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Procession and Memorial Service Information for Sergeant Jeremy Brown, for Public Release
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 6:35 PM

All, I've attached a PDF with information pertinent to the public wishing to view the procession and/or memorial service.  




Attached Media Files: JBrown service for public

Man Arrested After Caught Masturbating Outside of Children's Bedroom (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 5:52 PM
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On Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 12:07 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a prowler at the Reedville Meadows Apartments located at 2867 SW 209th Avenue in Beaverton. The apartment complex is part of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD). Deputies were told a man was looking into the bedroom window of a three-year-old and one-year-old child while masturbating.

When deputies arrived, they contacted 30-year-old Daniel Stephens of Beaverton sitting in his vehicle and noticed he was not wearing pants or underwear. Stephens admitted he had been masturbating in the apartment complex's parking lot before they contacted him. Deputies also learned a camera in the children's room recorded Stephens masturbating while looking into the window of the children's room.

The parents of the children told deputies that they recognized Stephens as an employee of a local pizza restaurant who had delivered pizza to their home a few months prior.

Deputies arrested Stephens and later transported him to the Washington County Jail, where he was charged with public indecency.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit believe there could be additional victims. If you, or someone you know, have any information about Stephens, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2700.

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.




Attached Media Files: PDF Media Release , Booking photo , Social media graphic

Stubborn Brush Fire Challenges Firefighters (W/Photos This Time) (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 08/02/21 5:45 PM
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Pushed by shifting winds and fueled by tinder dry underbrush, a stubborn brush fire sent smoke billowing towards I-5 near Klineline Pond.

Witnesses first reported seeing smoke coming from the Klineline Wildlife Refuge on the east side of the freeway—not in the park itself. An off-duty District 6 Battalion Chief was the first to make the call.

Engine arrived within a matter of minutes, but persistent winds and dry underbrush whipped the fire up the hillside where it could have threatened homes. The cause is not yet known, and fortunately no structures were affected. The Fire Marshal has been called to the scene.




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Sgt Jeremy Brown Procession and Memorial Service information, for media only
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 5:45 PM

All,

I've attached a release for media only, detailing the procession route, timing and memorial service information.  WSP Trooper Will Finn will be onsite at ilani on August 3rd as well as a host of PIOs.  They will be wearing badges that distinguish themselves as PIOs and will be on hand to assist you as needed.   

Another media release for the public will follow shortly.




Attached Media Files: JBrown memorial and procession

Wilsonville PD seeks tips after tortoise escapes Critter Cabana, is taken by unknown woman (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 5:32 PM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 21-014439

The Wilsonville Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a missing tortoise that crawled out of a pet store on July 9 and was then taken from a nearby intersection by an unknown woman.

Deputies contracted to Wilsonville PD responded to the Critter Cabana pet store around 1:15 p.m. on Friday, July 9. A sales associate told deputies that a 30-year-old, 25-pound sulcata tortoise named Walter had crawled out of the store after a customer had left the door to the store propped open. The sales associate told deputies it was not uncommon for Walter to crawl out of the store -- the tortoise was described as "surprisingly fast and smart."

Several minutes later, a passerby contacted the store to report that he had seen a woman take the tortoise from a nearby intersection.

Deputies contacted the passerby. The passerby told deputies he was driving near SW Holly Street and SW Jessica Street in Wilsonville when he saw the tortoise in the middle of the intersection. The passerby put on his hazard lights to slow surrounding traffic and pulled out his phone to call Critter Cabana, correctly surmising the animal had escaped from the pet store, when a woman walked out from in between two apartment buildings to the east.

The woman -- described as a thin white female, age 40-50, with long blonde hair -- was carrying a blanket, and shouted at the passerby that she was going to take the animal. "My neighbor has a turtle," the woman reportedly told the passerby. "I think this might be my neighbor's.... I'm going to take it to them." The woman then reportedly wrapped Walter in a blanket and left the scene with the tortoise, heading eastbound. 

After calling Critter Cabana, the passerby tried to locate the woman, to no avail.

Walter's brother Wesley remains in the care of Critter Cabana. Authorities are asking for the public's help to reunite the tortoise brothers.

Walter is valued at approximately $1,300.

Photos of Walter and his brother Wesley are attached.

TIPS SOUGHT: Anyone with information on Walter's whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 21-014439.

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

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Update: Saturday Morning Deadly Shooting Classified a Homicide; Victim Identified (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/02/21 5:25 PM
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RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2021

CONTACT PERSON: On-duty PIO

CASE NUMBER: 21-32339

Gresham, Ore.— The deceased male from Saturday morning’s shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Anthoney La Ray Barber of Gresham. The Multnomah County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

On July 31 at about 8:00 a.m. Gresham Police responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of 1509 NE 181st Ave. Officers located a male deceased from apparent gunfire.

The suspect’s name is not being released at this time.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and are asking for any additional witnesses to please call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 888-989-3505. No other information is available at this time.




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State Association of County Treasurers elects Alishia Topper as president
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/02/21 5:02 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –  The Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT) announced it has elected its Officers for 2021-22. The WSACT Officers were elected at its business meeting during the mid-summer legislative conference July 22-23 in Ellensburg, Washington. The association elected Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper as its new President.    

“I am honored to have the privilege to serve as WSACT president for the next year. I will be working alongside a group of dedicated and professional public servants who strive to advance treasury management,” stated Alishia Topper, newly elected Association President. “As county treasurers we hold a key position of public trust in the financial affairs of local government. I will work to maintain focus on our mission as an Association and provide a forum to promote ethical and professional standards, provide peer support, and build collaborative working relationships with other units of government. I look forward to this work in the coming year with this great Association.”

In addition to the electing a new President, WSACT also elected Thurston County Treasurer Jeff Gadman as Vice-President, Mason County Treasurer Lisa Frazier as Secretary and Cowlitz County Treasurer Debra Gardner as Treasurer. 

The mission of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT) is to provide a forum for all County Treasurers to educate, advocate, mentor, and support the creation of effective treasury management systems, which honor the public trust.


License plate shortage may require licensing department, subagents to issue paper plates
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/02/21 4:47 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Due to a statewide license plate shortage, the Clark County Auditor’s Office and nine licensing subagents may begin issuing temporary paper permits to passenger vehicle licensing customers.

The paper permits will be good for 60 days and can be displayed the same way temporary plates are displayed when purchasing a car from a dealer. When metal plates become available customers will be contacted and informed they can pick up their plates at the licensing office.

The shortage is currently impacting passenger plates, but the supply of truck, trailer and motorcycle plates may be impacted prior to the supply chain being fully restored.

Licensing subagents are private businesses overseen by the County Auditor’s Office. They provide vehicle and vessel licensing services in communities across Clark County.

Metal license plates are produced by Department of Corrections (DOC). DOC’s production slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, DOC increased staffing and outsourced production to another state beginning on July 31.

The state Department of Licensing, which oversees vehicle and vessel licensing statewide, is communicating with the county as limited supplies become available. “While we haven’t heard for certain when metal plates will be in full supply, we hope our customers are patient while we work through this and will work with them to get them their metal plates as soon as they are available,” said Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor.

Information on licensing services in Clark County, including a list of subagents, is available online at: www.clarkautolicense.org


Woodland Public Schools' food services essay contest inspires kids to explore cooking (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 08/02/21 4:30 PM
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Monday, August 2, 2021-Woodland, WA-Woodland Public Schools’ food services employees Cristina Forgey and Anna Moran developed an educational competition for elementary students to make up for food services events that did not happen during the year due to pandemic restrictions.

During normal years, Woodland’s food services staff holds a variety of educational opportunities throughout the school system including the Fine Dining Event where students learn proper table manners and how to engage their fellow dinner guests during a multi-course luncheon and the Future Chefs Event where students submit their own recipe ideas, cook them, and judges determine a winner.

Unfortunately, due to the social distancing and other limiting restrictions as a result of the pandemic, all food services special events were postponed. However, Cristina Forgey and Anna Moran, school cooks at Columbia Elementary School, cooked up an idea for an essay competition.

An optional exercise, students could write essays at home about a particular topic and then submit their essay to win prizes.  “We wanted to inspire our students, so we asked them to write an essay explaining why they want to become a master chef,” said Forgey. “We had 16 students participate which was awesome, however, even more wanted to and didn’t get their essays in by the deadline so we’re hoping to have even more next year.”

Essays were judged by school staff with the winner receiving a variety of cooking utensils along with a cookbook. All participants received a special gift basket including a cooking spoon, healthy snacks, and a participation certificate. In order to make lunchtime exciting for her students, Forgey dresses up in an over-the-top “Lunch Lady” costume, so she wore that costume and delivered the prizes to students during their classes.

The response was so overwhelming that Laura Perry, Woodland’s Director of Nutrition Services, decided to make the event an annual occurrence. “We fully support programs like this where students engage in nutrition, learn about food, and develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives,” she explained. “Many students have never had the opportunity or inspiration to explore cooking, so having events and competitions can go a long way to lighting that spark in a child’s imagination for cooking, baking, or even becoming a professional chef.”

Forgey dedicated the event to Judy Lute, a long-time school chef at Columbia Elementary School who passed away during the school year. “I am determined to live up to the standard she had to provide excellent food service to our kids,” explained Forgey. “We always try to go ‘over-the-top’ in our cafeteria to entertain our kids and give them a place to blow off steam, particularly in these trying times.”

Learn more about how Woodland Public Schools educates our students and serves the community by visiting our dedicated news webpage at www.woodlandschools.org/news/wsd 

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Oregon OSHA adopting 2 emergency rules protecting workers against wildfire smoke and occupants of employer-provided housing against heat dangers (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/02/21 4:14 PM
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Salem – Moving to increase protections for workers against the effects of climate change, Oregon OSHA is adopting two new and distinct emergency rules. One puts protections in place against the hazards of wildfire smoke. Another establishes safeguards against high heat in  employer-provided housing. 

The wildfire smoke rule encompasses a variety of exposure controls, training and information, and other measures. The heat rule applies to occupants of housing provided by employers. It requires access to cooling areas and other steps to minimize dangerous heat in housing units.

Both rules take effect Aug. 9 and remain in effect for 180 days. The rules reflect those provisions Oregon OSHA believes can be put in place immediately and are based largely on input from labor and employer stakeholders.

“These rules underscore our ongoing work to bolster Oregon’s ability to protect workers from extraordinary hazards that have been exacerbated by climate change,” said Andrew Stolfi, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which includes Oregon OSHA. “Wildfire smoke and extreme heat continue to pose threats to our communities. Those threats are not going away. And that is why we must act.”

“These latest measures reflect our long-standing mission of advancing protections for all Oregon workers,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “That mission is even more important now in light of the unprecedented challenges to worker safety.”

“We believe these rules provide better safeguards for workers,” Wood added, “and create greater clarity for employers as they move forward.”

The two temporary rules follow Oregon OSHA’s July 8 adoption of emergency requirements to prevent heat illness in outdoor and indoor workplaces. In addition to its enforcement tools, Oregon OSHA offers employers free consultations and expert advice to help comply with the requirements. Meanwhile, the division continues to develop a permanent wildfire smoke rule with an eye toward adoption this fall. Also, it is working on permanent protections involving housing provided by  employers.

Workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. That includes the right to raise concerns free from retaliation and to file a complaint with Oregon OSHA. Oregon OSHA encourages a careful reading of the temporary rule providing  protection from wildfire smoke – which includes protective measures for employer-provided housing – and of the temporary rule addressing high heat in employer-provided housing.  The following are summaries of each rule’s provisions:

Protection from wildfire smoke  

The wildfire smoke rule applies to employers whose employees are – or will be – exposed to wildfire smoke where the ambient air concentration for fine particulate matter (also known as PM2.5) is at or above an Air Quality Index (AQI) 101, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include people with lung and heart problems; children younger than 18 and adults older than 65; pregnant women; and people with diabetes.

Workplaces and operations that are exempt from the rule include enclosed buildings in which the air is filtered by a mechanical ventilation system and enclosed vehicles in which the air is filtered by a cabin air filter. In both cases, doors and windows must be closed, except when it is necessary to enter or leave.

Information and training

 

  • Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, employers must ensure workers who may be exposed to AQI 101 have been trained in a manner and language they understand.
  • Such training must include the following topics: 
    • The potential health effects of wildfire smoke, including increased risk of health effects to sensitive groups 
    • The symptoms of exposure, including burning sensations in the eyes; runny nose, sore throat, cough, and difficulty breathing; and fatigue, headache, and chest pain
    • How employees can get the current and forecasted AQI level
    • How to operate and interpret any air quality monitoring device provided by the employer
    • The employer’s methods to protect workers from wildfire smoke
    • Emergency response procedures
    • The employee’s right to report health issues and obtain medical treatment without fear of retaliation
    • Two-way communication system for wildfire smoke hazards
    • The importance, limitations, and benefits of using filtering facepiece respirators when provided by the employer, and how to properly put them on

 

Communication system

 

  • Before workers are exposed to an AQI 101, employers must develop and implement a system to communicate wildfire smoke hazards, including:
    • Notifying employees when the worksite’s ambient air concentration is at or above AQI 101
    • Giving notification when ambient air concentration is at or above an AQI 201, which involves very unhealthy  air quality with the risk of health effects increased for everyone.
    • Notifying employees when the ambient air concentration is at or above an AQI 500. 
    • Notifying employees when the ambient air concentration drops below levels requiring protective measures.

 

Exposure controls

 

  • Whenever feasible, employers must use engineering or administrative controls to reduce employee exposure to less than AQI 201. Engineering controls include enclosed buildings or vehicles where the air can be adequately filtered. Administrative controls include relocating work to another outdoor location with better air quality or changing work schedules.
  • Whenever employee exposure exceeds AQI 201, even after the use of engineering or administrative controls – or both – employers must ensure workers wear filtering facepiece respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Such respirators include what is commonly known as an N95.
  • Whenever employee exposure exceeds an AQI 101, employers must maintain an adequate supply of NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators that effectively protect wearers. Such respirators must be provided at no cost and be readily available for voluntary use to all exposed workers at their request.
  • For the 2021 season, KN95s previously approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization can be substituted for NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators for exposures below an AQI 499.  For exposures at AQI 500 and above,  NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators must be used. 

Meanwhile, Oregon OSHA is coordinating with several partners on the distribution of respirators. That coordination includes working with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Home Builders Association, the Associated General Contractors Oregon Columbia Chapter, and Hoffman Construction.

Employer-provided housing heat rule

  • Cooling areas. If rooms where people sleep are not able to maintain an indoor temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit or less, then employers must provide an area for occupants to cool off whenever the heat index outside the housing is at or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooling areas – large enough to accommodate at least 50 percent of the occupants at any one time – can use a combination of these two approaches but employers are encouraged to provide at least some of the required space indoors:
    • Giving occupants continual access to one or more common rooms maintain at or below 78 degrees Fahrenheit (using air conditioners, evaporative coolers, air purifiers with coolers, or other reliable means).
    • Giving occupants continual access to outdoor rest areas, away from work areas or activities that could cause a hazard. Rest areas must be shaded; provide water misters, cooling vests, or equally effective means of relief; and provide adequate seating. 
  • Minimizing heat in housing units. If rooms where people sleep are not able to maintain an indoor temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit or less, employers must take steps, including:
    • Maximizing the ability to keep housing cool by ensuring windows can be protected from direct sunlight during all hours of the day – through the use of artificial or natural shade – including coverings to deflect radiant heat from  the sun
    • Making fans available at no cost for any occupants who want to use them
  • Temperature awareness. Employers must provide a thermometer that displays the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius in each housing unit.
  • In addition to training for employees and supervisors about the dangers of heat illness, employers must display the “Heat Risks in Housing” poster provided by Oregon OSHA so occupants can see it. The poster is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Access to emergency services. Employers must ensure occupants have access to a working telephone to contact emergency services.

Consultation, technical advice, educational and other resources

Oregon OSHA offers free resources – involving no citations, no penalties, and no fault – to help employers comply with workplace health and safety requirements. They include:

Consultation services – Provides free help with safety and health programs, including how to control and eliminate hazards, and hands-on training

Technical staff – Helps employers understand requirements and how to apply them to their worksites

Also, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which includes Oregon OSHA, maintains the Multicultural Communications Program that provides outreach to communities with limited English proficiency. That outreach encompasses information about on-the-job safety and health. The program includes a toll-free phone number for Spanish-speaking Oregonians: 800-843-8086.

Oregon OSHA encourages workers to learn about their rights to raise safety concerns and to protect against retaliation.

The division offers a how-to video on the proper care and use of N95 respirators in Spanish and English. Other resources include:

 

 

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit Oregon OSHA.  

 

 

 




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Advance Directive Adoption Committee meets Aug. 5
Oregon Health Authority - 08/02/21 3:47 PM

August 2, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Advance Directive Adoption Committee meets Aug. 5

What: The Advance Directive Adoption Committee will hold a meeting.

Agenda: Discuss implementation of SB 199 and update Advance Directive User’s Guide.

When: Thursday, Aug. 5, from 2:30-4:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Conference call: +1 971-277-2343; Conference ID: 128 040 470# 

Background: The Advance Directive Adoption Committee provides guidance to the Oregon Health Authority on necessary revisions to Oregon’s Advance Directive form. 

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•          Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•          Written materials in other languages

•          Braille

•          Large print

•          Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Street Preservation Projects Underway in the City of Battle Ground
City of Battle Ground - 08/02/21 3:10 PM

Battle Ground, Wash. -  Crews have begun work on this year’s Street Preservation Program. Approximately $900,000 is being invested in 2021 to improve pavement conditions in neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Six locations are scheduled for Mill & Fill projects where road surfaces will be completely replaced.  Crews will come in and remove the existing surface layer, curb to curb, and replace it with a new layer of asphalt.   

Curb ramps at locations within Mill & Fill project areas will be upgraded to current standards under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to improve accessibility and mobility for all. Federal requirements mandate that curb ramps be upgraded to current ADA-compliant standards along streets receiving treatments that are considered an alteration, such as with a Mill and Fill project.

Four roadways are scheduled for hot asphalt repair where sections of roadway have developed deep potholes and crumbling asphalt.  Crews will dig out damaged areas to a depth of about one foot before filling and sealing the areas with hot asphalt.  This process will help preserve the road until funding is available for a more permanent fix on the entire length of the roadway.   

Crews are crack sealing - applying asphalt rubber into cracks – on about 10 miles of roadway throughout the city.  Doing so prevents damaging water intrusion and prepares these roadways for a curb to curb slurry seal in 2022.  

The city’s multi-year Street Preservation Program guides work and maximizes cost effectiveness.

“We’re planning for today and tomorrow,” said Mayor Adrian Cortes, “Our street projects focus on sustainable improvements and an ongoing commitment to efficient use of public resources.”

Completing this year’s work will be 18 miles of fog and center line striping on neighborhood and major collectors as well as arterial roadways throughout the city. 

More information about this year’s street preservation projects, including project locations, is available online at www.cityofbg.org/443/Street-Preservation-Program


Detours Expected Near Riverfront Park Entrance
City of Salem - 08/02/21 3:00 PM

Portland & Western Pacific Railroad is scheduled to perform track repairs on Union Street at the entrance to Riverfront Park. The work will impact drivers and park patrons starting August 6 at 7 a.m. to August 10 until noon. 

Union Street and the Riverfront Park entrance will be closed between Front Street NE and the alleyway to the west. Vehicles traveling southbound on Front Street should watch for crews working in the area and expect some congestion and/or delays.

Riverfront Park and its attractions including Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, Gilbert Carousel, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, and the Union Street Railroad Bridge remain open during the road closure and accessible via detour routes. Enter the park using the Division Street NE alleyway west of the Front Street NE bypass and continue south towards Water Street SE.

If you have more questions about this project or specific concerns with traffic control or safety, please contact adkins@cityofsalem.net">Ron Adkins, City of Salem Public Works Department.


CCC announces vacancy on Board of Education
Clackamas Comm. College - 08/02/21 2:55 PM

OREGON CITY – The Clackamas Community College Board of Education passed a declaration of board vacancy during its July 28 regular meeting. The vacancy is in Zone 3, which covers Gladstone and was previously filled by Dave Hunt, who resigned from the position on July 15.

Clackamas Community College is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Members, elected to four-year terms, represent each of the seven zones in the CCC College Service District. The board oversees the development of programs and services, and the adoption of policies and budget to meet the needs of the college district. The board generally meets the third Wednesday of the month.

Applications for the vacant position are being accepted until 5 p.m., Oct. 1. The new board member will take office upon appointment by the board and serve until June 30, 2023. The appointed board member may run to fill the remaining two-years of the term in the May 2023 election.

Applicants must be registered voters residing within Clackamas Community College Zone 3 boundaries and not an officer or employee of the college. The zone boundary map can be found here: https://www.clackamas.edu/docs/default-source/about-us/leadership/ccc-district-map.pdf?sfvrsn=818968_6.

For more information about the position and to apply, visit www.clackamas.edu/board-of-education. For questions, contact Denice Bailey at 503-594-3012 or ailey@clackamas.edu">denice.bailey@clackamas.edu. 

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Oregon reports 2,056 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 08/02/21 2:42 PM

August 2, 2021

Oregon reports 2,056 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are five new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,863, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 2,056new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 221,799.

The 2,056 cases reported today include new infections recorded by counties for the 3-day period between Friday, July 30th and Sunday, Aug.1st. 

Final statewide incentive drawing winners announced

Here are the final statewide winners in the Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive drawings. This list includes the 36 individual county winners of the $10,000 prize and the four statewide Travel Oregon incentive drawings. The Oregon Health Authority congratulates the winners and thanks all Oregonians who’ve chosen to protect themselves and the people around them from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. 

 

Baker  Cellila Martinez 
Benton Mary Downes 
Clackamas  Nan Olson 
Clatsop Scott Jagger 
Columbia Bradley Melville 
Coos Edgar Moon 
Crook  Brent Tenpas 
Curry Joseph Nilles Jr. 
Deschutes Claire Goffinet 
Douglas Eric Turner 
Gilliam Robert Selby 
Grant  Patricia Amling 
Harney Kelsi Swingle 
Hood River Sarah Ownby 
Jackson Sandra Reeves 
Jefferson Wayne Schultz 
Josephine Kathryn Hedrick 
Klamath Logan Patzke 
Lake Sherry Cleland 
Lane Corazon Rios 
Lincoln  Jessica Escamilla 
Linn Karen Irene Sellers 
Malheur Kristin Carfi 
Marion  Ana Briseño 
Morrow  Brian Horneck 
Multnomah  Jane Rabe 
Polk  Carol Stone 
Sherman  Roberta Aldrich 
Tillamook  Robert Jeffers 
Umatilla Araceli Muniz 
Union James Tilley 
Wallowa  Lynn Steiger 
Wasco  Terrence Shown 
Washington Lyn Combs 
Wheeler Susan Spier 
Yamhill  Kimberley Miller 
Travel Oregon Statewide Prizes  Winners 
Willamette Valley Region Elizabeth Raisman 
Eastern Oregon Jetty Swart 
Central Oregon Mitch Evans 
Portland Region Alexandria Swanger 

 

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 2,857 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,080 doses were administered on Aug. 1 and 777 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Aug. 1.

The seven-day running average is now 4,938 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,666,579 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,787,728 first and second doses of Moderna and 182,009 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,495,082 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,314,786 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,024,045 doses of Pfizer, 2,302,340 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

 COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 340, which is 15 more than yesterday. There are 102 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (9), Benton (34), Clackamas (183), Clatsop (39), Columbia (21), Coos (23), Crook (11), Curry (33), Deschutes (105), Douglas (123), Harney (2), Hood River (13), Jackson (132), Jefferson (24), Josephine (116), Klamath (6), Lane (305), Lincoln (17), Linn (100), Malheur (8), Marion (85), Morrow (9), Multnomah (320), Polk (21), Tillamook (15), Umatilla (112), Union (41), Wallowa (1), Wasco (23), Washington (87), Wheeler (1), Yamhill (37). 

Oregon reports 1,055 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Friday, July 30: 549 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Saturday, July 31: and 452 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Aug.1.

Oregon’s 2,859th COVID-19 death is a 59-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on July 28 and died on July 29 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,860th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 21 and died on July 29 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,861st COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on July 19 and died on July 30 at Mercy Medical. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,862nd COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man from Clackamas County who became symptomatic on July 22 and died on July 29. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,863rd COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman from Baker County who tested positive on July 8 and died on July 29 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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WorkSource Centers Open for In-Person Assistance; Refreshed WorkSource Oregon Website Launched
Oregon Employment Department - 08/02/21 2:24 PM

Aug. 2, 2021 (SALEM, ORE.)— Today the Oregon Employment Department, in partnership with WorkSource Oregon, launched two efforts to support Oregon’s economic recovery.

  • Thirty-five WorkSource Oregon centers reopened for in-person services since closing April 7, 2020 due to the pandemic, and
  • A refreshed WorkSource Oregon website was launched in English and Spanish. Google Translate is available on the website and nine additional languages will be added over the coming weeks.

“WorkSource Oregon helps people find jobs and businesses find talent and the reopening of local WorkSource Oregon centers is a major milestone in Oregon’s recovery from the pandemic. We are very happy to be open again and helping customers find work and explore their career options in person. The refreshed website will showcase the range of personalized, high-quality employment and training services that our skilled WorkSource staff can offer to job seekers and employers,” said Jim Pfarrer, director of Workforce Operations for the Oregon Employment Department.

To ensure the safety of our employees and visitors and prevent further spread of COVID-19, masks must be worn by all employees and customers.

For individuals interested in in-person help, center operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. To reduce wait times, Oregonians are encouraged to first call their local WorkSource Oregon center and make an appointment for in-person services.

People also may continue seeking WorkSource Oregon job assistance virtually and by phone. All services are available to users at no cost because they are paid for by state and federal revenue

Services provided in these centers include:
●   Workforce development programs
●   One-on-one help from an employment specialist
●   Job matching
●   Workshops on resume writing, interviewing and other skill-building activities
●   Hiring events
●   Public computers
●   SNAP Training and Employment Program (STEP)
●   On-the-job training
●   Veterans Services

"We are thrilled to be welcoming Oregonians back into our WorkSource centers," said Karen Madden Humelbaugh, director of the Office of Workforce Investments at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission Office. "When you make an appointment and come into one of our locations, you can expect to be welcomed by a staff member and receive one-on-one service. We will listen to your needs and connect you to trainings, workshops, employers--whatever makes the most sense for you and your career goals.”

It is important for Oregonians to know that the look and feel of WorkSource Oregon has changed, meaning the logo and materials may look different. For people concerned about fraud, communications with this new logo are safe, as long as they come from the Employment Department or a WorkSource Oregon office. The website URL, worksourceoregon.org, also remains the same. 

The WorkSource Oregon centers’ reopening and website refresh dovetails with changes to work search requirements. As of the week of July 25-31, 2021, all people receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are required to report work search activity when they file a weekly claim. In addition, people receiving regular UI and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) must register through iMatchSkills and complete their Job Seeker profile. 
Two other work search requirements--being able and available for work-- are being phased in through Sept. 1, 2021. The Employment Department is closely monitoring how the ongoing pandemic may impact peoples’ ability to meet these requirements. 

Oregon has nine Local Workforce Areas that support locally-driven decisions and programs. WorkSource Oregon’s integrated one-stop service delivery provides a flexible, unified workforce education and training system that consistently exceeds customer expectations. Vocational rehabilitation and on the job training services are available.

For more information, visit WorkSourceOregon.org or a WorkSource partner.




Attached Media Files: 2021-08/930/147282/WSO_opening_-_Website_Refresh_press_release_FINAL.pdf

Centros WorkSource abiertos para asistencia en persona; Lanzamiento del sitio web actualizado de WorkSource Oregon
Oregon Employment Department - 08/02/21 2:24 PM

2 de agosto de 2021 (SALEM, ORE.)— Hoy, el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon, en asociación con WorkSource Oregon, lanzó dos esfuerzos para apoyar la recuperación económica de Oregon.

  • Treinta y cinco centros de WorkSource Oregon han reabierto para servicios en persona desde el cierre del 7 de abril de 2020 debido a la pandemia, y
  • Se lanzó un sitio web actualizado de WorkSource Oregon en inglés y español. Google Translate está disponible en el sitio web y se agregarán nueve idiomas adicionales en las próximas semanas.

“WorkSource Oregon ayuda a las personas a encontrar trabajo y a las empresas a encontrar talento, y la reapertura de los centros locales de WorkSource Oregon es un hito importante en la recuperación de Oregon de la pandemia. Estamos muy contentos de estar abiertos nuevamente y ayudar a los clientes a encontrar trabajo y explorar sus opciones profesionales en persona. El sitio web actualizado mostrará la gama de servicios de capacitación y empleo personalizados y de alta calidad que nuestro personal calificado de WorkSource puede ofrecerle a quienes buscan empleo y a los empleadores”, dijo Jim Pfarrer, director de Operaciones de la Fuerza Laboral del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon.

Para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros empleados y visitantes y evitar una mayor propagación de COVID-19, todos los empleados y clientes deben usar cubre bocas.

