many others, Oregon became one of the first states in the country to allow parents to stay home with their sick family members without fear of losing their job.

Shortly after joining the Legislature in 1991, Brown helped found the Oregon Women's Health and Wellness Alliance, a coalition that has passed multiple laws to improve the lives and health of women and their families across the state. Since then, she has been a leader in standing up for Planned Parenthood and protecting access to health care, even in the toughest of economic and political times:

* Governor Brown was an early pioneer of the movement for contraceptive equity for Oregon women. In 2007, after a 14-year battle with the far right and the insurance industry, she succeeded in prohibiting insurance companies from excluding prescription contraceptives if they cover other prescription drugs. For Brown, it was a matter of basic fairness. At the time, women of reproductive age paid an average of 68% more for out-of-pocket health care coverage than men.

* Governor Brown led the effort to require hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women who seek them after sexual assault.

* Governor Brown introduced legislation aimed at preventing so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" from spreading false or misleading information to women.

* Governor Brown received Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award and has earned a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon for her entire career.


Attached Media Files: Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
Get Involved as a Volunteer on TVF&R's Team (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/18/15
Auxiliary volunteers have the chance to restore and maintain antique apparatus, take part in parades and participate in public education.
Auxiliary volunteers have the chance to restore and maintain antique apparatus, take part in parades and participate in public education.
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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is now recruiting for responder and auxiliary volunteers who want to give back to their community through service.

Information can be found on our website, applications will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 27.

Responder volunteers will gain hands-on experience supporting firefighters on scene in a non-firefighter capacity, participating in community activities and supporting TVF&R's public education efforts.

Auxiliary volunteers have the opportunity to restore and maintain antique apparatus, take part in parades and community events as well as participate in public education.

Those interested in joining our team as a volunteer are invited to attend a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Command and Business Operations Center, 11945 S.W. 70th Ave., in Tigard. There will be presentations throughout the informational event. Representatives will also be available to answer any questions from potential candidates.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to serve the community by visiting the Careers section of www.tvfr.com.


Attached Media Files: Auxiliary volunteers have the chance to restore and maintain antique apparatus, take part in parades and participate in public education.
*** Update *** Lake County Sheriff's Office Coordinating Search for Missing 44-Year Old Man Near Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing the search for a missing Klamath County man who was last seen on Friday, February 13, near Quartz Mountain Snow Park.

SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, was traveling with his two Yellow Labrador dogs in the area where his burned RV was located on Forest Service Road 3660 about 30 miles west of Lakeview. Yesterday, one of the dogs (Bella) was located about 1.5 miles north of where the RV was located, near the Gearhart Wilderness area.

OSP and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone who may be in the area or was in the area and may have seen GIESEA or his dogs are asked to contact the Lake County Dispatch Center at 541-947-2504.

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Original Release:
Oregon State Police and Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating SPENCER KLING GIESEA, age 44, of Klamath County.

GIESEA was last seen Friday, February 13, 2015, in western Lake County north of the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. This area is approximately 30 miles west of the city of Lakeview. GIESEA's motor home became stuck on Forest Service Road 3660, north of Highway 140.

GIESEA's motor home was found in the same location on Saturday, February 14, 2015; however, the motor home was completely burned. GIESEA and his two dogs (yellow labs) were not around the motor home.

Lake County Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search for GIESEA. Since that time, additional resources have been brought in to assist in the search for GIESEA from Klamath County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Siskiyou County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Civil Air Patrol and the Army Guard.

One of GIESEA's yellow labs has been located in the area; however, GIESEA and his other yellow lab are still missing.

GIESEA is 5'9" tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and snow pants. He was also wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of GIESEA is encouraged to call Lake County dispatch at 541-947-2504.


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Yamhill County Domestic Violence sweep ends with four arrests
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
On February 13, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office participated as part of the Domestic Violence Response Team in a short detail targeted towards offenders in violation of probation conditions. In addition to the Sheriff's Office, the team involved in this detail consisted of members from Yamhill County Community Corrections, the Yamhill Police Department, and the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office.

Arrested for probation violation were the following:

Kenneth Nuorala, 40, of Sheridan
Jamie Deann Bell, 30, of Sheridan
Isaac Segobia, 26, of Sheridan
Heather Schreiber, 22, of Amity

All subjects were lodged at the Yamhill County Jail and are being held without bail on the violations. Additional probation and parole clients were checked and found to be in compliance.

"We are members of this team because domestic violence is a crime that affects so many people." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "In addition to the actual victim, families and loved ones are touched by violence in ways we don't often think about. It truly is a cycle and we intend to intervene to make sure we are doing all we can to break that cycle down."
Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/18/15
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On Thursday February 12, 2015 Beaverton Police Officers began an investigation of a reported sex abuse involving a 13 year old female. Officers contacted the 13 year old victim who told them that she was walking along SW Scholls Ferry Rd. near SW Crystal St. at approximately 7:30 p.m. when a man kissed her and touched her in her private areas.

The victim stated that as she was walking down SW Scholls Ferry Rd. the suspect was walking behind her on the sidewalk. The suspect was trying to start a conversation with her by asking her name and age. She did not know him and did not want to talk to him so she just kept walking and ignored him. The suspect kept trying to get a conversation going with the victim and then grabbed her by the arm. The suspect kissed the victim and touched her in her private areas with his hand. The victim was able to get free and ran away. Once the victim was in a safe area she contacted a friend and then the police notified.

Detectives were assigned the case and worked it over the weekend to identify the suspect. The detectives identified the suspect as Brian Mark Crago 27 years of age from information provided by the victim. Crago was arrested on February 17, 2015 and lodged at the Washington County Jail on one charge of sex abuse one.

The Beaverton Police Department does not believe there are any further victims.
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Clatsop County Drug Task Force execute search warrant in Gearhart (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
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An investigation by the Clatsop County Drug Task Force concluded in Gearhart late Tuesday evening, with the execution of search warrants and the arrest of LEONARD SHANE HITCHMAN DOB: 02/13/70 on Methamphetamine related charges. During the investigation, Drug Task Force Detectives received numerous complaints over several months regarding ongoing illegal drug activity at 166 Ridge Drive in Gearhart. Through the investigation detectives were able to develop information and were granted search warrants for LEONARD SHANE HITCHMAN DOB:02/13/70, his residence located at 166 Ridge Drive, Gearhart, Oregon and his vehicle.
Drug Task Force Detectives with the assistance of Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputies and Seaside Police Officers executed the search warrants on HITCHMAN, his vehicle and residence. During the following search, detectives discovered Methamphetamine, drug trafficking records, needles, scales and packaging materials commonly used by illegal drug traffickers. Detectives also located over $1,500.00 in cash and a weapon prohibited from possession by a felon.
HITCHMAN was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine Within 1,000 feet of a School, Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. HITCHMAN was transported to the Clatsop County Jail where he was lodged.
For further information contact Sheriff Tom Bergin at 503-325-8635.


Attached Media Files: Leonard Shane Hitchman
News Release: Sunday Parkways announces 2015 season; new route through Sellwood neighborhood, over Tilikum Crossing (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 02/18/15
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(February 18, 2015) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente today announced that Sunday Parkways will return this year with five traffic-free events through Portland neighborhoods, including a new route through Southeast Portland's Sellwood neighborhood and over the new car-free Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente season begins on Mother's Day in outer Southeast Portland and finishes in September with the Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood event.

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are hugely popular; total attendance topped 100,000 last year.

This year, organizers are emphasizing ways people can create the Sunday Parkways experience every day. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called 'neighborhood greenways' as well as City parks that people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips. The Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood route will introduce participants to new bicycling, walking and transit improvements being made by the City and partners along the new light rail corridor that opens in September.

"Every day can be Sunday Parkways for thousands of Portlanders when we provide safe routes for people to bike and walk," said Commissioner Steve Novick.

"The idea that every day can be Sunday Parkways supports what we recommend to patients - incorporate activity into your daily life by walking your kids to school, taking a short stroll during lunch, or taking your dog for a walk," said Dr. Timothy Jacobson, cardiologist with Kaiser Permanente. "Most importantly, find something - like biking - that you enjoy, and you'll be more likely to stick with it, especially if you have support from a family member or friend."

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2015 are as follows:

East Portland Sunday Parkways
May 10, Mother's Day ~ 11am-4pm (7 miles)

North Portland Sunday Parkways
June 21, Father's Day ~ 11am-4pm (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways
July 26, 2014 ~ 11am-4pm (8 miles)

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways
August 23 ~ 11am-4pm (7 miles)

Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways
September 27 ~ 11am-4pm (8.5 miles)


"Sunday Parkways has become a beloved event series in Portland with strong community support," Transportation Director Leah Treat said. "I particularly want to call out Kaiser Permanente, our presenting sponsor, as well as new partners AAA Oregon/Idaho and Umpqua Bank."

Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It's safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

Community groups and vendors wanting to participate in Sunday Parkways - and volunteers who want to help make it happen - are encouraged to contact the transportation bureau at 503-823-7599 or online at PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with longtime presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and returning partners/sponsors Portland Parks & Recreation, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, NW Natural, Car2Go, Metro and AARP of Oregon.

New partners for 2015 are AAA Oregon/Idaho, Umpqua Bank, Recology Portland and Spinlister. The City of Portland funds a third of the cost with two-thirds of funding coming from sponsors, vendors, and individual supporters.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation


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02/17/15
Portland Police Gang Unit Involved in Non-Injury Shooting in Gresham
Gresham Police Dept - 02/17/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Tuesday Feb. 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) was involved in a shooting at Southwest 11th Avenue and SW Highland Drive, Gresham.

The Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) and GET were conducting surveillance on known gang associate Ryan Matthew Sudlow, 31, of Gresham. Sudlow and an adult female passenger left his home in a vehicle and stopped at the Safeway Gas Station, 1001 SW Highland Drive. After pulling into the station, officers conducted a vehicle stop to arrest Sudlow, who had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on an Attempt to Elude charge.

At some point during the stop, at least one gun was fired but no one was injured. Officers from Gresham Police Department and other surrounding agencies responded to the Portland officer's calls for assistance. Sudlow was ultimately taken into custody without further incident. His passenger's name is not being released at this time.

The East County Major Crimes Team was activated and is investigating the shooting with the cooperation and assistance from Portland Police Bureau detectives. The investigation is ongoing and no further updates are expected until Wednesday afternoon.

Sudlow is being booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for the warrant and may face additional charges related to this incident. He has been arrested numerous times for crimes that include drug possession, attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, forgery, and DUII.

As standard procedure, any officers directly involved in the shooting incident will be placed on paid administrative leave during the course of the investigation.


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Linn Deputies Investigate Fatal Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a bicyclist.

Today at 5:41 p.m., the sheriff's office received a call reporting an adult male was hit by a car and was pinned under the vehicle. The crash occurred on Oakville Road near Riverside Drive which is located just outside the city limits of Albany.

Names of the involved persons are being withheld pending further investigation and notification of family. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with deputies.

Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County Road Department.

Further information will be released upon conclusion of the initial investigation.
Sex Crimes Unit Investigating Reported Sexual Assault on Sunday in North Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/15
On Sunday February 15, 2015, at 4:35 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault at a residence near North Portsmouth Avenue and Willamette Boulevard in the University Park Neighborhood.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the 20-year-old female victim. The victim told police that she left a party earlier in the evening and was walking home but got lost and was picked up by what she thought was a taxi somewhere near North Columbia Boulevard.

The victim reported to police that the driver sexually assaulted her before dropping her off near her home. The victim did not require immediate medical attention.

The victim described the suspect as a male Hispanic or Middle Eastern in his 40s, black hair and spoke with an accent.

There is no vehicle description and no information if it is a legitimate taxi service.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that reports of this nature fortunately are a rare occurrence.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Sex Crimes Unit detectives at (503) 823-0400.

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

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

* Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: (503) 988-3270.
* Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: (503) 235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.
* Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: (503) 232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

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

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Deputies Need Your Help Finding Suspect and Identifying Stolen Property ***Correction*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in locating, Brandon Michael Thompson, age 34 of Aumsville. Deputies have been able to link Mr. Thompson to several utility trailer thefts from all over Marion County.