Para las personas interesadas en la ayuda en persona, el horario de atención del centro es de 8:30 a. m. a 5 p. m., de lunes a viernes. Para reducir los tiempos de espera, se recomienda a los residentes de Oregon a que primero llamen a su centro local de WorkSource Oregon y hagan una cita para recibir servicios en persona.

Las personas también pueden continuar buscando asistencia laboral de WorkSource Oregon de manera virtual y por teléfono. Todos los servicios están disponibles para los usuarios sin costo alguno porque los pagan los ingresos estatales y federales.

Los servicios prestados en estos centros incluyen:
• Programas de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral
• Ayuda personalizada de un especialista en empleo.
• Encontrar trabajos
• Talleres sobre redacción de currículums, entrevistas y otras actividades de desarrollo  de habilidades.
• Eventos de contratación
• Computadoras públicas
• Programa de capacitación y empleo SNAP (STEP)
• Capacitación en el trabajo
• Servicios para veteranos

"Nos encanta recibir nuevamente a los habitantes de Oregón a nuestros centros WorkSource", dijo Karen Madden Humelbaugh, directora de la Oficina de Inversiones en la Fuerza Laboral en la Oficina de la Comisión Coordinadora de Educación Superior. "Cuando programe una cita y venga a una de nuestras ubicaciones, usted puede esperar ser recibido(a) por un miembro del personal y recibir un servicio personalizado. Escucharemos sus necesidades y le conectaremos con capacitaciones, talleres, empresas ... lo que tenga más sentido para usted y sus metas profesionales". 

Es importante que los residentes de Oregon sepan que la apariencia de WorkSource Oregon ha cambiado, lo que significa que el logotipo y los materiales pueden verse diferentes. Para las personas preocupadas por el fraude, las comunicaciones con este nuevo logotipo son seguras, siempre que provengan del Departamento de Empleo o de una oficina de WorkSource Oregon. La URL del sitio web, es.worksourceoregon.org, también sigue siendo el mismo. 

La reapertura de los centros WorkSource Oregon y la actualización del sitio web encajan con los cambios en los requisitos de búsqueda de trabajo. A partir de la semana del 25 al 31 de julio de 2021, todas las personas que reciben beneficios de desempleo deben informar la actividad de búsqueda de trabajo cuando presenten un reclamo semanal. Además, las personas que reciben el desempleo regular y la Compensación de Desempleo de Emergencia por la Pandemia (PEUC) deben registrarse a través de iMatchSkills y completar su perfil de solicitante de empleo. 

Otros dos requisitos de búsqueda de trabajo-- poder trabajar y estar disponible para trabajar, se están implementando gradualmente hasta el 1 de septiembre de 2021. El Departamento de Empleo está monitoreando de cerca cómo la pandemia puede afectar la capacidad de las personas para cumplir con estos requisitos. 

Oregon tiene nueve áreas de Workforce (Fuerza Laboral) Locales que apoyan las decisiones y los programas impulsados localmente. La prestación integral de servicios integrados de WorkSource Oregon proporciona un sistema de formación y educación de la fuerza laboral unificado y flexible que supera constantemente las expectativas del cliente. Se encuentran disponibles servicios de rehabilitación vocacional y capacitación en el trabajo.

Para mayor información visite es.worksourceoregon.org o un socio de WorkSource.
 

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WorkSource Oregon es una agencia/ programa que respeta la igualdad de oportunidades y provee empleo y servicios al público sin discriminar en base a raza, color, religión, sexo (incluyendo embarazo, parto, y condiciones médicas relacionadas, estereotipos sexuales, estado de transgénero, e identidad de género), orientación sexual, nacionalidad (incluyendo dominio limitado del inglés), edad, discapacidad, afiliación o creencia política, estado de ciudadanía,  estado civil o participación en cualquier programa o actividad que recibe asistencia financiera de WIOA Title I. WorkSource Oregon también provee empleo sin discriminar en base a estado de veterano o estado de víctima de violencia doméstica, abuso sexual, intimidación o acoso. Disponemos de los siguientes servicios a pedido y sin costo: Servicios o ayudas auxiliares, formatos alternos para personas con discapacidades y asistencia de idiomas para las personas con conocimiento limitado del inglés.  Para solicitar dichos servicios, contáctese con u centro local de WorkSource Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 2021-08/930/147284/WSO_opening_-_Website_Refresh_press_release_FINAL_SP.pdf

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - August 6, 2021
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 08/02/21 1:25 PM

August 2, 2021

The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held electronically due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. Please register for access link.

 

Webinar Meeting Only

Public register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8w0JnFqlReaMDA7P6D3FdQ

 

AGENDA:

9:00: Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call 

9:05: Public Comment

9:15: Homeownership Division (pg. 01)

Emese Perfecto, Director, Homeownership

  • Oregon Bond Loan Approvals: Kim Freeman, Single Family Program Manager
  • Housing Assistance Fund (HAF): Ryan Vanden-Brink, Operations Policy Analyst

10:00: Affordable Rental Housing Division (pg. 49)

Julie Cody, Director, Affordable Rental Housing

  • MF Housing Transactions:
  1. St. Helens Affordable Housing: Brad Lawrence, Production Analyst & Casey Baumann, Production Manager  
  2. 53rd Flats: Tai Dunson-Strane, Production Analyst & Casey Baumann, Production Manager
  3. Ontario Affordable Housing: Andrea Matthiessen, Senior HOME Program Analyst & Casey Baumann, Production Manager
  • LIFT Multifamily Supplemental Funding Reservations: Becky Isom, Senior LIFT Program Analyst
  •  Funding Gap Approval Delegation of Authority: Roberto Franco, Assistant Director of Development Resources & Production

11:15: Break

11:30: Housing Stabilization Division (pg.82)

Andrea Bell, Director, Housing Stabilization

  • ERA Update:  Andrea Bell, Director of Housing Stabilization, Laura Lien, Assistant Director of Homeless Services, Sam Kenney, Senior Operations & Policy Analyst, Lauren Dressen, Rental Assistance Program Coordinator

12:00: Wildfire Update (pg. 87)

 

  • Wildfire Recovery Funding and Programs: Julie Cody, Director, Affordable Rental Housing

12:30: Report of the Director (pg. 96)

  • Quarterly SWHP update:  Sup Thanasombat, Senior Policy Advisor

12:50: Report of the Chair

1:00: Meeting Adjourned

Please click here to access the meeting materials packet.

 

 




Attached Media Files: 2021-07/1810/147240/2021-AUG-06-HSC-Meeting-Agenda.pdf

Allocation of NEA American Rescue Plan Act funds announced: Arts Commission to augment operating support programs and partner with Oregon Folklife Network to fund new works by folk and traditional artists (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/02/21 1:16 PM
Portland Opera's 2020/21 Resident Artists (l to r) Michael Parham, Lynnesha Crump, David Morgans Sanchez, Edwin Jhamal Davis and Jasmine Johnson. The Resident Arts will perform during Opera a la Cart community performances in this month. Photo by Gia Good
Portland Opera's 2020/21 Resident Artists (l to r) Michael Parham, Lynnesha Crump, David Morgans Sanchez, Edwin Jhamal Davis and Jasmine Johnson. The Resident Arts will perform during Opera a la Cart community performances in this month. Photo by Gia Good
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Salem, Oregon – Eighty percent, or $655,500, of the $805,000 allocated to the Oregon Arts Commission through National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to increase FY2021 operating support grant awards for Oregon arts organizations of all budget sizes across the state, the Arts Commission announced today. The remaining $150,000 will augment an existing partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network to support the creation of new work by folk and traditional artists and cover program coordination costs.

“Unrestricted operating support is what arts organizations need most right now, to help them rebuild,” said Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers, “We have hosted a number of listening sessions with arts organizations in recent weeks and that is the constant theme. We are grateful to the NEA for enabling us to allocate the funds in the way that is most meaningful to the statewide arts community.”

Two Arts Commission programs provide operating support; the Operating Support Program, for organizations with budgets over $150,000; and Small Operating Support, for organizations with budgets under $150,000. Operating Support grant awards will increase by a total of $558,500, with ARPA awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on an organization’s fiscal size. Small Operating grant awards will increase by $97,000 – potentially allowing the individual grant awards to small arts organizations to double in size. 

The Folk and Traditional Arts Recovery Program, to be administered by the Oregon Folklife Network, will provide stipends of $5,000 artists for the creation of new work to 15 Oregon folk and traditional artists who use a range of art forms to represent and express Oregon’s diverse ethnic, sacred, occupational and regional cultural arts. Application details will be announced soon. 

“Our folk and traditional artists are critical keepers of our cultures,” said Rogers. “We recognized they had not yet been a focus of our relief funding programs and so enlisted the support of our partners at the Oregon Folklife Network to develop this initiative.”

Rogers added that he and other members of the Arts Commission team continue conversations with other funders to explore additional recovery funding for individual artists from all disciplines. 

                

Oregon Arts Commission

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 grantmaking, 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.

 

Oregon Folklife Network

The Oregon Folklife Network is the state of Oregon’s folk and traditional arts program. Administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, OFN comprises a network of partners working to document, support, preserve, and celebrate the diversity of Oregon’s living cultural heritage. 

 

 

 

 




Attached Media Files: Portland Opera's 2020/21 Resident Artists (l to r) Michael Parham, Lynnesha Crump, David Morgans Sanchez, Edwin Jhamal Davis and Jasmine Johnson. The Resident Arts will perform during Opera a la Cart community performances in this month. Photo by Gia Good , Sandy, Oregon-based Zapotec weaver Francisco Bautista describes his traditional and contemporary textiles at a July 2021 Oregon Folklife Network event. , A pottery class at the Coquille Valley Art Association, which receives Small Operating Grants from the Arts Commission.

Oregonians Urged to Sign Up for SOLVE's Statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, September 25
SOLVE - 08/02/21 12:40 PM

For Immediate Release

 

Oregonians Urged to Sign Up for SOLVE’s Statewide 

Beach & Riverside Cleanup, September 25

 

Downloadable image file: Volunteers pose in front of a filled dumpster in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District.

Downloadable image file: Two volunteers haul marine debris and old fishing rope from D-River.

 

Portland, Ore., August 2nd, 2021 – Come together with thousands of Oregonians on Saturday, September 25, for SOLVE’s Beach & Riverside Cleanup, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery. Volunteer registration is now live and all Oregonians, from Astoria to Brookings, Pendleton to Sunriver, are encouraged to sign up for this statewide cleanup event. 

For nearly four decades SOLVE has hosted the annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup. With the support of SOLVE, community leaders and partner organizations host restoration events, urban litter cleanup projects, and beach cleanups. Each volunteer project is aimed at caring for one of Oregon’s most precious resources, our water, from source to sea.

Increasingly, Oregonians are sounding the alarm to protect our freshwater. As more people become aware of the Western States drought crisis, more people want to step up and help where they can.

Removing invasive plant species, nurturing native plants, and collecting litter are all easy ways volunteers can create a huge positive impact on Oregon’s water quality.

Each piece of litter collected removes the possibility of it entering a nearby river, waterway, or storm drain, where it can eventually make its way to the sea and contribute to our global marine debris crisis. Invasive plant species crowd out native plants and typically have shallow roots, leading to increased erosion and poor water filtration. 

“Just as SOLVE has done for decades, the Oregon Lottery values Oregon’s diverse communities and our natural environment,” says Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “By partnering with SOLVE for the Beach & Riverside Cleanup, we are able to give back to both. And as we like to say, ‘Together, we do good things.’”

Interested community members are encouraged to visit solveoregon.org to see a list of volunteer projects and sign up. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided. The Beach & Riverside Cleanup is a great way to bond with family members, coworkers, and neighbors, all while collectively giving back to some of Oregon’s most beautiful places. Join the action today at solveoregon.org.

About SOLVE
SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information. 

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Contact Info:
Larissa Gordon, SOLVE | 860-942-9108 | issa@solveoregon.org">larissa@solveoregon.org

 

 

 

 


"One Pill Can Kill" Campaign Week Four: Overcoming Addiction and Resources to Combat Fentanyl (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 12:00 PM
One Pill Can Kill Graphic
One Pill Can Kill Graphic
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As we conclude the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign, the Sheriff's Office features personal testimony from someone who has fought addiction, a School Resource Officer's (SRO) insight related to Fentanyl and youth, and what we as a community can do to help address issues surrounding Fentanyl. 

First, we hear from Crystal Long, who shares her experience of using drugs, such as Fentanyl, and overcoming addiction, including what advice she has for those facing similar struggles. 

Next, one of our SROs shares concerns about students getting a hold of illicit drugs and how they are working with school staff to better understand the dangers of Fentanyl. 

Combatting this growing Fentanyl threat requires community awareness and engagement at every level. A commitment we can each make is to check in with our loved ones and with one another.

  • First, make sure that youth know not to take any prescription medication that has not been prescribed to them.
  • If you have concerns about a loved one's drug use, talk with them – share your concerns.
  • While these topics aren't always easy, one conversation could save someone's life.

Below are some additional resources that can offer further support:

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of our community partners who have helped contribute to this campaign.

For more information and additional resources, please visit: bit.ly/WCSO_OnePillCanKill

Crystal's Story: A Journey from Addiction to Recovery - 

School Resource Officer Q+A on Fentanyl - 

 




Attached Media Files: PDF Version , One Pill Can Kill Graphic

Emergency Rental Assistance Available for Marion County Residents
Marion County - 08/02/21 11:53 AM

Emergency rental assistance is now available for Marion County households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marion County Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households with their past due rent and utilities. The program covers up to 12 months of past due rent and utilities and may pay up to three months of forward rent at a time, not to exceed a total of 18 months of assistance. Past due rent must be paid before future rent coverage is eligible. Utility costs include electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, and bulk fuels. 

Community members may apply online at www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance or by calling the customer service line toll free 1-833-227-5161. 

Eligible landlords who participate in the Emergency Rental Assistance program can get reimbursed for 100 percent of an eligible tenant’s unpaid rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months.

Eligible tenants can apply for 100 percent of the past due rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months, which will be paid directly to their landlord. Eligible tenants can receive prospective (future) rental assistance equal to 100 percent of their monthly rent for up to three months at a time. Eligible tenants may also receive assistance for unpaid utility bills accumulated from April 1, 2020, to present. Unpaid utility bills will be paid directly to the utility company.

Federal eligibility requirements include renters whose primary household is in Marion County and are behind on their rent; one or more members of the household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities; and an annual household income below 80 percent of the Area Median Income for the household size. 

In addition to federal eligibility requirements, Marion County has prioritized the following households:

  • Families with children (at least one adult and one child)
  • Seniors (age 58 years or older)
  • Households affected by the 2020 Santiam Canyon wildfires
  • Households referred by Marion County department programs

The federal Emergency Rental Assistance program is authorized through September 2025. Marion County anticipates participating in the program as long as funding is available. For more information or to apply for assistance, visit www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance.


About 50 fires from Sunday's thunderstorms are reported in ODF's SW Oregon District (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/21 11:51 AM
Firefighters have been kept busy fighting wildfires in Jackson and Josephine count after hundreds of lightning strikes occurred there Sunday.
Firefighters have been kept busy fighting wildfires in Jackson and Josephine count after hundreds of lightning strikes occurred there Sunday.
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JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (August 2, 2021) – An estimated 50 fires have been reported following thunderstorms that passed though the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters, dispatchers and detection specialists worked through the night to locate and extinguish fires. Approximately 50 fires were reported from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning; of those, 35 fires were confirmed as active. Of those 35, 20 have been put out, and 15 are in various stages of response; the majority are 100% lined and are currently in mop-up operations. 

Private contract resources have been brought on to bolster firefighters, tree fallers and water tenders on active fires. This will also free up our district resources to respond to new fire starts as they are discovered throughout the day. 

On the Medford unit, the two largest fires are both estimated to be 3.5 acres each. The North Fork Anderson Creek Fire, located on Anderson Butte outside of Talent is 100% lined and 5% contained. The Buck Rock Fire, located 5 miles north of Trail, is 30% lined and 5% contained. On the Grants Pass unit, the largest fire our resources responded to is the Bear Camp Road Fire; it’s estimated to be 4-5 acres. This fire is burning on U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest land, however, ODF responded as mutual aid due to close proximity to our protected area. The second largest incident in Josephine County is the Placer Road Fire located southwest of King Mountain at 1.5 acres. It is 100% 

lined and mopped up at this time. In the same area, the Oxyoke Fire near Hugo was extinguished as well; it was caught by ODF and Rural Metro Fire resources overnight at just over half an acre. This is the only fire that was burning near homes. 

At this time, there are currently no homes threatened, despite the large amount of fires burning on the landscape. A reconnaissance flight was sent out at 8:30 a.m. to fly over current incidents and look for new reports of smoke; new fires will likely emerge throughout the day as temperatures heat up. Residents in areas where lightning struck should report any smoke by calling 9-1-1. 

Fire season updates are available online on our website, www.swofire.com,  our Facebook page, @ODFSouthwest and our Twitter account, @swofire




Attached Media Files: Firefighters have been kept busy fighting wildfires in Jackson and Josephine count after hundreds of lightning strikes occurred there Sunday.

Man Arrested After Cutting Woman, Ramming Officer (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/02/21 9:28 AM
Booking Photo
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On Monday, July 19, 2021, at 10:08 a.m., a Hillsboro Police officer was dispatched to a harassment call near the 1200 block of NE 51st Avenue in Hillsboro. A woman called to report that her former partner 31-year-old David Hernandez Sarmiento, would not cease contacting her by telephone. A Hillsboro police officer responded to her complaint and attempted to communicate with Sarmiento via phone with the intent of putting Sarmiento on notice to cease contact with the woman. 

At 1:37 p.m., multiple Hillsboro Police officers were dispatched to a disturbance at the same residence. Multiple people called 911 to report hearing yelling and gunfire and that a man was armed with a knife and a bat. There was also information that the man had just stabbed someone. While officers were responding, witnesses reported that the suspect had left in a red Toyota RAV4. As the first responding officer arrived in the area, the RAV4 accelerated toward the officer’s patrol car and hit it head-on. 

The driver of the RAV4, Sarmiento, was taken into custody without incident. As he was being detained, officers discovered that Sarmiento had a gunshot wound. Sarmiento was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Sarmiento and the woman had previously been in a relationship, which had recently ended. They additionally learned that Sarmiento had arrived at the victim’s residence that day and began damaging her vehicle with a knife and a baseball bat. When the victim came out of her residence, Sarmiento proceeded to cut her arm with a machete. The woman’s adult son retrieved a firearm and shot Sarmiento, and Sarmiento fled in the RAV4. The woman was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officer Scott Hanley, a 21-year veteran, sustained injuries from the head-on crash with Sarmiento. He was treated at a local hospital and is recovering at home. Sarmiento was released from the hospital on Saturday, July 24, and was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was lodged on multiple charges.

On July 30, 2021, Sarmiento was arraigned on an indictment in a Washington County courtroom on several charges related to the disturbance with the female victim and the vehicle crash where Officer Scott Hanley was injured. The following is a list of the charges Sarmiento was arraigned on:

  • Attempted murder in the second degree
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Unlawful use of a weapon (four counts)
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree (two counts)
  • Stalking
  • Assault in the second degree
  • Assaulting a Public Safety Officer
  • Reckless endangering another person
  • Reckless driving 
  • Assault in the fourth degree

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation related to the vehicle crash involving Officer Hanley, and Hillsboro Police Department is leading the investigation of the disturbance between Sarmiento and the female victim.




Attached Media Files: PDF Media Release , Booking Photo

PPB Seeks Public Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/21 9:16 AM
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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 its Directives and seeks public comment.

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


2nd Universal Review: 8/2/2021 – 8/31/2021

• Directive 0215.00, Member Performance Evaluations
• Directive 0220.40, Lawsuits and Claims
• Directive 0310.00, Professional Conduct and Courtesy
• Directive 0310.20, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Prohibited
• Directive 0315.00, Laws, Rules, and Orders
• Directive 0315.30, Satisfactory Performance
• Directive 0344.05, Bias-Based Policing/Profiling Prohibited
• Directive 0305.00, Active Bystandership, Intervention, and Anti-Retaliation (NEW)
• Directive 1020.00, Weapons Administration
• Directive 1021.00, Weapons Qualifications

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


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Sgt. Brown Details Forthcoming
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 08/02/21 8:55 AM

Good Morning,

For your planning purposes I will have detailed information for you all regarding tomorrow's processional and memorial service for Sgt. Jeremy Brown, but it won't be until this afternoon. 

I can let you know that the processional starts Tuesday from Clark Community College at 10:30 a.m., heads north on I-5 for 16 miles, and leaves the freeway at Exit 16 to the Ilani Resort Casino.

The memorial starts at 1 p.m. We are finishing details for a pool videographer for the TV stations. Reporters are free to enter will the general public, due to space constraints there is not a set aside area for news media other than the pool--which is KGW.

You're free to contact me with questions…just know that I won't have a lot more info until I complete a walk through.

 

Thanks,

 

Dave


Pedestrian Safety Operation
Gresham Police Dept - 08/02/21 12:21 AM

GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT

1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Gresham, Oregon 97030

News Release

Claudio Grandjean, Chief of Police Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

Pedestrian Safety Operation

RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2021

CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO

The Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on August 4, 2021 at NW Division St. and NW Sleret Ave. The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. The detail will be conducted between the hours of 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM; warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Education of both drivers and pedestrians are vital to keeping our roads safe.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane, they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 811.028 Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers and ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety detail is made possible through a grant from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional details will be scheduled throughout the summer coordinating with the end of the school year and again in September as the new school year begins.

Due to grant restraints the pedestrian safety operation will not be conducted in inclement weather.

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Sun. 08/01/21
UPDATE - Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 08/01/21 7:03 PM

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  


Gervais Man Killed in Crash in Northern Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/01/21 6:45 PM
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At 1:00 p.m. on August 1st, 2021, a 911 caller reported a serious motor vehicle crash on Waypark Drive NE east of Howell Prairie Road NE in northern Marion County. When first responders arrived at the scene, they located a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette which had collided with a 2005 Ford Explorer.  Tragically the passenger in the Chevrolet Corvette did not survive the crash.  Both drivers sustained what are believed to be minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the Corvette has been identified as Georgi Cam (52) of Aurora.  The deceased passenger has been identified as Erofei Cam (57) of Gervais.  Curtis Chaudoin (56) of Woodburn has been identified as the driver of the Ford Explorer.

Investigators from the Marion County multi-agency Crash Team responded to process the scene.  Crash investigators determined the Chevrolet Corvette was traveling eastbound prior to colliding with the westbound Ford Explorer.  Due to this being an ongoing investigation, no additional information is available for release at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Public Works, Mt. Angel Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance during this response.




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 - Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 08/01/21 12:58 PM

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.  


Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 - Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 08/01/21 7:55 AM

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.


CCHM Membership Drive: Join and keep our museum strong (Photo)
Clark County Historical Museum - 08/01/21 6:37 AM
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Vancouver, WA – The Clark County Historical Museum, the memory keepers of our community’s story, is proud to announce the launch of its membership drive on August 1st, 2021. For over 100 years, the Clark County Historical Society and Museum has worked to gather, save, and share the history of Clark County. For the entire month of August, you’ll have an opportunity to make a lasting impact and invest in this important work. Membership in the organization will be used to create community-driven exhibits, engaging programs, such as historical walking tours and locally-focused talks, and save the stories and pieces of our community’s history.

Founded in 1917, the Clark County Historical Society opened our county’s center for local history, the Clark County Historical Museum, in 1964. Over the last 50 plus years, they have gathered and saved over 60,000 items of local historical significance. These irreplaceable treasures help inform people about the region’s history and its importance in their daily lives. Their purpose is to share an understanding of the past that will help to build a better future for generations to come.

In 2020 alone, CCHM produced nearly 100 hours of digital content in the form of presentations, virtual walking tours, and special programming, such as the Old Apple Tree Remembrance.

In addition to digital content creation, our museum continued their interpretive and preservation work including opening a new women’s history exhibit “(Her)Story: Leaders, Visionaries, and Founders”; the successful nomination and approval by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission of four new sites to the Clark County Heritage Registry; won a state-wide award for their exhibit Music, Movement, and Sound; collaborated  with Clark County and the Downtown Camas Association to create interpretive panels for downtown Camas; and so much more.

“Support from our members was at the heart of our accomplishments in 2020.” said CCHM Executive Director, Brad Richardson. “I’m excited for this outreach effort and an opportunity to grow our engagement with the community.”

The CCHM will also be asking community members to serve as History Ambassadors and help grow our membership. Weekly social media posts will update the public on this fun competition. To find out more about membership with CCHM, become a member, and learn more about being a History Ambassador please visit - https://cchmuseum.org/membership/

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

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Attached Media Files: CCHM Membership Drive Press Release , Membership Drive 1920X1080 banner

70-year-old Grandmother Goes On Hunger Strike over Failed Discharge Practices at Western State Hospital
Rethinking Psychiatry - 08/01/21 4:44 AM

70-year-old Mom and Grandmother, Cindi Fisher, and allies, will be in front of Western State Hospital (WSH) Tuesday, August 2, 2021. They will be demanding Siddharta Fisher be released immediately under the discharge plan that the WSH Case Consult Team  agreed upon on Thursday, June 24.

Mom Cindi will be on Day 31 of a Hunger Strike to Free Siddharta. She also wants to draw attention to the public that Western State Hospital was decertified in 2018 and defunded its annual $53 million budget since then. This was due to the extremely dangerous conditions for staff and patients, and the hospital's continuously failed discharge planning, which she believes is a form of  false imprisonment.

Cindi wants the public to know that there is a better way than building newer, smaller hospitals--even if they are closer to home. Smaller scale does not change the culture of disempowerment, delayed discharge/false imprisonment,  staff shortages,  punishment and retaliation, all of which breed violence.

Cindi says, "There really is a better way.  Open Dialogue, Peer-Run Respites, and Soteria Houses in our neighborhoods and communities are alternatives proven to be more effective, more humane, and far more cost efficient in the long run. And for a truly lasting, profound change, the voice of those most impacted, must have the greater say at the decision making table."


Quedan 15 días para inscribirse en cobertura de seguro de salud para el 2021
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/01/21 3:00 AM

(Salem) – Desde el comienzo del período de inscripción especial debido a COVID-19, más de 16.500 habitantes de Oregon se han inscrito para cobertura a través del Mercado. El período de inscripción especial debido a COVID-19 está abierto para todas las personas que reúnen los requisitos para comprar y termina el 15 de agosto, 2021.

  • Se ha determinado que más del 78% de habitantes de Oregon son elegibles para recibir ayuda financiera a través del Mercado.
  • Los habitantes de Oregon están recibiendo un promedio de 400 dólares al mes en créditos fiscales para reducir su prima mensual.
  • Los beneficiarios de los beneficios del seguro de desempleo en Oregon pueden obtener cobertura para seguro de salud por un costo tan bajo como 1 dólar al mes, incluso si sólo recibieron beneficios durante una semana en el 2021.

El Mercado de Seguros Médicos de Oregon anima a todas las personas que no tienen seguro médico a explorar sus opciones de cobertura y ver cuánto pueden obtener en ahorros adicionales. Cualquier persona que no esté actualmente inscrita en una cobertura médica puede solicitar e inscribirse antes del 15 de agosto para obtener cobertura con estos ahorros adicionales para el resto del 2021.

Los afiliados inscritos en el Mercado pueden entrar en su cuenta de HealthCare.gov e informar que recibieron beneficios de desempleo en el 2021 para aprovechar estos ahorros adicionales. Estos ahorros se agregan a cualquier ahorro adicional que haya estado disponible desde el 1 de abril, 2021 bajo el Plan de Rescate Americano.

El Mercado de Seguros Médicos de Oregon ofrece un resumen de los planes y ahorros a los habitantes de Oregon que reúnen los requisitos. La herramienta está disponible en OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop, y está actualizada para calcular correctamente los ahorros adicionales disponibles para las personas que compran a través del Mercado.

Para encontrar la solicitud correcta o para encontrar ayuda de un agente de seguros u organización comunitaria para completar la solicitud e inscribirse visite CuidadoDeSalud.Oregon.gov o llame al 855-268-3767. Los agentes de seguros y los socios comunitarios proporcionan asistencia local y personalizada sin costo. Esta ayuda está disponible virtualmente, por teléfono y en persona siguiendo los protocolos de seguridad.

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El Mercado de Seguros Médicos de Oregon, una parte del gobierno estatal, ayuda a las personas a conseguir seguro médico cuando no tienen cobertura a través de su trabajo, y no califican para el Plan de Salud de Oregon u otro programa. El Mercado es el socio al nivel estatal a CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Para obtener más información, visite CuidadoDeSalud.Oregon.gov.


15 days remaining to enroll in health coverage for 2021
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/01/21 3:00 AM

(Salem) – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 special enrollment period, more than 16,500 Oregonians have enrolled in health coverage through the Marketplace. The COVID-19 special enrollment period ends Aug. 15, 2021, and is open to all people who qualify to shop.

  • More than 78 percent of Oregonians have been determined to be eligible for financial help through the Marketplace.
  • Oregonians are receiving an average of $400 per month in premium tax credits to reduce their monthly premium.
  • Recipients of unemployment insurance benefits in Oregon can get coverage for as low as $1 per month, even if they only got benefits for one week in 2021.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace encourages all people who are uninsured to explore their health coverage options and to see how much in additional savings they can now get. Anyone not currently enrolled in health coverage can apply and enroll before Aug. 15 to get health coverage with these extra savings for the rest of 2021.

Current Marketplace enrollees can log in to their HealthCare.gov account and report that they received unemployment during 2021 to take advantage of these additional savings. These savings are in addition to any additional savings that have been available since April 1, 2021, under the American Rescue Plan.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers a quick snapshot of the plans and savings to eligible Oregonians. The tool, available at OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop, and has been updated to correctly calculate additional savings now available to people shopping through the Marketplace.

Start at OregonHealthCare.gov to get to the right application or to find an insurance agent or community partner organization to help complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge. This help is available virtually, on the phone, and in person following safety protocols.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, helps people get health insurance when they do not have job-based coverage, and do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or another program. The Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov. For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.


Sat. 07/31/21
Gresham Police Investigating Deadly Shooting
Gresham Police Dept - 07/31/21 6:20 PM

RELEASE DATE:               July 31, 2021

CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 21-32339

 

Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police responded to reports of a shooting at about 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of 1509 NE 181st Ave. Gresham Police Officers were on an unrelated call for service when they heard gunfire across the street within a very close proximity.

 

Officers responded to the area of the shooting quickly and located a male deceased from apparent gunfire.

 

Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team responded and took over the investigation. Detectives learned there was an exchange of gunfire between two males who were known to one another. There have been no arrests in this case at this time. 

 

The name of the victim and suspect are not being released at this time.

 

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and are asking for any additional witnesses to please call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 888-989-3505. No other information is available at this time.

 

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Man Arrested After Violent Assault of Roommate (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/21 4:09 PM
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On Friday, July 30, 2021, at 1:47 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon in the 4500 block of Mueller Drive in the community of Aloha, which is part of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). 

70-year-old, David Craft, called to report that he had just stabbed his female roommate. Craft was arrested without incident. The victim was located outside of the residence and was provided life-saving efforts by deputies until she was transported to a hospital. The victim is expected to survive her injuries. 

The initial investigation by deputies on the scene determined that the victim was struck with a hammer on the head several times prior to being stabbed. The investigation was turned over to detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit

Craft was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and lodged at the Washington County Jail, where his bail is set at $250,000. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. 

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 215,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.




Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF , Weapons , Booking Photo

Shooting suspects apprehended after chase
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/21 2:06 PM

LCSO Case #21-4121

On 07/23/21 the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of N. Morningstar Rd. and Enterprise Rd. in Pleasant Hill after receiving reports that shots had been fired.  A silver Volkswagen Golf and a 2001 Silver Mitsubishi car were observed fleeing the area moments later. 

On 07/31/21 at around 8:30am a Trooper with the Oregon State Police spotted a vehicle matching the  description of the Mitsubishi and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The Mitsubishi backed into the Trooper’s vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed.  Troopers and Deputies pursued the vehicle and spike strips were successfully deployed as the vehicle was driving on Interstate 5.  The vehicle eventually came to a stop and the occupants were taken into custody. 

During the chase the occupants of the Mitsubishi discarded a firearm out the window.  This firearm was recovered shortly thereafter.  Also at one point the vehicle struck the front end of a Lane County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle. 

No one reported injuries during today’s incident.

39 year old Jennifer Lynn  Robertson was identified as the driver of the Mitsubishi.  She faces charges from both today’s and last week’s incidents including:  Criminal Conspiracy, Hit and Run, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Escape in the 3rd Degree, interfering with Police, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree.  She will be lodged at the Lane County Jail.

38 year old Jesse Johnson was identified as the passenger of the Mitsubishi today.  He will be lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges related to both today’s and last week’s incidents including:  Reckless Endangering, Interfering with Police, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Conspiracy, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree and Offensive Littering.    

Regarding the original shots fired incident, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with the occupant or occupants of a silver Volkswagen Golf that was in the area of N. Morningstar Rd. and Enterprise Rd. on 07/23/21 at around 8:30pm.  We are hoping to make contact with a person by the name of ‘Ryder’ or ‘Dillon’ and any additional witnesses that may have information about the shooting. 

The Volkswagen Golf depicted in the related surveillance video is seen driving across the frame from right to left.    

Please contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1 if you have any information. 


Missing Person from Florence Area (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/21 1:43 PM
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A family member reported to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office that on 07/29/21, 71 year old Ronald Kenneth Aduddel had left his residence in the 87000blk of Hwy. 101 near Florence and did not return as anticipated.  He was last seen on that date at about 12:00pm.

Aduddel is described as a white male adult standing approximately 6’00” and weighing approximately 220lbs.  He has gray hair, green eyes and a white mustache.  He is believed to be driving a newer blue ford F-350 crew cab pickup bearing OR Plate #437MEU

Aduddel recently suffered a stroke and may potentially suffer from memory problems.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.




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Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Vehicle
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/21 11:27 AM

At approximately 1:47 p.m. on July 30th, 2021, a 911 caller reported a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on Silverton Road NE west of Lancaster Drive NE.  When first responders arrived at the scene they located a 33-year-old female with serious injuries.  The female was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where she remains in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle involved, David Smith (84) of Salem remained at the scene.  Deputies determined the driver was going west on Silverton Road NE in a 2010 Dodge Ram when the pedestrian stepped into the lane of travel a few hundred feet west of Lancaster Drive.

The Marion County multi-agency Crash team was called out to investigate the collision.  The westbound lanes of Silverton Road were closed until just before 4:00 p.m. while crash investigators processed the scene.  The investigation into the collision is ongoing; no additional information is available for release at this time. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Fire District #1 and Marion County Public Works during this response.


UPDATE - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 07/31/21 10:04 AM

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

 

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

 

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

 

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

 

 

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.


PPB Responds to Fatal Crash in Northwest Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 07/31/21 8:22 AM
On July 31, 2021 at about 2:55 a.m., Portland Police officers from the Central Precinct were dispatched to a three car collision near Northwest Glisan Street and Northwest 14th Avenue. A driver in one of the cars died.

The investigation revealed a car travelling west on Northwest Glisan Street collided with a car travelling north on Northwest 14th Avenue. The collision between those two vehicles ended up hitting the third vehicle. The driver in the vehicle traveling west on Glisan did not survive. The two other drivers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Three passengers from three different vehicles were taken to an area hospital; one with serious injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

This was the 34th traffic fatality in Portland in 2021.

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Fri. 07/30/21
Update 1: Investigation into July 23 shooting of Clark County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/30/21 5:24 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –The investigation into the July 23, 2021 shooting death of Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Jeremy Brown is continuing and has transitioned to investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR), led by the Vancouver Police Department. 

Washington state law (RCW 10.114.01) requires an independent investigation in incidents where the use of deadly force by a peace officer results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm. The Clark County Law Enforcement Council (LEC), made up of the Clark and Skamania County Sheriffs and the Police Chiefs in Clark County, has opted to broaden the activation criteria of the IIT for this investigation. It appears that Detective Sergeant Brown used force, and although no death, substantial bodily harm or great bodily harm occurred, the attempt was made and therefore the SWIIR was activated.

Here are updates to the investigation since the last information release:

  • Guillermo Raya-Leon was extradited from the Marion County Jail to the Clark County Jail and made first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on July 29, 2021.  
     
  • Abran Raya-Leon is awaiting extradition to Clark County to face charges of rendering criminal assistance for his role in assisting shooting suspect Guillermo Raya-Leon flee the scene of the shooting. 
     
  • Misty Raya is currently lodged in the Clark County Jail on burglary charges related to a June 2021 burglary involving theft of firearms and ammunition from a Clark County storage facility. 

 

The SWIIR consists of investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in Clark County and includes two Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives in each investigation. For more information on the IIT process and the SWIIR visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/independent-investigation-team-iit.

Nothing further is being released at the time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake July 30
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 5:18 PM

July 30, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake July 30

PORTLAND, Ore. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational use values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County. 

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are as the major route of exposure in ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, if you have skin sensitivities you may get a puffy red rash. 

You are encouraged to visit Eagle Ridge Park and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas. 

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area you are advised to use an alternative water source. 

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur, or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place. 

Be aware that dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention. Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If your dog exhibits symptoms veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks. Fat, skin and organs should be removed before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

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Be aware of cyanobacteria blooms as extreme heat continues
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 5:05 PM

July 30, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Be aware of cyanobacteria blooms as extreme heat continues

High temperatures create potential for cyanotoxins in water 

PORTLAND, Ore.—With the extreme heat continuing in the Northwest and more people seeking relief in the many waterbodies around the state, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reminds people heading outdoors to be on the look-out for cyanobacteria blooms that can produce toxins when recreating in Oregon lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Cyanobacteria are beneficial bacteria found in all freshwater worldwide. Under the right conditions—when sunlight, heat, water temperature, nutrients and water chemistry are ideal—cyanobacteria can multiply into blooms in any water body. Many blooms are harmless, but some can produce cyanotoxins that make people and animals sick.

People should avoid swimming, high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, and other water activities where incidental ingestion may occur in areas where you believe a cyanobacteria bloom is present. Ingestion is the major route of exposure. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, if you have skin sensitivities you may get a puffy red rash. 

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas. 

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area you are advised to use an alternative water source. 

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur, or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place. 

Be aware that dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention. Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If your dog exhibits symptoms veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks. Fat, skin and organs should be removed before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here


Officers Seize Gun and Drugs on a Welfare Check Call (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/30/21 4:45 PM
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A large amount of drugs and money were seized while officers were conducting a welfare check in a vehicle.

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:06a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a welfare check call on two individuals partially conscious in a still running vehicle at West Burnside Street and Southwest 20th Avenue. As the officers approached, they could see the handle of a pistol in the front waistband of the driver. The passenger attempted to grab the pistol from the driver. Officers drew their firearms and ordered the passenger to drop the gun. She complied and both suspects were taken safely into custody.

Upon retrieving the pistol the officers found that it was loaded. The gun was seized as evidence. After further investigation the officers located 22 grams of methamphetamine, over 100 pills of oxycodone, and nearly $700 in cash (photo), which was also seized as evidence.

Both suspects were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. The driver, David L. Carter, 52, of Portland, was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. The passenger, Aishanna R. Bottaro, 23, of Gresham, was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Photo description: Evidence spread on a table, including a semiautomatic gun, ammunition, drugs in baggies, and cash

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Attached Media Files: Gun, Drugs, Cash Seized

Victim Identified in May 25 Homicide In Madison South Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/30/21 3:57 PM
The victim was identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner as 24-year-old Joseph Robert Sipe. His cause and manner of death was homicide by blunt and sharp force trauma. His family has been notified of his death.

No additional details are being released. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-1040 or Detective Rico Beniga Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457.

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On May 25, 2021 Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives, the Portland Fire Bureau, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office initiated a death investigation at a transient camp at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street. Officers had been dispatched there on a welfare check at about 5:08 p.m. and asked for detectives when they found a person deceased.

Officers from East Precinct located and detained 40-year-old Aaron D. Christopher in the 6500 block of Northeast Halsey Street shortly after the incident was reported.

Christopher was later booked into the Multnomah County jail on charges of Murder II and Abuse of a Corpse.

This is an ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-1040 or Detective Rico Beniga Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457.

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On May 25, 2021 at about 5:08 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a welfare check in the Madison South neighborhood near Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street. Officers arrived and found a person deceased.

This is an ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-1040 or Detective Rico Beniga Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457.
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Jayson Harrison Burton Found Guilty in Child Sexual Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/30/21 3:30 PM
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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 28, 2021, after deliberating for less than thirty minutes, a Washington County jury found Jayson Harrison Burton, age 38, guilty of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted this case before Judge Charles Bailey. 

The victim was 14 years old when she ran away from her home in the state of Washington. She called the defendant, whom she knew through her mother, for a ride. Instead of taking her to her friend’s house as requested, the defendant drove her to a hotel in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he was living part-time. The defendant provided the minor with alcohol and marijuana and had sexual intercourse with her before driving her back to Washington the following day. He urged her not to tell anyone.

A few months later, while living in the child’s home, the defendant attempted to engage in sexual contact once again, but she refused. 

Shortly thereafter, the victim disclosed the abuse to her mother, who confronted the defendant. He admitted to the crimes and said he did not view the teenager as a child. Her mother confided in a friend who alerted law enforcement in Washington. The King County Sheriff’s Office investigated and eventually referred the case to the Hillsboro Police Department.

“Mr. Burton knew the child from the time she was 12 years old. He took advantage of a troubled teenager who trusted him and confided in him and asked him for help,” said DDA Meisel. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the victim in this case for having the bravery to report this abuse and assist with prosecution. This office also thanks Hillsboro police and their lead detective along with the King County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Sarah Gerlitz for their work.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 28, 2021.




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Recreation grant programs topic of Aug. 5 meeting
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/30/21 3:30 PM

Scoring criteria for two recreation grant programs that fund local park development projects is the topic of an upcoming public meeting hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

Past and current members of the grant advisory committees for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) will meet with OPRD staff 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 5 via web conference. The meeting is being held to discuss adjustments to LWCF and LGGP project scoring criteria and clarify existing scoring criteria.

The meeting is open to the public, but there will not be time for public comments. Register online to watch the meeting live: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8OfOD-q5TFyF3AQNGgdxMA  

OPRD administers both grant programs. An assistance program of the National Park Service, the LWCF program provides matching funds to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this national grant has awarded more than $75 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities.

LGGP has provides grant assistance for public park and outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The program was established in 1998 under the Parks and Natural Resources Fund and is funded by a portion of Oregon Lottery dollars. The program has awarded more than $96 million in grant funding. 

For more information. contact Nohemi Enciso, LWCF Program Coordinator, at 503-480-9092 or Nohemi.enciso@oregon.gov, or visit the LWCF web page and the LGGP web page on the OPRD website. 


Victim Identified in June 8 Overlook Neighborhood Fatal Shooting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/30/21 3:23 PM
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The victim in a June 8, 2021 death investigation was identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner as Dennis Harman, 34. The autopsy found that his cause and manner of death was homicide by gunshot.

Harman's family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release.

The case is still under investigation and no additional information is being released at this time. Anyone with information about this homicide case is asked to contact Detective Brian Sims Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-3774.

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On June 8, 2021, at about 2:06 a.m., Portland Police responded to the report of shots heard in the Overlook neighborhood, in the area of the 4000 block of North Interstate Avenue. When officers arrived they found a deceased man near North Failing Street and North Montana Avenue, who appeared to have been shot. There is no suspect information at this time.

Portland Police Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are investigating. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine cause and manner of death. This is an ongoing investigation.

Any additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brian Sims Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-3774.

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Attached Media Files: Dennis Harman Family Photo

Oregon reports 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 2:40 PM

July 30, 2021

Oregon reports 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,858, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 219,755.

Dr. Sidelinger available to discuss COVID-19 modeling today at 3:30 p.m.

State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger will be available to answer questions about today’s COVID-10 modeling report today at 3:30 p.m.

Interested media can join via this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1610683029?pwd=cEZyeUMzOVZYMmpMTmRIVzVzekFnUT09

Newest COVID-19 modeling report shows sharply higher increases in daily cases and hospitalizations

Today, OHA released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which projects sharply higher COVID-19 associated hospitalizations and daily cases through Aug. 17.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate – the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates – was estimated at 1.58 through July 14, more than double the 0.74 reported through mid-June.

At that same level of transmission, over the next two weeks, daily cases would continue to rapidly increase to 390 cases per 100,000 people, or an estimated 1,170 daily cases and 95 new hospitalizations per day. 

According to the report, “Vaccine immunity is helping prevent further spread of COVID-19.” By removing people with immunity from the model calculations, the rate of average rate of infection projects to 3.18 over the same time period. 

Also, according to the report, even if the Delta variant grew to comprise 95% of new cases, the adoption of protective measures such as wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings, would curb the projected increase in hospitalizations and daily cases. 

“Today’s modeling report, although sobering, confirms the importance of protecting ourselves and others by getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” Sidelinger said. 

“By vaccinating more people, we can more quickly drive down hospitalizations and new cases,” he said.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 6,702 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,404 doses were administered on July 29 and 3,298 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 29.

The seven-day running average is now 4,697 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,656,887 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,784,178 first and second doses of Moderna and 181,017 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,486,197 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,308,566 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,019,095 doses of Pfizer, 2,299,680 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 298, which is 13 more than yesterday. There are 97 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 13 more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

OHA working with county, state and Tribal public officials on outbreak linked to recent music festival

OHA is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest held in Pendleton on July 10. 

Cases have been identified among residents of Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Wallowa counties, and Washington state. 

OHA is working with local, state and Tribal public health partners to identify other cases in people who may have attended the music festival. As of today, OHA is aware of 58 COVID-19 cases in people who attended the event. 

This outbreak is the first one of its size and scope to be traced to an outdoor entertainment event since the lifting of statewide COVID-19 prevention measures at the end of June. 

The outbreak highlights the importance of protective actions Oregonians can take to limit the spread of and their potential exposure to COVID-19, including wearing masks and getting vaccinated with any of the authorized vaccines that are widely available in every Oregon county.

In Oregon this month, OHA has recorded a large increase in COVID-19 cases. That rise is linked to the spread of the Delta variant, which now accounts for 80% of Oregon’s of new cases.

In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Oregon, OHA recommended this week that all persons, regardless of their vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public spaces. OHA also encourages all Oregonians to consider masking if they plan to attend crowded outdoor events like fairs, sporting events, outdoor theater performances, rodeos or concerts, especially if they are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 or live with individuals who are unvaccinated or at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.

To learn more about the rise of cases throughout Oregon, driven by the prevalence of the Delta variant identified among new infections, see a rebroadcast of OHA’s Facebook Live conversation yesterday with two of our senior health advisors, Drs. Paul Cieslak and Tom Jeanne.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (22), Benton (21), Clackamas (77), Clatsop (13), Columbia (6), Coos (15), Crook (7), Curry (12), Deschutes (40), Douglas (57), Grant (1),  Harney (2), Hood River (9), Jackson (188), Jefferson (6), Josephine (33), Klamath (3), Lane (81), Lincoln (9), Linn (29), Malheur (5), Marion (46), Morrow (7), Multnomah (134), Polk (20), Sherman (1), Tillamook (13), Umatilla (82), Union (22), Wallowa (10), Wasco (15), Washington (76), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (12). 

Oregon’s 2,856th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on July 11 and died on July 21 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,857th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,858th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on July 19 and died on July 20 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2.3 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Two Rescued After being Stranded on Gravel Bar
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/30/21 2:08 PM

On Thursday, July 290, 2021 at about 9:30 pm, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a water rescue on the Willamette River near the Keizer Rapids Park.  Two females, Jackeline Garcia (20) from Woodburn and Shibana Lazaro-Aguirre (19) from Wilsonville had become stranded on a gravel bar in the river. 

 

Earlier that evening they had put in at the Keizer Rapids Park on small inner tubes and intended to float around the area. However, due to the strong current they floated past their intended area and ultimately became stranded on the gravel bar approximately 500 yards north of the park.  Neither Ms. Garcia nor Ms. Lazaro-Aguirre were wearing life jackets, but did have a cell phone and called 911. 

 

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office boat was deployed from the Keizer Rapids dock.  Ms. Garcia and Ms. Lazaro-Aguirre were safely taken from the gravel bar to the Keizer Rapids Park.  Ms. Garcia and Ms. Lazaro-Aguirre were uninjured.

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Keizer Police Department for their assistance.    

 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to always plan before you go in order to be familiar with not only the area, but the river conditions.  We would also like to remind people that anytime you are in or around water to wear a life jacket or have one readily available.  Please see the link below provided by the Oregon State Marine Board to find a life jacket loaner station near you.       

 

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BLM Plans Stinkingwater Wild Horse Gather
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/30/21 12:55 PM

HINES, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management Burns District announced today plans to conduct a helicopter gather of wild horses within and immediately adjacent to the Stinkingwater Herd Management Area beginning in mid-August 2021. The gather is being conducted to remove approximately 390 excess wild horses.

The Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 gives BLM the direction for protecting and overseeing wild horses and burros on public lands. In managing these animals, the BLM works to maintain a thriving ecological balance that supports healthy horses on healthy rangelands.

The Stinkingwater HMA is located approximately 25 air miles east of Burns, Oregon, in Harney County. The Appropriate Management Level – the number of horses the range can sustainably support in conjunction with other animals and resource uses – for this area is 40 to 80 horses and the current population is approximately 449.

Animals gathered from the range will be transported to Oregon’s Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Hines. Here, about 30 horses will be selected for return to the HMA, 18 of which will be mares treated with GonaCon-Equine contraceptive and then released. The remaining horses will be prepared for adoption or sale into private care or long-term holding in Midwestern states.

The public is welcome to observe the gather. Details will be provided on the 2021 Stinkingwater Wild Horse Gather web page at: https://go.usa.gov/xFkdZ .

Supporting National Environmental Policy Act documents for this gather are available on the BLM’s ePlanning web site at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/71905 .

The gather will likely last 1 to 2 weeks, though exact start and end dates will be determined by the contractor’s availability.

For more information, contact Tara Thissell at tthissell@blm.gov or (541) 573-4519.

 

BLM 

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Fatal Traffic Crash - Marcola Rd. (Driver Identified)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/30/21 12:52 PM

UPDATE

60 year old Ronald Charles Hartsfield has been identified as the driver of the dark maroon Nissan sedan involved in the fatal traffic crash on 07/29/21 on Marcola Rd.  Hartsfield, a Westfir resident, died at the scene.  Anyone with information about this case that has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 

 

UPDATE

Marcola Rd. near Pico Ln. is expected to be opening soon.

 

LCSO Case #21-4229

On 07/29/21 at approximately 1:15pm, Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies along with paramedics from Mohawk Valley Fire responded to Marcola Rd. near Pico St. regarding a head-on crash between two vehicles.  The driver of one of the involved vehicles did not survive.  His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a dark maroon sedan was driving southbound on Marcola Rd. when for an unknown reason it crossed into the oncoming northbound lane.  A white Ford truck towing a travel trailer was traveling northbound and the vehicles collided.  Medics attempted to perform emergency life-saving procedures on one of the drivers, however he did not survive.

The occupants of the other vehicle were transported to an area hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries. 

Marcola Rd. near Pico Ln. is going to be closed to traffic in both directions for the next couple of hours.  Alternate routes through the area include Sunderman Rd. and Hill Rd.


Dr. Sidelinger available to discuss COVID-19 modeling today at 3:30 p.m.
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 12:44 PM

Dr. Sidelinger available to discuss COVID-19 modeling today at 3:30 p.m.

Oregon State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger will be available to answer questions about today’s COVID-10 modeling report today at 3:30 p.m.

Interested media can join via this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1610683029?pwd=cEZyeUMzOVZYMmpMTmRIVzVzekFnUT09


Death Investigation - Location of Missing Kayaker (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/30/21 12:34 PM
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UPDATE 07/30/21

On Friday July 30th, 2021 shortly after 10:00am the Lane County Sheriff’s Office along with local fire authorities were advised that a citizen located a deceased person in the water of Fall Creek Reservoir.  Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and confirmed the body to be that of missing kayaker, Glenn Hornsby.  Hornsby, a 53 year old Eugene resident, was reported missing on Monday July 30th.  His kayak and vehicle were in the Fall Creek area that same night.   

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  At this time there are no indications of foul play.  

 

LCSO Case #21-4167

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with information regarding missing 53 year old Glenn Hornsby.  Hornsby went Kayaking at Fall Creek Reservoir on Monday, July 26th at about 9:00am.  He spoke to friends at about 11:30am and stated he would be home soon.  When Hornsby didn’t return home family responded to the area and found Hornsby’s vehicle along Big Fall Creek Rd. 

Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel responded and located Hornsby’s kayak upside down and his dog nearby. 

Horsnby (depicted on the left) is described as a white male adult standing approximately 6’00” and weighing approximately 205lbs.  He has gray hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing an army green shirt and gray or black shorts. 

Anyone with information to Hornsby’s whereabouts or may have seen him on Monday, July 26th is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 




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Psilocybin shows promise as mental health therapy, report finds
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 11:27 AM

July 30, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Psilocybin shows promise as mental health therapy, report finds

Advisory board’s comprehensive review of literature an important step

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board have reached a milestone in the effort to build the nation’s first state psilocybin therapy program.

The Board, a governor-appointed advisory body created by the passage of Ballot Measure 109 in November 2020, completed the report summary and findings showing that the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms holds promise as an option to address mental health issues.

OHA published the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board Rapid Evidence Review and Recommendations today. Among the findings: that high-quality phase 1 and 2 clinical trials suggest that “psilocybin is efficacious in reducing depression and anxiety.”

Tom Eckert, who chairs the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, said the board is “laser-focused” on developing recommendations to inform the eventual launch of the country's first statewide psilocybin therapy and wellness program. 

“Science is fundamental, so organizing the scientific literature relating to psilocybin was a first priority,” he said. “This comprehensive review will put us on solid ground moving forward."

The report explains that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated psilocybin a breakthrough therapy for treatment of depression, indicating that preliminary clinical evidence suggests it may represent a significant improvement over existing therapies.

“Initial research also suggests that psilocybin may be efficacious in reducing problematic alcohol and tobacco use,” the report continues. “Across studies, psilocybin increases spiritual well-being which may mediate other observed benefits. Study participants also commonly rate their psilocybin experiences as highly meaningful.”

Angie Allbee, manager of the Psilocybin Services Section at the OHA Public Health Division, thanked the board for its “tremendous work in delivering findings and recommendations to OHA for this review.” 

“Making this information available to the public is a significant step forward, as the findings and recommendations will help OHA implement a comprehensive regulatory framework that will provide safe and effective psilocybin services,” she said. 

The Oregon Psilocybin Services Section will eventually license and regulate the manufacturing, transportation, delivery, sale and purchase of psilocybin products, as well as the provision of psilocybin services.

OHA will continue to work with the advisory board on recommendations for draft rulemaking throughout the remainder of the development period, which concludes on Dec. 31, 2022. 

For more information about the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board and the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, visit http://healthoregon.org/psilocybin.

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Wheatland Ferry Drowning
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/30/21 11:00 AM

On July 29, 2021 at about 5:18 pm Yamhill Communications received a 911 call from a cell phone which plotted in the area of the Wheatland Ferry. Due to a language barrier, YCOM attempted to transfer the call to the language line for translation assistance. The caller hung up during the transfer. After three attempts to call the original caller back and get them connected to the language line, YCOM notified a Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat working on the Willamette River of the incomplete 911 call. Marine Safety Officer Jose Dominguez was able to contact the caller over the phone and located the caller with a group of people on the Marion County shoreline just north of the Wheatland Ferry landing, near the Willamette Mission State Park boat ramp. 

Marine Safety Officer Dominguez and Boat Captain Deputy Rob VandeBergh learned that a male had gone into the river and went under approximately 15 minutes prior and had not resurfaced. Additional resources were requested and Deputy VandeBergh and MSO Dominguez began a search from the patrol boat. They located the individual on the bottom of the river in approximately 13’ of water near the Willamette Mission Boat Ramp. YCSO staff with the aid of two good Samaritans were able to tie a rope around the victim and pull him to the boat. CPR was started on the boat and he was transported to the Yamhill County side of the Wheatland Ferry landing to waiting Fire and EMS personnel from Dayton Fire District and McMinnville Fire/EMS. Despite the efforts of responders, the male was pronounced deceased. He was identified as 22 year old Alfredo Perez-Mendez. Perez-Mendez has been residing in the City of Woodburn. The Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene, and with the aid of MSO Dominguez and the friends of Mr. Perez-Mendez his family living in Guatemala were notified. Mr. Perez-Mendez was not wearing a personal flotation device, and did not know how to swim.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind waterway users that the Willamette River has a strong current, and the shoreline along Willamette Mission State Park has a steep drop-off, where the river depth increases from approximately 5’ to approximately 12’ in a very short span.


Be prepared as more heat headed to Northwest
Pacific Power - 07/30/21 10:24 AM

Pacific Power media hotline:                               

503-813-6018                                                      

Be prepared as more heat headed to Northwest

Temperatures are forecast to reach triple digits again, but you can stay cool, use less energy and save money with these tips from Pacific Power

 

PORTLAND, Ore. –July 30, 2021—With  a new heat wave hitting the region, Pacific Power wants to remind customers how to beat the heat, use less energy and save money. 

 

Be air conditioner smart

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. Cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent. 
  • Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day.
  • Use a smart or programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature around your schedule. Set it to start bringing your home’s temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home. 

 

Don’t let the sun shine in

  • On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

 

Open windows and circulate cool air

  • Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. 
  • Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use much less electricity than air conditioning. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop. 

 

Reduce the heat inside

  • Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. 
  • Use a microwave, slow cooker or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home. 
  • Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers. 

 

Be safe. With sweltering temperatures, you need to protect yourself. Drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Also check on any neighbors who may have limited contact with others and may need a fan or other assistance.

 

                       

Heat waves are something the region experiences each year. From a power supply perspective, we do not anticipate heat-related service interruptions during this current heat wave. In addition to regular maintenance and equipment upgrades, Pacific Power, as part of PacifiCorp, can access a diverse mix of available energy resources – solar, wind, hydro and thermal – which is key to fulfilling our promise of reliability and stability. 