The Sheriff's Office currently has probable cause to arrest Mr. Thompson for the crimes of, Aggravated Theft I, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief II. Mr. Thompson drives a green, 1994, Ford Explorer with Oregon "share the road" plates bearing the letters GDWX. Mr. Thompson is known to possess a handgun and regularly carries a knife, if you know where Mr. Thompson is deputies are asking you to please call 911 immediately.

In addition deputies are seeking to locate the owner of a welder recovered from inside one of the stolen trailers. If you own the welder or know someone who does, please call Deputy Ferron at 503-576-7210.


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The American Diabetes Association is celebrating 75 years of continuous progress working to improve the lives of people with diabetes through research, advocacy and education (Photo)
American Diabetes Association - 02/17/15
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Portland, OR- (February 17, 2015) - Founded in 1940 with the mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, the American Diabetes Association this year celebrates 75 years of significant progress toward reaching each of these goals. This major milestone provides an opportunity to build greater awareness of the seriousness of diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and around the world, and the American Diabetes Association's continuing fight to Stop Diabetes(R) and its often deadly complications.

The diabetes epidemic is taking a physical, emotional and financial toll on millions of people across the nation. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million with prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that unless something is done to reverse the current trend, as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. The national annual cost of diagnosed diabetes is an estimated $245 billion, representing a 41 percent increase over a five year period.

"While the American Diabetes Association has made substantial progress in the fight against diabetes and in improving the lives of all people with diabetes, clearly we still have a long way to go," said Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, FRCP, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we also renew our commitment and dedication to the important work ahead of us."

Celebrating Discovery, Innovation and Progress will serve as the theme for the anniversary campaign, acknowledging the incredible amount of progress that has been made in diabetes treatment and management over the course of the past 75 years, while also looking toward further progress in the future.

"Throughout its history, the American Diabetes Association has served as the dedicated and achievement-filled leader when it comes to standards of care, advocacy and quality of life for people living with diabetes," stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Southern Idaho. "We are proud of our rich history and the progress we have made in the fight to Stop Diabetes."

The Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes, fights for those affected by diabetes and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and offers programs, services and events to hundreds of communities across the country, providing evidence-based information about diabetes prevention, management and treatment.

Join the Association throughout the year to be involved in activities that celebrate efforts in fundraising, volunteer appreciation and outreach events focused on the Stop Diabetes movement.


February
Diabetes Day at the Capitol, Salem, OR (February 23)
Meet your legislators and join with other advocates from 9 am - 3 pm at the Oregon State Capitol


March
American Diabetes Association ALERT DAY (March 24)
Know your risk, visit diabetes.org/portlandalert

June
Father of the Year Awards, Moda Center in Portland, OR (June 10)
Visit diabetes.org/portlandfoty for more details

July
Tour de Cure, Amber Glen Park in Hillsboro, OR (July 25)
Register and start a team at diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure

November
American Diabetes Month
Visit diabetes.org/adm for information and tools.

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week (November 14-22)
Visit unite4wellness.org for information and events

Diabetes Community Forums, (TBD)


To learn more about the 75th anniversary, visit diabetes.org/75years. For more information about diabetes, call 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information is available in English and Spanish.
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Reunite With Rescuers on Valentine's Day (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/17/15
Many of the sudden cardiac arrest survivors gathered for a group photo following Saturday's reunion breakfast at the Tualatin Country Club.
Many of the sudden cardiac arrest survivors gathered for a group photo following Saturday's reunion breakfast at the Tualatin Country Club.
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Valentine's Day was a day to celebrate life for 22 sudden cardiac arrest survivors who beat the odds.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue hosted an inaugural reunion breakfast Saturday at the Tualatin Country Club, where survivors and their families gathered with some of the people who took action to save their lives.

By bringing together survivors with citizens who performed CPR, 9-1-1 dispatchers, law enforcement officers who used automatic external defibrillators, emergency response paramedics and health professionals entrusted with their care, attendees had an opportunity to re-connect and thank those who took part in their chain of survival.

Stephen Simon of West Linn was one of the survivors who attended the breakfast.
"For my wife, step-son and I, it was really terrific to spend time with two of the four people who saved my life," said Simon, who went into sudden cardiac arrest on Nov. 4, 2011. "Because of what happened three and a half years ago, my step-son Carter was inspired to become a firefighter and EMT. He is now 18 and in an explorer program to pursue this as a career."

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews responded to more than 1,600 cardiac-related calls in 2014, representing 10 percent of the total patients treated. Although only 8 percent of those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive, when a bystander performs hands-only CPR, the odds of survival can double or even triple.

That message hit home with the survivors who attended the event.

"It was very encouraging to see so many survivors in the same room," Simon said.

Cardiac arrest survivor Helen Winberg of Metzger agreed. "It showed the reality that there were 22 people who would not be here today without the education, training, proper equipment and people willing to step up for each of us," she added. "It affirms the importance of this whole program. We're living proof that hands-only CPR and having a strong chain of survival works."

During Saturday's event, Winberg talked about going into sudden cardiac arrest in the Washington Square parking lot on April 4, 2013. Within seconds of her collapse, the wheels were set in motion that would ultimately save her life. One person called 9-1-1 to get help started, another notified mall security personnel who provided hands-only CPR and utilized an AED, TVF&R and Metro West Ambulance paramedics provided advanced life support, and she was transported to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center where the cardiac department was already aware and ready to provide her with state-of-the-art cardiac care.

Following her recovery, Winberg returned to Washington Square to share her story and support Valley Catholic students who volunteered their time to teach mall visitors hands-only CPR. During Saturday's breakfast, Winberg encouraged other survivors to join her in the mission to educate others on how important it is to prepare for cardiac emergencies, whether that is talking to an employer about placing an AED in the building or encouraging loved ones to learn hands-only CPR.

"The more people aware of our success stories, the better off our community will be," Winberg said.

According to the American Heart Association, every year, more than 300,000 people in the United States die from sudden cardiac arrest, many before ever reaching a hospital. When citizens are willing and able to provide early hands-only CPR and AEDs are readily available, the chances of a patient surviving a cardiac event are increased.

You can be a citizen lifesaver too; visit www.tvfr.com and download TVF&R's free PulsePoint app today.

Watch survivor videos: http://youtu.be/nuy0XuZ2IIQ , http://youtu.be/R26iBKU_ymc


Attached Media Files: Many of the sudden cardiac arrest survivors gathered for a group photo following Saturday's reunion breakfast at the Tualatin Country Club.
Corvallis Police Continue to Investigate Park Homicide (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 02/17/15
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Corvallis Police have positively identified the victim in the Alan B. Berg Park homicide as 42 year old Kimberly Theresa Hakes of Corvallis. Hakes was killed sometime before 10:30am in the park where she was camping.

An autopsy examination was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Officer this morning. Based on the examination, Hakes suffered serious trauma to her head which caused her death.

Investigators have completed the search of the location where her body was discovered.

There are no suspects or persons of interest at this time. Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or had contact with Hakes on February 14, 2014, to call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6924.


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/1393/81949/Hakes_Kimberly_082514.jpg
Pedestrian Dies of Injuries After Being Struck By Vehicle in Tigard
Tigard Police - 02/17/15
A 90 year-old Beaverton woman died the following day of injuries apparently sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred when the victim, Martha Neal, was attempting to cross on foot Pacific Highway at Hall Blvd. in Tigard. The incident occurred Monday, February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The victim was in the crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Barbara Grant of Tigard. A Tigard Police officer was in the immediate vicinity and arrived within moments to render aid. The driver stopped immediately and offered help, as well as several other witnesses until emergency medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported by ambulance to OHSU where she died early this morning.

Tigard Police is currently investigating the incident. No citations have been issued but may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.
UPDATE w/ COLLAGE: New suspect sketch, improved description, photo of suspect truck in string of indecent-exposure incidents; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
Suspect truck (original Dec. 2014 photo)
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[UPDATE: Attached collage of suspect sketch and suspect truck photos.]

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282

Investigators have a new suspect sketch and a much better photo of the suspect truck in a string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area. Tips are sought.

All incidents follow a similar pattern: A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards. The male suspect stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Investigators have received a total of 14 reports of indecent-exposure incidents believed to involve this suspect -- 11 in Clackamas County, 3 in Multnomah County.

IMPROVED VEHICLE PHOTO/DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup. Based on the attached new photo of the suspect vehicle, authorities believe this vehicle is likely a black 2001-04 Chevy S10 crew cab, possibly with a ZR2 package.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.
- This TYPE of vehicle is pictured at the link below, but is NOT definitively identified as the suspect vehicle:
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NEW SUSPECT SKETCH/DESCRIPTION:
- White male
- Short to mid-length red hair. This detail differs from the December 2014 description of the suspect, but authorities believe the same suspect is involved in the more recent case(s). It is possible the "red hair" is a wig.
- Has been described in some cases as only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- Light complexion
- Thin with a muscular build
- A suspect sketch is attached.

TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is still seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282.

The previous Dec. 10, 2014 news release on this incident is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (Dec. 10, 2014, 1:57 p.m.): Sheriff's Office seeks tips in string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public in a string of indecent-exposure incidents reported in and around the City of Boring and Eagle Creek.

As of this writing (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014), there have been four reported indecent-exposure incidents -- all occurring between the week before Thanksgiving and Dec. 9, 2014 and all following a similar pattern:

A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards, stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office now have a good suspect and vehicle description -- and are asking for the public's help as they track down the alleged serial flasher.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
- White male in his early to mid 20s
- Thin with a muscular build
- Short brown hair.
- Usually only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- He has also been described as having a light complexion and sharp facial features.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.

A photo of the suspect vehicle is attached.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.


Attached Media Files: Suspect truck (original Dec. 2014 photo) , New suspect truck photo , New suspect truck photo -- cropped in , Suspect sketch , CCSO Case #15-4282 suspect sketch and vehicle collage
Oregon Encyclopedia Presents History Night on C.E.S. Wood at McMenamins Edgefield (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/17/15
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Portland, OR - February 17, 2015 - The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) continues its monthly series of History Nights at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale. At each History Night, The OE looks back at the people and events that have shaped our communities.

The next history night, "C.E.S. Wood: Frontier Humanist," will be presented by filmmaker Laurence Cotton and poet Tim Barnes next Tuesday, February 24. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lecture begin at 6:30 p.m. in the McMenamins Edgefield Ballroom (2126 SW Halsey Street). The event is free and open to the public; early arrival is recommended for seating.

Cotton and Barnes will share observations and insights into one of Oregon's most colorful and significant citizens, Charles Erskine Scott (C.E.S.) Wood (1852-1944). Soldier, attorney, poet, essayist, artist and art patron, public speaker and raconteur, philosophical anarchist, and cultural figure, C.E.S. Wood left a profound, enlightening, and controversial legacy on Portland, Oregon, and the West Coast. A friend of Chief Joseph, Clarence Darrow, Emma Goldman, and Mark Twain, Wood's romance with freedom made him a passionate defender of civil liberties and a leading progressive voice of early 20th century America.

The program will include a screening of the Oregon Experience film, C.E.S. Wood, of which Laurence Cotton is co-writer and co-producer. Oregon Experience is an Oregon Public Broadcasting production and is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society.

Tim Barnes taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Portland Community College for twenty-five years. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Definitions for a Lost Language, and co-editor of Woodworks: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood. Barnes is also the author of the entry on C.E.S. Wood available on the Oregon Encyclopedia.


About the Oregon Historical Society & Oregon Encyclopedia
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.

The Oregon Encyclopedia (www.oregonencyclopedia.org) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Over 1,200 entries have been published online and new entries are added every day. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects and is supported by its project partners, Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has received support from a collaborative of the state's five cultural partners--the Oregon Arts Council, Oregon Council for the Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the State Historic Preservation Office--with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon University System, Willamette University, and private donors have provided additional support.


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Visit Portland Fire & Rescue Stations for Free Blood Pressure Checks, Learn About Safety (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/17/15
All Portland Fire & Rescue Stations have signs welcoming the public in.
All Portland Fire & Rescue Stations have signs welcoming the public in.
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Portland Fire & Rescue invites Portlanders to visit their neighborhood station to get their blood pressure checked, learn about safety (including smoke & carbon monoxide alarms), and find out about the fire & rescue resources that protect your neighborhood.

As long as they are not out attending to an emergency, Portland firefighters are available to check your blood pressure and advise you on home safety matters: just knock on the station door.

It is important for everyone to monitor their blood pressure and your Portland firefighters are ready to help. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension and about 80 million U.S. adults suffer from this condition. It is important to know if you have high blood pressure and need to seek treatment. Treatment measures can be as simple as lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, or your doctor may recommend medication. Your firefighters will explain what your numbers mean after they evaluate your blood pressure.

All firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and most crews also have a Paramedic for Advanced Life Support measures. Portland firefighters are experts in firefighting, emergency medicine, specialty rescue including high angle rope, trench confined space, chemical/biological/radiological/explosive response, haz mat, marine, fire and injury prevention, and every type of emergency in between. When you visit your fire station, you can see the equipment firefighters use and hear about the many ways firefighters work to keep you and your family safe.

Find your nearest station by using our simple online look-up tool: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/findmystation or call us at 503-823-3700 for assistance


Attached Media Files: All Portland Fire & Rescue Stations have signs welcoming the public in.
City of West Linn hosts transportation open house
City of West Linn - 02/17/15
The city of West Linn is currently working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and others to update the city's Transportation System Plan (TSP).

The West Linn TSP is a long-range planning document that helps the city identify and prioritize improvements to the transportation system over the next 25 years.

The West Linn TSP update will include:
* An evaluation of the existing transportation systems within West Linn, including the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, motor vehicle and other systems
* The identification of existing and future transportation system needs
* The prioritization of potential transportation improvement projects to address the needs

At this point, the city has completed a series of draft technical memoranda for the TSP update, which can be found on the project website: http://westlinnoregon.gov/planning/transportation-system-plan-update.

The goals for the updated Transportation System Plan include:
* Safety - Reduce transportation-related fatalities and injuries for all transportation modes.
* Mobility, access and environment - Improve people's access to jobs, schools, health care and other needs in ways that improve health, reduce pollution and retain money in the local economy.
* Equity - Deliver transportation improvements equitably.
* Maintenance - Deliver access and safety improvements cost-effectively, within available revenues and responsibly to the needs of all users of the transportation system.

YOU ARE INVITED: A community meeting for the West Linn TSP update will be held March 10, 6-8 p.m., at West Linn City Hall in the Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the community to the project purpose, process and intended outcomes as well as to receive comments on the identified transportation needs.

A virtual community meeting will also be established, which will allow local residents to attend the community meeting online and provide comments online. It will be held at the same time on the city's website and will run for up to one week following the meeting. A link to the virtual open house will be provided at the Web address identified above on March 10.

Other upcoming meetings for the West Linn TSP update include a Planning Commission update on March 4. The next community meeting and virtual community meeting will be April 8.

Please feel free to contact Zach Pelz with the city of West Linn at zpelz@westlinnoregon.gov and 503-723-2542 or Susan Wright with Kittelson & Associates Inc. at 503-228-5230 if you have any questions or comments about the West Linn TSP update.
UPDATED w/ PHOTOS, CAR INFO, NAMES OF DECEASED, DRIVER: Passenger dies, driver transported to the hospital in late night roll over crash (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
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UPDATE (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2:45 p.m.): CAR INFO, PHOTOS

Photos from the crash scene are attached.

The vehicle involved in the fatal crash is a 2002 Maserati M128.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 12:27 p.m.): NAMES RELEASED; INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Please reference CCSO Case Number # 15-4575.

The driver of the vehicle that crashed early Monday morning has been identified as Cory Ryan Leonard, 35, of Clackamas.

The passenger who died in the crash is identified as Walter Lawrence Cuenca, 58, of Antioch, California.

The investigation is ongoing, and findings will be forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

[END UPDATE]
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EARLIER (Feb. 16, 2015, 9:02 a.m.)

At 12:03 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, a caller reported finding a car upside-down on SE Jennings Rd. near SE Jade Ct., which is just east of SE Oatfield Rd. in Clackamas County. Deputies arrived at the crash minutes later and found two people trapped inside the vehicle.

Clackamas Fire arrived and extracted the driver from the vehicle. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital.

Deputies investigating the crash learned alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Clackamas County Detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded and are assisting in the investigation.

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

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this crash is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case Number # 15-4575.


Attached Media Files: Crash scene 3 , Crash scene 2 , Crash scene 1
Deborah Friedman appointed Chief Operations Officer (Photo)
Health Share of Oregon - 02/17/15
Deborah Friedman (Photo by John Valls Photography)
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(Portland, OR) - Deborah Friedman has been appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Health Share of Oregon, Oregon's largest coordinated care organization (CCO). In her new role as COO, Friedman will be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the operating plan to support the business strategy for the corporation. A key responsibility will be the oversight of the compliance and risk management activities of Health Share's contractual relationships between Health Share and its health plan affiliates, including the contractual relationship with the Oregon Health Authority.

"Deborah brings 20 years' experience in Medicaid managed care, including over 16 years in operations," said Janet L. Meyer, CEO of Health Share. "Her background will enable us to build on the foundation of administrative efficiencies and strategic investments that has been established in Health Share's first three years."

Friedman, who has served as Health Share's Behavioral Health Director since 2013, saw an opportunity to use her operations experience to further contribute to Health Share's health transformation efforts. She will be working collaboratively with Health Share's clinical leadership in supporting clinical and operational transformation.

"Transformation depends upon a robust operational and administrative infrastructure," Friedman noted. "I'm looking forward to evaluating our current systems and processes to ensure they're effective and efficient in meeting the needs of our partners."

As Behavioral Health Director, Friedman was responsible for those portions of Health Share's Transformation Plan which focus on administrative simplification, risk transformation and delivery system change related to mental health and substance use.

"Working towards a regional system of care for behavioral health, we have been able to standardize operations across the three counties in Health Share's service area," Friedman added. "The counties are now aligned through work in alternative payment models, standardized administration and moving towards outcomes-based care in mental health. These are achievements we can build on to help all of our health plan partners move to an integrated clinical model and a similar regional model of care."

Prior to Health Share, Friedman served as the Mental Health Organization Director for Clackamas County. During her tenure with the county, she directed the development of a comprehensive quality, utilization and performance management strategy to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of better care, better health and lower costs.

She has a BS in Sociology from Oregon State University, a MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College and a MBA in Business Administration from Portland State University.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 236,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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

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Attached Media Files: Deborah Friedman (Photo by John Valls Photography)
State Housing Council Meeting - February 18, 2015
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/17/15
This will be a phone conference public meeting to discuss and vote on the proposed General Housing Account Program Award for Bethlehem Inn, Housing the Homeless, 3705 N. Highway 97 in Bend, Oregon.

Date: February 18, 2015
Time 1:15 p.m.
Call?In: 1?877?273?4202; Room Number: 4978330
Malcolm McDonald House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/17/15
Malcolm McDonald House
Malcolm McDonald House
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The 1912 McDonald House, located in the Orenco neighborhood of Hillsboro, is a large, stately, Arts and Crafts residence that was built for Malcolm McDonald, one of the two men responsible for expanding the Oregon Nursery Company and founding the community of Orenco. The house, which was built in the same style as the nearby house of his business partner Archibald McGill and Oregon Nursery Company office, exhibits many fine architectural elements and materials.

Orenco was formed first as a settlement to support the Oregon Nursery Company operations, and then evolved into an incorporated city following the nursery's success. The Company had re-located from Salem to the Hillsboro area in 1906 and expanded their holdings to eventually become the largest nursery on the West Coast.

The McDonald House, which is owned by the City of Hillsboro, is located within a large open space that will be developed as a nature park. "The attention to detail and sheer size of the home clearly conveys its significance within the Orenco town site and its association with the Oregon Nursery Company," said Wayne Gross, director of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. "We are honored to own such a beautiful home and to preserve it for generations to come."

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 10, 2014 meeting. It is one of 45 historic properties in Washington County that are individually listed in the National Register.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Malcolm McDonald House
Gresham Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting: Update
Gresham Police Dept - 02/17/15
Gresham, Ore. - As the investigation into this morning's shooting in the 19100 block of East Burnside Road continues, detectives no longer believe it is gang related. According to police, a 25-year-old man was shot one time around 1:17 a.m., by a person known to him. The shooting appears to have been accidental. All involved parties have been identified and are participating in the investigation.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to an area hospital. His current condition is not known. No criminal charges have been filed at this time and no other information is available.


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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/17/15
The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Washington County and Kuni Collision Center, will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at Kuni Collision Center, located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last vehicle will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. to allow the technicians to be finished by 12:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required - just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m.
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Traffic Enforcement Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind all citizens of the state wide Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz that has been scheduled February 9, 2015 through February 22, 2015. The Oregon Department of Transportation funds these extra enforcement efforts to reduce traffic crashes and the severity of injuries.

Deputies will be observing all traffic movements, so please drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Our focus during these two weeks will be on safety belts, child restraints, texting, excessive speed and aggressive driving.
Leading business owners to share expertise at free business conference on March 5 in Portland
Wells Fargo - 02/17/15
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A number of the Portland area's most well known and successful business owners and some of Wells Fargo's national small business experts will share their learnings and advice at the free "Start. Run. Grow. Business Conference."

The event is set for 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Portland Hilton. Wells Fargo is hosting the event in conjunction with the Portland Business Journal. Those interested in attending should register online at bit.ly/WFargo-PBJ-Event.

The conference will feature three panels of local business owners and experts who will discuss how to start, run and grow a business.

The 12 panelists run companies that include Health Wright Products, Jamba Juice & Cinnabon, Geffin Mesher, Cupcake Jones, Oodles 4 Kids, Delap, Salt & Straw, Alta Planning + Design, and Pacific Seafoods.

Senior leaders from the Small Business Administration, the Portland Business Alliance, Albina Opportunities and Wells Fargo Business Banking will also speak.

"All of our speakers are donating their time to help others start, run or grow their business and succeed financially," said Tracy Curtis of Portland, Wells Fargo's Oregon Region President.

"We've put on many programs for the business community here through the years but this conference is generating more interest than any other I've ever seen," said Craig Wessel, publisher of the Portland Business Journal.

More than 140 business owners have already registered. The venue can accommodate up to 400.

Attendees will also be able to meet with representatives from micro lenders, which include Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Hacienda CDC, Mercy Corps NW, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon. These organizations provide advice and small loans to entrepreneurs to start a business.

Wells Fargo bankers will also be on hand to provide individual consultations to business owners who want more help and information about loans, payment processing, payroll, insurance, retirement and other financial topics.

The Portland Business Journal will give a $5,000 advertising package to one lucky attendee at the end of the conference.

"Anyone who is thinking about turning their hobby into a business, or who wants to take their company to the next level shouldn't miss this free event," said Curtis.

"This conference will be an opportunity for attendees to enhance their education and resources and network with other members of the local business community," Wessel added.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo serves more than 2.5 million small business clients across the country. The company provides resources to businesses at its web site WellsFargoWorks.com.

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Attached Media Files: conference flier
MESD Board Meeting Cancelled for 2-17-15
Multnomah ESD - 02/17/15
Due to the elimination of agenda items, the Multnomah ESD Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the Executive and Regular Session meeting scheduled for this evening. The Board will reconvene in a special session prior to March 17th at a date to be determined.
Vancouver Public Schools' leadership team to participate in Future Ready Regional Summit
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/17/15
Vancouver Public Schools will welcome school district leaders from across the country to Vancouver, Washington, Feb. 17-18, to participate in the second of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits ( http://tech.ed.gov/futureready/ ). The summits are designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education ( http://all4ed.org/ ) with Vancouver Public Schools at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

Superintendent Steve Webb and his district leadership team are furthering Vancouver Public Schools' commitment to becoming future-ready by engaging in a series of workshops that offer expert support to create or build upon an existing digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices; is implemented by highly trained teachers; and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

Said Superintendent Webb of using digital devices to further learning, "This isn't about the technology. It's about ensuring our graduates have the adaptive skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community. We're delighted to partner with the White House, DOE and Alliance for Excellent Education so that all students can benefit from this vision."