 

The company owns and operates over 16,500 miles of high-voltage transmission across 10 states. That reach is essential in accessing available energy and delivering it to our customers. Still, extreme weather--either summer heat or winter storms--has the potential to produce localized outages. So we’re closely monitoring the system and will respond promptly if an outage of any nature occurs. 

 

If you are concerned about your power bill, call us now. We can set up a payment plan or refer you to local agencies for bill assistance. Call us any time at 1-888-221-7070.

 

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ABOUT PACIFIC POWER

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 783,000 customers in 
243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving nearly two million customers in six western states as the largest regulated utility owner of wind power in the West. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.


VA Partners with Ilani Casino and Resort to Give Away COVID Vaccines
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 07/30/21 10:06 AM

Saturday, July 31st, VA staff will volunteer for a second week at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Ilani Casino & Resort, located in Ridgefield, Washington. Vaccines are being provided from the VA, in an effort not to waste doses.

In a massive effort to eliminate the wasting of unused COVID-19 vaccine doses prior to their expiration date, the VA NW Health Care System, VISN 20, located in Vancouver, Washington, began brainstorming - contacting City and County offices, casinos, community colleges, breweries and sportswear companies, everyone they could think of to help with the nationwide vaccination push

With demand for vaccines almost at a standstill, and some vaccine supplies set to expire at the end of July, our staff is absolutely determined and 100% committed to getting shots in the arms of as many community members as possible” said Dr. Teresa Boyd, Network Director, VISN 20.  Recent changes in legislation allow VA to donate excess doses to community partners making vaccines available to everyone – regardless of Veteran status, at non-VA locations such as the Casino.  

Visitors to the MUZE Lounge at the Ilani Casino & Resort in Ridgefield, Washington will be offered the one-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine and $10 in Casino Promo Play.  Hours run from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  All adults 18 and older are welcome.  Minors are allowed in the casino if they are accompanied by an adult but are not eligible for the vaccine. Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals. “We are thrilled by this first partnership and hoping it spurs interest from other potential community partners,” said Boyd.

VISN 20, the VA Northwest Health Network, includes the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, most of Idaho, and one county each in Montana and California. Our 135 counties cover approximately 23% of the United States land mass, and 86% of the counties are classified as having medically underserved areas or containing medically underserved populations.

For additional information, to include a possible partnership, please contact Megan Crowley, VA NW Health Network, at (360) 619-5934, or (503)915-8087.

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Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Research Subcommittee meets Aug. 26
Oregon Health Authority - 07/30/21 9:48 AM

July 30, 2021

ContactOHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Research Subcommittee meets Aug. 26

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Research Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD 

When: Thursday, Aug. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. 

WhereVia Zoom Meeting: 

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Early Morning House Fire Displaces Three People (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/30/21 9:09 AM
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Shortly after 5:30am, Clackamas Fire District #1 responded to a residential fire on SE Roots Rd. in Clackamas. Prior to arrival, firefighters could see heavy smoke billowing in the air from a distance; they arrived to find the home fully involved in flames and had spread to a nearby shed. They quickly went to work to put the fire out before it spread to any other structures or homes.

All occupants of the house escaped with no injuries; one firefighter sustained a minor injury.

Clackamas Fire Investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Clackamas Fire District #1 would like to remind everyone to have working smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and test them monthly.

 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 07/30/21 8:19 AM

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 07/30/21 7:52 AM

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.


Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Coordination with health officials continues.
Portland Water Bureau - 07/30/21 7:43 AM

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring of source water. The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. One Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the 50-liter sample collected on July 25. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the 50-liter sample collected on July 27. Prior to this detection, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on June 8, 2021.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 2027 under a compliance schedule with the Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions. 

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS, those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system, and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Domestic Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City’s website at portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Quality Line at 503-823-7525.

 

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau serves water to almost a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.




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Thu. 07/29/21
3Point Brand Management, Red Hills Group Announce Merger (Photo)
Mortensen Communications - 07/29/21 10:38 PM
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The Red Hills Group (RHG), the marketing and branding company, has merged with 3Point Brand Management, Oregon’s leading supplier of branded apparel and promotional marketing products. 

Jim Mendenhall, president of RHG and a 35- year industry veteran, “long admired 3pt as a strong competitor,” he said, and “was impressed with the shared corporate philosophy emphasizing customer service, and 3Point’s commitment to their employees.”

When discussions of the merger began between Mendenhall and 3Point owner, Joann Whitcher, “it was an easy decision to combine the strength of our companies,” said Mendenhall.

Whitcher, who co-founded the company with her husband Erik, quickly realized it was a natural fit to join forces with RHG, and sees the merger as an “opportunity to meet the ever-increasing marketing needs” of their customers.  

Going forward, business will take place under the 3Point company name.

About 3Point Brand Management

Celebrating its 15th year, 3Point Brand Management is a minority/woman-owned business headquartered in Tigard, Oregon.  3Point has made numerous appearances on the Portland Business Journal’s lists including the Fastest Growing Private Companies, Largest Creative Agencies, and Largest Women-Owned Businesses.  Employing its decades-long marketing expertise, 3Point develops innovative strategies for a wide range of industries across the globe.    
 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Erik Whitcher, 3Point Brand Management
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Salem Fire Department responds to a Three Alarm Fire in North East Salem. (Photo)
City of Salem - 07/29/21 9:55 PM
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July 29, 2021 Salem, Ore., Salem Fire is actively conducting Fire Fighting operations in the 4200 area Kacey Circle NE Salem at the Orchard Park Apartments. Currently at least 21 units are impacted, displacing an estimated 100 or more residents. Red Cross and Salem Housing Authority are working to support the displaced residents to get them temporary housing. 

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and will be investigated by a Salem Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal. 

Assistant Chief Greg Hadley stated “We are very fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed during this very fast spreading fire event at this complex.” One resident was evaluated on scene and not transported for additional care. One fire fighter was injured and was transported to Salem Health Hospital and is in stable condition.  

 




Attached Media Files: Smoke coming out of Orchard Park Apartments

Office of State Fire Marshal Temporarily Suspends Enforcement of Gas Station Self-Service
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/29/21 8:39 PM

With the current and forecasted heat in Oregon, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is suspending their enforcement of the regulations that prohibit the self-serve of gasoline at retail gasoline service stations. Governor Brown’s Office approved the suspension of the regulations. The suspension is in place for 24 hours, until 11:59 pm on Friday, July 30th, 2021.

With the hot incoming weather, the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal acknowledges employees working outside. For businesses who choose to continue to provide full service, our Office encourages them to provide water and cool areas to keep employees safe. 

This suspension of the self-service regulations does not affect areas of the state or timeframes that are already authorized for self-service refueling under Oregon law. Information about the rules suspension for self-service gasoline can be found on the OSFM website.


Elbow Creek Fire now 50 percent contained and about 22,955 acres in size
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/21 7:07 PM

WALLOWA, Ore. – With fire activity diminishing and the focus moving to full mop-up operations, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 is starting to “right-size” the organization on the Elbow Creek Fire. Operations’ Section Chief Eric Perkins says that will begin with sending some aircraft to either their home base or to other fires with a greater need. 

The Elbow Creek Fire is approximately 22,955 acres and 50 percent contained. 

Crews continued grid searching the east side of Elbow Creek for spot fires. After several days of tracking down numerous spot fires in the area, no new spots were discovered. Gridding and mopping up will continue.  

Crews went direct on the fire line in Duckworth drainage, and the few spot fires discovered in the south and southwest area of the fire were mopped up 100%.  Most of north and east perimeter of the fire are in full mop-up mode with continued use of handheld infrared heat detection devices.

Contingency work continues on the north side of the fire with crews improving roads and removing vegetation along these roads in the event a backup fire break be needed. Personnel on the incident number 1,015, with 34 engines, 11 dozers, 22 water tenders and 38 other heavy equipment.

There have been seven reportable illnesses/accidents on the incident to date; all of which were categorized as minor.   One of the seven occurred yesterday which was an illness from a prior existing condition.

Today’s weather is expected to be mostly sunny with little smoke and haze. The high will be 90-95 degrees, relative humidity 15 to 25 percent, and southwesterly  afternoon winds from 3 to 7 mph with gusts to 14.   

Evacuation levels within Wallowa County remain unchanged for now. Additional information on evacuation levels is available on the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Wallowa-County-Sheriffs-Office-147212815486187). 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 - Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 07/29/21 5:51 PM

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

 


Aumsville Corn Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/29/21 4:41 PM

Aumsville, Oregon – The Aumsville Corn Festival, a long-standing Oregon event, marks its upcoming 53rd year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission. 

The Corn Festival is the 26th event in Oregon to be designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition. Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Great Oregon Steam -up in Brooks, Oregon State Fair, Medford’s Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana. 

“The designation recognizes those traditions that have been ongoing for 50 years or more and that add to the livability and identity of the state,” said Katie Henry, Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator. “The Aumsville Corn Festival preserves the agricultural heritage of the area in a time where agriculture is evolving and diversifying. It’s a great family event that has opportunities for all that attend, from the community and tourists to the area.”

The festival began in 1968 with a group of Aumsville residents who organized a corn feed at the local park. In 1969 they added a parade, sack races and other games, and gave away hot buttered corn. These elements still remain with the addition of selling additional corn, adding booth and entertainment, contests, and more. The event is free to attend and attendance is estimated by how many pounds of corn is sold/given away each year. The corn is locally grown with the city contracting with a farmer in January to grow corn specifically for the festival in August. 

The city was still able to keep the tradition going last summer during the pandemic by having drive through corn giveaways. This year they plan to proceed with events on August 21 and you can find the schedule of events by visiting https://www.aumsville.us/events/page/corn-festival-information.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx.

A Commissioner will be presenting the designation to the Aumsville City Council on August 9. The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. Learn more about the Commission and its efforts by visiting www.oregonheritage.org.


Battle Ground Public Schools introduces new board meeting viewing experience (Photo)
Battle Ground Public Schools - 07/29/21 4:04 PM
Battle Ground Public Schools has teamed up with Swagit Productions to introduce a new video service for school board meetings
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A new video streaming service is making Battle Ground Public Schools Board meetings easier to watch from afar.

The partnership with Swagit Productions, a Dallas, Texas-based company, provides a comprehensive platform for citizens to watch regular and special board meetings and work sessions live, view archived meetings, and access text transcripts. Archived meetings will also be indexed, allowing viewers to select an agenda item and immediately skip to that part of the recording.

In addition to providing a greater level of access to board meetings, the Swagit partnership also brings multiple camera angles and greatly improved audio quality. The video streaming feature is compatible with popular mobile devices from Apple and Android as well as personal computers, allowing viewers to experience meetings from their home or while on the go.

“It's exciting to be able to implement this new program to stream and archive board meetings,” said Board Vice-President Jackie Maddux. “This is a whole new level of communication and adds another layer of transparency between the board and the community.”

Live meetings and archived videos can be viewed online at: https://battlegroundps.new.swagit.com/views/277/.

During a live meeting, viewers can click on the “video” button on the meeting page, then click to watch it in progress. Shortly after the conclusion of the meeting, a link to an archived version will be available. Text transcriptions may take several days to be available, depending on the length of the meeting.

While in-person public testimony is now available at school board meetings, those wishing to comment remotely are still able to connect using Zoom video conferencing technology. People who want to comment at the meetings must sign up by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. A link will be provided to those who sign up.

Video of the July 26 board meeting is available online.




Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Public Schools has teamed up with Swagit Productions to introduce a new video service for school board meetings

Fatal Crash - Polk County
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/21 4:03 PM

PRESS RELEASE

 

Incident: Fatal Crash

Location: Intersection of Corvallis Road and Parker Road

Time: Approximately 10:52 A.M.

Date: 7/28/2021




 

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 10:52 A.M. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with fire and medical personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Corvallis Road and Parker Road a few miles south of Independence.  

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1980 International 9400 semi, operated by Rollin Knight (85) of Sweet Home, was northbound on Corvallis Road when it attempted to turn westbound onto Parker Road. A Toyota Tundra, operated by Joseph Eby (50) of Monmouth, traveling southbound struck the involved semi as it negotiated the turn westbound onto Parker Road.

 

Eby, the operator of the Toyota Tundra, was transported by a life flight helicopter and later while at the Salem hospital succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the crash.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating the incident. 

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this incident by the Oregon State Police, Polk County Fire District, Polk County Public Works, Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office. 


Memorial Service Details for fallen Sgt Jeremy Brown (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/21 3:36 PM
Sgt Brown memorial photo
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On July 23rd, 2021 Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Brown was shot and killed while conducting surveillance in Vancouver, Washington.  Detective Brown’s 15-year legacy with the Sheriff’s Office included time as a corrections deputy, patrol deputy, school resource officer, and narcotics detective. At the time of his death, Jeremy was first in line for promotion to Sergeant, and was posthumously awarded this rank. 

MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS

The memorial service for Sergeant Jeremy Brown will commence at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021.  Location for the service is:

ilani Casino Resort

1 Cowlitz Way

Ridgefield, WA 98642

 

The service will be open to the public.

 

A law enforcement vehicle procession will take place prior to the memorial service, details to follow in a separate announcement. 




Attached Media Files: Sgt Brown memorial photo

Willamette Water Supply System Commission Board Meeting -- August 5, 2021
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - Willamette Water Supply System - 07/29/21 3:11 PM

The Willamette Water Supply System Commission Board meeting will be held Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

Location: This meeting will not be held at a physical location. If you wish to attend remotely, please contact ehms@tvwd.org">annette.rehms@tvwd.org or call 971-222-5957 by 10:00am on August 5, 2021. 

If you wish to address the WWSS Board, please request the Public Comment Form and return it 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting.  

The Board meeting agenda packet and additional information regarding the WWSS are available on the Willamette Water Supply System Commission website: 

https://www.tvwd.org/administration/page/willamette-water-supply-system-commission


Oregon reports 1,026 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/21 1:58 PM

July 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1,026 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,855, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 1,026 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 218,689.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 7,180 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,292 doses were administered on July 28 and 3,888 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 28.

The seven-day running average is now 4,635 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,652,653 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,782,367 first and second doses of Moderna and 180,441 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,482,028 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,305,579 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,013,695 doses of Pfizer, 2,298,280 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 285, which is 11 more than yesterday. There are 84 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Scholarship winner Laney: ‘It’s a pretty big deal to me’

Take Your Shot, Oregon incentive winner Laney got vaccinated to be better protected against COVID-19 and to protect her friends and the community.

She plans to use her $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship to make a lifelong dream come true.

Watch Laney’s story here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (11), Benton (17), Clackamas (69), Clatsop (18), Columbia (5), Coos (20), Crook (7), Curry (11), Deschutes (36), Douglas (54), Gilliam (2), Grant (3),  Harney (3), Hood River (4), Jackson (111), Jefferson (4), Josephine (35), Klamath (17), Lane (93), Lincoln (4), Linn (46), Malheur (7), Marion (66), Morrow (6), Multnomah (95), Polk (24), Sherman (5), Tillamook (8), Umatilla (110), Union (21), Wallowa (3), Wasco (27), Washington (60), Wheeler (4) and Yamhill (20).

Oregon’s 2,850th death is an 80-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 21 and died on July 27 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,851st death is an 83-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 28 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,852nd death is a 63-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 27 at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,853rd death is a 48-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 14, 2020 and died on Sept. 21, 2020 at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,854th death is a 67-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on July 11 and died on July 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,855th death is an 85-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 24 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Pacific University News Capsule
Pacific University - 07/29/21 1:34 PM

Greetings from Pacific University, where we're about to send off a new crop of graduates at August Commencement … and we're doing it in person! 

Here's some of what's happening here:

August Commencement is around the corner: Mark down Aug. 14

Libby Fregoso BEd ’22 is taking advantage of Pacific's Bachelor of Education in Teaching and English Language Learning to make a difference

Sisters Cassidy Binder ‘24 and Syndie Binder ‘22 dominated the Boxers' spring tennis season, and Cassidy was named the 2021 Division III ITA Rookie of the Year.

Nike's LeMar Anglin ‘12 was a pioneering alumnus in Sports Management; now it's a major

Nate Anderson '17, MAT '20 embraced the adventure of earning his master's degree during a pandemic

Full university calendar

— pacificu.edu —

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.


Linn County Sheriff's Office Suspends Search for Missing Mount Jefferson Climber (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/29/21 1:30 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports the search for the missing climber on Mount Jefferson has been suspended. A significant amount of resources have tirelessly worked to locate Steven Van Pelt, 33, of Salem who fell last Friday while descending Mount Jefferson.

Resources, to include six mountain rescue teams, took great risk searching for Van Pelt over the last several days among the extreme mountainous terrain with glacier drifts, falling rocks and debris. Resources have been exhausted and the risk of continuing would jeopardize additional lives.  Linn County Sheriff’s Office have been in close contact with Van Pelt’s family who are aware of the decision.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue, Deschutes Mountain Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Hood River Mountain Rescue, Oregon Emergency Management, United States Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve (304th), LifeFlight, Idanha Fire Department, Detroit Fire Department, Amateur Radio Emergency Services and United States Forest Service. 




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Watch live, local primary election results on Clark/Vancouver Television Aug. 3
City of Vancouver - 07/29/21 12:34 PM

Vancouver, Washington – Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, comprehensive television coverage of all of Clark County’s primary election results starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. 

Hosted by Kelly Love, marketing director for the Vancouver Clinic, CVTV’s election coverage features up-to-the-minute election results, analysis, commentary and remote interviews with Vancouver City Council candidates. 

Viewers can either tune in to Comcast channel 23 or watch the live stream on CVTV’s website, www.cvtv.org.

Haven’t voted yet? CVTV offers a variety of programming to help residents learn more about the candidates running for local office this year. CVTV’s 2021 Primary Video Voters Guide, candidate interviews, and coverage of several recent League of Women’s Voters forums are all available to watch on demand at www.cvtv.org/program/election-2021.

CVTV is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County, Washington. 

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PeaceHealth St. John reinstates 'no visitor' policy for the hospital
PeaceHealth - 07/29/21 12:00 PM

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, including the circulation of the highly contagious variants, PeaceHealth St. John will temporarily restrict visitors at the hospital beginning July 30, 2021 at 5:30 a.m.

“We recognize that having a loved one by a patient’s side is important during a hospital stay, and we do not make this decision lightly,” says Cherelle Montanye, Chief Administrative Officer. “In this situation, we must prioritize the safety of our patients, caregivers and community.” 

PeaceHealth continues to adhere to CDC and state guidelines that include requiring all employees to wear appropriate personal protective equipment and masks, testing all admitted patients, restricting visitors, and caring for COVID-19 patients on a dedicated unit.

“We urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated if you have not already done so,” said Montanye. “If the public has concerns or questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, I strongly recommend they reach out to their health care provider,” she adds.

Visit peacehealth.org/coronavirus for more information about visitor restrictions and COVID vaccines, including scheduling an appointment.

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 193-bed acute care hospital and Level III trauma center located at 1615 Delaware St. in Longview, Washington. Recognized nationally as a Top 100 Hospital, PeaceHealth St. John provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services. The region’s health care leader for more than 75 years, PeaceHealth St. John is one of ten medical centers in the PeaceHealth system.

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. It has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.


Lane County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/29/21 10:51 AM

EUGENE, Ore.—A Lane County, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Springfield, Oregon.

Delfino Angel Davila-Tamayo, 27, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in April 2018, Davila-Tamayo was identified as a supplier of methamphetamine in the Springfield area. The next month, Davila-Tamayo sold an informant four pounds of methamphetamine. He was arrested the following day when he went to collect payment from the informant.

Investigators searched Davila-Tamayo’s residence and located a .45 caliber pistol, ammunition, drug packaging materials, and scales. He admitted to selling methamphetamine and carrying the pistol for protection.

After his arrest, Davila-Tamayo was granted pre-trial release and fled. After being on the run for more than a year, he was located and arrested a second time.

On October 16, 2019, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment charging Davila-Tamayo with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On April 28, 2021, Davila-Tamayo pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. As part of his plea agreement, Davila-Tamayo agreed to voluntarily abandon the .45 caliber pistol and ammunition seized by law enforcement.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Springfield Police Department. It was prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets Aug. 19
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/21 10:20 AM

July 29, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board meets Aug. 19

What: The Public Health Advisory Board will hold a meeting.

Agenda: Approve July meeting minutes; discuss PHAB subcommittees; discuss equity training; PHAB member discussion.

When: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting. 

Where: Zoom conference call:

(669) 254-5252, participant code 1609889971#. 

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. 

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom: at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners Work Session Notice -- August 3, 2021
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 07/29/21 10:14 AM

The August Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board work session will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. 

This meeting is only available via phone or the web. If you would like to attend, please use the contact information found below by 4:30 p.m. on August 3.

The Board work session agenda and packet and additional information regarding TVWD are available here.

About TVWD 

TVWD serves about 215,500 customers in parts of Washington County, Oregon. Our service area covers more than 44 square miles including portions of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and unincorporated Washington County.

TVWD is the managing agency for the Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS), an additional water supply for the region which is being constructed in partnership with the City of Hillsboro and the City of Beaverton. The WWSS includes intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant and two storage reservoirs. The system will deliver fresh, high-quality, treated water from the Willamette River to 400,000 Washington County residents and businesses, and is being built to the highest seismic safety standard to recover quickly after a major earthquake. The investments in the system will provide reliable, quality drinking water for generations to come.


Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council continues meeting weekly in August
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/21 10:00 AM

July 29, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council continues meeting weekly in August

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council. 

When: Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Virtual. YouTube link with live captions (English and Spanish). 

Aug. 4 – https://youtu.be/fRmBb6Rdeyo

Aug. 11 – https://youtu.be/ZFLzeWEkQgA

Aug. 18 – https://youtu.be/qekoDyI9jAI

Aug. 25 - https://youtu.be/snU-HPBJOb4

Agenda: The council will continue its discussion on rules and implementation processes.

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the establishment of Behavioral Health Resource Networks (formerly Addiction Recovery Centers) throughout Oregon. The OAC will hold regular meetings to accomplish the necessary steps to fund and set up the centers. 

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Brandy L. Hemsley at 971-239-2942, 711 TTY or RANDY.L.HEMSLEY@dhsoha.state.or.us">brandy.l.hemsley@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Traffic crash impacts northbound Lancaster DR NE
Salem Police Dept. - 07/29/21 9:27 AM

An early morning traffic crash into a power pole has caused a need to extend the street closure of the northbound lanes of Lancaster DR NE between D and Center STS NE.

Additionally, utility crews will need to shut down power for an extended period of approximately six hours. The grid shut down will impact traffic signals, as well as power to nearby homes and businesses. If you must traverse the area, please drive with caution and attention to other traffic movement.

Residents with questions about their power utility should contact Portland General Electric.


PartnerSHIP meets Aug. 2 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/21 8:40 AM

July 29, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

PartnerSHIP meets Aug. 2 via Zoom

What: The PartnerSHIP, tasked with steering implementation of the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), is meeting.

Agenda: The committee will finalize their charter, learn about Healthier Together Oregon priority areas and strategies, and plan for their first in-person meeting happening in September.

When: Monday, Aug. 2, 1-3 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. 

Where: Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609047098?pwd=UGd2aGcyNXBSblZRejc5ZktUNFpvUT09

Dial by your location

        +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

        +1 646 828 7666 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 160 904 7098

Passcode: 806191

Background: Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), Healthier Together Oregon (HTO), identifies interventions and strategies to address health related priorities in our state. The SHIP serves as a basis for taking collective action with cross-sector partners to advance health equity.  The SHIP will be based off of findings from the State Health Assessment. 

  • Health departments develop and implement a health improvement plan at least once every five years. 
  • The Public Health Division is using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, widely used by CCOs and local health departments. The MAPP framework uses six phases. The SHA is developed over the first three phases, while the SHIP is developed and implemented over the second three phases. 
  • Information about the PartnerSHIP can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">Christy.j.hudson@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are: 

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Owens at 971-291-2568, .r.owens@dhsoha.state.or.us">Heather.r.owens@dhsoha.state.or.us.


29 de Julio de 2021

Contacto para medios: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us.

PartnerSHIP se reúne el 2 de agosto vía Zoom

Asunto: El reformado equipo de Socios Comunitarios, encargado de dirigir la aplicación del Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud (SHIP) 2020-2024, se reunirá.

Agenda: El comité finalizará su carta, aprenderá sobre las áreas y estrategias de prioridad de Healthier Together Oregon, y planeará su primera reunión en persona en septiembre.

Cuándo: Lunes, 2 de Augusto de 1:00pm a 3:00pm. Esta reunión estará disponible al público en general. 

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609047098?pwd=UGd2aGcyNXBSblZRejc5ZktUNFpvUT09

Números por ubicación:

        +1 669 254 5252 US (San José)

        +1 646 828 7666 US (New York)

ID de la reunión: 160 904 7098

Contraseña: 806191

Antecedentes: El Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud de Oregon (SHIP, por sus siglas en inglés), Healthier Together Oregon (HTO, por sus siglas en inglés),  identifica intervenciones y estrategias para abordar las prioridades relacionadas con la salud en el estado. El SHIP sirve como base para emprender acciones colectivas con socios intersectoriales para mejorar la salud de las personas en Oregón. El SHIP se basa en los resultados de la Evaluación de Salud del Estado.

  • Los departamentos de salud desarrollan e implementan un plan de mejoramiento de la salud al menos una vez cada cinco años.
  • La División de Salud Pública está utilizando el marco de movilización para la acción a través de la planificación y las asociaciones (MAPP), ampliamente utilizado por la CCO's y los departamentos locales de salud. El marco MAPP utiliza seis fases. El SHA se desarrolla en las tres primeras fases, mientras que el SHIP se desarrolla e implementa en las segundas tres fases. 
  • Puede encontrar más información sobre PartnerSHIP en: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Contacto del programa: Christy Hudson, teléfono: 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@state.or.us

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Todos tienen derecho a conocer y utilizar los programas y servicios de Oregon Health Authority (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés). OHA brinda ayuda gratuita. Algunos ejemplos de la ayuda gratuita que puede proporcionar la OHA son: 

  • Intérpretes de lenguaje de señas y lenguaje hablado

•          Materiales escritos en otros idiomas.

•          Braille

•          Letra grande

•          Audio y otros formatos

Si necesita ayuda o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Heather Owens al 971-291-2568, .r.owens@dhsoha.state.or.us">Heather.r.owens@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Umpqua Bank's 2021 Business Barometer: Surging Optimism and Transformational Shifts Position Middle Market Companies for Growth Amid Continued Disruption (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 07/29/21 8:25 AM
Richard Cabrera, EVP and Head of Middle Market Banking at Umpqua Bank
Richard Cabrera, EVP and Head of Middle Market Banking at Umpqua Bank
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Middle Market optimism surges +24 points over pre-pandemic levels: more than 70% of companies embrace continued adaptation with “significant” changes to strategy and operations anticipated

 

Roughly 50% plan to invest in real estate, acquisitions or other expansion in year ahead 

PORTLAND, Ore., July 29, 2021 – Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), today released its annual 2021 Business Barometer, an in-depth study into the mood, mindset, and strategic priorities of nearly 1,200 leaders at small and middle market companies across the United States. Despite the heavy toll businesses nationwide faced last year, optimism has now surged past pre-pandemic levels, and many companies report being well positioned for growth in the year ahead.

In addition to reporting transformational shifts in operations and strategy over the last year, middle market companies, in particular, are embracing the expectation of continued challenges and the need for ongoing adaptation. And while growth is expected among both small and middle market companies, intense disruptions related to supply chains and competition for workplace talent pose considerable challenges.

“Businesses of all sizes made significant changes over the past year in response to the pandemic. As a result of increased efficiencies and diversification, many have emerged more optimistic and poised for growth as the economic recovery continues,” said Richard Cabrera, EVP and Head of Middle Market Banking at Umpqua Bank. “Leaders have realized their organizations’ capacity to pivot and adapt, and the pandemic has challenged them to think more strategically and in greater detail about their larger purpose and value to the marketplace. This bodes well for the immediate future and will also make them better prepared to adapt to the next disruption.”

Together, small and middle market companies serve as bellwethers for the economy. Middle market businesses alone account for $6 trillion of the U.S. private-sector GDP and provide 44 million jobs. The strength and resiliency of these businesses are critical to economic well being and recovery. 

 

Key findings and highlights from Umpqua Bank’s fourth annual survey include:

 

“Significant Changes” Made in 2020 Represent Transformational Shifts

Not surprisingly, most businesses have made major strategic adjustments in response to the pandemic. Nearly all middle market companies (96%) and most small businesses (65%) say they’ve made “significant changes” to multiple areas, including supply chains, staffing models, company culture and vision, brick-and-mortar operations, and products and services. These changes, however, reflect more than temporary pivots to survive. According to the report, about half of those surveyed, including 71% of middle market companies, expect to keep most or all of the changes made. 

Surging Optimism Paves Way for Growth

Positivity around the current state of the economy has roughly doubled since last year, with expectations for overall economic improvement and business growth accelerating past levels recorded in previous Umpqua middle market research. A majority of middle market (55%) and small (52%) businesses expect economic conditions to improve and for revenue to increase (62% of middle market and 53% of small businesses). 