"Superintendents provide critical leadership to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with the skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life."

President Obama announced the regional summits at the ConnectED to the Future Convening ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/more-1200-school-superintendents-take-future-ready-district-pledge ), hosted at the White House Nov. 19, 2014. The summits are an important step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected ) announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. The regional summits are expected to engage more than 1,300 district leaders nationwide.

"Future Ready is about helping district leaders leverage technology to empower teachers, engage students and close persistent equity gaps by creating a learning environment where all students have access to the tools and expertise they need to be prepared for the future," said Richard Culatta, director of the Education Department's Office of Educational Technology.

The summits are open to district leadership teams that have made a commitment to developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools by signing the Future Ready District Pledge ( http://futurereadyschools.org/take-the-pledge ). Already, more than 1,500 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.

For more information about the OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov . #FutureReady
State of the City Address Canceled
City of Salem - 02/17/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Feb. 17, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Kenna West
City of Salem
503-588-6255, kwest@cityofsalem.net

State of the City Address Canceled

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson has canceled her annual State of the City Address. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

The State of the City Address is sponsored by the Salem Rotary, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem City Club and the City of Salem. Since 1983, the speech has been an annual event. It was previously scheduled for February 18 at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial Street SE.

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Three Flags Traffic Safety Campaign
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/17/15
Officers from the Beaverton Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon have been working the Three Flags Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign that began Monday, February 9, 2015 and will continue through Sunday, February 22, 2015. The focus of this campaign is seatbelt use, booster seats, distracted driving involving cell phones and speeding. The goal of this campaign is to reduce traffic injuries and deaths by increased education and enforcement.

Oregon law requires that there be "proper use" of the entire seatbelt system; lap belt placed low across the hips and a shoulder belt over the collarbone and crossing the center of the chest. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If necessary, slide the attachment on the door post up or down to fit the size of you or your passenger. Shoulder belts should not be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in the event of a crash.

A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

The Beaverton Police Department holds free child safety seat clinics throughout the year. The next clinic will be on Saturday, February 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Kuni Cadillac collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m.

The use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle is not only against the law and could lead to a traffic ticket, but could cause the senseless death of you or another person.
The Beaverton Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be on-going as we work with the community to save lives.

Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use.

Three Flag Blitz campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Brian Wallace announces resignation, Washougal School District seeks business manager (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/17/15
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Washougal School District Business Manager Brian Wallace has announced his resignation effective May 1. Wallace has accepted a position with the Coeur d'Alene School District in Idaho starting on May 4, 2015. Wallace has been with the Washougal School District since July 2013.

Superintendent Dawn Tarzian praises Wallace's work, especially that of opening the district's budget process to increase participation in its development, breaking down the complex state revenue system to make information more understandable, and supporting staff and administration in prioritizing district resources to target student needs.

Wallace's home and family have remained in Idaho as he has worked for Washougal. "We are sorry to lose Brian but understand that this opportunity in Coeur d'Alene will support his personal goals to live and work in the same community," said Dawn Tarzian.

"Washougal has been a tremendous experience for me," said Wallace. "I have learned so much professionally and cannot imagine a better team of people to work with. It is a difficult decision as I weigh the needs of my family."

The district is seeking a business manager to allow for a smooth transition and the opportunity for Wallace to work with the new professional. Applicants can find a list of items required for a complete application, as well as qualifications, responsibilities, and information about the Washougal community by viewing the brochure for this position (http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/blog/Business_Manager_Brochure.pdf)

Applications can be found online: https://washougal.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.

The deadline to apply is March 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.


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Reminder-PIO Forum is February 19
Salem Police Dept. - 02/17/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Police investigate to shooting
Gresham Police Dept - 02/17/15
Police were dispatched to 19100 E Burnside on a report of a possible shooting at 1:17 a.m. on February 17, 2015. When they arrived, they located a shooting victim in the parking lot, a black male in his 20's with a gunshot wound. He was treated by medical personnel and taken to an area hospital. His condition is unknown. The East Metro Gang Enforcement Team was activated, as this appears to be gang-related, although not confirmed yet. There is no further information. There is no suspect in custody and no suspect information available.
Salem Man Arrested Following Elude in Marion County Near Keizer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/17/15
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:

The Oregon State Police recovered a stolen Honda Accord in short pursuit that resulted in a crash and foot pursuit on Interstate 5 near milepost 260 northbound. Driver is in custody and Troopers believe that a female passenger fled on foot.

No reported injuries or property damage. Preliminary information reveals that Oregon State Police attempted to stop a 1994 blue Honda Accord driven by MAURICIO GOMEZ CASTANEDA, 28, from Salem, for speeding on Portland Road in Salem. GOMEZ attempted to elude and entered Interstate 5 northbound and lost control resulting in him crashing into the center divider. He then attempting to flee on foot and shortly after taken into custody by Troopers. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of the Keizer area.

GOMEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Driving While Suspended - Violation
02/16/15
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision
Salem Police Dept. - 02/16/15
****** UPDATE-VICTIM IDENTIFIED *****
02-16-15/7:10 PM

The investigation into today's crash that left a motorcycle rider over the edge of the Marion Street Bridge and into the Willamette River below is continuing.

Thus far, it appears as though the motorcycle rider, 73-year old William Chamberland Jr of Salem, was riding his 2012 Victory motorcycle westbound on the Marion Street Bridge and was attempting to change lanes from the right lane to the left lanes. As he was changing lanes, he collided with a van being driven by 55-year old Virgil Lee Evans III of Salem. Chamberland was being followed by his wife at the time of the incident, and she watched as he lost control of his motorcycle, struck the barrier on the south side of the bridge and was thrown over the south side of the bridge into the Willamette River below.

42-year old Matt Barnhart of Salem and his girlfriend had just launched their boat at Wallace Marine Park and were alerted to the fact that there was a victim in the water. Barnhart immediately responded in his boat and provided first aid to Chamberland until a Salem Fire Department rescue boat could arrive and help get Chamberland out of the water and to Salem Hospital. Chamberland was transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries both from the crash as well as being in the water. There are no updates currently on his medical condition.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No citations have been issued thus far, and the investigation is continuing.


****** UPDATE ******
02-16-15/3:50 PM
All lanes of the Marion Street Bridge are now open for normal traffic.

Further information on the crash will be released as they become available.



The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision
Salem Police Dept. - 02/16/15
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Salem City Club Presents: Oregon Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/16/15
Katy Coba, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Katy Coba, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture
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On Friday, February 27, 2015 Salem City Club will present the opening program of the series Oregon Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges. State Director of Agriculture Katy Coba will open Salem City Club's three-program series on agriculture by giving an overview of the agriculture industry in Oregon, highlighting Marion and Polk Counties' contributions to the industry and discussing agriculture's promising future in our state.

Coba, a native Oregonian from the Pendleton area, will explain the opportunities in agriculture such as diversity of production, value added, market dynamics and consumer preferences. In addition, she will talk about agriculture's challenges including water quality improvements, availability of water, continued access to production tools and consumer and producer positions related to technology enhancements including genetic engineering. The program also will touch on the February report on Oregon Agriculture presented to the Oregon Legislature by the State Board of Agriculture.

Appointed Agriculture Director in 2003, Coba works with the Governor, legislature, agricultural, environmental and consumer groups to carry out the state's agriculture policy. ODA's three-fold mission includes marketing Oregon agriculture, protecting its natural resources, and ensuring food safety and consumer protection. Coba works to market Oregon agricultural products locally, domestically and internationally including participating in trade missions to Europe and Asia.

Prior to this position, Coba's career in state government included serving in Governor John Kitzhaber's first administration in a number of capacities including Chief Policy Advisor, Economic Development and International Trade Policy Advisor as well as Director of Executive Appointments. She also served as Special Assistant to the Agriculture Director.

Coba, who graduated with an economics degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, has served as a member of the Oregon Tourism Commission, as President of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture and as a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Board of Directors.
Her volunteer roles include being a sports commentator for a local television station.

Other programs in the series include Technology on April 24 and "The 21st Century Faces of Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties" in Fall, 2015.

As is our tradition, we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at www.salemcityclub.com and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


Attached Media Files: Katy Coba, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture
*** Name Released*** Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - State Route 216 Near Warm Springs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/16/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at State Route 216 milepost 17 near Warm Springs.

On February 15, 2015 at approximately 11:45 a.m., a motorcycle, operated by ARTHUR BRANDON KEM 45 from Gresham, was traveling eastbound on State Route 216 near Warm Springs when a saddle bag slid off and got caught in the rear wheel of the motorcycle causing KEM to lose control and crash.

The KEM was transported by life flight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with severe head injuries and initial information indicates he is in critical condition. KEM was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Juniper Flat Rural Fire Department, South Wasco County Ambulance Service, and ODOT. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.

One lane was opened to traffic at approximately 2:42 p.m., and the other lane was opened one hour later.

Photograph - Oregon State Police


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 2 , Crash Photo 1
Traffic Advisory: Highway 30 at NW Kitteridge Avenue reduced to one lane in each direction
Portland Water Bureau - 02/16/15
Portland, OR- Approximately 200 feet of Highway 30 (NW St. Helens Road) at NW Kitteridge Avenue is reduced to one lane in each direction until further notice. The center turn lane at that location is closed.

This section of Highway 30 was reported as buckling this weekend due to water damage. The Portland Water Bureau and Oregon Department of Transportation are coordinating repairs.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution as work in the area will likely continue through the week.
Correction in Death Release 2/16/15 @1115
Corvallis Police - 02/16/15
The last release stated the deceased died some time prior to 10:30am on February 14, 2015. The correct date should have been February 15, 2015.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/16/15
Corvallis Police, and investigators from multiple partner agencies, continue to investigate the death reported in Alan B. Berg Park yesterday. The deceased, a white female adult, appears to be the victim of homicidal violence. She died some time prior to 10:30am on February 14, 2015. Her body has been transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Investigators are not releasing the identity of the deceased until appositive identification has been made. Efforts to effect a positive identification are in progress.

Investigators will continue to search the location where her body was discovered throughout the day.

There are no suspects or persons of interest at this time. If anyone has information, or observed something suspicious in Alan B. Berg Park, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6911.
State Land Board meeting canceled
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/16/15
Oregon- Due to the gubernatorial transition, the State Land Board meeting planned for February 18, 2015 will be postponed until a later date. The new date will be announced prior to the meeting in accordance with ORS 192.640.

Meeting information: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx


The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Burglary Suspect Arrested Inside a Laurelhurst Neighborhood Home (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/15
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On Sunday February 15, 2015, at 10:12 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stranger in a home in the 3300 block of Southeast Ankeny Street.

Several officers arrived in the area and contacted the resident who told police that an unknown male broke into his home. Officers could see the suspect inside through the windows moving through the home. Officers, including a Police K-9, entered the home and took the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect had a minor cut on his arm from broken glass after the suspect broke a window to enter the home.

No property was taken and the suspect was transported to jail after being interviewed by Burglary detectives.

The suspect, 25-year-old Pearce Leckenby, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree. He will be arraigned on Tuesday.

###PPB###


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Subject identified from Colton officer-involved shooting
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/15
Update 2/16/15 10:00 a.m.

Subject who died in officer involved shooting identified as Bruce Lee Steward, 34 years old of Colton.

Investigators learned the original 911 call that came in with a male saying someone had been stabbed and the suspect was armed with a gun came from Bruce Lee Steward's cell phone. The male caller also gave the physical address of the residence involved in the incident before hanging up.

No other detail can be released at this time.


###End Update###


At 10:31 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, a male called 911 from a residence in the 29000 block of S. Wall St. in Colton. The male caller told dispatchers that someone had been stabbed at the residence and the suspect was armed with a gun and then hung up the phone.

Deputies responded to the residence. They were reportedly confronted by a male holding a hatchet.

The male continued to advance towards the Deputies as they gave commands to drop the hatchet. Deputies then fired their weapons, hitting the male who died at the scene.