A renewed sense of optimism, and most likely delayed plans from 2020, have middle market companies thinking about growth and expansion in the year ahead. More than half (52%) are considering acquiring another business, up from roughly one-third reporting such interest in 2019 and 2020. Another 56% expect to finance expansion plans. 

The state of the commercial real estate sector may also be less dire than commonly assumed, as 47% of middle market companies are looking to expand their real estate footprint. That figure is most pronounced within the manufacturing, and finance and insurance industries.

Leaders Embrace a Mindset of Continuous Change & Evolution
Despite reporting massive strategic shifts in response to the pandemic a year ago, more changes are coming in a competitive, dynamic post-pandemic economy. Roughly three-quarters or more of middle market businesses expect to continue making significant changes to products and services (75%). They also anticipate substantial changes to their pricing models (75%); another 81% are likely to digitize new areas of their business to become more efficient, while 79% will continue automating repetitive manual tasks.

“Over the past several years, disruptions—whether macro-economic, geopolitical, or technological—have become a constant reality, and none has been more impactful than the pandemic,” said Cabrera. “The data mirrors what we see on the ground with our customers—businesses are starting to accept this reality. While the last year has been difficult, many businesses have tapped into strategic and creative energy that’s changing their mindset from one of resistance to embracing the need for continual change.”

Despite accelerating optimism and plans for growth, businesses face economic headwinds that will continue to challenge their capabilities and need for strategic support from various partners. These include:

Talent Dislocation and Lack of Skilled Workers 

Most middle market businesses (55%) and 41% of small businesses are having trouble finding qualified employees. Companies cite the inability to engage qualified talent and a shortage of skilled candidates as the top staffing challenges; respondents from construction, retail and manufacturing businesses are most likely to have trouble finding qualified employees.

While businesses are offering enhanced incentives, including finding creative ways to support working parents (71% of middle market companies), operating short-handed has a ripple effect across their bottom line and the economy. Higher labor costs, increased delays with goods and costly workforce inefficiencies are cited as the most significant impacts. The inability to pursue new opportunities also ranks exceptionally high for small businesses. 

Supply Chain Disruptions

As companies are working to adapt and grow to meet increasing consumer demand for goods, many are still feeling the effects of the pandemic on the global supply chain, with 88% of businesses citing difficulty sourcing goods in the past 12 months. The most common supply chain difficulties companies have faced include:

  • Being unable to purchase the goods in a timely manner needed to run their business (23% of small businesses and 29% of middle market companies)
  • Facing longer delays to receive goods (59%)
  • Experiencing an increase in the price of goods (76%)

To read the survey in full, visit www.umpquabank.com/business-barometer-survey-report.

Survey Methodology 

The Umpqua Bank 2021 Business Baramoter, conducted annually, surveyed 1,196 owners, executives, and financial decision-makers from U.S. small and middle market companies. The online survey was conducted in partnership with DHM Research, a public policy and business research firm, and targeted leaders at companies with $500,000 to $500 million in annual revenue. The survey has a 2.8% margin of error and was fielded from May 24 – June 4, 2021. 

About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and has locations across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for eight years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies to Work For," and was recently named by The Portland Business Journal the Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon for the sixteenth consecutive year. In addition to its retail banking presence, Umpqua Bank also owns Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a nationally recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to businesses. 




Attached Media Files: Richard Cabrera, EVP and Head of Middle Market Banking at Umpqua Bank

City accepting applications for annual Affordable Housing Fund project grants
City of Vancouver - 07/29/21 8:22 AM

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is now accepting applications for Affordable Housing Fund grants from local government agencies, non-profit organizations, for-profit developers and individual property owners. Approximately $12 million is available in the fund for housing construction, acquisition and rehabilitation projects supporting very low-income households in Vancouver. 

Grants are available to projects that preserve or create affordable housing for residents earning 50 percent or less of the area median income (approximately $48,350/year for a family of four). Creative and outside-the-box ideas are welcome. Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/affordablehousingfund. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. There is no application deadline.

Vancouver City Council will determine which projects receive funding on an ongoing basis approximately 6-8 weeks following the receipt of an application. Please review the detailed application guidelines for more information about the timeline.  

The Affordable Housing Fund was approved by Vancouver voters in 2016. The passage of Proposition 1 gave the city the ability to levy a property tax for the purpose of buying, building and preserving low-income rental housing and preventing homelessness through rental assistance and other housing services.

Since 2017, the city has awarded $24.2 million in Affordable Housing Fund grants to 46 different local projects and programs, including the Englund Manor (3720 E. 18th St.), Meriwether Place (6221 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.) and Isabella Court I and II (3112 N.E. 62nd Ave.) apartment buildings and the planned Mercy-PeaceHealth family housing development (408 and 409 N.E. 93rd Ave.)

To request the application guidelines in another format or language, please contact Peggy Sheehan at 360-487-7952, TTY: 360-487-8602, WA Relay: 711 or by email at peggy.sheehan@cityofvancouver.us

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Soak It Week reminds Oregonians to water their trees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/21 7:30 AM
Drought is stressing street and yard trees across Oregon, prompting groups like Trees for Life Oregon and Oregon Community Trees to declare the last week in the dry months of July and August as Soak It Week. This is a time for deeply watering trees.
Drought is stressing street and yard trees across Oregon, prompting groups like Trees for Life Oregon and Oregon Community Trees to declare the last week in the dry months of July and August as Soak It Week. This is a time for deeply watering trees.
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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is in the grip of a deepening drought ranked as severe to exceptional in more than half the state. Our yard and street trees are particularly hard hit by the prolonged dryness. That’s why Trees for Life Oregon and Oregon Community Trees have again declared the last week in July and the last week in August as Soak It Week. Oregonians are reminded that to keep their street and yard trees healthy, give them a good, slow soaking in their root zone.

“Unlike a lawn, trees are a long-term investment well worth the water needed to get them through our dry summers,” according to Kristin Ramstad, ODF’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program Manager. “People enjoy multiple benefits from healthy, mature trees. They not only clean the air and reduce noise pollution, they also keep things cooler through shade and releasing water from their leaves into the air.  There are also mental health and social benefits, such as improved focus and less stress.”

Deciduous trees under three years need weekly watering in Oregon from the time they leaf out until they’re leaves turn in the fall. The recommended amount is about 15 gallons. Young evergreens need watering once winter rains end and until fall rains return. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a drought-tolerant Oregon white oak that may be all the watering you need to do. But most other species of trees still benefit after they are three years old from a good soaking every other week until they are established (typically at about 10 years). After a tree is established, it benefits from deep watering once a month during the dry months of July and August (hence Soak It Week). 

Oregon Community Trees President Samantha Wolf says, “Well-watered trees grow faster and are less likely to suffer scorching of their leaves and premature leaf drop. So watering gives you a better-looking tree over time than ones that struggle through our increasingly dry summers.” 

Learn more about tree watering at https://arbordayblog.org/treecare/how-to-properly-water-your-trees/




Attached Media Files: Drought is stressing street and yard trees across Oregon, prompting groups like Trees for Life Oregon and Oregon Community Trees to declare the last week in the dry months of July and August as Soak It Week. This is a time for deeply watering trees.

UPDATED Tip of The Week for August 2, 2021- Identity Theft (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/21 6:42 AM
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  TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Date:  July 29, 2021     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers

                   541-265-0654

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IDENTITY THEFT

 

Identity theft continues to be a growing problem costing us billions of dollars every year in personal losses, investigations, and increased financial institution fees.

 

Criminals can obtain personal information from doctors, lawyers, schools, health insurance carriers, the Post Office and even your own home. "Dumpster divers" pick up information you may have thrown away, such as utility bills, credit card slips, magazines, credit card solicitations, and other documents. Thieves will even take mail out of your mailbox before you have a chance to pick it up.

 

  • Do not throw anything away that contains your name and address. You should shred all documents, including pre-approved credit applications received in your name, insurance forms, bank checks and statements you are discarding, and other financial information. Magazine and newspaper labels with your name and address should be shredded as well. A micro-cut shredder is best, but for those with strip shredders, adding water to the strips of paper in a plastic bag and mixing it up will damage the paper and prevent anyone from taping the strips together.

 

  • Pick up your mail as soon as possible from your mailbox. If you are going to be out of town, have the post office hold your mail until you return.

 

  • Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an alternate number and explain why. If a government agency requests your social security number, there should be a privacy notice accompanying the request. 

 

  • Make a list of all your credit card and bank account numbers with customer service phone numbers and keep it in a secure place. 

 

  • When you order new credit cards in the mail or previous ones have expired, watch the calendar to make sure you get the card within the appropriate time. If you have not received the card within that time, call the credit card grantor immediately to find out if the card has been sent. If you do not receive the card, check to make sure a change of address was not filed. 

 

  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if bills do not arrive on time. A missing credit card bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your credit card account and changed your billing address.

 

  • Reconcile all of your bank accounts and regularly check your accounts online to confirm account activity. You are able to obtain a free credit check from each of the three credit bureau service each year: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.  An easy way to accomplish this is to go online to www.annualcreditreport.com.

 

Please guard your identity. It could take years to recover from just one incident of identity theft.

 

 

For more tips and other information, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us of Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff – Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 2021-07/5490/147186/072921_Identity_Theft.pdf , 2021-07/5490/147186/IDENTITY_THEFT.PNG

Wed. 07/28/21
Officer Involved Shooting
Keizer Police Dept. - 07/28/21 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.


BBQ fire displaces three adults (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/28/21 10:32 PM
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At 7:26 pm tonight, residents at 268 NW Mandi St in Hillsboro called 911 to report that their BBQ was on fire with flames as high as 20 feet, visible to neighbors living nearby. As a resident tried to put out the fire, smoke was reportedly filling the home. The incident was upgraded to a first alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.

Engine 1 arrived to find smoke showing from the back of the home and they initiated an attack on the fire. Firefighters found that fire had spread into the crawlspace of the home and transitioned to firefighting efforts in that area. Additional crews checked for extension into the attic and searched the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the back of the home and crawlspace. Crews confirmed that all occupants had exited the home safely.

The resident who attempted to put out the fire before firefighters arrived suffered burns to one hand. No other injuries were reported. A Chaplain responded to the incident to assist the residents. Given the impact of the fire and smoke on the inside of the home, three adult residents were displaced. 

A Hillsboro Fire Investigator determined the cause to be a barbeque fire that extended to the home. 

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you of these safety tips when using your barbeque: 

  • When using your BBQ/grill, move it at least three (3) feet away from your residence
  • Keep flammable materials away from the BBQ/grill
  • Clean and inspect your BBQ/grill regularly to minimize fire hazards such as grease and check for any hose leaks
  • Always remember to completely shut off valves to gas and propane fuel sources when finished grilling

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted by Cornelius Fire Department and Metro West Ambulance.

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Attached Media Files: NW Mandi St-Fire engine at front of the home , NW Mandi St-Firefighters checking crawlspace , NW Mandi St-Location of fire

Victim of Assault Dies At Hospital, Homicide Investigation Underway (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/28/21 10:15 PM
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A victim who was in the hospital after an assault in downtown Portland nearly two weeks ago has died, and the case is now being investigated as a homicide.

On Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 8:11p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a disturbance near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Ankeny Street. When they arrived they located an adult male unconscious with serious injuries. Paramedics responded and transported him to the hospital, where his injuries were determined to be life threatening. Investigating officers learned that there had been a fight between the injured man and another man. The other man involved left the scene before officers arrived.

Due to the life-threatening severity of the injuries, Homicide Unit detectives responded to investigate. On Monday evening, July 26, the victim died at the hospital.

The victim is identified as Patrick Pruitt, 50. His family has been notified of his death. The family provided the attached photograph of Patrick for public release, but they request privacy from the media.

The investigation is continuing. No suspect description is being released and no arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov ; 503-823-0466 or Detective Jason Koenig Jason.Koenig@portlandoregon.gov ; 503-823-0889.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

Photo description: Family photo of Patrick Pruitt smiling

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Attached Media Files: Patrick Pruitt

UPDATE #2: Driver Arrested For Causing Serious Injury Crash (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/28/21 9:56 PM
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The driver who intentionally caused a serious head-on crash July 21 has been arrested thanks to tips from the public.

After the crash, Portland Police Assault Detectives initially ran the license plate of the suspect vehicle, but discovered that it had been purchased and never registered in the buyer's name. After releasing photographs taken at the scene, they received numerous tips from the public that led the identification of the suspect. Tips from the public also led to the location of the suspect vehicle. The female seen in the photo driving the vehicle switched places with the suspect after he caused the crash. She has been identified.

Today, July 28, 2021, PPB Detectives and Gresham Police arrested Joshua D. Henry, 39, of Gresham. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Reckless Driving.

The investigation is still ongoing and there will likely be more arrests.

The Bureau is grateful for all who assisted by sending in information, and to the Gresham Police Department for its assistance.

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Portland Police Bureau Assault Detectives have developed information related to a head-on collision that took place on July 21, 2021. Detectives are looking for a white, 2000 Saturn 200 with Oregon license 594FBF. Detectives believe it may have front end damage. They are interested in identifying the occupants of the car at the time of the crash and have released two photographs they hope will generate tips.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Detective Calvin Goldring Calvin.Goldring@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256 or Detective Anthony Zoeller Anthony.Zoeller@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0743.

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Two vehicle occupants are in the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries after a head-on crash on Northeast Glisan Street in the Hazelwood neighborhood, and the crash is now being investigated as an assault.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 4:35p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a serious injury crash on Northeast Glisan Street near Northeast 114th Avenue. When they arrived they found two vehicles were serious damage, including one whose engine was sheared away (photos). Portland Fire and Rescue and American Medical Response responded and three people were transported to the hospital. Two of them, both adult males, were ejected from one of the vehicles. They have life threatening injuries. A driver in the other vehicle, also an adult male, was taken to the hospital with fractured legs.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries, the Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team (MCT) was activated. During the investigation, Northeast Glisan Street is closed both directions between Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast 114th Avenue.

Preliminary investigation suggest that a third vehicle hit one of the vehicles and the impact pushed it over the center line and head-on into the vehicle coming the opposite direction. The suspect vehicle left the scene before police were called. No suspect information is being released at this time. However, Assault detectives have been called and are working with the MCT. If anyone has information about the what happened before, during, or after the crash, has any video or photographic evidence, or knows anything about the suspect or suspect vehicle, they're asked to contact Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0256, or Detective Anthony Zoeller at Anthony.Zoeller@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0743.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. An update will be provided when appropriate.

Photo 1 description: small white 4 door sedan with engine torn away, heavy damage, doors open, sits in a lawn. Another damaged car is in the background against a pole.
Photo 2 description: Piece of vehicle engine with two wheels lying in grass
Photo 3 description: A silver sedan with heavy front end damage rests against a utility pole
Photo 4 description: Silver sedan from the side. Police officers and firefighters seen working in the background

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Attached Media Files: Second car , Second car with heavy front damage , Car engine and wheels , Car with engine sheared away , Side view of suspect car , View of Suspect through window

Police Oversight Commission Appointed by Portland City Council
Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty - 07/28/21 8:27 PM

Portland’s new civilian police oversight system was approved by over 82% of Portland voters last November. Today the Portland City Council unanimously appointed the 20 person Police Oversight Commission that will provide a framework for what is required of the new police oversight system. More than 100 community members submitted applications to be a part of this historic endeavor. All 5 Council offices worked collaboratively to choose the 20 community members appointed to the Commission.

Following the murder of George Floyd by Officer Derek Chauvin last summer, Portlanders joined a worldwide movement demanding racial justice and police accountability by taking to the streets for over 100 consecutive days. In response to this historic moment, the Portland City Council addressed community dissatisfaction with our current system of police oversight and referred a ballot measure to voters to change the City Charter to establish a new civilian oversight board for Portland Police.

“Accountability in policing is long overdue. We are on a path to having a fair, truly independent, civilian police oversight system that will provide accountability and policy changes to the Portland Police Bureau. Today we appointed Portlanders with a diversity of backgrounds, viewpoints, and lived experiences that will produce a robust and thoughtful set of recommendations about how our new police oversight system should function.”

 – Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty  

The Police Oversight Commission will have no longer than 18 months to provide these recommendations. 

You can find biographies and statements of interest from all 20 members of the Police Oversight Commission that were appointed today here: https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/council-documents/2021/rethink-police-accountability-commission-bios.pdf

The mandated duties for the Police Oversight Commission can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/council-documents/2021/rethink-police-accountability-commission-scope-of-work-final-draft.pdf

A job posting for a dedicated City staffer that will support the work of the Police Oversight Commission closed on July 16th and is expected to be filled soon.  


Missing adult located (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/28/21 6:49 PM
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Mark Thomas Meyer has been located and is safe. VPD thanks all for their attention to this matter.  




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 07/28/21 5:39 PM

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, EMS, and ODOT.


Portland is ready for hot weather this week; cooling centers available throughout the city starting Thursday
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 07/28/21 5:23 PM

With temperatures expected to reach near 100 degrees on Thursday and Friday and a National Weather Service heat advisory in effect, the City of Portland has ensured that there are cool, air-conditioned places for the community. The City is proactively opening up two Portland Parks & Recreation community centers and the Portland Building for anyone in need of place to stay safe and cool. 

The following locations will open this Thursday and Friday from noon to 9 p.m.

  • The Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave (Downtown).
  • The Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St (Elliot neighborhood). 
  • The Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave (Portsmouth neighborhood). 

Check Multnomah County’s “Help for What It’s Hot” website for additional cooling spots including libraries and other public locations - https://www.multco.us/help-when-its-hot.

Portland is also working with community partners to offer pop-up cooling spaces in neighborhoods, including culturally-specific resources. The City is working with Multnomah County to conduct direct outreach to houseless individuals to distribute water, electrolyte packets, and other cooling items as well as activating its network of over 2,200 Neighborhood Emergency Team volunteers to help with heat-related efforts. 

After the June heat wave, Mayor Wheeler directed the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director and Community Safety Transition Director to co-convene a task force to create short-term and long-term plans to better prepare for future heat emergencies. Portland’s actions this week, drawing from the task force’s work, will provide more ways for the community to stay safe with hot temperatures in the forecast.

“We must act with urgency to ensure community safety as extreme heat becomes the new normal,” said Mayor Wheeler. “I ask all Portlanders to check in with family, friends, and neighbors this week, especially those living alone and without air conditioning, and share where they can go to keep cool.”

Additional safety information about extreme heat and what you can do to stay safe is available at https://www.publicalerts.org/extreme-heat.

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Apartment fire from improper storage of smoking materials
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/28/21 4:56 PM

At 10:08 am this morning, a commercial fire alarm alert was received at the Washington County 911 dispatch center indicating fire sprinkler activation at 722 NE Autumncreek Way in Hillsboro. Additional information to 911 reported white smoke coming from a third-floor apartment and that a person may be inside the unit. The incident was upgraded to a first alarm. 

Fire engine 6 arrived within three minutes to find smoke showing from an upstairs unit and audible fire alarms. When firefighters made entry into the unit, they found heavy smoke, fire sprinklers flowing, and two persons inside the unit. Both people were rescued and taken safely down to awaiting paramedics. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the single unit. The fire did not extend to any additional units but the apartment immediately below the fire was impacted by water from the sprinkler system.

A Hillsboro Fire Investigator determined the cause of the fire to be improper storage of smoking materials.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you that working smoke alarms save lives. Test your alarm regularly and practice your home escape plan. 

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Police, and Metro West Ambulance.

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Arrest Made Connected with Armed Robbery, Shots Fired Cases in the Cully Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/28/21 4:41 PM
Cunningham Gun
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Through collaboration with multiple Portland Police divisions, a suspect connected to armed robberies and gun crimes all in the Cully Neighborhood has been arrested and a gun has been seized.

On July 3rd, 2021 at 8:33a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 60th Avenue and Northeast Killingsworth Street on the report a male was firing a gun into the air. Officers responded and spoke to witnesses, but were unable to locate the individual involved at the time.

On July 8th, 2021 at 3:14p.m., a business in the 6000 Block of Northeast 60th Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured. The suspect was not located, however assigned robbery investigators were able to determine the suspect in this robbery was the same individual who had previously fired shots on July 3rd. They continued to work on the case.

On July 21st, 2021 at about 12:26p.m., a shooting occurred at a business in the 5900 Block of Northeast Killingsworth Street where a male suspect fired multiple rounds at a victim. Fortunately the victim was not injured. The suspect had left the scene and responding officers were not able to locate him at the time. Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) investigators responded and were able to establish that the suspect in this incident was the same individual from the July 3rd and July 8th incidents.

The assigned ECST and Robbery detectives began collaboratively working these cases.

On July 27th, 2021 at about 9:25a.m., a business in the 5800 Block of Northeast Prescott Street was robbed at gunpoint. There were no injuries. North Precinct patrol officers responded and recognized the suspect description was similar to that of the suspect in the previously mentioned cases. Further investigation confirmed that the suspect in this robbery was the same individual involved in the July 3rd, July 8th, and July 21st incidents. North Patrol, ECST, and Robbery Division personnel worked together and were able to positively identify the suspect and an associated residence.

On July 28th, 2021 at about 1:46a.m., the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) executed a high risk warrant service at a residence in the 5900 Block of Northeast Killingsworth Street and arrested Michael Darnell Cunningham III, 28, of Portland. During the warrant service, Cunningham armed himself with a handgun. Due to significant police resources dedicated to the warrant, he was surrounded and unable to escape. Negotiators were able to talk to him from a safe position of cover. Cunningham did not surrender however, and a K9 unit police dog was used to help safely take Cunningham into custody.

A subsequent search warrant was executed at Cunningham’s residence where pictured firearm was recovered as well as other evidence connected to the mentioned cases.

Cunningham was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempt Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree (2 counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (3 counts). Further charges may be forthcoming after the District Attorney's office reviews the involved cases.

Anyone with information about these cases or any others that may involve Cunningham can reach out to ECST or Robbery. Please reference case 21-199717 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-0400.

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Attached Media Files: Cunningham Gun

County seeks volunteers to write for and against statements for sales tax propositions
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/28/21 4:32 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Each year, the Clark County Auditor’s Office publishes a voters’ pamphlet for the general election which is mailed to all households in Clark County. It includes candidate statements and photographs and local ballot measures with supporting and opposing statements written by citizen committees. 

A legislative body placing a measure on the ballot shall appoint a committee to write a supporting statement and another committee to write an opposing statement.

The Clark County Council is considering one of two resolutions to propose a sales tax ballot measure to fund body worn cameras for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and associated administrative expenses. One option is through a Public Safety Sales Tax and the second option is through a Juvenile Detention Facilities and Jail Sales Tax. The county council is seeking volunteers to serve on committees to write a statement for and a statement opposing the measures. Each sales tax proposal would have one “for” committee and one “against” committee. 

Each measure would increase sales tax in Clark County by one-tenth of 1%. The council will consider putting one of the measures on the Nov. 2, 2021, general election ballot.

The county council is seeking to fill these committees prior to adopting a resolution in order to meet timelines established for production of the voters’ pamphlet.

Clark County residents who wish to be appointed to any of the statement for or statement against committees is asked to contact Kristin Davidson, County Manager’s Office, at istin.davidson@clark.wa.gov">Kristin.davidson@clark.wa.gov or by phone at (564) 397-4167 and identify which ballot measure you are interested (Public Safety Sales Tax, Juvenile Detention Facilities and Jail Sales Tax, or either one) and if you are interested in the “for” or “against” committee. 

Please contact the county soon; the deadline is 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2.


Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities' Members Pump $1.58 Billion into Oregon's Economy
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 07/28/21 4:30 PM

TUALATIN – The annual economic impact to the State of Oregon from fourteen of its nonprofit, independent colleges and universities is $1.58 billion, according to a just completed study that used FY18 data. 

“The nonprofit, independent higher education sector is a key driver in Oregon’s economy,” said Brent Wilder, President of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (The Alliance). “Collectively, our member institutions are economic engines in this state, serving as magnets attracting students and their families, alumni and tourists who spend money locally yet use minimal municipal services. Our members are large employers in their communities and collectively employ over 7,000 people statewide.” 

Among the findings, fourteen independent nonprofit colleges and universities in Oregon: 

  • generated a total impact on the Oregon economy of $1.58 billion representing a direct economic impact of $1.04 billion in direct institutional spending for employee spending, university purchases, capital expenditures, student, visitor, and alumni spending, as well as another nearly $543 million in induced spending.
  • created 13,637 jobs in Oregon in 2018 because of the economic activity generated by the sector.
  • contributed over $1.2 billion in alumni earnings to Oregon’s economy, which generated significant taxes and spending on the local level.
  • are magnets for students and visitors who spent nearly $304 million.
  • resulted in a cost savings of over $207 million to the state of Oregon in 2019.

“Oregon’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities are hubs of commerce for the communities and regions that we call home. We offer world-class education to students from across the nation and globe, preparing our students to meet the needs of employers and our state’s economy,” said President Miles K. Davis of Linfield University and chair of The Alliance. “Our campuses are talent centers where knowledge is produced, where science is advanced, and where the arts contribute to the vibrancy of our cultural communities.” 

The study was conducted by Mark Gius, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Quinnipiac University and The Alliance member institutions that are included in the study are as follows: Bushnell University, Corban University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield University, Multnomah University, National University of Natural Medicine, Pacific Northwest College of Art (now a part of Willamette University), Pacific University, University of Portland, University of Western States, Warner Pacific University, Western Seminary, and Willamette University. For detailed information on the data and an explanation of Dr. Gius’s process, please visit OAICU’s 2018-2019 Economic Impact Report.

The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”) is comprised of 13 private, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state of Oregon. These institutions deliver high-quality experiential learning with high-impact teaching strategies. The Alliance is the collective voice of Oregon's independent, nonprofit higher education sector. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org


County council meetings to remain virtual through August
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/28/21 4:27 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council decided this week to keep its public meetings in a virtual format through the end of August at which time councilors will re-evaluate and consider whether to open meetings to in-person attendance. 

The council had previously decided earlier this month to re-open its public meetings to in-person attendance beginning Aug. 1. However, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 case numbers, the council chose to delay that action and consider it again towards the end of August. 

Council meeting agendas, participation instructions and a public comment form are on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetings

County employees and visitors entering county buildings are subject to Washington State guidance regarding face coverings. People not fully vaccinated must wear masks in county buildings. Anyone who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering but not required to do so.

Residents can get up-to-date COVID-19 information including infection data and how to get vaccinated on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus


Sheriff's Office Establishes account for donations in memoriam Sergeant Jeremy Brown
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/28/21 4:15 PM

UPDATED ACCOUNT INFORMATION CHANGED

Due to a minor miscommunication, the donation account number for Sergeant Jeremy Brown has changed. Below is the updated information:

Financial Institution: IQ Credit Union

Account Name:  Clark County Sheriff’s Office Brown Family Memorial Fund

Routing Number: 323383378

Account Number: 810006978229

Incoming Wire:

IQ Credit Union

1313 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

Routing#323383378

 

Local residents can donate at any branch of IQ Credit Union, or mail a check to the address above, reference the account information. IQ Credit Union’s website is: https://www.iqcu.com

Please disregard the information from the previous press release.  That account has been closed.  We apologize for any confusion.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has established an account for well-wishers who wish to donate in support and memory of Detective Jeremy Brown.    The information is as follows:

Financial Institution: IQ Credit Union

Account Name:  Clark County Sheriff’s Office Brown Family Memorial Fund

Routing Number: 323383378

Account Number: 800006978226

 

Incoming Wire:

IQ Credit Union

1313 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

Routing#323383378

 

Local residents can donate at any branch of IQ Credit Union.  Their website is: https://www.iqcu.com.


State of Oregon Releases Expedited After-Action Review of June Heatwave, Recommendations for Future Extreme Weather Events
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 07/28/21 3:32 PM

Oregonians advised to prepare for potential triple-digit temperatures through the weekend

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today submitted to the Governor’s Office an After-Action Review of the June 2021 excessive heat event. The AAR assesses government efforts to prevent and prepare for extreme weather events and outlines recommendations for immediate and future implementation. 

Governor Kate Brown directed OEM to lead the expedited review following the excessive heat that occurred June 25 to June 30, 2021, in which at least 83 Oregonians tragically lost their lives to heat-related illness. With potential triple-digit temperatures expected again this weekend, OEM is working with local emergency management partners and fellow state agencies to immediately implement recommendations from the report to help ensure Oregonians are prepared for the extreme heat.

The AAR analyzed collaborative actions by federal, state, tribal, local agencies and non-profit organizations to respond to the unprecedented heat event. Topline results found that partners moved quickly to assess regional needs and align outreach to provide information and resources to their communities on how to stay safe.

“While these efforts undoubtedly saved lives, it is unacceptable that so many were unable to access the available resources,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “Oregon lives were lost to the heat, highlighting gaps where improvements are needed to reduce the impact of future extreme weather events. We’re calling on state, local and regional governments, community organizations and the public to pull together and prepare for the hot summer months ahead -- and the inevitable effects of our changing climate.”

The review presents 16 recommendations for immediate and long-term implementation. The state is working swiftly with partners to implement immediate recommendations; four of which have already been put into action. Those include:

  • Increased and earlier health information sharing with local leadership.
  • Ensuring 211 is resourced to provide 24/7 coverage to respond to inquiries and requests for assistance.
  • Ongoing conversations with local partners to waive public transit fares during extreme heat events.
  • Prioritizing the importance of readiness for Oregonians and communicating the importance of checking on neighbors, relatives and coworkers.

Long-term recommendations advise governments to prepare for future climate-driven events by identifying communities in need, enhancing early communication around the risks of extreme weather and implementing infrastructure-level policy changes to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Rachael Banks, Oregon’s Public Health Director, said OHA is looking at innovative approaches to help Oregonians protect themselves during extreme weather conditions like excessive heat, including working on new strategies that will make existing housing healthier and safer.

“Simple steps such as weatherizing a home can help keep cool temperatures in and hot temperatures out. Such improvements can also help people avoid wildfire smoke that has become a common part of our summers.”

The Excessive Heat After-Action Review can be found by following this link.

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Weekly COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, deaths fall
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/21 3:30 PM

Weekly COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, deaths fall

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows an increase in daily cases and hospitalizations and a decline in COVID-19 related deaths. 

OHA reported 3,098 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, July 19, through Sunday, July 25. That represents a 53% rise over the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 146, up from 123 the previous week.

There were 12 reported COVID-19 related deaths, down from 29 reported the previous week.

There were 54,566 tests for COVID-19 for the week of July 18 through July 24. Reported cases increased despite a 12% decrease in testing, while test positivity rose from 4.2% to 5.0%.

As of July 27, 2,477,608 Oregonians — 58.1% of the state’s total population — had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Case rates have generally been higher in counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates. During the week of July 18–25, the 10 counties with case rates in excess of 100 per 100,000 had population vaccination rates below 50%.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 28 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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Oregon OSHA insta a los empleadores a cumplir con las nuevas obligaciones para proteger a los trabajadores de las enfermedades causadas por el calor a medida que aumentan las temperaturas (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/28/21 3:23 PM
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(Salem) – A medida que aumentan las temperaturas en los próximos días, Oregon OSHA les recuerda a los empleadores sus nuevas obligaciones bajo una regla de prevención de enfermedades de emergencia por calor. Al mismo tiempo, los trabajadores tienen derecho a un lugar de trabajo seguro y saludable, incluido el derecho a plantear preocupaciones de seguridad a sus empleadores sin temor a represalias.

Oregon OSHA ofrece asesoría gratuita y recursos educativos para ayudar a los empleadores a cumplir con la regla, que entró en vigor inmediatamente cuando fue adoptada el 8 de julio. Si los empleadores se niegan a abordar las preocupaciones planteadas por los trabajadores, los trabajadores pueden presentar una queja ante Oregon OSHA. Es contra la ley castigar a un trabajador por plantear problemas de salud y seguridad en el trabajo.

La regla temporal de emergencia de Oregon OSHA permanecerá en vigencia hasta el 3 de enero del 2022, o hasta que sea reemplazada por una regla permanente de prevención de enfermedades causadas por el calor, que se espera ocurra a finales de este año. La regla de emergencia temporal se aplica a cualquier lugar de trabajo, al aire libre y en interiores, donde los peligros del calor son causados por el clima. Los requisitos incluyen acceso ampliado a sombra y agua fría; descansos regulares para refrescarse; capacitación; comunicación; y planificación de emergencias.
La división ofrece hojas de datos en inglés y español que describen los requisitos clave de la regla. Además, la división ha publicado un nuevo documento de preguntas y respuestas, en inglés y español, para ayudar a comprender la regla.
Bajo un nuevo programa de énfasis, Oregon OSHA ha aumentado su presencia de vigilancia en temas de enfermedades causadas por el calor con más inspectores en el campo durante los días calurosos.
Se alienta a los empleadores a usar recursos gratuitos, ahora disponibles en Oregon OSHA y que involucran no culpa, sin citaciones y sin sanciones, para ayudar con el cumplimiento de los requisitos:

Servicios de asesoría: brinda ayuda gratuita con programas de seguridad y salud, que incluyen cómo controlar y eliminar peligros, y capacitación práctica.
• Teléfono (gratuito en Oregon):): 800-922-2689
• Oficinas de campo
• En línea
• Correo electrónico: consult.web@oregon.gov
Personal técnico: ayuda a los empleadores a comprender los requisitos y cómo aplicarlos en sus lugares de trabajo
• Teléfono (gratuito en Oregon):): 800-922-2689
• En línea
• Correo electrónico: tech.web@oregon.gov

Además, una lista de recursos educativos estatales y nacionales sobre la prevención de enfermedades causadas por el calor está disponible como parte de comunicaciones anteriores emitidas por Oregon OSHA, tanto en inglés como en español.

Además, el Departamento de Servicios para Consumidores y Negocios de Oregon, que incluye Oregon OSHA, mantiene el Programa de Comunicaciones Multiculturales que brinda alcance a las comunidades con dominio limitado del inglés. Ese alcance abarca información sobre la seguridad y la salud en el trabajo. El programa incluye un número de teléfono gratuito para los oregonianos de habla hispana: 800-843-8086.

Los trabajadores pueden presentar una queja ante Oregon OSHA utilizando el formulario de notificación de peligros en línea de la división, disponible en español e inglés. La lista de oficinas de campo está disponible en la página "Presentar una queja" de la división. La división anima a los trabajadores a aprender sobre sus derechos para plantear preocupaciones de seguridad y para protegerse contra represalias.

Según los requisitos de emergencia temporal, los empleadores deben tomar medidas específicas cuando el índice de calor alcanza o excede los 80 grados Fahrenheit, lo que incluye proporcionar suficiente sombra y un suministro adecuado de agua potable. Cuando el índice de calor excede los 90 grados Fahrenheit, los empleadores deben seguir todas las reglas en el umbral de 80 grados y tomar más medidas. Esas medidas incluyen comunicación y observación, descansos regulares para enfriarse, planificación de emergencias y adaptación gradual de los empleados al calor.
Los documentos de las reglas de emergencia están disponibles para su revisión de las siguientes maneras:

• Página de reglas adoptadas por Oregon OSHA: Seguridad y salud ocupacional de Oregón: Reglas adoptadas: Elaboración de reglas: Estado de Oregón

• Reglas temporales para abordar la exposición de los empleados a altas temperaturas ambientales: Reglas temporales para abordar la exposición de los empleados a altas temperaturas ambientales (oregon.gov)

• Texto de las reglas adoptadas: Texto de las reglas temporales para abordar la exposición de los empleados a altas temperaturas ambientales (oregon.gov)

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Oregon OSHA, es una división del Departamento de Servicios para Consumidores y Negocios, hace cumplir las reglas de salud y seguridad en el lugar de trabajo del estado y trabaja para mejorar la seguridad y salud en el lugar de trabajo para todos los trabajadores de Oregon. Para obtener más información, visite osha.oregon.gov.

El Departamento de Servicios para Consumidores y Negocios es la agencia reguladora y de protección al consumidor más grande de Oregon. Para obtener más información, visite www.oregon.gov/dcbs/.

 




Attached Media Files: DCBS logo , Oregon OSHA logo

Las empresas afectadas por la pandemia ahora son elegibles para reducción de impuestos sobre nómina de UI: Se deben cumplir ciertos requisitos para que la obligación tributaria del UI de Oregon 2021 sea diferida o condonada
Oregon Employment Department - 07/28/21 3:01 PM

July 28, 2021 (Salem, OR)-- Ayer, la Gobernadora Kate Brown firmó el Proyecto de Ley 3389 de la Cámara de Representantes, que proporciona reducción y aplazamiento de impuestos del seguro de desempleo (UI) de 2021 para las empresas que califiquen. El programa de reducción fiscal fue desarrollado en colaboración por el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon, la gobernadora Brown y la Legislatura del Estado de Oregon como respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, que ha tenido un impacto significativo en muchas empresas.

"No hay duda de que el pilar económico de Oregon, nuestras pequeñas empresas, así como los trabajadores de Oregon empleados en esas empresas, se vieron profundamente afectados por la pandemia", dijo la gobernadora Brown. “Pero a través de estos tiempos difíciles, hemos visto a los habitantes de Oregon responder con creatividad y fortaleza. Ahora que abrimos el siguiente capítulo de la pandemia y buscamos la recuperación económica, el proyecto de ley HB 3389 brindará cierto alivio a las empresas y, al mismo tiempo, garantizará que podamos continuar brindando beneficios de desempleo a todos los habitantes de Oregon que los necesiten."

El Plan de alivio de impuestos sobre la nómina de UI proporciona tres cosas:

  1. Para el año tributario de UI 2021, los empleadores elegibles pueden diferir un tercio de su obligación tributaria de UI hasta el 30 de junio de 2022 y evitar los intereses y multas asociados
  2. Se puede perdonar hasta el 100% de los impuestos de UI diferibles de 2021, en función de cuánto aumentó la tasa de UI de un empleador de 2020 a 2021
  3. La calificación de experiencia fiscal de un empleador desde 2022 hasta 2024 se reducirá a la tasa de experiencia de UI de 2020 que tenía el empleador antes de la pandemia. Las tasas impositivas pueden fluctuar de 2022 a 2024 debido a cambios en el programa de impuestos; sin embargo, la tasa del empleador se basará en su calificación de experiencia antes de la pandemia

La cantidad de impuestos de UI de 2021 que los empleadores pueden aplazar o perdonar depende de cuánto aumentó su tasa de UI de 2020 a 2021.

  • Un aumento de 0.5% a 1% en las tasas de impuestos del UI solo será elegible para aplazamiento
  • Si la tasa de impuestos aumentó más de 1% punto porcentual y no más de 1.5% puntos porcentuales serán elegibles para la condonación del 50% de sus impuestos diferibles del UI
  • La tasa impositiva aumentó más de 1.5 puntos porcentuales y no más de 2.0 puntos porcentuales serán elegibles para la condonación del 75% de sus impuestos diferibles del UI 
  • La tasa impositiva aumentada en más de 2.0 puntos de porcentuales será elegible para la condonación del 100% de sus impuestos de UI diferibles

Los empleadores deben cumplir con todas las condiciones siguientes para ser elegibles para el aplazamiento y la condonación de impuestos del UI:

  1. A partir del 1 de enero de 2021, haya pagado todas las contribuciones tributarias de UI pendientes y las responsabilidades relacionadas, incluidas las determinadas en un plan de pago aceptado por el director del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon
  2. Presente todos los informes de nómina requeridos para 2021 a tiempo,
  3. Pague todas las obligaciones tributarias a tiempo para 2021 que no se difieran ni condonen

No existe una solicitud para el Plan de alivio de impuestos sobre la nómina del seguro de desempleo. El Departamento de Empleo inscribirá automáticamente a los empleadores elegibles en el plan y se comunicará con los empleadores durante el año fiscal del UI 2021 con actualizaciones o cambios en el estado o los requisitos de elegibilidad.

La participación en la parte de aplazamiento de este plan de ayuda podría afectar negativamente el crédito del impuesto federal por desempleo de un empleador. Es posible que algunos empleadores no puedan acceder al crédito completo para el impuesto estatal por desempleo pagado en su Formulario 940 del IRS (Declaración federal de impuestos por desempleo) si pagan los impuestos estatales por desempleo después de la fecha de vencimiento del Formulario federal 940. Para información adicional por favor visite irs.gov/instructions/i940.

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Attached Media Files: 2021-07/930/147147/HB3389_PR_SP_final.pdf

CORRECTION: Oregon reports 804 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/21 3:01 PM

CORRECTION: This press release is revised to correct todays’ reported number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon. The correct number is 274.

July 28, 2021

Oregon reports 804 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,849, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 804 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 217,690.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,499 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,981 doses were administered on July 27 and 2,518 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 27.

The seven-day running average is now 4,610 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,647,798 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,780,671 first and second doses of Moderna and 179,885 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,477,608 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,302,395 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,010,095 doses of Pfizer, 2,288,400 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 274, which is 15 more than yesterday. There are 86 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (19), Benton (13), Clackamas (44), Clatsop (8), Columbia (10), Coos (8), Crook (6), Curry (5), Deschutes (43), Douglas (50), Grant (1),  Harney (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (91), Jefferson (7), Josephine (54), Lane (67), Lincoln (5), Linn (38), Malheur (7), Marion (59), Morrow (4), Multnomah (80), Polk (12), Sherman (4), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (55), Union (19), Wallowa (7), Wasco (5), Washington (59), Wheeler (1), Yamhill (16).

Oregon’s 2,844th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on June 26 and died on July 25 at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,845th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on June 5 and died on June 18 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,846th COVID-19 death is a 99-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on May 7 and died on July 6 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,847th COVID-19 death is a 37-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on July 25 and died on July 25 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,848th COVID-19 death is a 33-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on July 24 and died on July 24 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,849th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman from Umatilla county who tested positive on July 23 and died on July 27. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed. 

 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Media Invited to Metro Fire Camp at TVF&R Training Center (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/28/21 2:25 PM
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Media Invitation - Video & Interview Opportunity

Event:  2021 Metro Fire Camp
Date:  Friday, July 30, 2021
Time:  10:30 a.m. - noon
Location:  TVF&R Training Center, 12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, 97140
Contact:  Kim Haughn, Public Information Officer, 503-259-1192 or Kim.Haughn@tvfr.com 

Please join us this Friday, July 30, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and noon to see professional female firefighters coaching young women on what it takes to be in the fire service. 

After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Fire Camp is back! 

In partnership with Portland Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will be hosting the Metro Fire Camp starting Friday, July 30, through Sunday, August 1. The camp is organized and led entirely by professional female firefighters from multiple agencies across the west coast. There will be 40 young women participating between the ages of 16 to 20.

The free camp is designed to instill confidence and build teamwork skills in those who identify as female through hands-on firefighter training. The camp itinerary consists of various stations and scenarios each day such as taking hydrants, hose practices, controlling nozzles, standpipe evolutions, rope operations, ladders, search and rescue, vehicle extrication, forcible entry, emergency medical skills, nutrition, physical fitness, and interview techniques.

The camp’s mission is to recruit women to consider a rewarding fire service career. 

NOTE:The following mandatory COVID-19 protective measures will be in place during the camp. They apply to camp attendees, personnel from all fire agencies, and members of the media.

  • Everyone must sign-in for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Anyone who is not vaccinated is required to always wear a mask.
  • Vaccinated individuals must wear a mask upon arrival and provide proof of their vaccination to the on-site safety officer in order to remove their mask. 
    • Masks are still encouraged for vaccinated individuals whenever they are within six feet of others and inside the Training Center building.
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals should be maintained at all times, when possible.  



Attached Media Files: 2019 Metro Fire Camp Group Photo

Money Launderer for Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/28/21 2:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Mexican National who jointly operated Tienda Mexicana González Bros., a small convenience store and market in Southeast Portland, was sentenced to federal prison today for using the business and its money transmission licenses to launder millions of dollars in drug proceeds on behalf of a Mexico-based drug trafficking organization operating in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Jesus González Vazquez, 37, of Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced to 132 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

“Money launderers who help drug trafficking organizations transfer their illegal proceeds are equally culpable for the path of destruction caused by illegal drugs. While drug trafficking organizations can quickly replace low-level couriers and dealers when they are arrested by law enforcement, it’s much harder for these organizations to quickly replace savvy, large volume money launderers like Mr. González Vazquez and his brother Mr. Romo. Mr. González Vazquez’s prosecution and lengthy prison sentence will challenge this organization’s ability to profit from their crimes and sends a strong message that money laundering is a serious crime with significant consequences,” said Scott Erik Asphaug, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“Drug cartels thrive on their lust for money and power,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “Operating under the guise of a small convenience store, Vazquez funneled millions of drug profits back to Mexico. This sentence is a successful step towards removing the ability of the cartels to collect their profits from the poison they inject into our communities.”

“This case highlights the importance of teaming with our federal and local partners in order to address these and other related large-scale issues,” said Interim Chief Claudio Grandjean of the Gresham Police Department. “The opioid crisis is ravaging so many in our communities across the region and across the country. I’m proud of the part the Gresham Police Department was able to play in holding those accountable who seek to profit from others’ misery.”

According to court documents, beginning in 2018, two men, Samuel Diaz and Faustino Monroy, organized, led, and ran a drug trafficking organization, based in Mexico, responsible for trafficking hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and heroin into Oregon for distribution. Diaz and Monroy worked closely with two associates, Edgar Omar Quiroz and Gerson Fernando Martinez-Cruz, who ran a Portland distribution cell. At its peak, Quiroz and Martinez-Cruz’s cell was responsible for distributing as much as 77 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of heroin weekly in and around Portland.

The organization’s numerous sources of supply would import large quantities of illegal drugs that were taken to stash houses throughout the metro area where they were processed and prepared for sale. A large network of local drug dealers would then distribute user quantities of each drug. The organization would routinely change stash locations, rotate vehicles and phones, and pay individual couriers to take time off to avoid detection by law enforcement.

In approximately 2011, González Vazquez moved to Oregon and began working with his co-defendant and brother, Juan Antonio Romo, 46, also of Jalisco, at the González Bros. market. During this time, the market was an authorized agent for Sigue Corporation; Servicio UniTeller, Inc.; and Continental Exchange Solutions/Ria Financial, three large money services businesses known primarily for international money wires. Between January 2015 and October 2019, the majority of money transfers initiated at the market were conducted by González Vazquez and Romo.

On a continuing basis, González Vazquez and Romo would receive the proceeds of the Diaz-Monroy organization’s illegal drug sales in the form of bulk cash delivered by couriers to the González Bros. market. González Vazquez and Romo would wire the money to various DTO contacts throughout Mexico, structuring the transfers into multiple smaller transactions to avoid detection by the money services businesses or financial regulators. According to the government’s evidence, between January 2015 and October 2019, González Vazquez and Romo laundered at least $19 million dollars in drug proceeds from the market.

In addition to laundering the DTO’s proceeds, González Vazquez also performed other illegal functions for the organization, including facilitating the purchase of weapons in the U.S. to smuggle to Mexico, facilitating large drug transactions, assisting the escape of a fugitive to Mexico, assisting various drug dealers obtain false driver’s licenses, and helping DTO associates illegally enter the U.S.

In October 2019, González Vazquez and many of his co-defendants were arrested as part of a coordinated, multi-agency law enforcement operation. Investigators executed federal search warrants at more than a dozen locations throughout the Portland area, seizing 22 pounds of methamphetamine, quantities of heroin and cocaine, and seven firearms. González Vazquez and his co-defendants arrested as part of the takedown joined several others already in state custody on related charges. In total, law enforcement seized 51 firearms, including assault rifles, shotguns, and handguns, from defendants affiliated with the Diaz-Monroy drug trafficking organization.

On October 24, 2019, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a 61-count superseding indictment charging González Vazquez and 41 others for their roles in the drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy.

On March 24, 2021, González Vazquez pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering.

During his sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon ordered González Vazquez to forfeit all assets seized by law enforcement during the investigation, including body armor, firearms, magazines, several dozen cell phones, and more than $250,000 in criminally-derived proceeds seized by law enforcement.

González Vazquez is the twentieth defendant sentenced for his role in the conspiracy. Defendants have been sentenced to as much as 235 months in prison. 24 defendants are awaiting sentencing and one is pending trial. Diaz, Monroy, and several other defendants are fugitives believed to be in Mexico.

Acting U.S. Attorney Asphaug, Special Agent in Charge Hammer, and Interim Chief Grandjean made the announcement.

This case was investigated by HSI Portland and the Gresham Police Department with assistance from the FBI; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Oregon State Police; Portland Police Bureau; and the Multnomah, Clackamas, and Clark County Sheriff’s Offices. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the department’s strategy for reducing the availability of drugs in the U.S. OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack on drug trafficking by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in coordination with state and local law enforcement.

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State Agencies Join Forces to Raise Awareness for Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, on Benefits of Outdoor Recreation (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/28/21 2:00 PM
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Ask anyone about communing in the outdoors, whether hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping or just “being,” and many will share a long list of benefits to their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. But what many people may not be aware of are the wide range of recreational benefits offered through state agency programs and organizations that serve veterans, active military, and persons with physical limitations.

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Oregon (ODVA), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), are joining forces to raise awareness for veterans and persons with disabilities around different outdoor adventures in the state to uncover some of the lesser-known water recreation opportunities in the outdoors that aid in the healing process. These agencies are committed to working together to help remove barriers and improve information sharing to better connect people to the water so healing can happen.

Through the end of the year, the agencies will highlight various opportunities to get out on the water to boat, fish, and enjoy other forms of outdoor recreation. Additional outreach will include blogs/vlogs highlighting personal stories, agency license/pass discounts, grant opportunities, interactive maps of ADA facilities, and trip planning tips. Information is shared on ODVA’s Recreation page. People are invited to also subscribe to ODVA’s email distribution list for benefit and program information.

“We are excited about this partnership to build awareness of the many recreation benefits and opportunities available to Oregon veterans to enjoy our beautiful state,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “The mental and physical healing that is experienced by being in the outdoors, is so important to the overall recovery and well-being of so many of our state’s veterans who have served our nation.”

Visit ODVA’s recreation page to learn more about programs and benefits.

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Oregon reports 804 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/21 1:44 PM

July 28, 2021

Oregon reports 804 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,849, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 804 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 217,690.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,499 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,981 doses were administered on July 27 and 2,518 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 27.

The seven-day running average is now 4,610 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,647,798 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,780,671 first and second doses of Moderna and 179,885 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,477,608 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,302,395 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,010,095 doses of Pfizer, 2,288,400 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 274, which is 15 more than yesterday. There are 86 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (19), Benton (13), Clackamas (44), Clatsop (8), Columbia (10), Coos (8), Crook (6), Curry (5), Deschutes (43), Douglas (50), Grant (1),  Harney (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (91), Jefferson (7), Josephine (54), Lane (67), Lincoln (5), Linn (38), Malheur (7), Marion (59), Morrow (4), Multnomah (80), Polk (12), Sherman (4), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (55), Union (19), Wallowa (7), Wasco (5), Washington (59), Wheeler (1), Yamhill (16).

Oregon’s 2,844th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on June 26 and died on July 25 at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,845th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on June 5 and died on June 18 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,846th COVID-19 death is a 99-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on May 7 and died on July 6 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,847th COVID-19 death is a 37-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on July 25 and died on July 25 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,848th COVID-19 death is a 33-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on July 24 and died on July 24 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,849th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman from Umatilla county who tested positive on July 23 and died on July 27. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed. 

 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese appoints first female undersheriff in agency history (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/28/21 1:43 PM
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Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese is excited to announce the appointment of a new Undersheriff, Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell. Morrisey O’Donnell is the first female Undersheriff in the history of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Morrisey O’Donnell started at the sheriff’s office in 1996 and has served various roles in corrections, law enforcement and senior leadership. Most recently, Morrisey O’Donnell served as Chief Deputy of the Law Enforcement Division, where she oversaw public safety operations in unincorporated Multnomah County and the sheriff’s office’s contract cities of Fairview, Maywood Park, Troutdale and Wood Village.

Morrisey O’Donnell is uniquely qualified to serve in this position as she is certified as both a corrections and law enforcement professional, which gives her a valuable global perspective on public safety. Over her 25 years with the agency, she has served in virtually every role as a deputy, lieutenant, captain and chief deputy with assignments in corrections facilities, court services, training and patrol. 

“Undersheriff Morrisey O’Donnell is deeply dedicated to building community trust through transparent public safety engagement and honest, direct community service,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “She is a proven public safety professional, and I respect her strong, capable leadership.”

As Undersheriff, Morrisey O’Donnell will be second-in-command and have direct roles in the planning, organizing, directing and managing the activities and operations of the Sheriff's Office.

“This is a critically important moment for public safety, to listen, learn and connect with the communities we serve,” Morrisey O’Donnell said. “I am excited for this new opportunity, to create a sheriff’s office that offers the finest public safety services, supports the wellbeing of its employees and ensures all members of our community are safe.”
 
Morrisey O’Donnell holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Portland. Her post-graduate training includes the Oregon Executive Development Institute, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College and Sheriff’s Institute, and executive level certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

She will be promoted to the role on Monday, August 2.
 




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SOLVE Teams Up with the Portland Trail Blazers and Widmer Brothers Brewing to Give Back
SOLVE - 07/28/21 1:41 PM

Media Advisory

What: Blaze the Trail Cat and a Volunteer Pose with Habitat Restoration Tools 

When: Thursday, July 29. Volunteer check-in from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. 

Where: Lillis Albina City Park. Map

Media Crews: Media is invited to attend this litter cleanup event, capture b-roll and interviews with volunteers and SOLVE staff and learn more about how these groups are giving back to their Portland community.

This event will have plenty of visuals and make for great community packages, VOs and VOSOTS.

ABOUT:
The Portland Trail Blazers and Widmer Brothers Brewing are teaming up with SOLVE to volunteer at the annual Service, Sports, and Suds event. For more than seven years, this annual service event has occurred in different areas throughout Portland. Each Service, Sports, and Suds event is an opportunity for members of The Portland Trail Blazers and Widmer Brothers Brewing to give back to the Rose City through volunteerism.  

This year, the volunteer group is meeting a Lillis Albina City Park to clean up the park and surrounding area. Picking up litter is a low barrier way to create a positive impact on an area, especially in a common use area like an urban park. Blaze the Trail Cat will be among the volunteers giving back. 

About SOLVE SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. You can follow SOLVE on Instagram and Twitter at @SOLVEinOregon and Facebook at @SOLVEOregon.

 

About Portland Trail Blazers Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 37 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, Moda Center, is the first existing arena to earn LEED Platinum Certification in 2019 after receiving LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 and becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit trailblazers.com

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
For more information, please contact: 

Larissa Gordon at 860-942-9108 (cell) or issa@solveoregon.org">larissa@solveoregon.org 

 

 


BPA lowers average power rates for fiscal years 2022-2023
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/28/21 1:03 PM

PR 11-21                                                                     

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-713-7658, or Maryam Habibi, 971-226-6073
or 503-230-5131

 

BPA lowers average power rates for fiscal years 2022-2023
BPA sets rates for power and transmission and makes changes to its tariff 
that will enable a future decision on potentially joining an energy imbalance market 

 

Portland, Oregon – The Bonneville Power Administration will decrease power rates by an average of 2.5% and slashed its proposed transmission rate increase in half to an average of 6.1%. The new rates were announced as BPA released the final record of decision for its BP-22 power and transmission rate case as well as the TC-22 tariff proceeding.

The TC-22 tariff proceeding adopted new language in BPA’s open access transmission tariff that will enable the power marketer to participate in the Western Energy Imbalance Market if BPA chooses to do so. The decision of whether to join the Western EIM is a separate process outside of the TC-22 proceeding and is anticipated to be made by the end of the fiscal year.

Under the settlement adopted by the BP-22 Record of Decision, the firm power tier 1 rates will decrease by 2.5% for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Looking back over the previous decade, BP-22 will cap a 10-year period during which BPA’s power rate trajectory increased by less than 2 percent annually, which is in line with historical inflation rates. 

“Rates that have matched inflation – not just in a single rate case, but over a sustained period – is proof of BPA’s commitment to bending the cost curve and driving down rate pressures on our power rates,” said BPA Administrator John Hairston. “Today’s announcement demonstrates we are financially strong, competitive and responsive to our customers’ needs.” 

With Transmission, the settlement provided for a 6.1% average effective rate increase across the rate period – a number roughly half of what was proposed in the BP-22 Initial Proposal.

“We’ve landed in a spot where BPA will be able to continue to keep its transmission commitments and re-invest in the value of BPA’s transmission infrastructure in a fiscally sound and responsible manner,” Hairston said.

Beyond rates, the BP-22 Record of Decision also establishes revenue financing for up to $40 million for both the Power and Transmission business lines. This financing will allow BPA to issue less debt and decrease upward rate pressures in subsequent rate cases. The ROD also established the implementation of the Short-Distance Discount in the point-to-point Transmission rate and addressed the equitable treatment of fish and wildlife costs.

As part of the settlement, BPA has committed to holding workshops on various topics of interest to customers, including revenue financing, EIM costs and benefits, balancing services, the Eastern Intertie, and transmission losses.

TC-22 changes to tariff enable potential EIM participation

The TC-22 tariff proceeding updated language in BPA’s tariff, including addressing the terms and conditions that will apply to transmission service if BPA decides to participate in the Western Energy Imbalance Market. The adoption of this language enables the potential participation of BPA in the Western EIM without committing BPA to that path.  

The TC-22 proceeding also addressed Southern Intertie studies, transmission planning process, real power loss return, the removal of an exception for designation of Seller’s Choice agreements, ministerial edits to service agreement templates, generator interconnection procedures and requirements, and credit standards.

“We appreciate the work customers and stakeholders did with us during the tariff case,” said Hairston. “Confronting and solving these issues demonstrates that BPA, its customers and the region benefit from a tariff designed by the Northwest for the Northwest.”

The changes captured by the final RODs for BP-22 and TC-22 will be effective October 1. Specific to rates, BPA will file the case with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, requesting interim approval to start on that date while awaiting final FERC approval. 

BPA initiated both the BP-22 power and transmission rate case and the TC-22 proceeding in December 2020. The final RODs as well as Information on meetings and publications are available on the BP-22 rate case website and the TC-22 proceeding website.