Deputies did not find any victim of a stabbing at the residence, as had originally been reported to 911.

The Clackamas County Interagency Major Crime Team, Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives are currently at the scene investigating.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

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

The identity of the male who died is not being released at this time.

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02/15/15
Red Cross Responds to Clackamas County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/15/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 2 adults and 2 children displaced by a fire in the 30000 block of Hwy 211 in Eagle Creek. The Red Cross provided lodging and information about disaster health and mental health services.
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Portland Police seeks the public's help in locating a missing 81-year-old female
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/15
Ms. Little has returned home and is safe.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Portland Police Missing Persons Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Ada Lee Little, an 81-year-old female. Ms. Little was last seen on February 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. She was searing a blue knit cap, brown sweater, gray paints and brown house slippers. Ms. Little is about 5'2" tall, weights approximately 200 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.

Ms. Little was going for a walk in the 4800 block of N.E. Garfield Avenue, but is an avid walker capable of walking long distances. Ms. Little is medically fragile. Anyone who sees Ms. Little is asked to call 911. Anyone with information about Ms. Little's were-abouts is asked to call Det. Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797 or email at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Ada Little
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Corvallis Police investigators along with other law enforcement partners, will continue to investigate the circumstances of the death in Alan B. Berg Park through the night. Positive identification of the decedent has yet to be made, but once identity has been confirmed, the information will be released in a subsequent media release.

An anticipated update for information concerning this case is scheduled for 9:00am on February 16, 2015.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Corvallis Police continue to examine the circumstances surrounding the death reported this morning in Alan B. Berg Park. Currently, Corvallis Police are receiving assistance from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Philomath Police Department and Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Updated information will be released as available.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Shortly after 10:30am, the City of Corvallis Police Department responded to a 911 call report of a possibly deceased person in Alan B. Berg Park, east of downtown Corvallis. When patrol officers arrived, a single individual was located and confirmed to be deceased. At this time the cause and manner of death are under investigation, however the incident is being treated as a criminal event.

Details of the investigation are not available for release at this time, but updates will be made as information is available for release. The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time pending identification and notification of next of kin. The next update is anticipated to be at 4:00pm.
02/14/15
Update: Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 214 MP 49 North of Silverton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/14/15
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UPDATE:

A driver was cited Saturday following an investigation into a minor injury two vehicle crash on Highway 214 north of Silverton.

According to Trooper Michael Lopez, on February 14, 2015 at approximately 1:11 p.m., a red Honda Civic was traveling southbound when it was struck from the side by a silver Nissan Pathfinder entering traffic from Hobart road. The silver Pathfinder was traveling westbound on Hobart road when it came to the stop at highway 214. The driver of the Pathfinder states that he came to a complete stop, looked both ways and proceeded to enter traffic when he struck the red Honda Civic as it passed through the intersection.

Both occupants received minor injuries. Subsequent to the investigation, driver of the silver pathfinder was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

The highway was partially blocked over one and a half hours with one lane of travel available for traffic.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

PRELIMINARY:

Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responders are on scene of a injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 214 at milepost 49 north of Silverton. The crash temporarily blocked the southbound lane and the northbound lane is reported open at this time.

Traffic updates can be checked on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs available at this time.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 2 , Crash Photo 1
UPDATE - North Precinct responds to disturbance
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/15
While the investigation into this incident is still ongoing, officers have learned the following. At 8:39 p.m., this evening, officers received a call from a female caller indicating that her husband had been shot. Officers arrived in the area, located the victim and were able to get medical assistance for the victim.

Officers began an investigation into the alleged shooting. During the course of this investigation officers learned that the victim had become involved in a disturbance and was stabbed. A friend of the victim was armed and fired a round from his gun to scare off the individuals who had stabbed the victim. This person lost control of the firearm which was recovered by the either the suspect or individual associated with the suspect.

This group fled, firing another round from the gun in an unknown direction.

Officers continue to investigate this incident. The victim's wounds are non-life-threatening and he is recovering at an area hospital.

###Original Message###

Today, February 14, 2015 at 8:39 p.m., North Precinct officers received a call stating that an individual had been shot in the area of N.E. Marine Drive and N.E. 2nd Avenue. Officers arrived and located an individual with a wound consistent with a gun shot in his back. Officers secured the area, obtained medical assistance for the injured individual and began an investigation.

As the investigation developed officers learned that while at least one gunshot had been fired at the incident, the injuries to the victim may have been caused by a knife. The victim, suffering non-life-threatening wounds, is currently being treated and investigators hope to gather more information on the nature of his wounds shortly.

While it is early in the investigation officers do not believe this incident is gang-related. The investigation is still ongoing.

###PPB
Red Cross responds to. SE Portland fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/14/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 2 adults displaced by a single family fire that occurred in the 5000 block of SE 86th. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, shoes. comfort kits and information about disaster health and mental health services.
PF&R Responds to a Duplex Fire in S.E. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/14/15
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This afternoon Portland Firefighters were called to a duplex at 5539 SE 86Th Avenue. When firefighters arrived they witnessed fire and smoke from one side of the duplex. Firefighters made entry and quickly extinguished the fire as other firefighters confirmed that all occupants were out of each structure. The fire was contained to one unit and no injuries were associated with this fire. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of the fire. Damage estimates aren't yet available. This release will be updated with images if they become available.


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02/13/15
*** UPDATE *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 SB at MP 80 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
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UPDATE:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 5 at milepost 80 interchange near Glendale. The crash resulted in the death of a Turner, Oregon man.

On February 13, 2015 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a 1992 Chevy pickup driven by WEBSTER WARREN WHITE, age 51, from Turner, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 80 when his vehicle left the freeway and rolled, ending up resting in the middle of southbound lanes.

WHITE was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders and no information was available on whether safety restraints were used. The crash occurred near the Josephine County line approximately one mile into Douglas County.

According to a witness, the pickup was traveling at fast rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation and were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Glendale Fire Department, and Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Partial lanes were closed during the investigation for two and half hours.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 80 in Josephine County. The crash is blocking the southbound slow lane of I-5 and the on-ramp to I-5 from exit 80. Travelers are asked to use caution when approaching the area. For updates to traffic delays visit www.tripcheck.com.

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Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 2 , Crash Photo 1
Red Cross Resoponds to Vancouver, WA., Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/15
Red Cross disaster action volunteers this afternoon responded to a disaster in the 1100 block of E. 29th St. in Vancouver, WA. This single-family fire affected one adult and several dogs. Red Cross provided a comfort kit and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Red Cross and community volunteers will canvassing Vancouver ZIP code 98661 on April 18 to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them, discuss home fire prepareness and help residents create safety plans. For more information about this community outreach event, visit www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.
MESD Board Regular Session 2-17-15 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/13/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 immediately following the Executive Session which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Gang Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/15
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On Friday February 13, 2014, at 3:05 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the area of Northeast 18th Avenue and Rosa Parks Way on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located damage from gunfire to a residence in the 6400 Northeast 18th Avenue. Witnesses described a vehicle stopped on the corner and a suspect firing at the vehicle. The vehicle sped out of the area and the suspect ran away from the scene.

The vehicle is described as a green smaller car and the suspect on foot is described as an African American male in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing all black clothing, carrying a gun as he ran northbound on 17th Avenue from Highland Street.

A gunshot victim was taken by private vehicle to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. At this point, the victim's condition is not known.

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

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

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

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

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Beaverton Arts Commission Seeks Outstanding Visual and Performing Arts Students for Scholarships (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/13/15
2014 recipients of Beaverton Arts Commission student scholarships
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton Arts Commission (BAC) is now accepting applications for the seventh annual art student scholarship program for high school seniors. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 13 by 5 p.m.


"We have a tremendous number of gifted art students in Beaverton," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "These scholarships provide them with a boost in confidence and financial assistance to pursue their dreams."


To qualify, students must currently be in their senior year of high school and must attend a Beaverton public, private or alternative high school. The following scholarships will be awarded:

* $1,000 for Outstanding Visual Art High School Senior--includes traditional media, design and moving image.

* $1,000 for Outstanding Performance Art High School Senior--includes music, dance, singing, and drama. Tech crew members can also apply.

More than one scholarship in each category will be given. Scholarships will be presented by Mayor Doyle at a Beaverton City Council meeting in June 2015. To fill out a self-nomination application please, visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/BACStudentScholarships. Visual art students will be asked to submit JPEGs of their work, and performing arts student will be asked to submit a video link. In addition to the application, the student's arts instructor must submit a letter of recommendation.


The scholarships are generously funded by the Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation, Celebration of Creativity Committee of Southminster Presbyterian Church and the Juan Young Trust.


For questions about the guidelines or application, contact Elaine Worden at 503-526-2299 or eworden@BeavertonOregon.gov.


The BAC contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The BAC presents annual events such as Last Tuesdays, the Beaverton Arts Mix! and Ten Tiny Dances. In addition, the BAC leads public art projects, including Beaverton's mural program. For more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, call 503-526-2288 or the event information line at 503-526-2379.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Attached Media Files: 2014 recipients of Beaverton Arts Commission student scholarships
Vancouver launches new cemetery search technology for discovering the past - Corrected
City of Vancouver - 02/13/15
Much of Vancouver's history rests within its cemeteries. In a project that sheds light on that history, the City of Vancouver is launching a new online searchable database that will make it easier for genealogists, history buffs, family members and others to access burial records and locations of those interred at City cemeteries. The new search tool is available through the City's webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/cemeteries.

The City of Vancouver owns and manages three cemeteries: Park Hill Cemetery, Old City Cemetery and Fisher Cemetery.
- Park Hill Cemetery, at 5915 E. Mill Plain Blvd., covers 54 acres and is the final resting place of more than 25,000 people. Park Hill, which is open to new interments, also includes some early 1800s graves moved to this cemetery years ago.
- Old City Cemetery, at East Mill Plain and Grand boulevards, is one of Vancouver's oldest established cemeteries. Surrounded by a tall iron and concrete fence, it is the final resting place of Esther Short, Charles Wilbur Slocum, Sarah Jane Anderson and many other well-known figures of our local history.
- Fisher Cemetery, at 16509 Evergreen Highway, dates back to 1852 and is thought to be the oldest pioneer cemetery in Clark County.

Information in the City's database for cemeteries comes from original plot records, as well as information gleaned from cemetery markers and monuments. In addition, a key part of this project was mapping the City's three cemeteries on satellite maps using GPS coordinates. Using the City's web-based search tool to access key data and a map of the interment location requires entering at least the surname, or last name, of the deceased. Users are reminded that old records, in particular, may be incomplete or contain spelling inaccuracies.

In addition to linking family members to past generations, the project will also help the City streamline operations. Cemetery staff will use the system to search for burial records and access records from the field. And for the first time, after decades of working with files and files of paper records, City staff will have the ability to digitally generate Rights of Burial at customers' requests, run electronic reports and view digital maps.

"There are two major benefits of initiating this project," Brian Potter, Operations Superintendent, said. "First, it allows cemetery staff to more efficiently enter data, check records and manage deeds. Second, it provides the public with an interesting and effective experience of searching for deceased loved ones, as well as historically significant individuals, through the ease of their home computers. It truly modernizes the City's cemetery operations."

The City of Vancouver's project to computerize cemetery records and provide a search tool for the public is powered by webCemeteries.com, a technology company in Pennsylvania working with hundreds of cemeteries across the United States. This project was further aided by Vancouver's Cemetery Manager Bob McKechnie, who has documented the history of the cemeteries through years of research.

Data and assistance was also provided by the Clark County Genealogical Society, including member Richard Engstrom, an active volunteer instrumental in the mapping of Vancouver's Old City Cemetery. "We're excited that the City has developed this resource," Engstrom said. "We see this as a positive step for people searching genealogy and interested in the history of our area."
Public Forums Offer Information on Resources and Financial Incentives for Brownfields in Beaverton
City of Beaverton - 02/13/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton will hold two events in March to give information about the new Beaverton Brownfields Program. The city received a $400,000 brownfields assessment grant in 2013 from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help local property and business owners evaluate sites for contamination and other environmental challenges.