 

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. It also markets the output of the region’s only nuclear plant. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. To mitigate the impacts of the federal dams, BPA implements a fish and wildlife program that includes working with its partners to make the federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain safe, affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov 

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Legacy Health announces new senior vice presidents
Legacy Health - 07/28/21 12:55 PM

 

                        

 

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                               Contact:

July 28, 2021                                                                                                                                                     Vicki Guinn

                                                                                                                                                                            503-890-6216

Legacy Health announces new senior vice presidents 

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 28, 2021) -- Legacy Health recently hired Kecia Kelly, DNP, as senior vice president and chief nursing officer, and Seth Podolsky, M.D., as senior vice president, chief medical officer. Both will serve on Legacy's executive team. 

 

"Kecia and Seth are dynamic leaders who come to us with diverse professional and personal experiences.," said Legacy Health President and CEO Kathryn Correia. "They will provide essential leadership to help Legacy continue to innovate and grow as we fulfill our mission of good health for the communities we serve." 

Kecia Kelly has a track record of working with hospital and regional leaders to build nursing structure and standardization across multiple sites. She brings more than 20 years of nursing and leadership experience within in-patient and out-patient settings. Kelly will lead the health system's nursing strategy, create innovative clinical imperatives, and assist in charting the organization's overall strategic direction to help position Legacy Health for the future state.

"Nurses have been on the sharpest edge of a worldwide pandemic, yet they remain steadfast and resilient through it all," said Kelly. "I am truly honored and excited to join the Legacy team and to be that voice. I look forward to partnering with the hospital CNOs to develop strategies and solutions to elevate the practice of nursing across Legacy health, retain our amazing talent, and attract the best to join our team."  

Kelly comes from CommonSpirit Health, where she most recently served as the division chief nursing officer in Northern California and previously served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice, a BSN from Texas Christian University, and an MBA from The University of Phoenix. 

 

Seth Podolsky, M.D., brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategy and operations focusing on care quality, safety, and value. Podolsky will lead the health system's provider strategy, create innovative clinical imperatives, and assist in charting the organizations' overall strategic direction to help Legacy Health's quest to go beyond the horizon in healthcare. 

 

"Our top priority is providing safe, high-quality care for every patient, every time, and I look forward to building on our team's efforts to deliver excellent clinical outcomes," said Podolsky. "As healthcare is amid major transformation, we will work together to make healthcare more affordable, create better systems to serve the needs of  our patients, increase joy for our caregivers, and improve the health of our communities."

 

Podolsky is a trained emergency medicine physician who most recently served as system chief medical officer, ambulatory, and integration at Banner Health System in Phoenix. Before that, he worked at the Cleveland Clinic Health System, where he held several leadership positions. He earned his medical degree and a philosophy degree from the University of Vermont and holds a master's degree from Dartmouth College's Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. 

 

Both will start in July.

About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services—from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children's care and advanced medical centers. We care for patients of all ages when and where they need us across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region. For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.

 

 




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Hillsboro Prepares For Heat Wave
City of Hillsboro - 07/28/21 12:53 PM

Hillsboro Prepares For Heat Wave
City Opens Cooling Centers, Water Dispensers, and Spraygrounds 

In response to an Excessive Heat Watch issued by the National Weather Service, the City of Hillsboro is providing several resources to help community members seeking relief from the heat.

Three Cooling Centers will be open Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. 
The cooling centers will provide air conditioning, seating, and access to water. The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is our highest priority. Face coverings (masks) and physical distancing are strongly recommended within City of Hillsboro cooling centers, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Brookwood Library
    2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
     
  • Hillsboro Civic Center (above Outdoors In, staffed by Project Homeless Connect)             
    120 East Main Street
    Pet-friendly location: Pets must be crated at all times. Please bring your own crate and supplies to take care of your pets. Limited crates may be available.
     
  • Shute Park Library
    775 SE 10th Avenue

Two Hometown Tap water dispensers will be open Thursday and Friday, 7 am to 8 pm. Dispensers will provide clean, safe, cold drinking water. Please bring your own refillable water bottle, cup, or container.

  • Downtown Hillsboro
    2nd Avenue & Main Street
     
  • Shute Park
    750 SE 8th Ave

Six Spraygrounds are open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.

  • 53rd  Avenue Community Park 
    300 NE 53rd Avenue
     
  • Butternut Creek Park
    7830 SE, SW Deline St
     
  • Magnolia Park
    1810 NW 192nd Avenue
     
  • Walnut Street Park
    1717 SE Walnut Street
     
  • Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station 
    943 NE Orenco Station Loop
     
  • Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza
    150 E Main Street  
    Open at 8 am


Please visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Heat for more information and tips to keep cool and stay safe.


Oregon Office of Emergency Management to Hold Press Conference on Excessive Heat
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 07/28/21 11:58 AM

Salem, Ore.— The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today, July 28, to discuss the forecasted heat for this weekend and actions Oregonians can take now to stay safe. Findings and recommendations from the expedited After Action Review (AAR) from the June 2021 excessive heat event will also be addressed. 

OEM will be joined by subject matter experts from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).

OEM is using a Zoom-based platform for the press conference. Members of the media who are interested in attending should email public.info@mil.state.or.us>">Public.Info@mil.state.or.us no later than 3:00 p.m. today. Members of the media will then be sent a link to register for the press conference; upon registering, a meeting ID will be provided. 

The press conference will also be live streamed on the OEM YouTube channel and recorded. Members of the media are asked to log in a few minutes early to allow time to individually grant permissions to record.

Contact Info: Public.Info@mil.state.or.us


Unexpected passing of Lane County Sheriff's Deputy (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/28/21 10:38 AM
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UPDATE 07/28/21

The Lane County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support.  A GoFundMe account has been created to assist Deputy Couch's young son and for her memorial arrangements.  If you would like to donate please visit the following link: 

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The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Deputy Courtney Couch (Anderson). On Sunday July 25th, Deputy Couch, a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, was recreating with her family on Foster Reservoir when she accidentally drowned. She was paddle boarding and attempting to help a young child when she fell in the water and did not resurface. Bystanders found her and brought her to the surface and into the hands of Linn County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics. Life-saving procedures were quickly given, but tragically she did not survive. Courtney was a veteran of the United States Army and had been a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. She served in a multitude of assignments including Corrections Security, Court Transport and Patrol. Despite her professional successes, Courtney’s number one priority was raising her young son. Courtney has many friends and family that are devastated by her loss. Courtney was a very loved member of the Sheriff’s Office family. Her sudden and tragic death has knocked the wind out of us. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Courtney and her family following this heartbreaking tragedy.




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"Operation Ship Shape" Targets Lapsed Motorboat Registrations (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/28/21 10:30 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board will be partnering with 32 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, looking for expired motorboat boat registrations as part of a targeted annual “Operation Ship Shape” exercise, August 7 and 8. 

If you own a motorboat in Oregon, it’s time to check your “OR” numbers on the front of your boat (bow) and make sure you’ve applied your current registration decals. The OR numbers are a boat’s license plate and registration decals are the tags that tell marine officers if your boat is legally registered and to whom it belongs, similar to motor vehicles. Registrations are valid for two calendar years.

“Oregon’s recreational boating infrastructure is funded entirely by boaters, so it’s really important for every boater out there to be currently registered,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “On August 7 and 8, we’re checking everyone whose decals are expired or numbers are unreadable.”

The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees, and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters. No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to fund agency programs. These fees go back to boaters in the form of boat ramps, docks, trailered parking spaces, restrooms, construction and maintenance, and for boating safety -marine law enforcement services.

“Any boat that is powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel or steam, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer -must be currently registered when on the water, even when docked or moored,” said Henry. This includes drift boats, inflatable rafts, stand up paddleboards or float tubes with an electric motor. Henry added, “Each boat registration brings in additional funds from motorboat fuel tax and federal boating dollars. Registering a 16-foot boat provides $100.20 of funding, but results in additional matching funds of nearly $190, so this registration fee results in $267 of revenue available to fund facilities and marine enforcement.”

Henry reminds boaters that if they’ve just purchased their boat or are in the process of registering it, be sure to carry the temporary registration and present it to marine officers, just like vehicle registration.

Boaters can renew their motorboat registration online or by visiting their local registration agent. Boaters can print a temporary permit after successfully completing their transaction online. A registration agent will issue a temporary permit for an additional fee. If you need assistance renewing online, please contact the Marine Board at ine.board@oregon.gov">marine.board@oregon.gov or 503-378-8587.

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Businesses Impacted by Pandemic Now Eligible for UI Payroll Tax Relief: Certain requirements must be met to have 2021 Oregon UI tax liability deferred or forgiven
Oregon Employment Department - 07/28/21 10:00 AM

July 28, 2021 (Salem, OR)-- Yesterday Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 3389, which provides UI tax relief and deferral for 2021 unemployment insurance (UI) payroll taxes to qualifying businesses. The tax relief program was collaboratively developed by the Oregon Employment Department, Gov. Brown, and the Oregon State Legislature as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on many businesses. 

“There is no question that Oregon’s economic backbone, our small businesses—as well as the hardworking Oregonians employed at those businesses—were deeply impacted by the pandemic,” said Governor Brown. “But through these challenging times, we’ve seen Oregonians respond with creativity and resilience. As we’ve entered the next chapter of the pandemic and look to economic recovery, HB 3389 should provide some relief for businesses, while at the same time ensuring we can continue to provide unemployment insurance benefits to all Oregonians who need them.”

The UI Payroll Tax Relief Plan provide three things:

  1. For UI tax year 2021, eligible employers can defer one-third of their UI tax liability until June 30, 2022, and avoid any associated interest and penalties
  2. Up to 100% of deferrable 2021 UI taxes may be forgiven, based on how much an employer’s UI tax rate increased from 2020 to 2021
  3. An employer’s tax experience rating from 2022 through 2024 will be rolled back to the employer’s pre-pandemic 2020 UI experience rate. Tax rates may fluctuate from 2022 to 2024 due to tax schedule changes, however, the employer’s rate will be based on their experience rating prior to the pandemic

The amount of 2021 UI taxes that employers are eligible to defer or have forgiven depends on how much their UI tax rate increased from 2020 to 2021:

  • 0.5% to 1% increase in UI tax rates will be eligible for deferral only
  • Tax rate increased more than 1.0 percentage point and not more than 1.5 percentage points will be eligible for 50% of their deferrable UI taxes forgiven
  • Tax rate increased more than 1.5 percentage points and not more than 2.0 percentage points will be eligible for 75% of their deferrable UI taxes forgiven
  • Tax rate increased more than 2.0 parentage points will be eligible for 100% of their deferrable UI taxes forgiven

Employers must meet all of the following conditions to be eligible for UI tax deferral and forgiveness:

  1. As of Jan. 1, 2021, have paid all outstanding UI tax contributions and related liabilities, including those determined in a payment plan accepted by the director of the Oregon Employment Department
  2. File all required payroll reports for 2021 on time, AND
  3. Pay all tax liabilities on time for 2021 that are not deferred or forgiven

There is no application for the UI Payroll Tax Relief Plan. The Employment Department will automatically enroll eligible employers into the plan and will contact employers throughout the 2021 UI tax year with updates or changes to eligibility status or requirements. 

Participation in the deferral portion of this relief plan could negatively affect an employers’ Federal Unemployment Tax credit. Some employers may be unable to access the full credit for state unemployment tax paid on their IRS Form 940 (Federal Unemployment Tax Return) if they pay state unemployment taxes after the Federal Form 940 due date. For additional information, please visit irs.gov/instructions/i940.

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Yamhill County COVID-19 Update 7.28.21
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 07/28/21 9:41 AM

Please see attached document for an update regarding COVID-19 in Yamhill County.




Attached Media Files: 2021-07/4855/147150/COVID_Vaccine_CDC_Mask_Rec_Release_7.28.21.pdf

Oregon OSHA urges employers to meet new obligations to protect workers from heat illness as temperatures rise (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/28/21 9:36 AM
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(Salem) – As temperatures rise in the days ahead, Oregon OSHA is reminding employers of their new obligations under an emergency heat illness prevention rule. At the same time, workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace, including the right to raise safety concerns with their employers free from retaliation.

Oregon OSHA offers free consultation and educational resources to help employers comply with the rule, which took effect immediately when it was adopted July 8. If employers refuse to address concerns raised by workers, then workers may file a complaint with Oregon OSHA. It is against the law to punish a worker for raising on-the-job health and safety concerns.

Oregon OSHA’s emergency temporary rule remains in effect until Jan. 3, 2022, or until it is replaced sooner by a permanent heat illness prevention rule, which is expected to occur later this year. The temporary emergency rule applies to any workplace – outdoors and indoors – where heat dangers are caused by the weather. The requirements include expanded access to shade and cool water; regular cool-down breaks; training; communication; and emergency planning. 

The division offers fact sheets in English and Spanish that outline the rule’s key requirements. Also, the division has published a new question-and-answer document – in English and Spanish – to help with understanding the rule.

Under a new emphasis program, Oregon OSHA has boosted its enforcement presence around heat illness issues with more inspectors in the field during hot days. 

Employers are encouraged to use free resources – available now from Oregon OSHA and involving no fault, no citations, and no penalties – for help with meeting requirements:

Consultation services – Provides free help with safety and health programs, including how to control and eliminate hazards, and hands-on training

Technical staff – Helps employers understand requirements and how to apply them to their worksites

Moreover, a list of state and national educational resources about preventing heat illness is available as part of previous communications issued by Oregon OSHA, in both English and Spanish

Also, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which includes Oregon OSHA, maintains the Multicultural Communications Program that provides outreach to communities with limited English proficiency. That outreach encompasses information about on-the-job safety and health. The program includes a toll-free phone number for Spanish-speaking Oregonians: 800-843-8086.

Workers may file a complaint with Oregon OSHA using the division’s online hazard reporting form, available in Spanish and English. A list of field offices is available on the division’s “File a complaint” page. The division encourages workers to learn about their rights to raise safety concerns and to protect against retaliation

Under the temporary emergency requirements, employers are required to take specific steps when the heat index reaches or exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit, including providing sufficient shade and an adequate supply of drinking water. When the heat index exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit, employers are required to follow all of the rules at the 80-degree threshold and to take more measures. Those measures include communication and observation, regular cool-down breaks, emergency planning, and gradual adaptation of employees to the heat.

The emergency rule documents are available for review in the following ways:

 

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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 osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.oregon.gov/dcbs/.  

 




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COVID-19 vaccination significantly reduces risk of hospitalization in Southwest Washington
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/28/21 9:16 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – A new report analyzing vaccination status of Southwest Washington residents hospitalized for COVID-19 shows that vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization by as much as 90%.

The analysis found that the risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 was reduced by 90% for Southwest Washington residents 65 years and older who were fully vaccinated. Among those 65 years and older who were partially vaccinated, the risk of being hospitalized was reduced by 75%.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People are considered partially vaccinated if they’ve received at least one dose but are not yet fully vaccinated.

“This report demonstrates how effective COVID-19 vaccines are at preventing severe illness that can lead to hospitalization,” said Dr. Steven Krager, Clark County. “Completing the vaccination series provides the most protection, but even those who are not yet fully vaccinated receive some protection from the vaccine.” 

The report also examined vaccination status of residents 45 to 64 years old who were hospitalized for COVID-19. However, fewer than 10 fully vaccinated residents in that age group were hospitalized for COVID-19, making it impossible to calculate an estimated rate that was statistically stable.

The hospitalization data did show that 91% of hospitalized residents ages 45 to 64 years old were unvaccinated. For comparison, 49% of the population in that age group in our region are unvaccinated.

The analysis included residents of Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from March 22 to June 27. 

“The COVID-19 vaccines are very effective, but they’re not perfect. A small number of people who are fully vaccinated may still get COVID-19,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “But this data show that those who are vaccinated are far less likely to be hospitalized as a result of their illness. Getting vaccinated provides the best protection.” 

The report was compiled by Cowlitz County Health and Human Services. Clark County Public Health and other Southwest Washington health departments partnered with Cowlitz County on the project.

The complete report is available on the Public Health website.


Meals on Wheels People Prepares for Hot Week Ahead
Meals on Wheels People - 07/28/21 9:12 AM

Homebound Seniors Will Receive Fans and Wellness Calls During Rising Temperatures
 

(July 28, 2021 – Portland, OR.) With the rise in temperatures above 90 degrees this week, Meals on Wheels People will be checking on seniors in our community by making wellness calls Tuesday through Friday to all homebound clients, ensuring they have fans, are staying hydrated, and have what they need to stay healthy and safe.

“The safety of our clients and volunteers is our top priority,” said Suzanne Washington, CEO, Meals on Wheels People. “This week, and throughout the summer, our homebound clients will be offered fans if needed; and will receive wellness check calls to ensure they are safe, remind them of ways to stay cool and hydrated, and check on their overall needs.”

In addition to Meals on Wheels People staff and volunteers, the general community is encouraged to check on their senior neighbors.  

“Please help your neighbors this week,” said Washington. “Stop by and knock on their doors or give them a quick call to see if there is anything they need. If you or a senior you know is in need of a fan to stay cool, or any additional resources, please reach out so we can help.”

Meals on Wheels People will continue to accept fan donations throughout the summer. Fans can be dropped off at dining centers or at the central office Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm. 

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls, and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.
 

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"One Pill Can Kill" Campaign Week Three: TVF&R and Metro West Discuss Responding to Fentanyl Overdoses (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/28/21 9:00 AM
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In week three of the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign, we’re featuring our partners at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Metro West Ambulance about the calls they are responding to related to Fentanyl. This video gives insight of first-hand experiences, the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan) and how the dangerous drug Fentanyl is affecting our community. 

Recently, TVF&R and Metro West Ambulance have responded to several overdose calls where they are finding the person has taken pills laced with Fentanyl that were not prescribed by a doctor. These calls usually generate responses from partnering agencies, such as the Sheriff’s Office, to help administer Naloxone to people who are overdosing. Unfortunately, not all calls have had positive outcomes.

According to Metro West Ambulance, in the first half of 2021, they have had 74 Naloxone reversals. This does not include every overdose call as some did not reach the level of requiring the use of Naloxone. The ambulance service has also noticed that this issue is affecting not only younger people, but older adults as well, including some patients in their 70s.

Next week, we conclude with week four of this campaign which will focus on what we can do as a community to help address issues surrounding Fentanyl, provide tools and resources to help combat this deadly drug, and hear from a local community member about their struggles with Fentanyl and drug addiction.

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/0iSePnI4ed0

For more information on this campaign, visit: bit.ly/WCSO_OnePillCanKill




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Jordan Louis Homicide Remains Unsolved After One Year - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #20-31 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 07/28/21 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the homicide of 22-year-old Jordan Louis.

On July 28, 2020, at approximately 7:27 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers responded to the 800 block of Northeast Dekum Street on reports of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a person suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical efforts to save the victim were unsuccessful and the victim, 22-year-old Jordan Lee Louis, died at the scene.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of Louis' death was from multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of Louis' death a homicide.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Tue. 07/27/21
Fatal Collision in SE Battle Ground
City of Battle Ground - 07/27/21 8:43 PM

CORRECTION: One adult male (not female as original release indicated) and two children were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.   

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The Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District 3 responded to a two-vehicle collision on SE Eaton Blvd at SE 23rd Ave this afternoon at about 4:50 pm.   

A 17-year old male died at the scene.  One adult male and two children were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.   Immediate families have been notified.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact a Battle Ground Police Officer by calling 3-1-1. 

No further information will be released at this time. 


Death Investigation - Willamette River
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/27/21 8:29 PM

 

At approximately 6:05pm today authorities received the report of a non-responsive person in the Willamette River near the Ferry St. bridge.  Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel and deputies responded along with the Eugene Police Department and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.  The person was located and determined to be deceased.  This incident is under active investigation and not many details are yet available.  At this time there has been no obvious indication of foul play.  Updates will be provided as they become available.  Anyone with information that has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 


OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings
Oregon Health Authority - 07/27/21 4:55 PM

July 27, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings

In response to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority today is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

“Today’s reported sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations in Oregon are sobering reminders that the pandemic is not over, especially for Oregonians who remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and state health officer.

“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon. The use of face masks provides significant protection for individuals who are unvaccinated as well as an additional level protection from a small but known risk of infection by the virus for persons who have already been vaccinated.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are vaccinated with currently available vaccines are protected from the virus and the circulating variants, including the Delta variant that is now seen in the majority of Oregon’s new cases.

OHA’s recommendation aligns with the CDC’s new guidance issued today that everyone, including fully vaccinated persons, wear a mask in public indoor settings. OHA’s recommendation applies statewide, and not just areas with higher infections and high transmission, as cases have increased across the state in recent weeks due to the Delta variant.

OHA is continuing to call on local community and public health leaders, and businesses, to encourage vaccination and masking to prevent new outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.

 


Vancouver Police looking for missing endangered women (Photo) UPDATED
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/27/21 4:23 PM
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Mary was located safely and returned home.

 

Mary Ann Johnson, age 29, wandered off from her care facility in the 7100 block of SE Evergreen Highway. She was last seen around 5 AM on 7/27/2021. She is described as a 5'6, 190 pounds, with long brown hair and hazel eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing. Mary takes medication for mental health and is unable to provide care for herself. If you locate Mary, contact 911 as soon as possible.




Attached Media Files: Mary Ann Johnson DOL

County Council appoints James Smith to open seat on District Court
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/27/21 4:03 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council this week appointed James Smith to serve as District Court Judge in Department 3. Smith will fill the position previously held by Judge Darvin Zimmerman who retired on June 30, 2021. 

Smith will have to run for election in 2022 in order to keep the seat. District Court judges serve four-year terms. All Clark County District Court judge positions will be up for election in 2022. 

James Smith currently serves as Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, Smith was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit for more than four years. He currently is the team leader for the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center. Prior to joining Clark County, Smith was the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Cowlitz County. James Smith earned a bachelor’s in sociology and Juris Doctor from Mississippi State University. 

All councilors thanked everyone who participated and noted they were exceptionally well qualified. 

“We had some very wonderfully candidates,” said Council Chair Eileen Quiring O’Brien. “We are blessed in Clark County to have such great choices. I think James Smith will do an exceptional job on the bench.”

More information about District Court is on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/district-court


Man Sentenced for Shooting at Three Salem Police Detectives
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/27/21 3:42 PM

Yesterday, in Marion County Circuit Court the honorable Judge Daniel J. Wren sentenced Alejandro Maciel-Salcedo for the July 17, 2020, attempted murder of Salem Police Detectives Angus Scott Emmons, Oscar Zambrano, and Anthony Burke. This was Marion County Circuit Court case State v. Maciel-Salcedo, 20CR39285.

Judge Wren sentenced Maciel-Salcedo to a total sentence of 278 months (just over 23 years) in the Oregon State Penitentiary.

On July 17, 2020, Salem Police Detectives Angus Scott Emmons, Oscar Zambrano, and Anthony Burke were conducting police surveillance on Maciel-Salcedo and his associates.  Maciel-Salcedo was a suspect in a Salem Police Strategic Investigations Unit investigation where he transported and facilitated the delivery of a quarter-pound of methamphetamine. 

As part of that investigation, the detectives received a judicial warrant to place a tracking device on Maciel-Salcedo’s vehicle, a white Dodge Charger.  This was the same vehicle used to deliver the methamphetamine.

 The detectives attempted to place the tracking device on the vehicle outside Maciel-Salcedo’s residence in the early morning hours of July 17, 2020.  While Detective Burke was under the vehicle affixing the tracker, Maciel-Salcedo’s nephew came outside, spotted the detectives and gave chase.  Detectives Zambrano and Burke ran to their undercover police vehicle and Detective Emmons, who was waiting in the driver’s seat, drove them quickly from the scene.  The nephew saw them leave, ran back to the residence, notified Maciel-Salcedo and got in the passenger seat as Maciel-Salcedo pursued the detectives in his Dodge Charger. 

Detective Emmons drove a quick, meandering route away from the residence before trying to return to the police department. However, as the undercover vehicle was on Highway 22 heading west, detectives heard at least one gunshot from behind them and saw Maciel-Salcedo’s Dodge Charger quickly approaching.  As it pulled alongside the detective’s vehicle, at least three additional shots were fired into the passenger compartment of their vehicle.  Detectives Zambrano and Burke laid flat on the floor, but Detective Emmons (driver) was struck in his left arm. As the bullet passed through his arm, it shattered his ulna.  Maciel-Salcedo sped off and returned to the residence, while Detective Emmons was able to drive himself to the Salem Hospital emergency room. 

Law enforcement quickly surrounded the residence. SWAT removed numerous people form the home, including the nephew and several children before they extracted Maciel-Salcedo from his hiding place in rafters of an attic crawl space.  Maciel-Salcedo’s .45 caliber firearm was located in a crawlspace under the house where Maciel-Salcedo threw it before he attempted to hide. 

One bullet casing was recovered from the side of the road some distance from where the shooting occurred.  When law enforcement searched Maciel-Salcedo’s vehicle pursuant to a search warrant, two additional bullet casings were recovered from the driver side floorboard and one casing was found on the driver’s side windshield.  All four of the .45 caliber casings were forensically matched to Maciel-Salcedo’s firearm found in the crawlspace of his residence. 

Maciel-Salcedo was both the undisputed driver of the Dodge Charger and sole shooter during the incident. 

In addition to the casings in his vehicle, law enforcement also uncovered a user amount of methamphetamine, ammunition, and multiple firearms in the vehicle, including two shotguns and an AR15-style assault rifle with no serial number. At the time, Maciel-Salcedo was on probation in Marion County Circuit Court cases 18CR07935 (Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing constituting Domestic Violence, and Assault in the Fourth Degree) and 19CR52718 (Burglary in the First Degree), both of which prohibited him from possessing firearms.

As to the shooting conduct, Maciel-Salcedo was sentenced to Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in 20CR39285.  The remaining counts were dismissed pursuant to negotiations.

            Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson stated that, “This case and other recent tragic events reminds me how dangerous law enforcement can be.  I am so thankful that Detective Emmons wasn’t more seriously injured that morning.  Detective Emmons, Detective Zambrano, and Detective Burke- as well as all of our local law enforcement- put their lives at risk every day to keep our community safe. That fact is important to remember as we see how quickly routine police work, such as court-approved surveillance, can turn deadly.  I am honored to work with them as we continue to hold dangerous offenders accountable.”

Any additional questions or concerns can be addressed to Marion County Deputy District Attorney Brendan P. Murphy at BPMurphy@co.marion.or.us.

 

 


Reward Offered in Quinton Miller Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #21-22 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 07/27/21 3:39 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the July 2021 homicide of Quinton Miller.

On July 24, 2021, at approximately 12:47 a.m., paramedics passing through the intersection of Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue in Downtown Portland encountered a person down in the street and stopped to assist him. The man appeared seriously wounded so he was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he later died.

Portland Police responded to the area and officers secured the crime scene to begin a homicide investigation.

The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that the victim, 37-year-old Quinton Bryce Miller, died of a stab wound and his death has been ruled a homicide.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Officers Take Fugitive From California Into Custody With Help From Local Juvenile Witnesses (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 07/27/21 3:31 PM
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On Monday, July 26, 2021, at about 9:00 PM, Lincoln City Police learned a wanted fugitive from California may be hiding in an apartment in the 900 block of SE 32nd Street. When officers attempted to make contact inside an apartment the suspect tried to barricade himself in a bedroom before jumping out of the second story window and fleeing from the area. Due to the dangers involved with immediate foot pursuit, officers did not immediately pursue and lost sight of the fleeing subject. 

Officers began conducting a search of the area for the subject when children playing at a nearby playground started pointing in the direction the subject had run. Another child was able to show officers where the subject ran and told them the subject went into some dense vegetation along SE 32nd St. Officers were given an updated clothing description after the subject shed a jacket and the hat he had been wearing.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost responded to Lincoln City to assist. Deputy Akin deployed K9 Ghost and started approaching the area where the children pointed out. As soon as Deputy Akin started giving warnings and K9 Ghost started barking, the subject made himself known and gave up allowing officers to take him into custody without further incident.

The subject, Richard M. Hanson (28), of Turlock, CA was arrested on two felony full-extradition warrants out of California for parole violation and obstruction and a new charge of Escape. After being checked by medical personnel from Pacific West Ambulance and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue for possible injuries from the jump, Hanson was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on two counts of Fugitive from Another State and the Escape III charge. 

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to express our thanks to Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost. K9 teams provide law enforcement an essential tool in locating wanted persons and deescalating situations. We would also like to thank the young citizens who assisted the police with information regarding the suspects’ direction of travel and general location which helped bring this incident to a safe conclusion. The partnership we have with our citizens greatly assists us in solving crimes and making Lincoln City a safer place to live. 

Submitted By: Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn




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Armed Robbery **Update**/ Initiating a False Report Arrest
Newport Police Dept. - 07/27/21 3:20 PM

Location: 122 N Coast Hwy, Newport

Date/Time: July 27th, 2021 @ 0845 Hours

Details: On July 25th, 2021 @ 1630 Hours the Newport Police Department was dispatched to the Newport Starbucks on the report of an Armed Robbery that had just occurred.

The victim, Thomas Lawrence Yuma, 68, of Newport, report he was robbed by John Thomas Bradford and that Bradford had  brandished a knife and held it to Yuma’s throat. Yuma reported Bradford had demanded Yuma’s money, which Yuma handed over. 