Addressing brownfields is important for the future economic growth of Beaverton. Brownfields are properties that have often been abandoned or underused because of real or perceived environmental contamination concerns. However, contamination is not always visible, and many brownfields are in active use despite underground contamination. Typical brownfield properties include old gas stations, auto body shops, former dry cleaners, abandoned industrial facilities, and other businesses. The EPA brownfield assessment grant is being used to help property owners evaluate potential sites for future cleanup.


A public open house will be held Monday, March 9, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about brownfields, environmental assessments, potential contamination issues, cleanup and redevelopment planning, financial incentives, and information about federal, state, and local assistance programs.


A forum for property and business owners will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way. This event is tailored for current and future local property and business owners. The presentation will begin at 8 a.m., and will include a panel of experts who will explain the assessment and remediation process, and discuss questions and concerns about real or perceived environmental contamination. All Beaverton property and business owners are encouraged to attend, to learn how to determine if their property contains environmental challenges, and how to obtain financial assistance for site assessment through the city's grant funding.


"Brownfield cleanup and development benefits the environment and the economy," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It also directly supports citywide economic development, improves community health, increases investment potential, and creates local jobs. This project will help support the strong, diverse business partnerships we have throughout the community."


Site assessments are expected to begin in late spring or early summer 2015 and continue through September 2016, when the current grant funding cycle ends. Property owners are encouraged to contact the city while grant funding is still available for the project.


For more information about brownfields or to RSVP for the public meetings, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Brownfields, or contact Amy Koski at 503-526-2631 or akoski@BeavertonOregon.gov to learn about potential financial assistance for site assessments.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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City of Beaverton Moves Forward with Equity Work (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/13/15
More than 90 businesses attended January's Connect 2 Oregon event
More than 90 businesses attended January's Connect 2 Oregon event
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton celebrated several important milestones recently in its work to promote equity and inclusion. The new Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) presented a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan that was unanimously adopted by the Beaverton City Council. This community-led plan highlights how the city should move forward with its commitment to be a more equitable and inclusive city.


Other milestones so far this year include:


* On January 29, the city hosted the region's first Connect 2 Oregon event at The Beaverton Building, focused on expanding opportunities for small businesses to become state-certified and contract with public entities. The all-day event, cosponsored by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, welcomed purchasing staff from various government agencies, local lenders, and more than 90 area business leaders for a variety of workshops and networking.


* The city has made strides in developing a Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) policy for city purchasing with a January city council roundtable discussion on the subject, and a commitment to have a policy in place by the end of the current fiscal year in June. The policy aims to ensure that historically underutilized businesses have the information and access needed to effectively bid for city contracts.


* In January, the city hosted the 6th annual Equity Seminar Series in collaboration with the Beaverton School District and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation to provide training for staff of the three entities.


Currently, the city is recruiting for Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) in preparation for the third annual program. BOLD is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant, refugee and other leaders of color in Beaverton, offered through a collaborative partnership with the Center for Intercultural Organizing. One-third of the BOLD graduates from 2014 are now serving on one of the city's boards and commissions.


"Our efforts in this area are about creating opportunities for all of our residents to succeed," said Mayor Doyle. "We know there is a lot of work yet to be done, but we're following our city values on issues of equity and inclusion. Our cultural inclusion program is making great progress on those issues."
For more information about any of the above accomplishments or the city's cultural inclusion programs, contact Alexis Ball at aball@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2503.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest for cities larger than 75,000 (according to CQ Press). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Attached Media Files: More than 90 businesses attended January's Connect 2 Oregon event
MESD Board Executive Session 2-17-15 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/13/15
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed
OSP Troopers in Florence arrest two Eagle Point Area robbery suspects who wore underwear disguises (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received an anonymous tip that one of two suspects involved in a September 19, 2014, robbery of an AM/PM Mini-Mart in Eagle Point was in the Florence area. Earlier this week the trooper was able to determine the name and location of one of the suspects, identified as GAGE S. MILLER, 21 of Florence, who was already in custody on other unrelated charges in the Florence Police Department Jail. During the interview of the suspect additional information was developed which led investigators to determine the identity and location of the second suspect.

The second suspect, identified as TIMOTHY D. RAYBOULD, 22, of Florence, was located and stopped leaving a Florence area residence on February 6. Both RAYBOULD and MILLER were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail pending charges for Robbery in the first degree and Robbery in the second degree. Preliminary information indicates the 'hoods' worn by the robbers were actually camouflage boxer-brief style underwear.

OSP was assisted in the investigation by the Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Florence Police Department.

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UPDATE: Secretary of State Kate Brown & former Governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski Help Celebrate Oregon's Birthday (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/13/15
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Portland, OR - Secretary of State Kate Brown and former Oregon Governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski will participate in the annual Statehood Day celebration at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) at noon on Saturday, February 14. Brown, Roberts, and Kulongoski will also be joined by Mrs. Antoinette Hatfield in helping to mark the 156th anniversary of Oregon's admission into the union as the 33rd state.

The Oregon Historical Society opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and admission is free all day. Brown, Roberts, and Kulongoski will speak at the cake cutting ceremony beginning at noon. Birthday cake from Gerry Frank's Konditorei will be served to visitors while supplies last!

Other activities are planned throughout the day in partnership with the Oregon Black Pioneers. Learn about what life was like for blacks in Portland in the mid-twentieth century in guided tours of the A Community on the Move exhibition, led by members of the Oregon Black Pioneers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Then, enjoy a performance by African American storyteller Chetter Galloway. A member of the National Storytelling Network, Galloway engages listeners through energetic, animated storytelling. Performances begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Can't make it to the museum this weekend? Celebrate your love of Oregon by brushing up on your state history - OHS has posted a section on the Oregon Encyclopedia all about the road to statehood: http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/oemonth/



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


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Washougal Voters Approve Bond for Safer Schools
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/13/15
Washougal, WA - Washougal voters showed their support for schools by approving Proposition 5, a capital improvement bond that will address safety, student capacity and facilities needs for Washougal School District students. At the time of this writing 4,457 returns from Clark and Skamania Counties were counted with 60.94% voting in favor. The vote will be formally certified by the Clark County Election Office on February 24, 2015.

"We are grateful to the citizens of Washougal for demonstrating their support of education in our community by voting yes for this important work," said Dawn Tarzian, Washougal School District Superintendent. "We saw a higher than normal turnout of parent-aged voters and appreciate that they are modeling to their children the importance of being involved in the democratic process by voting."

The $57,685,000 bond will raise property taxes by $.48 per $1,000 of home value, costing homeowners with a $300,000 home around $12 per month or $144 per year. These taxes will go into effect in 2016.

District staff will begin working with Bond counsel to work to sell the first wave of bonds, with the first sale likely taking place in July 2015. The district will also plan timelines for the work, including permitting, design, and construction activities to take place over the next three years.

Safety was a main focus of the work outlined in the bond. Security enhancements to the foyers at all district schools are expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.

The new Jemtegaard Middle School and new K-5 school were included in the bond to address safety as well as overcrowding and should be open in Fall 2018. Community input will be sought in a process to reconfigure district boundaries as the new K-5 school is completed. Some Gause students may start the school year in 2018 at the new school. The redrawn boundaries would work to balance enrollment among the four elementary schools. The new Excelsior High School and new transportation facility would also be expected to open in the Fall of 2018. Roofing work and some of the HVAC projects at Gause and Hathaway will be completed in the summer of 2016.

Planning for the bond began with the nearly year-long work of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. This group of local experts in construction, architecture, engineering and facility management worked diligently and thoughtfully to identify the most critical facility needs of the district. "Our Board considered every aspect of their recommendations," Tarzian said. "They then acted on those improvements most important to insuring our Washougal school facilities support a safe, positive environment for student learning and success. With this bond's success we will be prepared for future growth of our schools and community."

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Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss principles for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/13/15
The Alternative Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on February 17 to discuss guiding principles for drafting a new forest management plan for northwest Oregon.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or zoned - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November, working to ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division at ODF, and improved conservation outcomes over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will meet in Salem on February 17 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members will review principles, definitions and measures related to financial viability, conservation emphasis areas, and production emphasis areas. They will also discuss durability concepts related to potential future zones, and hear next steps. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 17.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

>More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found here:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

>About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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Deer Ridge Post 131 Charter Presentation (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/13/15
Deer Ridge Post 131
Deer Ridge Post 131
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The American Legion Department of Oregon presented the charter and installed the officers of Deer Ridge Post 131 on Saturday, February 7 at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI.) Deer Ridge Post 131 is the first American Legion Post in an Oregon correctional institution and only the fourth post nationwide in a correctional facility. American Legion District 5 Commander Eugene Hellickson and 2nd Vice Commander Keegan Hodges presented the charter to Post 131 Commander Theodore Aguirre. The officers and general membership were installed during a ceremony held in the DRCI Chapel.

The charter was presented to 15 of the original 19 inmate veterans who initiated the formation of Post 131. Tom Weiss, Jefferson County Veteran's Service Officer, presented the idea of forming an American Legion Post at DRCI in July of 2014. The founding 19 members worked diligently to create the constitution and bylaws, raise funds for membership fees, and elect officers for the post. The Oregon Department of Corrections was in full support of this endeavor, and the level of support was expressed by the attendance of Deputy Director Kim Brockamp, Assistant Director Mike Gower, Chief Administrator Nancy Howton, and Operations and Policy Analyst Parrish VanWert.

Deer Ridge Post 131 will follow the guidelines set by The American Legion. They will hold regular meetings, pay membership dues, hold fundraisers, and give back to the community and fellow veterans in need. American Legion membership will not only provide the veterans with connections to fellow veterans while incarcerated, but will provide connections upon release to help them reunite with their respective communities. The adults in custody participating in The American Legion Post 131 will learn valuable life and job skills such as organization, budgeting, communication, and much more.

DRCI is a minimum security facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison houses approximately 770 inmates who are within four years of release. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.

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Attached Media Files: Deer Ridge Post 131
*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL

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

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

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

* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015

Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
McGilchrist Street SE Closure Between 16th Street SE and Pringle Road SE
City of Salem - 02/13/15
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7 a.m. through Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5 p.m., McGilchrist Street SE will be closed to all through traffic at the Union Pacific railroad crossing between 16th Street SE and Pringle Road SE.

Detour routes using Pringle Road SE, Madrona Avenue SE, and 25th Street SE will be in place.

This street closure is for repairs to the railroad crossing and will be closed 24/7 until this work is completed.

This project is the second of six locations where Union Pacific crews will be rebuilding rail crossings over the next three months.

Expect extreme congestion and use another route if possible to avoid delays.

For additional City of Salem road conditions, visit our website at: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/PublicWorks/TransportationServices/TrafficEngineering/Pages/EmergencyRoadConditions.aspx.
OBA Board Chair Issues Statement in Response to Governor's Resignation Announcement (Photo)
Oregon Business Association - 02/13/15
Mark Long, OBA Board Chair
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In response to the recent announcement that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has made a decision to resign, OBA Board Chair Mark Long has issued the following statement:

"Having worked with Governor John Kitzhaber since the founding of OBA in 1999, we are deeply saddened by the recent developments and his announcement of resignation from office.

We as an organization have enjoyed a constructive and productive relationship with the Governor and have great respect for his past accomplishments and effectiveness as a legislator, governor and statesman. We are saddened by the recent turn of events, but will remain focused on our agenda and the welfare of the state.

In this difficult time, when the citizens of Oregon are reeling at the news of the first resignation of a Governor due to a matter of this nature, we at OBA believe it is important to remember the achievements of Governor Kitzhaber. From health care reform to the 2013 Grand Bargain, John Kitzhaber did build that vital center of Oregon politics and embodied statesmanlike leadership and represented the "balanced voice" OBA stands for.

Moving forward, we will continue to focus on OBA's mission of achieving balanced policy solutions to strengthen quality of life and the state's long-term economic competitiveness.

We are determined to continue on a positive path, working hard and with diligence as we do every session, on achieving important policy objectives on behalf of our members, the Oregon business community, and the citizens of Oregon."

--Mark Long,
Managing Partner, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC
Chair, Oregon Business Association Board of Directors


Attached Media Files: Mark Long, OBA Board Chair
Updated 2-13 1pm: Autopsy tonight. No ID or Cause yet-Cowlitz Sheriff reporting adult male found deceased on the bank of river, Toutle Washington,
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/15
Update: 2-13 1pm
Detectives returned to the scene this morning and during their search they located additional items (that we are not describing at this time) at the scene and we have confidence they are related to this investigation. There is an autopsy schedule for tonight. The Coroner may release more information after the examination, however, this will be dependent on what is learned during the examination. Our office will not be releasing any more information other to say that we do not believe that the residents in that area should have any concerns for their safety as a result of this death investigation.

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Toutle, Wa- Feb 12-2015, Cowlitz Sheriff's Office received a call from a fisherman who found an deceased adult male lying along the bank of the South Toutle river. The area is about 3 south of Toutle. Detectives, who responded to the scene are working with the coroners office on the case. The victim has been turned over to the coroner and the case is ongoing.

The ID of the victim has not been determined; neither has the cause or manner of death.

Detectives are not releasing any more details, such as the person estimated age, length he has been deceased, or other physical characteristics.

We will release more information as long as it does not hinder the investigation.
Century Link 911 Service Fully Restored
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/15
911 Service has been fully restored within the communities of Carlton, Sheridan, Willamina, Grand Ronde, and portions of Yamhill. Century Link located and replaced a hardware failure that caused the partial outage to occur. Century Link customers now have full access to 911 services again in Yamhill County. Yamhill County Sheriff, Tim Svenson, wants to remind everyone what to do when they attempt to contact 911 and are unable to get through.

WHAT TO DO WHEN 9-1-1 DOESN'T WORK
· If you call 9-1-1 from your landline and receive a 'fast busy' tone--first try calling
9-1-1 using your cell phone;
· If you are still unable to reach 9-1-1, for the areas served by the Yamhill Communications
Agency, hang up and dial the non-emergency number: 503.434.6500
· For areas served by the Newberg-Dundee 9-1-1 Center, hang up and dial the non-emergency
number: 503.538.3131
Beaverton Library Hosts Free Conversation about Science and Citizenship (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/13/15
Guest speaker Gail Wells will discuss the value of science in society at "In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy" on Tuesday, Feb. 24
Guest speaker Gail Wells will discuss the value of science in society at "In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy" on Tuesday, Feb. 24
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library is hosting a free discussion about science and citizenship, as part of the 2015 Oregon Humanities Conversation Projects. In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.


Guest speaker Gail Wells will focus on questions about the value of science in society, especially Americans' complex relationship with science, high trust in scientific and medical communities, and doubts about scientific conclusions. Wells is a professional science communicator and author. She is an Oregon native with a graduate degree in scientific and technical communication from Oregon State University.


This discussion is one of 33 Oregon Humanities Conversation Projects this year, offering a safe and impartial space for citizens to voice their opinions on provocative issues. Led by trained conversation facilitators who are experts in their fields, these discussions challenge participants to connect their own ideas and experiences with their local community through exploratory discourse. Since 2009, more than 500 Oregon Humanities Conversation Projects have been hosted by more than 200 nonprofits, community groups and businesses across the state.


"Thanks to the generous support of the Beaverton Library Foundation, we are thrilled to be part of such a meaningful and successful statewide initiative," said Abigail Elder, library director. "As one of the busiest libraries in Oregon, the Beaverton City Library serves a vibrant and diverse community. We hope that participants of all ages, education levels, and opinions join us in learning from our differences during this exciting, knowledge-sharing event."


To learn more about this upcoming discussion, visit www.beavertonlibrary.org/calendar.aspx.
The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.


For more information on the Beaverton City Library, call 503-644-2197, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org, or follow the library on Facebook at BeavertonCityLibrary or Twitter and Instagram @BeavertonLib.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.
For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Photo Caption: Guest speaker Gail Wells will lead a discussion on the value of science in society at In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Beaverton City Library. The event is part of the 2015 Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.


Attached Media Files: Guest speaker Gail Wells will discuss the value of science in society at "In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy" on Tuesday, Feb. 24
Installation of flashing yellow left-turn-arrow signals gets underway throughout Vancouver
City of Vancouver - 02/13/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is upgrading multiple signalized traffic intersections throughout the community with flashing yellow left-turn-arrow signals.

The work, which begins today and will continue over the next month, will replace the existing left-turn traffic signal head at 16 intersections around Vancouver. Instead of the typical green ball with a "Left Turn Yield on Green" sign, the new signal head will show a flashing yellow arrow to indicate left-turning traffic may proceed after first yielding to oncoming traffic. Some intersections in Vancouver are already equipped with these flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals, which are becoming more widely used throughout the country.

Installation is expected to take about a day or less at each affected signalized intersection. During that time, the signal will be either turned off or placed on a four-way flashing red with flaggers directing traffic while the new hardware is safely installed and tested. Construction hours are expected to be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some variations to accommodate locations near schools. Drivers are asked to stay alert to installation equipment and crews, and be prepared for lane closures.

Intersections where the signal upgrades will occur are listed below. Order of installation may vary:
* Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 138th Avenue
* Northeast 18th Street and Northeast 141st Avenue
* Northeast 138th Avenue and Northeast 22nd Street
* East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Devine Road
* Northeast 136th Avenue and Northeast 4th Street
* Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 106th Avenue
* Southeast 34th Street and Southeast 176th Avenue
* Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 119th Avenue
* Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 132nd Avenue
* Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 135th Avenue
* West Fourth Plain Boulevard and Kauffman Avenue
* Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 78th Avenue
* Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Thurston Way
* West Fourth Plain Boulevard and Columbia Street
* Southeast Ellsworth Road and Southeast 10th Street
* Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast 13th Street

Here's how the upgraded signals work:

Steady Green Arrow: Proceed with left turn. Drivers and bicyclists making a left turn have a protected turn from oncoming traffic.

Flashing Yellow Arrow: Proceed with left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Oncoming traffic has a green light, so drivers and bicyclists must determine if there is adequate time to turn.

Steady Yellow Arrow: Prepare to stop. Traffic is warned that the left-turn signal is about to turn red; prepare to stop or complete the left turn if already within the intersection.

Steady Red Arrow: Stop. Traffic turning left must stop and wait.

Please note: At some intersections left turn will begin with the green arrow, while at others, the left turn will begin with the flashing yellow arrow.

More information about the flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals, including a handy instruction card, can be found online at www.cityofvancouver.us/SignalsSigns.

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet February 27
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 02/13/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 27 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1zAZ2YY

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Patron tour to feature Thomas Jefferson, McLoughlin middle schools
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/13/15
On Friday, March 13, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his last patron tour of the 2014-2015 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Thomas Jefferson and McLoughlin middle schools.

Both schools will showcase applications of the district's strategic plan, Design II, and commitment to preparing students for college, careers and life. Visitors will explore the technology-rich environment in which Jefferson and McLoughlin students are taught and learn using one-to-one iPads. They'll also see the schools' Gateway to Technology project-based science, math and technology classes and Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-readiness program.

The tour of McLoughlin will provide a glimpse of the school's Family-Community Resource Center and community partnerships. At Jefferson, tour-goers can discover Honors classes, as well as the school's commitment to teaching positive, respectful behaviors.

The free tour will begin and end at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. After visiting Thomas Jefferson and McLoughlin, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Visit www.vansd.org/PatronTours or call 360-313-4720 to sign up.
Armed Robbery Thursday Afternoon at Northeast Portland Diner
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/15
On Thursday February 12, 2015, at 3:56 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Cruise-In Diner, located at 7731 Northeast 33rd Drive in the Sunderland Neighborhood.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to the employee who told police that the suspect was armed with a knife and ordered her to lock herself in the backroom. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash then left the area on foot.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his early 30s, 5'11", wearing a great sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Detail at (503) 823-0405.

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Friday Fraud Alert: Active Phone Scams Hitting Portland Metro Area (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/15
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The Portland Police Bureau wants community members to be aware of a variety of phone scams that are active in the Portland Metro area.

In the last year and a half, officers have taken reports from people who stated that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment.

Other victims have reported callers claiming to be public utilities, the IRS, charities and home repair companies.

Callers typically instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

* The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.

* The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.

* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828.

* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an online Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

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Free Shred Event at New Location
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/13/15
***UPDATE***
Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. We cannot accept any cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank.

The Beaverton Police Department will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday, February 14, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed TWO BANKER STYLE BOXES.

This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial-sized shredding trucks from Cintas. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached.

Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. We cannot accept any cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank.
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Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting CANCELED
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/15
***NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED***

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Career and Technical Education Students Get Hands-on Training (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/12/15
Battle Ground High School seniors Keith Jackson (left), Caleb Johnson, and Carson Petricevic make white-chocolate covered pretzels in Foods III, a Career and Technical Education class in Battle Ground Public Schools.
Battle Ground High School seniors Keith Jackson (left), Caleb Johnson, and Carson Petricevic make white-chocolate covered pretzels in Foods III, a Career and Technical Education class in Battle Ground Public Schools.
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In some of the classrooms where learning happens in Battle Ground Public Schools, the curriculums include fractions and American literature, but not in the traditional way you'd expect. In these classes, the fractions might lead to a light and fluffy chocolate souffle, or they could result in Tuscan style curtains for a tall, rustic window.

And the American literature? Freshman biology students in the natural resources section at the district's Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education read "The Hot Zone," a non-fiction thriller about the origins and incidents involving viral hemorrhagic fevers, including ebolaviruses.

These classes are part of the school district's Career and Technical Education (CTE) department, and are designed to give students hands-on training in skills that will help them get jobs or prepare them to take their educations to the next level beyond high school. CTE is a term applied to programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies and career preparation. At Battle Ground Public Schools, approximately 200 CTE classes are taught each semester in 36 content areas by teachers who have worked in the industry they are teaching. Many of the district's CTE programs have agreements with local community colleges that let students receive college credit for some of the high school classes.

As a part of CTE month, Battle Ground Public Schools is inviting community members on Feb. 24 to see what students are learning in its CTE program. Patrons are invited to tour some of the CTE classes at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools and CASEE and see first-hand what students are learning. "CTE is a big part of our students' schedules," said Cindy Arnold, director of CTE. "We want to share what they are learning."

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, about 80 percent of students taking a CTE course met college and career readiness goals, compared to 63 percent of students on a traditional academic path. CTE students perform at higher academic levels because their academics are integrated with real-world, employable skills."CTE classes help students get jobs out of high school and give them the skills to go to college," Arnold said. "Students in CTE programs are more connected to their interests and see, in CTE classes, how their interests can translate into a career. They are more apt to go into a job that interests them."

Middle and high school students in Battle Ground Public Schools can take CTE classes in a variety of career clusters including: agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, audio/video technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; finance; government and public administration; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; health services; marketing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and transportation, distribution and logistics.

Often, the problems that students tackle in CTE courses are similar to the ones they might face in a career. For example, students might discuss techniques that a teller can use for mitigating a distraught customer while working in the iQ Credit Union on the BGHS campus. Or they might learn how to diagnose a sick carburetor in automotive technology or develop a video game in video game design. Other CTE students could prepare for a product launch in marketing classes or take inventory in the Battle Ground High School student store.

And the teachers who lead students in these endeavors have been there. The district hires CTE teachers who have experience in the industries they teach. These industry experts then take a series of teacher certification classes, often through the Clark County Skills Center, while they are teaching. Jessica Drake, who teaches culinary arts and other family and consumer science classes at Battle Ground High School, worked in the restaurant industry before becoming a teacher. She became interested in teaching after managing the student-run cafe in the Vancouver Public Schools district office.

Having industry experience lets Drake create lesson plans that mimic what occurs in a restaurant kitchen. Some of the students in her Foods III class whipped up a few batches of chocolate brownies on a Thursday morning, melting butter and unsweetened chocolate together in saucepans before whisking in sugar, vanilla, and eggs. The chewy brownies would be for sale from concessions at the weekend's BGHS production of "Crimes of the Heart." Other students prepared batter for chocolate souffles and then used Google Classroom to submit recipes to Drake for review.