Newport Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, and PacWest Ambulance all responded to the scene. Bradford was located and ultimately arrested for Robbery 2 and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

On July 26th, 2021 video evidence, which was not available the day of the incident, was provided to the Newport Police that discredited Yuma’s report he had been robbed at knife point. The Newport Police reported the new evidence to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and charges against Bradford were dismissed.

On July 27th, 2021 @ about 0845 hours, Newport officers located Yuma and arrested him For Initiating a False Report.


UPDATE: County, city of Vancouver seek volunteers for homelessness policy group
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/27/21 2:58 PM

PLEASE NOTE: The information below on submitting a letter of interest has been updated to include emails and letters. Resumes are not required.

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County and city of Vancouver councils are recruiting for two volunteers to join a collaborative policy group addressing the issue of homelessness in the community known as the Joint Executive Group.

The recruitment is for individuals with lived experience with homelessness. Terms would be approximately 12 months with the exact term to be decided at a later date.

The county and the city approved a memorandum of agreement between the two jurisdictions in October 2020 to enable leaders from both organizations to collaborate on projects and initiatives that will address homelessness and its impacts within the county. The group will make homelessness policy recommendations to the county and city councils.

Regular meetings will be held at least once per quarter. Additional meetings may be called by majority request of the voting members at a time when quorum and notification requirements are able to be met.

Anyone interested in applying should send either an email or a letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov. The communications should include why the applicant is interested in serving on the policy group and any pertinent background information.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.


Oregon PUC Approves Ownership Transfer of Four Klamath River Dams
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 07/27/21 2:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved PacifiCorp’s application to transfer ownership of four hydroelectric dams located on the Klamath River to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC). The ownership transfer, which was approved with conditions to keep the PUC informed through the transfer process, includes approximately 8,000 acres of property associated with the dams. 

This decision was required as part of a larger negotiated agreement to decommission and remove the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate dams, known as the Lower Klamath Project, as part of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). The Lower Klamath Project dams were built solely for power generation and are not used for irrigation, flood control, or the safe passage of fish. The Keno and Link River dams, located to the north and not targeted for demolition as part of this agreement, have fish passages and are part of massive irrigation system that straddles the Oregon-California border and provides water to more than 300 square miles of farmland.

The KHSA finalized a settlement under the framework of the 2008 Agreement in Principle, supported by Oregon Senate Bill 76 (2009) and was signed in 2010 by 48 parties, including PacifiCorp, the states of Oregon and California, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service, several Native American tribes, among others, and was part of a broader initiative to address resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The KHSA was amended in April 2016 and requires PacifiCorp and the KRRC to seek approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to transfer ownership to KRRC and decommission the four dams. On November 17, 2020, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was announced by PacifiCorp, the States of California and Oregon, the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, and the KRRC that describes how the parties will proceed with implementation of the Amended KHSA and, ultimately, dam removal.

“Our decision to approve the transfer is one step on a long and winding path that will continue through the next phases,” said PUC Chair Megan Decker. “It keeps in motion efforts to restore the Klamath Basin and improve the health of a river vital to indigenous communities and others that depend on it.”

Earlier this month, the California, Idaho and Wyoming utility commissions also approved the transfer of ownership of the Lower Klamath Project from PacifiCorp to KRCC. 

“Given the high expected cost to relicense and continue operating these dams, the likelihood that the dams would generate less energy after relicensing, and the declining cost of alternative power sources, dam removal remains the least costly and risky option for PacifiCorp customers,” added Chair Decker.

PacifiCorp submitted the original application for transfer of ownership of these dams to the PUC in 2010, but the Commission at that time concluded that the decision to transfer the property was premature and should be deferred until closer to the date of the actual transfer.

The PUC Staff report voted on by the Commission can be found at: https://oregonpuc.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=597&meta_id=30037. The official order memorializing this decision will be filed later this week and posted online at: https://apps.puc.state.or.us/edockets/DocketNoLayout.asp?DocketID=16113

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric, natural gas and telephone utilities, as well as select water companies. The PUC mission is to ensure Oregon utility customers have access to safe, reliable, and high quality utility services at just and reasonable rates, which is accomplished through thorough analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair process. 


Oregon Health Policy Board meets August 3 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 07/27/21 2:31 PM

July 27, 2021

ContactsPhilip Schmidt, 503-383-6079philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us  (media inquiries)

Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Oregon Health Policy Board meets August 3 via Zoom 

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: August 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon. 

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. To join via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1602657497?pwd=emhzUnJsK1EzWk5rV0VpYTdjU3VrQT09

To call in to the meeting on a mobile device, use the following number: 

+16692545252,,1602657497#,,,,,,0#,,306554#

Proposed Agenda Topics:

  1. Welcome, Roll Call, Minutes Approval & Updates
  2. Committee Membership Workgroup: Draft Findings and Recommendations
  3. Cost Growth Target Program: New Advisory Committee Charter & Membership
  4. Public Comment (please register at least 48 hours before meeting)
  5. OHA Director’s Update 
  6. 1115 Medicaid Waiver Update

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx 

To provide public comment, please complete the public comment request template at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OHPB-Public-Comment 

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  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Chetock at 971-304-9917, 711 TTY, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 - Yamhill County
Oregon State Police - 07/27/21 2:19 PM

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.


Oregon Public Utility Commission approves transfer of Klamath River dams
Pacific Power - 07/27/21 2:03 PM

Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                                                   July 27, 2021

503-813-7282                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Oregon Public Utility Commission approves transfer of Klamath River dams

State regulatory reviews complete for key component of dam removal deal

 

SalemOre. — The Oregon Public Utility Commission Tuesday approved an order granting transfer of four dams on the Klamath River and associated property from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

 

The action by the Oregon PUC follows similar approvals from utility commissions in California, Idaho, and Wyoming, and means that all needed state regulatory reviews are complete for the Klamath dams to be transferred consistent with the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.  State approvals of the transfer also affirm that dam removal under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement remains a good outcome for the company’s electricity customers.  

 

“This is an important milestone toward full implementation of the Klamath settlement, and one that reflects the dedicated effort of our company, the states of Oregon and California, Klamath Basin Tribes, the KRRC and many other stakeholders to reach today’s outcome,” said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves electricity customers in Oregon, California, and Washington. “It has been a difficult summer in the Klamath Basin due to drought and extreme weather. We hope the successful implementation of the dam removal agreement will help communities in the Basin move toward a broader solution of water-related natural resource conflicts in addition to protecting electricity customers.”

 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in June 2021 approved the transfer of PacifiCorp’s operating license for the dams to the KRRC and the states of Oregon and California. The transfer of the license, and ultimate conveyance of the dams and associated property, will occur when FERC finishes a pending environmental review and approves a separate application from the KRRC to surrender the operating license in order to decommission and remove the dams. Parties to the Klamath dam removal agreement are planning for dam removal to begin in 2023.

 

 

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Oregon reports 1,032 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 07/27/21 2:01 PM

July 27, 2021

Oregon reports 1,032 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are five new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,843, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 1,032 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 216,875.

“Today’s reported sharp rise in confirmed and presumptive cases and in hospitalizations in Oregon are sobering reminders that the pandemic is not over, especially for Oregonians who remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and state health officer. 

“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon. OHA continues to encourage all Oregonians who are eligible to make a plan to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We are also reviewing updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess opportunities for alignment in Oregon based on the increased cases and hospitalizations we are facing here in Oregon.”

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,018 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,672 doses were administered on July 26 and 2,346 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 26.

The seven-day running average is now 4,594 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,644,312 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,779,091 first and second doses of Moderna and 179,508 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,474,186 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,300,081 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 3,009,645 doses of Pfizer, 2,287,600 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 259, which is 52 more than yesterday. There are 77 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 19 more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (14), Clackamas (72), Clatsop (13), Columbia (13), Coos (4), Crook (8), Curry (5), Deschutes (35), Douglas (63), Gilliam (1), Grant (1),  Harney (2), Hood River (4), Jackson (107), Jefferson (19), Josephine (19), Klamath (18), Lake (2), Lane (92), Lincoln (13), Linn (27), Malheur (9), Marion (112), Morrow (4), Multnomah (74), Polk (24), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (112), Union (19), Wallowa (3), Wasco (9), Washington (98) and Yamhill (30). 

Oregon’s 2,839th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on July 22 and died on July 24 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,840th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 23 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,841st COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,842nd COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 24 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,843rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 25 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2.2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the Tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine type

Doses recalled

Non-viable, spoiled or expired

Grand total

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine 

10,495

10,495

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 

58,360

58,360

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 

23,940

23,940

Grand Total

0

92,795

92,795

1Updated: 07/27/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS)

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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CCHM Speaker Series "Vancouver Marine Park Boat Racing 1980" (Photo)
Clark County Historical Museum - 07/27/21 1:58 PM
Jim Mockford author headshot
Jim Mockford author headshot
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Vancouver, WA – Clark County Historical Museum’s 2021 Speaker Series continues on Thursday, August 5, 2021, with “Vancouver Marine Park Boat Racing 1980 and Tales from Boating History on the Columbia” with Jim Mockford. The event premiers free on YouTube beginning at 7 p.m.

From early Indigenous Nations to today, the Columbia River has long been an economic and recreational lifeline for the region. In this month’s Speaker Series, author and historian Jim Mockford explores the history of marine racing in Clark County, including a look at the Vancouver Marine Park Hobie Cat race in 1980 and Ridgefield’s upcoming Dragon Boat races.

“The summer of 1980 was a crazy time to race Hobie Cats in the Columbia River.” explained Mockford, “We had experienced the eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18 and the subsequent eruptions which continued that summer that kept a racer’s eye on both rounding the mark and an eye in the direction of the volcano.”
Jim Mockford is a historian and writer, specializing in Asian and Pacific studies. He attended Waseda University in Japan, graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College with a degree in Asian studies, and studied Chinese at the University of Washington. Jim has published essays in Sea History magazine of the National Maritime Historical Society, Mains’l Haul A Journal of Pacific Maritime History by the San Diego Maritime Museum, The Northern Mariner Le marin du nord quarterly by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and the North American Society for Oceanic History, Oregon Historical Quarterly, and Clark County History by the Clark County Historical Society.

The Clark County Historical Museum’s Speaker Series is a monthly exploration of Clark County history with industry experts, community members, and local artists. For our 2021 Season, the Speaker Series central theme is “The Stories that Shape Our Community: Past, Present, Future.” We’ll explore the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the various people that call Clark County home.

The series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Wager Audio. This is a free, virtual event. Attendees can join the show on CCHM’s YouTube channel. The stream will open at 6:45pm, with the show starting at 7pm.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

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Attached Media Files: CCHM Speaker Series PR , Jim Mockford author headshot

Pedestrian fatality in downtown Salem (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/27/21 12:25 PM
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SMP21015682_Dornbusch_Robert-Delain
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Pedestrian fatality in downtown Salem

Help needed to locate suspect

 

Salem, Ore. — On July 23, 2021, Salem Police officers responded to the 600 block of Church ST NE on a report of a traffic collision. When officers arrived, they located a woman in the road with significant injuries. Salem Fire personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but ultimately the woman died at the scene.

Officers learned the woman had been seen on the hood of a van traveling south on Church ST when she fell off and landed in the street. The van did not stop and fled the area. Officers found the van abandoned in a neighborhood nearby. A K-9 team was deployed; however, the track was unsuccessful. 

Detectives, assisted by the Traffic Team, were called out to the scene which shut down Church ST for several hours.

Based on the investigation, detectives believe the driver of the vehicle is Robert Dornbusch, age 53, of Salem. Detectives ask the public for information regarding Dornbusch’s whereabouts. Anyone with information on his current location should call the Salem Police Tips line at 503-588-8477.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

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Attached Media Files: SMP21015682_Dornbusch_Robert-Delain

Oregon Employment Department to hold weekly media briefing
Oregon Employment Department - 07/27/21 12:00 PM

WHO:               David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department and Gail Krumenauer, State Employment Economist

WHEN:             Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT

WHAT:           The Oregon Employment Department is hosting a video conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends, employment services, unemployment claims processing, claimant resources and more on July 28 at 1 p.m. PT.

WHERE:          Via Zoom video conference: Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12 p.m. PT on July 28. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:           The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for weekday updates. A recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters attending the briefing after the briefing concludes. 


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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services




Attached Media Files: 2021-07/930/147101/07.28.21_Media_availability_FINAL.pdf

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/27/21 11:56 AM

The following information is in response to a media request for information regarding a current death investigation by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Date of Death: Found 07/25/2021

Location: Columbia River, Vancouver, WA

 

Decedent Name:  Nemeth, Blaze J.

Decedent Age:  60 Yrs                

Residence:  Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of Death:  Pending

Manner of Death:  Pending

 

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

 

Nikki J. Costa

Operations Manager


New work by Damien Gilley installed at Oregon Institute of Technology's Student Recreation Center (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/27/21 11:07 AM
Damien Gilley, “Arena,” 2021, acrylic polymer and aerosol. Photos by Damien Gilley.
Damien Gilley, “Arena,” 2021, acrylic polymer and aerosol. Photos by Damien Gilley.
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Salem, Oregon -- A geometric mural by Portland artist Damien Gilley, commissioned through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, has been installed in Oregon Institute for Technology’s Student Recreation Center (TechRec).

Titled “Arena,” one immersive site-specific mural designed by Gilley extends the full length of a 75-foot walking corridor along both walls and the ceiling. A second related mural is located at the check-in area of TechRec. The mural design of geometric shapes and lines – painted primarily in a custom-mixed blue – communicates a visual representation of technology while responding directly to the Rec Center site and surrounding environment. The mural transforms the Recreation Center lower-level entrance into a kinetic experience as a person travels through the corridor. The viewer enters through a design reminiscent of a sports arena overhead and progresses through an increasingly energetic visual space that refers to speed and movement. Linear markings of the Rec Center court floor are used to playfully lead the viewer into the arena of athletic experience.

In 2020, Oregon Tech’s three-story 15,800 square foot Student Recreation Center was completely remodeled. The renovations provide a new wood multi-purpose sports court, aerobics/cardio and weight areas, a fitness studio and new locker rooms, an updated main floor lobby and a new coaches’ office area. The Recreation Center facilities are designed as bright and welcoming spaces for students to use independently or for intramural sports.

Guided by Oregon’s Percent for Art Statute, an art selection committee considered the most appropriate artwork for the building. Through a competitive process, the selection committee -- comprised of Oregon Tech faculty, staff, the project architects and local arts professionals and chaired by Renee Couture of the Arts Commission -- selected Gilley to create a site-specific mural for the corridor that connects the check-in area for the Recreation Center to the exterior of the building. Gilley’s artwork proposal aligned with the selection committee’s goals of commissioning an artwork that adds to the innovative and dynamic environment of OIT and the Rec Center, encourages engagement and curiosity, creates a sense of transition and relates to the local setting.

Gilley is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and art director who makes artwork that creates perceptual moments that transform sites. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Sharjah Art Museum (United Arab Emirates), Suyama Space (Seattle) and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska). His work has been reviewed by Artform, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, and New York Times Art Beat, among other journals.

The mural is located on the lower level of the Recreation Center on Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus (3201 Campus Drive).

Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Places Program

Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state. Since then, the Percent for Art in Public Places program has maintained a commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest quality in public places. Committees of local residents across Oregon make selections. The overall collection enhances the state’s public spaces and contributes to our well-recognized quality of life. 

Oregon Arts Commission

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 grantmaking, 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: www.oregonartscommission.org 

Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) is a public university based in Klamath Falls and the Portland metropolitan area. Oregon Tech was originally founded in 1947 as a vocational facility for World War II veterans. Over the years, it changed to a community college, then a four-year technical school, and is now a four-year university with graduate programs. As Oregon’s only polytechnic university, Oregon Tech specializes in engineering, technology, healthcare, business, communication and applied sciences.




Attached Media Files: Damien Gilley, “Arena,” 2021, acrylic polymer and aerosol. Photos by Damien Gilley. , Damien Gilley, “Arena,” 2021, acrylic polymer and aerosol. Photos by Damien Gilley. , Damien Gilley, “Arena,” 2021, acrylic polymer and aerosol. Photos by Damien Gilley.

LCSO Announces New Emergency Management Team Member (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/27/21 11:05 AM
Photo - Jess Palma
Photo - Jess Palma
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(07.27.21 - Lincoln County)


Lincoln County Health and Human Services (HHS) and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) have selected Jessica Palma as their new County Assistant Emergency Manager, effective August 1st. The assistant position is a grant funded position through the Oregon Health Authority for Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management for Emergency Management Performance Grants.

In January of 2014 Lincoln County Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office aligned both the public health and the County emergency management programs under the direction of Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager.  This collaboration allowed the streamlining of program functions and the full time hiring of the assistant position to assist with support of both programs.

Ms. Palma has served the Lincoln County communities for the last 8 years; 6 of those working for Lincoln County Public Health. With a bachelor's degree in Community Health Education and as a Certified Prevention Specialist, her passion is helping local communities strengthen their health and resiliency. Over the past 18 months Palma served as a critical team member to both the Public Health COVID and Sheriff’s Office Echo Mountain Complex Fire response teams. She looks forward to continuing to serve Lincoln County communities assisting them for preparing, responding to, and recovering from all emergencies.

A strong focus of this position is to liaison with the public health community partners, promote advocacy relationships with those that serve vulnerable populations, continue to build up the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer program and encourage the promotion of preparedness efforts and development of response plans.

Florence Pourtal, Public Health Director stated, “It is very exciting to have Jessica transfer from our Health and Human Services team; she brings with her the necessary toolbox of public health preparedness skills, resources and a passion for helping communities with preparedness and resiliency planning.”

Lt. Adam Shanks, Administrative Lieutenant commented “We were very pleased with the interview panel’s recommendation to select Jessica as the Assistant Emergency Manager and feel her local knowledge of our County and county services will provide for a smooth transition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.”  

Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager stated, “having EM Palma join our Emergency Management Team will be another asset to help our communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters; her enthusiastic outlook and eagerness to build relationships among the health partners will serve Lincoln County well as we move forward in strengthening our community resilience.”

Jessica Palma, BA
Assistant Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
jpalma@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-0657 Office


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Respectfully submitted,

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




Attached Media Files: Media Release - LCSO Announces New EM Team Member , Photo - Jess Palma

One Person Shot Overnight Near Southeast 105th And Holgate
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/21 11:05 AM
On July 27, 2021 at about 1:15 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to the report of a person shot near Southeast Holgate Street and Southeast 108th Avenue. When officers arrived the victim flagged them down, the suspect had already fled the scene. Officers made sure the scene was safe for responding medical personnel. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers secured the scene and looked for evidence and witnesses. The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ESCT) responded to investigate. Investigators believe an argument or disturbance may have preceded the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference case 21-205558 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov .

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/
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Gresham Police Respond to Shots Fired, Find One Injured.
Gresham Police Dept - 07/27/21 10:41 AM

Gresham, Ore.— At 7:31 a.m. officers were dispatched to the report of a subject shot at 18801 E Burnside ST. When they arrived, they discovered a male with a single gunshot wound to the left side of his face. The victim was quickly transported to a local area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. Officers believe the suspect in this case is known to the victim. The suspect at large. However, there is no apparent risk to the public. The investigation is ongoing. GPD detectives are currently on scene.   


System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday August 3, 2021
Oregon Health Authority - 07/27/21 10:32 AM

July 27, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Hilary Harrison, 503-209-1949, y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us  

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday August 3, 2021

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council

When: Tuesday August 3, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: By webinar at ZoomGov

Meeting ID: 160 347 3675, Passcode: 123456

Dial by your location +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

Agenda: The full agenda can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/BH-Child-Family/Pages/SOCAC.aspxThe meeting will include time for public comment.

Details: Senate Bill 1 (2019) established a Governor-appointed System of Care Advisory Council to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults

The council's primary focus for this meeting is on the strategic work to develop a comprehensive long-range plan for a coordinated state system. 

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Hilary Harrison at 503-209-1949, 711 TTY, or y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting.


One Person Shot In Centennial Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/21 10:32 AM
On July 26, 2021 at about 11:27 p.m., officers responded to the report of shots fired in the 17100 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived they found a person with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid to the victim until medical personnel arrived. That victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a non-life threatening injury.

Officers conducted a preliminary investigation which included searching for the crime scene, and documenting any evidence and witness statements. The on scene supervisor notified the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) for follow up. There is no suspect information to release.

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has information about this case, please reference case 21-205485 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov .

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/
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Shots Fired Near Southeast 72nd and Southeast Woodstock Leave One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/21 10:14 AM
On July 27, 2021 at about 1:11 a.m., Portland Police officers on patrol in the area of Southeast 74nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Street heard gunshots. Officers began investigating and found a vehicle in the area they believed may have been involved and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and after a short pursuit came to a stop near Southeast 100th Avenue and Southeast Henry Street.

Four people ran from the car once it stopped. Two of the people were taken into custody by officers, the other two fled into the neighborhood and officers did not find them. One of the people taken into custody was 18-year-old Tavon M. Wilson. Wilson was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempt to Elude (Vehicle), Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Officers realized the other person taken into custody had been shot in the original incident and called for an ambulance. The victim went to the hospital by ambulance with a non-life threatening wound.

Officers conducted a search of the area near where the car stopped and recovered a firearm.
Back at the crime scene, near Southeast 72nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Street, officers found a total of 24 cartridge casings and learned that at least one vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. There were no known injuries associated with that vehicle.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to assist in the investigation. This is an ongoing investigation.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference case 21-205553 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov .

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Former Oregon State Representative pleads guilty to Official Misconduct
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/27/21 10:09 AM

Today, former Oregon State Representative, Michael Nearman pled guilty to the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, and was sentenced by the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini.

 

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on December 21, 2020, when Mr. Nearman, then a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, intentionally allowed protesters into the Oregon State Capitol at a time when the building was closed.

 

Once inside, the protesters, some of whom were armed, fought with law enforcement officers and caused damage to the building.

 

Mr. Nearman’s stipulated sentence includes 18 months of bench probation and orders him to perform 80 hours of community service work, pay $2,700.00 in restitution for the damage caused to the building, and bans him from the Oregon State Capitol and its grounds.

 

A charge of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

 

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson stated that, “This plea and sentencing concludes an embarrassing and disgraceful event in our state’s history.  I am thankful that no members of law enforcement, or anyone else were seriously injured as a result of Mr. Nearman’s irresponsible actions.  Additionally, I am grateful to the Oregon State Police for their complete and thorough investigation that led to this conviction.”


Airian Jovan Misuraca Convicted on 19 Counts in Child Sexual Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/27/21 9:31 AM
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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 26, 2021, a Washington County jury found 44-year-old Airian Jovan Misuraca guilty of six counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of first-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against the defendant. 

Mr. Misuraca, who was already a convicted sex offender prior to this case, sexually abused the victim multiple times over a period of several years. In February of 2019, the victim made a disclosure of abuse to a family member who immediately alerted law enforcement. Tigard police began investigating the allegations. The victim was also taken to CARES Northwest where she gave additional details on the abuse.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in reporting these crimes and for participating in the defendant’s trial. This office also thanks Tigard police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, CARES Northwest, the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for their work on this case. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2021. The defendant will remain in custody until that time. 




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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Rental Car Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 07/27/21 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against rental car scams.

The summer of 2021 is a much different – and hopefully better – place for you and your family than the summer of 2020. States are lifting restrictions, and you are finally able to travel again!

That tropical beach – or the mountains – or even that big city across the country is calling, and there is nothing more that you want to do than hop on a plane and go. What you may find when you get there, though, is that renting a car is very difficult and expensive.

According to our friends at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), rental car availability is at an all-time low and prices are sky high. That, of course, gives scammers a prime opportunity.

The FTC says scammers are posing as rental car companies, setting up their own websites, and advertising fake customer service phone numbers. The goal is to convince you that they’re legit. 

You should consider it a big red flag if you are asked to pay with a gift card or prepaid debit card. Other ways to protect yourself include: 

  • Research the rental car company by searching for the name of the company and words like “scam,” “complaint,” or “review” to check if other people have had a bad experience.
  • Verify deals with the company directly. If you need customer support, look for contact info on the company’s official website. Don’t use a search engine result. Scammers can pay to place sponsored ads in search results, so they show up at the top or in the sponsored ad section.
  • Pay with a credit card if possible. You can dispute credit card charges, but gift cards and prepaid debit cards can disappear like cash. Once you give the number and PIN to a scammer, the money is gone.

If you are the victim of any online fraud, you should also report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.  

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Mister Ford Homicide Remains Unsolved After One Year - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #21-20 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 07/27/21 8:30 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the July 2020 homicide of Mister Ford.

On July 27, 2020, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers responded to the 700 block of Northeast 87th Avenue on the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted lifesaving measures but the victim, 19-year-old Mister Ford of Portland, died at the scene.

The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Mr. Ford died as a result of gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide.

Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help to solve this case.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Eyo Nyong Homicide Remains Unsolved After 16 Years - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #10-34 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 07/27/21 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred 16 years ago in North Portland.

On July 27, 2005, at approximately 9:50 p.m., 26-year-old Eyo Nyong, who was also known as "Black," was standing near the parking lot of a bar located in the 3500 block of North Vancouver Avenue.

Witnesses told the police that Mr. Nyong was approached by two Black males and became engaged in a conversation with them.

As Mr. Nyong was talking with the two males, one of them pulled a gun and fired. Mr. Nyong was shot in the head, fell to the ground and died. The suspects ran northbound on North Vancouver Avenue.

Mr. Nyong often frequented the bar, known as J.D. Sports Bar at the time. He left behind his mother, father, and five small children.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Pink Lemonade Project Benefits from 15th Annual Girlfriends Run/Walk on Oct. 10
Pink Lemonade Project - 07/27/21 7:30 AM

Vancouver, WA – Pink Lemonade Project (PLP) will be the major beneficiary of the upcoming 15th annual Girlfriends Run/Walk on Oct. 10 by WHY Racing Events. 

Girlfriends Run/Walk includes a 6K, 10K and half marathon to raise donations for breast cancer programs and services for patients in Oregon and SW Washington. Pink Lemonade Project invites the community to sign up as a Pink Brigade Guy or Glam Gal and raise or donate $500 or join the Walking Army. All registration details are available at https://girlfriendsrun.raceroster.com/.

Girlfriends Run was started to honor and support Joleen Skarberg who was diagnosed with breast cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends. 

“I would like to invite you to join me for fun and exercise with the breast cancer community on October 10. Using roads through the new Vancouver Waterfront, Fort Vancouver and other beautiful locations, it will be a wonderful morning for the breast cancer community to come together, as a way to celebrate and to honor those we have lost,” said Susan Stearns, chief executive officer. “While PLP served nearly 800 people last year, there is so much more work to be done to fill the gaps faced by patients today.”

Before the recent closing of the Komen affiliates in the region, a partnership was formed with Pink Lemonade Project (PLP) to continue with two very important programs: the Toni Mountain Fund for Treatment Access and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series. These hallmark programs are incredible additions to PLP services and programs across the region. PLP is also fortunate to have former Komen staff join the organization: Toni Mountain, volunteer, Ann Berryman, Development Consultant and Linda Aronsohn, Girlfriends Manager. 

About Pink Lemonade Project

Pink Lemonade Project’s mission is to educate, empower, and support women and men affected by breast cancer. Founded in 2010 by Drs. Allen & Cassie Gabriel, the purpose is to provide breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families with the programs and services to enable them to thrive through their breast cancer journey and beyond. PLP provides critical support, beyond what the healthcare system can offer, to those affected by breast cancer who struggle with physical, emotional, mental and financial aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. Since it’s inception, PLP served more than 4,000 people. Learn more at pinklemondeproject.org.

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Stabbing Victim Identified - Death Ruled Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/21 7:28 AM
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The man killed as a result of a July 24, 2021 stabbing near Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue has been identified as 37-year-old Quinton Bryce Miller. Miller died of a stab wound and his death has been ruled a homicide.

The investigation into this stabbing is ongoing. Any additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0781 or Detective Michael Jones Michael.Jones@portlandoregon.gov.

Anyone with information may also reference case 21-202363 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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On July 24, 2021 at about 12:47 a.m., an ambulance passing through the intersection of Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue encountered a person down in the street and stopped to assist him. The man appeared seriously wounded and the ambulance transported him to the hospital, where he later died.

Portland Police were called to the scene at Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue. Officers secured the intersection and Portland Police Homicide detectives responded and began their initial investigation. Preliminary information indicates the victim may have been stabbed. An autopsy will be scheduled for a later time to determine the cause and manner of death. At this time there is no one in custody and there is no suspect information.

Any additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0781 or Detective Michael Jones Michael.Jones@portlandoregon.gov.

Anyone with information may also reference case 21-202363 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov .

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/
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Oregon Heritage Commission to meet August 9
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/27/21 7:21 AM

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet via online meeting on August 9 at 9am. The agenda includes nominations for Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission, recommendations for this fiscal year’s Oregon Cultural Trust Partner Funds, and a presentation by Nonprofit Association of Oregon. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes an opportunity for public comment. 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Katie Henry at 503-877-8834 or katie.henry@oregon.gov.

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986‐0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

For call-in details and the agenda or more information about the commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org.

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