Caleb Johnson, a BGHS senior who made white chocolate covered pretzels for the play's concessions, is considering attending WSU-Vancouver's hotel and restaurant management program and then going to culinary school. "I have a lot of options," he said.

But no matter which CTE classes students take, they can determine whether a vocation interests them and learn skills that will help them find success in the pursuit of that vocation. "CTE helps students see the connection between what they are learning and the world around them," Arnold said.

BGPS Career and Technical Education Patron Tour
The Career and Technical Education Patron tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24. It will begin at Prairie High School, continue to Battle Ground High School, and then end at CASEE. Transportation will be provided between campuses. Please RSVP to the CTE program: 885-5359 or adams.kathy@battlegroundps.org.

More information about Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education programs is online at http://www.battlegroundps.org/district/career-and-technical-education


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School seniors Keith Jackson (left), Caleb Johnson, and Carson Petricevic make white-chocolate covered pretzels in Foods III, a Career and Technical Education class in Battle Ground Public Schools. , Battle Ground High School senior Madison Witt (left) and junior Cassie Santella prepare a brownie batter by whisking sugar into melted, unsweetened chocolate in Foods III, a Career and Technical Education class in Battle Ground Public Schools. , Battle Ground High School seniors Jake Boursaw (left), Jamie Smith, and Stefanie Ludahl mix the batter for a chocolate souffle in Foods III, a Career and Technical Education class in Battle Ground Public Schools.
Middle Schoolers Tackle Equations at Southwest Washington Math Challenge (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/12/15
Middle school students participate in the Southwest Washington Math Challenge at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.
Middle school students participate in the Southwest Washington Math Challenge at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.
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About 50 teams of middle schoolers competed in the third annual Southwest Washington Math Challenge on Feb. 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground. Fifth through eighth grade teams competed by grade level to solve word problems and complex equations.

In events such as the College Bowl, teams of three to four students worked together to answer questions about geometry, division, scientific notation and more.

Clark College partnered with the event to create problems for the competition. Some instructors and students from Clark College also helped score the event.

The math challenge team results are:
Fifth Grade
Chief Team A, First Place
Chief Team B, Second Place
Union Ridge Team B, Third Place

Sixth Grade
Chief Team B, First Place
Union Ridge A, Second Place
Union Ridge B, Third Place

Seventh Grade
Chief Team A, First Place
Laurin Team A, Second Place
Daybreak Team A, Third Place

Eighth Grade
Amboy Team B, First Place
Laurin Team B, Second Place
Chief Team A, Third Place

The math challenge individual results are:
Fifth Grade
Eli Clark of Chief Umtuch, First Place
Grant Halme of Chief Umtuch, Second Place

Sixth Grade
Alex Forstrom of Chief Umtuch, First Place
Tegan Petersen of Union Ridge, Second Place (tie)
Jaelyn Sotelo of Union Ridge Second Place (tie)

Seventh Grade
Maggie Munoz of Laurin, First Place
Amber Holmgren of Pleasant Valley, Second Place

Eighth Grade
Leah Sarkinen of Amboy, First Place
Jayson Maddux of Laurin, Second Place


Attached Media Files: Middle school students participate in the Southwest Washington Math Challenge at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.
****Update****Hillsboro Police Search For Missing Man (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 02/12/15
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Mr. John Vaughan has been located by police in Tillamook County. He was found safe.

(Prior release) Hillsboro police officers looking for missing Hillsboro man who suffers from dementia.

On 02/12/15 a Hillsboro police patrol officer took a missing person report of a male named John Vaughan, age 75 who has the onset of dementia. He left his home in central Hillsboro en route to the Albertson's store on Baseline Rd and Cornelius Pass Rd this morning at approximately 9:00 AM and has not been seen since. It is his common practice to return home quickly.

Police are concerned due to his dementia and because he gets lost easily and might have gotten confused due to the fog this morning.

Vaughan is driving a tan 1999 Acura 4D sedan with Oregon license plate ZUF471.

Mr. Vaughan is 5'8", 155lbs, brown hair with a grey goatee. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a dark sweater.

If Vaughan or his vehicle are seen, the public is encouraged to call 9-1-1.

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Beaverton Prepares to Temporarily Use Underground Water Reserves (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/12/15
Test drilling for ASR 6 was performed in November 2014 and it was found that the area is feasible to house a pumping station
Test drilling for ASR 6 was performed in November 2014 and it was found that the area is feasible to house a pumping station
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- Cornelius Pass Road Construction Requires City to Move Main Water Line -


BEAVERTON, Ore. - Beginning Feb. 16, the City of Beaverton will switch water service from the city's main transmission line to water primarily pumped from the city's aquifer storage and recovery (ASRs) wells for three to four weeks.


The city's 36-inch diameter, seven-mile long transmission line, normally carrying all drinking water this time of year from the connection at Cornelius Pass Road into Beaverton, will impacted by the Cornelius Pass Road expansion.


The city's existing line, which measures billions of gallons each year, is currently located underground at Cornelius Pass Road. It will be relocated to 209th and Tualatin-Valley Highway. This will be the first time the city has relied principally on its aquifers for such an extended period of time. In the summer the city's wells account for about 30 percent of daily water supply; during the next four weeks Beaverton's wells will be 50-75 percent of the daily water supply.


"Our public works department does an incredible job with a very important part of our infrastructure--our water," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Because we have invested in our infrastructure, we are well prepared to continue to serve our residents. The transition has already been tested and is expected to go smoothly."


Currently, the city relies on an average six to seven million gallons of water per day during this time of year. The city's underground water aquifers will provide up to five million gallons per day and the remaining gap will be filled by water supplied from Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Portland.


While Beaverton's underground water reserves store half a billion gallons of water, the city needed to partner with TVWD and City of Portland because the city's pumping capacity can provide up to 75 percent of the supply needed. The remainder will come from the other sources during the transmission line shutdown. During the duration of the project the public can expect:


* No disruption to water service.
* No changes to fees or rates during this time. All of the project costs for switching to the underground water reserves, relocating the transition line, and purchasing additional water from TVWD are covered in the city's existing budget.
* The majority of residents receiving water from the underground reserves will mostly likely not notice a difference in the quality of water. Water will continue to comply with federal drinking water standards. Some differences in taste may be noticed near the three intake areas of Beaverton's system where water is entering from TVWD and the City of Portland.
* To move the large water meter and install a new 12-foot deep underground concrete vault, the city is draining about a mile of existing 36-inch pipe. The pipe will be drained between 185th and 219th. The water will be de-chlorinated and released into local culverts and the creek system.
* The water from TVWD is already fluoridated to the same level as the rest of Beaverton's water. The minor amount of supply from the City of Portland is not fluoridated.


The water transmission line carries water 13 miles to Beaverton's Joint Water Commission (JWC) connection point and intake at Cornelius Pass Road. It is owned by the JWC, an interagency partnership made of the cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton, Forest Grove, and TVWD. The JWC was formed to store, manage, treat, and distribute drinking water for each JWC member, and supplies water to more than 400,000 people.


Background on the city's wells


The city's underground wells serve as an inexpensive way to secure drinking water. It delays the need for new capital improvements such as man-made reservoirs as well as provides Beaverton with a redundant, back-up emergency water supply. Other benefits include conserving surface water from rivers and dams during environmentally stressful summer seasons.


Last September, the City Council approved the purchase of two Cooper Mountain lots to site a future underground storage facility and pumping station. The city's future pump station building will be housed in a structure that resembles a residential home and will serve drinking water to all residents within city limits.


"In Beaverton, we've used the aquifer storage and recovery system since 1999," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Our recent investment in low energy loans and credits for new aquifers is critical to our long term supply and capacity needs."


For more information, please contact David Winship, principal engineer, at 503-526-2342 or dwinship@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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


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CCC Landscaping Program Supports Growing Industry (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/12/15
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OREGON CITY - The improving economy and growth in housing construction lead to an increased need for landscape installations and professional landscapers. Clackamas Community College offers a two-year associate's degree in Landscape Management that prepares students for entry-level supervisory work in the landscaping industry.
Many professional landscaping companies report difficulty in filling open jobs with qualified employees. "There are a massive number of jobs out there," said Dylan Pollock, chief operating officer for Landscape East & West of Clackamas. "We are actively looking for qualified employees and have been since I've been in the industry."
Work in the landscaping industry includes installation of landscape designs, such as water features, patios, irrigation and plants; garden, turf and parks maintenance; as well as sales and design. Salaries for supervisors in the industry average about $47,000 annually.
"This is an ideal career for people who love to work in an outdoor setting," said Renee Harber, chairwoman of the Horticulture Department at CCC. "Our students go on to work with landscape companies, estate gardens, parks departments and golf courses. Many are self-employed."
Spring term classes in Landscape Management at CCC include Landscape Water Features, Landscape Stones and Pavers, Turf Installation/Maintenance and Irrigation Drainage Practices.
"We, as well as many of our competitors, had a great year last year, and this year looks to be even better," said Dean Snodgrass, vice president of Dennis' Seven Dees in Portland. "There are so many positions and opportunities that exist now, that even 10 years ago did not exist."
CCC also offers a one-year certificate in Landscape Practices that prepares students to be skilled landscape technicians.
Students can start any term, full or part time, to work toward a two-year degree or one-year certificate in landscaping. To learn more, please visit www.clackamas.edu/horticulture or contact Renee Harber, Horticulture Department Advisor, at 503 594 3294 or by email at rharber@clackamas.edu


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Vicki Lynn Wilson's 'ERA' Exhibition Opens Feb. 16 (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/12/15
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OREGON CITY - "ERA," a solo exhibition of recent works by artist Vicki Lynn Wilson, opens Feb. 16 in the Alexander Gallery at CCC and runs through March 19. An artist's reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery.
Wilson is a local artist who currently teaches sculpture at Marylhurst University. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally. "ERA" utilizes the human figure as a vehicle to explore a 20-year period of time and creative investigation.
The exhibition showcases works made from a variety of materials including, but not limited to, ceramics, chicken wire, carved plaster, fabric, paint, welded steel, cement, Styrofoam, wood, paper maché and Wilson's grandmother's Italian chandelier crystals.
The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City Campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of campus holidays. Exhibitions are open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. For additional information, please contact Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or kates@clackamas.edu.


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Webcast Focuses on Food System and Sustainability
Clackamas Community College - 02/12/15
OREGON CITY - Food systems, farming and sustainability are the topic of a March 7 webcast at Clackamas Community College.
"Changing the Way We Eat: A Conversation About Sustainable Food and Farming" is a TEDxManhattan presentation cosponsored by CCC and the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District. The presentation explores the state of our food system and progress toward sustainability. The actual event will take place in New York City and will be streamed to the participants, including those at CCC.
The annual, one-day event brings together over a dozen dynamic speakers with various backgrounds in the field of sustainable food and farming in order to spark discussion and help spread ideas that can help fix our broken food system.
Topics in the presentation will include:
* The necessity of women farmers in the food system
* How U.S. law favors large agribusiness companies and not small farmers
* Teaching students about health through hip hop
* Food as medicine
* Beyond food hubs - local food and local food economies
* Why organic really isn't more expensive
* What we really need to end hunger
* How small changes in your eating can make huge differences

The webcast will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pauling 101 at CCC's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Avenue. The event is free but it is necessary to RSVP. Contact Cathy McQueeney at 503-210-6000 for more information.
University Instructor Arrested for Public Indecency (Photo)
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A visiting Spanish instructor at Willamette University was arrested by Salem Police Detectives on February 11 and charged with Public Indecency.

The instructor, 33-year old Antonio Martin-Ledesma, is from Seville, Spain, but has been instructing Spanish classes at Willamette University for the past two years. The charges stem from three incidents during November and December of 2014 when Martin-Ledesma was observed by faculty and students exposing himself and touching his genitals in a sexual manner in the library on the Willamette campus. As a result he was taken into custody and charged with three counts of Public Indecency.

Salem Police Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if other incidents occurred that may have been witnessed. Anyone with further information concerning Martin-Ledesma is asked to call Salem Police Detective Scotty Nowning at 503-540-2346.


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